Woah, if there ever was a big rambling post this is probably it.
For the longest time I have wanted to get fit but I have never really committed to anything for more than a week or two before getting bored or giving up. When I moved to New Zealand I knew it was time for a complete lifestyle overhaul.
Now I have never been particularly unhealthy but I was relatively inactive. Apart from a bit of sports at school and the occasional bike ride. I am a HUGE fan of blogilates so once I moved into my new house I bought Cassey's Fit Journal and her 8 week clean eating guide. I subsequently joined a gym and started attending classes.
Before I really get into this post I just want to say that I am not any kind of dietician or fitness expert, I have only been doing the following for a few weeks myself. This kind of thing is very personal so what I write is to show my own experience and routine rather than tell you what is best, everyone is different.
Food & Drink
Clean Eating - The biggest challenge I have faced by far is trying to eat clean on the Blogilates Meal Plan for 6 days of the week. If you don't know what clean eating is it is basically just having whole, unprocessed foods (as much as will allow) that are as close to their natural source as possible. Still living at home means that meals have to be suitable for the whole family, including a 13 year old brother, so for me the term 'clean eating' is used a little loosely.
Green Tea - In an effort to boost my metabolism I have been drinking Green Tea everyday. Generally I have one mug mid morning and then another cup after dinner whilst chilling out on the sofa. Now I'm not going to lie, I find green tea to taste pretty gross I honestly do. When I first started drinking it I was literally gagging (unpleasant but true) but now I manage to get it down rather pleasantly. After trying various brands I have settled on Twinings as my green tea of choice.
YOLO Meals - As earlier mentioned I live at home so every weekend my family like to go out for a meal and this is when I have whatever I like, my 'YOLO' meal as Cassey calls it. Sometimes this ends up being two or three breakfasts, lunches or dinners due to unexpected circumstances but I try not to beat myself up about it. I don't want eating a certain way to rule my life and what I do. That said I now find that when I do go for a restaurant I find myself getting something on the healthier side as I enjoy it more and it makes be feel so much better.
Gym & Classes - I am currently part of my local gym which is pretty big and also offers a variety of classes. At the moment I am on a two day plan of circuit training at the gym that a personal trainer helped me with, one day for arms and one day for legs and abs. Along with this I attend two Zumba classes a week which I have really been enjoying and I have just done my 3rd kickboxing class which I am finding super fun and even bought my own baby pink boxing wraps for.
30 Day Shred - This is something I have wanted to do for a long while. If you haven't heard of it it is essentially three 25 minute fitness videos on three different levels that combine strength, cardio and abs for the most efficient workout. You are meant to do one level every day for 10 days and then move onto to the next, meaning you are exercising for 30 consecutive days. For me this has been a challenge so I only do the videos for 5 or 6 days a week. I am currently midway through level 2 but once I finish I will do a blog post to let you know how I got on.
Blogilates - I have been aware of pilates instructor Cassey Ho's youtube channel for a long time and often do some of her pilates videos (That's what makes you bootiful and Drive by Inner Thighs are a couple of my favourites). Her videos can range from 3 to 20 minutes long but are always upbeat and super exhausting. At the moment I am focussing on other ways to exercise and only do a couple videos a week as a bit of fun but I am still a massive advocate of Blogilates and would recommend anyone to give it a go!
Now i know that this looks like a lot of exercise but I actually workout on for an average of an hour a day and I take rest days, nothing too crazy.
Fit Journal 2.0 - This baby was ordered online a few weeks ago from Cassey's shop. Each day you list what you have been eating, how much water you drank, how many hours sleep you got, what workouts you did and how you felt. I find that this makes me want to stick to eating well and also I am able to see the trends in what makes me more energised and awake. It also includes shopping lists, motivational images and quotes as well as other handy things. What I really like about this is that it has a focus on how you are feeling rather than losing wight.
Sports Clothing - I love going to Rebel Sports in Albany and picking up some sporting gear. This sports bra is one of my favourites and is from Adidas, much like the rest of my workout wardrobe. Adidas is pretty affordable here in NZ and is generally also 30% off the entire range.
Music - A good playlist makes or breaks a workout for me, if I forget my ipod at the gym I feel so unmotivated and barely do anything. Check out my Dance playlist here which is one I regularly use.
With this whole lifestyle change for me I do really see it as being all in the attitude you take towards it and the mindset. I have never been so determined to get healthy and fit and the fact that I am starting college in February is a huge motivation for me.
This is a very different kind of post for me, what do you think?