This month we are featuring a guest Blogger, Gabby Cuzzola, who is working on a 30-day MVMNT Fitness challenge! This week, she talks about how to get yourself ready for a fresh re-start to your fitness routine...
I want to get fit and do it the right way: through healthy eating and exercising everyday. So I am teaming up with MVMNT and spinning everyday for 30 days. Insane. Yes, I know. But, I am confident in the Team at MVMNT to help me see this through with training tips and accountability coaching. I am fully aware 30 days is not going to fully turn around my lifestyle... but it’s a start. I know I could do this very quietly out of the public eye but I am hoping to inspire others to see through a healthier lens. Maybe, they too will take on the 30 day MVMNT challenge to change their lifestyle. You can follow my progress on Instagram (@thefitfeministgab) and on the MVMNT website!
As we all know, jumping into a new fitness routine head-first without any planning is a recipe for failure. So, below are 5 things I did to prepare myself for a challenging, but rewarding, 30 days of sweat.
1. Throw away the scale & counting calories-- I don't care how much I weight or what size my clothes are. The reason I want to do this 30 day Challenge is to begin a process where I feel healthy in my skin and enjoy fitness again. I get sometimes we feel the pressure to look a certain way, and when we're busy it appears that we don't have to time or energy to put in the work but, that is why getting organized is so helpful and important…see Number 2.
2. Organize your schedule and whatever is distracting-- When I get stressed, I do 1 of 2 things: nest or destroy my apartment with organizing it in mind, but it ends up looking like a tornado went through it. We’ve all been there. It’s a very irritating habit I have. But I am acknowledging it and know during this next 30 days it may or may not happen. I want to set myself up for success so I cleaned up and made sure my apartment was a happy environment with as few distractions as possible. I also made a weekly schedule for the next month so I could hold myself accountable and make time to move my body. I linked my iCal to my Mindbody app so I can see all my cycling classes on my phone, and wrote a hard-copy of my schedule out/pinned it up where I can see it everyday as a reminder.
3. Find what works for you-- as a former D1 athlete, it's pretty embarrassing to admit that I’ve lost my grasp on my fitness routine. It is what it is and I’m over being bummed out that I am no longer in the best shape of my life, and can't eat all the carbs I want due to a lack of intense 4 hour a day workouts. (Not really over it but trying…I really do miss eating pasta everyday.) I stumbled on MVMNT not only because I pretty much have an open tab at Sadako, but due to an amazing relationship I have with its owner, Jill Bean. I took one class from her and I died... but I felt so empowered! My adrenaline pushed my body to go to place it hadn't been in a while.
- It felt amazing -
Coupling MVMNT classes with some yoga at aUM and weight training left me feeling like I found my groove again. Soon after that, life happened and I lost two very special people in my life. My daily routine soon became sleeping, eating, going to class, and crying. Lots and lots of crying. After a few months I started recognizing a difference in my mood and sleep due to my lack of exercise. I didn't feel comfortable in my own skin and more importantly, I felt like shit. I have never been the type of person to pay attention to the number on the scale but it took one doctor’s visit and the number sucker punched me in the stomach and I was instantly disgusted with myself.
4. Allow for hiccups aka you’re going to fail, embrace it-- We are human. As much as we want to be perfect and super organized, lets be real, we are so flawed. Shit happens and the hardest part is regaining momentum. You have to adapt. I wanted to start this challenge a long time ago and life guided me in a different direction. My plan was revitalized by someone who inspires me and happens to also be my accountability coach— my fitness sponsor. “Whenever you are ready, I am here to help. If you are going to do this you should do it right and at a time that works for you, even though there is never going to be perfect timing, allow yourself to stumble but fight to pick yourself up and keep going.” Jill Bean, Owner of MVMNT and a Badass. Anyone that has taken a class from her knows, once she is on that teaching podium, you will walk out of that studio in a full sweat and possibly with a funny hobble as I often do. If you aren't someone who can self motivate, find someone who you can count on to be there for you and tell you that you can do this when you can't tell yourself.
5. Surround yourself with positivity-- When my apartment is organized, my fridge is stocked and I have planned out my week, I feel really good. Another important thing is that I cleansed my social media. I unfollowed accounts that don't positively effect my life or motivate me and alternatively followed accounts that inspired me. I also deleted Facebook and snapchat on my phone because I wanted to be more present (and my boyfriend brought it to my attention that the amount of screen time I dedicated to social media would best be used on my studies or something else I really enjoyed.) Thus far, it has been really wonderful. I still have Instagram so I am not completely removed but hey, I had to compromise for the betterment of my productivity. So far, so good!
-Gabby Cuzzola, Senior at UMich
Hear more about her progress next week and definitely follow her on social media for inspo ;)
PEACE, LOVE, AND CHANGE.