Well, sort of the beginning. I could do with losing some weight. A fair bit really. Since the beginning of this year I’ve been trying to get fitter and shed some pounds and have been doing okay – I lost a stone by mid-March and was pretty proud of myself but have sort of plateaued since then. My regime isn’t too, well, regimented really. I walk quite a bit every day doing the school run – between 3 and 5 miles, and often 7 or 8 on Tuesdays, and I’ve been trying to cut down on portion sizes, snacks and sweets. I’ve also been trying to add healthier meals in during the week then giving myself the weekend off.
It was working well but when I hit a stone, I just started to lose motivation. I considered joining a gym but really don’t have the time as I normally have my daughter with me. She goes to nursery three mornings a week, but on Mondays I help out at my son’s school and on Wednesdays and Fridays I work. My husband doesn’t get home until 7.30-8 most nights and I just don’t feel like driving over to a gym at that time of night. Well, certainly not enough to make the cost of membership worthwhile. Also, I do actually want to spend some time with him and generally get some work done in the evening hours too. With exercise at home, I could squeeze it in, but have been finding I just don’t feel like it. As the exercise slipped, so did the eating habits, and while I haven’t put any of it back on, I’ve been eating a bit too much cake and some rather large portions of pasta recently. Basically, I need a kick up the backside.
So, hopefully this is where the lovely Zoë Randall will come in. Zoë is a personal trainer, ante/post-natal/group exercise instructor/running group leader and sports massage therapist, so basically she wears a lot of very healthy hats. She focuses on positive change rather than extreme exercise and dieting, which sounds great to me as the word diet sends me running for the closest cheese mountain (what do you mean they don’t exist?). Hopefully she will be able to help me get back on track, and beyond, with twice-weekly training sessions, and I plan to detail it all for anyone who is interested in reading.
Today we started off with a very low-impact consultation. I was afraid it might involved being weighed but thankfully not. Instead it was a very informal chat about lifestyle, changes I could make myself, what I hope to get out of the sessions etc. It was actually really helpful to sit down and discuss everything honestly, the good and the bad, and I realised that I had actually been doing quite well, I just needed the motivation to get back on track. Zoë is extremely friendly and easy to chat to (and we discovered we share a birthday – yay!) and clearly knows her stuff. She is also very enthusiastic,but not in an annoying cheerleader way, you just get the feeling that she takes a lot of pride in her work and genuinely wants to help people feel better about themselves.
We start our first proper session on Monday and whilst I’m quite nervous about what it will entail, I’m also feeling really optimistic about it all, and am actually looking forward to it! I’m sure this time next week I will be eating my words (served on a bed of lentils, of course).
For more information about Zoë and what she does, check out her website Fitbugs.net