Fitness Update and Photo-shoot.


2016 saw me get into fitness like never before and I thoroughly enjoyed documenting every moment, from food to exercises, to all the amazing things I learnt. Writing blog posts, posting Instagram photos and even doing the odd vlog, kept me accountable and I really loved being able to share my journey with you. I made some awesome gym buddies, who though far away, inspired me everyday and I couldn't have been more grateful. Furthermore, I know I have mentioned him a bunch in previous posts already, but my brother Chris played a huge part in igniting my love of fitness and I am beyond thankful for all he taught me. With Chris' guidance, last year I was able to build my strength, hitting a squat PR of 198lbs x 1 and a deadlift PR of 225lbs x 1, in addition to doing my first ever cut and taking a few fitness photos to see how far I had come.

If you followed my cut over on YouTube I do apologize that it took me forever to get up week 5. I was having way too much fun just enjoying family time that I didn't get round to editing it, but it is now live for you to see. For those who may not have watched it, I basically documented the 5 weeks that I was cutting (in a calorie deficit) taking you through some workouts, the foods I was eating and how I was feeling. It was interesting. Here's what i found out...

I  liked challenging myself. Though I have to admit that at times counting my macro's got a tad frustrating, learning and pushing myself to be in more control over what i put in my body was incredibly satisfying. It did have it's up and downs though and towards the last few days it was a struggle to hit certain numbers and I would shy away from food, thinking that it was just better not to eat. That's not to say I starved myself, but I allowed myself to get a little carried away and paranoid if my carb count went 1g over, that even when I had 20g left to eat, I just wouldn't eat any more carbs. (You can see this in the video when i just ate nibbles of popcorn and chex mix) In hindsight that probably hindered my progress and I feel I may have got leaner if I was making sure to hit all my macros, even the scary carbs. After all, there's a reason they say Abs are made in the kitchen. The gym and food go hand in hand and you will see better results if you have them working together. The challenge of it all kept me going though.

I would definitely like to do another cut.  However, I feel that next time I will have to plan much better. I did meal prep but more often than not I just prepped lunches. Next time I need to prepare breakfast's and dinners too and eat a lot more whole and nutritious foods. I have to admit I ate a lot of peanut butter and resorted to protein spreads when I craved something sweet, and while those are better than a bar of Cadbury's, I'm pretty certain I needed more vegetables in my life during those 5 weeks. Next time i need to take my macro's for the days and set up a menu for the week, that way i know i will be hitting the right macro's without stressing and adding it up as i go a long.


I felt more energetic than tired. As far as my workouts went, I never really felt tired or like I couldn't push harder. Even on days when my macro's were quite low, I had some awesome workouts. However, in saying that, the day before the photo-shoot I attempted my first 198lbs Squat and was unable to do it. A week later and weighing 5lbs heavier, I did it. I'm not exactly sure if it was the extra weight and eating more that helped, but those are the facts none the less! :p Overall, on the cut I remained pretty upbeat even on those low days and always loved going to workout.

All in all, the cut was a fun experience. Looking back at the pictures there are most certainly area's i wish to improve upon and like i mentioned above i would be interested in doing a cut again and learning from my mistakes. But for now i have some new goals and idea's in mind for this year that don't include cutting per say.



Once my cut finished I'm not going to lie, I spent the next 3 weeks over the Christmas holidays indulging more than I had originally planned in my head. Being at home with my family, wanting to try out new food places and being surrounded by the most delectable Italian treats in the world made it very hard for me to stay on track with my healthy eating. But you know what? That's OK. I am back home in Florida now and doing my own grocery shopping, cooking my own food and not having so many treats in the house means that my mind is back to being focused, but I don't regret or blame my family for any of the gorgeous treats I had when home. I had so much fun and loved every minute of family time and meals together, I just know that my body is ready for food prep and hitting the gym hard again. The coolest thing is I can now flick the switch and am much better with knowing what I have to do and just doing it! This has to be one of my favourite things I have learnt while training. My mind is a lot stronger.

