I have never felt body-confident. Growing up with an auto-immune disease which resulted in me not growing up (before it got fixed and is perfectly fine today) and therefore made me look like a child for a long time, I was always self-conscious about my body. All through middle-school, it was mainly my stomach because it took a while – or at least it felt like it did- for my baby belly to get away. I remember I used to do hundreds of crunches every Wednesday and Sunday whilst watching High School Musical. Then in high school it was my stomach and then my arms as well, and now, well it’s pretty much my whole body.
I have always been somehow active, I even went to the gym with my mom in high school for a couple years and totally enjoyed it. I could tell it changed my body, I felt great after and I knew I was working on what I didn’t like, so I didn’t hate my body as much as before.
But then, after graduation it became way more difficult to keep a workout routine because for two years I left the house at 6:30 a.m. and came back exhausted at 6:15p.m., then I was stuck in a tiny tiny Uni hall student room (I started running towards the end but not for long enough to really see results), then in Birmingham I got back on doing an at home workout three times a week and kind of saw results but I think my eating was not the best, I did one cheat day a week but I think I went overboard with it and it sometimes ruined my week’s work. Last year, I started doing Blogilates workouts at home from February and could feel a difference in my body and owe but not see it as much as I’d like. Then, I did a 4-month internship and was stuck on a chair for 8 hours a day and 1 and half in a car.
But when this school-year started, I decided not to spend my years hating the way I look and never feeling confident in what I wore and in general. I needed to take action to actually see a change. I started running at the end of September and did that for a few weeks. Even if sometimes it was only for 15 minutes after school, I would still go. However, I could feel that my body was not loving it as my knees and ankles were getting ache-y and to be honest, I wasn’t enjoying it, I was forcing myself.
So, I decided to join a gym. A month ago, I started going to a gym close to my apartment with one of my classmate. And you know what, I love it. I hadn’t realized how much I missed going to a gym! I love how challenging it is, that I work on different part of my body, the collectiveness of it, being able to tune out for 45 minutes and just sweat the stress away. I have definitely felt a huge difference anxiety-wise and I always feel clear-minded and energetic afterwards. I go 3-4 times a week and do classes depending on my schedule. This also helps to stay away from a routine and I love that we can do classes whenever we can.
I have already started feeling results in my body and have gotten back on track with my eating as well. I still struggle a little with eating as it’s never easy to come home at 7p.m., starving and wanting all the carbs. But, I try to plan ahead so I know I have healthy leftovers at home or a healthy meal cooked by my awesome boyfriend (though he doesn’t really eat vegetable himself, he still cooks some for me, bless him).
If you are trying to get back to a more active lifestyle I would advise you to:
- Find something you actually enjoy to do so that it doesn’t feel like a chore
- Remember that you also need to eat healthy as it’s a huge part of the work
- Try to do it with other people, it makes it easier and more motivating.
- Don’t try to seek results quickly, concentrate more on how it makes you feel rather than look.
Do you have any advice for a healthy lifestyle?