Thursday, 5 June 2014

30 Days of Exercise - Part 1

OK, so anyone who knows me, will know that I am the chubby sister, chubby cousin and also the chubby friend come to think of it, oh gosh that makes me sad.

I am by no means huge at all, I know I am not but I have always struggled with my healthy eating and exercise so something had to change.

I am really not bothered about what I weigh, or the size of my jeans, I just care about feeling good and looking good in my clothes. So this is my aim - my goal.

I recently joined a gym, I then went for a couple of weeks, had a holiday and then lost my groove.

SO I decided to go for 30 days in a row.

Yes, 30 days in a row. (I know you are probably supposed to have rest days but I checked with a couple of Healthcare professionals and they said it's fine). Check with your Doctor if you are concerned before doing any strenuous exercise - you'll discover mine wasn't really all that crazy!

Why 30 days I hear you say - well I read that it can take about this time to form a habit. And that's what I want to do. Make going to the gym, a habit for me, part of my life, now and forever.

So I decided to keep a little diary of just snippets of how I felt each day to keep me going and I thought I would share it with you in case it can in anyway inspire you to try and set a new habit for yourself. Maybe you want to learn a new skill, or get fit and healthy too, it doesn't have to be the gym !

So here it is.

Just a little footnote first, I didn't take any before pictures (I have seen myself enough) and I haven't weighed myself or taken my measurements. I know inside when I will be happy and that's what counts to me. I'll try and describe my changes as best as possible to you.

First, a little bit about the days before I started.

I felt lethargic and kinda heavy and frumpy. I didn't have much energy at all and felt generally down about how I looked in my clothes and especially photos and knew I had put on quite a bit of weight.

My worst points are - my belly, I suffer from quite a bloated one, but I also know there is a layer or two of flab that contributes to it. Also around my waist, at the sides (hips kinda) then my arms....oh dear, anyone who knows me will know I like to be in the middle of a group photo to hide them, or get them cropped off strategically. They have been the bane of my life, like forever. I don't know why I haven't done something before. Theres just too much body fat on them. (Also just a side note here, I don't want to confuse people, but according to my BMI, I am overweight, I am short, 5ft, but yeah, that's whats it says, so I am not just saying it.) My thighs are also v flabby and I have a double chin that creeps in a and out when it feels like it.

So, here goes:

Day 1:

I chose a Friday to start my 30 days on, as I am off, so I would suggest starting on a day off too as it gives you the flexibility to choose what time of day you want to go and theres less pressure. I was feeling pretty rubbish about going to the gym as I had kinda lost my mojo with it, hence why I thought I would give this ago, but I did an average workout and felt GREAT afterwards !

Wahoo, one day down.

Day 2:

Again I was lucky this being a Saturday so I had a little bit of a lazy morning and then being even lazier and taking advantage of having the car (I don't have it in the week) I decided to drive. I am quite ashamed to say this as the gym is only a 10 minute walk - BUT that walk home is hard - so any chance I get, I'll hop in the car. I couldn't find my headphones though, but I managed to find some eventually. Once I got to the gym though the car park was FULL. I mean totally full. I couldn't believe it, there was a craft fair on, so there were NO spaces, so I ended up having to drive home and park ! Can you believe it !! Anyway, then there was one thing after another, I left my phone in the car so had to go back for it, various things happened as I needed a different bag now I was walking, lets just say it felt like the universe was against me ! I made it quite clear how much I was being pushed - but you know what - it felt really good to ignore all that and push through and walk to the gym ! I actually felt really good after and totally accomplished afterwards and proud of myself for not giving up.

Day 3:

This was Sunday so again I had a lazy start to the morning. I drove this day too as I knew the fair wasn't on. haha ! I was also going to pick my Dad up from the airport so I only had about 15 minutes for a workout so I just went on the treadmill. It felt really good to have gone, even though I had limited time.

Day 4:

This was a bank holiday Monday, so again, a pretty lazy start to the day and I felt really good having got over that 3 day hump ! I felt stronger already and kinda found myself kicking the doors open at the gym with my new strong legs. Ha, seems silly but I did feel stronger. I started to notice a difference in my endurance too, I felt like I was sweating more, but I think that was from putting more in to it. It was today I felt my first ever tummy muscle on the walk home ! It soon disappeared, but I got a glimpse of it.

Day 5:

Today was the first day back at work. Now I must stress, I work from home so I know I am very lucky in terms of fitting in the gym, so I hope you aren't too discouraged by this as there is always time to fit it in. Before I 'gave up' I was going before work, but even that for me has been a struggle. When you have the choice to stay in bed - what wins ? But when I was doing this before, I had got to this great point, where I knew I felt better going that not going - I am still working on that though, easier said than done! SO, anyway - I went at lunchtime ! Which meant I only had about half an hour as I had to walk there and back to, but it was great.

Day 6:

Again I went at lunchtime today. I am definitely feeling stronger in my body and today my belly wasn't wobbling as much when I ran ! That felt really awesome!

Day 7:

Today I had far too much work on so I had to go after work. This was good though as it gave me more time to do a bit more. I upped my weights on the chest press and felt quite happy with myself. I hate the big mirrors at the gym though, I look like Michelin man sometimes, well I do to me, but mind over matter - KEEP GOING. Another good tip is to watch music videos - when you see all the incredible bodies, it spurs you on to push a bit harder !

I HAVE DONE A WHOLE WEEK - I can't believe it ! I was saying earlier it really feels like 'I go to the gym' now,  not just I go every now and again and then give it up ! Ha ha.

Just to prove it to you, here is a screen grab from my 'mywellness' account from using my Technogym key at the gym. You can see they work in moves, and my target for the week is 3500 and I did 3969 which is awesome ! (and see - not too much !)


I actually feel quite excited to go tomorrow, now that's a first ! My legs feel stronger, I am sure my hips have lost a bit of flab and my arms are getting more toned. My belly still feels big but it's only been a week, I must remember that.

Why not sign up and follow me by email or by bloglovin and follow along with the rest of my 30 days.... here's to next week !

Thanks for reading,


  1. I love that, Michelle!
    I will join you! It's really not that I'm big in anyways but I don't like the look of my hips and upper legs and as summer is here, I would feel better in bikini and shorts :D At the moment the only thing I do is a climbing course once a week for 1,5 hours and my short bike ride to work. And as you pointed out. I'm not feeling good. I don't have much energy..
    I'll keep you posted about how it goes :)

    1. Fabulous Kathy !!! Good for you !! Ooh do keep me posted please x