Matty at Buggies and Barbells has created a new weekly blog linkup called #TheGoldenBurpee to help people smash their 2017 fitness goals. Now my fitness goal seemed pretty straightforward when I wrote it out ‘Get Fit’. But then I had to google to find out what a ‘burpee’ was and suddenly I was sinking before I’d even learnt to doggy paddle let alone swim!
There’s something about the World of fitness that, in all honesty, terrifies me. It wasn’t always that way – I was a gymnast, dancer, horse-rider and swimmer until a couple of years into secondary school when I *stupidly?!* decided drinking lambrini at the Southbank and sitting in a mates room listening to Greenday for hours on end was a much better way to spend my free time. Of course I put on weight, and then being the anxious person that I was I decided to live off of apples and swim miles every evening for the best part of a year when I was 16; leading to dangerously high weight loss and issues with eating that it took me many years to recover from.
That’s me on the left when I thought I was FAT and BEFORE losing weight
As you can see from the picture I was hardly a big girl before losing weight, I don’t have any photos from when I had lost more – I threw them out years ago as they honestly made me feel ill.
After that I met Scott and I fluctuated between a size 8 and 10 for the first few years we were together – although I still always thought of myself as a ‘big’ size. When I got pregnant at 20 my weight really ballooned – I went from a size 10 to a size 14. I’d love to blame post-baby weight for the size 14 that I still am now but let’s face it; my daughter is now 7 *today* and I can’t exactly blame her for the way I look!
One of the things that I’ve put on my Bucket List is to Walk the West Highland Way, another is to get my body to a fitness level and shape that I am comfortable with. I don’t want to be skinny, but I do want to be fit and healthy. I want to be able to run for a bus without being breathless. I want to be able to carry my shopping bags home from the supermarket without struggling. I want to walk the West Highland Way for Macmillan Cancer Support and raise money for a charity that is really close to my heart.
A couple of years ago I tried every fad diet going – JuicePlus, The Cabbage Soup Diet, Atkins – you name it I tried it. I even tried Slimming World but the whole unlimited carbs and limited fruits had me stressing untold.
And so my goals this year are simply to improve my nutrition and fitness until I am comfortable in my own skin. I want to be able to set myself monthly goals and hit them – from smaller ones like hitting my step target everyday for a week, to bigger ones like doing 4 20 mile practice walks in preparation for the West Highland Way challenge or losing 2 stone. I’d love some advice on starting from scratch – proper a,b,c nursery level stuff please if you have any!
I’m looking to treat myself to some new trainers and workout gear this month to help me get into the swing of things. I already have my Fitbit Charge 2 and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my activity levels in the few weeks I’ve been using it. I’m hoping that joining in with the linkup will make me feel more accountable for my fitness – and sharing it on the blog will hopefully also pressure me into actually getting up and doing the things I write about 🙂