I am interrupting my week or so of holiday posts to post my latest fitness mission update. When I started trying to get fit back in January, I didn’t really deep down think I would stick at it. Pessimistic perhaps but after many wasted gym memberships, two day ‘diets’ and numerous ‘I will start tomorrow’s’, I wasn’t holding out much hope. But June has been and gone and I have managed to stick at it for the last six months, I am really proud of myself and it definitely has changed my life for the better. I feel the healthiest I have ever been which is saying something.
Back on the 1st January 2014 I snapped a couple of photos of myself in the mirror with my iPhone. I wasn’t ever planning on sharing them, it was mainly so I could look back and see whether I could notice any difference as the months went past. However I am being brave and sharing them on here, as I think it just goes to show what a difference six months can make. I am really nervous, after all it’s not every day you show your wobbly bits to the internet, but hopefully it will inspire other people who are thinking about trying to get fitter or feel better about themselves.
(Note to self- Must remember to clean mirror!)
I have never been overweight but as you can see from the photos I had what you can only describe as a spare tyre round my tummy. A bit of it was still excess baby weight, but it mainly was from having an unhealthy lifestyle- I would eat chocolate at least twice a day, sharing a large treat bag with Mr E almost every night. In all I have lost a stone and a half, although this fluctuates by a couple of pounds each month if I over indulge or don’t do as much exercise. I have also lost almost 6 and a half inches from my waist. I am shocked by the change in the two photographs as obviously you don’t see the change gradually. It really has made a difference to my life- I have a lot more energy, I feel healthier, am enjoying buying clothes again and just generally feel happier as well. Plus I have gained a new hobby when it comes to running, although some months I enjoy it more than others.
Here is how I got on in June…
June has been a bit of a strange month when it comes to exercise. On one hand, I have not done anywhere near as much running as I would have liked to, mainly because my knee has been playing up so I have had to rest it for a few days inbetween each run, but on the other hand I have experienced some new milestones. On Father’s Day I took part in my first ever race- a local 10k race. I was so nervous beforehand, but I managed to complete it in 51 minutes 30, which is a new personal record for me. I was 32nd out of 203 females running in the race and 202nd out of all 518 runners, so I was pretty pleased with myself.
However I have really only been getting out for a run about once a week which isn’t ideal, although I have been doing the odd kettlebell workout at home too. While we were on holiday last week, I impressed myself by getting up early in the morning and going to the gym on four different occasions, although I only did about twenty minutes on the treadmill as it was so hot!
My half marathon is next month and I am terribly nervous as I really haven’t been training properly and I still have only done 8 miles at the most. Let’s hope it goes ok!
June has not been great in terms of eating, some days I have been good, but on the whole we have eaten out way too much. I also went on holiday to Rhodes and as anyone who is trying to be good knows, a holiday is bound to throw a spanner in the works. I drank cocktails every night, ate numerous ice creams and over indulged far too much in the evening buffet. The puddings each night were divine- yummy creme brulees, creamy mousses and chocolate cake, and as I was on holiday I just couldn’t resist filling my plate once. (or twice!)
I am not strict enough to weigh myself (I don’t have scales in my house so only do it when I go somewhere where there are some!) but I can tell that my jeans are a little tight so I think I am going to have to work a little harder this month. That is my main problem- I just cannot resist sweet treats if they are in front of me.
One of the main reasons I started this fitness mission back in January was because I wanted to feel comfortable in a bikini on our holiday. And while I still didn’t feel completely comfortable as I do still have a wobbly tummy at the bottom, I embraced it and wore one for the first time since Mads was born three and a half years ago. I know I won’t have the figure that I had in my early 20’s again, having my little ladies has changed my body, but I finally feel comfortable enough (sometimes) in my own skin to realise that’s ok. I made two little humans and as long as I eat healthily most of the time, do some exercise at least a couple of times a week and have a postive outlook, then I will feel pretty good.
I wonder what the next six months will bring!