Saturday, June 29, 2013

A decade of healthy living

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 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.



Kathryn said...

Congratulations! You look amazing :)

Kek said...

Thanks Kathryn! More importantly, I FEEL amazing. :D

MTB Girl said...

Congratulations, you're a total star and an inspiration. xxx

Pip said...

You are amazing Kek, such an inspiration!

I have started following you in 2004 (I think)....Body For Life days.

I wish I could say the same for myself! Sure, I've done many fitness things I'm proud of, have done heaps of events, have met standards I'm OK with, when 'in the zone', got down to size 10 with ease......but in reality I've been too inconsistent to call what is really a healthy all round lifestyle! Too many times of a slothful few weeks/months with too much out of control bingeing, drinking and rapid weight gain after some reasonable effort stints.

Anyways, I will think of you, I'd love to celebrate 10 consistent years of healthy/in control living, - infact I will be stoked when I firstly make it 1 year!

Pip :-)

Deezy said...

I want to be you when I grow up. ;)

Actually, once I recover from this upcoming surgery I can't wait to actually be ABLE to exercise again.....and lose 25kg!

Kek said...

Pip, yes it would have been 2004 - how good was the old Aus/NZ BFL forum? I made a lot of friends there, some awesome people. :)

I've gone up and down a bit myself; it can be a tricky balancing act. I'm sure you can achieve consistency, you just need to find exactly what works for you. One thing I do know: dieting doesn't work.

Dee, you'll be back in the pool in no time and I have no doubt that with your determination you can blast away those extra kg. x

Kek said...

Amanda, YOU inspire me with your cycling exploits. Stay on it,'ll be feeling great by summer. :)

Mademoiselle Slimalicious said...

Congrats on so many achievement Kerryn! You have a lot you can be proud of! And yes you do look amazing, really. By the way you also look SO MUCH younger than your age, I don't believe you are 52. Must be the good food and exercise or do you have another hidden beauty secret? :)

The House That A-M Built said...

Absolutely inspirational. A-M xx

Kek said...

Cyndie, food and exercise are part of it, but genetics help too. I get my good skin from my mum - also, I stay out of the hot summer sun, which makes a huge difference to how well skin ages. Mostly, I think it's about the attitude you project though. If you feel old, and act old, then you'll appear old. I plan on acting like a teenager for the rest of my life. ;)

Thanks A-M! You're pretty inspirational yourself. You follow your dreams and pay out kindness - I think that's wonderful. :)

Cinders said...

You are very inspiring Kek - well done. best bit? you dont look any older than your before photo either.

Sara said...

Go you! I started in 2003 also and will always be grateful to BFL for putting me on the right track. Most importantly, Bill gave me permission to EAT. Needed that ;)

AlleyCat Runs said...

Congratulations!!! Apart from being an inspiration, you look younger now than you did back then!!! Well done on all your hard work :0)

Debbish said...

Happy anniversary and well done. I saw your pic on Instagram in a crop top the other day and you look very lean. Obviously the training is paying off.

MTB Girl said...

Group hug! :)

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