Journey to Gymnastics 2: Fitness Test

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Today my fitness journey began! I had my first training session which was more of a taster session to test my strength/fitness limits. On the whole I was much more useless than I had hoped! There’s a long way to go, but I’m determined to keep going and reach my goals.

My next session is in 10 days so I’ll be doing some home conditioning of my own while I wait for my programming to start. Bring it on!

As diet is a big part of it, I thought I’d share what I’m eating as well. At this point I’m not being too strict; no carb limits, I’m keeping good fats and just cutting out obvious junk while trying to eat little meals often.

What I Ate Today (Day 1)

Breakfast: Smoothie (banana, kale, almonds, almond milk)
Snack:2 slices wholemeal toast with vegemite
Snack: Nakd bar (carrot cake flavour)
Lunch: Vegan chicken pieces, new potatoes, homemade coleslaw and humous
Dinner: Spaghetti Bolognese (lentils and veggies to replace the mince)

One aspect I struggled with before was meal preparation. I was so busy that I put less effort into what I was eating. It wasn’t terrible but still left a lot of room for improvement.

Here are a few tips which have helped me organise my eating habits.

Tips for Meal Prep

1  Cook in bulk. I’m planning on cooking a big meal (either chilli, spag bol or sweet potato curry) every Sunday and freezing some so I can microwave it later in the week. I’ll cook the rice or spaghetti fresh but it means less effort, less food shopping and less thinking.
Note to self: Must buy more tupperware!

2  Make lists. I wrote down ideas for snacks, breakfast, lunch and bulk meals as well as proteins, carbs and veggies that I can use as a ‘mix and match’ type meal. For example, soy sausages, a baked sweet potato with boiled broccoli and carrots.

3  Don’t slack with the food shop. I have always tried to be mostly healthy but like everyone I had slip ups and up until recently we had turned to take aways too often if we were really busy or if we were low on food.

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Goals

Short Term:
My short term goal is to regain some strength and flexibility while applying it to basic gymnastics moves. I hope to achieve a backbend to bridge and kick over and improve my splits.

Mid Term:
My middle goal is to get to Level 5 gymnastics! This may be a bit ambitious but there’s no strict time limit. So Level 5 includes: Roundoff, back handspring, back somersault and front handspring.

I’ll keep you updated with any progress I make. Better get moving!

Use #journeytogymnastics to follow my progress on social media. 

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You might like: Gymnastics Part 1, Gymnastics Part 3 and My Squat Challenge

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11 thoughts on “Journey to Gymnastics 2: Fitness Test

  1. That’s a great meal plan for today – mine falls very short!! Congrats on taking the first step towards your goals – often it’s the toughest one. I went to a personal trainer for a while last year, and was so discouraged after my first session (I’d been on crutches for the previous four months, so was BEYOND unfit) but was amazed at how quickly I started to see results – no doubt it will be the same for you. Good luck!

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      1. I know that feeling – ironically, I started to make progress when I stopped thinking about big milestones and focussed on the little results – managing a couple more reps or a few extra minutes of cardio than the session before. It’s a bit like the old saying about looking after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves!

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