I’m giving in to the lure of the tantalising glossy mag promise of becoming a better me. Yes, that’s right, I’m making some new year resolutions to lose weight/get fit/generally be a better version of myself. Setting myself up for failure? Possibly. After all, (like most women I imagine) I’ve made similar vague resolutions in the past. But I guess that’s where I do feel that this year will be different. It’s got to be. I simply can’t face another year passing by where I’m not really happy but not really doing anything about it. Like my general malaise about my working life, I’ve been dissatisfied with how I look for several years. Since having children really.
I’m at least half a stone overweight and around a stone heavier than I’d like to be. OK, so I’m hardly obese but I am overweight so there are some health issues, but the main issue is clothes. Life is hard enough without wasting time every day trying to find something in my wardrobe that (a) fits and (b) is reasonably flattering. Finding something fashionable? Pah? Fat chance (excuse the pun). I am constantly battling to avoid “Mum Dressing” because of the extra pounds I’m packing (check out this great article on Mum Dressing by ‘Selfish Mother’ Molly Gunn) and shopping for clothes is never a pleasure anymore.
So… all that said, what am I going to do about it? How exactly is this year going to be different? How can I be sure I won’t be sitting here in 12 months time making the same resolutions?
Here’s the plan:
- I’ve signed up to run a 10k race at the start of March and will be following this training plan. I have ran a 10k before and can easily run 5k so I know I can run 10k but I haven’t actually done it in almost a year! So with the incentive of not collapsing in a heap halfway round the course, I will have some motivation for actually doing some training.
- I’m going to supplement that training with Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD. I won’t be doing this every day as I’ll be focusing on my running but I’ll do it on my running rest days and on the core training days.
- I’m going to do the 5:2 diet. I started dabbling with this before Christmas so I know I can survive those 2 low calorie days without passing out from hunger, but what I also realised is that I need to carefully plan for those days.
As an added incentive I’ll post regular updates on how the training is going, the low-calorie meals I’m making and, crucially, the pounds and inches I’m losing! I’m officially still on my Christmas holidays so the plan starts on Monday 6 January. Wish me luck!