My Fitness Journey
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Happy Friday! I thought you might enjoy reading about my fitness journey, my current fitness routine, and my general thoughts on fitness.
I played soccer in middle and high school, but I wasn’t very good at it or serious about it. When I was in college, all I can remember doing for fitness were long power walks with my girlfriends and maybe the elliptical machine for 30 minutes on occasion. The first time I ever worked out consistently was after college. I started taking yoga classes, and I really enjoyed it. I was also a member at a gym, so I would do some cardio, too: the treadmill, elliptical, or the stair climber. I love being outside, so sometimes I would run 2-3 miles outside.
I enjoyed yoga so much that I decided I wanted to teach, and I went through an intense yoga teacher training. Yoga pretty much consumed my life for the next several years. I became a vegetarian and lost A LOT of weight. I wasn’t even trying to lose weight, but I got way too skinny (15 pounds less than I weigh now).
When I moved to Charlotte to open Boem, I didn’t have much time to work out. I would go to yoga occasionally, but mostly I was just working. A customer came in and looked so fit; she told me about Ultimate CrossFit. Had I known at the time what CrossFit was, I most likely would not have joined! I had never lifted a weight and was just kind of an overall pansy. I’m so glad that I went into it blindly and joined because it is awesome. I have learned SO much from CrossFit. I love lifting weights, I learned how to do pull ups, and it made me a lot tougher, and more fit overall. I also met Lance there, which is the best part!!
I did CrossFit religiously for about 6 years. That’s the longest run I have ever been consistent with anything. But I got injured a few times and I kind of lost the competition motivation that drives CrossFit, so I wanted to find something else. I wanted some weights and functional fitness, but something a little less intense. I started Kayla Itsine’s BBG program, which is a $20 per month app for your phone. I did this religiously for a year. It is 3 resistance workouts per week and you are supposed to do 3 cardio workouts on the other days. I struggle with cardio y’all. It is not something I like to do! For the first year, I mostly just took long walks on my cardio days.
This past fall, a friend took me to a Flywheel class. I thought I hated spin classes, but it turns out I love Flywheel! There is something about the totally dark room and the music blaring that I’m obsessed with. And I love that it’s 45 sweaty minutes and then you’re done. I took a break from BBG from September-December and just went to Flywheel and yoga. It was a great combo and a nice break, but I really missed lifting weights, and I honestly just like my physique so much better when I lift some weights. So I eased back into BBG last month, and so far this year I have been doing BBG 3 times a week, Flywheel 2 times a week, and yoga once a week.
The nice thing with BBG is that you can do it anywhere with little to no equipment. So that’s really nice when I’m traveling. And the workouts are 30 minutes and you’re done! I also love to go to Flywheel or yoga and check out for an hour and be told what to do.
All of that being said, I have barely worked out last week and this week! Last week I couldn’t work out because I had just gotten my eyebrows done (see my post about that HERE), and this week I have had a cold and am in Atlanta for work, so I’ve just been taking it easy. One thing I have learned about fitness is not to take it too seriously. I love working out because I love how it makes me feel, and I definitely want to look good in a bikini, but I’m not trying to enter a bikini contest if you know what I mean. If I miss a couple workouts, I’m not going to beat myself up. I’ll get back to it. That being said, the other thing I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter so much WHAT you are doing to work out, it’s that you’re doing SOMETHING. Find a fitness you love and be consistent. If you miss a workout, no big deal, just get back to the routine.
What do you do to work out? Anything I should try? Thanks for reading!