Incorporating fitness into my life

October 22nd 2016

As many of you probably know from following me on my various social media accounts and from previous blog posts, lately I’ve been obsessed with fitness. Some friends have joked that I’ve hit a phase that will go away soon, but I like to think of this to be more of a lifestyle change which I’d like to continue for the rest of my life, instead of just after I hit my goal. Because who doesn’t love feeling great, right?

Home Workout Equipment

Home workout equipment

So what made me get into this active lifestyle? Well, I have been meaning to get back on track with exercise this year by taking small steps like joining my university’s Zumba society because I thought that going to the gym and working out, in general, isn’t fun at all (plus I get bored easily!)

During my holiday to Spain, I felt very sluggish, lacking energy when I was walking around and didn’t feel confident in my bikinis – I was unhappy and self-conscious so I half-heartedly decided to start working out when I got back to England.

When I got back from my holiday, I didn’t start working out, surprise! I was further unmotivated to after several personal events causing me to, instead, emotionally binge-eat, binge-drink all the unhealthy, fatty good bad stuff which of course, resulted in feeling more sluggish and lacking more energy.

I decided mid-August change how I was feeling about myself and a friend had told me that I might be able to out-run the negative emotions I was facing. That’s where it started.

Running around the neighbourhood, every day with my parents (perfect bonding time, I must say!) turned into running then going to the gym every weekend which now turned to a more structured workout routine and a happier, fitter, healthier version of myself!

My routine

Monday – Friday

5/6AM – Morning workout, right now I’m working with the FBabs program by Fitness Blender.5:30PM/6PM – Evening workout, usually HIIT/some sort of cardio mixed in with weighed toning (switch it up between upper body and lower body) with Fitness Blender.

 

Saturday – Sunday

Early morning – Gym session where I usually run on the treadmill or ride the stationary bikes in an HIIT format and weights either upper or lower body depending on how sore I am from the previous days. ?Evening – Yoga/Full body stretch

It may seem like a lot but for me, it doesn’t only keep me physically fit but also, lifts my mood from any negative emotions that creep up so it’s personally worth the effort.

If you haven’t heard of FitnessBlender before, I recommend you check them out. They’re a couple who post free (and VERY effective) home workouts on YouTube. You might have come across millions of fitness channels on YouTube and so have I, but these two come across so genuine and themselves that I can’t recommend them enough – workouts have been fun with these two virtual personal trainers.

Truthfully, I prefer home workouts to going to the gym mainly because I don’t get self-conscious when certain people stare look and personally, feel like I get more out (e.g. a whole range of exercises) of my home workouts with Fitness Blender. With that said, though I still like to mix it up a bit by going to the gym.

Diet & Nutrition

I’ve learned so much in terms of fitness and food these past few weeks and still learning every day, but main points are:

  • You can’t just eat as much as whatever you want e.g. Junk food and exercise and expect to hit your target or see results (like I did before)
  • Eating clean doesn’t mean “going on a strict diet where you can’t eat anything”, it means changing your lifestyle to eating a healthy amount of clean food so none of the processed junk!
  • Starving yourself or eating less than 1000 calories a day, ISN’T GOING TO HELP YOU. I admit that this is one that I did myself, it’s energy draining and makes you go backwards rather than forwards.
  • Don’t get me wrong – I still eat some chocolate and fries during my “cheat days” but my body has started craving healthier alternatives. ?
  • Nutrition is 80% of what determines if you’ll be successful in recomposing your body. Fitness is 20%. You can’t out train a bad diet.

The last point was one I learned recently, I’ve started eating clean for about 2 weeks now and it has made such a huge difference in my body. Admittedly, faster than I expected it to! I am now a true believer of that saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen”

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Motivation

What keeps me motivated?

  • Progress pictures because the scale doesn’t tell you everything!
  • My new Fitbit – thank you for reminding all the time that I need to workout, get up and stretch my legs and that I’m killin’ it. More details in a future blog post~
  • Workout clothes – I’m starting to live in them, how can they be so cute, comfortable and motivational at the same time? Magic, I tell you.
  • Workout playlist, Fitness Blender, and of course, my main source of inspo – Instagram.
  • The fact that working out has tired me out so much to the point that I go to sleep at 9 pm on the dot! For a low-key grandma like myself, this will always be a motivating factor.

I love how I’m feeling since I started incorporating fitness into my life and really prioritising that very important “me-time” I hope this post has somewhat inspired you in some way ✨


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22 comments

  1. Tara says:

    Kudos to you! I’m glad your healthier lifestyle’s been working out for you. I need to get back into working out, but this new work+commute schedule’s a killer on me. ~___~ I know that’s a bad excuse, but I am just exhausted by the time I get home, so nope. Instead, I just do as much walking as I can on my work day. I’ve been averaging about 9k steps a day. Not having a car and not wanting to always take a cab is a great motivator for me to walk. XD;;;

    You gave some great tip about proper eating! It’s okay to have treats. The key is to remember it’s all about moderation. That’s an area I need to work on . . . X_X

