Hey guys! Firstly, I am SO sorry for such a long break from posting on my blog. I've had the busiest few weeks (starting a new job being a major part of that which I'll write about in another post) and I've just felt exhausted and uninspired to write blog posts, if I'm completely honest. I hate putting things up on my blog if I'm not 100% happy so I figured taking a break would be the best option until the writers block passed. Well, I'm happy to say that I think it may have finally gone away as I'm bursting with ideas and content I want to share with you guys !
Today I want to talk about fitness and something I never thought I'd hear myself say: my new found love for it. Yep that's right, I've caught the fitness bug and I'm so happy about it! To give you a bit of background - growing up I was always the type of person who never had to watch what they ate. I mean I used to work at Pizza Hut and would eat pizza at least 4 times a week whilst fitting in a size 6-8 with visible abs. Yep, I was living the dream. However, fast forward to the age of 25 when I was put on medication for anxiety and depression and my weight started to creep up. I could no longer eat anything I wanted and I began to notice changes in my body, changes I wasn't happy with. Basically, I didn't like what was staring back at me in the mirror. I'd gained around a stone in a year and although it isn't a huge amount, it was enough for me to notice and enough for me to want to do something about it. When your jeans are so tight the button pops off (yes this actually happened to
me whilst sitting on a bus - mortified x 100) you know it's time to get your act together, even when other people tell you 'don't be silly, you look fine'. It's all well and good other people thinking you look fine but if you don't feel happy in yourself, what anyone else thinks is irrelevant.
With this being said, I decided it was time to start exercising. It's something that's never interested me before as I hate the feeling of being sweaty and out of breath - two of the things that obviously go hand in hand with exercise. However, I'd always aspired to those girls with amazing toned bodies who are into fitness. I knew I was never going to look like them without adding exercise into my lifestyle so I decided to contact a local PT about helping me reach my goals. I was recommended him by the girl who does my nails and I'm so glad I took the plunge and booked some sessions as it's honestly changed my whole outlook on exercise.
Before starting my sessions I always saw exercise as a chore and something I would dread but that's because I wasn't doing the right things - running on a treadmill for 45 minutes isn't what I'd consider a fun workout. However, I'm now doing what's called 'functional fitness' which is basically a combination of moves using weights or body weight - basically the same as HIIT training. High intensity intervals where you do X amount of reps of an exercise for 3-5 sets which a short rest between each set. It really gets your heart rate up, makes me sweaty as hell and best of all, burns fat and builds muscle which is exactly what I want! It's also much more fun that running on a treadmill - yes it's hard and sometimes I feel like collapsing in a heap on the floor but when I'm finished, I feel 10x better about myself. That feeling of achievement is unbeatable and that's why I'd never go back to a sedentary lifestyle.
I've only been on my 'journey' if that's the right word for 2 and a half months but I already know that this is my lifestyle now and something I'll stick to long term. I've already lost around 8 inches from my body, my clothes fit better and I generally just feel way more confident in my own body! Who wouldn't want to feel like that? I still have a long way to go until I reach my personal goals - I want to build more muscle, look more defined and get my diet much cleaner than it is currently whilst still allowing myself treats here and there. One thing I've learnt since exercising more regularly is that the scales mean absolutely nothing when it comes to tracking progress. Since I started, I've only lost 3 pounds according to the scale but my body has totally changed shape and everything is more firm. My PT told me that because I'm building muscle, I probably won't see a significant drop on the scale as the fat I had is being replaced by muscle which is denser than fat meaning you look smaller whilst still weighing the same. I don't know the exact science behind it but it's been nice to stop stressing about the scales as much and just focus on what I see in the mirror and how my clothes fit which is a much better indication of progress.
Another thing I'm absolutely loving about going to the gym is the outfits - yep, I even think about outfits when going to the gym, haha. I never knew how many amazing gym kits were out there and all of the amazing fitness brands to choose from. My absolute go to brand at the moment has been JD Women's under armour range - I absolutely love the style and fit of their items. They fit like a glove and are really flattering too. The grey set and coral sports bra I have on in these photos are my favourite at the moment - those leggings literally hide a multitude of sins and suck me in at all the right places. I always thought gym wear would be unflattering with it being so skin tight but it's actually the total opposite. I probably feel my most body confident in a gym kit. It gets me feeling like an independent woman ready to take on the world, haha. Anyone else?!
I hope hope you enjoyed this brief insight into what I've been doing at the gym as I've had so many questions about what I've been doing since posting the odd video on Insta stories. I'd love to hear what your favourite gym workouts are or how you got in shape so please leave me a comment below :)