This post has been in the back of my mind for a while now; it’s been lingering amongst all of my other thoughts and things I have to do. I’ve been thinking about writing this post, and how I’d write it for a while now.
It’s a more personal topic, health and fitness. We all have our own ideologies about the topic: what it looks like, what it feels like, what it should be, what health is, what fitness is… It’s different for everyone.
And this post is about me: my thoughts and aspirations in regards to my health and fitness. This post is an action plan for what I want to do, which is ultimately become a stronger more athletic version of myself. I want to be fit: strong, agile and have stamina to push me through the hardest of challenges. Athletic is the best word to describe how I want to feel. For me, I’m not overly fussed about my physical appearance (anymore), but I’d love for people to look at me and be like she’s fit or she’s an athlete. If that makes sense?
Now, before I get into my plan, I wanted to give the briefest rundown possible of my health and fitness journey so far. It’s been a long one, and if it helps you understand me a little more and why I’m writing this post then it helps.
Okay, so, my journey:
In year nine at school, I got glandular fever and was sick… I was fatigued all the time and had headaches and migraines on a regular basis afterwards. My mental health was at an all-time low. It’s a place I never want to go back to, ever. I believe it was in year 10 when I started working out. I followed Kayla Itsines’s BBG, gave up, attempted it again, and eventually, I managed to complete 1.0. It was an achievement to complete 12 weeks of working out, I was proud of myself for waking up early, working out before school, and mostly becoming stronger. I started working out to lose weight and ended up falling in love with how strong it made me feel.
My consistency was all over the place for my final years of high school, and then even in uni, I struggled. I went to the gym for the first time and started Chontel Duncan’s fierce program at uni. I loved it. Then during summer I signed up to a gym near my work and attempted Shreddy. Nothing was really sticking. But I knew I enjoyed the gym, I enjoyed lifting weights.
Then I came across Natacha Océane and I fell in love. I’d watched her on YouTube before, but I decided to buy her Move guide and started doing that. Then COVID hit, then I became lazy, then I got back into working out at home, bought some more of her guides, and became lazy again. Now we’re here. I haven’t worked out more than 10 times this year and I miss the gym. Through my whole journey, I’ve lost roughly 13kg and right now I’m happy with my body which is something I never thought I’d achieve.
Now, I want to turn it into a machine and lower my body fat percentage some more. I’ve recently started to run, another continuous attempt before failing… I’m trying to work on consistency now. Another issue is my eating habits through all of this have not been the best, I want to eat more to fuel my body. I’m ready to take my health and fitness to the next level: to be my own goals.
I apologise if that was a little long, but here’s my plan:
Follow Natacha Oceane’s Cut training guide
I’ve followed this guide before and only made it up to four weeks. This time I hope to complete the full 10. Cut is a gym-based guide made up of six workouts and they are:
- Plyometrics (60 minutes)
- Upper body & HIIT (70 minutes)
- Lower body (60 minutes)
- Rest or active recovery
- Full body (60 minutes)
- HIIT (20 minutes)
I plan on starting her guide again today. I’ll be doing HIIT.
My main goal is to complete the guide and all of the workouts. I’m hoping I can build up a routine to do all five of the ‘workouts’ and spend two days resting or have an active rest day. But if that doesn’t happen, I want to focus on consistency and showing up.
Running: 3x a week
Like I mentioned a little earlier, I’ve started running (again). I’ve always wanted to be a runner as such and the idea of running marathons excites me. It’s something I want to be able to do.
Right now my consistency is very hit and miss. I’ll be good for a couple of weeks and then you won’t see me running for a month. I’m hoping to build up my consistency and just run three times a week; however that may be: trail, hill sprints, a long run, a short run, sprints…
I love to hike. It’s no secret. I want to do it more often, and I’ve signed up to Climb it for Climate so now I need to hike more often.
Bike more (hopefully 2x a week)
I have a bicycle that isn’t really getting used. Obviously, I want to change that. An ultimate goal of mine is to compete in a triathlon (once my shoulder is fixed so I can swim without pain).
Meal prep and cook my own food
Food is probably my biggest obstacle with all of this. I have a weird relationship that is hard to define. Essentially, I just want to start eating more wholesome foods and cook them myself. I want to fuel my body properly to give it the best opportunity to become better.
Well, there you have it. My current plan on becoming better and reclaiming my health and fitness. I’ve been in a bit of a lull which is why I wanted to post this. My mental health has dropped as well, so, I want to see whether getting back into this routine and habit helps me out.
This is part of my becoming better series where I focus on personal changes to improve myself. If you’d like to see what else I’ve done to become better click here.
I’d also love to know if you’re creating any routines or habits where you also focus on becoming better.