Consider This a Before

Katfit52 Before

I know; them’s fighting words.

This last year I have moved less and less. Between building websites and spending more time working at the computer I have little by little stopped moving all together. There have been times when I’ve stood up to get a drink and my legs felt wobbly. Or other times when I’ve been wrecked after a simple day out. Put simply: it wasn’t good.

So at the end of last year I decided to do something about it. I took advantage of a GP appointment for my asthma (big contributing factor, not been breathing well for a couple of years now) to ask her to refer me for exercise. It’s a simple programme whereby the patient (me) gets reduced gym rates and support through a 12 week fitness plan based on their goals.

Now, I might have been referred for obesity but my personal goals are fitness, endurance and strength. I have a blog conference to put on in less than four months and I want to be standing by the end of it rather than crumpled in a heap!

Sure, weight loss is, hopefully, going to come along with my fitness (believe me, I’d like to be able to fit into a wider selection of clothes) but it’s not what’s making me get up at seven in the morning.

I hadn’t planned to make this a series but after the wonderful support I received when I posted this photo to instagram I decided I really wanted to share what I’m up to. So Monday morning photo #2 went up and I decided I would commit to a year of exercise.

Consider this a before, I’m working on the after.

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  • Reply lou@littlegreenshed January 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Hurrah! Go on girl, you can do it! Big support from me and hugs. I’m on a get fit thing too. We can do it together. ;) xxxxx
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  • Reply lindsay roberts January 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Good luck, I am with you, did my first 1o minute session of my new exercise dvd today and feeling motivated.

  • Reply Katherine January 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Good luck!
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  • Reply Rachael January 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I loved seeing your picture on instagram last week, it certainly helped to motivate and inspire me. I completed the first day of my couch to 5Km challenge today and loved doing it. It’s silly really how a new year can make you take stock and make changes. Hats off to you for taking charge and not letting that opportunity at the GP go to waste. I don’t know if you’be ever tried it but some people find yoga really helpful when it comes to managing asthma, mainly because of the focus on breathing techniques I think. Good luck with your challenge!

  • Reply Suzanne January 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Yay! Go Kat ! I’ll be shaking my cheerleading Pom poms for you ra ra ra!
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  • Reply Katie January 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Good on you, I started the couch to 5k in October and last Saturday I managed to run (and walk) a bupa 5k round Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. If I can, you can. Wishing you motivation and perseverance, it’s not easy to keep going. Look forward to hearing how you get on.
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  • Reply Lianne January 15, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Go Kat go! You’ll be able to run to a restaurant to celebrate many of your reached goals after Blogtacular!

  • Reply Kate January 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    …dinner in London to celebrate at the other end!
    Kate x
    PS: I looked into joining a gym too a couple of months ago – this has motivated me to go ahead and do it!

  • Reply Grace January 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Is that river park? Been so long since I’ve been there I don’t recognise it (the shame!). Moving more is my motto too but in the dark rather than the gym x
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  • Reply Angela @Little Apple Tree January 18, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Well done, Kat! I’m planning to slink back into the gym next week after turning into one of those people who pays but never goes. I may be ever so slightly broken after my first session, but you feel so good afterwards. Might me trying to psych myself up here!!
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  • Reply Younglee February 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    You’ve obviously got plenty of determination and drive (you blog is testament to that) I’m sure you will achieve your goals
    Good luck !

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