4 January 2015

Back on the Treadmill




This is not a metaphor for the daily routine of work, school and the rest, I literally got back on the treadmill at the gym and I couldn't be happier.

I felt so at home, so relieved, to be back exercising again.

I got a cold in the middle of November, that lingered until the week before Christmas, then ho ho atchoo, I got another cold on Christmas Day. This was on top of a few months of an asthmatic chesty cough (that required an x-ray and CT scan to rule out the Big C - that was a scary few weeks).

So I haven't exercised for eight weeks. I'm still not feeling great, but I knew I had to get back to looking after myself.

Having the longest cold known to mankind left me feeling very sorry for myself. I'd been struggling at Slimming World too. I found that unless I stuck to the plan 100% for the whole week, I gained weight. One week I had just one evening off the plan and put on 4lbs. This was demoralising and I'd got into the old diet mentality of thinking that the diet was ruined and then having a few days off. Of course this meant weight gains, so I began yoyo-ing. By the beginning of December I was feeling pretty hopeless. I needed a break and decided to forget about eating healthily. Things would have been different had I still been out running four times a week, but I wasn't well enough. As is traditional with the emotional eater, I comforted myself with food. After all, it was Christmas.

Enough is enough. As of today I am back eating healthily, exercising and taking care of myself. It was a big and difficult step, but already I am feeling happier and lighter. I have the euphoria of having been for a run, albeit on the treadmill at the gym. Like anyone who lived on fancy biscuits, mince pies, cherry brandy, cheese and Gaviscon over the festive season I am now craving simple fresh food.

I'm also in training as I've signed up for the Comic Relief Danceathon at Wembley on 8th March, as part of the mighty Team Honk. That's six solid hours of dancing with the goddess that is Claudia Winkleman. I can't wait.

I'm a little annoyed with myself for putting on a bit a lot of weight over Christmas, but I understand why it happened. It may happen again from time to time, but the most important thing is that I know I can lose it again. It's also a relief to know that I'm still nowhere near the weight I was in October 2012 (when I started at Slimming World). In the meantime, thank goodness for forgiving leggings and Phase Eight over-sized knitwear.

Happy New Year, friends.



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16 comments:

  1. You rule Sandy! I'm on a no-exercise-other-than-walking ban from the doctor at the moment so I have been doing a lot of walking and Kate Bush low impact stylee dancing in the woods!
    Thanks for joining in again! x

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    1. @Annie, Kate Bush stylee dancing sounds like epic preparation to me x

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  2. Sorry to hear you've had such a poorly time but glad to hear you're feeling so positive! If only I could borrow just a tiny bit of your motivation to exercise.... anyhow, see you at the Danceathon, fit or not!! :)

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    1. @Steph, we'll get through it one way or another :)

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  3. Sorry you've been feeling less than great, and so sorry we didn't manage to meet up over Christmas. I'm trying to follow your lead - I'm determined to improve my health and fitness this year. Good luck xx

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    1. @Jean, we'll have to put another date in the diary. Good luck with getting fitter this year xx

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  4. Good for you that you're now back, I'm the same, have had to take two months out because of an operation and can go back to classes at the gym for first time today so while it's a set back, renewing all is great; good luck with your Comic Relief event too and Happy New Year xx

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    1. @Nixdminx, Happy New Year! I hope you got on okay at the gym. I'm going to Zumba Dance on Friday. Kill or cure xx

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  5. Sorry to hear you've been ill but very glad to hear it is not anything sinister!! Happy New Year xx

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    1. @Cherished by me, Happy New Year! xx

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  6. Happy to hear you're feeling better after feeling poorly for so long. Good luck with the exercise and eating simple, healthy meals. Here's to a fabulous New Year.

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    1. @Izzie, thank you, I'm getting there :)

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  7. Sorry to hear you've not been well. Good luck and well done for getting back into the swing of things. And yay danceathon - see you there :)

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  8. Ooh I hadn't thought of the #danceathon as a weight loss opportunity. Brilliant - see you there

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    1. @Afra, anything is a weight loss opportunity. It's be great to see you again.

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