Towards the end of last year I made a promise with myself – to get fit again. Why? Because since starting my job I’ve found it hard to stay motivated to go to the gym in the morning / evening when I’m shattered, which has led me to feel generally more stressed out, lethargic and self-conscious again.
The last time I felt really fit and healthy was when I was doing my masters degree – I had all day (apart from the 10 or so hours when I was at uni) to create delicious healthy meals and workout, I had my beloved pooch who required walking and that all made it so easy.
Last year, sure I was still exercising, but this was maybe 2-3 times a week at a medium intensity. I wasn’t happy with where I was – I wanted to get fitter – and I have three versions of beginning progress pictures from throughout the year to prove it! But motivation always seemed to wane after a week or so.
Why do I want to get fitter? Firstly, for my general health and wellbeing – not only is it good for my body physically, but I’ve found that exercise is also really beneficial for me psychologically! Secondly, for my self-confidence – but I’m not doing this for anyone else.. I couldn’t care less what people think of the way I look, but I care. And that’s OK! We’re allowed to care about how we look and getting fit for aesthetic reasons is totally normal!
I’m still working full time.. so what’s the difference? I’ve given myself a programme. I’m currently exercising 5-6 times a week (and while that may not work for everyone, or even for me for long, I’m keeping it up while my motivation is still high enough!), doing a combination of cardio (cycling / running / spin classes) and HIIT workouts (Kayla BBG workouts, boxing workouts / any classes that appeal to me). If you want to keep up to date with what workouts I’m doing – I always log them in my workout calendar: here!
I’m still eating pretty much the same as before – that was never really a weak point for me. I tend to make my meals for lunch for the week at home and bring them in – this varies from roast veggies to fajitas to curry. We’ll usually have a homemade meal in the evening too – at the moment, this is usually pasta! I’m not cutting anything out – takeaways, chocolate and alcohol still feature fairly regularly, although this is probably much less than before (we tend to constrain these to weekends now).
Something that we think has definitely helped is having fitness trackers – we’ve both got a Fitbit Charge 2. It tracks pretty much everything – steps, sleep, heart rate, exercise, calories etc. You can set goals on there (e.g. exercise 4 days a week / sleep 8hrs a night / do 10,000 steps a day) so that’s definitely helped us continue to push ourselves.
I think my motivation has continued to stay high because I’m already seeing results: if I compare how I felt in December to now, the difference I feel both physically and psychologically is amazing. I feel leaner, happier, less stressed, more in-tune with my body and more energetic. I don’t know how much longer my motivation will stay this high for – but I’m going to keep going while it is!