Getting back to fitness has been a struggle, and so after a huge break, because for while I felt that my energy levels had been sucked out of me, I decided to step up my walking as soon as Henry began his second year at school and get back to fitness.
To stop myself from doing too much too soon I have decided to take gradual steps this time.
I did try after watching the London Marathon this year to try and get myself back into fitness, but the momentum soon went and I realise now that I wasn’t ready and had to overcome some hurdles.
I had been on medication for my anxiety, which wasn’t helping with my energy levels, and I was having problems during my Menstrual Cycle.
Now after realizing I no longer needed the medication decided to come off it, and I have finally got my energy levels back, so was ready to face fitness head on again.
I know like with everything it takes time, but with good discipline I know I can get my fitness back to how it was.
Yesterday after a year and a half I did my first walk/run, in Hyde Park and part of Kensington Gardens, in London. I had been working up to it, by stepping up my walking two or so weeks beforehand, but included my first bit of running.
I didn’t run all the way, but ran as much as my body allowed me to, and achieved a PB (Personal Best), as I have been measuring my steps using the Health APP on my phone and completed over 25,000 steps, which includes my running. To be precise it was 25,654 steps.
I know I have a long way to go, but I however have taken that step forward and I will do my best to continue.
It wasn’t a conscious decision, I just decided out of the blue at the weekend before that I was going to do it, and stick to it, and I am glad I did.
At first walking from Victoria station to Hyde Park I found the temperature quite chilly, but as I ran with walking in between I soon began to warm up and soon the temperature outside did too.
My walking and running didn’t end there, I had already walked from home to my son’s school which is about 15-20 minutes, and then from his school to the train station, to catch the train to Victoria. I walked/ran back from Kensington Gardens back through Hyde Park to meet my mum in Victoria Street, then back to the station after I stopped for lunch. Walked around Victoria Shopping Mall upstairs in the station, then once I got the train back to home, in Epsom, walked from Epsom station to my son’s school to pick him up, and from son’s school to home again.
All in all I am so glad I am getting back to fitness, because it helps make me feel good, also having been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes it is important, and so I do need to continue to lose weight, and it gets me out of the house rather than stuck indoors.
At the end of the day what I have learned through fitness is that you should not try to compare yourself to others, but go at your own pace and when you are ready.
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