For the first time ever in my life I have been working out consistently for the last six months.
A couple of years ago I started working out properly for the first time, which I talked about here in ‘How I’m Getting Back to My Happy Weight in 4 Minutes of Exercise a Day‘ and I lost a lot of weight quite quickly just doing that. I felt so much better about myself, my confidence increased and I felt so much better in my clothes. At my sister’s wedding in Portugal in September that year I felt pretty happy with my body for the first time in a long time.
However, even though it was only four minutes a day I didn’t keep it up once winter hit, and even though I wasn’t loads bigger I felt it. I feel like at the age I am now it’s very easy to increase a few pounds if I don’t exercise for a few days and I change so much throughout the month. But I feel like it’s really noticeable to me when I am slightly bigger and clothes don’t fit me as nicely and I just feel horrible.
Last year from what I can remember there wasn’t a lot of consistent exercising. This year however I am getting married (on Sunday!) and so on the 19th January; the day I ordered my wedding dress and exactly six months until my wedding, I started exercising and am still going strong six months later.
I mainly use FitnessBlender YouTube videos (I have mentioned them before here) which I love and have only missed a few days in those six months (other than rest days). Until I got so tired with all the wedding stress I had actually got to the point where I wanted to exercise most days. I wouldn’t say I was enjoying it whilst I was doing it, but I found it reasonably easy to make myself get up and do it.
It is so so nice to feel better about my body and therefore about myself. I am the fittest I have ever been and my body is toned which I love. I don’t want to be skinny and can’t imagine I ever will be, but I want my body to be slim and toned. It’s obviously not perfect and I wouldn’t expect it to be unless I dedicated my life to fitness; I can get a flat belly quite easily but I can lose it again just as quickly.
Annoyingly I never got around to taking progress pictures – I would have liked to have them for myself to see how far I have come – but it is very clear to me how much my body has changed and I really wouldn’t want to give that up now. I can’t say that I feel much better health-wise; I am still struggling to sleep and don’t feel great most of the time, but I feel fit and that’s really nice.
The FitnessBlender video’s that I use are a combination of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Cardio and Strength training, and the majority of them are thirty minutes long or less. I had never ever done strength training before but it is a great thing for women to do – it really makes a difference quickly and helps you look more toned. I know a lot of women are scared of lifting weights in case they bulk up, but unless you lift really heavily that won’t happen. The days after I have done some strength training are the one’s when I see the biggest difference, especially in my waist. I also love strength workouts as a break from the intense HIIT workouts, as they are a bit calmer and you don’t jump around but they still make you sweat.
So for the first time in my adult life I am working out regularly and consistently and I am very happy about it. The big tests are my month long honeymoon to Spain and Portugal, and then winter. But I do feel for the first time that I actually really want to keep it up. I like the way exercise makes me feel and I definitely want to keep feeling good about my body and my self.
What do you think? Do you exercise consistently or would you like to?