Lessons I've Learnt on my Fitness Journey
If you follow my Instagram you’ll know that I hit a little bump in the road with my nutrition and training the last couple of weeks. However after a quick reset and check in with my coaches I feel amazing, albeit exceptionally sore, to be back doing what feels great.
Recovering from my little blip made me realise how far I’ve come in the last year and a half/ two years with regards to my health and fitness. Since the day I stopped dancing full time, I have battled with my weight and my fitness. For five or six years I literally had no clue what I was doing and floundered around trying bits of everything and not really committing to anything.
So, after realising how much I’ve learnt I decided to share it with you in case you, like I have been so many times, are stuck in that horrid health and fitness limbo of confusion
No 1. – Start Now
How many times have you reached for a second (or third) biscuit because it’s Wednesday and you can’t possibly break any bad habits half way through the week – you’ll wait til Monday…? Or you have an event coming up so you’ll start after that? Let me tell you… you will always push it out to NEXT Monday. There will always be another event to look forward to. Start now! Your body has no bloody idea what day of the week it is, and telling yourself that you’ll start on Monday is essentially giving yourself licence to binge eat for three or four days.
No.2 – Get Organised
You guys, Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance! Whether it’s scheduling your workouts into your calendar or getting that meal prep all knocked out on a Sunday afternoon, get it done and give yourself the best possible chance at success.
No.3 – Surround yourself with support
You will not succeed on your health and fitness journey (or in anything in life) if you have to battle with not only yourself, but with negative people around you constently. I’ve spoken before about the effect of negative people being a part of your life, but when it comes to your health you really do need to be in a positive state of mind, otherwise you will resent the whole process. Don’t let anyone tell you not to bother simply because they are lazy and would much prefer if you were too. Don’t be peer pressured into eating something you would rather not just because everyone else around the table is doing so. You are on this journey for you, to improve your quality of life both now and in the future. Don’t leave that decision making process to someone else.
No. 4 – Stay focussed on your goal
By this I simply mean that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It will take approximately four weeks for you to see a difference in your body, less to feel the difference. Those close to you will begin to notice after six to eight weeks, and other friends around the 10 – 12 week mark. You did not get into the shape you’re in now overnight, and you are not going to reverse it that quickly. Work hard, be consistent, and trust the process.
No. 5 – What does ‘balance’ mean?
Oh that irritating word can be a blessing and, to be honest, just another excuse.
Let me tell you what balance is not when it comes to your health and fitness:
It is not sticking to a strict diet for four days, and then eating appallingly for three over the weekend. It is not eating perfectly until 4pm and then letting all hell break loose in front of the snack cupboard after work. It is not choosing between eating well OR training and moving your body. It is not #YOLO.
Balance, is working hard consistently and earning the right to take a night or even a day off to enjoy a family dinner, a night out with the girls, or a weekend away with Ryan Reynolds.
Too many people quote ‘balance’ whilst continuing with unhealthy habits, and then wonder why they aren’t seeing results.
No. 6 – Give yourself a Break
Carrying on from what balance really means, It is so important to live your life. Nope, I’m not contradicting myself. How many times have you set off on some new ‘Health Kick’ which has condemned you to weeks of being housebound for fear that you might ‘cheat’ if you head to a café with friends or out to dinner? How many events have you been at and looked around the room resentfully at everyone eating the delicious food while you wallow in self pity?
Stop. Learn how to order when you’re out. Learn which cafés in your area have great healthy options. Learn how to go out for dinner without ordering dessert. But for love of god don’t miss out on your life. Just be smarter about the choices you make while you live it.
I hope this helps guys… I feel like I could keep writing this post forever and ever!
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned during your health and fitness journey? We can never stop learning from each other!
Much love guys,