I’m currently sitting on a balcony of a hotel room in the Florida Keys looking out over the Atlantic Ocean with the sun shining and a gentle breeze blowing. It’s the last day of our holiday, later this afternoon we will drive back up the Overseas Highway to Miami for our late flight back to the UK. We’ve had a lovely holiday – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it although it has been strange to be away from home for the start of the New Year.
I have had a lot of time to think and reflect while we’ve been away which has been great. 2012 was a big year for me in many ways from completing my first marathon to dropping two dress sizes to being made redundant. 2013 is the year that I turn 40 and I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I really want to achieve this year.
First and foremost I want to find a brilliant new job. I’ve had a fantastic break since the end of September but once we get back to the UK I will turn my attention to finding a new role – I’m ready to go back to work. My focus will be on finding a new role in the Change Management field – I’m a qualified Programme and Project Manager so if anyone knows of any interesting opportunities then do let me know!
While I have dropped two dress sizes my body is still a way from where I want it to be, especially in terms of body fat – particularly around my middle. Diabetes runs in my family and fat in this area is a particular risk factor. My goal is to have a healthy level of body fat by the time I hit the big 4-0 thereby reducing my risk of Diabetes and other diseases related to a high level of body fat.
This picture isn’t of me (I’m not quite brave enough to be posting pictures of my belly fat on the internet) but it’s not far off from what my middle currently looks like
I have had fantastic success with the my Slimpod and completely changed my relationship with food and exercise. I no longer have an emotional attachment to food and I am completely converted to doing something active every day – I get itchy feet if I don’t. Now that my relationship with food is normal I’ve been wondering whether there are changes that I could make to my diet or exercise routine that would speed up my fat loss.
I’ve been following Julia Buckley on Twitter for a while now and was aware that she was running a 12 week fat loss programme with a small group of people. She recently started posting the outcome of that programme and the results are incredible. Julia mentioned that she’d be taking on a small group of people in January to coach through the programme and I immediately knew that I wanted to be part of it.
So, as of Monday I’ll be starting a 12 week fat loss programme with Julia and I’m very excited. The programme is mainly based around exercises and workouts but Julia also gives nutritional guidelines about the best things to have in your diet for fat loss. It’s not a diet – I’d never go back to one of them, but if there are things that I can eat, and not eat that will get me towards my goal then why wouldn’t I? I will continue to listen to my Slimpod throughout the programme.
Having spoken to Julia, who is an expert in this area, it’s clear that regular long distance running isn’t the most efficient way to shed body fat. So while I will still be taking part in the half marathons that I’ve entered my training for those is going to look a little different to what I had originally planned. With Julia’s guidance I’ll be focusing on exercises that will sculpt my body and melt the fat away most quickly.
My big goal for 2014 is to complete my second London Marathon. I would love to do it in under 5hrs and I’m convinced that losing body fat will help me achieve this goal so it makes a lot of sense to focus on the fat loss now.
Once I’ve got my head around Julia’s programme I will set myself some SMART goals for the 12 weeks to keep me really focused. I’ll also be taking part in the next session of PT Mollie’s Virtual Training Group to give me even more accountability to those goals. Can you tell I’m committed to this?!