FITNESS UPDATE | JANUARY

Sunday, 31 January 2016

If you know me you'll know that fitness isn't my thing. I've never been to a gym, lifted a weight or gone on a run. I'm probably the least fit person you will ever come across. I used to play netball in secondary school but that was the extent of my exercise.

In 2015 I noticed I was putting on a bit of weight: my arms looked chubbier, my waist line bigger and I couldn't fit into some of my clothes. I'm usually quite petite so gaining that much weight over the year got me down. I know that's not a huge amount of weight gain and I was still a size 10 (maybe size 12 on my more bloated days) but I'd been a size 8/10 for most of my life and I still wanted to maintain that as I was getting older.

On New Year's Day I had a bit of an emotional breakdown (I hadn't had a good New Year's Eve and was a little hungover) and decided I wanted to get fit. I didn't necessarily want to lose weight, I wanted to tone up and gain more energy.

My first week of getting fit was amazing. I completed a couple of workouts Dan had put together for me, which included arms, legs and abs exercises. I also downloaded Kayla Itsines app because I'd heard amazing things.

I wanted another form of exercise that was more relaxing so my friend recommended Yoga with Adriene. She has a series of YouTube videos that you can easily follow at home and it's made my goal of getting fit so much easier. I really enjoy doing the routines, it's so cathartic and I would 100% recommend it.

At the end of the first week I lost 6lbs as a result of these workouts, bike rides, yoga and healthy eating. The healthy eating side was the hardest part - I tried to limit my intake of bread and other carbohydrates and incorporate more fruit and veg into my diet.

The second week brought with it some weight gain because I was on my period. I still managed to complete the workouts, yoga and even go on a run using the 5k runner app, which slowly builds you up to running 5 then 10 then 15k. Running definitely isn't my strong point because of my asthma, and I struggle to control my breathing, but I will hopefully start back up again this week or the next.

The third week was my birthday week so I'm sorry to say I did no exercise. I still tried to be healthy although the champagne, steak and wine on my birthday would suggest otherwise. It was a completely justified break from getting fit, and sometimes you just have to let your body rest.

This week I've been slowly getting back into a routine. I've done a couple of workouts and some yoga so I'm getting there slowly but surely. I hope to start running again and actually enjoy it, whilst getting my breathing sorted. However, at the moment I'm enjoying my workouts and yoga so much so I might just focus on them for the time being.

My friends at work have also started to get fit so we've made a pact to go to the gym after payday. It will be a bit of a struggle because we finish work at 7 so we'll have to find the motivation to go straight after work. The good thing about going together is that we can all push each other when one of us isn't feeling it.

If you have any tips for getting fit please let me know in the comments. I'm immensely proud of myself for losing almost half a stone this month and toning my body. Bring on February!

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