Where did I start? Where am I going?

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:

  1. Build arm muscle (which is something that I have already started achieving!).
  2. To be able to do at least 5 unassisted pull-ups.
  3. Similar to the previous goal, I want to be able to do at least 10 proper push-ups.
  4. Lose cellulite (body fat around my thighs and glutes).
  5. Tone up my stomach so that I can see an outline of abs.
  6. 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,

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Something Fresh

Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.

As just an 18 year old, I have A LOT to learn. Every day I am trying new things, exploring new interests and seeking new opportunities. The world has so much to offer us that it can be quite overwhelming to discover ourselves, our abilities and our passions.

We try some things and we love them. We try other things and we hate them. But whether we enjoy the experience or not, we learn. And through everything we learn, we grow. Our ups and downs, success and failures- these make us the incredible people that we are.

Recently I have been focussing a lot on the person that I am, and the better person that I can be. In particular, my health and my body. I’m not just dieting and exercising temporarily. I am making lifestyle changes and training to my full potential. My focus has been on cleaner eating, macros, weight training and callisthenics. Whilst I am trying to lose weight and tone up, I am further focussing on my strength.

I’m going to use this blog to document my experiences (success and failures!) gym related, food related, life related. And then hopefully one day I can look back and smile at how far I have come!

You will hear from me soon 🙂 xx