Four weeks ago I kind of fell into something by accident. I agreed to meet with a lovely lass called Sarah (a.k.a Squatbot) for some training sessions in the gym. I said yes and presumed that we would be doing cardio workout – don’t ask me why, I just did.
Big mistake to presume.
I did a blog about the first ten days (see here) and I thought I’d give you an update now that I’ve completed a month of workouts with her.
Well, if you’ve read the first blog, you’ll see that I’ve actually been doing weight training and hardly any cardio at all which is completely new to me as I’ve never done anything like this before.
I’m now at the end of week 4 and I’ve enjoyed it that much, that I’ve actually signed up for another 4 weeks with Squat Bot (how guilty did I feel spending money on myself and not my kids 😂) then I can perfect some techniques to ensure that when I train on my own, I don’t injure myself.
I’ve absolutely no idea how much weight I’ve lost or if I have but what I have noticed is that my clothes fit much better and bizarrely that my wrist strap size on my watch has gone down a notch! I know, how odd, losing weight on my wrist, 😀.
I’ve noticed generally in everyday life that I’m getting stronger. One of the things that I mentioned to Sarah earlier this week is that I’m finding it so much easier to pick Leo up and as a 3 year old toddler boy that never stops eating, that can only be a good thing. Leo likes to ride around on Dan’s back and that’s not something that I’ve been able to do with him up until the last few weeks and he loves it and when we go swimming, I can swim a whole length with him hanging on to my back now and pick him up and twirl him above my head – I know that these are such random things to be mentioning but to me, this is great and I love the fact that I can now do these with ease and not have to say that I can’t do it with him.
When I first walked into the gym, walking into this felt absolutely daunting and my first thought was, what have I got myself into? But I persevered and 4 weeks later I’m realising that it’s one of the best things that I’ve ever done.
I was asked the question the other day of “do you not feel like everyone is looking at you in the gym and critiquing what you are doing?” – Now I must admit, this is one thing that always put me off working with weights but Squat Bot has completely changed my mind about this. I’ve finally realised that people are just too busy concentrating on their own workout to be bothered about what I’m doing.
I’ve realised that concentration is actually needed to get the benefit of the workout that you are doing; being at my own usual gym today I’ve noticed that the people that are looking are actually the ones that aren’t doing much themselves and are just sitting playing on their phones sitting on equipment that they aren’t actually using… something that I’ve never noticed before.
When I’m concentrating on a specific exercise or a certain type of weight lifting, I really am in a zone. I’m working out where my hands need to go to keep me stable, where the bar needs to sit on my front or back so it doesn’t hurt or how far I need to get to the floor to do a perfect squat … I really don’t notice what anyone else is doing in the gym at all.
I have some issues with my elbows (only me, lol) not pain issues, movement issues – there are some moves where my elbows just won’t move in the direction that they need to go for some specific exercises – I’m working on this but I know that I just look so funny!
The photo below I know is blurry but look at the smile on my face! We were doing some boxing cardio and I put my guard down and Squat Bot clocked me one, totally served me right! I won’t do it again!
Seriously though, it is hard work but it’s really good fun and I’m even enjoying getting up at 6am as when the workout and showers are done, it’s not even 8.30am and I’ve got the whole day ahead of me with no lounging about needed as I’m already wide awake!
I’ve noticed some other benefits as well.
1. My head. Now if you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that I suffer from mental health problems because of losing our daughter Millie (you can read a blog about this here if you’ve got a spare few minutes to catch up)
Starting to work out properly again, getting out of bed early and having something to focus on other than my family is really helping me. It’s giving me some me time, some de-stress time and believe me battering those pads during the boxing session works bloody wonders. This can only be a good thing right? Working out all that emotion/emptiness and anxieties before 9am? It’s making me calmer, it truly is.
2. Confidence. I’ve never used the weight section in a gym on my own until today. I have always thought that it was a blokes area and been self – conscious (not now, I actually noticed that I was lifting and pushing more weight than quite a few of the men in there)! Go Me. 😀
It’s a personal challenge though for me, not a challenge against anyone else. Seeing how far I can push myself, seeing what I can change and what I can strengthen; having the ability to make changes and be a stronger person both physically and mentally.
Next week’s challenge … a handstand 😂Come back for an update soon x