    You’re looking fab, Pauline! Keep it up! It’s good to have this healthy lifestyle while you’re young! Take it from me — don’t do what I’ve neglected to do XD;;

  2. Elisa says:

    congrats and kudos to you for leading the healthy lifestyle! i’m not sure if you remember my comment in the past but haha i wish i can be as active and healthy as you. i hate the sun and i hate going to the gym or working out. yes, i’m an unhealthy couch potato slash sloth. i don’t understand why i’d rather go on a strict diet by eating healthy and cutting down food instead of working out – it doesn’t sound healthy and proper but i’m too headstrong to actually MOVE lmao. and honestly, i don’t really care if all i want is sleep, if i look sluggish whatsoever. i tell myself at least i don’t eat fatty, junk food all the time, pfft. i’m so lazy ohmygod :))

    but it’s so good to know that you’re an active person! it’s always nice to know when people prefer to lead a healthy life – says someone who doesn’t want to move at all xD

  3. Tiny May says:

    I fell off the fitness journey because of my crazy schedule and I regret it so much now because I was doing so well! Granted, I was actually burning out with my workout schedule and it was a complete drag at times. KUDOS to you for doing 2 workouts a day! That takes a lot of willpower. And also, thank you for recommending FitnessBlender, I just might restart a workout routine. I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels’ workouts for years, but it’s time I switch it up.

  4. Jan says:

    With all the posts about going FIT and all, makes me feel really bad now… And it’s not even NEw Year yet where everyone’s resolution is to lose weight, LOL! Keep omitting these FIT vibes you all and I might get super inspired and be one to. And with Diet, I dropped 4kgs without working out and by just giving up my extra serving of rice. =) I still can’t leave without my Rice, but not overeating helps. At the beginning was kind of hard but then my tummy adjusted not too long. =)

    I love Fitness Blender too. ♥

  5. Kemi says:

    Diet is definitely the key to getting in good shape. I’ve found that if I work out and still pig out too much it doesn’t make a major difference. I definitely go through stages when it comes to working out, sometimes I’m doing it almost every day, and sometimes I go weeks – months without doing it at all. I haven’t gone in almost a month and I have to admit this post made me feel bad – so need to get back on it next week! Congrats and all you’ve achieved and also on staying so motivated!

  6. Michelle says:

    Good luck in your goals. I’ve done that, too but sans the gym and just did walking with Marley, my Yellow Labrador and lost a few pounds and counting. I’ve cooked and cooked more than eating out and cooked healthier. I’m glad that you’re doing better and feeling better, too ^^ It’s just such a rich feeling to be in shape. I can feel it too. I don’t get so tired after working over an hour and just can go on for ages, it seems.

  7. Nancy says:

    I am so happy that you’re going hard at the gym! You and Georgie inspire me to go to the gym when I can ;). Even though there were some personal events that made you feel bad, it helped motivate you to partake a healthier lifestyle. It’s amazing that you’re doing really early morning workouts! I can’t even get out of bed at 5am LOL! Eating healthier definitely helps with getting fit. There’s no good coming in when you’re eating 4lbs of nutella every day and going to the gym.. Maybe a spook of nutella is acceptable XD.

    I loooove yoga pants. It makes doing squats worth the pain :D.

  8. Ongaku says:

    You know, honestly I do not hate to exercise, though I love to do it socially, like walks or runs with friends or family. I really need to try and make it back to my gym. Thanks for the youtube link, I’m in need of something like that to be able to exercise at home. My biggest problem with trying to stay motivated to exercise tends to be my chronic issues, I get going and then I have a dang flare that really makes me not want to do anything. The most I can do it go for short walks. Bleh. I really need to get healthier and lose some weight. This post is helping to motivate me. 🙂

    You look great btw! 🙂

  9. Merrybeth says:

    You’re always tweeting about your early morning workouts and I never realized just how early it was (given our time difference) until I saw your workout plan here. Damn girl! I’m usually just falling asleep by 5 AM LOL.

    That’s so great of you to start a new workout plan that you can stick to. I’ve tried sooo many times but I’ve never got around to actually doing so. I usually get too scared. I don’t know, something about going to the gym alone freaks me out. Like what if something happens to me?? More importantly, i don’t even know what to do half the time, so who’s gonna be there to show me??

    I definitely agree with all that you say about how important diet and nutrition is. Ugh, you’re totally inspiring me to (maybe) start trying this whole “fit” thing out again. Hopefully I can get through it!

    I do however want say kudos to you for doing all of this, I can’t wait to see your progress 🙂

  10. Kya says:

    I think it’s very important when you are looking for a healthier way of life that you do make it a lifestyle change and something that is going to be a consistent part of your life, because a diet or fad is just not going to help, and it’s great that you mentioned this. 😀

    Since I cut out a lot of processed sugar, I can’t stand anything that has too much sugar. It’s scary the amount of chemicals that are found in so many foods. I don’t know why everything has to be processed so much. -__-

    It’s fabulous that this has been helping you so much. 😀 I wish you the best.

