Stepping out of my comfort zone
For a while now I've felt like I've been coasting a bit with my diet. I love training and don't have any problems getting myself to the gym to pump some iron or pound the treadmill! But my love for food has always been my "weakness" and where I let myself down when it comes to staying on track.
I'm a real creature of habit and tend to work best when I have structure and routine in my life, and when I have a real goal to work towards.
So, I went on the hunt for a challenge - something that I would need to really dedicate myself to if I was going to achieve it and not give up at the first hurdle and that would keep me motivated for longer than a few weeks.
And what did I come up with? In 2016 I have decided I am going to enter a bikini fitness competition! Now, I've never been one for having oodles of body confidence, so the thought of parading around on a stage in a bikini and high heels isn't a particularly fun one for me, so that's challenge enough on it's own! But to get to that point I'm going to need to train hard and really stick to a proper nutrition plan.
When I told my personal trainer my intention he was really excited (even more than me I think!) Honestly? I was a bit dubious and hadn't completely convinced myself that it was a good idea - after all, I know what I'm like and I could see me setting myself up for a spectacular fail - but his faith in me really spurred me on. He's since written me a new training plan and worked out my macros so that I can still have some flexibility whilst hitting my weight loss goals. There's a lot of training to fit in each week too but since I love that part, I'm actually looking forward to seeing my progress as I get stronger.
As I write this I'm a week into my preparation. Small steps, but the number on the scales is slowly coming down and I'm starting to get used to the eating plan. Seriously - who new it was so difficult to eat carbs? That's been a revelation and one I NEVER expected to discover!
But, so far so good. I'm feeling positive and once Christmas and New Year are out of the way it will be all systems go go go! I plan to post to this blog every few weeks so you can keep up with my progress and it'll be a great way of me keeping motivated!
I'd love to hear about your goals and challenges for the coming year - and if you have any comments or messages you want to share with me, please get in touch!