I’m the laziest girl in the CGD office. I’m sure of that because I hate exerting myself and I just don’t like that tight-chested blood in mouth feeling that working out gives me. I used to eat moderately until University and unfortunately, enjoying too much alcohol and pizza every night actually took its toll on this lazy girl, and I went from a UK size 6 to a size 12.
I didn’t/don’t actually care about my size that much, but I do care about the fact that the lift is broken where I live and walking up the flights of stairs actually makes me want to die. I decided it was time to get fit, for the first time in my life. Here’s how I’ve fared after my first week, what I’ve used and how I’ve kept going.
#1 I give myself a treat
Yeah, I’ve actually cut out fizzy drinks for the first time in my life and for the first week I had a headache almost every day, but now I’m fine. In order not to lose my motivation I let myself have a treat, whether it be a hot chocolate on my way to work or a bowl of Cocoa pops in the middle of the day. I know it’s silly, but I’ve had to let myself have a couple of treats in order to keep going.
#2 I work out from home
I never thought I’d stick to a workout schedule, but Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide is kicking my ass in the best way! I use Instagram to keep me on track, whenever I feel myself losing motivation I check out @bbgmotivator on Instagram, the transformations alone are enough to keep me going.
#3 I don’t look at the scales
I never liked looking at the scales anyway, once I bought a set of scales I was much more depressed about my size. I’m not designed to be big, but I am extremely curvy, so none of the sample sizes of clothes will ever fit me, even if I lose weight, so I don’t care about that. What I did care about was the number reflected on the scales, to the point where I would hate myself every time I looked at it. I’m actually tracking my weight in photographs, one photo at the start of my journey and one every 4 weeks so I can start to see the differences.
#4 I pick up healthy stuff for lunch
Crackers, fruit and healthy popcorn are my staples. I’m not calorie counting, but by cutting out my junk food intake entirely I’ve managed to lower my calories to well under the recommended amount and be full all the time. Whenever I get a craving for Coca-Cola or chocolate I get some fruit or look at recipes. I’m working on a healthy Ferrero Rocher smoothie, I’ll let you know how that goes.
#5 I go easy on myself
Seriously I was the most unhealthy person ever, McDonald’s was my favourite place second only to my bed. If I can do it, anybody can, I really mean that. I’ve started off with 28 minutes every other day, and I did my ‘full body’ workout yesterday and only completed half of it because my muscles were too sore. It’s important that your muscles have time to heal as that’s when they grow, and I’m having dreams of super muscly arms and a six pack.
#6 I track the little changes
So far, I’ve got tonnes more energy. I’ve lost my cravings for fizzy drinks, my skin is clearing up, my eyes are much brighter and whiter (unless it’s an early morning in the office) and I feel proud of myself and my efforts. I’ve actually become addicted to working out, I’ve started doing Yoga and I’m looking forward to going to the gym. It’s so easy if you’re dedicated.
#7 I have fun things set aside
I allow myself to watch The Good Wife after I’ve completed my workout and I have this printable from The Happiness Planner that I stamp every time I’ve completed a whole day of being healthy (which is super addictive). Another thing I do is follow every aerobic/exercise playlist on Spotify and blast it loud in the kitchen while I dance around in my workout gear, it’s the perfect warm-up and boosts my mood!
Don’t think this is just another healthy post from a super fit girl because trust me, I’m very well acquainted with my stomach rolls, but if I can do a complete lifestyle overhaul so can you! Let’s chat about your fitness inspiration in the comments below, are any of you starting a challenge?
Xxxx Beth (the laziest girl in the office!)