Photos by Christina Emilie
“It’s a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing
the strength and beauty of which her body is capable.”
A few weeks before Christmas, after getting extremely fed up of being constantly tired, I decided it was time to make a change. It was time to re-introduce some sort of fitness back into my daily routine. So along with the girls, I got in touch with the amazing team over at The PE Club and joined their gym here in the Upper East Side just a few days later. Throughout my time at The PE Club, I trained 4-5 times a week (mix of classes, cardio & personal training sessions) and at the end of my ‘6 Week Challenge‘, I can honestly say that I’ve developed a whole new love for health & fitness. I have a very long way to go and it really is only just the beginning of my journey, but I wanted to share some of the main reasons why I’m learning to love fitness and hopefully it might give even one or two of you the motivation to get started too.
1. The Focus
I explained to you guys during my Snapchat (retroflame1) ‘Career Q&A’ that as well as running Retro Flame, I also work full-time at a fashion company here in New York. As you can imagine, things can get a little overwhelming from time to time and over the last few months, as things have been especially busy, I really felt as if I had started to lose my focus. There was so much going on that my productivity had actually started to decrease – this being one of the main reasons I knew I had to get back into fitness. I honestly can’t even begin to explain the difference that one hour of working out (4-5 times a week) has made to all this. I don’t know what it is but working out just gives me an instant feeling of productivity. It gives me a feeling of achievement and then it’s a million times easier to keep the momentum going. The days I work out are now the days where I end up getting twice as much work done.
2. The Confidence
I mentioned in my first fitness post that the thought of joining a gym SERIOUSLY intimated me. I was worried that I would look absolutely ridiculous trying to figure everything out and for a long time, this was my ‘excuse’ for staying a million miles away from any type of gym or class. Looking back, it was all total unnecessary worry. Of course, I still feel a little ridiculous from time to time but what I’ve learned is that like everything, practice makes perfect. After my first few sessions, I had already started to feel more & more confident and now with every new session/workout/class behind me, I’m feeling stronger and even more motivated to keep getting better.
3. The Energy
When I initially moved to New York, I always wondered if I would ever get into the fitness craze (New Yorkers LOVE to workout) and if I’d ever be one of those people who was ACTUALLY able to get up at 6am consistently to workout. I’m definitely not 100% there yet, but I think I may just be getting there. I trained with a personal trainer every Thursday morning at 6am for 6 weeks and I must admit that by the end of it, I was actually starting to enjoy it!? I don’t know what it is about working out but it just gives you a crazy amount of energy. Without a doubt, I’m not half as tired and sluggish as I used to be before and if I get nothing else from this whole journey, I’ll be extremely happy with this improvement alone.
4. The Discipline
So when you’re waking up to at 5:30am to walk to the gym in the pitch dark & then sweat for a full hour, before your day even properly starts…you want to 110% make sure that it is all for a purpose! This, in turn, is the biggest motivator to actually eat healthy. Ever since I’ve began working out, I’ve seen such a difference in my outlook towards food. I’ll be the first to put my hands up and say that I was probably the unhealthiest I’ve ever been when I first moved to New York (tight budget, lots of going out, daily spaghetti & cheese dinners, etc. etc.) but thankfully, I’ve finally got back on track over the last 6 months. And now that I’ve started working out, I’ve already developed a huge interest in healthy eating. When you go to the effort of working out, you’re even more determined to make sure you’re eating right. I have a feeling that this is something I’m really going to get creative with! In case you missed it before, in my last fitness post I talked about what I eat on a daily basis.
5. The Mood
….and finally, quite simply – fitness & working out makes me happy. There will never be a day that I’ll regret a workout and the more I’m doing it, the more I’m seeing a difference in my overall mood. I tend to be quite a stressed person (ask my poor friends and family) but I genuinely can already see that fitness has started to calm me down (a little bit anyway!). It’s the one hour of the day where I can totally switch off from work and it really is amazing to see the impact it’s having.
Already excited for what’s to come!
P.S. don’t forget to follow along on snapchat today (retroflame1) to see what I’m getting up to with Clinique.