Things I’ve learnt since joining the gym

Things I’ve learnt since joining the gym

Hey everyone,

For those of you who know me or have read my I’m Not Fat blog post you’d know I am a massive novice  at this “gym” thing. I joined in September but have been working a  lot harder more recently as I prepare for my 7 day hike hahahaha help me along the Great Wall of China, plus i love the general satisfaction in trying to look and feel fab. My relationship with the gym has been as on and off as Robin and Ted from How I Met Your Mother (PS NO SPOILERS I’M ON THE LAST SERIES), but I finally am getting in the rhythm of things, with lots of help from my sporty house mates (shout out to Ben, Grandad and Chris!) and the lovely gym, Fit4less in Hatfield (best staff around!). There are many things I have learnt along the way, here are a few:

  1. Gym clothes are hella cute. As my weekly attendance at the gym increases , so does my cute gym attire collection (naturally) and living next to a Nike Outlet store really giphy.gifisn’t helping. I mean, 6 different coloured sports bras (with matching leggings) are a NECESSITY, right?
  2. It doesn’t matter how silly you look in the gym (there’s probably someone looking sillier). I have experienced falling off the treadmill…I was mortified but then I looked around and nobody had even noticed.
  3. Not only is it physically rewarding, but the Bounts app that I have recently found, gives you points for checking in at the gym and when you complete a certain amount of steps/ exercises a day. Points means prizes (in the form of high street vouchers) and I am a sucker for free stuff. Another gym trip anyone?
  4. Quality over quantity. Over the past few weeks I have had to learn a lot of things, particularly for things like squatting (there’s a lot more to it than you think)- back position , leg angels  angles, not everybody gets it right. In fact, a lot of the big bulky scary men you may see in gym probably haven’t  perfected some of the techniques and may be putting unnecessary strain on other parts of the body. Knowing that you are using your body properly, even if it isn’t the deepest/fastest/strongest, is important.
  5. Nobody has to know what your motivation music consists of. My power playlist consists of some classic Kesha, Bon Jovi and the Pussycat dolls. Just remember to resist singing out loud.
  6. Selfies to track your progress are great for motivation but maybe when you get home. There is nothing more awkward than spotting someone taking selfies in the gym mirrors.
  7. You will hurt. The day after leg day, you WILL walk like a duck.. but in a good way. Pain in muscles is a sign you’ve worked hard, even if you do have to take three a single day rest day afterwards.giphy.gif
  8. The world of fitness nutrition is massive and expensive, if you want to try things like Pre-work outs, or Protein shakes, do your research, there a lot of factors to consider such as when they should be consumed and their different affects. My overall opinion is that they all taste like dirt but can be helpful in helping to reach a goal.
  9. There is nothing worse than someone who cannot attend the gym without letting people know about it, work hard for yourself not your 5,000 500 Instagram followers. Plus seeing other people and their fab abs makes me insanely jealous , please stop and post some potato-resembling photos like the rest of us, thanks.

What’s your fitness faux pas?

T x

I am not fat. The start of my fitness journey

I am not fat. The start of my fitness journey

A bit about me

I am not fat… In fact ever since I can remember I’ve been the “skinny girl”. I’d be the girl that mothers would tell ” you need to eat a few cheeseburgers girl” (BTW if you ever tell people things like that please don’t, it’s just as offensive as calling somebody fat.) I believe there is a misconception in society that skinny is healthy… but I am living proof that this is not true.

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The infamous chicken legs

It’s never been a problem, nobody really notices if your school trousers are a bit baggy, but since hitting my teen years it has becomes noticeable, mostly in my health and general body type, my chicken legs have always been my most hated body part.Because of my stature I’ve never been a sporty type. If people were to see a skinny girl in a gym they assume she wants to lose weight and may have some sort of body image problem. I’ve even had professionals tell me that I was anorexic due to my BMI, which I am far from, infact most people would agree that I eat more than the average person( I mostly put this down to my high basal metabolic rate). Just this week alone I have eaten out 4 times.. Lucky I know .. but these included Macdonalds, Mexican food, Chinese and a dirty hungover fry up…and now I feel rubbish and groggy.

I don’t mind how I look, obviously I can be considered lucky to be how I am when others struggle to lose weight and hate their body but recently I have been feeling pretty low about my fitness which is pretty much non-existent- my therapist flatmates are shocked by how little muscle tone I actually have. Most of my friend do at least one sport and I am pretty much the lazy one which is a funny joke for a while but when I look back is pretty bad. Recently I realised how my bad lifestyle has affected my health, I feel sluggish and lack energy pretty much all the time and my fitness is beyond shocking ( we are talking asthma attack if I run up the stairs bad!).

For years I have excused my lack of exercise with my fears of being judged, my asthma and my joints ( I have hyper-mobile ankles which can be really painful when I attempt to run) but now, as I reach crucial stages of my life (eg becoming independent at Uni) it’s time to accept the fact that these are excuses and I am infact just lazy.

I am planning to try and make some small improvements to help me take my first steps to being a healthier and happier me by setting  myself some weekly goals.

My goals for this week are to:

  1. research some local pay as you go fitness sessions
  2. NOT eat in another restaurant
  3. try and eat my 5 a day
  4. No crisps 😦

If anybody is reading this ( if not, hi future me and thanks for being my only reader) feel free to join me on this new journey and let me know if you have any good tips for easy at-home exercises for muscle tonality and some healthy easy-to-make lunch choices?

T x