Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I have been umming and ahhing about whether to do these posts but, right now, fitness is a huge priority in my life. Last year, i struggled with my anxiety and exhaustion. It would get to around 1pm and i wouldn't be able to keep my eyes open. I felt like a zombie most of the time which didn't help my anxiety. As the end of the year approached, i just felt stuck in a rut of bad eating choices, not exercising and drinking too much Cherry coke because it gave me caffeine!
I needed to make changes. I have always had a funny relationship with food and exercise since i was 11 and i take dieting etc to the complete extreme. I wanted to make this year about being the best version of myself that i can be. I didn't want to start a fad diet that i wouldn't be able to keep to or workout every single day at the gym. I made notes on what i wanted from the year and the most important thing for me was to feel more energised, to be able to do more in the day without getting so tired and to tone up my body. With all this in mind, i set out finding a good workout guide that would suit me. I came across the Kayla Itsine's bbg workout guide and it really seemed to appeal to me. The workouts are tough BUT there is an instagram community of over 2 million girls following this workout guide. On the 5th of January, Kayla started the Kayla movement which means everyone started from week 1 all over again and then uploaded their progress and pictures to inspire each other and support each other. I set up a seperate fitness account that is just for me and started the workouts on the 5th. I also joined the gym just before christmas so on the middle days between workouts, i could do cardio, swimming etc if i wanted. I started doing my guides at home but as i felt stronger and didn't feel the urge to throw up followed by lying in the fetal position, crying, i have started doing them on the floor at the gym to give me more inspiration to get through them. They are amazing and i have noticed huge changes in my body already!
I did start weighing myself at the beginning of the workouts but decided to start taking measurements for the first few months and then weigh myself at the end. I can obsess over the number and i am happy by taking weekly progress pictures and weekly measurements.
By the end of week 3 i have lost 2 inches from my thighs, 3 inches from around my bum and 2.5 inches from my waist. From christmas to the beginning of the workouts, i had lost 8lbs. I am so happy with my progress pictures after only 3 and a half weeks and seen a huge difference in my legs and stomach.
I am not dieting. I am just making smarter choices. I am snacking a lot of fruit and will take fruit with me where ever i go now so i don't get tempted to have a chocolate bar or a fizzy drink. I am drinking a lot more water and peach water and haven't had any soda since the beginning of the year. I am eating a lot of vegetables and noodles for dinner and jacket potato's or soups for lunch.
I hope you will all follow my new fitness journey. I am enjoying this change and have completely thrown myself into it. I haven't blogged or taken as many pictures or created or baked really this month as i have just been concentrating on this journey, but this week, i have slowly started to feel some passion coming back for my blog and photography. I am just going to do what makes me happy in the moment and not pressure myself to do too much until i can find a good balance that works for me. I am still getting tired but not as much and finding that instead of afternoon naps, i just need to go to bed a lot earlier. I will be doing a post at the end of each month and excited to see the progression at the end of Feb already!
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