Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Yesterday I spent Mother’s Day doing the Mother’s Day Classic Walk with my mum and sister, the walk helps raise money for breast cancer and had more than 40,000 people in attendance.
Over the years I have gone through a number of stages in my fitness journey and I feel like over time I have built on where I’ve come from with what I’ve learnt about exercise.
Stage 1: the I HATE exercise stage
I went through this stage from pretty much when I was 11 years old – till when I was 17 years old. I tried to avoid exercise at all costs. I started high school chubby and every year I just kept gaining weight, mainly from eating all the wrong things but my hatred of exercise didn’t help matters either. There is one exception to this, I did used to love swimming, my mum had my sister and I in a swimming squad and we both used to swim twice a week for an hour. Although at school I didn’t love swimming, teenage logic for you.
Stage 2: I’m trying to love it…but I don’t yet.
When I was 18 after I’d lost 50 kgs (110 pounds), entirely through diet, doing NO exercise at all during it, I realized it might be time to start doing something. I was completely clueless when it came to exercise so I hired a personal trainer who I saw 3 times a week. I was so scared of putting the weight back on and knowing I had no clue about exercise I went that often, yes it was expensive but as I was living at home at the time I could afford it. In my first session I threw up, which didn’t make me love exercise. I did however love my trainer as she pushed me to see that I was capable of much more than I thought I was.
Stage 3: Hey this isn’t so bad
From when I was 19 – 25 years old, I genuinely started to enjoy exercise a lot more. I tried to start running but I was inconsistent with it but I did build up to being able to run 5km thanks to the couch to 5k program. I went more often as I had friends who were at the same gym as me and it helped motivate me to want to do more. On and off I saw personal trainers during this time which helped me learn more about using weights.
Stage 4: I really love running.
I met Nick when I was 26 and we shared a love of food. Due to this love of food we both decided to start running together, I’d never really been that bothered about running before but then we decided to train for a 15km race together and it made me really fall in love with running. Nick now doesn’t run as he got a bit over it but I still do.
Stage 5: I think I’m overdoing it
There was a time over a year ago when I was exercising 8+ times a week. I’d exercise in the morning and then after work I’d go back to the gym again. At the time I didn’t think I was overdoing it that much but spending 1.5 hours+ a day in the gym after a while got really old and I realized that I was overdoing it, particularly in the cardio department.
Stage 6: I love weights
June last year I started a new strength program with Tara that was mainly free weights, lifting heavy and it made me fall in love with strength training too. I still love running but I love the feeling of being able to lift heavier than I ever thought possible.
What fitness stage are you in?
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