How many times can I use the same excuses for not going to the gym
It’s too cold
It’s too hot
It’s raining (my favourite one)
It’s too late
The thing is working out isn’t the issue for me. I enjoy working out which makes sense, as I was an aerobic & circuit instructor for 5 years.
I only stopped because I badly hurt my ankle.
Which lead to weight gain, which then led to me losing my self-confidence.
I ended up going back to college and studying Social Sciences and then going to University and getting a degree in Sociology & Criminology
Which led to more weight gain
I then lost all the weight and was in a really good place body wise
Well, that was until I started my own business selling baked goods and that’s when everything kind of went downhill again and the weight began to start creeping on and on and on
Until the beginning of this year, I was the heaviest I’ve ever been, weighing in at 14st 1.8 ?
I’m currently down to 12st 11lbs but I’ve still got a long way to go
This journey has not been easy for me, it has been full of self-sabotage along the way
I got caught up in a yo-yo diet where I’d get to 13st feel great about myself, then go eat myself silly and gain back 7lbs to only start all over again
From January to April I was going to the gym a few times a week, but was really hating it, as I was only doing Cardio, but I’ve never been one for cardio. I had no get up and go in me.
I knew I was unhappy with my body, but I just didn’t want it enough, I guess
I was working one part time job and one freelance job so it wasn’t that I didn’t have time to workout. I just was doing the wrong things and not enjoying it.
High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT
In April I started working 7 days a week, I knew this was not going to help with my weight loss and getting back into shape.
If I could not workout when I was only working out a few times a week it could only get worse that I was going to be working 7.
How wrong was I
I decided to miss out on my beauty sleep and get up an hour early so I could workout
I also decided that I needed to do what I like as there was no point me working out if I hated it
That’s where HIIT’s came in. I’d always loved doing HIIT’s it was something I enjoyed and knew how my body responded to it
To begin with, I was really rubbish I had not worked out so hard in such a long time that doing 12 minutes was like I was doing it for an hour.
I started out doing 10 seconds work, 10 seconds rest. I know that’s nothing but that’s all I could do without wanting to break down and cry ?
I now do 20 to 25 minutes at 30 seconds work 10 seconds rest I’ve built up over the time by just adding 5 seconds
This has really worked for me
You see the scales are not saying the magic numbers yet, but my body is singing the right tune
A few weeks ago I was invited to a Christening, I had nothing to wear so I started looking around but just couldn’t find anything I really liked.
Two days before the christening I decided to have a look at the clothes which I already own as I wasn’t finding anything I like
I had a jumpsuit which I’d bought last summer when I was a stone lighter so I knew it would never fit but I decided to try it on anyway
To my surprise, it fitted perfectly, which means all the hard work is paying off
My body fat has gone down from 35%, which is Obese to 22% which is Fit
So now it’s time that I embrace the gym
Let me tell you why! I’m now really trying to cut to do this I do need to add cardio as it is really hard to do without
So from today I am going to hit the gym a minimum of 3 times a week in the evening after work
I’m going to learn to love cardio just as much as I love HIIT
So no I am not too tired to go to the gym
The weather will not change the fact that I need to hit the gym
I always go to the gym late anyway, so that’s definitely not an excuse