Fitness, as we all know, is a journey. You don’t just wake up ‘fit’ one day. It takes effort, a mindful approach to your body and sometimes a fair amount of planning. Our friend OnlyEats has decided to chronicle her own fitness journey right here on Veggie Runners. Every other week, she’ll be letting us know the steps she’s taking – and, she fears, occasionally missing – and the impact it has on her. Share her journey here and on Twitter @onlyeatsguitars.
This is day one, ground zero; the start of it all.
But there is a story here, so I’ll start with a bit of background….
1. Since I turned 18 my weigh has varied by over 5 stone – not including pregnancies. This means I have been between UK size 12 and size 22.
2. In my adult life I have both been very fit and very unfit.
3. I gave up smoking six months ago. I got pleurisy, probably because I carried on smoking 30 cigs a day with a chest infection. I was very ill for a month and it took nearly four months to fully recover. I’m still addicted to nicotine – electronic cigarettes and gum.
4. I have had a senior management job for three years and during this time I have done no exercise.
5. I have two teenage children and my husband does all the cooking.
So, after being seriously ill and giving up smoking, I’m better, but very unfit. I’ve gained just over a stone and more importantly this means that loads of my fabulous clothes don’t fit properly. But today is the day; the day that I’ve decided to do something about it. I’ve successfully lost weight and improved my fitness before, so I can do it again. But I’m bored. Really, really bored with my previous slimming club and local authority gym. This time I’m going to try something different.
I want to be a bit thinner and a bit fitter. But, I don’t want to go back to the slimming club I’ve been attending off and on for 12 years or return to the same gym and do the same stuff . It’s boring. I also need to find something that works for me and is sustainable given points 1-5 above.
I’m going to blog my journey. Fortnightly updates on successes and failures. On food and fitness. I want to try a few things out, be experimental and see what works.
First I’m going to weigh myself – eek! And on Friday I’m joining a posh gym. I’m going to pay for a month and start very, very gently and carefully. I’m not going to stick to what I did before; I’m probably not capable anyway! I’m going to try new weights, machines, try classes (I’ve never done these before due to a total lack of co-ordination) and maybe even try a swim. Urgh. Swimming costumes and being undressed and shaving and urgh…
I’m also going to try to get my eating under control. This is quite difficult as my work often involves brown buffets and meals with set menus. Lots of people are raving about intermittent fasting at the moment, so I might give it a try. But I think it might be really grim, and probably unhealthy. And, honestly, taking baby steps towards a bit of exercise is much more important right now.
I want to be completely honest about all the stuff I do and try. Whether it’s successful, or, urm, not. So I’m going to remain anonymous–ish. You can follow my journey on Twitter at @onlyeatsguitars
Right then, where did I put the scales?