Working On My Fitness
I have always been a yoyo dieter. As a child I was tubby, and then in my mid-late teens I slimmed out. The reason for my slimming out was due to having fitness class for first period, exercising on the weekends, and going to aqua fit 3 times a week in the evenings.
I’ve come to realise that I’m very all or nothing when it comes to clean eating and exercise. I go through spurts of exercising every day without fail and eating very healthy. I get excited each day for exercise and the rush of endorphins I get afterwards and cannot wait to do a workout again the next day.
Then I’ll take a rest day and find it so hard to get back on track the next day.
If I don’t keep myself on a strict schedule then I have to force myself to workout.
I have no problems with healthy eating. I feel my best on a mostly plant based diet with chicken a couple of times a week. I fully admit to night time snacks though.
Since being off work for a few weeks, I can tell that I have lost weight because my clothes have been fitting looser and my belt fits two (edit; three!) loop holes smaller.
I have gotten myself on a routine when it comes to diet and exercise, and I worry when I start back at work full time that I will lose all that I have accomplished. My work is shift work, so in a week my schedule is all over the place. I can work any shift from 6:45am-3:15pm, to 1pm-9:30pm. My half hour lunch break can never be at the same times, because it all depends on coverage when I am able to go. There is no routine. From working such sporadic hours I was always tired and my workouts were never very routine.
In an attempt to continue working on my fitness when I’m back at work, I decided to make sure I love the workouts that I’ll be doing, so I look forward to doing them each day.
When I was a kid I remember seeing a Billy Blanks Tae-Bo video. I was immediately curious. I did my first Tae-Bo workout when I was 16. I thought I was going to die afterwards! Billy Blanks inspired me to workout everyday, and every small accomplishment that I made during one of his videos inspired me to push harder to get to the next video. Soon I knew several of his videos off by heart, and they soon became my warm up videos. To this day I can just stand up and do one of the videos from memory, right down to the correct minute.
Pop Pilates. When I was in third year of university I was procrastinating doing my homework. I decided to google Pilates in hopes of finding a good Pilates video to pass the time. I found one of Cassey’s pop videos and became hooked. I followed her calendar everyday for a few months. Even when I stopped doing the calendar every day I would still rave about Pop Pilates to anyone who would listen.
My most recent discovery that the whole world has known about for years is Zumba. I have heard of Zumba but never gave it a go. About a month ago I decided it was time to try it out! I found some videos to follow along to, and I don’t think I’ve sweat more since a Tae-Bo video! After every Zumba workout I am on such a high. It is such a fun way to workout and I’m excited to keep it up.
So these are the workouts that I plan to keep up every day to keep me inspired to workout, and hopefully I can find some way to develop a workout routine. It will be tough when I’m back to working full time hours, but hopefully I can find a way to make sure I stick to it.