As with most people starting their health journey, my overall aim is to make eating and living healthy a habit and a lifestyle. I don’t want it to be just a temporary change – I want it to become my way of living.
I have always been an active participant of social sports growing up. Along with that, I started going to a gym around the age of 14. On and off I would attend the gym. I had gym “highs” and gym “lows” so to speak ahaha. However, in the past 6 months (specifically the past say 3 months) I have been regularly heading to the gym… maybe 5/6 days a week.
I wasn’t somebody who woke up one day and said “Okay, this is it. I’m making a change and today is the day I start”. My interest was gradual and built up. In July 2017 I weighed 65kg. At this point, I was oblivious to weight training and so I kept to cardio and bodyweight exercises. I had no program and no particular direction. By September 2017 I lost 5kg – weighing at 60kg. I was happy with my progress but felt like it wasn’t my best. I started attending boot camp once a week and sought assistance from a personal trainer. They provided me with a program that consisted of 3 work out plans; Freeweights, Machines, and Body Weight. If I am completely honest… I haven’t stuck with these workouts three times a week. Instead, I have just picked them when I felt like it, doing my own alternatives on other days. Towards the end of November we had plenty of family events happening and, being the holidays, I lost all motivation. I went back up to 62kg in December. Rest assured I am very happy with where I am at now. I am eating very clean and attending the gym regularly. I am now weighing at 58.5kg.
Whilst weights are my preferred training method, I have come to learn about Calisthenics. One of my biggest fitness goals has always been to be able to do a pull-up – trust me when I say I am very weak! I will probably write a separate blog post on what callisthenics is and how I train, but ultimately callisthenics are the gymnastic and body weight exercises used to build muscle and just do cool things! Youtube it 😉 It can include variations of push-ups, handstands, pull-ups and many more.
Following all of that, here are my top fitness goals:
- Build arm muscle (which is something that I have already started achieving!).
- To be able to do at least 5 unassisted pull-ups.
- Similar to the previous goal, I want to be able to do at least 10 proper push-ups.
- Lose cellulite (body fat around my thighs and glutes).
- Tone up my stomach so that I can see an outline of abs.
- Build up my glute muscle.
These aren’t in a particular order, but they are the basis of what I am wanting to achieve. And of course, sustaining healthy eating is a core goal!
I still have a lot of fat to lose and muscle to gain – my journey has only just begun. But I know that if I keep the right mindset and stay goal orientated, it won’t be long and I will be reaching my goals.
If there are any particular posts you are wanting to see (recipes, workouts, motivation, advice) let me know in the comments below:)
I’ll speak to you soon,