From The Archive: 2014

A year full time and city guides a-plenty, my first venture into YouTube and a baby puppy addition- 2014 was an exciting one!

Lifestyle

A little post about staying (and getting) motivated…

Shopping is my cardio

If you’re a bit of a loyal reader, a few months ago, you may remember a couple of posts I did in collaboration with Special K– and their ‘Change for the Better’ project. They challenged me to do something to improve myself- and fitness novice Liv opted for the joining-the-gym challenge- something somewhat David-and-Goliath-esque for a girl that gets puffed out running for the 9:24 to London Bridge. Anyway- let’s just say the whole experience has been a bit of a learning curve, and staying driven is possibly one of the hardest challenges of them all- let alone getting into some teeny gym shorts. I haven’t gone as much as I’d hoped to (one of the perils of being freelance is such a sporadic schedule) and finding routine is something I haven’t yet mastered- but that’s not to say that the challenge hasn’t massively inspired me, and I know that this certainly isn’t the end of my Liv-meets-gym-affair- thanks Special K!

On top of that- I thought, as a nice way to round up this challenge- I’d put together a series of ways to stay motivated- in case you were thinking of doing the same- good luck ladies ‘n’ gents!

1. Try and find routine. If you can get into a good schedule of hitting the gym, it becomes about 100x easier. I started going at the same time every day (read: when I could blag a lift with Papa P) and it came as less of a shock to the system!
2. Do it early. This is the best way of still being able to make the most of your day- plus, it leaves you on that fitness high sporty people always talk about ; ).
3. Find someone to go with and commit to your plans- it makes it far harder to cancel when there’s someone else involved.
4. Listen to other peoples stories. A few people I know, plus my Papa P, used to be gym novices too- but watching at how much their fitness has increased/how dedicated they’ve become shows it’s pretty possible for anyone to get involved! I also started following some fitness Instagrams which can be helpful- just not after a big Two for Tuesdays helping.
5. Realise anything is possible and realise improvement when it happens- and give yourself a pat on the back too, and just remember you can do it!

x



P.S This project and this post has been bought to you in collaboration with Special K, and Kellogg have sponsored me in achieving my goal- however I am not a spokesperson for the brand. If you fancy making a change yourself, always seek help from professionals before getting started- no hurts here please! As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own- and am honest as ever!

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