Day 1 12wbt
Having signed up for Michelle Bridges 12WBT program which starts today, I decided to spend the weeks in the lead up to kick off day, concentrating on my fitness. My main aim has been to get some kilometres into my legs in readiness for hitting them hard, as I get my walking, cycling and strength training, well and truly back on track.
Everything went awry for me, when I broke my arm, and I really haven’t managed to get my fitness back to where it was. The time has now arrived, when excuses count for nothing, so I’ve given myself a talking to about the importance of toughening up and bringing back my mantra, “No Excuses”, which has been long gone. Even though I have a home gym, I’ve had a break from it, to allow my arm to become stronger. I feel ready now to start increasing my strength. Any strength that I felt in the past, has definitely long since left me.
Usually, when I plan to start a new program, I get all ‘gung ho’, and dive in boots and all, giving it all that I’ve got. I do plan to give this program my very best, but this time, I’m realistic, that occasionally, life will get in the way, and my experience may not be perfect as I am expecting. Basically, I plan to be kind to myself during the 12 weeks. I plan to journal every day, which I’ve already started during the past few weeks of preparations. I now have a list of coping mechanisms written down that I can refer to and adopt when challenged.
During the pre-season, I’ve been checking out the 12wbt recipes and plan to try a few new menu items. This is a biggie for me, as I’m usually, very boring with food, and rarely try anything new. I’d rather just stick to those few foods that I know and love. I know! Well, I did say boring. Tomorrow, I have a cooking day planned, where I will be pre-preparing meals for the freezer, so that I can grab something healthy at those times when something crops up that would usually push me off the rails.
There are three important anniversary dates coming up, in my fitness life, that make me realise how much fitness I’ve lost over the past six months. In a couple of weeks, it’s the seventh anniversary of the time when I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I had to be superfit to do this walk, and I was. I had trained for it very seriously for eighteen months with a ‘no excuses’ attitude. When I left Australia to go off to Spain, I had many concerns, but I was totally confident about my fitness. I knew that I had done the work in preparation, and was ready to reap the rewards of that training.
Another fitness activity anniversary has just past, and that is the 100k walk that I did with my friend. There was just the two of us, walking from Flinders Street Station in Melbourne to Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula. This walk, which I’m not sure now how I dreamed up, was 100k in 24 hours with no support crew. We were walking just because we could, and because we were fit enough to do it. This was a training walk for the Camino. I did this walk, to prove to myself that I was fit enough for the Camino. Looking back on it, walking 100k in 24 hours was overkill. I definitely didn’t need to do something so extreme to know that I was fit enough to walk over 1000k in six weeks. On the Camino, I walked from 30-50 kms most days. This allowed me to be a tourist in Spain, on days we were in places I thought were interesting. Today, I could no more walk 50km than I could fly to the moon!
The last anniversary date that has recently past, is the the day twelve years ago, that I was hit by a car, when out riding. This accident was very serious, resulting in me breaking my spine. The reason I add this to the above fitness events, is that my fitness at the time of the accident, really did ensure that I was up and about and back to normal activities in what I was told was near record time. I came home from hospital, on crutches, about a week after the accident and was back on the bike before three months had passed. At that time, I was super fit, as I was riding about 60k and more, almost every day. Looking back, now that I find myself with quite low fitness levels, I do realise that it was my fitness that helped me to recover so quickly.
At the moment, I’m working on setting my goals for the twelve weeks. I don’t as yet have them finalised, so more on that later. The main thing I hope to get out of the 12WBT program, is to regain my focus and get my fitness back up to a reasonable level. I realise that my age prohibits me from getting back to the fitness I had in my younger years. I can honestly say that is no longer what I’m hoping to obtain. I’m not trying to turn back the clock, as it may seem. I would just like to feel fit and healthy again. Fit enough to resist injury, and to be able to function at a high level in my every day life. This would make me happy.
As 2021 is my designated Year of Health, I feel it’s appropriate that I get out of my comfort zone, and do something a bit different to improve my health and fitness.
This post is linked up to Denyse’s Life This Week
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