Getting up at 5.55am three times a week to get to the gym for 6.30am is bloody hard work. Even more so when the other nights I’m up 3/4 times with Bunny who seems to think sleep is for the weak- a full nights sleep anyway!
But when I first joined up this was the only time I could fit it round childcare for the girls- aka my husband is home and I can just about fit it in before he leaves for work.
Why do I do it?
Believe it or not I feel great afterwards (once the aching subsides…) and I’m not thinking of ways I can get out of it all day. I’m up and it’s done and dusted.
Am I not shattered?
Erm, yes! I absolutely knackered but I leave, get home, have a shower and then I feel re-energized and ready to take on the world… or my kids at least!
And the main reason, this…
So the first picture (on the left) is 12 weeks after giving birth and the second (on the right) is 7 months after and (about) 2 weeks into my training sessions.
My intention wasn’t to rush to shed the baby weight but unlike with the Wildcat I knew I wanted to get into shape as soon as I could. I didn’t even attempt it until the Wildcat was 18 months old but with Bunny I couldn’t wait until that first six weeks was gone and I could start exercising.
Only the exercising didn’t really happen. The motivation appeared in short bursts and a few sit ups here and there didn’t obviously do much at all.
Then I signed up for a Tough Mudder.
I went on a few runs and long walks and then the school holidays happened and they fizzled out.
I really wanted to get in shape- I really wasn’t enamoured with my reflection, particularly my arms, face and stomach. The areas where I only have to look at a carb for them to puff up like a balloon.
I also knew that if I didn’t do something this Tough Mudder that was looming closer was going to be the epic fail of all fails. Fact.
Did I get motivated? Nah did I f…!
Then my friend- also known as the oracle because she is all knowing on literally everything!!!- messaged me to say she’d started some personal training sessions and a programme called the 6 week body blitz.
Tough Mudder was six weeks off and I was starting to panic.
So I messaged this guy and booked in.
I wont lie, I was absolutely shitting myself. I am not a ‘gym person’ and definitely not at half six in a morning. I had no strength in my arms whatsoever and am a total clutz.
Here are my results six weeks in! As you can see I not only lost an inch on my waist and bits here and there everywhere else, my fitness has MASSIVELY improved!
The main thing is, I feel amazing when I look in the mirror even if I’m not necessarily at my target- I no longer feel crappy when I look at my reflection- and I actually enjoy going! Which is something I never, ever thought I’d say.
And, I completed Tough Mudder!!!!
I completed my 6 week body blitz and signed up for more (say what!) …I’m now on a monthly programme where we discuss new targets to set and achieve along with long term goals to be working towards.
This week I flipped a massive tractor tyre 50 times in under 5 minutes and I also fit back in my (pre-pregnancy) size 10 jeans.
Last week I dropped my eldest off at her dance class in a local gym and the thought of having to do exercise classes or independent gym sessions made my stomach churn!
I’ve noticed a big difference in myself if I miss a session- I really feel it in terms of energy levels, mood and how I feel about myself. Emotionally and mentally it has made such a difference- something that has really helped (along with a few other methods) my anxiety.
My motivation is still abit of a jerk and tries to play it cool but as I have to book my sessions with my trainer it has no choice but to show up and man up.
I need it to get through my sessions.
The gym is a ‘real persons’ gym. It’s none of this prancing about in front of the mirror and taking selfies. It’s not a leave with your make up in tact gym, its a show up with none on gym or leave with it melted down your face.
You work hard and get results. You’re supported, encouraged and not barked orders at. It’s actually really friendly- everyone supports each other and celebrates each other smashing their targets. Win-Win in my eyes.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress but for now I’m looking forward to going shopping – AW size 10 wardrobe here I come!!!!!