It’s Your Journey – Fitness Update

Blogging has taken a back seat in my life recently and quite honestly so has my fitness. However that is all about to change…

I’ve been doing bits here and there but I’ve completely lost my routine now, although thankfully have kept my diet full of good nutrition!

Last week i wrote about my upcoming trip to Cuba on a Cycling Challenge for charity! I fly out on Saturday and to say I’m scared is an understatement!

I finally got on a bike after 5 years and (touch wood) haven’t fallen off yet. I’m so excited to challenge myself and see what limits I can go to! With only two weeks to train, I will never be as prepared as others going on the trip, but I honestly believe i’m the fittest I have ever been thanks to starting Kayla Itsines’ BBG in January, and if i can do this, I can do anything!

Which leads me to my next challenge…The London Marathon! I was so disappointed to get my rejection magazine through the door a few weeks ago that when I had places at work confirmed yesterday, I kind of had to put my name forward!

The positive and negatives going through my mind about it is its an incredible challenge but I will have to give up some things like BBG three times a week. I’ll ideally be running 3 times a week so HIIT training an extra 3 is just unrealistic and will probably kill me!

I’m going to meet with a personal trainer and find out what will be best in the hope of not only completing the marathon, but doing it well! If anyone has any marathon training tips please send them my way!! The only way I can complete the marathon the way I want to, is finding a good routine that works for me, and one that I can still enjoy what I’m doing in the gym, incorporating weights and a small amount of HIIT.

My time away from a routine has made me realise the bad habits I was getting into and that I need to focus more on the fact that I’m doing this for me, no one else. It’s so easy to get caught up in ‘fitspiration’ images and aspiring to look like someone else, but I should be focusing on my capabilities and taking my progress slowly. I got into the habit of putting too much pressure on myself and wanting my progress to be visible to everyone. This isn’t a healthy way to workout and definitely not something that will boost my confidence – in fact, it does the opposite.

Cuba I think will be a life changing experience for me and I hope it will bring back my motivation and drive to achieve new things and remind me how to concentrate on myself, rather than being good enough for everyone else. I will be writing all about it here as soon as I’m back, so for now, it’s goodbye for the next week and a bit before an overload of photos and daily updates about my challenge!

Remember to focus on yourself in your journey, don’t do it for anyone else and don’t compare yourself. 

http://www.justgiving.com/gemmacuba

GL xx

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