How are we all? I haven’t blogged for a while (AGAIN) eek! I apologise. But I must say, I have very good reason. The reason is:
I’VE JOINED THE GYM
Yes, I have become quite the Gym Bunny and I must say, I am loving it! After much debate about what gym to join I opted for Sports Direct Fitness
I was looking for a gym that offered classes, gym equipment and a swimming pool and it was really hard to find at first. I found this gym by chance when I totally mixed it up with a different gym but more than anything I was won over by the price of this one. For access to full use of the gym equipment, classes, swimming pool & sauna, it costs £19.99 per month. I have joined gyms in the past (around 13 years ago…eeek) and I’m sure at the time I was paying £29 per month at the time and this didn’t even include classes, I also had to pay for each class I took.
So, I have been doing the gym now for the past 4/5 weeks and so far, I am absolutely loving it. That’s not to say it’s been hard work, my oh my I have felt pain in places I didn’t know I had muscle to work! But as they say NO PAIN etc etc 🙂
I came across this photo and this is the photo that made me promise myself that I wouldn’t give up this time round:
It’s been around 4/5 weeks now since going to the gym and I only go 3/4 times a week and I can honestly say that I can actually feel the difference. I’ll clear something up first because I get a lot of lash from my family and friends who all say to me that “you don’t need to lose weight” or that “you’re fine the way you are”
They don’t live inside my body, they don’t see the extra wobbly bits I now have that I never had before, but I can see them and I can feel them and I joined the gym to work hard and feel better about myself again because I had been unhappy for a while. I started wearing tights on nights out because I no longer liked my legs, I would hide myself away on sunny days because I couldn’t bare wearing shorts and having my thighs out. But I used to wear shorts all the time, namely denim hot pants and it killed me that I just didn’t feel comfortable enough anymore to wear them. I was even very wary about what dresses I would wear, especially the length of them because I especially hate the back of my legs at the top of my thighs. Now, these feelings haven’t only just came around or I would blame old age! Lol!! I have been living with these feelings for around 5 years. 5 whole years! Feeling like I was a totally different person and it affected me and my moods and also certain relationships whether it be between myself and my husband, or me and friends. I would be asked to go out all the time and I would always turn a night out down, because I just don’t feel comfortable in anything that I put on. It’s only now looking back that I see how much that extra bit of weight and little dimples (cellulite) on my thighs/back of my legs, turned me into a recluse. I was usually always up for a night out, the chance to get all dressed up in a little dress and huge heels and strut the night away but in the last few years, I was forever turning everyone down. My confidence took a great knock and I had no one to blame but myself.
I have no idea what it was that gave me the kick up the back side that I needed to actually do something about it but if I could bottle it and sell it, I’d be a millionaire for sure! I just remember this feeling coming over me after reading my TimeHop from 4 years ago for the 4th year in a row and realising that I have been feeling this way all this time and never got round to doing anything and it was at that point after realising I had been moaning about it for long enough that I knew I had to get up and do something. So, I done just that and joined the gym.
So far, I haven’t braved a class as yet because, well, I’m shit scared to be frank! I’ve glimpsed in on a few and by god they look tough going. For now I have a good little routine that seems to be working for me after speaking with and getting an induction from a Personal Trainer. I have been starting off on the treadmill and doing intervals of sprinting as fast as I can for 10 seconds, and then coming off for 20 seconds and repeat for 10 minutes. That was when I first started, I now try and reach 15 minutes and running for 20 seconds and stopping for 10. This sounds easy doesn’t it 🙂 Yeah, try it! Lol!!! It physically hurts, and up until I’ve managed to control my breathing, I was puffing and panting the entire time! Now it’s not so bad, still hard work, but I seem to have built up my strength. I have also opted to do more weight training so I then use the machines to work your arms, legs and bum. The personal trainer I had my induction with gave me great advice and better ideas to achieve my goals. I thought power walking on a treadmill and then doing the cross trainer and exercise bikes all in the one night was a good workout. Turns out I was wrong, and it was proven to me right in front of my own eyes. One time I was doing my usual 10 second sprint/20 second rest and this time I lasted 12 minutes. In those 12 minutes I had burned 133 calories. The girl next to me was on the treadmill for 42 minutes and she had only burned 233. Yes, 100 more than me but had I kept going for another 10 minutes, equalling my time to 22 minutes, I’d have burned more than her in shorter time. I will do some classes eventually but for now, what I am doing is working really well for me. I’m starting to feel better within myself and I feel like I can see slight changes in my frame.
