So I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts that I’ve started taking my fitness a little more seriously – aside from the fact that it’s about time I get my arse toned, it’s also proven that exercise is great for those of us who suffer with poor mental health – and hey, I’m up for anything that’s gonna stave off any rotten depressive gremlins! Ultimately though, I just want to feel better in myself – & cheesy as it most definitely sounds, I really would like to finally fall in love with what I see in the mirror.
With all this cheese and fitness stuff in mind, I thought it might be a good idea to create a section of my blog that I can use as a diary, where I can keep track of how I’m doing, moan when I’m aching, maybe show some progress pics etc. I figured it’d be good motivation!
Now you are talking to someone who used to fake periods to get out of rounders at school, & you are also talking to someone who can’t do a pushup to save her life. I know. But I have faith. I think the difference in me now is I actually want to take care of my body – it’s my temple – and I think it helps that I’m finally accepting that I’m worthy of all that good self-care & self-love.
So in the last few weeks I’ve been focusing mostly on my thighs – they’ve always been my biggest insecurity & the reason you haven’t seen me snapped in a bikini or hot pants ever. I’m 27 now, and I’m just about done being insecure. I’m the only one that can change my pins, and so that’s what I’m planning on doing! The photo you see below was post-leg-workout, and I wanted to snap them looking semi-toned before it all disappeared! Let’s ignore the loo in the background, soz.
Now I’ve not got a fitness plan or a strict workout schedule at the mo, so it’d be fair to say I’m winging it – all that said though, I’ve found some really good workouts on YouTube & Pinterest and have been mostly sticking with them. I’ve also hit the exercise bike hard. Last week I was on it for a solid 96 minutes, and as proud as I am of that now, I can tell you my butt cheeks were in tatters. I think I’m aiming for a mix of cardio to lose a little weight & then toning to… well, tone. I’ve been squatting like nobody’s business – normal, sumo & weighted – and have done leg scissors/lunges aplenty.
I’ve also been doing lots of yoga! I find it wonderful for my breathing, calmness & stretching – I just feel so good after a sesh. I follow & am a huge fan of ‘Yoga with Adrienne’ on YouTube, & I can’t recommend her to you enough! I’ve been eating healthier & am more conscious about what I’m putting into my body – resisting all the creme eggs in Sainsbury’s is blinkin’ tough though, ngl.
I’m basically an absolute beginner, but I’m learning something new every week. I’m lucky to have a very fitness orientated boyfriend who’s always on hand to encourage & train with me – he’s even done some pad work & boxing with me! Which, by the way, has made me realise that I have a lot of pent up anger in my lil bones. Better to batter it out on some pads then let it simmer inside though I say!
So yes. This is chapter one.. or diary entry one, whatever. I’m aching as we speak from yesterday’s outer thigh workout – did you know folk refer to outer thigh fat as ‘saddle bags’?! I don’t know how to feel about that! I discovered that I’ve got a gammy left leg that doesn’t like playing ball when it comes to leg lifts.. it just sorta floats mid-air like HEY I’M YOUR USELESS LEG WHEEEY. But.. yeah. All in all, very positive! I might be a bit sore but it’s a good kinda sore, and I’m excited to keep track of my progress. I’m working on me for me this year, and I’m determined AF.
Are you new to the fitness game too? Maybe you have some tips or words of wisdom for us newbies! Pop ’em in the comments below!
Big smoochies always,