Getting Into the Gym & Lifting Weights

If we’re being honest (and we definitely are)

When I think about what my day-to-day life looks like, it looks a little like this: School, soccer, homework, hang with Erick, create content for my blog/youtube, then go to the gym. I live a crazy life, I know.

But that’s why I want to share a little less “blogger” stuff and a little more real stuff.

Today I want to talk a little bit about how I’ve been getting really into going to the gym, lifting weights, and trying to not eat like a 10-year-old and actually eat like… an adult? I think?

A Quick History Lesson

In the past, say, 5 years, I’ve always had an on-and-off relationship with the gym. I’d be really committed for like a month, and then that motivation would die off and I’d stop going. And that cycle would repeat itself.

Even though I didn’t go to the gym consistently in the past, I’ve still always been in decent shape due to soccer, walking a lot, and mindful eating. Plus, I’m naturally pretty lean, except I due hold extra weight in my stomach & thighs. I think with my sweet tooth, I’ll always have a little extra tummy squish. But honestly? Worth it.

Besides, in high-school when I did go to the gym, all I did was cardio and abs. Maybe some body-weight squats, too, if I was feeling zesty. But, I was so scared of the weight section and avoided it at all costs.

How I Went From Just Cardio to Weights, Too

Freshman year of college, I signed up for this beginner workout class. I was curious about lifting weights, and this class had a woman instructor. I had a feeling the class would be mostly (if not all) women, so I felt comfortable enrolling. At the time, I was trying to tone up and lose a little weight because the birth control pill I was on made me gain, like, 12 pounds in 3 months. However, not too long after that, I stopped taking the pill. While my weight returned almost back to normal, I was left both looking and feeling “skinny fat” where I was thin but really untoned.

Long story short, that workout class taught me the basic weight-lifting techniques and also gave me enough confidence to go to the gym on my own and replicate those same workouts. By sophomore year of college, I was no longer scared of weights, and instead I actually really enjoyed lifting. But, as I said before – my motivation for the gym came and went.

Teresa Barker

february 2019 vs april 2019

Where I Am Now

Around January, I started going to the gym with Erick. He had the guest pass with his membership, so I’d go with him here and there. To be honest, I used to just want to go to workout for a little and then go in the hot tub hahaha. But going with him sparked my motivation again for wanting to go to the gym.

With my past of being so inconsistent with the gym, I decided that this time would be different. This time, I was serious about making fitness part of my lifestyle, and I’d go even when I had a million excuses of why I shouldn’t go.

Going to the Gym Consistently

I got serious about the gym around the end of February. As of now, it’s been almost 3 solid months of me going to the gym and really working out. Consistently going to the gym to me means:

– going at least 3-4 times a week
– focusing on a different workout each time: arms, legs, butt, cardio, etc.
– being productive while I’m actually at the gym
– trying to be there for around an hour including warm up, workout, & stretching

Being Realistic about Consistency

Life happens, and some weeks maybe I can only go to the gym 3 times, or maybe I just feel like I’m not getting a good workout. It took me a long time to accept that I’m not going to be perfectly consistent all the time. I feel like I finally have found the balance between not being too hard on myself while also being able to be disciplined with my goals. And let me tell ya, I have worked hard to get to this mental place of peace.

Sharing More of My Fitness Journey

I want to share more of my real life which now includes a lot of fitness things. So, I wanted to start off by sharing a little bit of where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. You can expect a lot more fitness posts: from my workouts, to the right mentality, to some realistic and healthy food ideas, and lots more. Let’s get bulkyyyy.

Thank you so much for reading!

Much love, Teresa

☼ Leave a Comment ☼