Slow Progress is Progress

Gym Progress 1

This post is a struggle post. In more ways than one. I promised you guys two post a week and that’s been difficult to keep that up, if I’m being honest. What do you want to hear/learn/read about? Drop your ideas and suggestions in the comments. Please!Okay, so the double entendre of why this post is a struggle post is because I will be sharing my experience so far with completing one of my resolutions. I’ve been talking about kicking my healthy habits up a notch or five (in this post and this post) but I never really went in depth about it, so here it is.

Since about the second week in January, I joined a “boutique” gym in my area. When I started, I got all this baseline work done to test my strength and endurance and also give me an idea of how I’ve improved over time. I weighed in at 167 lbs (I’m 5′ 7″) with a body fat percentage of 30.5. While I may not look it, I am borderline overweight according to my BMI. This is the heaviest I have ever been. Honestly, I don’t even know how it happened. I was unable to complete two modified push ups (the ones on your knees aka “girl” push ups), I could hold a forearm plank for 75 seconds and completed 20 or so goblet squats with in a minute holding a 20 lb. goblet squat. Those are all the numbers I remember. I did get my waist, thigh, and arms measured but I don’t remember those numbers.

Sounds intense, right? Hence the struggle.

For a lot of my adult life I wanted to be fit. I’m talking Lita Lewis fit (click here for her Instagram feed and see for yourself). Actually, ever since I was about 18, I aspired to be fit. I love muscles, my life goal is to have legs like a stallion, the body to match and strength three times of what I have now. I want to feel and look sexy and be strong and healthy. I mean, who doesn’t!? I also am a procrastinator who never does anything to actually achieve their goal. #Sad.My get-up-and-go would always get up and leave right when I got the urge to make changes. This time I decided to hold myself accountable and stick to a plan that could ultimately get me the physique I want.

Going to the gym 4 times a week is tough. Especially after a day of work, or if you’re PMSing, or just tired, or having a bad day, or sore, or just plain not in the mood; there are a lot of excuses one can find to not go but, you have to push through. Some workouts have been 100 times tougher than others all because of the mindset I’m in when I enter the gym. There are days where I’m excited to work out (the trainers are actually fun to talk to and just learn from) and even stay late to just chat or test my strength and ability. On the flip side, there are days that I have to mentally prepare myself starting the moment I wake up for my workout in the evening.

I would say that I’m not sure what has kept me going this time around, but I’d be lying. It’s a combination of things. This time I really want it. I’ve talked about getting in shape for so long that I’m ready for it to actually happen. This time, I let myself get to 167 lbs and  I was not happy about that, at all. This time I had someone to go with (thanks, Boo) and be there with me especially on days when I didn’t want to go. I am seeing progress and I can feel my strength increasing. This motivates me to push myself to see how far I can go or how strong I can get. I’ve gained an inch of muscle in my thighs. I repeat, I’ve gained an inch of muscle in my thighs! Stallion legs, here I come! I notice the composition of my body changing and I love it. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say the trainers have a lot to do with it as well. They’re friendly, they know their stuff and they are very, very willing to help. They don’t hold tips and advice like it’s some kind of secret. Ask them anything and they will answer it.

I must say, I am proud of myself and I am interested to see how far I can take this. I’ve been going for about 6 weeks and if this is the progress I’ve seen in that little bit of time, I can’t wait to see what I look like in 6 months. I can easily see myself becoming a muscle head (the Dictionary.com definition, not the Urban Dictionary definition).

Summer body, here I come!


How many of you are into fitness? How many of you want to be? I’d say go for it. Push yourself and you’ll be surprised at how strong you are. Drop your comments below , especially if they are suggestions as to what you’d like to read next. Also, don’t forget to share this post if you found it helpful or entertaining.

 

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