Monday, July 15, 2013
Three weeks ago, sitting in my back garden, I experienced one of those rare emotions that took a short while to identify - I was happy. I felt at peace, though it was a bit worrying to have nothing to worry about. In short:
- Life was good
- My elderly parents were in great health
- My business was under control and my tumultuous relationship with my business partner was stronger than usual
- I had a lovely summer planned, visiting good friends and taking a family holiday with my parents
- I had a trip to Antarctica booked. I was going to live my dream, after 30 years of planning.
Then I looked down at my stomach. The only thing wrong - and it was a very, very big thing - was my weight (and fitness levels). Seriously wrong. I was the heaviest - and my body the largest - I had ever been. I store all my fat on my belly and I look like a butterball. No clothes fit. I'm out of breath after the slightest exertion.
My happiness dissolved.
I found Sparks People when randomly Googling, looking for... something.
I had been eating healthy for 2 weeks already, but the weight or waistline wasn't moving. I had little or no inclination to push myself to exercise and had a million excuses why not to join the gym. I was reading in Fitness magazines that it was possible to gain weight by not eating enough - a new one on me - and the whole fitness/nutrition thing didn't make sense to me anymore. I was losing direction and that meant that neither the weight nor the fitness levels were about change for the positive. It was all turning a bit bleak, after such a positive start. So, here I am.
One week on now - a week obsessed and enlightened by the nutrition planner - I have succeeded in exercising every day, as 10 minutes is so do-able, and have been enthusiastically drinking 8 glasses of water daily to maintain my streaks (I think Steaks are a fantastic idea). The weight hasn't moved at all yet, but I have more energy, look forward to my 10 minutes exercise, have peace of mind, and most importantly, I have a direction. (I think the waistline might be reducing a bit too).
Now, my immediate goal is to get through Day 1 of the 28 Day Boot Camp DVD without a pause - or two - or ten. It's a way off yet - but I know will get there.