“For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about an inner happiness and an overall well-being”. Rakul Preet Singh
Ok, so this challenge is so much much harder than I could have ever have imagined, who knew I hated exercise so much now?! If you are wondering “what challenge is she going on about” then you can catch up here.
However, I am committed and convinced that 30 days of fitness is going to help me get back into healthy habits and clear my mood because honestly I am done with feeling this now! I can safely say that its nowhere near as fun as 40 new things in 40 days although I am learning a lot about myself so swings and roundabouts I guess. Anyway, I am rambling now, so here are the next four days………..
Day 5: Walk 4.6 miles Dunham massy
While the weather has been beautiful I have been making a real effort to get outside more. For me fitness is just about moving your body, I spend so much time sat in my car or sat in the office that I miss just actually having an active job which I have always had. It is super important for me to actually just walk so I decided to take my fitness challenge for a walk. I think you sometime forget how much you walk in normal life, I have a Fitbit that I couldn’t life without, it is a nice little reminder that all small steps matter. So I stopped at Dunham Massey after a long day at work and walked the days stress off! Before I knew it I had walked four and a half miles, I had burnt more calories than some fitness classes I go to and I had taken lots of pretty pictures, win win if you ask me! I think its super important to realise that if you eat well during the day and go for a walk that is all fitness and important steps to a healthier you.
Day 6: Make better choices when eating out!
I eat out at least five meals a week so as you can imagine the calories soon add up! It’s not that I don’t want to pick well it’s just that I get it in my head that eating out is a treat so I treat myself, however when you eat out as much as I do, it’s no longer treating yourself it’s just greed. So I have been making a real effort to pick better off the menu whether it is a cheeky Nandos with friends or a nice meal out with work. I have cut out meat when eating out, so goodbye delicious burgers of the world. I have also managed to quick my dirty fast food habit which had got massively out of hand! On top of eating out most nights, I was also eating a fast food meal daily. Honestly, I have no idea how I am not the size of a house. I would never put crap fuel in my car because I am worried about what it would do to it, yet I am happy to put crap into my body! Well no more, unless my body can use it in a healthy way it’s not going in.
Day 7: Hot Yoga
By far my absolute favourite form of exercise, thank you 40 new things in 40 days. I have fallen totally in love with hot yoga, I already loved yoga but I find the added heat has a real calming effort on me. In fact during this session I cried through the full 60 minutes, I wasn’t sad but my week had been so busy that I didn’t even have time to think. So getting to yoga on the Friday night was actually the first time I had stopped for the whole week and it all came out in the form of tears. I must have looked insane, I was crying so hard but had the biggest smile on my face. Not even sure myself what was going on but I just went with it and cried the whole time. By the end of the session I felt incredible and relaxed for the first time in days. I really want to make a effort to do as much yoga as possible because honestly it is the only time I switch off which is a massive thing for me.
Day 8: 30-minute run
It’s hard to believe that three months ago I got dumped and I was at the point where you don’t know what you are going to do with yourself. Now my diary is literally filled until the end of August and I am struggling to fit anything in, funny how things change! Staying committed to the challenge though I managed to squeeze a cheeky 30 minute run in. By far running is my least favourite exercise however it is turning into the thing I do most. It’s just so easy and can literally be fit in anywhere. If I know I have a super busy day ahead I go for a run first thing, perfect for people who think they don’t have enough time, no excuses guys!
This week has been a real turning point for me and I am starting to realise how much I have been abusing my body in the last six months. Yes, I am exhausted but that is not an excuse to not be looking after myself, in fact, that should be more of a reason to look after myself. I am hoping for a good few more years on this planet so best keep myself in the best condition. I am trying not to be hard on myself, I can’t change the past but I can figure it out going forward and know it’s not too late to repair the damage I have caused with my unhealthy ways.