  11. Becca says:

    I think it’s awesome how motivated you have been recently with working out and being healthy. The best reason to work out is for yourself! I’ve seen all of your tweets and pictures about going to the gym on Twitter and Instagram and it makes me feel like I need to be doing something (especially with the holidays coming!). 😛

    Thanks for sharing your routine with us! It would be too much to work out twice a day, but if you can make it work and it works for you, go for it! I will have to check out Fitness Blender. I was going to the gym over the summer pretty regularly, but I felt like I could get just as good of a workout at home and I would have to pay the monthly membership. I’ve tried a couple of YouTube videos, but it’s hard to find ones that I really like. So I will bookmark them!

    I couldn’t agree more with eating healthy as a lifestyle change. I don’t follow a strict diet by any means, but I always try to make healthy decisions. I definitely still indulge in some mashed potatoes and gravy and French fries, lol, but I at least keep it in moderation. I always make sure my lunches and breakfasts are really healthy and then I can have a little more wiggle room with dinner.

    Workout clothes are the best! I invested in some new pieces over the summer and they definitely motivate me to work out so I can wear them! They are so cute and comfy, I wear my workout pants a lot of the time at home when I’m just lounging around.

  12. Anca says:

    You look great! If it’s something you enjoy, you are very motivated to do it and it’s easier to keep on track.

  13. Thao says:

    Aw congratulations!! You are looking super strong! It’s not easy to get into an exercise habit, and I like your attitude that this is going to be a lifestyle change and not just a phase. That’s definitely key. And it is hard to maintain it as life gets busier. I might have ran a marathon this year, but I definitely have not been exercising regularly over the past few months. You’re definitely motivating me to get back to exercising regularly and eating clean again.

    Zumba is such a great “gateway” exercise. I loved my Zumba classes before I started traveling. It was an intense total body workout and more productive than I would have done by myself in an hour. And best of all, really fun! And I’ll have to check out FitnessBlender. I was using Blogilates for awhile, but then I fell off track…

  14. Clare says:

    Wow! Good for you Pauline. I wish I could work out as much as you do too. I’ve been slacking on my yoga sessions lately. Maybe I should also try workout apps since there’s no gym close to our place. A lot of people have been telling me I have gained weight and it actually makes me feel bad about myself sometimes. Anyways keep it up and you are looking good even more 🙂

  15. Claudine says:

    This is awesome! Congratulations on finding a fitness routine that works for you and I must say, you look great! 🙂

    I really wish I could be as disciplined as you are, haha! I don’t really know if I can do two workouts a day but I really want to be this fit too. Lol. Actually, it’s really hard for me to get into fitness all by myself. It won’t be easy for me to just start doing any activity I want because of a health condition, so I need a professional to help me with these things. But I think it’s going to be expensive T_T

  16. Cat says:

    Wow, you’re awesome for sticking to a fitness routine and eating clean! You look amazing! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I have such a hard time sticking to it. Fortunately, I’ve been working out or running regularly, but I don’t always eat as well as I should, haha. I’ll have to check out FitnessBlender! I definitely like working out at home instead of going to a gym.

    Agree on changing your lifestyle and not needing it to be a strict diet! I thought dieting would be terrible, but after tracking my food, I realized it doesn’t have to be. Just have to stay away from junk food and control portion sizes!

    You’re doing great though! It makes me want to get back into healthier habits!

  17. Cassidy says:

    I’m so proud of you for sticking with it and trying to reach your goals! Keep at it!

    I stopped my routine when I got back to school and I’ve been too busy with classes and work to restart. I’all have to try again at some point

  18. Georgie says:

    I just bought some new gym clothes. ? I also read this post a while ago but didn’t have time to comment but I wanted to! I really enjoy reading about your fitness progress and I actually have a post drafted up about my fitness journey over the years, because getting to where I am now has been hard. I think it’s great that you are starting to fit back into your clothes again like I read in your previous monthly recap post. That’s always a good sign. For me, my clothes are getting smaller though. Oops. ?

    You definitely work out a lot – every day is such dedication! I only go about three times a week. And I don’t do a great deal of cardio. But I also agree that the scales are not a good indicator sometimes. I have lost some weight, but for a good while I was the same weight even though my body had changed drastically. I must have been gaining muscle. 🙂

    Clean eating can do wonders! I will admit to not having a stable diet in the past but every now and then I will eat really well for a week or two and it makes a difference! Staying away from too much processed food and making sure I eat more vegetables really makes me feel physically well. But it’s good to have everything in moderation, and it’s OK to have a snack or a treat every now and then.

  19. Bhairavee says:

    Oh I so need to start working out! I’m getting motivated by your post and so want to hit the gym again! I stopped going about a year back and I bloated out again. On top of that my diet is a dud. I eat anything and everything and my stomach is cursing me for that.
    I have watched a few of the FitnessBlender videos and I loved them. I give it a shot from time to time but not enough to have any effect! 🙁

  20. Lucy says:

    You’re looking great and I’m glad you’ve found a routine that’s working out for you. Thank you for the link to fitnessbleder,I’m going to check them out now. I’ve not found the routine that works for me so I’m always look for more inspiration