The start of the new year coincided quite nicely with finally being cleared to exercise after my surgery, so whilst I suppose this is a "resolution" of sorts it's also something that was always going to be on the cards as soon as I received the a-okay, health wise. I've never been a fitness junkie, but since I started running a couple of years ago and then training with AG Fitness Training last year I've started to really enjoy exercise. Being stuck in the house for nearly two months has taken it's toll, especially with the addition of the inevitable Christmas treats, so I'm actually really excited to get working again.
As well as exercising more, I've decided to try and improve my general well being with a slightly better diet and a sunnier outlook. I love cooking, so its something that I want to do a lot more of this year. I know I can't commit to healthy eating, but I feel like healthier eating is certainly possible. I'm going to make sure I take time to look after myself, physically and mentally, be that taking a half hour out of my day to go for a walk somewhere quiet, or spending an evening tucked up in bed reading a book. Obviously I want to tone up & maybe lose the extra weight that Christmas gifted me with, but I know that won't come without a lot of work and some long term changes.
So, my rough aim is to get back in shape, and I have a few ideas of how I'd like to do that. Sharing my goals is something that makes me feel quite vulnerable, because I'm always second guessing myself and wondering if I'm being silly or over ambitious, but having them out there in the open also helps to motivate me because people will know about them... Here goes!
- I'm going to lace up my trainers, head outside and start running again. It's been so long since I last ran that I know it'll be difficult to start with, but running helps me clear my head and I love how it makes me feel. I'd really like to work towards running a 5k at some point this year, which isn't a lot for most people, but I think it's a good starting block for me.
- I'm going to finally open that fitness DVD I bought last year. I'm going to dust off Just Dance, find my Wii Fit board and drag my kettlebell out of the cupboard. I can't afford a gym membership right now, but I'm not going to let that stop me.
- I'm going to try new ways to work out. I enjoyed Zumba, so I'll maybe try Glow Fit. I like the idea of yoga and pilates, so PiYo is on my list of things to try. Aqua aerobics has always appealed to me, and I've just discovered that my local leisure centre has an Aqua Zumba class! I want to keep things fun and mix it up so I don't get bored.
- I'm going to swap takeaways for an evening in the kitchen. Takeaways are easy, but cooking can be too! I want to build up a collection of easy to cook recipes that do me more good than that pizza will. I'm not going to deny myself my favourites, but figuring out alternatives and the best quantities is sure to make a difference.
Are you on a fitness journey just now? I'd love to hear what your plans are, and your ultimate goal!