A few days ago, I realised it’d been a year since I made a decision to change how I was feeling and get back in the gym.
This time last year, I was struggling to motivate myself to get to gym classes, but had the support of my manager at work, in joining me at the gym and motivating me to go. With a little competition it became a lot easier and I soon began to see it as a habit rather than a chore.
Up until that point though, I’d gone through phases with the gym, I’d go for a month or two with great intentions, just doing cardio and then I’d give up again. Little did I know this would be the push that I need to get my fitness in gear and fall in love with it.
The one thing that was different this time was that I never saw the gym as a ‘punishment’, I had a sudden urge to want to do well, be the best I could and have something to work towards. I think a lot of people go through stages of going to the gym because they’ve eaten a bad meal or they think they’re ‘fat’ and one gym session would solve all their problems. This time I went in with the dream of one day feeling completely comfortable in myself, feeling strong and exceeding in fitness.
I spent the first few months in the gym doing classes, figuring out what I could do and increasing my fitness. When January came around and Kayla Itsines’ Movement started I knew it was time to give it a go again. Now I’m trying a number of new things, HIIT training, yoga, weights (LDN Muscle) and anything else I can get my hands on!
Unfortunately I still need to learn my limits as I found out this week with a three day gym ache! OOPS! I’ve spent the last year teaching myself as much as possible about exercise and nutrition and I still have a lot to learn, but it’s been the best thing I’ve done for myself. I now love eating healthily (most of the time) and I’ve finally taught myself how to cook in the process.
I believe you have to start a fitness journey for the right reasons for it to last or be a success. If you’re punishing yourself for a bad meal, just feeling bad or always planning for it to be a quick fix, you’re going to end up giving up pretty quickly. Learn to love yourself and then you’ll learn to love fitness if you put your mind to it.