Everyone indulges over the Christmas and New Year’s Period. And you know what? I don’t even feel bad. I enjoyed every single unearned calorie that passed my lips during the party season we call December. I love food, I love alcohol and no one should guilt trip themselves into self-depravation over this joyous time of the year. But we cannot deny that it is a new year, and a good time to pave the way for good routine; i.e. good health and fitness regimes that stick.
At the tail end of 2014, I embarked on the Kayla Itsines 12 week guide (RRP $69.97 and worth every cent), which incorporates high intensity circuits and cardio into a comprehensive workout routine. It sounds simple; it may even sound mundane to those of you who ‘lift’. But let me tell you, the Kayla Itsines guide is ruthless. I’m talking, dripping in sweat, breathless and red faced after each and every single one of those malevolently benevolent circuits. It hurts, it really hurts. But if feels so damn good afterwards.
Prior to beginning this guide I was still grappling with trying to reverse the effects of the sluggish university lifestyle coupled with 3 years of working in a nightclub (or in other words, not sleeping for 3 day and nights straight each week). I was so unhealthy due to sleep deprivation, a bad diet and being too lazy to do any effective exercise. There were way too many nights I would stop by the McDonalds drive through at 5am to satisfy my hunger after a long 8 hour shift behind the bar. I am so appalled when I think back to my lifestyle during those years. Living in Sydney was good to me. Being on a constant budget meant that I wasn’t eating out as much as I would have been home in Melbourne, and I would walk everywhere. Like literally everywhere. Shops 10km away? No problems, I walked. So Sydney was a good start for getting back into a healthy lifestyle. But it wasn’t until the Kayla guide that I finally started to feel good again.
So now we enter 2015. I want to complete Kayla’s 2.0 Guide (weeks 13-24) and then perhaps go back to guide number 1 again which will see me through till July. I also want to give up on sugar for the most part of my diet. I have fructose intolerance, so even most fruits will unfortunately upset my system, but I know that sugar is my nemesis when it comes to a good diet. It’s all or nothing for me and sugar. I either don’t touch the block of chocolate, or I eat the entire thing. I have a sweet tooth…but hopefully not for long. There’s a quote that floats around Instagram that says ‘being fit is not about being better than others, it’s about being better than you used to be’, and that is my lifestyle goal for 2015.
And if you’re keen to jump on the Kayla Itsines bandwagon (it’s a great wagon to be on) you can find everything you need here.