Sometimes you lose your rhythm in fitness. It can be anything, a change in routine, an upset, difficult period in your life or maybe just you’re really tired. For me, I’ve recently started placement in a school and I have to leave the house at 7am. Given that my gym opens at 6.30am this is not realistically enough for me to have a workout in the morning. I now go 3 times a week (one evening and both days of the weekend) compared to my old routine which was 5 mornings a week.
This has been a really hard upset for me, not just because I enjoyed it and it really set me up for the day but also because I had genuinely become a morning person ! I loved getting up early and thrashing all my stress from the day before out in the gym. It made me feel alive, and awake actually! These days I struggle out of the house feeling sleepy and lethargic. I’ve also noticed I’ve put on 3 pounds which has been upsetting me a bit.
HOWEVER, it’s important to not be too hard on ourselves and recognise our achievements so far! I’ve still lost nearly 2&1/2 stone and managed to maintain it. The first picture was taken in January 2016 and the second is now. It’s still an amazing achievement!
I figure I’ve just got to stop giving myself a hard time and understand that it takes time to adjust to a new job and routine.
Do you find it difficult to fit fitness in around a demanding job? What are your thoughts on this?
For daily fitness motivation follow my INSTAGRAM.
My personal fitness, health and wellbeing journey is ongoing and I am by no means perfect. It’s impossible to change a lifetime of habits in one go and some small changes can make a big difference to how you feel. These are five changes I have made which I do each and everyday which have made a real difference to my wellness.
- GREEN TEA TABLET. I know that everyone loves green tea and it’s so hipster right now but shhhhh I hate it. But it does have amazing health benefits – so I take it in a tablet form! Same benefits, less gross taste. I’ve noticed a decrease in bloating and an increase in energy since I’ve been taking it.
- GET MOVING. No I don’t go to the gym everyday. But on the days I don’t go I’m so careful to do some sort of gentle exercise even if it’s a 30 min walk in the park – which doesn’t feel like exercise at all. It’s a leisure activity! I love walking and it’s a great way to get moving on a rest day. I find if I don’t do anything at all I feel tired all day and then can’t sleep when it’s bed time (you can see my tips for a good nights sleep here).
- GET OUTSIDE. This kind of ties in with number 2, if I’ve been for a walk I’ve already been outside! But I like to spend as much time outside as possible. On my lunch break I sit outside, after work I go for a short walk or a run or just sit in the garden. It’s so important to me to have fresh air and be around nature. It makes me happy and feel at peace.
- PUT THE SCREENS DOWN. I feel like most people’s lives (including my own) in the 21st century goes a little something like this: wake up to phone alarm clock, go to work listening to music or looking at phone, work on a computer, get home put tv on, watch tv with intermittent phone checks, bedtime. Dinner is a good time to put it all down, turn the TV off and actually have a conversation. I love hearing about funny things that happened to my other half that day that I would never know about otherwise.
- REMEMBER YOUR GRATS. This is a big one for me because I’m a very forward thinking person and at risk of spending my entire life looking forward to the next thing. I have so many goals in my head; where I want to travel next, what I’ll buy when I get paid, where I want to live in the future, that I sometimes forget how much I have to Be grateful for right now. Sometimes just reminding yourself how lucky you are with what you’ve got can be the key to happiness for the whole day.