BBG Week 3/4

I’ve been kind of busy with college and study the last few weeks so my weekly update is coming a bit later than usual this time! Even though I feel like I’m flat out with my course I’m still trying to make time to fit in my workouts at least three times a week. To be honest, it’s actually so much easier to decide to continue to sit in the library and keep working even when your brain is fried and you need a break – purely to avoid going to the gym although I’ll happily leave to go home and watch Netflix. The hardest part about getting fit is actually deciding to get up and go to the gym because once you’re there and into your workout it’s actually fine! This is something I used to be really bad for. I’d have it in my head that it was more important to do that little bit extra work or study than it was to go to the gym and I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this! We all know how important exercise is for our health, our weight, blood pressure control, mental health, social interactions etc. We know it but we don’t do it. We’re not lazy, we all work our asses off in school, college, in our jobs and careers which can end up making us sicker, more stressed, angrier and sadder but we do it anyways because we think it will benefit us in the long run. We know that exercise will counterbalance all this and actually be good for us yet we avoid it like the plague sometimes! The human mind is a strange thing…

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Back in UCD this week. Lovely campus when you’re not trapping yourself in the library… 😉

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Keeping my food on track even when I’m in a rush in the morning by getting breakfast in college – €1.20 for a bowl of porridge and 20 cent for toppings…

I’ve found that having a routine really helps with this. With the programme I’m following at the moment I go to the gym and do three circuits on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There’s also supposed to be three days of low intensity cardio (such as a 40 minute walk) each week but to be honest I still make excuses to avoid these, which I shouldn’t! But I’ve made sure that no matter what, I schedule in the hour it takes to get to the gym and do these workouts as I enjoy them, feel better afterwards and know that it’s good for me! So why is that actually so hard for us to do!?

I’ve just finished my fourth week and have actually noticed a huge difference in my fitness from week 1. I had been doing week 2 and 3 at home while I was back in Galway for the midterm and while I liked the fact that I could just go upstairs, take out a few pieces of equipment, have a shower and be done in under 45 minutes, I did find that by the end of week 3 I was finding it quite lonely working out alone. I’m used to playing team sports or doing group training and find that working out with people or even just around people gives me more adrenaline and that little bit of extra motivation. I know that some people hate this but I feel that if I was to continue doing the workouts at home for the next few weeks that I would consider maybe going to a class or gym once a week just for the social side.

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My very compact “home gym” back in Galway…

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For week 4 I was back in the super popular and busy gym in UCD and already starting to miss my private little room at home…(there’s no pleasing me). I love the atmosphere of being in a gym but wasn’t too comfortable being the strange girl in the corner doing imaginary skipping rope and burpees until I was blue in the face but anyway I’ve learnt to get over that! The toughest part about doing these in the gym is fighting for space and equipment which is limited and you need to hold onto it once you get it as you could turn around after your set of lunges to find that your step for step ups is gone! If you’re looking to assert yourself that bit more then battling it out in a packed student gym where the testosterone and adrenaline is rife is a good place to start! However if like me you look a bit demented mid workout with sweaty hair and a purple face people actually start to give you a wide berth…

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You’ve got to fight for every inch of space here…

The workouts in week 4 were actually the exact same as week 2 and maybe it’s because I was tired being back at college (it’s a tough life I know) but they felt a lot harder. You might feel like you’re making no progress sometimes but believe me, if you’re doing these workouts and giving it your all then you are – keep it up! I’ll admit, I got to Friday of week 4 and really, really did not want to do it. Literally the only thing that swayed my decision was that I had done every other circuit workout for the four weeks and getting to the end of the week 4 was my first goal!Although afterwards I went for  burger #fail. I’m all for the 80/20 rule but considering my goal for week 3 and 4 was to get my diet right and both the Galway Food Festival AND Easter fell in the middle I probably hadn’t warranted treating myself for the third time that week…

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But anyways, moving on to week 5 now…This week the intensity of the workouts steps up with more reps, heavier weights and a few new exercise variations. I can already start to see and feel a difference so I’m super-excited to see the results of the next four weeks, not as excited to actually do the workouts however but you don’t get results by watching Netflix, no matter how much energy you might spend wishing you did…However, why not just watch your favourite series while you’re doing cardio? I always do this while I’m on the cross-trainer. It actually really helps because if there’s a few minutes left in the show when you’re finished your workout it pushes you to just keep going for that extra few minutes until the show finishes – it’s a win-win situation really 😉

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