A word from Rachael:
”If you’ve been following me on Instagram, or reading my blog, you know that you girls are my main inspiration & motivation.
I’m so happy that Tash wanted to chat after participating in the Share Your Journey Challenge. She is so inspiring and it was lovely to hear her talk about all of her successes and what motivates her to continue her fitness journey.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and what is your previous experience with fitness?
Tash: When I was a teenager I did ballet and dance, not too excessively. But when I went to university, that stopped and I wasn’t taking care of myself. When I started working I was busy again, so exercise was very sporadic, I did some kickboxing, belly dancing. I would exercise sometimes but then I would go back to not exercising again.
That changed at the end of 2020 and I started exercising every day, and I’ve been doing it since then. I started with 15min a day, but over time I’ve been able to add a little bit more and now it’s part of my lifestyle.
2. Why did you start working out at home?
Tash: Most of the time before I would go to a gym or a lot of dance classes, but when the pandemic started, there were more options to work out at home and I love it since it saves so much time and it’s convenient.
3. How did you find out about Rachael and what made you want to try Rachael’s programs?
Tash: A long time ago somewhere on social media I was looking at exercise stuff, and on a post someone commented and mentioned her program. So I started following Rachael on Instagram and I followed for a long time and then decided to actually buy the programs.
4. How many rounds have you completed?
Tash: I completed each program once, one after the other. I slightly prefer the G.A.L Program since I felt like it was more full body focused than the Lean Legs program.
5. What would you say is your absolute favourite part of the G.A.L. program?
Tash: I think I particularly like anything that involves the resistance band. I would recommend the program and the style of workout to others, it’s low impact and it was enjoyable.
6. Did you do cardio?
Tash: I walked 6k every morning and I ran 3 times a week and I did swimming as well.
7. If you could, share some struggles with the program, and how did you overcome it?
Tash: I think the biggest struggle was walking every morning. It’s very hot here so I can’t do it outside. So I do the walking on the treadmill but it gets very monotonous sometimes, so I watch shows, listen to podcasts and learn languages
I also don’t like running so that was quite difficult to get myself to do, but I never pushed myself really hard so if I wasn’t feeling fantastic I would do just a slow jog.
8. What is a successful result for you?
Tash: Previously I used to be very much focused on kilograms and how I look. That is still important to me but I am very happy that it’s part of my life, that I regularly do and enjoy exercise. I noticed improvements in flexibility and strength and that is more important to me now.
I also think it was interesting that I got results without changing my diet and I wouldn’t say I ate particularly well.
9. How do you keep yourself so motivated?
Tash: I started seeing exercise as something not like a punishment but something as a treat. I’m doing this for me now, something I’m doing to improve myself.
And I always keep in mind two aspects, physical and mental health as well as how it’s preventative against aging and stress.
10. How would you motivate someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
Tash: Think about the effects, preventative with illnesses, mental and physical, fighting against age related body changes, etc.
Thank you again Tash for taking the time to have a chat, your story will motivate so many other women in our community!
Love Rachael Xx