I've begun my new fitness regime pretty slowly, but in the right direction... Drying out! My first whole week without alcohol since I was pregnant I think! Not a drop. And it pains me to say it, I really can feel the difference.
This week I've already been out walking three evenings with the children. Which is a sharp turn for me given my fitness level. Even just a glass of wine each evening as so many of us mums do, can really make you feel sluggish, I know it has done me.
I've also stuck to my guns about the greenhouse too and successfully planted up most of it with vegetables and salad. My "green-fingers" have yet to really yield their true calling to mother nature, but here's hoping to a very "green" summer.
I've also started my one months trial at the tiny little local gym. (I'm not good with commitment.) Its cheap and cheerful, it has a pool and the personal trainer looks alarming like (a very buff version) of the spawn of Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.
Unnervingly sweet and I'm sure super off-putting if I was male, but very motivating if you are a woman! I've got my sights set on being able to go three afternoons a week and at least once at the weekends.
That's the nitty gritty licked, what about the rest of it? Ok so now its for the smokes. No one ever got fit and healthy smoking. And despite being able to kick the habit without even a sniff of regret or difficulty during both my pregnancies, I somehow seem to come back to it. The first time I held out until my daughter was one, the last time, I purchased my first pack as soon as I stopped breastfeeding. Why?! I clearly can't have been craving it after 12 months! So really I have a good track record for stopping, just not from sticking to it... main problem, I enjoy it. Yep. Never going to be able to stop anything you really enjoy unless you stop enjoying it. I have to find a way to not like it. But I have a strange feeling even if I do keep to it, I'll be that old, wrinkly, eccentric grandmother who just likes to stand outside with the young people smoking saying, "Just blow it in my direction!" I fear I may always just love it. Its the rebel in me.
So with the smoking and physical underway, now for the really new stuff, the holistic approach. The mental revamp, the diet, the nutrition, the routine, the sleep, the meditation etc. I say ETC because I don't quite yet know what I'm getting myself in for.
Again I think I need to start simple, so I've been shaving a bit each night off of the time I continually go to bed, which always seems to be after 1 am. No wonder I'm not a good morning person. So far its going well but I've read it can take anything from 21 days to a month to adjust and benefit from a new sleep pattern. Hopefully by the end of the month I shall be in bed by 10.30pm each evening and rising at 6am pretty well spirited.
Personal fitness DVD's and so on? It is certainly a celebrity cash-cow, but does it really work? I'm not overweight or over forty. So what sort of thing do I need to go for? I've plumped for the New York City Ballet workout actually. And I wish I could say this was for scientific reasons, but its not. Two deciding factors were;
a) I know ballet, I did NYC masterclasses back in London
b) its what Sarah Jessica Parker does to stay in shape. Well that swung it for me!
No Nell or Davini for me, I'm going slightly more unconventional. Given that Ballet is the basis for almost all current physical training aside from sport I guess its ok.
I have yet to sign up for a course of pilates/yoga, and given my slightly rural location I doubt I'm going to find any Bikram Yoga anywhere near. But what about all the other really faddy fitness crazes?Power plates, GI diets and so on? I've not a clue yet, but over the next twelve weeks I shall be investigating. Everyone has positive and negative things to say on all of it. But in the words of a very good comic on buying a car,
"Has it got a cup holder and will it make girls touch my cock?"
I don' know half of enough about how/why these things work, all I want to know is will I look like Elle Macphearson and be greener than David Rothschild?!