My fitness journey started around 3 years ago now. In 2016, a gym opened so close to home that I could see it from my bedroom window. There were no more excuses. I’ve never been someone who was into sport growing up and I hated it until I left school. I would join the gym many times to just let my memberships go to waste after a couple sessions. I just never genuinely had the motivation for it, and nor did I give myself enough time to see results and for it to become part of my routine. I was a gym bunny under the wrong term, hopping in and out every couple of months. Now I go to the gym 5 times a week and while it isn’t easy and I still have a long way to go, I truly believe that working out is a great way to get in tune with yourself, feel good about you and a great aspect in self-love and care.
When I started in 2016, I was serious. I wanted to make this work for me. I was ready to dedicate my time to this and try something new. There were probably a few different reasons why – Yes I wanted to improve my body shape, shift some pounds. Realising my body was changing from my pre 20’s and I couldn’t eat anything and everything, without it showing anymore. But this quickly turned into a mentality thing too. The way I felt after going to the gym mentally, became such a huge benefit to me. Not only had it helped lift my mood and to start my day, it helped me with feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as my own self esteem. I couldn’t deny the feeling of accomplishment every time I left the gym. So I kept going.
Out of my 3 years in the gym I definitely spent the first half not really knowing what I was doing. Spending lots of time doing cardio with minor weights here and there and continued to do this because the fact that I was still going to the gym and getting something done was an accomplishment for me. It was probably just after a year and a half that I changed gyms. Starting at a Pure Gym branch, I realised there is more to this fitness thing than long periods on the treadmill and cardio to clear my mind. It was time to get focused on a goal. The equipment there was so much better, so It was time to pick up the weights!
I followed people on social media who would share fitness tips and work outs and I used them as motivation. (I’ll share these at the end of my post). I also opened up to someone close to me who was about this gym life and shared some of my insecurities with them and they gave me advice and tips. I think joining Pure Gym and seeing the same faces everyday for that hour a day made me realise that this is an on-going journey for everyone and a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Its about making working-out one of your best habits and pushing yourself over time to new goals. My purpose for every hour I spent in the gym became not only about disciplining my mental space and feeling good about myself but to start changing my body by pushing my limits.
Where I’m at now
Do I have the body of my dreams? Hahaha I wish. But have things changed for me? Yes! I don’t look the same as when I started this journey and I sure as hell don’t feel the same. I am enjoying working out and getting stronger. And I’m slowly coming to terms with my body and its shape and size. A part of the reason I decided to do this post is to give myself a little push, because right now I need it. I train 5 times a week but I’m struggling to push past where I am currently and onto the next level, strength wise. Also, sometimes Its hard to think I train religiously yet, I have permanent stomach rolls and my dream body still hasn’t showed up.
I think the key is always remember why you started and why you are doing it. Don't give up. There will be good days and bad days and our bodies are forever changing. Have personal goals and purpose and don't feel the pressure of others. Social media can be a great tool if you use it correctly, be inspired by genuine hard work but don't try to be other people or feel pressured by the way they look because you never know what it took to get them there. Be yourself and understand your journey. Girllll, we are out here trying!
My Current Goals
Bigger legs - Is that really too much to ask for. I carry all my weight on my top half, I’m top heavy as it is and struggle to gain weight on my legs so building muscle there has been equally as hard, but I am not giving up.
Flatter stomach - Yep that’s included in the top half of my body and the most difficult place for me to attack (harder than my legs) I’m not even asking for abs but flat’ish stomach would be nice.
Feel comfortable – To feel comfortable in the way I look is for me to be confident, not moan about my insecurities if I’m not working on them.
February 2018 - July 2018 (Mostly Cardio)
August 2018 - August 2019 (Free Weights and Machines only)
Going to Gym religiously is lifestyle change, I need to accept there will always be new challenges. Once I accomplish one thing, it’s about levelling up to the next. A constant evolution. Most people who I see who run fitness blogs share their journey on how it has taken them years to get to where they are and they are still pushing, so surely, I am on the right track by not giving up. Start by starting and stay consistent in your dedication but evolving in your goals. Find a purpose. Some days I go to the gym to clear my mind and other days I go to the gym to lift heavier than I’ve lifted before. So if you are someone just getting into fitness or would like to, please know that it is possible for us all to enjoy and stay consistent at if you really want to. Do it for your own needs and to feel good about you!
Tips that helped me get into fitness and maintain it;
Find a time that best suits you!! – I train every morning before work, 5.30am wake up calls and get it done before I start the day, this suits me but not everyone so find your perfect hour and get it in.
Look Cute!! – Finding gym wear that I feel I look good in gives me more confidence, some of the top end gym gear can be expensive so a lot of the time I will happily go to Primark and get fully kitted up in cute gym outfits for a fraction of the price. Other good places to look – PLT, ASOS and then Gym Shark (If you are happy to spend a bit more)
Take Pictures!! – Take pictures because you are feeling yourself after a killer sessions but then also take them to look back on, look for changes and progression. Because its not always easy to see when looking in the mirror every day. Having images help.
Make a plan!! – Plan your work out, Plan your goals and if it don’t work, don’t beat yourself up. Keep the plan until you accomplish it and then make a new one.
Look for help!! – The internet is our bible and there is so much out there to help us when we are lost, use work out ideas, watch youtube videos and adjust them to suit you.
Remember this is YOUR body!! – No 2 bodies are the same so don’t expect the same results as your best friend or the girl whose routines you been following, this is your body and your journey, learn what is good for you.
The Feeling!! - Many say that it becomes an addiction and that is the truth but its not a bad addiction to have when done correctly. Enjoy the feeling that working out brings during and after exercise. Your mood, your energy levels, health, body, skin... the list goes on. With fitness comes feeling great (even if your a little sore too)
Here's a few fitness girls I follow on Instagram for workout ideas and tips;
@KimFrench87 @Hannaoeberg @beth_fitnessuk