On getting fit…
One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year is to get fit. I think I’ve been in slight denial about just how bad the state of play has become. I gave it a half-hearted go last summer with a Couch To 5K running programme….for about 3 weeks on and off. Then I thought I’d try Jillian Michael’s ’20 min shred’ DVDs….for about a week. On and off. Ok, to be honest I did it one and a half times then gave up.
I think I’m in the danger zone now though – I’m in my mid-30s so any weight that creeps on is getting harder and harder to shift. And there’s this strange thing happening….I was comfortable with the weight I was at, which was already slightly above where I started out. Now I’ve put on some more weight, and I was aiming to get back to my already-above-optimal weight and viewing it as my start point. How did this happen? When did my mind decide that my ‘slightly overweight’ weight was the point I should aim for?? I can see that it’s all just a slippery slope to me justifying getting heavier and heavier.
I’d like to point out that it’s not all about weight. I would have no issue carrying a little extra weight if it sat comfortably on me and I felt fit and healthy. At this point, however, I don’t. I need to get moving and lose some of this weight and get fit because I’m uncomfortable with how I’m looking and feeling right now.
So I’ve given myself 6 months. I’ve started running, not every day, but every couple of days, and I’m not absolutely hating it. I’m going to start eating better (because sitting down with a bag of chips in the middle of the day does not constitute lunch). I’m going to drink plenty of water, and TRY to eat breakfast. That one’s a tough ask because eating in the morning is a struggle for me.
I’m making little changes in the hope that they will be sustainable. I don’t have a tonne of weight to lose, but I do have a lifestyle change to make. I’m going to be busier than ever this year and I need to ensure that I’m fuelling my body so I can work at my optimum.
Will you join me? I’m going to need encouragement and a good kick up the bum at times. I’m a junk-food junkie and a SUPER picky eater. I get lazy and I procrastinate. A quick ‘you can do this’ or ‘how’s it going’ message from time to time would be a huge boost to me. I’m going to keep you updated too and share with you some tips and ideas I pick up along the way.
Wish me luck! xx