I thump my hand down on the “off” button and roll my way out of the bedroom and pour myself into my gym clothes, wiping sleep from my eyes whilst I go.
Slowly I pad down the stairs, grab a glass of water, 4 of my weights and my work out sheet from the fridge (I find this helps me avoid the wrong stuff if I know how hard I have to work to make up for it!) and head to the living room. I choose a channel and start my work out.
You see this has been the start of my day for the past few weeks (give or take a few days where I am able to get to the gym); this coupled with a great nutrition plan has made me see changes in my body that I never thought possible.
You see for a little experiment, and to test my levels of determination, I have enlisted the help of a personal trainer. No, I have not come into my millions, nor am I punching above my (over) weight to turn all “Essex”, and those who know me, will know that I certainly do not need to be shouted and screamed at down the gym to keep me motivated (though occasionally a friend HAS done this and its helped!). This is something different. I have a VIRTUAL TRAINER. And if you are like me, with minimal time to spare and limited funds, but can also be quite self-motivated, then this option is a perfect one for you.
My Personal Trainer (I love saying that..!) is called Krish. She has an amazing and inspiring story to tell which is touched upon in her blog (http://k-lossfitness.blogspot.co.uk) and as an added bonus is super clued up on the nutrition side of things, which is where I have struggled in the past.
So here is what I have been getting:
- one to one advice about my personal goals
- personal work outs tailored to my goals and the time that I have
- recommended nutrition to aid my goals
- advice and support at my finger tips (mobile, email, text, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Facetime, Skype etc)
Firstly I need to add that the 5am starts are my choice. I work full time and have two children. So that time in the morning is the only time I have where the house is peaceful, there are no text or telephone interruptions and there also happens to be some great re runs of Jeremy Kyle on the likes I haven’t seen since I was up feeding my kids as babies! I feel that getting up this early to workout not only sets me up for the day, but it gets the exercise done with for the day so that I can have a guilt-free cuppa of an evening knowing that my muscles are using up energy whilst I rest.
My worksouts have been tailored for me so that I can work on all muscle groups (and that all important cardio) within an hour. If I feel that the workouts are getting too familiar to my body or they need tweaking a little, Krish is always on hand to pop another one on email to me to keep me going. Or, she will offer advice as to make each exercise harder. These workouts have enabled me to see major changes to the muscle groups that I have wanted to focus on, and that has spurred me on to want to keep going and determined to “compete” with myself on a set of mini challenges. Although I will never learn to love a squat – NEVER!
I am lucky in the sense that I enjoy eating well. But I have in the past fallen into bad habits such as skipping meals, grabbing something “convenient” to eat and grabbing the nearest thing to me (normally biscuits or chocolate!).
Krish has inspired me to “eat clean”, to the point now where anything processed will not pass my lips. I have realised the meaning of “fast food” in that it doesn’t mean processed rubbish in the microwave. I can still use a microwave, but rustle up some scrambled eggs. And with a little bit more organisation I am able to prepare good, lean, clean and nutritious food. I have also learned to bake my sweet treats but without sugar – how great is that?!
I am still very much in the beginning phases of my goal. But boy am I starting to see the results.
I have much more energy and enthusiasm for my day. I am able to complete my morning work outs, lunchtime walks and evening runs without even thinking about it. My nutrition is helping me keep the levels of energy to sustain this.
I am stronger physically and am starting to see big changes to the major muscle groups I wish to improve on. With my drop in body fat the muscles are slowly starting to show through and I can now see how the focused exercises are shaping them to be just how I like them. And for a control freak like me, this is perfect.
So what are you waiting for? Get motivated, fit, inspired and also learn about the Krishy Krunch (the abs on Krish prove this, the woman looks amazing!), I guarantee you wont find it on YouTube! All you need to know is right here:
@klossfood (Twitter & Instragram)