The pictures I have shared throughout this post are a culmination of over 40 weeks consistently going to the gym 5-6 times a week. At the start of the year I focused on building strength and intuitive eating. That was followed by a 12 week training program and high calorie macro plan that Chris set out for me, that focused on strength, and finally came the 5 week cut, low calorie macro plan and different workout/more cardio, that focused on getting leaner.


For me the most fun part of 2016 was the getting stronger and finding a passion that I feel I share with my brother...lifting heavy s**t! :p That was the bit I got most excited about. Being able to squat more or dead-lift more made me look forward to going to the gym, the occasional morning seeing abs was a bonus. This year I definitely want to focus less on worrying about my bum getting more pert and more on building on that strength. Even though food made me a bit crazy at times, I did really like counting macros as it taught me a lot about nutrition and made me think more about what I was putting in to my body. I'm definitely more knowledgeable on healthy eating and will be sticking to lots of fresh, whole foods this year and sensible portions too.

I haven't put together a transformation photo as such (though my brother shared one on his Instagram) as I find that I can be way too critical on myself. Looking at the pictures side by side make me overthink and all I seem to do is think negative about not looking any different. Therefore, sharing these pictures like this with you today is me saying 'this is me! I feel happy, I feel strong and  I feel good. I'm ready to keep pushing, learning, challenging myself and just loving my body for what it is and is capable of right now in the moment and to take each day as it comes.' Of course, there are many things I would like to improve upon in these photos and I have certain goals I am going to push for this year, but overall, I am grateful for my body and have never felt more powerful and strong.

Thank you to everyone who has inspired me and who continue to motivate me each day, you are all awesome! And thank you to Abi Lawrence and Kayleigh Plant for such a fun shoot, i love working with you both so much!

To all of you who are on your own fitness journey, remember to never give up and to always believe in yourself. Love your body for all that it is capable of and know that you are beautiful! :)

I share a lot of my fitness journey over on Instagram if you are interested, you can follow me there! :)

Have an awesome day!



10 comments :

  1. You look AMAZING Luc!!❤️❤️ Very inspiring!��

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    1. Aww thank you so much Sarah! I hope you're doing well! :) Miss you and love you bunches! xxx

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  2. I've loved following your fitness journey so far Lucy! You've achieved so much and turned into super-girl :D Your commitment has always inspired me and I'm sure will keep inspiring me through 2017 as well. You certainly deserved to let loose with your awesome family and eat some amazing food. Can't wait for more updates and videos!
    Steph x.

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    1. Awww, you are the best Steph. Thank you so much for your kind and motivating words, it truly means a lot to me. It has been so much fun having you to sharing my journey with, you kicking ass on your own journey has inspired me to no end, so I can't thank you enough! :) Here's to an awesome, kick butt 2017! :) xxx

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  3. You look absolutely amaaaaazing girl. Genuinely so motivational...I need your stomach! I've got into fitness too this past year and it's fun seeing my body change, look nothing like you yet though! Fitspo alert!

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

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    1. Aww haha, you look beautiful and amazing too, I have seen those Instagram posts, your stomach is already awesome! :) But thank you very much for your motivating and sweet words. I really do appreciate it! :) Hope you have tons of fun with fitness this year too, I am so excited to start some new programs and learn more! :) xxx

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  4. Girl, You LOOK BEAUTIFUL!
    Angie
    www.chocolateandlipstick.com

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    1. Aww thank you so so much Angie! Hope you are doing well! Sending loads of love to you and the family! xxx

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  5. YOU ARE GOALS!!!! This post is so so inspiring! It reminds me why I get up and smash the gym.. to be as amazing as you are!!! I hope 2017 is just as awesome for you girl!!

    Love Sian x

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    1. Aww that is incredibly sweet of you to say Sian, but you inspire me each day too and are killing it. I love seeing your posts, you are always so real and are doing awesome! :) I've been a little out of sorts the past few weeks and haven't been to the gym, so thank you for your boost of confidence. I need to get my butt in gear! Keep being you and kicking ass! xxxx

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