#CODFitness Update: Challenges, Diet, and Fitness Shopping

#CODFitness Update: Challenges, Diet, and Fitness Shopping

So here we are guys, little under just about a month since I sheepishly introduced a fitness section to my blog, in the hopes of working towards a lifestyle change for the better. But how have I been getting on?

Well, bar a few updates on Instagram and Snapchat (add CiaraODoherty) here and there, I’ve been pretty quiet about it on my social media channels, as I wanted to wait until I could sit down and talk to you guys a bit more about it here on the blog.


As you guys know, I started training with James from Zest Fitness in Dublin as an introduction into the world of fitness. As I mentioned in my first post, I didn’t know the first thing about weights, circut training, or even how to do a proper squat, and my aim was to work with James to make sure I started right, so I would’t feel completely lost when I first stepped foot in gym. We’ve been training together 1-2 times per week for the past month, and in each session I was trying out new exercises and being guided on the correct way of doing everything. I’m still very much a beginner and learning more every session, but I’m already really happy with how far I’ve come. I never thought I’d see myself lifting weights, but just look at the video below!

You can see more videos of some of the exercises I did over on the Zest Fitness instagram page. I also have exercises to follow at home by myself, but I really noticed I was pushing myself harder when I was in a session with James than when I was working out on my own unsupervised.


I have to say the main challenge I’ve faced with starting into a fitness routine has to be the stiffness. After my first session with James I was incredibly stiff for the next three days, and still feeling pain on day four! I really didn’t expect it, but I guess my body just wasn’t used to working out so the muscles in my legs stiffened up so much, making simple things like walking and sitting down an absolute pain! Every session after has been easier, and I’ve been told it’s always like that the first few time you do a good workout after a long break. I’ve also been told that foam rollers are great for helping this, so I just might have to pick one up.


Although I think it’s a little too early to be looking for physical results just yet, but mentally I’ve been noticing great benefits from it. I’m sleeping so much better, and I feel like it’s helped in other aspects of my life. The days that I get a workout in are the days I’m so much more motivated and inspired with regards to work, it gives me a sense of positivity and a feeling that I can achieve anything, as silly as it may sound. I also have to say that I enjoy the actual workouts much more than I thought I would. It’s really fun to push yourself, especially when you have someone there cheering you on. I really loved the boxing training, it’s so tiring but you’re enjoying it so much that you don’t even notice how hard you’re working!


As fas as my diet goes, I haven’t made any major changes (baby steps!) but I know there are a few things I can improve on. I already eat pretty healthy (lots of greens, lean meats and good carbs) but I definitely have a sweet tooth, and I reeeeally need to cut down my sugar intake. I’m also looking forward to trying out some new healthy recipes at home, so I’ll be sure to document those on the blog when I do. I’m a huge pasta lover and James has encouraged me to try making my own pasta sauce, so I have a full bag of tomatoes waiting in the fridge and I’m going to try it out this evening.

Personal Training:

Overall, I cannot recommend working with a personal trainer enough. Adopting a new fitness regime is difficult at the best of times and near-impossible at others, so having a good support system is key. Sure, it can be more expensive than a standard gym membership, but I found that even working with Zest Fitness for the beginning of my fitness journey really helped me start off the right way. I feel so much more confident in my abilities, and like I’m finally ready to face that intimidating gym membership and try working out by myself. I would especially recommend personal training if you’re a total newbie (like myself) or someone who wants to work on an intensive plan for a set amount of time, say 4/6/8 weeks. Zest Fitness Dublin also offer small group training, which would be perfect if you wanted to train with a friend or partner. If you want more info, check out their website, and Facebook page.


And finally, probably the most fun part about getting into fitness… the clothes!!! Okay I’m exaggerating, but I really have become a little obsessed with workout gear since I started. Not only is it SO comfortable to wear, but the right fitness wardorbe is also super figure-flattering, and with “athleisure” being a legitimate fashion trend now (thanks, Vogue) it’s totally acceptable to wear your favourite pieces outside the gym, too.

So far I’ve picked up some cute baseball caps from ASOS (great for keeping your fair out of your face) and some comfy grey Nike Theas from Littlewoods Ireland (also available here) but I have my eye on so much more. I’ve compiled a little wishlist below of some of my favourite pieces right now, ranging from budget-friendly to investment buys. Just click on the items in the discription below to be taken to the store for more info and pricing.

On my Fitness Wishlist:


Clockwise from top left:

1: Herschel Supply Co. Novel Weekender Bag /

2: Calvin Klein Intense Power Sweatpants / 

3: Calvin Klein Flex Motion Impact Racer Back Bra / 

4: Adidas by Stella McCartney The Performance Padded Tank  / 

5: Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Jacket / 

6: Opening Ceremony Logo Knit Beanie / 

7: Adidas by Stella McCartney Atani Bounce Sneakers /  

8: Flight 001 Go Clean Gym Gear Bag

9: KOR Water Delta Water Bottle

10: Frends x Mira Mikati Taylor Eyes Headphones (on sale!)

So what do you think of my choices? I can’t believe those Frends Headphones are on sale, I need a pair in my life! I hope you guys enjoyed this Fitness Update, and stay tuned for some more fitness posts coming your way soon. In the meantime, be sure to follow the hashtag #CODfitness on instagram to stay updated.

Happy Shopping,


Ciara x


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