Summer holidays halfway point and facing my fitness fears

Readers, we’ve made it to the half way point of the summer holidays and we’re all still on speaking terms.

This is nothing short of miraculous.

Our kids are bold and bouncy and full of energy.   I had started the holidays with some trepidation that I might not be able to keep them entertained.  I had a huge list of activities to call upon should I need too.

I have to tell you that so far the only activity I’ve “resorted” to is a couple of visits to a local play centre when they’ve needed a little bit of time to blow off some steam.

Other than that we’ve spent a lot of time at home, playing in the garden, planting flowers in the front garden, visiting friends and, don’t judge me, a couple of quiet days on the sofa with snacks, quilts and back to back movies. I never thought the day would come when we’d sit quietly together for any period of time.  It’s been bliss.

Don’t get me wrong.  There have been fights over who’s turn it is on the swing. Heads have been bashed with the seat of the swing. We have more than our fair share of scooter scrapes and climbing bruises.  And the dog has chewed the paddling pool to shreds!

But, with only two weeks to go until The Husband is on holiday and we head off to Devon, I’m now thinking “we’re not going to squeeze everything in”.

I still haven’t finished the Simplicity top that is currently on the table.  It’s cut out and I’ve sewn the bust darts.  I’m hoping next week to have a little more time and a little more energy to get it done.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m really tired.  I tip my hat to teachers and working and single moms.  I have absolutely no idea how you do it.

But it’s highlighted to me that it’s time to get fit and healthy again.  The recent weight gain is uncomfortable, and I haven’t been fit…really strong and fit…for far too many years.

A colleague of The Husband’s is a member of a local Cross Fit box and has been singing it’s praises.  His wife was a similar weight and fitness level to me and joined the box with him.  Two months later she is seeing dramatic results that she couldn’t have anticipated.

Tomorrow we are going to a Cross Fit taster session.

I am terrified.

Have you seen the exercises they do?  I can’t even touch my toes never mind do “burpees” or “push-ups”.  And as for “double unders” (a tricky skipping maneouver)…they make me want to weep at the thought!

But a certain small girl caught me looking it up on You Tube and told me she thought it was “far too tricky” for me, but ok for The Husband.  This is not the example that I want to set for her.  I want her to see that strong is achievable. That strong and healthy is a better goal than skinny.  I want her to be proud of me.

So I’m stuffing the fear under a rug and ignoring it.  I’m grateful that the class teachers are physiotherapists as well as fitness instructors and that they are confident that they can work with my complete lack of strength and flexibility and can turn it around.

Rest assured that this isn’t about to become a fitness blog…just sharing with you a challenge that I’m about to undertake.

And hopefully you’ll be seeing less and less of me over the coming months…in a very healthy way.


37 Responses to Summer holidays halfway point and facing my fitness fears

  1. Leila says:

    I’ve done crossfit before and while it is really super challenging, I saw results and increased strength faster than with any other exercise plan. Have fun with it!

  2. Sandy says:

    Good for your for focusing on healthy and strong rather than just skinny. I’m sure you’ll feel better in so many different ways for having done it. But, yeah, sounds kinda terrifying to me, too. 🙂

  3. Good for you. I think you will love it.
    I would love to do cross fit as a class. I do P90x and am hooked 🙂 in time you will be too.

  4. grtescp says:

    good luck, I haven’t done crossfit, but I got addicted to British Military Fitness when I was living in the UK – lots of burpees and press ups there (in the mud and snow and rain)… I don’t think I have ever been as fit and strong as I was when I was doing that and I loved every session, even the ones I thought I hated while I was training!

  5. alice says:

    GO GIRL! You can do it! xxx

  6. I have never heard of crossfit before, but I truly believe exercising is good for our health. You just need to find the exercising routine you like and sticking to it will be easier. I hate running so I won’t stick to it. But I found a super cool mechanical walking treadmill class and I really enjoy it. So I really hope you will feel stronger and that the uncomfortable feeling will go away very soon! I am cheering for you Evie!

    • I think that the key is definitely finding something that works for you. I get so bored in the gym. Can I tell you that you have been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for being my cheerleader.

  7. dokucug says:

    Wow, I’m impressed! I’ve been thinking for a long time about doing CrossFit, but thinking is as far as I’ve gotten! I would really be interested in reading about your experiences with it.

    • I’ll be happy to share my progress. I found today really hard but far more fun than I’d anticipated. And the folk at the box were amazing. So welcoming and scaled everything to my level and cheered me on when I flagged. It was wonderful. Watch this space.

  8. I have no idea what crossfit is (it sounds a bit scary) but all power to your elbow (and other body parts)!

  9. sewbusylizzy says:

    When my youngest was 18 months old I took myself off to Bootcamp. It was so tough but the changes within just 6 weeks were amazing.
    It got me hooked on very intense exercise activities for years. I’ve slowed down a lot but have just started going to the gym again & running. It’s amazing how much more energy & enthusiasm I have for life again.
    You can do it, you just have to plug away at it – even on those days when you reeeeaaaaalllly don’t want to. x

    • It’s that joie de vivre that I want to recapture. To have the energy to do everything I want to do and to beat this recurring exhaustion. I’m just taking it one workout at a time. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

      • sewbusylizzy says:

        There will be days when you have aches & pains but it’s part of the journey.
        You can do it 🙂
        (I had terrible exhaustion a few years ago – I had a blood test & it turned out I had no B12 or iron – pernicious anemia. I had a series of B12 injections which fixed me up).

  10. Melizza says:

    “I want her to see that strong is achievable.” YES! You are going to rock it. Go at your own pace and you’ll do great. The only person you have to compete against is yourself.

  11. Anne-Marie says:

    Good for you! Good luck; try to enjoy it and not see it as a chore. If crossfit doesn’t suit you, take up dancing!

  12. Vicki Kate says:

    I know I’ve been shocking at commenting (Bloglovin is the pits for that) but I really wanted to say that you can do this! I think you’ll get amazing results and showing Button that you can do it and that doing things that scare you is worthwhile is a fabulous thing too. Have fun at the session; I wish we had a cross-fit session near me!

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