A Work In Progress

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My typical week

Monday: Personal training 1hr
Tuesday: HIIT 1hr and 8-10km run
Wednesday: Personal training 1hr and 8-10km run
Thursday: HIIT 1hr
Friday: HIIT 1hr and 8-10km run
Saturday: HIIT 1hr
Sunday: 12-18km run

When I think about my fitness journey thus far, it’s easy to categorize it in terms of personal training, HIIT and running. And my advice for those three things is simple: show up and give it your all. But any fitness journey obviously encompasses much more than, well, fitness. As I’ve blogged about before, I feel everything has changed in the past year. Of course, that’s not to say that any change was easy or that my life today is a seamless and effortless routine. I’ll always be a work in progress and, trust me, sometimes the struggle is definitely real.

 

Mornings

We’re not all morning people. And workouts don’t have to happen in the morning but that’s when I at least aim to do the majority of mine, as I try to use my lunch hours and evenings for running (and also the rest of my life).

While I’ve managed to turn myself into a morning person, it hasn’t been without mishaps… generally involving sleeping through Thursday morning HIIT. Getting up at 4:40 a.m. most mornings is not overly enjoyable and I don’t actually think I’ll ever get used to it. But it’s worth it.

Of course, in order to wake up one must first go to sleep. I generally operate on a maximum of 4-5 hours of sleep a night, especially during the week. Improvements in this area would likely make waking up at 4:40 a.m. more enjoyable – and perhaps lessen the need for two-plus alarms each morning.

 

Eating

I love to eat but I don’t love to cook (It’s not hard to see how this got me into trouble in my former life). Meal prepping, in my opinion, is brilliant. And I honestly don’t know how it never crossed my mind prior to my Blitz days (thanks Brett).

After a few years of bad decisions and flat out ignorance, I now consider myself a healthy eater, which means I don’t diet and I don’t rob myself of things I like. I eat cheese. I eat carbs. And when someone at work is having a birthday (which is oddly often), I eat cake. I have, of course, made some massive changes. I used to eat one large meal a day. I used to eat a lot of pasta late at night. And I used to socially drink more than I care to admit. Eliminating those habits was necessary, and I then consulted with a nutritionist friend for a few recipe ideas. Constant hunger (and I mean constant) soon set in, so chats with Brett, as well as Meagan McLavish of Infuse Nutrition, regarding what to eat more of and when has helped.

I live the Tupperware life quite successfully, but my number one challenge is variety. Since I don’t really like to cook and am only cooking for me, myself and I, we eat what I know. This means the exact same thing for breakfast and snacks every single day (weekends included), and a three recipe rotation for lunches and dinners. I’m not sick of it yet (and I can grocery shop for the week in seven minutes flat), but it would be nice to expand my culinary habits and experiences.

 

Balance

We are all our own worst critics. And while that is unlikely to change, we can probably all make an effort to be more of a cheerleader.

My self-criticism doesn’t come from stepping on a scale, which I have only done about three times in the last year, or punishing myself if I fulfill a craving and eat an Aero bar.

My personal training, HIIT and runs are all scheduled into my phone – and I schedule the rest of my life around those commitments. Therefore, if I miss a HIIT class (Thursday mornings, I tell ya), all I think about throughout the day is how I let myself down, and how and when I should make it right. If I schedule a run and end up running a shorter distance or being unable to go at all, more often than not I reschedule my entire week to fit it in or run double the distance the next day.

I appreciate my own “get it done” determination and would never want to get into the habit of missing multiple workouts or runs in a week (pending extreme circumstances), but I could probably give myself a break every now and then. After all, only doing five workouts and going for three runs in a week isn’t the end of the world.

 

My struggles aren’t revolutionary. I’m sure the ones I outlined exist at the start of many people’s fitness journeys and linger in others. The solutions are pretty obvious, but it just goes to show that leading a healthy lifestyle takes work in all areas; it’s not just about showing up at the gym and it can take time to get it all in line.

So continues the work, and hopefully the progress.

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  1. You’re an inspiration! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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