Category Archives: Fat test

Role models…

I’m writing this post because I recently posted a couple of photos on to my Instagram page hannah_j_lewis and was happily surprised at the response I got. I didn’t post it to get comments or anything but more to try and inspire other women.

  
The above is the photo! On the left I was 60kg and 20% body fat, I made sure I ran everyday and spent a lot of the time poorly. I skipped meals on a regular basis with the sole aim to be ‘skinny.’ That was my goal, I wanted to be under 60kg and punished myself for even eating a square of chocolate, not a healthy mind set at all.

Jump to the photo on the right, I’m now 10kg heavier at 70kg, I’m much healthier, I have more energy, better skin and nails and my body fat is even lower at 14%! 

What I’ve come to realise on my journey through weightlifting and crossfit is that skinny is not actually healthy. I used to look up to singers such as Cheryl Cole and think they look great but actually they’re a bag of bones, if that’s what you aspire to be then that’s fine but I want young women and girls to look up to be something healthy, strong and beautiful. 

I had lots of responses to my post, many girls thanking me for public ally saying it’s ok to put on weight/ muscle and to be heavier. I also had messages from girls who had eating disorders who also thanked me and that was really nice to see. 

The other day a girl I used to teach walked past me in my crossfit class. The next day her mum handed me a pencil drawn picture of me lifting weights with the words ‘when I grow up I want to lift weights and be strong like you Miss Lewis.’ This meant the world to me, if I can inspire any female no matter how old or irregardless of ability then I’ve done my job! 

I’m not saying it’s been easy, I still have mini freak outs that I’m heavier now but then i remind myself of what I can do, how functional I am and how healthy and I feel enpowered. I’m also lucky to be surrounded by a wonderful boyfriend, friends and family. 

If you’re reading this and struggle with your weight or body issues then please remember it’s more important to make yourself happy and to be healthy. Look up to those female sport stars not the catwalk models! 

After all if we were in the hunger games… Who would survive?! 

  

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C9 Cleanse

Sorry for being quiet recently, I’ve just gone back to work and teaching has been pretty crazy!

Anyway I’m here to tell you about the recent cleanse I’ve been on, C9. 

  
I decided to do this cleanse because I wanted to lose a bit of weight but mainly wanted to give my body a really good detox.

The first 2 days you don’t eat a meal, you have lots of aloe Vera gel, fibre tablets and can snack on fruits and vegetables which in the booklet are called ‘free foods.’ To say I was hungry was an understatement, by the second day I really wanted to eat and I found that I lacked energy when working out.

Days 3-9 you can introduce a 600 calorie meal and I chose to have mine as an evening meal. I was so looking forward to this meal and it didn’t disappoint, however I felt the next day I was hungry and counting down the hours.

I was pleased with my weight loss I lost 2.5-3kg in 4 days and 1.5inches off my waist. But I do think this was due to a severe lack of food and the fact I was starving! 

All in all I wouldn’t really recommend C9 to people who train and who are in shape already. If you have a holiday coming up and have a bit to lose then it’s worth trying it because I think it does cleanse and give a kick boost in losing weight. 

I regret doing it now as my training has suffered but at least I have given it a go. I need to learn to be happy and be confident that what I eat is good for me and that I’m happy with my body. 

Good luck if you do the cleanse but I honestly would recommend just eating healthy, drinking water and exercising. 


Body fat measurements

I decided to have my body fat tested just out of curiosity, I am happy with my body now and have got used to my heavier, leaner frame but wanted to know the figures. 

A great, cheap way to have your body fat tested is through using calipers. It’s best to have a professional use them when they test you as they will really know how to carry out the measurements. 

  
The calipers work by taking measurements at various points on the body, these are then calculated to give you an overall percentage. 

  
So I had mine taken and was quite pleased that the person carrying out couldn’t seem to grab much on my legs and arms, back and tummy could’ve been another story though! 

Drumroll for the results… 14.7%! To say I was happy was an understatement i wanted to do cartwheels around the room, I was over the moon and a little shocked. I realised that all my hard work in the gym and actually increasing my food intake has had great results.