Good morning! Welcome to another Monday Motivation post designed to get your week off to a positive start, this week I’ve got a little fitness motivation for you! Life has taken a somewhat slower pace now that we are into the Easter holidays and it has been a very welcome change. In last week’s Monday Motivation I said I was going to make sure I stopped and put my feet up over the weekend. Did that happen…yes it flippin’ well did! We didn’t stop completely but for the most part there was a lot of relaxing that went on! I must admit it did take me a while to get into the idea of doing nothing, I am so used to being constantly on the go. On Good Friday Phoebe and I spent the afternoon decorating rocks for a rocking adventure – check out my video and post to see more of that! It was so lovely to have a whole afternoon to enjoy sitting and crafting together with no time constraints. On Saturday we had planned to go to the annual Bromley family (that’s my family for anyone that doesn’t know me) trip to the horse racing, but the weather looked so dreadful we decided to stay at home. By Sunday I’d definitely got into the swing of things and actually spent several hours sat watching This is Us on Amazon Prime (I LOVE THAT SHOW!).
This last week I’ve been working as normal but without the daily school runs, clubs and activities it’s been far less pressured. I’ve also used the little bit of extra time to motivate myself to start exercising again. I mentioned in my goals for this year that I wanted to start to exercise more and whilst I wasn’t planning to start any major fitness regime I wanted to get more active. However, even with a daily dog walk I rarely manage to make 10000 steps on my fitbit and the lack of fitness training is definitely starting to show. I’ve never been a huge fan of exercise, even though my entire career has been in health and fitness, but I’ve always done something. Whether it be running 2 or 3 times a week, regular speed walking or working out at home I’ve always kept it ticking over. As a result I’ve always been able to pretty much eat whatever I want and stay fairly trim. However, over the past few years I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon and have struggled to get back on.
I tried Herbalife a few years ago and it worked brilliantly. I went on holiday to Rhodes that Summer and it was the most confident I had felt in a bikini since before having children. But as with any ‘diet’ the results were only temporary. I knew that it wasn’t the healthiest way to lose weight and soon started to put the weight back on. A few weeks ago I got to the point where I was very aware that my clothes were no longer comfortable and my diet had got slightly out of control. So enough was enough and I took back control. I don’t like restricting my foods but cake and chocolate every single day is really not necessary! It doesn’t help when you live with someone that is so dedicated to his training it puts everyone else to shame! Andrew works out every day, sometimes twice a day and has done for the past 5 years. He does it for mental health as well as physical fitness and it’s had some dramatic results. I just wish I could be that focused and dedicated. I can come up with a million and one reasons as to why I can’t workout as hard as he does…but in the end they are all pretty feeble excuses!
So, I’ve put my motivated head on and three weeks into a new healthy eating plan I’m 5 pounds lighter but aware that if I want to continue to make progress and keep the weight off then exercise has got to play a part. Over the past few years I have found myself looking for quick wins and easy exercise plans that give amazing results with very little effort! Apparently that’s not how it works though…bummer!! So I’ve downloaded a free 30 day workout app which starts off slowly and builds up over time. I feel like I’m pretty determined this time to actually work for the body I want and not try to take the easy option. I would love to be able to feel as confident in my swimwear this Summer as I did 3 years ago. More than anything I just want to feel comfortable in my clothes and be happy when I look in the mirror. I have definitely accepted that I’m never going to get my 18 year old figure back but if I work hard and stay committed to my goal then I can be a much better version of my current self.
So if you’re like me and constantly looking for the quick win or the easy option when it comes to getting fit or losing weight then it’s time to wise up. Nothing worth while is ever easy and to get the body you want…you simply have to work for it! I’ll let you know how things go, but I’m currently 2 workouts in and it’s been a wake up call for my leg muscles…ouch!!