This week I have commenced the second 12 week programme written and designed by personal trainer Alex Crockford, creator of Crockfit. The SheFit2 programme, designed specifically for women, follows on from SheFit1 and repeats a similar format but with more challenging exercising and the scope to push a bit harder.
It is possible to just stick with SheFit1 of course, Alex does explain how to continue the programme after the initially 12 weeks but since I had such great results from the first plan I really wanted to see what I could achieve from the second one. Plus I get bored easily in the gym and I fancied some new ideas!
I’ve done 2 days so far (the plan continues along the 4 days per week commitment) and I’m really enjoying it! It’s great to have some new challenges and new goals to work towards.
In the next 12 weeks I’m not really looking to gain additional muscle or lose any more weight. My main goals are little things now: tone up the last bit of tummy fat, get more definition in my abs and just increase general fitness and stamina. Overall I’m just looking to maintain what I’ve already achieved and continue to love my workouts and feel fit and healthy every day.
If you are interested in any of Alex’s plans you can check out his website.
Just something I’ve been pondering lately…
It’s like… I get that competition is healthy, in the right ways. For example, in sport. You can’t have sport without competition. You’ve got to have winners and losers.
But you can’t have winners at life! #winningatlife (as much as it appears on Instagram) is not a real thing. There’s no such thing. I mean, who would define it?? Who’s to say that my winning is the same as your winning? Who’s to say that I’m achieving more/doing better/ reaching my goals faster than anyone else. The beautiful thing about humans is that every single one of us is different. Not just physically but emotionally, mentally, personality wise, which means that we literally cannot compete when it comes to life. And I think it’s unhealthy to try.
For example, some peoples goals involve reaching the very top of your chosen career, others revolve around raising a healthy, happy family, some may see success as travelling the world and seeing all the wonders of the world. No one goal is better than another. By saying that something is not my goal in life it doesn’t mean I don’t think it should be yours. By saying I think one person is beautiful it doesn’t mean I think you’re not beautiful. Everyone is. There are a million ways to be beautiful.
The only person that I allow myself to compete with is myself. I am constantly trying to beat myself, do more, do better, be the best version of myself I can possibly be.
Chasing the dreams and aspirations of others in the name of trying to ‘win’ can only end in emptiness.
Everyone is doing an amazing job. Don’t compare, celebrate. Peace and love.
(Disclaimer: This rant is my opinion and no offense is meant in any shape or form)
So, it’s the 1st September! Erm, how did that happen?! I swear it was June just yesterday? I think this summer has gone particularly quickly for me because a big chunk of it was taken up with the wedding; preparing, worrying, actually doing it and then recovering! But overall it’s been an amazing summer and the most memorable one of my life.
And so, the summer is over and I’m sad! I reallllly don’t like winter at all. But I do like the month of September. It’s kind of like the bridge between summer and autumn and sometimes we get the odd bit of good weather. Also, it’s my birthday month!! I’ll be 25 a week today! I can’t wait, I love birthdays so much.
September is a busy. busy month for me but I’m determined to keep blogging as much as possible. I feel like I’m getting into the swing of it now! Next week as well as my birthday I’ll be starting my PGCE at University, and we’ve got a lot of family events over the coming weeks. My goals for September:
♥ Have a positive start to my PGCE and give it 100%.
♥ Budget effectively when the student loan comes in to tie me over until Christmas .
♥ Try to keep up healthy lifestyle and gyming even with this very busy month and lots of parties.
♥ Have a kick ass birthday and celebrate because I deserve it!
♥ Book a cheeky getaway for October half term because.. Why not?!
Bring it on September! I can’t wait to get started.
What does September hold for you?
Since I got married and I have lost my fixed ‘goal’ in terms of something to work towards I have struggled with motivation slightly. In the last few weeks since we got back from Portugal and work has been really full on I have noticed my gym routine start to slip slightly.
SO this week, I am back with a vengeance. I have pledged to attend the gym 5 mornings before work at 6.30am and adding extra cardio after work too. I pretty much despise cardio but by committing to a very short blast of running outside (20 mins max) after work every day I can seem to cope with it.
I am feeling really inspired at the moment by the Olympics and the likes of Laura Trott and Jess Ennis. Their abs!! Seriously – goals.
My abs are getting there and you can juuuust about see them in the right light (!!!) but take a lot of work and dedication to maintain.
I’m feeling motivated and ready to get back on it and embrace those early morning gym sessions again and boss it!