Today I embarked on a six week challenge to get fit/fitter. (Lets face it, there's only so much you can do in six weeks). Basically the challenge is to kick start a fitness, healthy eating, inch loss, weight loss journey (whatever you want it to be).
Why before Christmas you ask? Why not? If losing a bit of weight helps you get into that party outfit during the party season, that can only help. Right?
For me, the challenge is the kick up the bum I've needed to lose the weight that I've never lost since having little monkey, coming up for 4yrs ago. I've kidded myself that I'm not as big as I am, or life is too short not to enjoy the foods we love in life. I've made excuses not to exercise and the weight I did lose after giving birth has slowly crept back on. So today during my assessment at the gym I was shocked and disgusted to learn I'm just under 3 stone heavier than I was when I fell pregnant with both the monkeys! I knew I was heavy but not THAT heavy!
I put on 3.5 stone with both monkeys, starting at exactly the same weight with both of them too. I've lost that weight once, so I CAN do it again. But come on! 3 stone! What a greedy pig I've been!
I've clearly eaten far too many of the foods I love. Crisps, cheese, pasta, sweets, pizza, the list goes on! Not anymore though! Not least until I've shifted a lot of this weight and feel like the old me again.
My personal goal is to lose as close to a stone as possible in six weeks and I will do my absolute best to get there! To do this I have to cut out all the things I love. I'm an all or nothing kinda girl and cannot just have a little of what I like. I also plan to get to the gym 3 times a week whilst little monkey is at Preschool. The chores can wait. Sadly this means no more lunch trips into town with my friends and no more Costa Coffee hot chocolate but it's a sacrifice I'm prepared to make.
What's different this time? My determination to prove to myself and others taking part in the challenge that I can achieve results in that six weeks! I have too! I will do!
So today after my assessment, I worked out at the gym and took a photo of my sweaty self afterwards. One which I hope never to see again! It's a reminder of what I'm not going to look like anymore. I'm not getting any younger and I want to be fit and healthy for my monkeys and for me too! I've warned hubby he will need to buy me a whole new wardrobe of clothes!
I'll keep you posted during my journey. Wish me luck!