Motivation is key, and you’re not the only one out there with daily struggles; whether this is lack of energy, dietary issues, food intolerances or digestive problems. There are so many people discovering new recipes to help with these diets, from gluten free to dairy free to vegan, and I love trying out all of these delicious creations, collaborating these healthy eating regimes with my workouts to get the best results.
When it comes to physical motivation, there are so many Instagram accounts out there than you can follow for inspiration, see my top 5 Fitpsiration post, but at the end of the day it’s up to you to be your own motivation. One of the best ways to do this is through progress photos, a technique that fit superstar Kayla Itsines swears by. This is a great way to monitor how your body is changing, because we all know that muscle weighs more than fat. I never weigh myself, and instead focus on how my clothes feel rather than staring at the scales waiting for a pound to drop off. Sure you might have to go up a dress size, but that’s probably going to be because your bum has lifted or your shoulders have got broader, not because you’ve got ‘fat’.
This is my progress to date, with the photo on the left taken last July after I finished second year at University. I was a member of the Uni gym, but whilst I went 3 times a week I only focused on cardio, and was still going out drinking and eating whatever I wanted. When I came home from placement year I joined 24 hour gym Anytime Fitness and started to work on all areas of my body, incorporating weights and ab toning exercises alongside cardio.
The photo on the right was taken this July whilst on holiday in Cyprus, and I had no idea how much I had changed in a year. With a combination of healthy eating and regular workouts, I’ve managed to get this far and I’m determined not to let it slip. I’ve struggled over the past 8 months with digestive problems and IBS which has really put a strain on my training because of being constantly bloated and in so much pain, which is why I decided to go gluten free. I still get bloating which is triggered randomly, but I feel so much more energised when I’m not fuelling up on loads of carbs. Sure, I’ve had some lapses where I’ve eaten like a pig but then who hasn’t, and if you deprive yourself of something for so long, you’ll end up going crazy!
It hasn’t been an easy journey, and whilst I’m not where I want to be, I’m far from where I used to be. You are your biggest and best motivator, so don’t give up!