Finding happiness within ourselves is most certainly a personal journey and is ultimately based upon values and goals. Wanting to “live the life the love and love the life you live”, is something you have got to want for yourself.
Creating Personal Fitness Goals Featuring: Champneys and Vitality UK
It’s definitely something that I have strived for since I can remember and I am always seeking out new way to improve myself and my life. But lets face it, life doesn’t always deal you with the cards you thought you were going to get. So you need to make the most of what you have and keep on trucking as they say.
A subject that always gets bought up is weight! I was a “round” baby, a slim toddler, a chubby (ish) 11 year old a skinny and ill 12-26 year old. I gained pounds here and there over the years but generally I was skinny/slim.
I gained some weight at 28 but managed to lose a lot of it through diet and exercise but gained huge amount of weight when I was pregnant with the twins. I have struggled to lose it and keep it off when I have. So now at 35, I am determined to get my body back again. Not the skinny one, not the overweight one, not the unhealthy one but the one I have always planned to have for years.
The healthy, fit, “my body is a temple” kind of body – that’s the dream.
It has taken some mega lifestyle changes and will continue to do so. But I find it easy enough because I really want it and I have been educating myself about what I am consuming and what my body actually needs in order to function properly and to the best of it’s ability.
You may have read that I am a vegan/plant-based, I also only buy products that are cruelty-free and generally free of nasty substances, I don’t drink coffee/caffeine, I don’t drink alcohol and I certainly don’t smoke. I could therefore say I am a pretty healthy human but I am still lacking the one thing that will polish it all off and the one thing I really miss. Fitness!
I used to love keeping fit, it made me feel alive and made me feel amazing. It’s been something I have ummed and ahhhed about for long enough. I make attempts and then I can’t seem to keep motivated to stick to it.
In my defence it’s been a tough couple of years what with becoming a single mum, doing a course, starting a business, being a social media manager, blogger and just general life really.
But now, I am finding something needs to give and I need to really focus on getting myself into shape and the time is now.
For those that read the blog, you will know that I am heavily into self-care and I love all things spa, relaxing, meditation and making myself feel good by recharging again. So it would come to no surprise that I am beyond excited and thrilled to announce that I am working with two amazing brands over the next few weeks on an amazing movement called #WomenInSport with Champneys and Vitality UK.
I was very fortunate enough to be invited to Champneys Tring (my home town) to meet the team behind this amazing campaign along with some equally amazing women. There’s nothing quite like team bonding than going straight into a HIIT training session with people you don’t know, but it didn’t feel like we didn’t know each other. Immediately we all clicked and felt like we had already met one another.
The private HIIT session was awesome, as much as I was in pain, bright red and sweaty, it made me feel so invigorated and inspired. It wasn’t all HIIT sessions and sweat, we were shortly whisked off to have lunch in a private area and can I just say, the most delicious food was on offer and a huge amount of vegan options so this pleased me no end. We all got talking round the table and just had such a wonderful time. We had full use of the spa facilities which was a real welcomed treat.
But that is just the beginning of our journey! We have all been given the opportunity to join a local sports team to encourage us to get involved in something we may not have thought about before. After all, keeping fit isn’t just about heading to the gym and a sport is such an amazing way to meet like minded people and be part of something much bigger.
A few years ago, I was really keen on joining a hockey team which is an option as part of the campaign but for some reason, I was drawn more to netball this time. I played netball, hockey and rugby at school but that was many moons ago. I loved netball at school and my teacher thought I was good, so I figured maybe this would be the sport for me.
Having had children has also made me more conscious about all the choices I make in life including health choices. I want to be the best role model I possibly can be for my children.
They are active children and love going to gymnastics and ballet and now they are that little bit older, I would love for them to start playing football and doing a self defence class. Even more motivation for me to get my butt into gear right?
I hope you can follow me on my journey and support the movement that is #WomenInSport.