If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember how much of a NON sport girl I am. I am NOT… or at least I wasn’t. Things have changed since Quarantine began and I rediscovered myself even more. (you know when you think something it’s quite impossible and then it happens? I thought I knew myself a lot already – and I thought I reached a good point months ago – but I didn’t. And this is the beauty of constantly growing, listening to yourself, looking deep inside… BLOOMING.)
So, without initially realizing it, I started to switch my personal routine and my point of view in “training” and sport. I always did a bit of exercise myself – of course when you hit 30 you can’t expect your metabolism to keep you company forever – but I never start a pro work out as I did this past month. I initially started at the gym in my building, and when they closed it down, I switched to the comfort of my own room. I didn’t know how much I was going to like it. TRAINING, WORKING OUT, SPORT.
These words resonated quite strange to my ears before. And you know when you think you are right in something, but you are not? Well, I wasn’t. I thought “working out is so damn hard, I am never gonna be able to do it every day for a month.” And yet I did. And it’s the best feeling ever to be able to watch my body change under my eyes, weeks by weeks. (being quite slim myself, it’s hard to see a daily change, but after weeks I can totally see it!)
Last year, I discovered I had IBS: It was a strange feeling when it hit me. “I would never be able to eat cheese again” – I though – or at least most of cheeses, luckily I can still eat Parmesan. The following months were really strenuous for my mind and body. I didn’t know what I could eat, what didn’t make me feel sick and my mind was uncertain of what would come next. I had colitis and I was afraid I would have it again. I had different episodes of infectious viruses – all regarding my stomach – in one year and that scared me a lot.
But here I am, and I can tell you I am doing so much better now. I didn’t have a bad bloat episode since last Autumn and I have started cooking for myself and taking extra care in my mind, body and daily food/drink intake. I love to be able to choose what to eat, drink and prepare and I love to train my brain and my body into a better shape with each day passing. I think it’s a pretty good state to be before I hit 32 in August. I am pretty proud of myself and my stomach is doing a ton better now even when I have digestion issues, it’s so much at ease that it was before. I have fewer cramps and my abs are starting to show.
AND I DON’T TELL YOU THIS TO GLOAT.
It’s very important to keep a journal or a mental track of what you’ve been going through – especially now that we all had a pretty strange experience happening and we are all in lockdown – and I am just sharing my thoughts and aftermaths with you. I hope you don’t mind and I hope you think of what you’re really proud about yourself. I am sure there are plenty of things you’ve been dealing with lately and that you came out stronger than before. If not, this is the time to start. After all, we all need to stay home for a while longer.
But … WHAT HELPED ME TO FINALLY START A PRO WORK OUT DAILY?
Nothing, nothing, nothing worked before with me! I was a lazy couch potato and loved every minute of it – except when I was bloating so much I could barely walk! So I had to do something… a challenge with myself most of all and before I hit 32…
I have found the best workout videos by Chloe Ting! I believe I saw them first on an Instagram story and strangely enough I knew who Chloe Ting was since when I first started Lookbook in 2014, she was on it too. So catching up with her last work has been a pleasure. (she also trains Chris Hemsworth!) She is doing lots of workouts and also an Abs Challenge I happened to start too! That was the cherry on top I needed. A challenge to get rid of my lower belly fat (I still got a bit of it, but it’s definitely less!) If you wanna check her videos out (I hope to give you the boost for starting to work out too!) here you go: home workouts videos.
And what would be your personal challenge?