Exercise for the Lazy!

Right, this sounds counter-intuitive, but hear me out.

Before I lost weight, I was massively LAZY (and still am really). Exercise was the last thing on my mind.

And to be perfectly honest, I still struggle to motivate myself to go to the gym.(I’m only human)

But here are a few tips that I’ve found help keep me on track.

Exercise in the morning

Before my brain knows what it’s doing, I love to get to the gym before work and bash my workout out. That way, when I finish work, I can just leave with a big smile on my face and toddle off straight home to do whatever I like.(watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race)

Learn a few circuits

At the beginning, I really benefitted from a gym instructor who knew the right circuits to give me an all over workout, and I still do them to this very day. There’s all sorts on the internet with free fitness plans that are easy to figure out. Just have a search around. To get you started, there’s a good one on Popsugar’s website here. 

Have a plan for those days you REALLY CANT BE BOTHERED

On days like this, I swim. A great thing about swimming is it takes all the weight off your limbs and you can go at your own pace. So if you want to speed up, you can. If you’re especially lazy, go for a 10 minute walk. It’s on these lazy days, that you really need to get your body moving, to keep up the routine.

Workout with a friend

Go for a swift walk with your friend or relative, go for a bike ride, or a zumba class. Research shows, working out with a friend is better than lone workouts ( as long as you don’t spend the entire time talking; you’re here to exercise remember.)

Build exercise into your day

Every time you go to the loo, do 10 or 20 squats. Or skip 100 times. Do step ups on your stairs at home. This way you won’t even feel like you’re exercising but you get the benefit of those endorphins. Chase those endorphins!

Some of these tips might not work for everyone and you do need to have a certain amount of determination to start any exercise regime, but no one said it would be easy.

It’s all about making that start into fitness as you get such a buzz when you do something for the first time and then build on it.

Just this morning I was chuffed with myself for doing 100 stomach pulses in a circuit that I did 3 times. I hadn’t done that many for a while all at once, so I had a little victory yay in my head when I’d done 🙂

Just try and make a start with exercise; it’s not big and scary and you can reap huge rewards from it, such as improved cardio-vascular health and better all round fitness.

If I can make a start, ANYONE CAN!

 

Time for a Revelation

Hiya lovelies,

How’re you doing?

I’ve been super busy working a wedding show last weekend and then subsequently ate my own body weight in takeaway. Mcdonalds, indian, chinese, indian again…you name it, I’ve eaten it.

Anyway, I’m back on the straight and narrow this week and have to tell you this as I feel like it’s a bit of a revelation.

Are you ready?

I’m taking a break from Slimming World.

Now I’m not saying I’ve quit and shouting hurray from the roof tops but I have to say it was messing with my mental state and I knew it was time to take a break.

I’m in a completely different stage of my journey now than I was when I first started this blog, and am focussing more on toning up and building muscle than weight loss. I feel comfortable in the fact that I can stick around 12 and a half stone for the rest of my life and still eat healthily with some naughty treats thrown in there too.

Yes it’s a constant battle and maybe I will go back to Slimming World after some time away, but for now I am going to try and stick to it my own way, without the constant worry about what the scales might say each week.

I’m going to get weighed maybe every 2 weeks and then try to move it to once a month and, ( I know I say this all the time) I’m going to take my bloody measurements and progress pictures because I have the shittest memory ever!

I hope that wherever you are on your journey, you’re smashing your goals but even if you’re struggling, that’s ok too.

I have been too hard on myself and have forgotten the amazing achievement of 9 stone loss. Yeah I know it’s not the magic 10 but is that extra stone gonna magically make me happier? No.

I thought I’d be happy at a 16-18 and then realised I could keep going, so I did.

And now I’m at a point where I want to try and build my strength and fitness and see if I can up those weights and build up my stamina running for longer periods of time.

These little goals are my new way of maintaining my health, so if I can eat healthy 80% of the time, I think we’re onto a winner, don’t you?

SIMW

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