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.
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.