Does anyone else have difficulty finding that motivation to go to the gym? I know I'm not the only one! The hardest part is getting myself there, once I'm there though I could work out for hours!
For me, over the past few years I have been going to the gym on and off. The last time I was consistent was about 2.5 years ago before I went on a holiday to Spain. I was going to the gym 5 days a week for 6 months! And the only time I was consistent before that was before my wedding 5 years ago when (like most brides-to-be) I was 'in the zone' and wanted to be in great shape for my wedding day. Other than those 2 instances, it has been minimal to nothing!
Since we moved to Dubai 10 months ago, I've been going once a week- maybe. Even though the gym is in our building, I always find something else to do. I guess 'procrastination' is the best word for this.
I can't tell you how many times I'll feel super motivated and start to go again, only to stop after a couple of days because of muscle soreness, visitors, traveling or my special little friend that visits once a month (ladies you know what I'm talking about!).
So now, with a goal in mind (I have 2 weddings I'm attending, first in early summer and second in early fall) I want to start sharing my fitness journey with you.
Let's start with my goals
Get Toned & Healthy
I'll be the first to say I'm not very strong, I have low energy most of the day and my diet isn't always the healthiest. I currently take vitamins for my energy levels, skin and hair. But I need an increase in energy from a healthy lifestyle, rather than from vitamins.
Through following fitness experts on social media, as well as looking at different workout plans online, I've made an exercise routine for myself to help increase my muscle strength (which will also tone my body), get my heart rate pumping (through cardio), and have a healthier diet - which will all contribute to a boost in energy (I hope!).
I started my new routine on Wednesday 1st March 2017. Below I've done a quick overview of what I did on the different days over the past week. Let me know in the comments below if you'd like me to breakdown my workouts!
Day 1: ; Recumbent Bike + weights
Day 2: Weights
Day 3: Treadmill
Day 4: Rest Day
Day 5: Weights
Day 6: Upright bike, rowing machine + weights
Day 7: Treadmill + weights
I noticed after Day 2 that my body was getting hungrier and needed more fuel. My usual diet before my fitness routine began consisted of fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch, and then a heavy dinner (pasta/ Indian food/ Chinese food etc...).
My husband prefers heavy dinners, and for myself it was just easier to cook 1 meal for the both of us rather than a heavy meal for him and a light meal for me. Plus, I suffer from food envy (que sad face), and it is not easy to watch my husband eat pizza while I eat plain chicken and salad (first world problems, don't hate me). But this is where will power kicks in.
Writing this, I do need to be completely honest with you, the second day into my workout I got weak and inhaled a small pizza for dinner because I was so hungry! But I swear that I did not feel good about it afterwards! I have been strong since then though, opting for a healthy sandwich, veggies, fruit and homemade (healthy) Indian food.
It's not easy changing my lifestyle and eating habits, but I'm in my 30s now (gasp!), and I really need to start taking care of myself- because if I don't care of my health and body, who will?
As they say, your body is a temple - so treat it like one.
So follow me (and join me too!) on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. I'll be posting weekly updates on here, as well as regularly updating my Instagram Stories (find me @ScarletBindi) with my work outs and meals.
PS. I've also decided to give up sugar. Did you know sugar is more addictive than heroine?! No sugar cravings yet, stay tuned!