I really should have taken a “before” photo because I didn’t do that at the start for fear of anyone seeing it in my phone! But, I might actually start now. I have never been a fan of weight scales, I believe they are the devils work! No one ever judges you by lifting you up and guessing what you weigh, it’s just a number and numbers can change, it’s up to me to change that. I have no idea what I weigh right now and I have no interest in knowing. I just want to like what I see in the mirror 🙂
I know I still have a long way to go but if I continue to keep going the way I am, I know I’ll eventually achieve the best version of myself that I can be 🙂
And that, is my goal 😀
Of course, you can live in the gym 24/7 but if you aren’t eating well then it feels like all your good work is going to waste. I’ve yet to get into a better routine of eating because apparently I don’t eat enough! But I am trying. I find making a meal plan at the weekend for the week ahead really helps. I don’t believe in shakes, I could never have a drink for breakfast and call it a meal. I don’t do protein shakes/juice plus stuff etc. I just don’t think it’s good for me. You can get all the stuff that your body needs by preparing it all and making sure you are well fuelled with the right foods and water. For anyone interested, I have attached a food plan for the week because when I have been trying to find things to mix up my dinners/lunches etc I was getting so bored eating the same stuff so a plan gives you the opportunity to mix it up a bit and you don’t feel like you are constantly eating the same stuff 🙂
|Monday||Crunch & Greek Yogurt||Chicken Salad||Mussels & Side Salad||Banana|
|Tuesday||Warburton Thin/Peanut Butter/Banana||Scrambled Eggs/Chopped Avocado||Flakes of Smoked Salmon and mixed veg||Chopped Strawberries|
|Wednesday||Greek Yogurt & Fruit||Toasted Warburton Thin/Peanut Butter/Banana||Boiled Chicken Fillets/Green Veg||Blueberries & Raspberries|
|Thursday||2 Boiled Eggs/Toasted Warburton Thin||Koka Curry Noodles||Sweet potato mash, corned beef and veg||2 Ryvita Multiseed Thins/Garlic Pate|
|Friday||Scrambled Eggs/Chopped Avocado||Mixed Pepper Omelette||Quorn Chicken stirfry/Veg||2 Ryvita Multiseed Thins/Garlic Pate|
|Saturday||Vegetarian Fry||Ham Salad Sandwich/Side of SnackAJacks||Mixed Pepper omelette/Rice & Veg||Chopped Mixed Fruit|
|Sunday||DAY OFF||DAY OFF||DAY OFF||DAY OFF|
This is what I typically eat through the week. I have been told I don’t eat enough for someone at the gym 3/4 times a week. I am not a nutritionist nor am I an expert with gym stuff/eating habits but I thought I would share my experience and what I do at the gym and what I eat through my week.
Trying to find things online was a real struggle so I just wanted to share what I eat. Obviously this changes each week and new things are added to shake it up. I also would like to point out that I don’t hold myself back, if I fancy having a pizza one night, I will, if I fancy a takeaway Chinese, I will. It’s all about balance. I eat really well perhaps 85% of the time. There is nothing wrong with having what you want so long as we do it in moderation.
I’m not 100% sure on what the message of this post is about, I feel like I have just blabbed away without much thought as to if it makes any sense! Haha!! I guess I just wanted to share with you all what I’ve been doing recently and also share some wisdom I have learned through the gym. Also, if I can manage after 5 years of moaning about being inactive and feeling like a slob to get up, shake it off, do something about it, then I hope I can encourage at least one other person who perhaps is or has been feeling like I did for so long to also do it too because I wont lie, it really does feel so good! I feel so much happier as a person, every time I come away from the gym I have this smug feeling about me and there isn’t a feeling like it. I feel like I am getting my old confidence back, slowly, but surely 🙂
I can’t recommend the gym I am at anymore. They are so friendly, make you feel so welcome and once you get over the fear of it feeling daunting walking into a gym full of people (which by the way, goes away really fast when you realise no one is watching you) its a great place to be a part of 🙂 There is always someone on hand to show you stuff or give you advice and you can also book with a Personal Trainer if you feel that’s more your thing.
And that’s all for now 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the read,
Until next time,