Hey there French Fries!
Hope you have all had a lovely week 🙂
I had my two bottom wisdom teeth removed on Monday. My face is all swollen and looks like a square at the moment and all I’ve been able to eat is soup and chocolate mousse. Apart from that, the whole experience has been a lot better than I expected.
I come to you today with a bit of a different post than usual. Today I am sharing some random things I have learnt over the last 5 or so years of going to the gym.
No one cares
This is still a bit tricky for me to remember. But ultimately, no one else really cares about you at the gym (unless of course it’s your personal trainer). No one cares if you’re wearing the latest sports gear or if the top you’re wearing isn’t that flattering. No one cares if you’re doing an exercise slightly wrong (as long as you’re not hurting yourself or anyone) and no one cares if you’re lifting a 1kg or 50kg.
Everyone is so absorbed in their own workout, minding their own business and worrying about themselves, that they don’t really care what you do or wear or look like.
How to motivate myself
Unless you have a personal trainer or a gym buddy, you need to learn to motivate yourself to go to the gym. I’ve never really had either, so it’s always been a matter of making myself go and trying to push myself while I’m there.
A key part of keeping myself motivated is switching up my routine. Whenever I feel bored with what I’m doing, I’m instantly demotivated to go back to the gym. So I spend a bit of time before I go, looking up new exercises or asking friends for advice and make myself a list I can follow while I’m there.
To stop making excuses
Okay, so this one kind of ties in with the previous one, and although I’ve gotten good at ignoring my excuses, it is still pretty hard to completely switch off that voice.
What it comes down to though, is trying to realise the difference between ignoring your lazy thoughts and ignoring your body and what it’s trying to tell you.
What I try to tell myself is, that even if I can’t give my 100% during a workout session, even if I only go for a bit, I will still feel better if I go. This has really helped me make a routine of going to the gym. If I just skip a day, then I feel lazy and make excuses to not go the next time.
Ignore the numbers
…on the scale. When I first started going to the gym, I was obsessed with losing fat over anything else. I would constantly weigh myself (multiple times a day) and focus on doing cardio over anything else because I didn’t want to get ‘bulky’. But, this didn’t get me anywhere, it just made me frustrated and demotivated.
So, I started to change my approach. I realised I was demotivated because I hated doing cardio on the treadmill for ages. I added more weights to my routine and reduced the amount of cardio I do and I’ve noticed more positive change than when I was mainly doing cardio. I have definitely gained weight, but I don’t look bigger at all. In fact, I just look a bit more toned.
Hope you guys got something out of this and I’d love to hear if any of you have experienced the same things!
Talk sooooon xx