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Isn’t it always refreshing when something goes a lot better than expected?
That’s exactly how the month of January went for me when it came to my workout split. When I wrote down my split, I thought I was out of my mind. I hadn’t been to the gym in nearly three months and I wanted to commit to six days a week?!
Hard work pays off thought, right?
It took me roughly a week and a half to get my groove back and I found myself actually wanting to go to the gym each day. It was no longer a chore, but rather something I looked forward to. Once I established a routine, other facets of my life seemed to fall into place too.
There were only four days I missed, due to social engagements, but two of those days were active recovery days. Skipping two Sundays (in a row, nonetheless) really made a big difference in my pep when it came to Monday’s workout. I found myself struggling early on in the workouts, as if I was a little sluggish. Once I completed the warm-up, I was fine, but it was tough to feel enthusiasm when your body felt heavy.
I definitely felt confidence grow over the course of the month and even though I blatantly skipped a day at the end of the month, I knew that I had to listen to my body first. I felt under the weather and realized that if I haphazardly went to the gym, I might have done more damage than good.
Not weighing myself daily also helped because I didn’t become fixated on the number of pounds lost. If you weigh yourself daily, you’ll see your weight fluctuate and it can be really discouraging. I definitely fell off the wagon some days, ate a few more Rice Krispies than I probably should have, but I was proud of the work I had put in, seeing my little muscles grow.
February is the month of love and I love to push myself to new limits. This month, I’ll be starting a 12-week weight loss program through Spotebi as well as a 12-week 5-kilometer training program. The weight loss program will follow the same schedule as January’s Split, which was a rotation of arms, core and legs every three days, with Sunday dedicated as an active recovery day.
As for the 5K training, I’ve dedicated Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to doing such. The objective of the training is to start slow and ease my way into running, including short bursts of running with extended walking time on repeat. By no means do I have a 5K lined up that I’m training for, but it wouldn’t hurt to start scoping one out…
I specifically picked the weight loss program because I have a wedding to attend in April and there’s no worse feeling that feeling frumpy or unhappy with yourself on a joyous occasion. The programs will wrap up the week after the wedding, but the hard work will have been completed and it’ll be time to celebrate.
The hardest part will, no doubt, be the 5K training, but I won’t be so hard on myself if I can’t do it. I will push myself each day, but it’s understood that running for 30 minutes a night will be difficult while also grinding out an hour workout after. The main focus is definitely the programs through Spotebi, but one of my resolutions this year was to become a runner, and that’s what I want to do.
📌 Here are my monthly fitness goals. If I crush these goals, I’ll allow myself to buy new resistance bands!
- Use 10-pound hand weights consistently
- Complete each day of 5K training, no matter how slow I am
- Lose 3-5 pounds, bringing year total to 6-10 pounds.
⬇📽 Check out my Workout Split video here 📽⬇