One of our amazing members wrote this about her fitness journey and we wanted to share it with you.
“You probably all now know, that fitness is a huge part of my life. People think I’m crazy for getting up at 4:45 am to hit the gym. I guess for me, I really like to challenge myself, and I like to have some goal to be working towards.
Like most of us though, I can fall off the wagon. Sometimes it can be for a week or even a month but usually I can quite quickly reign it back in and get back on it. However, last November it all went very much down hill.
When I moved to New Zealand last year I was ready for a new challenge and excited to start a new fitness routine.
I’d been a member of Real Life Fitness for almost 2 years and it had changed and challenged my fitness, and mindset so much (all for the better), and it was the best gym I’d ever been apart of with an amazing community to keep me motivated. So when I got to New Zealand I had all the intentions of keeping my training up and changing things up but as I wanted to get my new ‘life’ together so I took a little bit of time off.
Perhaps it was good to have that time for my body and mind set to adapt and settle but like most of us, I got into a comfortable routine of eating and drinking too much and not moving my body enough. I then very much struggled to get back into my fitness groove and because RLF had given me that comfortable, supportive gym environment it was difficult to find another place that emulated that. So even though I joined a gym, did the occasional yoga class I really wasn’t doing enough.
However, in all honesty, I was just enjoying life too, I was eating out, drinking a lot (New Zealand wine is heaven) but at the same time I wasn’t taking care of myself. I put on weight at a dramatic rate (20 pounds in 6 months to be exact), due to lack of consistent exercise and poor diet (hello Uber Eats).
Having gone from my peak fitness to not even being able to run 3km, it really knocked my confidence, motivation and well being.
I left New Zealand in April and the one thing I was so insecure about was the fact I’d put on so much weight and everyone will judge me for it. Of course they didn’t and I know I was silly for thinking it but we all can get wrapped up in others perceptions of us.
So, I knew I needed to do something and I re-joined RLF because I knew this gym and community had gotten me to a place in the past where I was so happy with my fitness and health and equally somewhere I always felt comfortable to train in.
Whether you’ve been working out for years or it’s your first session, if you have taken a significant amount of time off training, it is very tough to get going again.
I remember my first session back and it was chin ups. Now back in the day, chin-ups were my favourite exercise. I was so proud that I could do 8 body weight chin-ups because I knew how hard I’d worked for it.
In that first session I couldn’t even do 4 with the highest resistant band. I really felt as though all this effort I’d put in for the past 2 years had gone down the toilet, and I’d gone full circle.
Despite all of this, I pushed through, even when I saw zero results. I felt like giving up several times and just accepting this is my body now. But I kept going because I know results are not instant (I wish they were though).
I’d love to have lost the weight in 2 months after coming home, however, if something takes 6 months to put on, it’s going to take the same time if not more to come off.
So, I’ve spent the last 6 months working hard. I train at RLF 3-4 times a week. I’ve cleaned up my diet, not drastically but enough to enjoy life and have structure to it.
For me, I think the most important part of what I called my ‘Project Comeback’ was consistency and if I could give any one advice who’s fallen off the wagon or back in a place where they are not at their fitness, health, weight, goals, it’s keep going, and be consistent.
The smallest things really do make the biggest difference. You may not think that those home ab workouts or walks to work are doing anything, but they are. I could go into all the specifics of what I did, but what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. The crucial thing is do something you enjoy and find a community that supports it.
The amazing thing about RLF is that whether you enjoy running, weight lifting, yoga, walking, boxing, they have a community of people who love doing all those things too.
I am human like everyone else, I fell off the wagon, I got back to a place where I was not happy with myself but what I didn’t do is be defeated by it.
I needed support, I needed guidance and I needed a good community of people around me to bring me back to where I needed to be. Real Life Fitness did that for me, and I can guarantee they can do that for you. One thing to remember though is the resources you have around you will only get you so far, it’s YOU who has to put the effort it but having an amazing community of people who have faith that you can do it, makes it so much easier.
If I can do it, 100% so can you!
#projectcomeback complete. Thanks RLF”