One of the hardest parts about keeping up a fitness regime is that you don’t always get the results you want straight away.
Jenny and I have been giving this a lot of thought recently – we’re preparing the materials for our 6 week course starting in Harrogate – and we know it is really important to provide support throughout and help manage everyone’s understanding of what success looks like.
The trick to seeing and feeling results is consistency. Deciding to keep going – even if it is taking a while to see a change in the mirror. Sticking to your plan anyway – that is the secret to success.
Weight a minute!
Most of us are very weight focused and tend to use the scales as the way to determine results. I know personally it is very disheartening after a few weeks effort to not see any difference on the scales.
But I can also say from experience, that the scales don’t necessarily give you the best picture of what’s happening to your body.
I’ve been doing our 8 week programme and I’ve been pretty committed and consistent, although I have had to skip some workouts due to illness and then a lower back injury (lifting small children has a lot to answer for).
But I’m 5 weeks into the programme and the first thing I noticed was how much more energy I have – which is great, but not everything I was looking for. Despite my commitment, there has been absolutely no shift on the scales so far so I was starting to feel a little bit frustrated.
Then this morning when getting dressed I spotted my oldest pair of jeans at the back of the wardrobe. Folded up, unloved, unworn since before I was pregnant with my 3 year old. I was tempted to just close the door and ignore them, but then I thought, ‘why not? Let’s give them a go’.
And you know what…they fit!
Not in a ‘I can fasten them but have an enormous muffin top’ kind of way, but in a ‘they really truly fit’ kind of way! I’m over the moon and completely not on trend given these jeans are actually about 11 years old! My pesky tummy has been really clinging on and I was starting to feel a bit like I may just be stuck with it indefinitely so this change is so welcome.
My tummy is obviously shifting. My body shape is changing. It’s all good. Hooray!
The exercise is working: slowly, surely, faithfully and my body is responding exactly as it’s supposed to do – by creating a new shape, dropping the body fat where it needs to be dropped and strengthening the areas that need it.
And if that wasn’t enough to convince you that exercise is the way forward, here’s another little fit fact from Jenny:
The more toned (dense) your muscles are, the more calories you burn, even when resting!
So while I’m sitting here typing this, I might even have burnt off the Oreo I ate to celebrate my win with the small jeans (I said I was committed, not a saint).
I still have some way to go. I’ll let you know once I have abs like Miranda Kerr or Kate Hudson.
In the meantime, I’m using an old pic to give me some motivation. The post header image was how I looked after Jenny had helped me get back in shape after having my first baby. I still have the bikini so who knows, maybe one day I’ll be back in that too!