Back in early January I noted down my goals for this year and my ambition to get back into shape (you can read the post here). So, six weeks or so in, I thought I’d give a little update on how I’ve been getting on.
And so far, so good. I’m usually the type of person who, once I’ve set a goal or put my mind to something, perseveres, and overall I have indeed been very disciplined. Especially when it comes to exercise, I have been working out every single week day for ca. 45 minutes to an hour, switching from Mummy fit classes to being on my stepper to doing various fitness DVDs , such as Tai Bo (a type of boxercise) and high intensity cardio workouts.
I have also been trying to include a long walk each day, and apart from days when it was really really miserable outside, Alex and I have been out and about for at least an hour every day.
I’ve also been watching my diet more closely and have been paying attention to my portion sizes while focusing on a mix of superfoods, lots of protein and just a little bit of carbs, with only the occasional square of dark chocolate for when I need a sugar fix.
And I fee l so much better for it. While I haven’t necessarily lost weight, at least I don’t think I have, as I have no scales in the house, I am beginning to feel a bit more toned and fitter overall, and it’s nice not to be huffing and puffing while walking up the stairs or pushing Alex up a hill in his stroller.
Let’s put it this way – on a scale of how bad I feel about myself, I have probably nudged up a couple of points (though there’s still lots and lots and lots of room for improvement, ha!).
Sadly, I’m going back to work in just over a week, so I won’t be able to include those long walks anymore, as simply there aren’t enough hours in the day, but I am determined to keep to my exercise routine and fit it in somehow. My intention is to also start running once Alex is at nursery and join a boot camp class that is being held in our village – so my “fit-quest” continues - small baby steps at a time, but steps forward nonetheless.