Getting my sh*t together | Let’s Get Fit

Getting my sh*t together | Let’s Get Fit

I mentioned in a December post that I don’t exactly like the way I look right now. However, I have some patterns with unhealthy weightloss and dieting, so if I intend to get fit, I want to do it the right way. And documenting exactly how I do that on my blog is going to help me stay on the right path. You know, accountability and all that. To start off this process, I need to, in short, get my sh*t together. So here we are – the second post of this series.

I want to make this whole process as simple as possible. My thought process is that the less intimidating I find it all, the more likely I am to stick to it. So I’ve created a sort of action plan, going back to primary school research methods with who, what, when, where and how.

Who?

Who inspires me? What is it about them that I can look to and adopt?

My main fitness inspiration is Holly from The Kitty Luxe. Though she doesn’t really talk fitness on her blog, she frequently records her progress and the way that she works on her Instagram stories. Holly became my fitness inspiration after she spoke about how she’d dropped a few dress sizes and yet hardly lost any weight – it was all about strength training and gaining muscle. She looked amazing and has quite a similar body type to me naturally, so since then I’ve been a little bit obsessed with her journey with it all.

My main food inspiration is Sophie from Glow Steady (Who – wow – seems to be my inspiration whenever I talk about anything food related… I do read other food blogs, I promise.) Though I’m not vegan or (mostly) gluten free like Sophie is, I greatly appreciate the way she looks at foods and meals on her blog. There’s always so much discussion of nutrients and what each ingredient does. You can tell that the girl knows what she’s putting into her body. This is the kind of approach I want to take with my food this year.

What?

What are my goals?  What exactly do I intend to get out of all of this?

Like I mentioned in the introductory post, I need to figure out exactly what I want if I’m going to do this. Therefore, I set out 5 goals that I can refer back to and ground myself when I feel myself straying. I want to:

  1. Tone my muscles
  2. Increase my stamina
  3. Eat a balanced diet (No calorie cutting, just a good balance of nutrients)
  4. Increase my core strength
  5. Train for some sort of run? (I want to get better at running and I feel like I need a goal for that)

When?

Am I setting myself any deadlines?  Is there a date I want to track my progress by?

Ideally, I want this to be less of a short term solution and more of a long term lifestyle choice. However, setting some sort of deadline makes things easier to work towards. Hopefully, I’ll book in for some sort of run, and that will be my stamina deadline. However, for more of a more general deadline, I want to be far happier with my fitness by 27th July 2019, my graduation date.

Why?

Why have I decided to do this?

I explained this in the introductory post, but essentially it’s because:

  • I’m not happy in my own skin at the moment
  • I would like to be physically fitter in terms of stamina, strength and general health
  • It’s generally just better for me

How?

How do I intend to complete my goals?

I could easily fall into my old habit of going to the gym 6/7 days a week and running myself into nothing. So, instead of being overambitious, I am starting with some easy goals. This way I can work my way up slowly and create new, healthier habits. To do this, I’m going to:

  • Go to the gym 2-3 times a week
  • Attend one class a week
  • Eat breakfast everyday!
  • Meal prep so I actually eat breakfast and lunch

And there we have it, my 5 step breakdown of how I intend to get my sh*t together. I’m actually really excited for what this series brings and where this all goes. I’m not going to be too hard on myself or super intense with measurements and goals, because that will only end up destructive for me. Therefore, though there will be serious moments, I intend to keep this series pretty lighthearted.  Here’s to a year of positive change – this being just one of them.

Are you doing anything differently this year?  Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love,

Jas xx

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40 Comments

  1. January 8, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    Good luck with this, Jasmine! Some great and reasonable goals here, especially like the one about not calorie counting, just balancing good nutrients! x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

  2. January 8, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    I find whenever I focus on my health and fitness my mental health improves, especially if I am getting fit because it makes me feel good!
    Great post, good luck with your fitness journey!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  3. January 8, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    I really admire your positive attitude towards fitness Jas! It can be so easy to obsess over measurements and calories and it quickly turns destructive. Your post is very motivational and inspirational. I’ve just started going swimming and occasionally to the gym, I think January is a good time for making healthy changes for the year ahead. Wishing you all the best with your new routine and hope you reach your goals. Good luck girl! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much Bexa <3 hope you're enjoying swimming and the gym!

      Jas xx

  4. January 8, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    Great post, Jasmine! I love your who/what/where/why/when? approach to goal setting – I never thought of doing it that way but it’s such a good way to do it! Really helps you focus on what you want to achieve and why.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you so much! I was trying something new with the who/what/when/why/when, but I feel like it worked out really well!

