This morning I was lay in bed eating sweets and Harry was up doing press ups. I had asked him to pass me my sweets as I couldn’t be bothered moving and when Harry asked me if I wanted to go to the gym it hit me how lazy I had become. A month ago I was the fittest I had ever been and then one day of not going to the gym turned into one month of not going and now I eat sweets in bed horrified at the word ‘gym’.

Today I decided to go again. I went yesterday too but it was a pathetic attempt and I spent the time chatting and not doing any exercise except for following my friend round. But today was different as before we went I told harry to be mean to me, make sure I do the workouts and to shout at me if I’m slacking (with the agreement that I wasn’t allowed to shout back). So I thought I would do a blog post on what my workout is at the gym, what I like about my body and what I want to improve on by Christmas time.

When I started my job back in August I joined the company gym and had a programme designed for me by one of the personal trainers. I explained that I want to put on weight and build up my strength, with a goal of going up a clothes size. So a typical day at the gym is usually one of the three workouts below:

Plan 1
– 10-20 mins of cardio to warm up
– 4 sets of 15 lunges
– 4 sets of 15 squats
– 4 sets of 15 on the leg extension machine
– 4 sets of 15 cable kick backs
– 4 sets of 15 stiff leg dead lift (I always avoid this one lol)

Plan 2
– 10-20 mins of cardio to warm up
– 4 sets of 15 chest press
– 4 sets of 15 incline press
– 4 sets of 15 lateral raises (I hate these)

Plan 3

– 3 sets of leg raises for 30 seconds each
– 3 sets of crunches for 30 seconds each
– 3 sets of 30 second planks

Now, if I’m being completely honest, this is an extremely basic workout and it’s very rare that I do plan 2 and 3 as I struggle with them. I seem to get things done if I write them down so I’m hoping that by writing this blog post it gives me the kick up the arse that I need. Right now I am the unfittest I have ever been in my life yet I have achieved my goal of going up a dress size. I look in shape and I’m slowly getting my ideal figure, yet I get out of breath walking up the stairs.

As of now I know I have to follow through, doing all 3 workouts throughout the week and continue to work on putting on weight. Because quite honestly, it’s very embarrassing doing a fitness class with your colleagues, being the youngest member there but everyone is better than you.

My goals to reach before Christmas
– Go to the gym 3 times a week if not more
– Get better at running on the treadmill. I can currently run for 2 minutes and then I almost collapse. Must reach 10 mins by December
– Get abs
– Keep on taking photos even when I feel disgusting as it’s the only way I can truly see progress
– Keep on working on my glutes
– Don’t be so harsh on myself!

That last point is key for me right now as I’m being hard on myself and expecting results overnight. A few people have said things like “you don’t need to put on weight” or (sarcastically) “oh it must be so hard putting on weight” but it actually is. I’ve not been happy with my figure for a few years now so I hope you join me in my journey of body confidence and meeting my goals. Hopefully by December I can have a wonderful update to share with you.

Christie x

(p.s. I’m dying after today’s workout)