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Setting a fitness goal

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It’s come to that time of year again where my mum, sister and I will take part in the 5k Race for Life to raise money for cancer research. This year is slightly different as my two-year old niece will be taking part too. Although its entitled Race for Life you are able to walk, jog or run and as my niece will be taking part we will be at the back of the walking section so I doubt I will shave much time if any off of my previous years time. As the charity race is only next weekend I’ve been doing my part to get my sponsors which has led me to wonder whether I could ever run an entire 5k.

I’ve been pretty obsessed with the idea of being able to run long distances for a few years now. Although I’m around 115lbs away from my ideal weight I’m more than capable of walking a 5k and more than likely a 10k. Apart from the fact I currently can’t run for more than about 10 seconds without gasping for air I’m determined that I’m going to compete in a 5k and run the entire distance.

Considering how unfit and overweight I am it may surprise you (it even surprises myself sometimes) that my partner is in fact a really fit person, he isn’t the healthiest person as a result of what he eats but he manages to keep slim because of his activity levels. After being in the Army for ten years he picked a few things up. So I have convinced him that we should start running together (this has taken over three years of living together to achieve) and better still I have decided to appoint him my running coach.

Now after spending around two hours in the Nike Store in Bluewater he finally kitted himself out in some ‘fashionable’ and in some cases neon coloured apparel. Yes…neon. Oh and did I forget to mention he purchased some support boxers or as I like to call them…budgey smugglers. I, myself, decided to stick with more tame clothing and purchased a pair of slim fit capri’s.

Tonight is our first training session and… I’m pretty excited!

That last straw

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Establishing a starting point

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I initially wanted to establish a blog simply about weight loss which I did when I created a blog via another well-known website. However after numerous issues with lost posts and being unable to access my account for days if not weeks I decided to move base and establish a blog that was more personal as I realised that weight loss isn’t simple, it’s not the entirety of a person and day-to-day happens is a huge factor in the ability to be successful. For one I am a full-time university student, I also work part-time at a school, I live with my long-term partner as well as being a child minder for my niece and like many others I am sure wish there were a few more hours in the day. So after much deliberation I decided that this blog would charter my journey to lose weight and be within my healthy weight range for my height or also known as body mass index (BMI) and document how everyday life can effect this journey and how I plan to overcome these events.

If you know me from my previous blog you will know that from a young age I have had a very negative relationship with my weight and my approach to weight loss. I’ve been that person who got bullied for looking different and I still am that person who people feel the need to remark on as I walk down the street. But I am a firm believer in being the best of who you can be, I was always told as a child and even now “as long as you tried your personal best and gave it your all, that’s all that matters”.  I need to lose weight to be within a healthy weight range for my height but I know that journey isn’t going to be a smooth path, I’m pretty sure at points it will be more like competing in the Grand National but as long as I give it my best when jumping over those hurdles I know I can be proud of myself.