At the start of February I started my Daily Greatness Training Journal. I committed to training hard, eating clean, drinking lots of water, be positive, more aware and determined in order to become a stronger, fitter & faster version of myself. Here’s how I got on…
One thing people often ask me is why I train or feel the need to ‘diet’ & lose weight all the time. When I look at myself in the mirror I don’t see what everyone else does. I have never been skinny per say or felt happy with my appearance and my perception of myself has not always been positive.
So what do I see when I look in the mirror? All too often I have a distorted view of myself, what others see as little curves I see as huge ones. The worst areas for me are my stomach and thighs. I would love to feel comfortable in a tight fitting little dress but to me they exaggerate my worst area and when I wear shorts I feel so self conscious about my thighs that I spend most of the time regretting it.
But when I am exercising and eating well I can keep the feelings of anxiety that getting dressed can cause at bay.
Over the past few weeks I have become more focused on what I would like to achieve by going to the gym and constructed a balanced diet and fitness regime. I have got back into running short distances and worked on my technique and stamina on the treadmill. I have also increased the weight that I can comfortably work with – going from a 10kg bar to 22.5kg. The sense of achievement when going a little faster or heavier is something that I hold onto, and when I start to get ay niggling feelings of self doubt I remind myself of how far I have come. The DG journal is a great place to note these achievements and track your improvements and changes. I found that noting my food intake made me more aware and mindful of what I put in my body and as it allowed me to forward plan my week I became lest likely to dodge gym sessions.
Whilst using the journal I have also been working with a PT (Clare Craddock at Pure Gym Halifax) once a week and who has helped me track my progress. When I started with her 12 weeks ago my waist was 76cm and my hips 93cm. This week I found I had lost 4cm from my waist and 2 from my hips. Result. I had also lost 1.6% of my body fat and gained a kg of lean mass. In the photo above the top images are those taken at the end of the 12 weeks.
The only downside to the journal is having the time to commit to it, although it only takes a few minutes a day sometimes it just didn’t happen – I would love to give it another go now that I have got into the swing of things and see how well I get on second time around.
I have been really please with the results and hopefully this summer I’ll be bringing the dresses and shorts out more often without the fear and demons striking.
Have you tried the Daily Greatness Journal? Let me know below and I’ll catch you again soon, until then though x
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