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Inspiration

It’s taken me a full year to get halfway where I want to be in terms of my fitness and body goal. Halfway. After giving birth I didn’t do anything in terms of exercise for almost 18 months – for various reasons, breast feeding, lack of time, lack of sleep (because who really sleeps when the baby sleeps?), exhaustion! And to be honest I wasn’t really too bothered about the baby weight, I was still in “OMG I have a baby” mode.

 

Last year January, my husband and I were introduced to Shaun T’s Insanity by a good friend and since then it’s been a slow learning / change into this magical sweaty world of fitness, clean eating and pursuit of a six pack (!)
One thing I very quickly understood was that I would only achieve as much as put in. this was definitely not a fad, or a crash diet kinda plan – or something that would happen overnight. The changes to my body have been slow, gradual, and incredibly frustrating at times.

 

It is important to remember that anything easy to achieve is unlikely to be lasting. If it’s taken you x number of years to gain those unwanted kilos, you can’t expect to lose them in a month!
Insanity gave me amazing results in 60 days, just as it says it will, but I definitely wasn’t where I wanted to be at the end of it. So I started again after a two week break and kept pushing. At the end of that second cycle my body weight was where I wanted it to be but I felt I lacked muscle definition and tone and that’s when I started T25.
It has never got easier, and I highly doubt it ever will. I still struggle through the workouts, panting, sweating and cursing – but do I love it more each time? YES!!! It’s enjoyable, it’s exhausting, it’s sweaty and it’s ridiculously FUN!

 

And that’s exactly my point. In order to get the results you want, you have to love it. Absolutely, completely love the workout. Mix it up, make it fun, keep it short, send your heart rate up and then down again continually so your body is working, burning and dripping with sweat (just a word of caution – please seek your doctor’s advice before embarking on any High Intensity Interval Training – HIIT).

 

Find something that gets you motivated, something you actually daydream about doing (ok I’m a little cuckoo like that) and DO THAT!!
I’ve found that I remain easily motivated when the workout isn’t too long and I start to see results (no matter how small) quickly – thus the reason for switching over to T25 after two rounds of insanity – but I will have a separate post about that.

 

HOWEVER! – were you waiting for a but?
Exercise is really only 20% of your gains. The rest of it all comes down to FOOD FOOD FOOD! Unfortunately you can work out day in and day out but if your diet doesn’t change, your body won’t change. It is ALL about eating clean, eating healthy and actually eating. Getting your body into the shape of its life is NOT ABOUT STARVING YOURSELF. You really have to eat, conscientiously, regularly and clean to see the difference. Practice the 80/20 rule so you’re eating clean 80% of the time. Once you start to see change you won’t want this either. That creamy double chocolate, double fudge cake is just not worth it after all this effort!

 

It is a commitment. It is getting your body to trust the changes, embracing them, accepting that it is a long process and having the patience to stick to it.

 

It is a LIFE STYLE CHANGE. Once you embark on this fitness journey your perception of a lot of things changes, alcohol, sugary treats, that entire jumbo sized bag of nachos;)
If you really want it, the body you have dreamed about, then you need to be strict. It’s a forever change. Not for 6 weeks or two months or just to fit into those jeans. And once you begin you will change as a person. And you will love yourself incredibly because of it.
M xxx

 

About the author

Meera Vadgama info@thefitfabfoodie.com

14 Comments

  1. stacey
    January 15, 2015 at 2:47 am
    Reply

    Great article and makes so much sense! i am on low fat-low-salt diet at the moment for health reasons but this is spot on..80% of what you put in! well done though

    • Meeroxy
      January 15, 2015 at 7:48 am

      Thank you Stacey! Let me know if you want me to blog about something in particular – good luck on your fitness journey!

  2. nafterli
    January 15, 2015 at 4:23 am
    Reply

    Love it!
    Inspiring. Some of us dont do long term anything but will try.

    • Meeroxy
      January 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Trying is half of it! Glad you liked it!

  3. Maati Singh
    January 15, 2015 at 4:27 am
    Reply

    Thanks dear…very useful information…

    • Meeroxy
      January 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Thank you so much!

  4. Sasha mworia
    January 15, 2015 at 5:22 am
    Reply

    Wooow!! Incredible read! Love it! You write too well 🙂

    • Meeroxy
      January 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Thank you so much Sasha!

  5. Sharan
    January 15, 2015 at 1:22 pm
    Reply

    Amazing, you totally get it xxxx

    • Meeroxy
      January 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      thank you so much!

    • Meeroxy
      February 5, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you Sharan!

  6. Nili
    January 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm
    Reply

    Amazing Meera, this is inspirational and what a great read. Wonderful stuff, will be following your blog closely xx

    • Meeroxy
      January 19, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you Nili! Really appreciate the feedback. And lots more to come!

  7. mo
    May 27, 2015 at 11:38 am
    Reply

    love it Meera .your advice is very inspirational.

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