Friday Fitness #1 – Intro

Hello! Welcome to the first of my Friday Fitness blog posts.

As a part of my blog and my IB Personal Project, I wanted to focus on leading a healthier life, both physically and emotionally. I have always struggled in these aspects due to both self-negligence and just the factors around me. But I wanted that to CHANGE with this project.

This will catalog my progress over a series of 4-5 weeks. By no means am I expecting drastic change as I am not making drastic changes myself. Mostly, I am just looking to start something that will help me in the long term and keep myself motivated.

Read below on the basics and to see how the first week went.


Starting Information

Full body measurements:

  • Bust: 36.2 inches
  • Waist: 28.4 inches
  • Hip: 40.6 inches
  • Neck: 7.3 inches
  • Shoulders: 19.8 inches
  • Arm: 23.2 inches
  • Wrist: 7.5 inches
  • Inside leg: 78

Workout Routine

Please read my blog post here to see my full workout routine.

This workout routine does involve me going to the gym every day Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday are my rest days.


The first week

The plan

For the first week, I am focusing on getting back into the gym and knowing my limits. Whenever you return to the gym after a long time, it is always rough. I usually overwork my muscles and end up terribly sore. My main goal is to avoid this and start small with my weights.

I am also going to attempt meal prepping. My cousin used to do it hardcore, but I am going to try it just to see if it works for me. I bought meal prep containers on Amazon, and my dad helped me cook my first-week meal. I am eating grilled salmon with roasted new potatoes and roasted asparagus every day for lunch and dinner. I will also be attempting to track my calories (using an app for this).

I am also focusing on drinking water! About 72 ounces every day. I have a big 32-ounce Hydroflask, so it helps me track it by saying, “Oh, I drank one so far today.”

What I did good on

For this first week, I think I really excelled at my workouts. I have always liked fitness, but it’s just challenging to find the motivation to actually do it. However, this week, I had my motivation and I think I did really well!

I really enjoyed improving and seeing myself do workouts that I haven’t done in a long time. Even if I struggled on them, I just completed the workout to the best of my ability and finished off with a little bit of cardio on the treadmill to cool down.

As much as it pained me as well, I did eat all of my meals in my meal prep containers. The salmon was really good, but I found myself struggling to eat the asparagus. I had a salad a few times to substitute for the asparagus. Also, I kept my snacking to a minimum, which is another big achievement for me. I like to eat a lot, so I am happy that I was able to moderate my intake.

What I struggled with

While I did good on my workouts, I failed on my resolution to take it slow. I am a naturally impatient person, and I don’t like wasting time doing exercises where the weights feel super easy and I breeze through them. I want to feel a challenge. No pain, no gain. I overworked myself for the first few days and my legs and arms were incredibly sore for the next few days. So much so that I had to alter my workouts for the rest of the week so it didn’t strain my muscles further.

I also didn’t do good at tracking my calories – it was fun for the first few days but became a painstaking chore the next. I averaged my goal of 2000 calories each day, but it was just disappointing when I went over even by a few and wrecked on my motivation and confidence.

What I want to improve on

I am going to try and focus on keeping my weight averages consistent during my workouts to preserve my muscle strength and to avoid injuring myself. I also want to alter my workouts so I can incorporate a little bit of full-body every day (minus my rest days) in order to balance the distribution of exertion on my body.

I am also going to start focusing on stretching, and my warm-up and finishing cardio, because I find it more enjoyable than a regular workout routine. Work hard, play a little.

What I am dropping

Calorie counting and meal prepping. While the meal prepping wasn’t as terrible, it became very boring and unappealing to eat the same thing each day for lunch and dinner. It was so annoying and only increased my urge to binge eat/eat a lot of junk food. Perhaps if I picked a different meal, it would appeal to me better, but I just cannot deal with it. It also takes up a lot of time on my weekend to cook that much food for a whole week.

Calorie counting was also just detrimental to my health in my opinion. I couldn’t find the energy to keep track of every single thing I ate, especially in things like homemade snacks or meals that calories weren’t listed for already. I had to manually search and input those calories, and it felt like another homework assignment. This is summer, I’m not in school! I think it will go smoother without having to count calories.

Overall

I am pleased with my progress this first week, and I do feel better already. Just the endorphins and release of stress from working out help me feel a lot more relaxed and I am trying to focus on remaining positive. I will keep hustling on!


Thank you for reading my first Friday Fitness post. Check back next week to read on my progress!

– Anjali

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