Sunday, January 28, 2018

Five Things I Have Learned From Working Out.

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I never thought I would be that person who "needs" to work out. But here I am. I find myself trying to convince my boyfriend to go to the gym way more often than he does with me. In the beginning of our relationship he was the one trying to motivate me and now it seems the roles have changed haha. But I have to say I was way more unmotivated than he ever is, so he definitely had the harder job. 

I have been going to the gym between 3 to 5 times a week since February (with a few weeks off because of holidays or exam periods) and I have been running since July. It has been a, let's say "interesting", journey. It was different than I thought it would be. So today I will share with you a few things I have learned from working out regularly this year. 

1. Mental results are immediate, physical ones... not so much. 
This is something I have been struggling with. I thought working out will make me look fit as hell FAST. Well, that didn't go as planned. I would say I look quite similiar, maybe some parts of my body are lifted, some parts are more toned. But overall I still don't look like one of those "Fitness-Girls" on Instagram. I guess that's why they do what they do. It's their job. They spend their whole day working out and (most importantly) making the right food choices for themselves. And I guess that's where I am lacking. Chocolate is just too good! But to be honest, I am not mad about it. Of course, I would like to get rid of some excess fat on my tummy or my thighs. But that will go eventually. Way more important to me is the internal change. And this came way quicker. You will feel so much more motivated and energised. I know it sounds crazy to have more energy even though you put more energy into working out. But trust me, you will! And oh god, this feeling to be able to carry more groceries up the stairs than you were before? Priceless!

2. It's not that scary. 
I have been there. I was absolutely scared of gyms and working out in front of other people in general. I have started off with pilates at home. But that didn't really work for me. Thank god my boyfriend convinced me to come with him to the gym. Okay, with him by my side it was a bit less frightening. But this was just what I needed to overcome my fear. Now I don't even care if he comes along or not. I feel equally as confident. And if your biggest fear is what others might think.. let me tell you: Everyone has their insecurities and most people will mostly just think about what others think about them and won't judge a thing you are doing. The same goes for running outside. I was so scared of it before. I always thought people might judge me because I am not the fastest runner, I get pretty red and I feel like I am breathing like a crazy person. But did you ever judge a person you saw running? Even when they were red and sweaty and maybe even slower than the average runner? No, most probably you thought that you should get your butt off the couch, too.

3. Everyone struggles, especially in the beginning. 
I always felt like a loser when working out. As I said I get red quite quickly and I have a serious sweaty face (haha I know you all wanted to know that) and the first few times I felt like I am going to throw up. But guess what? That's totally normal. You will feel sick, you will feel uneasy but that's exactly what you want. The rewarding feeling afterwards is so worth it. You did it even though you felt like crap. It will get easier with time and most probably you will stop feeling like vomiting after a few weeks, but you will find yourself trying to push harder and harder to test your limits. Believe me, it's addicting!

4. So much cleaning to do. 
Things get sweaty when you work out. Not even your clothes but also your hair. Honestly, that is something that still annoys me and I haven't found a solution yet. Normally I wash my hair twice a week. But when you workout almost daily that's impossible. I sometimes can skip the hair wash when I do a light weight training. But there is no way in hell I can skip if after a run or other cardio training (and for some reason: leg day is always very sweaty for me!). So you will have to wash your clothes and your hair way more than you are used to. But again.. that's just a minor issue. I would still like to know if you have any tips for not having to wash your hair daily when working out?

5. Try and fail. But try again.
As I said before, I tried different kinds of workouts before. I did pilates for some time, but it just wasn't for me. I felt bored. So I am not saying you have to go to the gym or go running. That's just what works for me. Maybe you will enjoy tennis? Maybe you even like dancing? A workout doesn't have to take place in the gym or in running shoes. But it doesn't hurt to try! The most important thing is that you enjoy it in the grand picture. Of course, I have days where I just can't be bothered, but then there are days where I can't wait to workout. So don't just think because you don't want to go some days that you shouldn't do it. You will know when it's right!

Do you work out? If yes, what do you like to do?

xx Lisa
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  1. I can relate to everything you wrote! It's crazy to see the changes before and after starting the habit of working out. Now I also feel the need to do it, and I enjoy it so much even though everything hurts sometimes haha. The mental changes are indeed so quick, which is amazing because I'd say these changes are much more important than the physical ones - as you said, they will appear eventually!

