So after pigging out over the Christmas holidays and not doing a single day of exercise, I decided it’s time to get back into a serious fitness routine. ‘5 months is enough time to get your summer bod’ is what I thought, until a last minute booking to Jamaica shortened that to 5 weeks!! I won’t be where I wanna be, but I most definitely want to feel more comfortable out there.
I cancelled my old gym membership because I wasn’t sticking to it. I enjoyed going and felt so much more energised but my life had no routine so I was wasting money. I work different shift patterns too so trying to fit it around everything in my unorganised hectic life was a task.
I’ve recently been doing squats and crunches at home, and I always say there are plenty of ways to work out at home – you don’t even need workout DVD’s, you can follow workouts on YouTube! But with that being said there’s nothing better than squatting with a bar and weights on each end – that really makes you feel the burn! Not only does it work your muscles harder, it’s also a place I’ll be able to escape too when I need some ‘me time’ or release some anger, (I’ve seemed to be a little angry at times just lately). The gym is open 24/7 so it won’t cause any hassle in fitting in around my work and social life… I’ll always be able to find the time if it’s always open to me – at a good price too!
I went to the gym with my boyfriend who is also part of ‘the gym group’, so he was able to show me some good workouts. I prefer going with someone, not only does it help when they’re on standby when you’re lifting or squatting heavy weights, but they motivate you with words of encouragement too. I do like going alone sometimes when you can just plug into some music you like and get focused. In regards to focusing, I need a little fitness plan to focus on. It’s too easy for me to go home early or not go at all when I have no idea what I’m going to do when I get there. If I have a plan that I can follow and tick off once done then I’m more likely to stick to it and see results. My boyfriend worked me hard, just the way I like it. I love feeling the burn and your legs go like jelly when you finish the workout. I love the pain the next day because you know it’s working. The endorphins that the body releases during exercise trigger such a positive feeling in side of you. It’s crazy how energetic and alert you are after a workout. That’s the best bit. The bit that I’ve struggled on in the past and that I know a lot of people struggle with is getting up and going to the gym.
Consistency is the key in exercise and fitness. The way I’m looking at it; ‘once you’re there it’s not that bad and afterwards you’re happy you went‘.
On Monday we did leg day – my favourite day! My legs have always been stronger; I think it’s from the years of dancing. My upper half is the feeble part! I love squatting with weights on my back and feeling the burn. It’s kinda a nice pain… am I weird?
Most people have heard of the 80/20 ratio in dieting; weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. I don’t know the ins and outs of it but I do know if you’re workout out then you need to eat right. Eating is something I’m slowly learning to improve on. I wrote in a previous blog post that my diet doesn’t involve any consistency and that I need to eat more… little and often, little and often. So I’ve stocked up on salad, vegetables, rice, meat, yoghurts, fruit, all that healthy stuff and I’ve also filled my cupboard with healthy snacks. The chocolate slim fast bars are delicious! Try carrot and humus too – yum!
Something I’d recommend to people wanting to get into a fitness routine that helped get me motivated is purchasing new gym clothes and some comfortable trainers. There are some really nice and comfortable gym clothes in shops for really reasonable prices as well. I know even primark sell them if you are watching your cash, even Tesco and Asda, too! I treated myself to some new trainers and gym bottoms. I think a gym bag and nice little gym towel is next on the list. Buying things adds some excitement into getting back into the gym in my opinion. Take before and after pictures and keep a little fitness journal if you can too, so you can look back and see how far you’ve come. (Again, more motivation).
Another thing I’d urge anyone to do if you’re working out is to listen to music. Whatever music you’re into really, but it helps when they’re more upbeat or meaningful. I love listening to Eminem, the expression in his voice gives me more strength I swear 😂. It lets off a lot of steam. Music is the distraction from the sound of machines and other people around you. It puts you in the zone and you can keep a good pace.
With all this in mind, you do need to find what works for you and your own personal goals and rules. I used to weigh myself at least twice a week when I was dieting and I’d always be disappointed or frustrated because I wasn’t losing the ‘5 pounds a week’ that I wanted. We all know that’s not the healthiest way to lose weight, but I lie many others expect to see results the minute the diet starts. I’ve come to realise now that that’s not the case. Not at all. You need to be consistent and you need to be patient, so weighing myself so frequently will be something I WONT be doing. Maybe once every couple of months just out of curiosity, but muscle weighs more than fat and if I can see changes in the mirror than I’m happy. I become too obsessed over the scales if I focus on how many pounds are coming off each week. I don’t want to get into that habit of skipping meals and teaching myself to get past that ‘my stomach is rumbling because I haven’t eaten for ages’ stage. It’s not healthy and you feel nothing other than weak. Remember; it takes 4 weeks for you to see changes in your body, 8 weeks for friends and family and 12 weeks for the rest of the world.
Keep calm, discipline yourself and you’ll find that good things come to those who sweat 😉