Last year I was full of plans.
I wrote My Best Me and was vibed for the year ahead and becoming the best version of me I could possibly be. Not a “New Year / New Me” as there’s nothing wrong with the current one – just needs a bit of fine tuning!
Then I started hosting Heart Breakfast with it’s 3.45 am starts.
Then I had an argument with a mug of scalding green tea. The tea won.
A combination of the two things meant that my plans didn’t take off quite as I’d planned. I couldn’t train for much of the year because of my burn and my early starts were just, well, the ultimate excuse!
But this is a new year and a whole new chapter.
So my mission to be My Best Me is back on course! I want to be the best version of myself I can possibly be.
FITNESS plays a big part in keeping me happy. I used my crazy hours, my early starts and my accident as great excuses last year to avoid exertion but it has such a huge impact on my feeling of wellbeing I’ve realised that, regardless of what time my alarm goes off, I need to work fitness into my routine. This is my life right now, so I need to make it work!
And yet there’s ALWAYS an excuse:
“I don’t have the time” / “I can’t afford it” / “I have nothing to wear” / “I need to do a thousand other things before I exercise” / “I won’t know what to do” / “Everyone will judge me…
“If I could walk again for one day only?
I’d dance, make love, climb a hill….”
If I could walk again FOR ONE DAY? Wow. Talk about put life in perspective.
Melanie is tetraplegic after breaking her neck and back in a riding accident in 2010. And it hit me. All the excuses we make for not exercising? For not keeping our incredible, hard working, miracle bodies healthy? For not setting the best example of keeping fit to our kids and celebrating the fact that we CAN dance, make love, climb a hill – and everything else in between!
Feeling challenged for taking the working of my body for granted, I headed to David Lloyd in Milton Keynes who had invited me test out their new Boditrax machine and check out exactly what I need to do to get back on track.
Wow – what an interesting session!
You basically stand barefoot on the machine and hold onto the handles and it hits you with stats. The true stats! I found out, for example, that my left leg is more muscly than my right leg. Being “a leftie” I guess this isn’t altogether unexpected but it was pretty cool the system showed that level of detail.
I also learnt that I need to lose a bit of excess body fat around my middle. Hardly surprising at this time of year, but it’s spurred me on to make changes!
I’ve bought some new bits of fitness gear to spur me on, which I personally think is key to success when training. It doesn’t have to break the bank yet for me TOTALLY affects how I feel when training. I got this set from H & M which I’m currently loving for the splash of my current fave colour (fleuro coral) and at £14.99 each, not breaking the bank. I’m back on it. Inspired, motivated and determined to be the best me I can possibly be and that includes being at my ultimate fitness and strong for life.
Come on 2016 – I’m ready for ya! Operation My Best Me is underway!
The machine also tells you your “metabolic age” and I almost didn’t dare look! But what does a 44 year old look like when she’s told she has a metabolic age of 35?! Like THIS! Could I BE more ecstatic?
*punches the air