Sometime this month, I had an anniversary. I don't know the exact date, but it was in June 2003 that I made a serious commitment to myself to improve my health by losing weight, overhauling the way I ate and starting to exercise.
|Happy anniversary to me!|
That means that it's been ten years that I've been doing this healthy lifestyle thing in one form or another. There should be a medal for that. Or a telegram from the queen or something, surely?
I've come a long way since I started.
|I don't have any full length photos from 2003, hence the slightly earlier "before" pic. Meh. Close enough.|
The external changes are pretty striking, sure - but I've achieved a lot more than a 30-odd kg weight loss. I've completed eight fun runs and two bike events, stood on stage wearing not very much at all for two figure bodybuilding competitions, won a prize in a national body transformation contest, survived five Phat Camps, completed two TAFE certificates and countless short courses as part of my fitness professional qualifications, and learned to do a lot of things I never believed I could do.
I've created and sustained two blogs, made a lot of friends in the fitness and blogging communities and continue to learn new things almost daily about nutrition and living well. I've overcome a lot of fears - of looking ridiculous, of failing, of riding a bike (nope, I never had one as a kid), of my bum looking big in tight pants. I pretty much don't give a rat's arse about looking ridiculous any more...at least when it comes to training. Pop squats at the gym? Spiderman pushups in the park? Wearing lycra in public? Hehe.
I wonder what 40-year-old me up there in that birthday photo would have thought, if she'd been able to see into the future and get a glimpse of 52-year-old me? She'd probably have had a heart attack at the thought of getting out of bed at 5:30am, let alone going to the gym and lifting heavy things or pedalling a bike around bush tracks.
I don't really know what's in store for the next ten years, but I do know that it's sure to be challenging, fun, and no doubt full of surprises. Whatever's in store, I'm ready for it.