Those of you who've been using this forum for a while might have wondered why I suddenly became all humble and stopped bragging about how I'd joined the gym. Well, remember that wipe-me-out cold I had in EARLY NOVEMBER? I hadn't been back to the gym since then...until today! I'm just back from a meeting and workout with the Live Active adviser at my local gym, so I'm now armed with goals, motivation and a new and improved regime. Whoop! (You might remember I was disappointed not to be eligible for the Live Active scheme because I have a defibrillator, but my GP got in touch with the consultant who fitted my device and he contacted the scheme to recommend I was accepted for it and to give them further info about my device and, voila, five months later, I'm in. Gawd bless my amazing and proactive GP!) The Live Active adviser I'm working with seems great, very friendly and encouraging, pretty clued up/on top of things and straight down the line about everything - just what I need to keep me on the happy straight and narrow.
My new regime is not hugely different from what I was doing previously, but is a bit longer and a bit more challenging. I'm doing 15 minutes' warm-up on treadmill/bike and then 30 minutes of cardio on treadmill/bike/rowing machine (my surprising new fave!) then three sets of 12 reps on four different resistance machines, then ten minutes' cool down on treadmill/bike. I'm supposed to do this 2-3 times a week, but I'm going to start out with twice a week and maybe add in a swim while my daughter does her swimming lessons. I think that's more realistic for me time-wise at the moment. I'm feeling good to be back on it.
Talking of feeling good, I've given up the booze! Now, I know it's only 12 days into my tee-total life, but I am such a convert, totally loving it! My Fitbit tells me my resting heart rate began plummeting the very day I gave up the booze, the graph is truly a thing of undeniable wonder. It's great (and a bit scary) to see the positive impact this decision is having on my heart already and I'm looking forward to feeling better and better as 2018 progresses. All this said, I've had a spell of feeling crappier than normal the last three or four days, puffing and panting after one flight of stairs etc, but I'm confident it's just a blip and I'm riding it out.
I love January enthusiasm, whether it sticks or not, but the changes I'm making this year feel like real life changes, I'm confident I'm going to benefit from them long term. Hope all of you are feeling good about the new year too. I suspect many of you are, given my fall from grace on the Fitbit leaderboard