The year that has been…

Being the beginning of a new year I spent a bit of time over the last few days reflecting on what 2013 was for me. There was a mixture of good and bad along the way, but in regards to my health I made huge progress.

I had started to think about my health a couple of years ago as I really wasn’t happy with where I was, I began trying to run one lamppost at a time and gradually increasing. I got to about 10mins of running and my mind was struggling to let me go over that. So I decided to invest some money into myself and joined a running group called “Get up to Five”. In 8 weeks I would be able to run 5km – it really sounded crazy at the time! Running three times a week with a group of people from all walks of life was really enjoyable, I found a couple of other ladies ran at my pace and so we got to know each other better and one would always be able to motivate the others at different points in our runs to keep going. I ended up injuring my calf swimming a few weeks out from the end but was able to slow run the 5km stopping once to stretch out my leg – I felt pretty spectacular afterwards!

 I joined the next group to run 10km but had to pull out in the first week due to other circumstances. I carried on myself but didn’t get too far along before I unfortunately got Glandular Fever. This was a few very crap months of life, I hated not having energy to do anything and ended up having to take almost 6 weeks off work. It took a long time to recover enough to start getting back into some decent running and I remember feeling so incredibly shattered after doing 1-2km of running. About 8 months later I finally was starting to feel in the right head space to get out and get back on my track of being healthy and this is where I met Kate & Pumped. Late March this year I decided I wanted to really wanted to get into fitness and apart from running/biking hadn’t done much and so I decided to find a PT to help me along my way. I came across a Challenge being advertised: The Catch Fitness  20 Week Body & Lifestyle Challenge. I had a read through the information and spent a couple of weeks thinking about things and decided I wanted to enter. Because it was over a decent amount of time I thought it would help me get into healthy lifestyle changes and really help kick start me into this lifestyle I wanted to have going forward. One of the prerequisites for the competition was to have a PT that you saw at a minimum of once a month – so I went on a hunt. I remembered an old friend of mine posting on Facebook one day about a challenge she was doing – she had to put up a status “For every like this post gets I will do 1min of skipping”. She got over 100 likes in the end and I found out that she was doing the challenge with Pumped Personal Training. I looked at Kate’s website a few times before I got the courage to contact her. After a coffee meet up she invited me to a circuit class the next day held by the other PT working for her – Lily. I pushed myself through this class quite often having to ask how to do an exercise and must admit that I was sick afterwards, but overall really enjoyed myself.

 A few weeks later I began the 20 Week Challenge with Lily as my PT, had some amazing goals to complete and really hit the ground running. My results from the challenge overall are below. Even though I went through the last half of the challenge with a couple of injuries I made my weight goal, ran 5 & 10kms and saw definition throughout my body. The last Saturday during the competition I did my post testing with Lily – leaving that studio I was on top of the moon. I’d lost 15.3kg, 166.5cm and was feeling amazing!

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I knew I wasn’t going to get anything at the prize giving so I hadn’t decided to get my hair/makeup done like a few of the other girls but for some reason I booked them in last minute and I’m glad I did! I didn’t expect to see my name in the finalists for Best Changes to Lower Body Category – especially as I’d had to change to this category in the last two weeks of the challenge due to my injuries and not being able to complete my big goal in the cardio category of a half marathon. Then it hit me – the MC before he announced the winner started to spout facts about this persons journey, the first could have been me, the second sounded familiar, by the third I was shaking thinking ‘crap, that’s me, I have to walk up to the stage and give a small speech, crap, crap CRAP!’


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I then entered the next challenge Kate offered her clients: 100 Day challenge. In a nut shell there were 5 body weight reps to be done each day as well as minutes of cardio:
Press ups
Dips
Squat jumps
Abs
Burpees

Each day you had a number of each to complete: one day it was only 1, one day it was 100. To be honest I could have given this challenge much more than I did, but it did keep me fairly active up until a couple of days before Christmas. 

And that brings us up to now. I’ve unfortunately put on a few kg’s from the end of the 20 week challenge and gone down a little in my fitness hence my accountability with this blog and getting myself back into a good routine.

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