I am so glad I found Jen and the group and took up this challenge. I am feeling stronger, fitter and leaner and proud of myself. For me, this challenge will be continuing on well beyond the 8 weeks but I feel that I have adopted some great new habits. I can't believe I would ever feel like I WANTED to exercise but now if I miss a few days I feel agitated and need to get out. Such a far cry from the past.
The beep tests have been really revealing. Hearing our scores now compared with when we all started it's so inspiring. I think we are all seeing some great results.
Getting into my cossie now I don't feel half as bad as I did before. Taking Milla to swimming lessons isn't as excruciating as it was and I'm not so embarrassed when I run into old friends by pool. (Mind you, they still do the up and downs). As I said there's still a distance to go but I am feeling much, much better.
As a thank you for writing these blogs, Jen kindly rewarded me with a consultation with the gorgeous Marieke who is a Nutritionist (I hope I got that right) and oozes good health. What a wealth of knowledge she is! The session blew my mind and flipped a few of my beliefs on their head. For instance, she is an advocate for eating the skin on chicken, totally the opposite of what I had been taught. Also eating far, far less grains but eating more animal products and fats and vegies and limiting fruits. I will be making some more changes to my diet but overall I feel I'm on the right path. It's simple, clean unprocessed food (organic ideally) in moderation and regular exercise. There is no magic pill.
I can't believe we are almost at the end of the 8 weeks. There have been peaks and troughs and extended slumps and now I am ready to go out on a high. If I reach all of my goals then there will be no stopping me!