If you’re looking for some “fitspo” throughout this holiday season, or maybe you need some help with a New Year’s resolution, Angela’s fitness journey this past year will give you the inspiration you need. Angela is one of the spin instructors here at Cycle 6 and last year she made a New Year’s resolution to commit to fitness, but here’s the twist – every week of the year she did something different. Her resolution wasn’t just “I want to lose 10 lbs.,” she wanted to get comfortable in her skin and she had a plan! After all, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. See how she made a plan to commit to fitness to achieve her goals!

Why I started it

Last year at the end of summer 2015 I suffered an injury that put me out of gym for about 2 and half months and lots of Physical Therapy sessions.  Prior to this I was training 6 days a week and about 3 of those days I was doing doubles, working out in the morning and again later in the day.  Going from 6 days a week to zero activity was very hard for me.  Like every other person, I was worried about gaining weight, and not keeping up with my lifting goals. I didn’t know what to do with myself since I was used to going and going non-stop. The first few weeks were not so bad but as time went on, I developed major anxiety which led to uncontrollable eating habits. I found myself binging on food and seeing it as my therapy and comfort zone. Before I knew it I was about 18 lbs heavier and feeling even worse about myself. Not only was I unable to workout, but also felt very uncomfortable about the way I looked.

While on vacation in West Palm Beach the last week of December 2015 I decided I needed to make some changes and adjustments in the upcoming year if I wasn’t going to be able to go back to working out like I had been prior to my injury.  I knew I needed to find something new that kept me interested but I didn’t know exactly what.  Then a light bulb went on and I thought “why not try something new or different every week and write about it.” I decided I was going to use my Instagram account (@angie_g15) and come up with my own hashtag #52weeksoffitnessandhealth to keep track and make it more of a fitness and inspiration page.  I wanted to take charge of my life again, and not let the anxiety created by this injury control me anymore.  I knew once I started being active again, everything was going to fall into place, but I didn’t want to just rely on one form of exercise anymore because what if I got injured again? My goal this year has been to find all the different classes, methods, and types of workouts available that I would enjoy and document them.

What it is

During this year, I didn’t want working out to feel like a chore, a competition or something I HAD to do. I wanted it to be enjoyable, fun and something I look forward to. Basically I have been in search of my “happy hour” and to my surprise I have found many different “happy hours” in 2016. I have met so many great and inspirational people throughout the year that I can’t just pick one. I have found so many things that brought me out of my comfort zone and I absolutely loved them.  I have found that I’m good or better at some things that the old Angela would’ve never thought of trying out.  I have learned to listen to my body, give it a rest when it needs it, and adapt to a totally different workout schedule. On top of all the things I have discovered this year, I have also been able to lose over 20+ lbs.