It’s time to gear up and kick start a healthy New Year with a whole new start and new challenges to sink my teeth into.
Finishing 2015 a total of 4 stone lighter than I started the year and having run a 5k Race For Life mid year were huge achievements for me and smashed the challenges set last January out of the park and turned Sim’s Life into my fitness journal!
It has allowed me the chance to have a slower start to 2016, however that does not mean that I do not have healthy challenges set in place!
Challenge 1: To lose another stone and a half (21lbs).
Reaching target is a little anti-climatic, especially when I am the type of person who still strives for more! So, I have set a new target to push the boundaries further. Already much more body confident than I ever was, skinny jeans have replaced jeans that did nothing to flatter me and I am certainly braver with my choice of outfits.
How did I lose 4 stone in less than 52 weeks? A mixture of Weight Watchers, 2-3 weekly gym visits, walking, running, healthy eating, the New You Plan (VLCD) and… not eating. I do not condone that last part, however it shows how my mindset has changed with regards to eating. Before Weight Loss Wednesday, I would comfort eat when stressed, now I turn in the opposite direction. This is something I still need to work on but am proud of myself that instead of over eating and making the incorrect eating choices, I know when to say ‘No, I have had enough!’ Which leads me onto my next challenge…
Challenge 2: To maintain my weight loss.
I’ve managed quite well to maintain so far, a slight gain of 7lbs over Christmas (cough) will easily be shifted with the aid of the New You Plan which I plan to keep on until my birthday at the end of this month. I need to start looking into healthy food plans and work out which food groups and routines will work best for me to maintain in the long run. I am loving the new me and do not want to let weight be a negative factor for me ever again.
Challenge 3: To run another race and look into fitness classes.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 5k race last year and would love to do another this year… maybe a colour run, something completely different. I will never be a marathon runner, but for now I enjoy the freedom and thinking space running affords me.
Crossfit is something that intrigues me, however I do not wish to become one of ‘those’ Crossfit people *ahem*. I have always fancied taking up boxing – it offers many benefits and is a fantastic all round exercise, great for toning up, which is what I need.
I’m not entirely sure I will ever be 100% happy with my fitness, there will always be another goal or challenge to work towards. Even though the Weight Loss Wednesday Linky (documented my weight loss through 2015) is no longer, my health and fitness will always be a big part of Sim’s Life, so expect to still read how I am getting on with my challenges throughout 2016!