I Did The Chloe Ting 2 Week Shred…

If you’ve come here expecting to see a set of before/after pictures and lots of talk about my past/current body- you’ll not find it. Since 2018 when I left behind amateur dramatics and being a drama TA on weekends to do a degree…I just gave up on moving. I’m not exaggerating. I used to have the stamina to be able to do intense shows twice a day for two week runs, endless rehearsals at both Sixth Form and at Manor as well as helping run shows at my work. Without realising it I was pretty bloody fit but, because I was enjoying myself I never clocked it as being exercise or myself as being active.

University killed any ounce of fitness in my system. Dear God, stairs became a struggle. I have a phobia of gyms, no idea why but just the thought of them makes me heavily cringe. I have no understanding of how people actively take themselves out of the house to run- what on earth, are you ok? I just have, or should I say had, no desire. I always said, I just need to find a new dance class. The thing is I said that for two years and nothing happened, then a global pandemic hit and I used that as an excuse to fuel my hermit lifestyle.

In the last couple of months I’ve entered into my final few months at university. It’s stressful with a capital S. I have so many deadlines it gives me a genuine tummy ache. Being in lockdown alongside the stress of trying to wade against the tide of final year turned me into a ball of angst that could not go a day without having a cry or an unnecessary strop- I became a toddler in her terrible twos phase. I felt sluggish, unhappy, unmotivated. I found myself getting no work done, not being able to relax, snapping at my boyfriend, losing all inspiration, feeling completely useless.

It just happened that one morning a video came up on my Youtube homepage of a girl, with the same fitness levels as me, completing this Chloe Ting 2 week challenge. I’d never heard of Chloe Ting, never heard of the challenge but I was immediately completely enthralled. I must say the body transformation in the video I watched was one major motivator for me. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my body over the last year and I think above everything else I just wanted to feel confident again. So, I got out of bed. I emptied the entire content of my underwear drawer to find the one Primark sports bra I owned and headed into the living room to do the first round of videos for Day 1/14.

I genuinely thought I would need to call an ambulance. Endorphins?? No, just a constant wave of nausea as I attempted to do an up and down plank at the same rate as Chloe Ting who is a literal machine. I mean, I felt like I was a contestant on a show like The Biggest Loser. I was so embarrassed at just how unfit I was, so embarrassed that I decided to get up the next morning and put myself through it all over again. But, do you know what? The next day it was easier and it continuously got easier. In just two weeks my fitness levels have improved catastrophically, it’s actually unbelievable.

I found myself, for the first time in quite literally forever, sleeping through the nights and getting a full 9 hours sleep. The alarm would go off at 7am and I would find myself feeling actually rested enough to pull myself out of the comfort of the duvet. I found myself getting increasingly more excited to start my day off with Chloe. My concentration improved, I could work from 10am-4pm without feeling the need for a nap or without any distractions. I felt energised enough to joke, laugh, dance, and be happy at home.

I felt more myself than I’ve done in forever….from a workout challenge on Youtube. It sounds ridiculous I suppose but, I just needed that intense push. I needed something to really pull a u-turn on how I was feeling mentally. At this point any physical changes would just be an amazing bloody bonus to a prize I feel like I’ve already won. At no point during the two weeks did I change my diet, I still had a Mcdonalds on Sunday afternoon and my daily helping of white chocolate. I didn’t see the need for any of that. My only goal was to move my body.

I don’t think anybody ever talks about the clear mental impact moving your body has. I’d never understood it before and, now I’m addicted. I’m addicted to that stress release, to that motivation, to that fuel that carries me through my entire day. I absolutely love it, a sentence I never thought I would say.

As I’m writing this i’m beginning her 2021 28 day challenge and this morning I found myself actually laughing and having fun!?!?!?! whilst doing the exercises. I don’t even recognise myself to be honest. This is the girl who would rinse any excuse possible to get out of PE actively getting out of bed to make her body burn- it’s insane to me. Especially insane when this change has literally happened over the course of TWO WEEKS.

Is it cheesy to say that if you’re in a similar position of being weighed down by that working from home life, especially as a final year student, to take the leap and get your body moving? Maybe you’re already a lot fitter than me, you just need to get back into the swing of things. Or maybe, like me, you’re a newbie to the concept of moving your body (not involving walking to the shop for wine) and are just that tad bit nervous to do so. Just go for it.

Two week of commitment and pushing myself has completely changed my outlook. It’s set me off on a path that I would never have foreseen. I feel so much better and every aspect of my life is improving because of it.

1 thought on “I Did The Chloe Ting 2 Week Shred…”

  1. I relate to the first half of this so much. I’m also in my final year of uni and cry on daily basis. I cannot even fathom the idea of home workouts at the moment but this post is inspiring me, definitely going to have a look into it. Good luck with the 28 day challenge!


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