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  2. Keep going! It took me 7 years before I finally got some results! Last year I started reducing my calories and dropped 10kg - from size 10 to 6 now! It is a very slow process but I have lost sustainable weight without the yo-yo effect! I still eat whatever I want but I'm careful about how many calories I eat and try to do the 80/20 schedule (80% healthy and 20% I go overboard). So, just keep going and everything will pay off! I promise you that!

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  3. First of all is that I absolutely adore your blog theme and pictures and just everything! I work out five times a week but it's mostly yoga and pilates so I enjoy it a lot more than running or going the gym! The best thing about working out is the cute little outfits you can get! x

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    1. It's all about enjoying what you do and find the workout that suits you!

      xx Lisa

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  4. Hi Lisa! First of all I have to say that I absolutely adore your blog header, and your entire blog aesthetic! I've only just found your blog after Sophie Rosie mentioned it on hers. I really enjoyed reading this post, I can relate to it so much. I grew up hating sport in school and thinking that I didn't like physical activity in general. That wasn't true though as I did dance when I was younger and have grown up training in martial arts most of my life. I jsut didn't think of it the same way. When I stopped training martial arts about 2 years ago I signed up to the gym with my mum. I was so nervous and insecure because I didn't know anything about the gym equipment and I never wanted to go on my own. That has totally changed now. I also go to the gym around 4-6 days a week and it is definitely great for my mental health. When you say that mental results are almost immediate and physical ones not so much, I couldn't agree more. I go on my own all the time now, AND I actually have a job interview tomorrow (for reception) but still it would be so great to work in an environment that I love. Looking forward to your future posts Lisa! I'll be following you on your social media too so I don't miss a post.

    -Sophie xx
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    1. Ahhh Sophie how sweet are you? Thank you so much for reading and commenting.. means the world to me! Good luck for your interview hun!

      xx Lisa

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  5. Forever in love with your gorgeous flatlays <3

    This is such a lovely post and raw in it's honesty. I can really relate with the gym anxiety and how intimidating it can all seem at first. I'm actually writing a post on this as we speak as I think it's such a shame how many people I know want to workout but are too scared. I'm going to share this with some of my friends in hopes it'll help them realise they aren't alone and inspire them to bite the bullet and just do it.

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    1. Ahhh Eloise you are the sweetest! Thank you so much.. I can't wait for your post!

      xx Lisa

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  6. I am actually planning on registering in a gym soonest, I pray I stick to it..

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  7. I enjoyed reading your post! I was practising Pilates for many years and had to be very diciplined and constant to see changes that came in baby steps!
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  8. So interesting post!
    Your blog is absolutely incredible :) You inspire me to make my blog better.

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  9. I love this, I needed this post - I really did. I'm gonna start working out again and this really motivated me. Thank you for this <3

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  10. I love your photography, your marble water bottle is so cool! Love your point of struggling, this something I learned the hard way, haha!

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  11. I am trying to be more consistent with working out too!!! Good luck!! We got this!!
    xx- Nina

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  12. OMG yes, a lot of cleaning to do! Haha I always have to wash my hair right after I work out.
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  13. So true about the mental results! The physical ones just need a good level of perseverance :)

    Lovely post!


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  14. I literally love EVERYTHING about this post! It's all so true. Especially about how much cleaning you do hahaha. I seriously do so much laundry AND have to shower every flippin' day. Dry shampoo is my best friend! And I constantly have to remind myself that the process is something you CAN count on. Even though physical results take foreeeeeever to see, they WILL happen. Now... If that six pack could just hurry itself up!
    Thanks for the reminders!

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    1. Haha I couldn't relate more.. it's hard to forget about physical results but when you do.. it's so much easier and more fun :)

      xx Lisa

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  15. Yes girl! It's funny how excercising can on the outside seem like a 'punishment' for gaining weight but the mental benefits it has given me is priceless. I find that it's not just about gaining results but maintaining the progress as well. OMG girl I strongly agree with your on the hair front why does our hair turn so bad just after the first work out session of the week. It drives me crazy, I don't even straighten/style it anymore I just live in messy buns now haha. x

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    1. So glad you could agree girl! Haha the hair struggle is real!

      xx Lisa

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  16. To be honest I absolutely hate working out, I find it to be a real struggle to keep myself motivated.

