Thursday, 21 July 2016

A change in Lifestyle

Being 17, I fully admit to the couch potato, binge eating whilst watching my favourite series on Netflix. I am guilty okay?

But recently, it really got to me. I always felt tired, fatigued and bloated. I had this awful vision of my laziness taking over the rest of my life if I didn't step up sooner or later. I had been to the gym before but never been anything more than a half an hour run on the crosstrainer, which let's face it, didn't exactly break me out in a sweat!

So, I decided to join Nuffield Gym which is literally a 10 minute walk from my house and is open from 6am till 10pm so I really do not have an excuse. 

Through joining, I received a free MOT session which is an hour period with one of their health specialists. They take things from my BMI to my blood pressure to my hip to waist ratio and so much more. They also ask several lifestyle questions, on how much exercise I get weekly and what my diets like. Overall, I was pretty healthy! And I must admit, I was dreading this session! I know i'm not "fat", there are parts of my body I wish I could change but my issue has always been my weight, ever since I can remember. As a little girl, I was always worried I outweighed all the other girls my age but honestly, some people just tend to be bigger boned or have more muscle or fluid weighing them down. I am not an unhealthy weight and weight is something I do not tend to measure, I find it inaccurate and this is not something I will monitor in the future s my fitness journey proceeds.

After my MOT, a personal training programme was scheduled in order for me to receive a programme. Again, I had an hour with a personal trainer and he asked what my goals were and my answer was "To tone my body and to become a fitter, healthier version of myself". The session was intense, I had to stop at some point due to feeling dizzy and nauseous and apparently this is normal for people once they start intensive training for the first time. This was a huge wake up call though, I don't want to be seen as inactive, I want to be able to have the freedom to run and have fun and not have my health delay me! I repeated the programme given to me for the following week and honestly, I could already feel the improvement. I still found it incredibly pushing but I complete all of it without any side effects which I am very proud of.

Once I had got comfortable with my given programme, I wanted to push myself. I wanted something new and exciting but I don't feel confident making my own programme for myself. So I dug out my Kayla Itsines BBG Programme in a pile of dusty boxes and I am not regretting it. The Programme consists of 3 days out of 7 doing resistance training. Monday focusing on Legs, Wednesday on Arms & Abs and Friday a full body work out. Tuesday & Thursday are aimed at LISS which is 30-45 minutes of walking, which I feel I complete already by walking my dogs and walking to and from work.

The resistance training is some crazy stuff. I found it even more challenging than my Nuffield Programme and through my first week, I struggled to complete the whole thing. The aim is to complete 2 7 minute circuits twice which equals a 28 minute workout which doesn't sound like long but wow, after the first 14 minutes I was red and sweaty and my legs were trembling! I couldn't physically complete the circuits again so I left them at that, I know the limit between pushing myself and injuring myself. So I modified the programme by doing week 1 over a 2 week period so that my body had time to adjust. The Monday of Week 1 had me the worst, I struggled to walk and move the following 2 days I was so achey! So since then i've bought a foam roller and my muscles have never felt better! I really am enjoying BBG and I am going to stick with it and hopefully eventually see some changes within the next few months.

They say a fitness journey is all about 20% workouts and 80% food diet. I really do hate the word "diet" to me I just think of salads and rabbit food. I want to eat healthy but I don't want to be restricted you know? I purchased Alessandra Peters "The Foodie Teen" recipe book which gives many healthy, delicious recipes! Coming from someone who could eat junk food and takeaways every day pf her life, healthy food can be tasty, I promise! I'm trying to involve as much fruit and veg in to my meals as possible and through this i've discovered foods that I now love but a few weeks ago I would have turned my noise up at the thought of them! Now, I am not a nutritionistin the slightest but below I have just included some images of the foods and recipes that have become sort of a holy grail to me!



  1. I have Kayla's BBG and the first time I used it I felt sick and dizzy for ages after! I think I pushed myself a bit too much, and I've been reluctant to go back to it! But after reading this I think I want to give it another go. What you said about doing week 1 over 2 weeks sounded like a very good idea, to adjust from doing virtually no exercise to quite intense exercise! Thanks for helping motivate me!πŸ˜‚πŸ’– Xx

    1. You can do it I'm sure!! It's intense but the feeling after you complete a workout is so worth it. We can do it togetherπŸ’ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ’•

  2. Great post, make me determined to get back into exercising! I'll definitely be checking out that teen cookbook too, I find that half the battle is just trying to figure out what to make. Would love if you could check out my new post? X

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