Week seven is almost over, and with Easter looming I have felt even more responsible to sweat sweat SWEAT before taking a few days off and probably – ok definitely – treating myself to some tasty wine and cheese over the weekend!
I’m glad that I can be honest about my intentions over Easter; I have known many friends who have personal trainers/gyms/friends who would practically disown them if they knew they were going to have a glass of shiraz (shock!) or even some carbs (horror!). Matt is my PT at Goodlife and he is great, he totally gets that life goes on and that I can’t lock myself into a padded cell with only access to broccoli and steamed chicken breast, but when I do want to treat myself he makes me work hard for it first!
After reaching the halfway mark of the challenge I am feeling great! I have not lost a great deal of weight when it comes to the scales, but my clothes fit me better, I am so much stronger and more toned (even in my dreaded stomach area – who knew I could do 100 sit ups!) and best of all I am getting compliments on a daily basis about how great I look! If that isn’t encouragement to keep working hard then nothing is!
There have been good and bad sides to the challenge, I sometimes struggle to find the time and food to eat according to my plan (my job is pretty unpredictable so eating at set times is almost impossible) and sometimes by the end of the week my whole body is so sore from the workout I struggle to pull myself out of bed that one last time, but these are far outweighed by the good. Matt is a brilliant trainer and he makes the sessions a lot of fun so it’s not so much like working out, and plus we mix it up a lot with boxing/cardio/weights – it’s different everytime so I never have time to get into a routine. As well as that I have learned a lot about how to work out smarter instead of harder, and ways to fine tune my diet. I have always had to be very strict with my eating (I put weight on just walking past a bakery!) and thought I knew it all, but it’s been great!
My favourite bit of the challenge is group training on Wednesdays, each week it’s totally different and ‘deck of cards’ and ‘army bootcamp’ have been the winners for me so far – if you don’t know what they are you should give them a go, you’ll curse me at the time but you’ll feel amazing afterwards!!
With only five weeks left I am still really excited about the challenge and looking forward to seeing my final results!