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    1. You just have to find a work out that you love.. I promise that makes all the difference :)

      xx Lisa

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  17. amazing blog post!! i love your style !!

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  18. I definitely agree to all the points as I made the absolutely same experiences!
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  19. thnak you for this helpful post,
    to be honest I hate working out and it's always a huge struggle to stay motivated :/

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    1. I know what you mean.. maybe you just haven't found the right kind of workout yet :)

      xx Lisa

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  20. Working out is so fun, and it just feels so good mentally. I love it but i am dealing with a calve enjoy right now so I've been feeling uninspired. I just hope i can get back into it soon.
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    1. Ahhh I hope you are better soon girl!

      xx Lisa

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  21. Haha these all are so, so true! I'm only just getting back into the gym and already am starting to feel so much better mentally! Such a lovely post! :) xx Laura

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    1. Isn't it crazy how much it changes :)

      xx Lisa

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  22. I'm the same, I hate working out in front of other people but my husband is practically dragging me to the gym this year! I always feel so motivated after though so I guess it's a good thing ;)

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  23. I like the template of your blog. I wanna change mine too... i dont like to do work out shame on me...
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  24. i love going to the gym. its the perfect way to take my mind off anything and its so true, everyone struggles in the beginning and its so shame to ask for help.
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  25. Loved reading this! I've stopped and started and stopped and started working out, but this year I am fully committing myself to my goals. I've started trying out different classes, Pilates and studio cycle, and I think that has made all the difference! They're definitely hard, but I feel so accomplished when I'm done.

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    1. YAY it's so important to try new things!

      xx Lisa

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  26. Love this post, I have been meaning to get back into exercise since I left school and you have really motivated me to give it another go! It is so good for the mental state and I know it will make me so much more productive to take time out of my day to get my heart racing. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

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  27. This is such a great post and I agree with every single thing that you have mentioned!

    Danielle xx
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  28. What a lovely read, and I couldn't agree more! The benefits of working out goes more than just its physical manifestations. Yes if you are consistent, you will definitely look good, and when you look good you feel good. However, it's the happy hormones (endorphine) that is sent to our brains, which also reduces the perception of pain. The positive feeling after a workout is truly rewarding. And yes, we can look at the fit girls in instagram as inspiration, but never to compare ourselves with them. Cheers for healthy lifestyle dear!

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    1. YES YES YES! Girl I couldn't agree more with you :)

      xx Lisa

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  29. I love working out and I can definitely relate to every pointer here but, especially the first one. Working out does indeed wonders to the mind. I suffer from insomnia and jogging has really helped me battle this. Its amazing!! I've been on a break but, will thinking of joining the gym again and running when the weather gets better.

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  30. Yes I do =o) Mostly yoga and some sculpt classes they offer at my studio. I also love to go on hikes or walks on the beach

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  31. Really a great post. I think your body is slowly changing - I´m sure you have more muscle after regular exercises then before and your burning is faster too then before. I would probably pay more attention to variety and healthy eating. Sometimes are the photos from instagram very unrealistic - so calm down. I do sport every second day, mostly running and swimming - one week 3x-4x, the second week 2x-3x - so I know when to wash my hair and I usually buy Function sportswear - which I can wear several times.
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  32. Love this post. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend. xoxo Cris
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  33. Great advice! Always try again :)
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  34. Your blog is amazing. Keep up the great work!!
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  35. You are so right about the mental changes. Not only do I have more energy, but as someone who struggles with mental illness, exercising also helps immensely with that. Great post! I've only been exercising since December, but I love it so much already xxx

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    1. TOTALLY agree hun... yay so happy for you! Keep it up!

      xx Lisa

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  36. This is such a great post!!
    We love specially this one: "try and fail, but try again!"
    We should never stop trying, until we're happy :D
    Wish you a lovely day
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  37. This is such a great insight. Honestly, I do not like going to gym to work out at all, I've been subscribed to gyms almost all the time but only attended once or twice a month. But I do like doing exercise once in a while and so for the last 2 weeks, I moved my ass out of the couch and start attending Zumba classes twice or 3 times a week. Which is a really good exercise, sweating like crazy and it's fun. I am hoping for better weather to take morning walks every day.

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  38. Working out is soo important for maintaining a positive outlook, the happiness surge you get after a workout is AMAZING! I think its so true what you said, that you need to find which workouts you like and work for you!
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Thank you! xx