So here it goes; new term, new trainers but same old story – “This will be the year I finally get fit and change my life for the better”… Like many people who plan their lives around the school calendar this time of year always brings about these new (school) year resolutions and this year is no different. My goal, as ever, is to get fit. More specifically to get fitness to fit around my life and all the demands and stresses of working as a teacher.
Many times in the past I’ve made the same resolution; trying everything from hiring a personal trainer to Insanity DVD workouts and crash diets but with little long term success. Although each method I’ve tried has had some short term success the problem is that as soon as (school) life gets busy the wheels come off and I’ve struggled to get the fitness routine to fit my life. Any weight I lost comes piling back on with a vengeance leaving me worse off health-wise than I was before but with a pinch of added guilt and a sprinkling of depression. Over the years this has meant that I’ve gone from a reasonable 12 1/2 stone for a 5ft 7″ guy to a whopping 16 stone and on the verge of diabetes and any number of other obesity related issues.
So why is this year going to be any different?
This year I’m determined that several things are going to be different;
- What’s different this year is that for the first time, I’ve decided to document my fitness journey, not in the vain hope that someday I’ll have Men’s Health Cover Model abs and this would be used as an ‘expert guide’ but more simply, that by writing this blog it might keep me accountable. When the intrinsic hopes become extrinsic goals there’s an added pressure which I hope will give me the added incentive to carry on even when things get stressful at work. In real-life terms; No more Dominos pizza after a late night at school or binging on chocolate and crisps while I’m report writing.
- Turning 29 was a shock to the system and I realise that if I’m ever going to gain a reasonable level of fitness that now is the time to do it. I’m tired of saying “I used to be fit when I was at school”. It’s time to stop living in the past and start making a better future for myself. I’ve got a good job, a great wife, there’s no reason why I can’t have a fit body to go along with it.
So I invite you to join me on this journey. Perhaps you find yourself in a similar situation where your best years of fitness are a distant memory and you’re struggling to fit exercise around the demands of a busy job or family life. Maybe you want to get fit but don’t know where to start. Whatever brings you here I hope that by sharing my experiences (and failures) it will inspire you to start your own fitness journey.
Until next time,
Coming up on Wednesday 30th August- creating a plan that works around your lifestyle.