Falling in love with the gym, that is. In typical trying-to-lose-weight fashion, I got a gym membership, went every day the first week, and then dropped to a handful of times a month (if that). Some of this was due to illness and then a sprained ankle (I’m a klutz), but most of it was me telling myself I didn’t have time to get to the gym (which is literally right next to my apartment).
My gym has a great sign that says something like “Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time’. Say ‘It’s not a priority’ and see how that feels.” Many people don’t have the time or resources to go to the gym – I’m not trying to diminish that. I’ve been that person balancing a full-time job and college and an Etsy and clients before. I didn’t have time then. Now, though, I have one job and an Etsy shop. I’m also new to the area and don’t have a crazy social life right now. Not exactly an unmanageable time load.
A lot of what was keeping me out of the gym was intimidation. My gym is a bit musclehead-y, and that’s intimidating! I want to work on form and learn to do more exercises, but when it’s busy, I don’t feel like I can.
I’ve followed Grace from GraceFitUK since early in my fitness journey and seen the amazing guide results that she posts. I decided to try Grace Fit Guide 1 and 2 for a total of 16 weeks and see how doing the guide changed both my body and my attitude toward the gym. Here’s my before:
My weight when I took these photos was sitting at 269.8 pounds.
It’s now been one and a half weeks, and so far, I love this guide. The guide goes by weeks, which pushes me to get in 5 workouts every week so I don’t fall behind. It also comes with app tracking through Aflete, which has been the most helpful thing about the guide. Rather than needing to search through the exercise encyclopedia, there’s a play button next to every workout in the app. If I don’t remember how to do something, I can sneakily watch it on my phone between sets and then walk to my next exercise like I know what I’m doing. That helps a ton with my gym anxiety, and I’m feeling more confident. It also tracks your personal best weight for each exercise, which is the best way to push someone like me. I’m not competitive with others, but I’m constantly wanting to best myself.
I won’t be posting progress photos at the beginning of every month as I had before. I want to see the transformation from Guide 1 and then Guide 2 all at once, so I’ll be posting photos again when I finish the first of the two 8-week programs. I’m about to start another fitness challenge at work, so I’ll be back to posting my weight weekly again soon.
If you have any questions about the guide, please leave them below! I’d love to answer them when I discuss my thoughts at the end of Guide 1.