When it comes to working out and eating well, I gotta tell you I find it hard. I have been wanting to figure out a way to come up with a plan that would allow me to track my workouts in a way that works for me. My husband is ALL about the digital world. He has countless apps on his phone and has found a system that works for him to go to the gym, work out, and get everything he needs to live a fit life. I totally hate him for it (I kid! I kid!). But when it comes to me, I just can’t figure out the digital solution for getting in shape.
So I decided that I would find the analogue solution!
After much research and advice from those more suited to this sort of thing than I am, I was able to create myself a 12 week program. It’s completely suited to beginners in the world of fitness. I didn’t want something that was going to be too hard and make me give up in the first week. I also didn’t want it to be too easy, either. More than that, I didn’t want it to be the same thing all the time, and I wanted to be able to change it up when I needed to.
This is what I came up with.
I used a double page spread to map out the entire 12 weeks so I could see at a glance exactly what I’m expected to do each day. And to make sure I form a good habit, I gave myself only one day a week off. Most of the workouts can be done in under an hour, and at the beginning, it’s only 20 minutes! I KNOW I can find 20 minutes out of my day to put toward my health.
Once I’d made the overall plan, it was time to map out exactly what each workout would entail.
On the following pages, I created a color-coded reference for each exercise on the plan. I included information about each general body area I wanted to work, and I collected a small list of the most common exercise equipment needed for them.
Then I detailed various at-home and at-gym workouts I could do. I don’t have to do every exercise on the list each time. The idea is to give myself enough choice that I can make each workout unique. Hopefully that’ll keep it interesting.
I don’t have all the exercises mapped quite yet, but I’m working on it each day, adding ideas to each page to make sure I can always have something fun to do. I also am going to be adding the names of machines at the gym once I know what the names actually are!
I’ve gone onto my gym’s website, as well, and I got a list of the classes offered, so I can add those into the appropriate sections. It will be nice to take a cardio class once in a while rather than just running on the treadmill or sitting on a bike.
I’m so excited to get started. I plan to begin this coming Monday so that I can be done with the 12 weeks sometime near Thanksgiving. Then, I will have formed good habits, so I will be less likely to overindulge around the holiday season!
I will be creating an actual eating plan in my bullet journal this weekend, as well, which should mean I can go shopping and start a healthier diet at the same time as I begin my fitness regime. I’ll share that once it’s done, as well!
I hope this has been helpful. I really want to rock this 12 week challenge!