Mama OWL Blog: Health & Fitness Progress, and Goals for 2016

Health & Fitness Progress, and Goals for 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

On January 4th last year I went along to my very first Project 6 Pack welcome meeting and began making positive changes to my health, weight and overall fitness. I say overall fitness like I was even remotely fit and didn't used to get out of breath walking up the stairs... But you know what I mean. It has been a whole year since I got off my backside and started putting myself first - it has taken me a while to realise that if you don't take care of yourself, you are less able to care for anyone else and certainly not to the best of your ability. You have to make sure that your own needs are met if you are to meet the needs of others, and with 5 children to care for I really had to start doing that.

It has never just been about a dress size or how I look to others, I knew that I wasn't taking care of myself and that it wasn't healthy to be overweight and unfit no matter how much I liked cake and sitting on the sofa. That wasn't the example I wanted to set for my kids either, I don't want them to think it's okay to be unhealthy because it isn't. It's fine to have treats, to enjoy chocolate and ice cream, but it has to be within reason and there has to be a balance. I didn't have that balance, but now I do and I am also making sure that they have it too. I also didn't just want to go on a diet and lose weight, that wasn't good enough - a perpetual state of calorie counting and turning the dessert away was never going to work for me. Joining Project 6 Pack has enabled me to lose weight, tone up, improve my fitness, and given me knowledge and understanding of nutrition and how to fuel my body in the right way - meaning I don't have to feel guilty when I treat myself to something or have a 'cheat meal'. This is a lifestyle, not a diet.

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Aside from the obvious benefits of training, it has done wonders for my mental health - I came home from the gym the other evening and L said to me "You always seem like you are happier when you have been to class", which speaks for itself. I do feel better, it does make me happier, which in turn makes me a better mum. I don't want to be run down and tired all the time, eating well and exercising enables me to be the best mum I can be and we all - my family as a whole - reap the rewards of that. It's 30-60 minutes a day, a few times a week. Out of all the hours a day I spend doing things for other people, to be honest it is the very least I can give myself.

2015 saw me lose a lot of weight and make huge changes to my body, so what for 2016? I've thought about it a lot and I still don't really know what I want to achieve. I feel I have achieved what I initially set out to do. So what now? I've signed up for the next round of Project 6 Pack which starts next week and I fully intend on continuing to attend classes as I have been. I don't want to lose any more weight but I love the social aspect of the classes as well as the fitness, I have made some great friends and we always have a good laugh (when we're not gasping for breath and trying not to throw up). We had a great night out for our Christmas party & awards, when I was awarded "Most Famous Bottom" because to be honest most everyone has seen my before and after pictures now.

I think that my main aim for this year is going to be toning, concentrating on my lower body, and also improving my form so that I can get the most out of the classes and PT sessions at the gym with Laura. I'm excited to see what I can achieve in another year.

11 comments:

  1. You did amazingly well last year, it was absolutely fantastic to see your progress! I am in the same boat... what is next? Toning up and maintaining whilst losing a little more weight is certainly on the agenda - but you are totally right, it does come down to balance, everything in moderation! Bring on 2016! :) Sim xx

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    1. Thank you so much! It really does, finding the balance has been hard and I still struggle but I feel so much more in control now.

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  2. I love the sound of the classes you do and would love to do something similar but find the time commitment an issue signing up! For now I'll stick to running and dvds but would like to take it up a notch at some point as would love to tone up. A lot! Looking incredibly fab there by the way!

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    1. Thank you lovely! I love Project 6 Pack, they have honestly changed my life in so many ways. I wasn't giving myself the time I needed for my own health (including mental health) and they have made a huge difference. I feel like a better mum now as well as better in myself. x

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  3. You are so inspiring! You have done amazing and you look amazing, too! I need to get motivated properly on the whole weigh loss thing. I wish we had project 6 pack where I live, it sounds incredible.. hard work but incredible results! Well done!! xx

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    1. Project 6 Pack is amazing - they are the most wonderful ladies and have helped me so much. Thank you!

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  4. That is amazing what you have achieved through sheer determination and hard work, I love that you won an award for your bottom! Thanks for sharing such an inspirational post and linking up #bestandworst

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    1. Thank you so much, it has been a steep learning curve and such a massive challenge for me mentally as well as physically but it has been amazing, I love it so much! Haha yes I am particularly proud of that!

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  5. I had a similar year, kudos to all those people that kept their new year resolutions! 2016 is about maintaining the weight loss, keep getting stronger and try more and more things - more classes, more running competitions, longer distances and keep trying to find (and then push) those limits. You've done great, keep being amazing! #AllAboutYou

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  6. It's amazing what you've achieved and I love that you say that it's not about being slim and calorie counting. I think that's a bad trap that a lot of people fall into and it doesn't actually make them healthier or happier.

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  7. Your determination and hard work is incredible and it's been an honour and inspiration to see you change. I have been feeling a bit flat lately and while I know some of that is down to January blues, a large part is that I have lost my way in terms of food; I am eating a lot less healthily than I should and I am putting weight back on. You've inspired me to get back to it!

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