I have decided to do a lifestyle/personal post every Sunday on my blog. I like getting vulnerable with you guys because it feels like you are genuinely my friends & I know that when I’m bare, it helps so many of you. My “Sundays” will be a mash up of anything and everything but will probably be nothing to do with beauty or fashion. Is that cool? Lets go..

Gym selfie

This week I went back to my exercise classes. I haven’t been for months. Life sometimes takes its toll on me & to be honest, when I’m busy, I would rather sleep when I get the time. I haven’t been feeling my normal self for the past 3 weeks or so & I’ve been slipping into low moods on numerous occasions. I can’t pin point the exact reasons for my sad feelings but it’s been pretty cloudy for me. A few days ago I decided to sit myself down and re-evaluate everything – what I wanted, what I felt, where I was going. Whilst in thought I realised that leading a non exercise lifestyle could explain my blah mood. Exercise is a release of negative feelings for me & it can lift my mood & make me feel good again. My problem is that going to the gym or exercise classes actually causes me anxiety and it takes me a lot of effort to go. I get really jittery thinking about how gross I look exercising and if people see me and stuff – its really silly but my anxiety can sometimes be beyond my control. Anyway, this week I bit the bullet, thought fuck it & went to my favourite Zumba class. My Zumba teacher Mel said she had missed me and welcomed me back.. I was so happy & proud of myself for getting off my ass and going. I thoroughly enjoyed myself & absolutely loved walking out thinking ‘I feel good & I’ve burnt away some sadness’. I am now back to exercising regularly & I am absolutely loving it.


  1. 27th April 2014 / 7:07 am

    Hi Gracie, love this idea, it's amazing that you can share these feelings with us and feel confident enough to do it. I admire that ๐Ÿ™‚

    I tried to join a gym and go regularly but it just didn't work out. Like you said above, I was more concerned about who would see me looking minging, what should I wear, will there be free machines to use etc. I stopped going and wasted a tonne of money as well as a tonne of time feeling guilty about the fact I wasn't going. I then thought of ways to work out for free and in places that I wouldn't have to give a shit what people thought. I started doing fitness videos at home, some yoga ones and more active cardio ones. I found a spot in my house and just went for it. Only did maybe 2 a week to begin with. The feeling of working out and not having to worry all the time made me feel amazing! I also started to run, which is the most amazing freeing feeling. I obviously started off slow!! Walking a minute and running a minute. I've built it up slowly and love running straight out the door, down the road and looking at things as I go, not having to run on a treadmill to nowhere while staring at a wall!!

    Ive also started doing a bit of meditation and yoga mixed in at home. This is a lovely time to chill, put on some music and do some nice core stretching. Makes me feel so peaceful.

    A few yrs ago I really felt like a gym failure!! So good for you for actually going! But when I read your post I remember exactly how I felt and thought I'd share my ideas with you!

    Have a fab sunday darl !!! xxx J

  2. 27th April 2014 / 1:57 pm

    Completely clicked with this post. I've been caught up in college work and I've got myself into such a rut. I know that exercise will make me feel x10 better it's just finding the courage to go back to the gym after a month off! x

    Hannasโ€™ UK Beauty | Lifestyle blog @ hannatalks

  3. 27th April 2014 / 3:06 pm

    Gym is definitely keeping me sane so I know the feeling. When I don't go I don't feel like myself! Hang in there girl, you're busy but you still manage to do an amazing job in everything you pursue!

  4. 27th April 2014 / 6:24 pm

    Good on you girl! I've tried the Zumba game and it was too much lool so I know you worked hard!
    Love this kind of post, your one of my fav youtuber/blogger because your so real & honest x

  5. 27th April 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Sometimes we make situations way worse in our heads. That happens to me all the time and when I finally do it, I feel a little silly for making it into something so scary. I'm happy you did it!

    Also, if you ever feel jittery about going, doing a little video work out at home always helps me.

  6. 27th April 2014 / 9:58 pm

    I would totally love to read more of these kinda posts, & Im sooo happy I discovered your yt channel & then your blog, your so down to earth & you keep it real :') Keep bein amazingg

  7. 1st May 2014 / 12:33 am

    I have just joined a gym (about a month or so ago now) for the 1st time ever & on the whole I am loving it BUT the reason being I've joined the one my bf is at (no we are not gym buddies) I go a lot less than he does & goes with his best mate. But when we go together the focus is on me & my training needs & goals. Maybe going with a friend where you can spot & encourage each other will help on the days you feel. I show know that it helps me. Great Post Gracie xxx

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