      Jas xx

  5. January 8, 2019 / 8:37 pm

    I’m reading this after getting in from a run and today’s post was a nutrition based one. This could not be more me. Thank you for the mention!! I love that you’re trying to do this the healthy way and making it more of a lifestyle change than a crash diet. Love that your goal is so far away too so you can make small changes and get long lasting results. Good luck!! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 9:19 pm

      Haha I love your nutrition based posts – about to check that out! Thank you so much Soph <3

      Jas xx

  6. Michelle Blackadar
    January 8, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    this is such an inspiring post to me, im hoping to work on my fitness this year as well but it’s honestly a big fear of mine because i have a tendency of being really hard on myself. i don’t want to beat myself up over “not doing good enough” and then go down a dangerous path. that being said staying on the path i am now is just as dangerous for my health. so thank you for inspiring me, i wish you the best of luck in your journey xxx

    mich / simplymich.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 9:50 pm

      Awwww thank you so much! I’m honestly so glad that I was able to help you in any way at all. I’ve been there with the being hard on myself and going down a dangerous path – I hope that you’re also able to get on a good path <3

      Jas xx

  7. January 8, 2019 / 8:41 pm

    Definitely some good advice in here and tips I’ll be using in my own weight loss journey. Good luck! I can’t wait to see how you do 😍

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

  8. January 8, 2019 / 8:43 pm

    You got this! I love how you have laid out your fitness goals and broken them down in manageable steps 🙂 good luck and I’m happy you are being careful to not slip into old habits 💜 stay healthy and thanks for sharing! Rach

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you so much <3

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Jas xx

  9. January 9, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    I want to take that approach too! I want to put a lot more good stuff in my body as I know it will make me fell so much better. I agree, Sophies posts are amazing and so helpful. Starting with easier goals sounds like the best way for it. I also get overwhelmed about how many times you ‘should’ go to the gym and when and what you ‘should’ eat, it gets me overwhelmed. I should take the approach you are and start of smaller. Regarding what I want to do differently, my main priority is eating better! xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Sharnah <3

      Jas xx

  10. January 9, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    I am also trying to get fit and exercise more now that we are in the new year, I’ve got a few classes booked and I’m really motivated to go and do it now! Good luck with your fitness journey! X

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks so much, good luck with yours too!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:03 pm

      Thank you so much Amie!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:10 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

  11. January 9, 2019 / 8:27 pm

    I love every single thing about this post! It’s pretty surreal but this is almost exactly how I currently feel too – I want to start a fitness journey and I love how you’re approaching it in a healthy and constructive manner. I also really enjoyed the way you broke this post down, easy to read and a great way to keep track on all the reasons why, when etc. Thanks for sharing Jasmine & wishing you all the best on your fitness journey this year. Can’t wait to keep up with you and see how it all goes x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:13 pm

      Awww thank you so much – I hope you’re able to embark on a cool fitness journey too!

      Jas xx

  12. Kayleigh Zara
    January 9, 2019 / 8:38 pm

    Good luck! I fully understand what you mean about toning muscles, I would like to too. I love Holly’s instagram stories too they’re amazing x

    Kayleigh Zara 💀🥀Www.kayelghzara.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:20 pm

      They’re so inspiring aren’t they!

      Jas xx

  13. January 9, 2019 / 8:41 pm

    I hope this goes well for you lovely! It’s great to see that you’ve recognised that what you have done in the past for weightless isn’t healthy and that you’re doing it the right way this time!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:20 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Jas xx

  14. January 9, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    It’s always empowering and a feel good thing when someone decides they’re gonna take ownership of their health and fitness. Reallt looking forward to your series Has Your goals are very achievable and realistic! I too have been grinding in the gym and fitness classes a lot trying to improve my physical health (I’m rven meal prepping now as I’m typing). Not that I’m in bad shape but you can always do better, plus I’m doing an online PT course so more the reason lol! Anyway keep us updated on your progress

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:27 pm

      Thanks Johnny, I will!

      Jas xx

  15. gingechanel
    January 9, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    Good on you for wanting to do it the sensible and proper way rather than back to back fadding (which I’ve done in the past and DO NOT recommend!

    I got into running last year and the couch to 5K app is really great for learning how to pace yourself and get you into a regular routine! You can also do Park Runs if you’re worried about the dangers of running alone.

    Chanel | gingechanel.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:47 pm

      Oooo I will download the couch to 5k app! Thank you!

      Jas xx

  16. January 9, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    Some great advice here and some great goals! Wishing you all the best in this.. I too am trying to get fit for 2019!

    Sarah xxx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 10, 2019 / 12:02 am

      Thanks so much!

      Jas xx

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