“Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.” Cher
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.
Not going to lie I am so happy this challenge is now over, I did learn loads about my life again. Mainly that my life is ridiculously busy at the moment, I really did have to push myself most days to work out. After what were very long days at work, up to 14 hours the last thing in the world I wanted to do was a workout. Some days I didn’t even get home before the gym closed. I did realise just how much I had not been looking after myself before this challenge! Going forward I know I can’t go back to how I was but at the same time, there is no way I could keep up fitness every single day. I guess life really is about balance, now I just have to figure out what works with my lifestyle and how can I get the most out of my days. I can 100% improve my diet going forward and meal prep is something I really need to focus on, grabbing food last minute for every single meal is not only very expensive but probably my unhealthiest habit. So I am going to try and meal prep 80% of my meals and fit in 3-4 gym sessions a week, a more realistic fitness goal for myself right now.
Day 29 I went for a swim, I love being in the water however as a child after an accident while swimming that left me needing to be saved I stopped learning to swim. In fact, I wouldn’t go back into the water for years as I have gotten older I have learnt to swim however I’m still not a strong swimmer. I do try and go swimming as often as possible to build my confidence, however, it’s not nearly as much as I would like.
For my last day, I met some friends for brunch before going on a walk in the countryside. We went for vegetarian brunch in Manchester, I was tempted with the vegan brunch but I just couldn’t say no to halloumi, what can I say I am weak! Weak for cheese! After a long catch up and lots of tea I headed off for a walk in the country, the last thing in the world I wanted to do in the sunshine was go to the gym. I ended up walking just over five miles which was not great and I would have burnt more calories in the gym but I actually got to enjoy some me time and I am a strong believer that mental health is as important as physical health. Plus after 30 days of fitness, I was absolutely exhausted and didn’t think I even had it in me to exercise.