Shopping is my cardio
If you're a bit of a loyal reader, a few months ago, you may remember a couple of posts I did in collaboration with Special K- and their 'Change for the Better' project. They challenged me to do something to improve myself- and fitness novice Liv opted for the joining-the-gym challenge- something somewhat David-and-Goliath-esque for a girl that gets puffed out running for the 9:24 to London Bridge. Anyway- let's just say the whole experience has been a bit of a learning curve, and staying driven is possibly one of the hardest challenges of them all- let alone getting into some teeny gym shorts. I haven't gone as much as I'd hoped to (one of the perils of being freelance is such a sporadic schedule) and finding routine is something I haven't yet mastered- but that's not to say that the challenge hasn't massively inspired me, and I know that this certainly isn't the end of my Liv-meets-gym-affair- thanks Special K!

On top of that- I thought, as a nice way to round up this challenge- I'd put together a series of ways to stay motivated- in case you were thinking of doing the same- good luck ladies 'n' gents!

1. Try and find routine. If you can get into a good schedule of hitting the gym, it becomes about 100x easier. I started going at the same time every day (read: when I could blag a lift with Papa P) and it came as less of a shock to the system!
2. Do it early. This is the best way of still being able to make the most of your day- plus, it leaves you on that fitness high sporty people always talk about ; ).
3. Find someone to go with and commit to your plans- it makes it far harder to cancel when there's someone else involved.
4. Listen to other peoples stories. A few people I know, plus my Papa P, used to be gym novices too- but watching at how much their fitness has increased/how dedicated they've become shows it's pretty possible for anyone to get involved! I also started following some fitness Instagrams which can be helpful- just not after a big Two for Tuesdays helping.
5. Realise anything is possible and realise improvement when it happens- and give yourself a pat on the back too, and just remember you can do it!

x

P.S This project and this post has been bought to you in collaboration with Special K, and Kellogg have sponsored me in achieving my goal- however I am not a spokesperson for the brand. If you fancy making a change yourself, always seek help from professionals before getting started- no hurts here please! As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own- and am honest as ever!
Shopping is my cardio
If you're a bit of a loyal reader, a few months ago, you may remember a couple of posts I did in collaboration with Special K- and their 'Change for the Better' project. They challenged me to do something to improve myself- and fitness novice Liv opted for the joining-the-gym challenge- something somewhat David-and-Goliath-esque for a girl that gets puffed out running for the 9:24 to London Bridge. Anyway- let's just say the whole experience has been a bit of a learning curve, and staying driven is possibly one of the hardest challenges of them all- let alone getting into some teeny gym shorts. I haven't gone as much as I'd hoped to (one of the perils of being freelance is such a sporadic schedule) and finding routine is something I haven't yet mastered- but that's not to say that the challenge hasn't massively inspired me, and I know that this certainly isn't the end of my Liv-meets-gym-affair- thanks Special K!

On top of that- I thought, as a nice way to round up this challenge- I'd put together a series of ways to stay motivated- in case you were thinking of doing the same- good luck ladies 'n' gents!

1. Try and find routine. If you can get into a good schedule of hitting the gym, it becomes about 100x easier. I started going at the same time every day (read: when I could blag a lift with Papa P) and it came as less of a shock to the system!
2. Do it early. This is the best way of still being able to make the most of your day- plus, it leaves you on that fitness high sporty people always talk about ; ).
3. Find someone to go with and commit to your plans- it makes it far harder to cancel when there's someone else involved.
4. Listen to other peoples stories. A few people I know, plus my Papa P, used to be gym novices too- but watching at how much their fitness has increased/how dedicated they've become shows it's pretty possible for anyone to get involved! I also started following some fitness Instagrams which can be helpful- just not after a big Two for Tuesdays helping.
5. Realise anything is possible and realise improvement when it happens- and give yourself a pat on the back too, and just remember you can do it!

x

P.S This project and this post has been bought to you in collaboration with Special K, and Kellogg have sponsored me in achieving my goal- however I am not a spokesperson for the brand. If you fancy making a change yourself, always seek help from professionals before getting started- no hurts here please! As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own- and am honest as ever!

21 comments:

  1. Routine is definitely a must. Without it everything always seems to go pear shaped :( X
    thefashion-junkie

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  2. Nice tips! I need to get back to a work out routine.


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  3. I find that once develop a good routine, I'm much more consistent with my exercise. No more waking up thinking "Will I? Won't I?" - you just get out there and do it! :)

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  4. incredible!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh Olivia ! I joined a gym a few weeks ago too, please share those fitness Instagrams, I only follow fitness Tumblrs but I'm don't check Tumblr every hour like I do with Instagram haha I was very motivated at the beginning and now I'm starting the feel the lazyness, today, for example, I could have gone but decided to stay home playing with my sister's doggy :(

    I don't have a routine either so it's difficult to be there every day, and the worst is that I can't have a routine because I have different class schedules every day, plus, I got a cheaper rate at my gym that only lets me get in until 1 pm and I'm sometimes sleeping by that hour hahaha but it's also good because it forces me to wake up if I want to go.

    Wow, this post has actually given me some motivation to keep going so thank you! It's easy at the beginning but then, maybe it's because I'm being so impatient about seeing results that since I don't feel many improvements I'm just like 'whatever' haha anyway, hope you keep up with the adventure too!

    Btw, some summer beach vacation plans are a good reason to feel motivated too haha maybe if you're coming back to Ibiza this summer? haha thanks for the motivation!

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  6. Thanks Olivia, this post was really helpful :)

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  7. I was just about to skip my run today but now I feel super guilty! Your post did good x

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  8. Love your list, and good luck with your gym journey! I cannot seem to get motivated at all to go running at the moment, I used to go before work but the snooze button keeps winning at the moment! I definitely need to get back into a routine again :) xo

    Rosie | A Rosie Outlook

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  9. Great tips, I love going to the gym, however sometimes I feel so unmotivated. Like your tip going early is great, it always gets you going for the day aswell.

    Jess x

    www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. i used to rush into extreme workouts and gave up two days later but working up from beginners calenders with blogilates has helped me find where i need to improve - which is a few places ! - but i feel better and enjoy it so much more :)
    Lauren x
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  11. Love that t-shirt! Definitely need up my exercise regime - running for the train when I'm late for work!

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  12. I started doing blogilaties every day but have been slacking lately! This has motivated me to start up again, I'll try doing it earlier in the morning! x

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  13. I totally need to get into the groove of exercising. Great tips! x

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  14. I love this T-shirt!
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  15. Can I just say, I absolutely adore your blog however I find that your text is really quite small... I mean, I'm pretty blind as it is but I have to zoom in to be able to read it. I know right, you'd think I'd be about 80 instead of 18 wouldn't you...

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    1. Thanks for letting me know- I'm actually working on a redesign soon so will keep that in mind when freshening it all up, so sorry!

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  16. Great tips, it do much better to get it done in the morning, hard getting outa bed though! I want that tee
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  17. I joined a gym in the new year and was so enthusiastic at first. It's really starting to ware off so I feel like this post has just given me that extra 'kick up the bum' to get me back into my routine again! :)

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

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  18. Thanks for the tips, I definitely need some motivation in all aspects of my life, but with bikini season coming up fitness is key!! H xx

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  19. Shopping definitley is my cardio! Although I think we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves to fit in & look a certain way to feel confident! It's sad that nowadays everyone is so worried about their physical appearance!
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