I used to be one of those people who doesn’t like working out. Back then, I wasn’t really health conscious. I haven’t really thought of being healthy and exercising as important.
Healthy foods? Pfft. I don’t need that. Exercising? Waste of time.
I used to weigh around 155lbs or 70 kilos, which isn’t really ideal for my height which is 5’5. My waist line back then was 35 inches.
But then one day I just realized that the state I’m in is not really good anymore. I don’t feel good about my body. I hated that I get tired so easily. I knew that I have need to exercise, but it took me awhile to actually get started. I would always find excuses to not do exercises, oh it’s raining. Oh I’m too tired. I don’t have the proper shoes.. I don’t have attire. It’s too early, I’ll do it tomorrow… twice! blah blah blah.
It was when I actually bought myself running shoes that I started with my fitness journey. It’s funny, I would look at that shoe and be like… that is an expensive shoe, and you’re not gonna run? Lol the thought of wasting my money made me go out and run. I can be frugal at times.
So I started running, and I hated it! My first goal really is just 1KM. I didn’t do any warm ups, and just run. I run and run and run for that entire day until I finished 1KM. I forgot how long it took me, but I swear! It was the loooongest time you could run a 1KM and it’s unacceptable. Seriously.
When I finished it (being the newbie that I was and not knowing anything) I was like… fuck yeah! 1KM! I felt super awesome that I was able to do that.. the next day tho.. my legs hurt, I walked like someone who got injured. But I was happy. And so I did it again the next weekend and again and again. I started running after work, started doing some training plans, setting goals for myself each time I go out and run. I was challenging myself, and I love it! It was like a game to me. The longest I’ve run so far was 8K. I swear I could have died, I was crying and laughing when I finished it, and I was so proud of myself, because never had I imagined that I could run that distance.
And then after that tiring day, I wanted to do more.
I realized tho that I needed strength so I could run better, in comes the gym life. I remember my first day at the gym, I was so shy and too conscious. And don’t have a clue on what I’m supposed to do and how I should do it. With the help of my instructor, who thankfully, pushed me to lift heavier. I was able to do what I’m supposed to do.
My body’s not used to working out. So after my day 1 at the gym, my body is so sore. I couldn’t bend my arms! So when I came back to the gym, I didn’t lift heavier for a long time because I don’t want to feel sore afterwards. — now this is wrong. I have been working out at the gym for 3 months and still be lifting 5lbs! I learned that in order for me to be lean and grow muscles and have “gains” I need to push myself.
So I challenged myself again, that by next month I should be able to lift 10lbs. And so I started to google, read articles, and adjust my program, I replaced my workouts with those that work for me…so here I am now, lifting at 70lbs (hoping to add more) and doing workouts that I have never imagined doing.
GYM > RUNNING. This is me now. Haha I still run but not that much anymore. It makes me skinny… I would do HIIT for cardio most of the times. (High Intensity Interval Training). Running.. only when I feel like it. :D Gym has taken over my life, there I said it. lol
I love what I have become and the kind of lifestyle that I have right now, I would never go back to the old me. How I wish I could have started earlier though. I know we’re all busy and sometimes it’s just hard to find time to workout, but I’m telling you. You need to make time for it. You have to make sacrifices and find ways to make it possible. Stop waiting, stop making excuses and stop finding reasons why you can’t and start doing. There are a lot of alternatives you can do. You don’t have to go to the gym, but please. Add exercise into your life. It is important, and will benefit you in the long run.
For someone who was once an unhealthy person, I swear, it will be worth it and very rewarding. It’s pretty cool and amazing to find out what you can do and achieve when you try.