I really began my exercise journey almost two years ago when I started doing bootcamps after being persuaded by my other half to give them a go. I vividly remember that first bootcamp when I came home and thought I was going to vomit. I was enjoying my one bootcamp a week, and then six months later I decided to take on P. And then I started two bootcamps a week. I now do three solid hours a week of planned exercise and in the past month, I’ve started doing two to three regular runs a week with the desire to run a 10k in February.
My life and my attitude to exercise has done a complete 180 in the past 12-18 months.
Last week I was having “one of those weeks” – we’ve all been there for whatever reason. Nothing was going right, I was in a real hump about everything and basically exercise was the last thing I wanted to do. I didn’t run, I wasn’t able to get to one of my bootcamp sessions due to working late and my food planning kinda went out of the window. I only put on half a pound at Slimming World but it really affected me.
This week, I’ve put my big girl pants on and cracked on with life. I’ve put my food planning head back on, I’ve got my running plan back into action and I’ve gone to both bootcamps and worked my little booty off! I woke up this morning and I feel so much better about everything. My body feels in tune again, my mind feels clearer and I feel like I can go and attack the day in a way I just struggled with last week.
Exercise is a difficult habit to get used to, but once it’s part of your everyday life, it just feels so strange when you don’t do it. Your body craves it, your mind needs it and if I’m honest, I think exercise has helped not only my body in its shape and ability to do things I never thought was possible but it’s also my mind.
My mental health hasn’t actually been in this good shape for a long time – I’ve always been lacking in self-confidence, my self-esteem has always been very low and generally felt like I put on a front to smile and get on with it. Since giving myself some much needed TLC – that’s changed massively. I’m more confident in who I am as a person and I feel more capable in managing what comes at me.
Changing your lifestyle has partially being about losing the weight and looking at a different girl in the mirror but it’s been just as important and changing my mind space and feeling far more confident in the girl who’s in my head.