Hello there. Happy February.
We are finally out of the coldest and gloomiest month of the year and I couldn’t be happier. For many, January is the time of year for a fresh start and the ‘new year new me’ ideology that goes with it but I very much struggle with this. At the beginning of the year I’m still mourning the loss of time off and over indulgence over Christmas whilst crying at the balance of my bank account. I just need January to get used to being back to normal and well it would have been rude to neglect all the Prosecco and chocolate I got for Christmas right?
I’m therefore trying to try a little harder this month after lacking energy and motivation to get off my arse the past week or two. It’s been 6 months since I started my new fitness regime and whilst I’m very proud of what I have achieved so far I don’t feel like I’ve furthered my progress since November really so have felt a bit uninspired and stuck in a rut. Whilst I outlined my cycling goals for the year last month I’ve decided to start setting myself smaller bite sized monthly goals including the gym, wellbeing and just being in active in general to hopefully make it feel more manageable and help to keep me motivated for achieving the bigger goals I’ve set myself.
1. Press Ups
So I completely lack any upper body strength and cannot do a push up for the life of me. I’ve been practicing some ‘easier’ versions but I am determined by the end of the month to be able to do at least one!
2. Deadlift Technique
Last week I did my first ever deadlift and I felt like an absolute girlboss in the weights section until I had to throw the bar down on the floor and I got too chicken lol. I started on 40 kilos and felt good so pushed myself to the 50 kilo but as this was nearing the end of my session my body was feeling tired and my technique went out the window resulting in a very painful back. I’m therefore going to concentrate on perfecting my technique with lighter weights these next few weeks whilst I gradually add more weight on. I’d like to do a 50 kilo deadlift with the correct technique by the end of the month.
This month I’m aiming to go to the gym at least 3 times a week and then have an extra activity such as a turbo session, long walk, run or bike ride on top of it just to get back into a routine after it was disturbed over Christmas.
I’ve been saying this for months but I’m finally going to start concentrating on my nutrition and learn to understand what fuel my body needs and when. I’m hoping my new book by Zanna will help with this learning. I’m also going to finally start inputting what I eat into myfitnesspal – even the several custard creams I consume in the office.
I think that’s enough to be working towards for now! I’m hoping to make this a monthly feature to document my progress in a bit of a fitness diary style so I’ll be sure to report back and let you know how I’ve got on….