Like with most things in my life, getting fit is something I lose and gain motivation for depending on what else is going on around me. Obvious times that I become motivated tend to be January (New Year’s Resolution-related) and roughly 3 weeks before my summer holiday when I realise I’ve been eating waaaaay too many Jaffa Cakes to be able to confidently pull off the pretty bikinis I’ve bought. So I go health-crazy for a while…but somehow still end up sitting in Nando’s unashamedly ordering two sides of carbs and a bottomless fizzy drink before suggesting taking a detour to Maccies to get a Mcflurry for dessert on the way home.
I think where I have gone wrong in the past is that I try to change my life patterns drastically overnight. I go from eating whatever I like to not snacking at all and only eating meals consisting of mainly fruit and vegetables; I go from not really exercising all that much (aka: never) to trying to run 4 miles a day before spending 2 hours watching YouTube workout videos, with the annoyingly cheery instructor shouting ‘You should really be starting to feel the burn now’ whilst I’m trying to make it past 20 sit-ups without wanting to cry or feeling the urge to smash my laptop off the floor.
As it turned midnight on New Year’s Eve, I swore 2017 was going to be the year I got to a place where I was mentally and physically fit and happy with myself. Whilst I know I’m not overweight and don’t usually lead an unhealthy lifestyle, I wanted to improve on myself. I think body image is something that everyone struggles with, male or female, thanks to society’s conceptions of what is the ‘ideal’, which is only propelled by social media. Body image issues can affect anyone of any shape or size; I often hear some of my friends complaining about how much they dislike their bodies when I would love to have a figure like theirs. It definitely boils down to being too hard on yourself and potentially seeing something that isn’t there when you look in the mirror.
All of this considered, over the past month I’ve tried to make small changes in my daily routine to make myself feel healthier and fitter. I’ve been out running (which will probably shock my Dad into a heart attack), started adding more vegetables to meals that I make, drinking more water etc. I’m hoping by taking smaller steps it won’t seem like such an uphill climb to achieve what I want. One thing I’ve found that I love doing has to be having smoothies for breakfast. Blending 3-5 fruits and some natural yoghurt for breakfast not only ensures that you eat (well, drink) something to set you up for the day, but it also tastes sooooo good.
This is not a post intending to preach about how I’m leading a super healthy lifestyle all of a sudden (as I am sat writing this whilst eating a plate of curly fries) but I hope to encourage you to take smaller steps to achieve any goals you may have. I’ve found it is the best way.
To anyone else who is in the same boat as me with regard to always trying and failing to keep up a healthy lifestyle, I FEEL YA!!!!!
Don’t give up!