12 months have passed since I started this Royally Fit journey. I have stayed committed despite any of the struggles thrown at me over the year. I am very proud to say I have completed EVERY. SINGLE. WORKOUT. Royally Fit has posted in my year since joining and some more than once! Sometimes I would carry one over in a extra busy week, but I would catch up the following week and as of today I have finished them all! In fact, there were a couple I only gave about 60% effort in and I went back and repeated to ensure I gave it my best effort. Other mini bonus workouts I completed many times just to get a little more active in any week. Outside of the summer, I also fit in Pilates sessions a couple times a month. I am most proud not at the workouts per se, but that I committed to ME for the last 12 months. I’ve still got work to do, but I’ve proved it is possible to stay committed. I can. I will. I did.
This year I dealt with a lot of loss. I lost my Nanny in the spring, and a friend just this last month and my best friend moved to another province last fall. It has been an emotional roller coaster of a year for so many reasons, but I couldn’t let it stop me. This summer I enjoyed a lot more treats than the 10 months prior, but it was summer and I am all about moderation. Life is short, worth living and I’m doing just that. I even had an alcoholic beverage this month – I hadn’t had one of those since we started trying to have a baby (9.5 years ago!) as I’m a dessert over wine kind of gal! What I have learned most though, is that intermittent splurging keeps you sane, it is deserved when you work hard and I think it makes you more dedicated when you are working out.
My body is still far from what I would deem as “perfect” or where I want to be, but it is getting closer each day and I love being a work in progress. I am following a REAL approach and am long over magazine photoshopped bodies. My calves are kind of beautiful now, being the only part so far that seems very defined, strong and lacking a pinch of extra meat that my inner thighs and hips still hold on to so well. The rest of my body is on its way! My butt has shrunk significantly as have my love handled hips and my muscles are much stronger and defined. My core is strong and I have abs!
Most importantly, I am more fit and I am getting more so every day. This month I could plank and wall sit in perfect form for greater than 4 minutes and 30 seconds – I am going for 5 minutes and I’ll get there really soon I just need to put more time towards it. I can jump squat, I use weights, I have greater endurance and I am able to push myself a little harder as time goes on.
One hour ago I finished my last workout for the first year. I was going to wait until tomorrow to take pictures, weigh in and post, but then I said – what does it matter? I am more bloated as the day goes on (it is after 5 pm), and I may be a pound or two lighter in the morning or if I wasn’t at this point in my menstrual cycle, but this journey has no finish line, so no matter what it says it is still just the end of year one and the start of year two.
Note: Royally Fit is an online training community which sends workouts to your inbox 3x per week for $29 (click here to register) per month. As a part of the subscription you are given access to hundreds of other workouts, an online secret Facebook group of members and hundreds of recipes and a meal plan. I’ve participated by using the workouts, and online community group, but have not used any of the meal plans or recipes posted.