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Get Fit and Shed Kilos - My Goals for 2012

Like most people getting fit was on the top of my New Year’s resolutions. I had been going to the gym a couple of times a week but not really putting much emphasis on it. So New Year, new me and as someone who is fast approaching the big 50 milestone I figured it was time to get serious. My change in attitude was helped by the fact that I had given my knees a bit of a thrashing over the years and now I’m paying the price – getting fit and losing weight is part of my long term goal to avoid surgery.

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been pretty focused – I make it to the gym at least 5 times a week. The treadmill is a no-no so I get my cardio from a combination of cycling, cross trainer and the rowing machine. I do high intensity bursts throughout a 40 minute session. Right now the rower is still my nemesis. I really need to work on my upper body! Strengthening the muscles around my knees and working on core strength, round out my basic program.

Through the week I have a couple of sessions with my trainer – this can be anything from boxing to weights, to cxworx. I’m never bored and always challenged with Kelly! She pushes me harder than I would by myself. I’ve got to the point now I feel like my day is missing something if I don’t get some form of exercise. But I also have learnt to accept that sometimes a busy schedule can mean missing a day every so often. I’ve had to travel a bit already this year so I’m always pleased when I find a way to include some exercise.

In the last month I’ve started tackling my eating habits – this has been hard, no one likes to admit they have bad habits! A food diary made me realise I was eating in response to stress. Now I stop and ask myself why am I eating – am I really hungry?

I’ve been a fan of Aquaforce for several years but I had only been using it when I was active, now I drink it throughout the day as well as when I work out – I’ve always believed it helped with focus and I find I actually drink more than if I was drinking plain water so I know I’m staying well hydrated. My son now joins me at the gym and he is also an Aquaforce fan.

So far I’ve seen a decrease in my overall measurements but only a minor decrease in weight. My fitness and energy has improved markedly which is very satisfying. The next step is to enlist the help of a dietician – I think I’m doing the right things but it would be nice to see better results! I have a goal for my birthday later this year and I want to reach it!