Now it’s February, it’s a month since I first wrote about wanting to shift a bit of weight, tone up and get fitter. I reckon it’s about time I shared with you all how it’s been coming on.
The truth is, like many of you I guess, there have been ups and downs. In terms of tangible weight loss, I’m not sure I’ve made that much progress. I think the term ‘yo-yo-ing’ would be fairly accurate. After a good first couple of weeks, I relaxed one weekend and gained back a couple of pounds, then lost it, then went away to Wales, then lost it, then had this weekend of birthday celebrations and the whole thing went totally to pot. I feel like my mindset is six of one and half a dozen of the other… on the one hand, I still really want to get a couple more pounds off, then I’m more than happy yo-yo-ing around a couple of pounds either way. But on the other hand, I’ve had a great last 3 weekends and I will never be a slave to my weight at the expense of my life. Bonus points for anyone who can solve that problem for me then!
However, when it comes to exercise, I’m seriously hoping that eventually all the good work will pay off and I’ll start to see results. I’ve been to my BMF class twice weekly since starting at the beginning of January and am still loving it. I took my first fitness test last weekend (they suggest you do one every 3 months to assess your progress) and I was really pleased with the results. I get to wear a Red bib (the middle group) and having been back this morning for my first session since, not only am I still a physically broken woman(!) after giving my all for the test, but I now know that my cardiovascular strength is way below my muscular strength and I worked my ass off at the running with the next fitness test in mind as motivation. I’m not sure I can truly see a cosmetic difference in my shape just yet, (Pete says he can, but bless him, he’s always been the encouraging type!) It’s only been 4 weeks though so I’m not losing hope yet.
I think motivation is a massive thing when it comes to exercising and I am the worst for giving up when it hurts my chest to breath or my legs start wobbling or I want to actually puke from the effort (sadly a little too often at the moment!) Probably my biggest achievements have been running the Manchester 10K, not just because of the distance but the effort involved, particularly on the day. Whilst I can recommend having a goal to help you train, I’m naughty and when training for a run, often stop and have a little walk when it gets hard. With all eyes on you in a run you can’t do that and so I have to say to myself over and over again, be grateful you have legs and can actually do this. Being physically able to run is such a great feeling when you place the value of it in context like that.
And after sharing my day job with you all yesterday it seems an apt time to share this with you too… a video Pete actually showed me after an educational session he attended a week or so ago.
It’s a long one, so watch it later this evening or at the weekend, but it’s a fascinating insight into how exercise affects your long term health and mental well being, and reduces the risk of chronic disease. It certainly made me think about how much I sit down, even though I’ve mentioned it before. I wish I could walk to work. Maybe I’ll have to start walking to my home visits!
Now it’s over to you. How is your diet/exercise/healthy lifestyle regime going now that the New Year call to action has faded a little? Share your successes and slip ups with us here and lets all motivate each other a little bit more to keep going.