Two Sydney girls on a mission to make our fitness journey fun.
Practicing to be athletes. Follow us on Twitter: @ProjDaisyDuke
(via believe-toachieve)Believe To Achieve
I reallyreally liked your post,"Nothing worth knowing can be taught". It just really spoke to me at where I am right now. :]indiana-gones-deactivated201108
Hey there, thanks for your lovely note, it’s a nice surprise! I’m glad that you enjoyed it :) I’m having a lot of fun with this fitness project, too.
3 things I’ve learned over these past 3 weeks:
1) Start small. I believe in tiny things. I’ve spent most of my life at a towering height of 5 feet, fiercely defending the age-old mantra “big things come in small packages”. After reading a great little article on micro-actions, I decided to use my newfound knowledge to ‘trick’ myself into going to the gym. Tiny goal #1: wear gym gear to bed. Ok… so far so good. Waking up in my gym gear, tiny goal #2: go to work via St James. Getting near Pitt St, tiny goal #3: get coffee at the Virgin Active café. SUCCESS.
2) Focus on your strengths. Like any other project, I started off this fitness journey pumped and full of good intentions to “fix” everything that had failed in similar projects before. I disliked running - and even moreso - running on the spot on a treadmill. Ugh. So starting with my first principle, I started tiny. Quick bursts of 2-3 min intervals at various inclines for 10-15mins, snuck in-between cross fits, steppers and fun group exercise classes. Simple, achievable goals. Which brings me to…
3) Measure your progress. Walking aimlessly when you’re on vacation, set on exploring the city with all of the time in the world… bliss. Running towards nothing on a treadmill… torturous! Set goals, big and small, then measure constantly. Getting specific about where you stand at the outset will help you set goals and build up your fitness. It’s not just height, weight and body fat - but measure heart rate, distance, average pace per km, steps, calories burned, weights. Fun twist: switch between metric and Imperial measurements. I like pounds for weight and kilometres for distance - the more the merrier. I find that TechnoGym key and heart rate monitors are super helpful as well (I’m lucky to have them!).
Today’s theme: pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
- did my first weekend workout (instead of the too tempting excuse of sleeping in!)
- tried my first Power Plate class, which felt strange and was tough work to learn… but jumped into it anyway
- snacked often on nutritious food (pears, pistachios, cucumbers) and chose grilled fish with salad… In the face of deep fried seafood platters
- decided that I need START to even get the opportunity to beat my 2008 finish time. City2Surf… let’s go!
Falling off the healthy bandwagon by eating KFC and Pizza Hut in succession one week into Operation 8.5 can make anyone feel like an old, unwanted, shrivelled piece of chewing gum stuck under a high school desk. A quick pick-me-up was required in the form of either Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds. Although the choice was difficult, it was not impossible. Ryan Reynolds won by a small margin.
Walking into a cinema surrounded by 27.4 bigbangtheoryesque men made me realise a significant enough portion of the human race was not going to spend the next two and a half hours perving on 3D Ryan Reynolds in a tight green suit. My theories are as follows:
I’ll be honest and admit when I put on my sexy 3D glasses to commence the next couple of hours in pure bliss I did not know the storyline, I much prefer Batman as a superhero and, in all seriousness, Blake Lively is no Katy Perry. It took approximately 63 minutes after the movie had ended for me to realise that Green Lantern had a cheesy yet inspiring message for Project Daisy Duke.
Humans (as opposed to aliens) may be a weaker species but when we couple willpower with imagination we are able to defeat our fears, and potentially get the girl.
Thank you Green Lantern for providing much needed motivation and eye candy when I needed it the most. The journey has now truly begun.