Two Sydney girls on a mission to make our fitness journey fun.
Those who know me will tell you that I am an expressive person.
Any emotion can be expressed with a flurry of sky-high arm waving: from triumphant victory chops to indignant fists of fury.
This thirst for physical expression also emerges in the projects that I pursue. Enamored by endless possibility, days, weeks and months have been spent experimenting with jazz, knitting, painting, website design, salsa, netball, gardening… projects that satisfy my curiosity, though deliver no lasting results.
This is where this journal begins.
Project Daisy Duke is the latest installment of making fitness fun. Beginning in 2009 as housemates, we powered through the Couch to 5k podcast series and conquered Mrs Macquarie’s steps at the Botanical Gardens. Fast-forward 2 years, we’ve picked up where we left off and will be documenting our fitness journey towards beachside rollerblading in Daisy Dukes.
Beyonce, Katy, Jessica, Cameron (and all those gorgeous girls in denim short-shorts)… we’re coming for you!
Packing gym gear for my quick lunchtime jog.the life of a runner
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!
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!).