Sunday 24 April 2016

Getting My Strength and Motivation Back

For the first time in a long while, I'm starting to feel like I've regained my strength in the gym and it feels so good. I am still annoyed with myself that I took eye off what made me feel happy and good and let my unmotivated days take over from my motivated days, which meant that slowly and surely, I stopped working out, sometimes for weeks on end, but finally I am back on the right track.

For a while I let a load of life stress get on top of me, and I totally lost focus on the one thing that made me feel in control and I really wish I hadn't, as its such an easy thing to start talking yourself out of. Constant postponing until another day 'when you'll feel better', or another week 'when your head will be in the game', it all adds up to another excuse for avoiding the grind. What I'm learning more and more though, is that its not about the big game plan, the grand promise yourself that this week will be week of doing this, and not doing that,  it's about just doing one thing every day that makes a positive difference. One small thing every day and you'll start to notice a change, because just like when you make excuses, they all add up, and positive daily changes is the good change you wanna see. 

In adopting this process, I've got myself firmly into a gym routine I'm really happy with and have been able to maintain and thank god as now I'm back on it, I realised how much I did really miss it. Its my happy place, the place where the more you sweat, the better you feel and where there in no set right or wrong circuit or way of doing things. Its completely up to you, and you can change things up and keep inventing new circuits that push you in new ways. I love it, on weekends in particular when I work out, I just do what I feel, just because I can. It feels like a treat too, as during the week I do my set circuits and reps, but on the weekend I do the exercises I want to do, not worrying about whether it's legs, abs or arms, or just cardio, it's just something I can do for me to make me feel good.

That's what I need to keep reminding myself. We all have those days where all we want to do is slob about, and there isn't anything wrong with that once in a while, but it quickly becomes a habit as its an easy and lazy option. I got too used to rewarding myself for a hard week by not working out, rather than working out to reward my body and help strengthen it, that I just got into bad shape. It's taken me about three months so far, and although I'm a long way off from where I want to be, I am in a much better place mentally, because I'm achieving and physically because I'm actually putting in the work.

I'm still at the start of my journey, but I can feel the progress in the fact that I am stronger and feel powerful; I can lift certain weights again, run for a certain amount of time, and complete push ups again without reverting to the easier type. I admit that I'm not seeing the physical progress in my body that I want to yet, but that's because you can't out train a bad diet, and I know that. My diet isn't great, and now my fitness is in a regular routine, I am making small daily changes to my diet to sort that part out. 

It's not about committing myself to something unobtainable or beating myself up if I eat something I should probably avoid, it's about making a lifestyle choice and sticking too it, which is what I'm doing. I got myself into some bad eating habits and now its about weaning myself out of them slowly, but I'm also in no rush. I have no timescale for when I want my body to be good by, I just want it to be a constant journey that I take myself on and constantly keep improving.

For anyone else struggling with routine and getting back into the gym, I hope this helps. It's definitely worked for me, and I'm proud of myself for getting back on the horse, if I can do it, you can do it too!

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