Week 2 – I can do this

I’ve dropped a Kg in this week, it started off really great, but then… I got lazy for a day and had a blueberry muffin. I want to say I couldn’t resist but the truth is my body was so craving that muffin I just had to have it… 1 muffin, so tasty , so full of sweetness and flavor, mmmm. I felt like an addict getting a fix (I probably am in a way addicted to sugar or carbs without even realizing it). But do not despair for after that muffin I went to the gym and worked my butt off even harder than usual to make up for my intsy wintsy teeny little cheat (Hehehehe). Lets hope I haven’t done too much damage to the plan. OK, so I’m back on track and rearing to go. I can definitely say that I have been really great with changing my diet and eating wholesome healthy food. ensuring that I don’t get bored with what I prepare I make sure that its different every day. Weekly shopping has always been my thing and now my trolley looks so much healthier that it used to. Very proud of the changes.

I’ve decided to up my exercise game a little this week, do some resistance training along with my cardio routine, nothing too hectic yet, just a small intro to making a change and adding a bit more to strengthen and tone my body. It’s not easy, I can tell you that I’m not in the ‘it’s a lifestyle’ mode as yet, its definitely too soon for that. I’m still at the ‘I can do this even though it feels like I’m dying slowly’ phase. Nothing worth having comes easy, and if I put in the work, I will reap the rewards. This is a fact and has proven to be the case repeatedly, so I’m definitely not afraid to push some boundaries and get out of my comfort zone a little ( emphasis on a little … for now).

I find that sometimes laziness kicks in and in these cases it really is better to have someone you are training with to be that voice of reason to push you when you have your moments of “not feeling like it”. I’ll admit I do enjoy having company when I train and so I have decided to find a training buddy to keep me on my toes, not for every session but at least twice a week. I have also decided to mix it up so I don’t get bored, because I really do get bored sometimes. This week I have done some outdoor running, a boxing class, and some indoor cardio along with light weights. Last week I was more into the treadmill, Yoga and Pilates- besides the personal training session I had. Everything has been testing because of the extra weight, but I always loved all these things and I’m going to find love for them once again. I’m determined to keep on training and trying. I can feel myself getting stronger, I can feel my body feeling better and I am ready to go for another week.

Hard work is never easy and long term results are never born from short term commitments. Its important to remember that when making the changes you wish to see in your life it is more about consistency in that initial drastic change. You have to keep on keeping on even when it gets tough or boring, you will thank yourself in the end. This does not only apply to exercise, I applied this when I gave up smoking and when I decided writing will be a bigger part of my day that what it used to be. If I want to be fit I have to do the work, if I want to be healthy I have to do the work and stop my unhealthy habits, if I want to be a writer and earn a living from it, I have to write every day no matter how many people read my posts. Its about long term consistency. I keep saying, nothing worth having happens over night, hard work and consistency is always the key.

I can be whatever I want to be, as long as I am willing to do the work required to be that person.

Living my life and achieving my goals through hard work and consistency.

Written by: Tammy Lynn Murphy

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