My Fitness Journey

Part 21: Kickstarting Your Fitness Journey

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We all have our reasons for starting on our fitness journeys. For some it’s just to get/stay fit and healthy, for others it’s to drop a load of weight whereas for some it’s more of a social thing; an opportunity to meet people who share the same interests and break away from the stresses of family/work life.

As you’ll know from reading Part 1: How I Changed My Life For The Better, I’d reached the point where I felt gross. I didn’t like the way I looked, was the heaviest I’d ever been in my life and my anxiety levels were at a dangerously high level. I woke up from a bad dream one morning, a dream where I imagined somebody having to tell my kids that dad is no longer “with us”. Sounds dramatic I know, but I was in a bad way; mood wise, shape wise, health wise. I could feel myself getting worse and the only way out of that was to make some serious changes.

I was keen to do things my way though and in my own time. So on August 1st last year I decided it was time to hit the treadmill but this had very little effect as you’ll know if you’ve read all parts to this journey so far. If this is the first article you’ve read on the site, I seriously recommend you head over to Part 1 (link above) and read from there. After all, you wouldn’t watch a movie from the end, would you? It’ll help you understand more about who I am, what I do, the highs and lows of this journey so far and what my aims are.

Chris Brophy walk along the Bridgewater Canal 24th May 2017

Chris Brophy’s 7-mile walk along the Bridgewater Canal 24th May 2017

I’ve made a lot of mistakes over the past 10 months that I’ve been on My Fitness Journey, but that’s just like life in general. There’s no guidebook to living the perfect life because let’s face it, what’s perfect for me might be hell to you! We are constantly learning and changing our lives for the better, or so we should be. Ok some people tend to be stuck in a rut and I know exactly how that feels because that was me last summer… wanting to make changes but not knowing how.

The Internet is full of people telling you what to eat, when to eat it and baffling our brains with all the calories and carbohydrates waffle! It’s hard to know who to trust because there are just so many people talking utter **** out there. I set off on my fitness journey keen to do things my way, because it’s more enjoyable if I don’t have somebody forcing me into something I don’t feel comfortable with, or something I’m not going to enjoy and keep up with.

I don’t need to repeat exactly what I’ve done over the past 10 months because it’s all there in my previous twenty posts. What I do want to say is that it’s been hard work, and I expected it to be. If you’re reading this thinking about how much you’d like to shed a few pounds, then great, I hope you find my articles inspirational and motivational enough to make you get off your butt and get started.

 TickYes, you’ll need to exercise hard, regularly, and your muscles will really ache!
TickYes, you’ll need to eat reasonably well, and at times you’ll be extremely hungry!
TickYes, you’ll have days where you won’t feel up to it as you’ll be in an awful mood!
TickYes, you’ll need tons of motivation to get you through the days when you feel deflated!
TickYes, you will have days when you wonder why you’re even doing this and if it’s worth it!

But you need to think of the benefits of starting on your fitness journey. What is it you’re trying to achieve? Are you trying to drop a few pounds for a special event? Maybe you’re like I was last summer… obese and needing to shift around 60 lbs? Think about your goals, and whenever you feel like giving up you must think about why you are doing this. That’s always got to be at the forefront of your mind every single day. It’s your focus!

The hardest part is right at the beginning though. How do you get into something you know is going to be a challenge and will be hard work? Well, for some people this doesn’t pose a problem because they have what it takes to just do it without giving it much thought. For others, it takes time; weeks, months, even years! So there’s no right answer or quick solution to this. When you’re ready for start your fitness journey, you’ll just know it’s the right time. I read on Facebook all the time, people moaning about how fat they are and how they “need to lose some weight” and they tell me how inspired they are by my blog. But still, months later they aren’t doing anything about it.

I could sit here and moan about these people, but I won’t, because I was in their position this time last year. I know exactly how they feel. It’s just not the right time for them!  As a person who was in their position not so long ago, I know how difficult it can be just to say “I will do this today!!”, but as a person fighting fit today I feel like I want to shake them and say “look…look at me…look at those pictures of Fat Chris Brophy….the Chris Brophy who was obese for just over a decade… and look at what I’ve achieved in under a year”.  But doing this won’t make any difference, because nobody is going to get fit if they’re not ready. It’s the same with quitting smoking. Lots of smokers say they need to quit, but they don’t because they’re just not ready to yet. Many people do when they realise just how much money they’d be saving every week and think about the wonderful things they can spend that money on…. a new dress, a holiday, or a large donation to the Brophy Blog for all this wonderful advice 🙂

If you were going into hospital for a hip operation, you wouldn’t want to think about the actual operation itself and how the surgeon is going to cut you open and how you’ll probably be in a cast for 6 weeks. You should think about the end goal and benefits which are that you may be able to walk unaided for the first time, and boy is that a great thing to wish for.

It’s the same with fighting fit. You need to think about the end goal of looking good, feeling good and being in better health, rather than thinking about the tough workouts you’ll need to do during your fitness journey. If you are wanting to kick-start your journey, please think of your goals. What are you trying to achieve? Why do you want to do this? and how do you think you’ll achieve it? (meaning will you buy a treadmill, do street running, attend Zumba classes or do HIIT training like I do?)

  • How am I getting along with my fitness journey?
  • How much weight have I lost so far? 
  • Have I any new photos to share?

Well, it’s all going amazing well and I will write another article in a couple of days for you!

Good luck to you, if you’re about to start your fitness journey.

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