I finally managed to make working out a habit in 2018. Now it is time to take things to the next level. In this post, I share my fitness plan and goals for 2019.
I can’t tell you how many times I have started exercising consistently for a few weeks only to fall off the wagon for months on end. I’m so grateful that something clicked in 2018 that allowed me to stay consistent. I worked out at least 5 days a week, every week in 2018, which for me was a phenomenal achievement!
Looking back, I think Instagram may have played a significant role in keeping me accountable, and that’s strange because I didn’t share many fitness-related posts on my page. Anyway, I’m holding on to the success of 2018 and building on it in 2019 to reach greater heights.
You may know already, but if you don’t, I am not a gym member. I stream all of my workouts online and complete them at home. I rotate between the programmes on Beachbody’s website – they are all amazing! The great thing about Beachbody is that there are a lot of workouts to choose from and I believe something to suit every taste. If you’re into Cardio and HIIT, Shaun T is your man, if you’re into strength training, Autumn Calabrese, Joel Freeman, Tony Horton and Chris Downing are your go to, if yoga, you’ll want to check out Faith Hunter. This list is not exhaustive, there are many other trainers. The programmes available are quite challenging, but if you’re a beginner, there are programmes available to get you started and modified versions of the popular ones if you wish to challenge yourself.
I’m usually a cardio and HIIT lover, but I converted to strength training in 2018. And, oh my lord, I have been missing out! I am one of those girls who thought that weight-lifting would lead to bulky muscles and a masculine physique. Now I know better! After completing multiple rounds of 21 Day Fix, Hammer & Chisel, and 80 Day obsession, I dropped a decent amount of fat and carved out a bit of muscle. I am happy with my current shape, but I love a challenge, and I want to see what I can achieve if I push myself harder. I am not talking about making any drastic changes to my diet or doubling the amount of weight I can lift overnight, it’s going to be about making slow, but steady progress. More muscle mass and perhaps definition will be fantastic, but I’m not shooting for a body builder’s physique, just a more toned version of my myself.
I will continue to use Beachbody programmes, and I will continue to eat 100% plant-based. We all know that building a physique is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. My diet is pretty darn good at the moment, but as with everything else, there’s room for improvement. Mind you, I am not aiming for perfection. What is that anyway?
I will make more of an effort to eat more whole foods and more vegetables. My plan is to make my bowls 50% whole grains or potatoes and beans and 50% greens. I will NOT count calories or macros. This is all about a healthy lifestyle. I don’t plan to compete in a bodybuilding competition or any other competitive sport, so there’s no need for that level of strictness.
I plan to be more mindful with my eating and put more effort into intermittent fasting – not for weight loss, but to allow my body process the food I feed it more efficiently and give my body more time to repair itself.
Fitness-wise, I’m kicking 2019 off with Autumn Calabrese’s 80 Day Obsession (80DO). It delivered great results last year, and I wasn’t compliant with the nutrition plan. This time around, I will be more dedicated to the nutrition plan I mentioned earlier in this post. An hour-long workout every morning is going to be challenging, but if I could do it last year, I can do it again, right?
Once I complete 80DO, I will progress to Shaun T’s newest programme Transform 2.0. It would have been my first choice for 2019, but since it requires an early-access fee for January, I’ll wait until April when it becomes available at no extra cost. I won’t finish 80DO until sometime in April anyway, so it works out perfectly.
I’m not sure what I will do once I complete those two fitness programmes. I suppose when we get closer to that time, I’ll have an idea, and I’ll give an update. I will do my best to provide weekly updates on my Instagram page and perhaps monthly updates here on the blog if you are interested in following my progress. I will continue with Hammer and Chisel in the meantime, and then start 80DO on 31st December. Fitness experts say you should never miss a Monday; I’m not going to start now, haha!
What are your fitness plans for 2019?