23 April 2022
It’s been a while since I wrote here.
I’ve been on this current fitness journey since 2017. At the point of getting a personal trainer and joining a gym. I had no idea how much of a change I would be making to my lifestyle. I was overweight, I was eating all the wrong sorts of foods, I wasn’t exercising enough and I had been struggling for many years with confidence in my appearance.
Since then, despite a number of struggles recently to maintain an interest in training and a lack of commitment or focus on fitness objectives I have learnt so much about myself. I know what works, I know what doesn’t work, I like to shout about achievements (no matter how small they are) but I recognise my limitations and understand how important it is to focus on myself and my objectives and not those of others.
Yesterday I deleted Strava. Over the last 12 months I’ve ignored it and it doesn’t serve a useful purpose for me. This week I have run twice and not looked at the watch knowing it is not important. I have come a long way in not being focused on trying to be someone else and as a result I recognise that I will do what I need to do not what others expect me to do. Don’t get me wrong, I have an interest in other peoples achievements and I think the fitness communities on social media are amazing. People are so supportive and always willing to offer advice.
When I look back over the last five years of this journey I realise just how far I’ve come in understanding the importance of prioritising my objectives and not suffering from imposter syndrome that I have been guilty of before.
My fitness objectives this year are:
- Make training fun and each session an experience to reflect positives from.
- Get better at running – look at positives not negatives of running so that the mental side of my running doesn’t affect my efforts. I’ll do this by running regularly and consistently and gradually building.
- Get my motivation and consistency of training back. Training cycling, running and swimming consistently after 5 months of inconsistency.
- Take part in some races – 5km swim (for charity), aquabike mid distance and triathlons (sprint or Olympic).
It’s been the first week of training this week and I’ve enjoyed getting back into it. Getting up early, getting the kit on and out the door has been a good achievement. No excuses, taking each section of the run as it comes and not looking at data has helped.