Hands up if you’ve put on weight since either the September or February earthquake.
And hands up if you’ve done anything about it.
Yes, but not until last week.
And hands up if you’ve had plenty of reasons why you haven’t done anything yet.
Yup, plenty of reasons, but really, they were just excuses.
And yes, I know there will be a lot of you reading this who know me, saying you yourself “What the fuck is she worried about, she’s skinny anyway”. Well, my friends it’s all relative and it’s all a matter of how we each feel about our body. As a massage therapist it’s important that my body is in good physical condition – the burn out rate is pretty high and I don’t want to fall prey to that in a hurry. Also, with my dodgy (arthritic) hip, I have to keep the muscles around my pelvis strong otherwise my hip aches. And I’m not getting any younger – it’s the last year before I hit my 40s and I’d quite like to pass for early 30s for a bit longer – vain, yes, but I’m honest. And I got a bit puffed walking 10 minutes to the pub the other day.
So, this is what I looked like in late November last year. See those abs. I had a visible six-pack. You could see it when I was standing too, trust me. And no muffin top. Also, no visible cellulite on my thighs.
I worked quite hard for those abs. And those legs, and those arms – and even the boobs were given a bit of a natural lift due to the strengthened pec muscles (true story girls – non-surgical boob job!)
I was at the gym at least 4 times a week, including once with my PT, Gareth, and usually a boxing fitness class or one-on-one non-contact boxing session. (Which reminds me, my boxing gloves are still at the gym where I left them during the earthquake)
And what you can’t see from the pics was my cardio-fitness level. I could play a whole game of touch rugby (when there were no subs) and not be tired at all. Or spend a whole day up the mountain snowboarding. I was fitter, stronger and leaner than I’d been in my whole life.
But the most important thing, was that I actually felt great.
Cue the February earthquake.
- I started smoking – my excuse – I used it to help keep me chilled out. Bullshit.
- I hardly exercised – excuse – my gym is still closed. I’ve joined another one but it’s not as good my old one. Bullshit.
- I was drinking more, up to 4 times a week – excuse – again, it helped me relax and the pub was where my friends met up. Bullshit. (I still drank on my own.)
- I was eating crap food – my excuse – comfort eating? Bullshit.