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My Best Me – Fitness

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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…

Sound familiar?TENNISWatching the kids play tennis one Saturday, I read an incredible column in The Times Magazine by an inspirational journalist called Melanie Reid. The headline read:

“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! boditraxI 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. H&MI’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

K x

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10 Comments

  • Reply Michelle Twin Mum February 12, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Lol, I’ve been on one of those machines too and my look wasn’t quite like yours, it put me as 15 years older than myself! ekkk Good luck with yoru changes. Mich x

    • Reply Katy February 15, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Nooooooo! Don’t worry – it’s pretty quick to turn it around. Quite good to have a challenge I’m guessing xx

  • Reply Emma (@emvanstone) February 10, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Ha ha, great metabolic age and you look nothing like 44 year old! I have excuse after excuse to not get fit, but I am going to try harder, I really am!

    • Reply Katy February 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Good luck Emma! It gives me so much more energy! I guess that wonderful journalist humbled me out of excuses!! xx

  • Reply PinkOddy February 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Great post. You are right and I have somehow fallen off the fitness wagon. But at least I can still keep up with the kids. I saw a video that said you need inspiration not motivation to keep going – and thought that was good too,

    • Reply Katy February 12, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Good luck getting back on that wagon! So worth doing! xx

  • Reply bavariansojourn February 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I so need to do something about getting into a post baby exercise regime… Maybe next week! 😀 Good luck with it all Katy! I would be more than happy with that metabolic rating too! 😀

    • Reply Katy February 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Do it Mrs! Gives you so much more energy! x

  • Reply Little Lilypad Co February 9, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I KNOW exactly how you feel and life does tend to get in the way sometimes which makes fitness and wellbeing drop down the priority list. I started doing circuits again this month and the first session left me being unable to walk properly for 4 days but I knew I needed to get back on it. The second session wasn’t nearly as bad.

    Loving the workout gear! Any excuse to shop for new clothes is a bonus for me!

    Lets do this in 2016!!

    • Reply Katy February 9, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Ooh – congrats you! Love a bit of circuit action and, no matter how tired I am, it energises me! Yup – 2016 – it’s HAPPENING! x

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