Last year I flirted with the 12WBT challenge (12 Week Body Transformation Program), joining up for Round 1. I made it through pre-season and I made it into the first week or two and then I let everything slide. I can’t really explain why I let it slide, except to say that I was in a very bad headspace for a lot of last year, with everything starting right around the time of my birthday and the official beginning of Round 1. Yes, these are excuses I know this, but I also think it’s a little bit of explanation thrown in. I knew, as I was wolfing down cake and making calorie rich spaghetti sauces what I was doing to my body, just as I knew that every moment I sat down watching TV instead of exercising that I was ruining all the work I had done the previous year and that this was all bad news for me. But I just couldn’t seem to stop myself.
I remember from doing the pre-season training about having to sit down and write out how we would combat our inner demons and our list of excuses, but a problem for me is that I don’t make excuses. I totally block out the noises and voices in my head that say – eat healthy, exercise more. I don’t even reach the stage of making an excuse not to exercise, which is where I find my downfall really begins.
But that was last year. 2012 is going to be a better year. I can feel it in my bones. I’ve not felt quite so happy being in my own skin and body for such a long time, not to the point where I’m happy with my weight – I’m really not at all – but I just finally feel as if I’ve pushed that black cloud far away from me and I’m letting the sun back in. A lot of this has to do with moving away from Adelaide, moving to a gorgeous town, with the man I love and starting a whole new life away from all the bullshit that I seemed to find myself in back in Adelaide. I feel calm, content and just happy. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve just felt happy.
So yesterday I started my pre, pre-season training for Round 1 of 12WBT. Officially pre-season doesn’t start for another two weeks (so if you’re at all interested in doing the challenge, then you still have time to sign up. Don’t look at my failures and think it’s crap, it really is a fantastic program that works!), but I’m raring to go, I’m in the right headspace so I have to start now and get myself rolling and set myself up for a great year ahead.
So far, I’m doing great – two days in and I’m eating well, and at least thinking about exercise, even if I’m not actually doing it. I’ve set up my spreadsheets and set up another blog where I will be recording all my monthly measurements, as well as my daily food intake and exercise. I don’t really want to clutter this blog up with all of that, but I will be linking daily to my intakes so that when I look back at the end of the year I can see where I did well, and where I fell off. Because I have no doubt that I’m going to fall off once or twice, but that’s life and there will be lessons learned from that.
So on the issue of exercise – what can you suggest to get me out there and doing some. I’m going to be totally honest here with you all. I hate exercise. I have tried to love it, but I just don’t. I hate getting hot and sweaty and in pain from my muscles all screaming out at me, and knowing this puts me off doing anything. I know I need to exercise, but I just can never seem to push myself to do it. So what gets you motivated and raring to go? What do you find are the forms of exercise that make you sweat the least lol.
And just to completely seal my fate I offer you my first set of monthly measurements. Oh god, they are so very not pretty, but lets see what they look like at the end of Round 1.