Tracy decides to get fit and healthy

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It was inevitable. Sooner or later all the bad stuff I had done to my body would catch up… And it had.
My blood pressure is at its highest. My hormones are so wonky that my cycle has gone completely haywire. Add to this disaster cupcake some sprinkles of Insulin Resistance, and I’m well on my way of not seeing the other side of 50.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. This is my year to Grow – that One Little Word. It was time I took action. I started with meds. Controlling all my health issues to an acceptable functioning level; then to make some serious life changes and tackle the REAL reason that my body is sabotaging my life. Plain old fat. Loads and loads of wobbly body fat, not quite evenly distributed over this short frame.

I phoned up our local gym – shock horror, our town actually HAS one. I made an appointment for a body assessment and someone to help me work out a plan to… You know… Work out.

I was scared shitless. I had only ever been to a gym ONCE before, and it was horrible. But Tégan is really nice. She might not understand my anxiety, but she doesn’t dismiss it either. She acknowledges it and becomes my focal point. She pinched and measured and  calculated,and turns out I’m a lot fatter than all the positive body images on pinterest say I am. BMI is 36%.That puts me in the obese class II slot; I.e. severely obese.

So I donned my oldest T-shirt, old tekkies, black tights and went for my first official gymming session. I sweated and heaved and giggled and raised my eyebrows at the ridiculousness of the equipment in the circuit. I didn’t think the very few repetitions I did would make a difference… It must’ve worked cause I definitely felt it the next day.

Something I never thought I would ever say, like EVER: I like exercising. I like going to the gym. I might not be very good at it, but at last I’m there. I might not speed spin or jog but I work up a sweat in my own way. I went as far as buying proper gym attire from Total Sports. My eldest says I look like a power ranger. That’s my ultimate goal 😉 

I told Tégan that her eating plan has an error on it – there isn’t any chocolate. She agreed that I’m allowed 1 block of dark choc a day- I might just come to like this Lil gym Nazi. I kid. She’s really nice.

But I wouldn’t have done it without the support of my friends and family. Cliché, but oh so true. Supachik planted the spark for me to get my butt in gear. My work colleagues support and encourage me. And the most important: my husband. He supports this decision 110%. The only time for me to work out is in the evenings after work. So he fetches the kids, feeds them, bathes them. He hasn’t complained once. He just smiles and says that he’s proud of me. Without him,I wouldn’t be so determined to see this through. It’s going to be a long journey. It took YEARS to reach to size I am now; it will take years of hard work to right the wrongs.

So that’s what I’ve been busy with this past 2 weeks. I get some crafting done in between, but for now my main focus is getting this bod in to better condition. I’ll keep you posted.

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My One Little Word for 2014

Do you know about One Little Word? It’s an awesome concept and I’m SO glad I stumbled onto it. I was hopping around on Instagram and came across the #OLW hashtag. Read more from the original creator.

In a nutshell:

“A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

So you choose a word (or it chooses you). It can be a noun, verb, adjective, anything!

GrowThis word definitely chose me. I was playing around with Strength, Love, Yes – I was particularly fond of Yes. And while researching art journals (it’s something new for me that I want to try), Grow just jumped right out and demanded attention. It sank its little roots into my mind and refused to budge. I literally stopped browsing and looked up from the laptop. Taking in my surroundings: the whole house was asleep. I was alone in my epiphany. I could SEE the word in front of me, growing branches and sprouting new leaves and flowers and covering every surface with strong roots, sturdy branches, rich colour. In between the leaves I saw flashes of loved ones, faces of colleagues, friends, my family. Scenic landscapes flipped at the edges.  THIS would be my word for 2014. Grow.

When deciding on how to introduce my One Little World to this blog, I was playing around with fonts and colours. A few days ago I had pinned the Pantone colours for 2014. Hemlock (green) seemed like an obvious choice; but the softness and grace of Radiant Orchid was appealing. I walked around with this colour and word during my work day. And the more I envisioned swatch boards in my mind’s eye, the more this combo felt just right. It grew on me. Just like my OLW said it would.

So join me on this journey of self discovery and growth, of letting one little word ripple through my life this year. We are the masters of our own journey.