Friday, 13 January 2017

Fitness Friday - A Slow Start Is Still A Start...

~ Fitness Friday ~

So I'm back - I survived my first week on this new little journey of mine and actually, whilst is has been slower progress than I would have liked, looking back a fair bit has actually happened.

~ On Saturday, despite feeling really nervous and apprehensive, at 8am I stepped back into the gym for the first time in over six months and I completed my first Spin Class.

I actually didn't expect to feel as worried about going back to the gym as I did if I'm honest.

I mean I know my fitness levels are a lot lower than they once were but I don't think that was even the issue really, I was more scared of venturing into the gym I once spent - at the very least - eight hours a week, a gym where I knew (and as it turns out still do know) a whole lot of people but this time, rather than being the very active, size ten regular I once was I'm now more of a size 14-ish, not very active, get-out-of-breath-quickly gym newbie really.

I was worried people would judge - judge how I performed in the class and judge how I look.

Which now that I've been seems really rather silly - no-one cares about why I'm there or why I'm back or why I haven't been - they are there for them and I am there for me.

Anyway in the class I made a beeline for a bike in the very far corner of the room - one right at the back, away from mirrors and away from the instructor.

I found myself constantly peeking around the room at everyone else and obviously, I compared myself throughout the class to them and their faster than fast flying legs.

Because I was slow - oh so slow...

And I'll admit, that 45 minute class was bloody hard and at the end of it I was very sweaty, I found it difficult to walk up the steps on my jelly legs and oh my goodness did they hurt on Sunday morning.

But do you know what, I did it and for that alone I was rather impressed with myself.

I even walked straight up to reception and booked another four classes in for the following week.

And since that day...

~ I've been back into the gym and I took part in another Spin Class - it was only a thirty minute beginners session this time but I sat right at the very front, I made sure I watched my technique in the mirror and I willed my legs to go a whole lot faster than they did before.

~ I have donned a swimming costume too and didn't feel self conscious or awkward one little bit...granted it wasn't for me to actually go swimming (because I can't swim) but it was to take Willow into the water for a Toddler Swim session - something I've avoided for months and months.

And then food wise...

Well I've dragged the slow cooker back out and have enjoyed making a fair few Slimming World friendly family meals this week - things we can all enjoy together.

~ And then yesterday I went to Slimming World to be weighed, although I was really disappointed with only a half pound loss...I mean come on, I'm sure I could pee half a pound.

But a loss is a loss so they say, I'm just going to keep my head in the game and hope for better results next week.

Let us see shall we...


  1. Woo, not a bad start at all - well done you!

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed your first spin class back and that it was fun - I used to have an exercise bike and I'd use it about 3 times a week and it always got me buzzing, so I need to take it up again as I feel like I'm missing out! I've definitely had those feelings of worrying about people judging me when I go to the pool or the gym too, but it's more often in my own head than anyone actually staring at me, so I'm glad you persevered! Thank you for the kind comments as well. <3 - Tasha


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