From 26th July 2017 to 9th January 2018 I had been doing the PIIT28 workout programme by Cassey Ho of Blogilates.
I had been trying to become consistent with working out for quite a while before that, maybe a couple of years, and had only really made becoming a morning person and taking the dog for a walk a consistent habit. But even then, I had my moments where many weeks or months would pass and I found myself in bed unable to get up because I’m too tired or too lazy (take your pick) before I was able to get back to it again.
I tried things like workout videos on YouTube, Popsugar Fitness and at home yoga workouts, but couldn’t seem to stick at it. I even went to the gym, only for the swimming pool, but that was mainly because my parents were going and due to my social anxiety there was no way I’d be able to do that by myself. Also I hated the idea of gym workouts so only ever used the pool. Why pay to use a gym when you have the safety, security and comfort of your own living room? You can do just as well with equipment free workouts at home.
Enter in Blogilates. I was browsing the Popsugar website and came across a video titled “Disney Princesses Try Working Out” by Blogilates. I had never heard of her before but the theme really caught my eye and soon I was checking out her videos. But even then I didn’t seem to be capable of sticking to her workout videos or monthly calendar.
Then I heard of her PIIT28 programme. This is a programme you pay for and download PDF books with the workouts in. There are three levels which continue on from each other and there is an optional PITTstagram challenge where you are given prompts to post to Instagram. And my personal favourite is the opportunity to earn a completion top for successfully completing the PITTstagram challenge for the first round of PIIT28 1.0.
To begin with, because of my anxiety, I had decided that I wasn’t going to do the challenge, I would just do the workouts and that’s it. The top wasn’t really that important to me. But then my brain decided to preemptively prepare for the first couple of days’ posts and I realised I actually did want the top so I had to suck it up and do the challenge as well.
I think that may have been the reason why I’ve gotten to where I am now. Firstly, I really wanted this reward and so I pushed myself to do the Instagram side of the programme, and secondly, by doing the challenge, it kept me accountable and pushed me to actually complete my workouts and then there was also the PIIT28 forum. With that, I simply posted that I had completed the workout, what day I was on and a few comments on how it went for me.
Though my body has not physically changed that much, I could have pushed myself harder physically, I gained so much mental and emotional benefit that it has been worth so much to me. I am now able to post to Instagram every day, I can post meaningful, heartfelt thoughts and feelings of mine, I am becoming more able to email customer support for help with things and I am learning what I am capable of. I still have days where my natural lazy tendency wins over, in fact, I haven’t worked out for a couple of days now, but I now know that I can pick myself up again and get back on track. It’s no big deal. Life is a balance of stress and recovery, so it makes sense that there is also a balance of working out and resting.
Whether or not your body shape or size changes from committing to a new workout or diet plan is not all that important in the grand scheme of things. To me, it’s about becoming consistent on a daily basis and picking yourself up when you fall and becoming stronger in mind, body and spirit. Your health will naturally improve. Your weight will gradually and naturally reduce. Your strength and endurance will naturally increase.
Everything takes time so why not enjoy the journey instead of being frustrated with the results or lack thereof?
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