The Fitness Diaries #1 - A New Me?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Let's be honest... I have been avoiding any type of exercise for a while now. However, after a recent dip in self-confidence and the knowledge that I have a holiday booked for August and the Great North Run to train for, I have decided that now is the time to make a change!

Last year I was pretty active. I actually enjoyed running and I ran the Great North Run in September... Then the exercise just seemed to stop. 

I've never been one for the gym. I've always liked the idea of going to a gym however, I end up getting a membership, going for a few weeks and then the excuses would start. I've decided the gym isn't for me at this moment in time. For me, it was just a waste of money.

I think, over the last few months I've been using work or the weather as an excuse not to exercise. I'm either too tired, got work to do or the weather wasn't the best for running. As I've been so busy, it's also meant that I haven't been making the best choices when it comes to food. Don't get me wrong, my figure hasn't totally changed and I haven't put on a great deal of weight, I'm simply just not as toned as I used to be and I'm definitely not as fit as I was. It has really knocked my self-confidence and when I look in the mirror, I don't like what I see. So I've decided that I need to do something about it!

That is where this series comes in... I need something to hold me accountable and I feel that posting about my journey on here will help with that. 

Where will I start?

I've started by taking some before pics and measurements. I think if I see a change then it will really help to keep me motivated. One measurement I haven't taken is my weight. My goal isn't to lose a lot of weight, I simply just want to tone up and I think by taking photos and measurements I can focus more on these than what the scales say.

What am I going to do?

Over the next 30 days, my main goal is to stick with The 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. 

I have used this DVD before and did enjoy it. I also liked the fact that it only takes 20 minutes out of your day. This is a must for me, especially when I'm working. 

I do plan on taking some rest days (at least 1 a week). I think it is important to give your muscles some time to repair. Plus, after months of no exercise, I'd be amazed if I could keep up with doing this every day anyway. I need to be realistic! 

I would like to try and get at least 2 runs in a week. I'll gradually build up my distance again and I'll probably start by going for a short 2-mile easy jog.

I am going to try and eat as healthy as possible and I'll also keep a food diary for myself. Therefore, I should be able to keep track of what I am eating and I'll be able to identify if anything needs to change. 

Hopefully, I'll be able to keep this up as I really want to get into exercising more. If you have any tips, throw them my way and let me know how your fitness is going. I need some encouragement!

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