Leave The Gym Resolutioners Alone

Although I’ve still not ventured out the gym, I’m a Resolutioner and I’ve not given up my goals yet… Leave us alone! If they’re still going after 26 days, congratulations to them.

Sass & Balderdash

We’ve all seen them. There could be one next to you right now on the treadmill holding on for dear life and hiking up a level 15 incline. You may have spotted one inquisitively eying a BOSU ball, wondering what manner of cruel and unusual punishment a semi-circle could possibly deliver. They’re the Resolutioners who have taken your gym by storm this January to get started on their weight loss and fitness goals, and they haven’t received the warmest of welcomes.

I used to be a Resolutioner. In fact, I can say with confidence that “losing weight” or “eating better” was probably my staple resolution from the year 2003 through 2011. When it comes to my New Year’s resolutions, it was probably only surpassed in frequency by “This year I’m going to have a boyfriend,” or “This year I’m committing to not being so quiet and weird.”

I never stuck to it. I’d show up to the…

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NY Resolution 1: exercise

Yes, my most important resolution to myself is to get fit, lose weight and tone up. Not the most original idea, I know. It’s the most popular resolution of all time and I’ve joined the crowds. But it was something that I needed to focus on and what better time to do it than at New Years?

Despite that, I’ve not been to the gym once (yet!). It is partly because I detest the gym, but mainly because I actually want to succeed more this time. I want to have those rock hard abs, I want to have that beach body. And I feel like if I gave myself too many rules right from day 1 I would find it too daunting and give up straightaway. Anyone else like that? I just don’t have enough willpower to not eat chocolate, drink green tea and exercise every day. All I really want to do is lay on the sofa in my sweats watching shit films queued on my TiVo with all the yummy leftover Christmas chocolate. But hey, that’s only happened ONCE so far.

So my first step? Dry January. Now some people probably would laugh at the idea of a month sans alcohol but I was dreading it. But the change4life website persuaded me; numbers don’t lie and thousands of calories lost and hundreds of pounds saved was enough for me to take on this challenge. And, well, I’m 26 days in and am considering making it a permanent change. Well, except for special occasions, I’m not that mad. And I’ll need a glass (or 5) of the good stuff with the family… But apart from that, I think I’m dry! Tee total!
It might have been made slightly easier with the discovery of Becks blue. A beer that tastes exactly like beer, but is alcohol free and only 52 calories a bottle. It’s helped me curb the cravings, although now I’m worried that I’m getting hooked on that and I’m gonna be an alcohol-free-lic. Trying to keep them to a minimum and stick to the green tea but it’s hard!

2. I’m doing a squat challenge.

You remember when I said I don’t go to the gym? I think I have done 5 squats before like, ever. But in some mad moment (I was having a good day, eating lots of fruit, thought I could do anything and kick ass kinda day) I decided to take on the squat challenge. Maybe I liked it because there was a finite number of days, a light at the end of the tunnel as it were, but I figured it was a temporary kick start to my fitness challenge.

Exercise in general, really, doesn’t agree with me. I get bored, I’m too lazy, whatever – I just don’t do exercise. Even the thought of putting on my trainers and struggling with the sports bra upsets me. HOWEVER, I’m on day 6 and it’s… manageable. It hurts like hell and I want to give up but I’m persevering. I don’t know if it’s actually doing anything (I’ll report later once I’m through my 31 days), but it makes me happier that I’m finally taking steps to become a little fitter. I did 55 today and it sorta hurts when I sit down but aches must mean I’m doing something right… Right?

So yeah, anyway. Join me on my beautiful painful journey to slim!