My Health Journey: The Workouts
Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed some spring-like weather wherever you are! Unfortunately, spring has not sprung in London yet, but hopefully it’ll come soon! I’m in desperate need of some sunshine!
Today I will be continuing on with my new series, My Health Journey, where I’ve been sharing the things I’ve done in my life to make the biggest steps in my recovery and get to the healthy place I am today!
In last week’s posts, I spoke about outgrowing my jeans and being proud of it, defining my personal definition of health, and changing my mindset. Today I will start off the week by talking about my workouts, how they’ve changed over the past couple of years, and how it has brought me to the healthy place I am today.
When I first shared this picture on Instagram over a week ago, one of the first comments I received was about my workouts. If they changed and how. If I was doing cardio when the picture on the left was taken and not in the recent picture.
I wasn’t planning on blogging about how my workouts have changed from the picture on the left to the picture on the right because, to be honest, they haven’t changed all that much, but I wanted to answer the question I received and share the few ways my workouts actually have helped me get to where I am today.
When the picture on the left was taken, I was weight lifting 5 days a week (2 leg days, 1 chest, 1 back, and 1 shoulder day) and not doing cardio. Now, I am weight lifting 4 days a week (2 lower body days and 2 upper body days) and not doing cardio. As you can see, not much has changed, but, as I mentioned last week, my mindset about working out and how I workout have most definitely changed.
In the past, I very much focused on my appearance when working out. I wanted six pack abs and a perfectly sculpted body, but now, although I do love the muscle gains I am making, improving my appearance is not why I workout.
I workout to be healthy, to gain strength, and be the best version of myself I can be.
I also always make sure that I’m doing what I absolutely love.
In the summer of 2013, I was really feeling like I was in need of a break of the typical bodybuilding-style workouts I was doing, which is why I started doing GPP.
GPP did a lot of good things for me. GPP taught me not to fear running, box jumps, burpees, olympic lifts, and that I am capable of actually running a mile!
It also taught me a lot about health. The main goal at GPP is to achieve optimal health, which was perfect for me. I was able to focus on only achieving optimal health while doing GPP and put my obsession with my outer appearance off to the side.
Even though I no longer do GPP regularly like I did in the summer, I still love it and always will, but once this winter rolled around I felt that I needed to get back to lifting heavy. The craving was there and I had to satisfy it!
So, I did. But I was able to take what I learnt from GPP and apply it to my training today. Like GPP, I still have optimal health as my main goal and I’ve also adopted their minimalist approach, as well.
At GPP they do what is necessary and nothing more, they are minimalists, and I loved that about their programming, so I adopted it into mine, as well.
Currently, I use Nia Shanks’ workout template to help me design my workout programs and it’s been working really great for me! I focus on squats, deadlifts, OH presses, pull ups, and other push/pull exercises that assist me in reaching optimal health.
It’s me vs. me.
I try to lift heavier or go for one more rep week after week.
I listen to my body and do the workouts it craves.
And that is one of the ways I got to where I am today!