Your fitness revolution. The E I G H T steps to a new you!

To all those fitness newbies out there, welcome to the new Y O U.

From a fitness expert and someone who has already been through the journey you’re about to undertake. I’ve experienced the DOMS (Delayed on-set muscle soreness - you will learn about these soon enough) . . . the endorphins . . . the confusion of what macros even mean . . . and not forgetting the excitement of S M A S H I N G your personal best time and time again.

We’ve all been there and with this in mind, I’ve come up with a list of the inevitable stages you will go through becoming a fitter, newer you.

E X C I T E M E N T.

You’ve been thinking about it for a while, but always found an excuse. Finally, you bit the (nutri)bullet and made the decision to make healthier adjustments to your life.

You’re ready.

You’ve got the gym membership. Booked on for those trendy spin classes and are raring to go.

Excitement levels sky high.

The F O O D haul.

You’ve done your homework and know that by planning your meals in advance, you’re more likely to stick with it.

So you head to the local supermarket as its time to fill your cupboards.

Fruit and veg. Check.

Oats, protein, protein powder. Check and double check.

Then alas, you hit the snack aisle and are a little overwhelmed and slightly confused with all the options of cereal bars, grains and cereals. What do the labels even mean? What are macros? So you turn to Instagram for the answers - where else?

Toilet T A L K.

You’ve brought yourself that fancy refillable bottle everyone is carrying over social. You’ve upped your fluid intake to keep yourself hydrated. However, there is one side effect… you C O N S T A N T L Y need the loo.

Driving . . . Shopping . . . Before the gym . . . At the gym . . . After the gym. It feels endless!

But remember, you’re flushing out years of built up toxins. It’s all in the name of health. Right?

A C C O M P L I S H M E N T.

It’s meal prep day – wahoo! Something you now look forward to.

Sliced and diced all the veggies. Cut the meat (or protein substitute) and stocked up on brand new S P O T L E S S Tupperware.

Monday through Friday . . . breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, all sorted. You’re officially the queen of meal prepping. Not forgetting the Instagram snaps to prove your dedication and commitment to the cause.

C O N F I D E N C E.

You’ve got the hang of this healthy cooking and meal prepping. You’re eating healthier A N D staying on track.

Workouts – Put simply, you are killing it.

You’re super proud of yourself and have the new tone to prove it. It’s time to tell the world.

Friends . . . family . . . co-workers . . .

Even a few snaps of your post-workout meals on Insta. You’ve also started noticing changes in your body. You can feel yourself getting fitter. Y E S !

Just one question – Why didn’t I do this sooner?

R E A L I T Y C H E C K : *Not a hot mess.

You’ve now been going to the gym and got your routine nailed. It’s time to up the ante. HIIT and strength training sessions are your new favourite thing. You know you can push yourself even more.

So you do.

But post-workout, you’re a complete sweat fest.

Sweaty hair . . . sweaty face . . . Tomato face . . . Oh yeah - and even more sweat.

A C T I V E W E A R Obsessed.

Now that you’re fully embedded in your new lifestyle, you want to buy more gym clothes.

A girl can never have too many of anything right, right? So you browse the stores, websites and of course, your favourite inspo accounts for the cutest and newest brands. You’ll find yourself buying and lusting over gym wear more than actual clothes.

It becomes an obsession. Correction. A way of life.

Trust me.

E N D O R P H I N S.

You leave the gym feeling on absolute cloud nine.

You can face the world and anything life throws at you. Those magical feelings are also known as endorphins and are little magical receptors in your brain that reduce the perception of pain and make you feel euphoric.

Now you understand how and why people get hooked on this healthy lifestyle thing. Working out is A D D I C T I V E.

The new you…

You’ve completed all the stages. They might be the same order. They might be a little different.

You can give yourself a huge pat on the back and tell yourself that it’s official. You’re a fitness fanatic!

Congratulations! Keep on smashing it. You’ve got this . . . we’ve got you covered.

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