9 April 2014

A little fitness journey...

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I have been wanting to write a 'health and fitness' type of post for a little while but I didn't want it to come across as boring nonsense. My journey with my 'getting fitter' has always been up and down and, to be totally honest, I feel like if I write a post about 'how I keep myself healthy or fit' it leaves you open to all sorts of internet abuse, regardless of your situation in life (the downside to having a part of yourself on the internet I guess).

Recently though, I have been wanting to include more of a variety of posts on here and kind of feel like if I'm going to do it that I should just go for it, so here we go. This is my opinion on my experiences so if you disagree that is ok, but please try to do so nicely! (Thanks!)

When I was a teenager I was a 'big girl' - I comfort ate A LOT and subsequently I expanded around the middle and became more body conscious as a result. As I got older I started to suffer from acne and was still gaining pounds to match - what with the combination of those things and wearing glasses I was a target for comments at school etc. I really don't want to mention what size I was on here as it is not relevant, the point I want to make is how to move forward from that really.

At the grand old age of 17 I embarked on a fitness qualification as, despite my size, I had always been interested in sport and fitness, I was just larger than 'average' (whatever that is these days!). I began working in the industry and kind of have done ever since then really. I have tried most fitness fads, most crash diets, most stupid pills and quick fixes, and I am here to tell you not to do the same.

These days I like to think of myself as a lot more level headed and hate to hear young girls and boys talking non-stop about their bodies (Just let them finish growing before judging yourself! Get outside and run about!). Although I am not full-time in the industry now I cannot help myself when it comes to telling people to stay active, something is better than nothing and 'don't give up'. So many people start a regime, feel a slight bit of discomfort and immediately quit. Honestly guys, stick with it, it is so worth it, push through the pain (injuries and on-going health issues excluded obviously) - eat a balanced diet that is as low in processed foods as you can get, drink lots more water and cut sugar and alcohol... tell me that you don't feel better after this!

As someone who finds it hard to lose weight - partially genetically and partially health reasons, I have to work my butt off to stay the size I am and I am not a stick - I am a size 14 and proud! I train hard, I eat right (most of the time) and I try. That is all you can do, try (your very, very best). On days where you feel like all you want to do is go home, pour a glass of wine and sit, make sure you get outside or go to the gym, even for half an hour. You will come away feeling motivated, inspired and proud that you fought past the devil on your shoulder telling you to 'do it tomorrow'.

My new found love when it comes to training programmes comes in the form of a rather intense downloadable workout from Australian trainer Kayla Itsines. She specialises in what has become known as the 'Bikini Body' - just a healthy looking body to you and me. I am not suggesting I will look like a bikini model by next week (if only!), but her workouts are awesome. I love this type of training and am really getting into pushing this hard again. You can find out more about her on her Instagram Page or her website - check out some of her results on Instagram too - amazing.

Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post. I want to include more fitness here so may continue to do (shorter) posts centered around that too. Let me know if there is anything specific you want to read about.


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