Thursday, 14 June 2018

My Fitness Journey

Makeup Free Gym Selfie 
“Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching your goal” 

I'd just like to start off this post by saying  I am by no means an expert in this field nor do I know basically anything about fitness or weight loss but after posting a little transformation picture on my Instagram account Wednesday night I got bombarded with messages and questions about my weight loss so I decided to write a little blog post talking about what I do, and I'm by no means saying that this is the right way to do things, but it works for me and it might work for you too.

Like most girls out there I've struggled with my weight for years and honestly didn't think I had enough willpower to do anything about it, all I knew was I wanted a 'fitness journey' and not a 'weight loss story' because my overall aim is to change my lifestyle and not just by body shape but I'll be the first to admit I didn't always go the right way about it.
 I looked at girls like Gigi Hadid whose body shape I will never resemble and thought the only way I can achieve that is through limited food and lots of cardio whereas in reality I have hips and boobs so that shape will never be me and I'm absolutely fine with that but it's taken time to appreciate my own body shape and as for my hips...well don't get me started on them but I'm getting there *eye roll emoji*

It was back in early March that I really started taking everything serious and began my own 'fitness journey' but it didn't start the right way. I had bought this weight loss shake online and religiously drank it twice a day whilst eating very little food on top of that.
 Two weeks into my shakes my manager at the time saw how sick I was getting (I literally had the shakes) and sent me home from work and that was the moment of realisation for me, I knew these shakes weren't going to be a long term solution for me so it was going to have to be a long road of healthy eating and exercise ...YAWN!! I know, but believe me it works!!
 At the time my manager was my God send and I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to her, after previously starting her own fitness journey she gave me so much advice and passed on some amazing knowledge about fitness and food that I still swear by today! When starting your own fitness plan I think it's always a great idea to ask someone what they do or what advice they can give you and although everyone is different it's always nice to get ideas and then adjust them to your lifestyle and to what will suit you but it's going to be a lot of trial and error until you find something that's perfect for you.
Before                                    After
Getting fit came with time, I started off by walking my dog every evening and made sure to get in as many hills as I could, then I started jogging 30 seconds at a time on a flat road and before long my favourite way to relax was to go for a run in the evening...I'm still in shock at that let me tell you. I then started going to spinning classes with friends from work and that just kick started my obsession with exercising and fitness so joined the gym with my best friend Karen.
 For anyone with a low enough fitness level joining a gym is always daunting, you get it into your head that people are going to judge you but in reality no one gives a shit about what you're doing, everyone is there for the same reason and is dedicated to  their own workouts so honestly just go up there and do your own thing. That being said I love having a gym partner there to cheer you on - unless the gym hunk doesn't show up so you take it handy and take selfies.... don't judge it was only the once ;)
  Cardio roughly makes up about 40% of our weekly workouts, 50% on circuits and then 10% on weights but we always follow a plan and I think no matter what you do whether it's at home or a gym, plan your workout. It will honestly make a world of difference to you in the long run. I try get to the gym 4 times a week and get out walking every evening and a few home workouts when I can but for me now I'm focusing on losing more weight, maintaining my curves and growing the booty.
 Food wise, I can't really help there because I just try get as much veg in as I can and not eat shit. It's a lot of chicken and turkey which suits me down to the ground but I never starve myself and treat myself every weekend. It's all about that balance.

So there you have it my own little fitness journey, I don't know if I was much help to anyone but it's a process and I still have a long way to go but what I've learned is you can do 100% cardio, eat nothing but rabbit food, get skinny in a few months or you can balance out your workouts, eat sensibly and get yourself an amazing figure but it may take years and I know if you put the work in you'll achieve results but it's all about balance and consistency .
Good luck with it x