I have been a healthy kid from as far back as I can remember. This has taken a toll on my stamina and as my posture. I had frequent backaches and would get tired very quickly. I knew that procrastinating about it wasn’t going to do me any good and I had to work hard for it, therefore I decided to hit the gym. I am aiming to reach a BMI of 25(which is the normal weight group in accordance with height).
L1- Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
My strength lied in my undeterred commitment towards going to the gym. This really helped me push myself towards faster and effective results. I was great at doing exercises that involved the upper body, but I lacked the strength and flexibility to do exercises that made heavy use of the lower body. So that was definitely an area for growth.
L2 – Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken developing new skills
The challenge was being consistent as it was very difficult with the tight schedule I had throughout the day. Also, my religion prohibits me from consuming non-vegetarian food, this was a challenge as I had to find substitutes for fish and chicken which were high in protein. I had to work harder to gain muscle mass as I was not getting enough amount of proteins in my diet. I am the type of person who likes to eat a lot of junk food, and it was certainly difficult for me to restrict myself to a fixed diet. Being away from carbohydrates was difficult but after I started to see the results, it became a primal instinct to stay away from them.
L3 – I really wanted to work upon my body therefore I took the initiative for joining the gym. Initially, I started to work out on my own. I used to watch youtube videos for guidance but I found it difficult to follow. This is when I opted for a trainer. He coached me every alternate day and I was allowed to do cardio exercises at my own discretion. I found the best exercises online, got them approved by my trainer and
L4-commitment to and perseverance
I also got hospitalized during the second month of the gym, which caused to stray away from it for a month. This was a pitstop for me as during that period I had again gained the weight I lost during the first month. My morale took a hit After experiencing this I knew If I commit to something, there is nothing that can stop me. I would always read this quote in my gym-“excuses don’t burn calories”. Reading this gave me a sense of empowerment which pushed me to go the distance.