2018 - a year to build my strongest self
2017 is behind us, with all its challenges, ups and downs, life changing moments..365 new days to start again, to pursue your dreams, to fall and get up, to learn from your mistakes, to become the best version of yourself..ahh all the fresh promises of a new year.
Last year for me, was definitely a life changing one. I became a mother and with that everything else took a step back. I learned a lot about my weakness, my strengths and myself. My body changed to grow a baby and then changed again. It was a journey of trying to love myself every step of the way and eventually truly learning to appreciate my body for everything.
It's funny because even though I could feel my muscles slipping away with each month of my pregnancy, somehow most of the times I still felt like I am becoming strong in a way I have ever been.
My workout routine had to be adapted to be safe for the baby during pregnancy and later on to be gentle on my postpartum body. I've learned by trail and error that in order to get back to exercising I need to start slow and I had to adjust accordingly.
Now, almost 4 months postpartum, I am so ready to get back into high intensity training. I miss the feeling of a sweaty workout, of my heart wanting to jump of my chest and the feeling of giving my all even if it's just a 30 minutes workout I am doing in my living room.
Starting 15th of January, I am going back to my roots and will be committing to 12 weeks of Kayla Itsines BBG program again. Why?
First, because I can do it from home with the limited time I have and second because I am craving high impact sweat sessions. But most importantly because I know that this program works for me - it makes me push myself and it builds my strength.
If you have no idea what BBG stands for you can scroll down on my blog and read more about my previous experience with it, but in short - BBG program is a program designed to loose weight and gain lean muscle.
The program started as pdf guides, but has over the years grown in a really cool app which is now a one-stop-all if you want to jump into a community and follow a workout program. The app now has 4 different kind of programs ( bbg-home based, bbg stronger and pwr-gym based, bam-yoga, post pregnancy). You can schedule your workouts in the app, track your progress, your water intake, follow recipes and connect with women all over the world.
My aim currently is not to loose weight, but it is to gain lean muscle. It is a CARDIO based program, so if you love doing cardio based workouts you will love the program.
My goal in 2018 is to become the strongest version of myself in every way possible.
That means taking care of my body and my mind.
To be completely comfortable in my skin.
To take rest when I need it, but also to push myself when I know I can.
I am making a promise to myself to meditate more often and to get rid of the clutter in my life - it only makes me feel confined.
I do not have aesthetic goals this time around but that does not mean I will not welcome any muscle definition that was lost in the past year :) I can't wait to get stronger, build endurance and at the end of the year run another half marathon.
If you too are considering joining a gym or starting a workout program, which ever one you decide to follow, commit to it at least 60 days before you throw in a towel saying you do not see any changes.
From my experience, by then you will feel much better and would not want to quit.
Few things I would like you to remember along the way when setting your goals:
Make your goals specific.
If your goals are too general you are more likely to give up. Break them into more specific ones, create a timeline of how and when you will tackle it and show up! They won't work unless you do.
Take it day by day.
Committing for 12 weeks or sometimes even a month might seem overwhelming, so commit to show each day. That way, small changes will turn into big ones, and before you know it, a month, two, three, will be behind you.
Do not compare your journey to someone else's
We are all different and what works for someone else might not work for you. There are so many things that are part of equation. The only one you should compare with is your previous self.
Join a community
Share your accomplishments, ask for help and support if you need it. Do not be afraid to reach out. I love connecting and helping out if I can, so if you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail or send a dm through instagram.
Reflect on your journey
Celebrate your victories. If you managed to stick to a regime you set out for yourself, celebrate it and be proud of yourself. If you didn't, reflect and see what went wrong and how you can make it better next time.
Everyday you committed to something you wanted, you were one day closer to making it true.
Now let's get at it! I have a feeling 2018 will turn to be the best one yet ;)