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The gym rather than the shape 🙂

I went on Thursday to have a look and then today I went for my induction and first workout. I like it. It has a positive, inclusive atmosphere. It’s a women-only gym. I’m not sure how much, if anything, that’ll add to my experience but the idea I think, is for women to feel less self-conscious, or maybe I’m missing the mark with that. Please feel free to correct me, or give your opinion. I’m open to learning.

There are strength/resistance training machines in a circuit, interspersed with walking/running/free exercise boards and every thirty seconds there’s a voiceover, across the music which says “Please move to the next machine” or something like that. I’m sure I’ll know it by heart after a session or two.

Members come in, scan their card and put their things into a locker, then do two rounds of the circuit, which takes about 30 minutes. After that, there’s stretching and voila, that’s it. At first glance, it looks pretty easy and I wondered if it’s possible to just keep going after the two circuits are completed but after doing my first workout, I get it. As long as you’re really working at the machines and keeping your heart rate up when you get to the boards in between, you should be pretty ready to stop at the end of it.

They encourage extra cardio, walking etc as well and I’ll do both. I’m glad to have joined. I was falling a bit by the wayside with exercise, after the few weeks off. This feels like a good kickstart.

Almost raining, grey day, waves reaching the shore and almost wetting our feet (again). The sand shifting under my feet so that I puff and pant, trying to keep talking. The way back is easier this time and our laughter comes in short bursts, whipped away to sea almost as soon as it leaves our mouths.

Home then, buying grapes on the way and picking, washing, bagging.



Then, exercise done, lunch and a visit with my awesome friend….Yay 🙂


Letter to myself

Dear Claudia,
I love you. Now and on that day we step over the finish line of this challenge. This isn’t about whether you’re a worthwhile person, you are. This is about feeling healthy and strong and joyous about life, instead of sluggish and trying to stay upbeat. Thank you for having the courage to step up and register in this program, I appreciate it. You know how much.
I’m excited, really excited, for the first time in what feels like a long time and I know there might be times when I feel tempted to skip a walk or eat that extra something but I know you’ll handle it because this is the time. This is our time and we’ve got this.
I’m so proud of you, you prepared, did all the pre-season tasks, set yourself up for success and even though your fitness score was so low, you turned it to your advantage, deciding that it’s a plus because then any exercise over and above is something to be proud of, something to be celebrated.
You are surrounded by people who love you and I can feel their goodwill and their willingness to believe that you can do this. When you made the commitment to someone you love, which was one of the pre-season tasks, to “honestly and courageously do my absolute best in this round”, your 8 year old son’s eyes were full of trust and belief in you. He said “I know you can do this Mummy” and you can.
Sometimes your family will crave the junk food that you allowed more of in the last few years than ever before but your beautiful husband has taken care of that by promising that once in a while he’ll take them out to indulge, leaving you to eat well and to feed them awesomely the rest of the time.
There will be days when you feel tired, days when it feels like too much hassle but I want you to remember this; You are worth every second of movement and preparation, every step, every effort.
You put it out there on your Facebook page that you’re doing this, for friends and family to see and I know how hard that was, how much courage that took….so many of them have seen you try and fail before, years ago now. What surprised me was how many of them came forward to offer love and support, encouragement. So thank you for doing it, for allowing them the opportunity to be with you at the beginning and for allowing yourself the opportunity to accept their support.
Blogging the journey too, and letting it be public, putting your photo up, sharing the minutiae of your days. That’s brave too, be proud.
I thought about what would be a proudest achievement and in some ways, just starting and knowing you can do it, is one. Beyond that, it’s getting under 100kg, just to start with and being able to breathe, walk easily, leap out of bed in the mornings with excitement in my heart again and feel my body straining to get moving.
I love you and we can do this, we are doing this.

Today felt great. Really great, like ‘I’ve got this’ great. After that last post, I met my friends, Dawn and Ray at the beach and we walked. Dawn has already done this journey, not with 12wbt but I know she knows exactly where I’m coming from. I’d already walked our youngest son to school, so I had a kilometre under my belt before we started and then, together, talking and laughing, we did another 4km. The walk up the beach was fine, it was the way back where I started to struggle.

I thought about stopping, I did, but they were walking and showing no signs of discomfort, which is logical, since they’re very much fitter than I am, but something in me just wouldn’t let me stop. Also we were going to look at a house, so there was a time constraint…

Today was really hot, which I didn’t really notice until much later, when I was walking back to the school to collect my boy…and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I slowed right down and progress up the hill was painful.My feet hurt! I did it though and back again. What about the after-workout shower?! I’d forgotten how amazing it is! I lay around for the rest of the afternoon, feeling wrecked, until it was time to make dinner.

A total 7k walk probably doesn’t seem like much when you’re fit (and I look forward to that) but for a large woman who’s been sedentary for years, it represents a challenge smashed, a thing to look at in triumph and I do.

I ate really well today too and felt satisfied. Porridge for breakfast, lots of water. Walk, almonds, apple, water. Two little bags of frozen grapes (thank you earlier me) Then later, a truly delicious and awesome meal of garlic and chilli, lemon juice, mushrooms and zucchini noodles, with 120g sliced halloumi, fried with a tsp of butter. Lots of mushrooms….like….lots….it was fabulous!

Calories for the day still came in at under the 1200 that I have every day, at 1064 but I know I’ll get the balance right soon.

Something else that occurred to me today is how grateful I am to be surrounded by encouragement and people who are honestly, from the bottom of their hearts, hoping that I’ll stick at this and reach my goal. It’s not just my family, my husband and kids…it’s my friends, my Mum and Dad and most recently, the community at 12wbt.

When I wrote on my personal facebook page that I was starting this program, comments tumbled in, offering support “you can do this” “go hard girlfriend” “I know you can do this” “good for you, let me know how it goes” “congrats and good luck”.

Given that I haven’t given them any reason to suppose that I can do it, I was completely touched by their faith and encouragement . Then today, after reading my blog for the first time, after we’d finished our walk, I got a text from Dawn “you are truly amazing and I am very proud of you” I smiled all the way home.

Tomorrow I walk with my darling, laughing friend Natalie, who didn’t blink an eye when I asked her to walk with me instead of sitting drinking coffee as we normally would. So, today felt great. Really great, like ‘I’ve got this’ great. And tomorrow will be even better.

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