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Six changes that I’ve noticed since I started going to the gym regularly


It’s been almost two months since I started to properly utilise my gym membership (by that I mean go to the gym more than once a month) and as you can probably tell by this post or this post, I’m actually really enjoying it. I’ve been aiming to go three times a week and whilst I don’t always hit that target – there has been the odd week where I’ve only been once – I’m really proud of myself for sticking with fitness the first time ever.

Now that I’ve been going for a few months I’ve started notice some changes – Pretty much all for the better.

I’m no longer plagued by fatigue and I’m sleeping really well.

The best thing that has changed in my life since I started going to gym regularly has to be that I’m a lot more alert than I was pre-gym life. It used to be that if someone asked me how I was, nine times out of ten the answer would be ‘I’m tired’ but that’s no longer the case. I’m full of energy now and I no longer feel like I need to go back to bed an hour after getting out of it. Despite being more awake during the day, I’m finding a lot easier to fall asleep on a night and I’m not waking up in the night anymore either, I’m sleeping right through. As someone who was constantly tired I cannot tell you how good it feels to have sorted my fatigue issues out.

My moods are a lot more stable and I’m chirpier than I was previously.

Jody has actually commented on how annoying I am since I started exercising regularly but I think he will take chatty, bouncy Jess over tired, grumpy Jess any day. I have a lot more positive days than I do negative ones and I’m feeling very happy overall. I guess it links back to the whole sleeping/tired all the time thing? Sleep is so important and it can really affect your day to day life – I just didn’t realise how much.

I’m a lot more conscious of what I’m putting into my body.

I’m one of those people who doesn’t see the point in exercising if I’m not making an effort with my diet too. I wouldn’t say I’ve gone on a diet but I’m a lot more aware of what I’m putting into my body these days. I’m consuming a hell of a lot of water, trying to eat three decent meals and instead of snacking on crisps and biscuits when I’m hungry, I’ve been eating bananas, clementines and Nakd bars. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a can of Pepsi a day and if I fancy a chocolate bar, I’m eating it…I’ve just found a bit more balance.

My skin is a lot better and apparently I’m glowing.

Typical that as I write this my skin has broken out but hey, it’ll clear. Like I said, I’ve been drinking a lot more water and consuming a lot more fruit so obviously my skin is looking better for it. Jody told me the other day that I was ‘glowing’ (He then proceeded to ask me if I was pregnant because I was glowing so much – I’m not by the way) and I took that as a real compliment as my skin is something I’ve always been insecure about.

The number on the scales has actually increased.

When I started my workout regime I was 9 stone 6 pounds but I’m now 9 stone 12 pounds. But my jeans fit better and I feel a lot leaner than I did previously which just goes to show that the number on the scales don’t necessarily mean anything. Apparently muscle weighs more than fat which explains the weight gain and before the muscle definition came in, it was this number (and the jeans combo) that showed me something was changing and what I was doing was worthwhile.

Some muscle definition has started to show and I feel so much stronger.

After two months I can finally see some kind of definition! My shoulder muscles have popped, my boobs and butt look perkier (according to my husband) and I can see some shape in my legs. I’m over the moon that all my hard work is starting to pay off and it’s given me some real motivation to continue on my fitness journey. I’ve also gone up by quite a few kilos on all of my gym exercises so I’m getting stronger too. YAY!

There’s still a long way to go when it comes to my personal fitness – I still get knackered running to the end of the street – but now that I’m seeing and feeling some changes I’m over the moon and look forward to my gym sessions. Now tell me: Do you regularly exercise or are you not really bothered?

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