The dreaded BEFORE photo

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Today was my first EVER Julia Buckley workout.  She recomends starting with 5 days of bootcamp sessions, so that is the plan for this week. I have to teach spinning Monday and Tuesday night, which means double sessions for me.  The moves were simple and Julia gave exellent verbal instructions, along with options to make the moves more or less intense.  It is up to the viewer to decide what level they are at and to work towards a positive progression over time.

One of the reasons I signed up to be a #FitnessRockstar was for the accountability.  Strength training is something I never make time for, but always wish I had when I line up at the start line.  Working with Julia means I have no excuses.  Everything I need is available at my fingertips as all her workouts are available online.  Luckily, I have some weights and mats at home which means I just need to take over the living room for an hour each  night.  Oldland isn't too keen that he can't see me when the door is shut but he will get over it.

To make this experience with Julia as real as possible, I am posting my 'before' photos.  Note they were after 2 bottles of Diet Coke, a posh kebab, and small popcorn at the cinema.  I am an apple-shape and am finding that the stress from work and lack of sleep make my stomach the place for even more fat to hang out.  To combat this, I know I need to work on my food choices.  For this first month though, I am going to work on sticking to my exercise schedule and then work on healthy food selection in November.  It is important not to change too much too fast or too drastically because it can be overwhelming and cause you to quit.  I am not about to become a quitter!

Drumroll please......

Julia thought it would be fun for all the Rockstars to share a bit about themselves and what fitness means to them,  Here is the quickfire  #JuliaBFit Fitness Rockstar Spotlight Interview with,errr, me:

1. For me, fitness is all about: Feeling healthy and hanging out with like-minded people who are always up for new adventures.  I pride myself on being a capable person and being fit helps me be independent too.

2. I get most excited to do my workout when: I know the tunes are going to be awesome.  Good music makes everything more enjoyable.

3. When a workout really pushes me to my limit, I think to myself:  'Come on, Tubbs!' which is my maiden name and what my husband shouts at me when I am finishing my parkrun.

4. I’m most likely to skip my workout if:  I am super-tired, have to work late, or it is raining, hence why I need my community to hold me accountable with this project!

5. In a group fitness session I’ll be the one who: Is up-front so I can see what the movements are.  I am also watching the other participants to see how they are doing.  As a fellow instructor, I can also be a bit critical of the instructor if I feel they are being unsafe.

6. The item of exercise equipment I’d most hate to go without is:  A sports bra, my running shoes or my GPS watch.  Soon to be dumbbells?

7. The last thing I usually do before starting my workout is: Take a sip of water

8. My top 5 workout music tracks are:  Well, I haven't downloaded new songs on my iPod in several years, so 'Put Your Hands Up For Detroit', 'Dog Days Are Over', 'Womanizer', 'Insomnia', and anything 80s.

9. If I start feeling meh about fitness I give myself a boost by: Signing up for a race or setting up a meet up with some blogging friends at a new fitness class, follwed by coffee or drinks.

10. The most important thing I’ve learned about fitness in the last year is:  Everybody struggles and nobody  is perfect.  But if you consistently work hard, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

If you want to join me, Julia, and the other Rockstars, click here to sign up today.  Online access is much cheaper than a gym membership.  Plus you can do it at home, on your own schedule.

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1 comment:

  1. You have nothing to worry about Mollie - You look fab already :)
    but still, it's great to make a steady/long term change - Loving your music choices!


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