Georgina's dose of motivation

 DAY 3

"BECOME THE HARDEST WORKING PERSON YOU KNOW"

  

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Phoenix Fitness:

What’s it worth to you to achieve a healthier, fitter, happier life?

Georgina:

My new, healthier lifestyle is something that means the world to me and that I guard fiercely. To be perfectly honest, I started making changes for aesthetic reasons only – I just wanted to look slimmer! But when I made the necessary changes to achieve my aesthetic goals, other far-reaching benefits started to emerge. Suddenly I had more energy, I stopped suffering from so many colds, I learnt invaluable lessons about drive and determination, and I had a whole new zest for life. 

I attribute much of who I am today to my ongoing commitment to health and fitness, so in that sense it means everything to me. That’s what I remind myself every time I contemplate how much easier it would be to skip the gym on a cold evening or to order takeaway instead of preparing a healthy meal.

Phoenix Fitness:

How do you find motivation to exercise on a daily basis?

Georgina:

My motivation comes from many different sources. Sometimes I genuinely can’t wait for my workout, and I count down the hours until gym time. Other times, I’m motivated because I’ve seen a new exercise online and I want to try it out.

Like everyone, however, sometimes I am simply not in the mood. These are the days when I rely on my good habits rather than my motivation – I go to the gym because it is simply what I do, not what I want to do. Sometimes that involves practically dragging myself into the gym, but after 10 minutes getting into the swing of things I usually feel much more enthusiastic!

Phoenix Fitness:

Have you ever lost focus from your routine? If so, how did you get back on track?

Georgina:

Of course. During the long, hot summer of 2018 I spent much more time drinking fruit ciders outside with my friends than I did running treadmill sprints in the gym. On a holiday to Greece in September, I ate 3 scoops of ice cream for lunch 8 days in a row. Christmas of 2018 happened to coincide with some serious PMS, so I curled up on the sofa and ate pigs in blankets and chocolates until I felt sick. 

What’s great about developing healthy habits is that, after a couple weeks of straying, your body starts to object. On each of the occasions when I lost focus, I very quickly felt bloated, lethargic and moody. It felt like I was suffering from health and fitness withdrawal symptoms!

Just because my body wanted me back on track, that doesn’t mean it was easy. I grew accustomed to waking up at 9.30am over Christmas, so waking up for a 6am workout suddenly felt impossible. I kept reminding myself that I managed this routine before, and I would manage it again once my body re-adjusted. Once the first tough week was over, I found that I had hit my stride again.

Phoenix Fitness:

What motivates you push yourself?

Georgina:

I have always been a competitive person, so pushing myself comes naturally. If I’m going to put some effort into eating well and exercising regularly, I might as well give it my all! I’m also quite impatient, and I know that more effort = quicker results. I am conscious of my tendency to over-do things though. Sometimes I have to remind myself that a healthy lifestyle isn’t about exercising until I can’t move or eating the minimum amount that I require to function – it’s about striking a balance that generates results and enhances my life.

Phoenix Fitness:

How do you make up for a missed workout?

Georgina:

Following on from my answer above – I don’t make up for missed workouts! I don’t have a set number of training sessions per week and I totally go with the flow. If I have a spontaneous meal with my friends when I was planning on going to the gym, I don’t stress about it. There will be other days when I squeeze in an extra session because I have nothing else to do, so it all balances out in the end.

Saying that, if you are just starting out on your fitness journey it might help to set yourself targets so that you’re not constantly finding reasons to skip the gym. In that case, you might want to consider fitting your workout in before whatever other plans you have. If you really want to catch a movie one evening, you could squeeze in a workout that morning. That way, you’re hitting your targets without adopting the mentality of ‘making up’ for other social activities that you enjoy.

Phoenix Fitness:

How does missing a workout affect your goals?

Georgina:

That depends why I’m missing it! If I miss a few workouts in a row because I’m feeling lazy, then I will probably lose a bit of muscle mass. I’ll also find it progressively more difficult to get ‘back in the game’ the more sessions I miss. If I skip the occasional workout because my body is sore, because I’m physically exhausted or emotionally drained and in need of a rest, then it will probably help me to reach my goals. With practice, you’ll learn when to push through excuses and when to listen to your body and have a rest. You won’t always get it right, but that’s how you figure out your own balance.

Phoenix Fitness:

Have you ever lacked motivation during your fitness journey? if so, how did this affect you?

Georgina:

The most difficult part of my journey was definitely 2-4 weeks after starting. This was the point where my workouts were no longer a novelty and my body was still getting used to not being fuelled by sugar and simple carbs all day long! Emotionally, this was the stage where I felt like I had been working my butt off and had nothing to show for it - my weight hadn’t dropped all that much and I didn’t feel much fitter.

This was the point at which I had quit so many times before, but I knew what I had to do. I kept taking baby steps towards the end goal - I made good choices day after day, and decided to have faith in the process. I finally started seeing results at 5 weeks, and that feeling of satisfaction was such a rush that I have never really lost motivation since!