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Life, love and loss

Well, I’m back in the blogging gig. I was going strong for a little bit last year and then my world somewhat fell apart; in late August 2013 we found out that our much beloved fur-kid had cancer and potentially months to live. Then followed a whirlwind of surgery, chemo, vet visits… We were fortunate that the treatment did extend her life and that she actually wasn’t sick during her treatment. Unfortunately though, we lost her in March this year.

Waiting for the Vet with the fur-kid back in January.

Waiting for the Vet with the fur-kid back in January (I’m already a lot smaller than I was in this pic!).

Rightly or wrongly, my fitness took a back seat for those 6 months, with about the only exercise I did involving walking the dog or playing ball with her in the yard (that time was precious).In April though, I had a serious wake up call. I was sitting at the airport, waiting for a flight for a work trip – and was so, so uncomfortable in my pants that I actually went and bought a new pair in one of the airport stores. A size 16. Um, what happened to me? I had packed on over two dress sizes in 6 months. No way nelly – I swore I wouldn’t do this to myself again. I needed to get my butt into serious gear!

Since April I have been training like a machine (well, I like to think it’s like a machine. Maybe a slightly rusty, slow machine).

To kick things off, I entered myself in the Muscle Meals Transformation challenge – kicked off May 1 and managed to drop just over 9k in 8 weeks. Not too bad. A couple of re-fuel weeks across August (chilled out, but not out of control) before I headed back into another round of serious training, working with a meal plan created by my Trainer. Muscle Meals were great, but I did get sick of microwaved food after 8 weeks! (A review on Muscle Meals to follow in coming weeks).

I am now sitting at almost my lightest in my entire adult life, in the gym most mornings and absolutely loving it. I am fitter, healthier, happier, less stressed and overall just feeling better about myself. This is the longest that I have ever maintained a fitness regime – I think that it actually has, finally, become a life style.

In the last few days, I have decided to take a different tact with training and will be working towards INBA Season B 2015. Bit scary putting that in writing! Off season officially starts October 1.

This blog is going to follow my progress over the next 12 months heading for INBA, as well as tales of my fitness adventures – I am on a mission to try as many different fitness type things as I can over the next year, just to keep it fun. Going to be an interesting ride.

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