Going It Alone

Something I have learnt about myself over recent years is that I have a short attention span. This is not always a bad thing. It actually works quite well for me in my job. Working as a Business Manager in a Primary School is a very reactive role. I am constantly running around trouble shooting or having to come up with new ideas or projects to support the teaching and learning in the school. Every day is different and I love it. I thrive on the buzz of the unexpected and the craziness of life in a school.

The downside of a personality like this is that I cannot physically sit still. I never go to the cinema anymore as after 45 mins I start huffing and puffing and fidgeting in my seat, much to the annoyance of my husband and I suspect those poor souls sitting around me. I also constantly need to change my routine. I get bored very easily. I hate to feel restricted and find it hard to stay motivated in a predictable environment.  One area of life that this is really evident is when I embark on a health and fitness plan.

I have come to realise that I struggle to stick to any plan for longer than three weeks. Which is a bit of a problem as most plans last for between 4 – 6 weeks. I am fine for the first two weeks. Fully committed and motivated 100%. During week three I start to get a little bored but can normally stick to the plan for probably 5 out of the 7 days. Then we hit week four and it all goes to pot. Which is so annoying as I make really good progress in the first three weeks and then from the forth week I lose interest and then finally at six weeks I realise that I have undone at least 50% of the work I put in during the first part of the plan and am totally demotivated. It is a definite case of two steps forward, one step back.

I am a nightmare. It doesn’t matter how good the plan is. It happens Every. Single. Time. I am my own worst enemy. It’s so frustrating. No wonder I never actually get to where I want to be. And once the motivation has left it takes weeks to get going again.

I was in full “woe me” mode the last week. I was struggling with the last couple of weeks of a six week plan. I felt that I was on the verge of ruining the progress I made in the first three weeks. I was whining and moaning to my poor husband about my lack of ability to stick to anything for very long, when he suggested that I take what I had learnt from all the health and fitness books I have bought (there are many) and the plans I have followed and create my own plan that changes every three weeks to stop be getting bored. What a fantastic idea. Obviously I didn’t tell him that but inbetween a busy week at work I surrounded myself by books and developed a plan that may well work for me.

One thing I will say is that I am not a qualified fitness instructor or nutritionist (although I am recently enrolled on a Diet Specialist course). My new plan is purely based on what I have learnt over the years. I have taken different elements from a variety of sources to create a four part plan where each stage is only three weeks long. I have selected workouts I know I enjoy and work for me and recipes I love. To be honest, I tend not to follow recipes in their entirety anyway. I usually adapt recipes in books to fit my budget and what I have in my kitchen. I really don’t like buying expensive ingredients that I probably wont use again. I have a modest food budget and I hate to waste food so I will always throw in whatever I need to use up to create my own version of someone else’s recipe. I am what I like to call an experiemental chef. And fortunately it usually works.

When it comes to fitness. I hate cardio. I cannot run, swim, cycle for any period of time. I find it boring!! I do force myself to do a little as I know that I need to incorporate some cardio based exercise into my life but I really do not enjoy it and if a plan has too much cardio I will just end up not doing it. However, I do like HIIT training. Probably because it is short, fast and the exercises change every few minutes. So interval training features heavily in my plan alongside weight training, resistance circuits and yoga which are all the things I love to do. But I will be changing my exercise routines every three weeks to compliment the different focus of each of the four stages of my plan. Which are:

  1. Fat Loss
  2. Sculpt & Tone
  3. Strength
  4. Maintenance

I am looking forward to see if I have managed to create a plan that a) fits my personality and stops me losing interest and b) allows me to finally make the progress I want.

I will post more details about my workouts and meals on my Instagram Account and will update my progress on my blog over the coming weeks.

I would be interested to hear if you have successfully followed any health and fitness plans or if you have taken inspiration to create your own plan. I also welcome any top tips to reduce fat from my tummy area and increase my upper body strength.

Thank you for reading.

Melanie xxxx


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