You can often convince yourself to like something, no matter how much you hate it from the get go. It doesn’t matter if that ‘something’ is important, for example part of your job or of benefit to your health, or perhaps not so important, for example maybe wanting to eat a new food or try a new hobby. Either way, it’s a challenge, and everybody needs to feel challenged now and then.
I was the girl at school who would do anything to get out of P.E, and only putting in 20% effort when I eventually had to participate. It wasn’t the fitness aspect I didn’t like, it was the feeling of judgment I got from some of the people I had to spend the hour with. I was never victimised, not to my knowledge anyway, but as an anxious person, I constantly felt like people were judging me. It’s this negative mentality that I began to associate with exercise in general, which nevertheless meant I hated it. So apart from walking a lot as a teenager, I did nothing. No classes, no sporting commitments.
How things change! Since around the age of eighteen, I’ve been exercising on a regular basis. It began with home workouts, such as those dreadful low impact DVDs, then slightly higher impact DVDs, and then twenty-eight minute HIIT style sessions which I did as part of the Kayla Itsines BBG programme. I saw minimal success doing these types of exercise, but what really grated on me was the fact that despite doing it day after day, I still hated it. I’d drag myself out of bed begrudgingly, pull on my workout clothes and head downstairs to endure a horrific, epic struggle of a workout, wishing it would end ASAP. But I stuck with it.
From roughly September 2015 onwards I began to find my feet with fitness. I lessened the cardio and started picking up weights every so often. I had no structure as such, but I felt like I was achieving bigger and better things. Unfortunately my diet let me down, so results were limited. When people say that your nutrition is 80% responsible for your progress, they’re telling the truth.
In September 2016 I decided to give The Body Coach’s 90 Day SSS Plan. This style of training was hard, really hard, and while it did get me results, once again I didn’t enjoy it. I loved the HIIT in month one, but the GVT and Pyramid Training that I saw in month two and three were hell on earth, because let’s face it, 200 lunges is never okay! Come the end of the plan, I was dying to get back to my own style of training. I felt a bit lost, but after a lot of research and help from a few pros, I had myself a decent training plan. One which I could adapt as and when I needed to, firstly to keep challenging my body, but secondly to keep things interesting.
Finally, after years of trial and error, I feel like I’m at a place with my gym routine where I can really push myself and make the best of every session. I lift weights, I do cardio, and I love both. I’m making progress week on week, which is such an empowering feeling.
Let me know if you want to read what I do at the gym, I’m happy to share! And if you have any other posts you’d like to see, or have any questions, please do drop me a message. Have a lovely weekend everyone!