Wow! Three years ago! I have just sat and read through my blogs about taking on Tapout XT and cannot believe that it was three years ago! My last entry was about how it all gone a bit downhill but that I wasn’t giving up! Guess what? I gave up! And what a shame because we were 7 weeks in and had done so well!
After we had come back from our holiday in Devon & Cornwall, we just could not get back on it! I think we did a couple more days and then it all just fizzled out. The DVD’s gathered dust for a while before we eventually chucked them into a drawer, never to be seen again for three years!
Some pretty huge things have happened in the last few years, the biggest change to our lives is that we now have a daughter! Her name is Harper and she is now 18 months old! She is the cutest little girl. Has her Daddy’s looks and her Mummy’s attitude (God help her!) My pregnancy with her was straight forward and the birth was ok too, I didn’t find that the effects of it damaged my body too much in the long term. I was lucky not to get any stretch marks (I religiously rubbed cocoa butter in every night from day one!) and I lost MOST of my weight after I had her. I managed to put three stone on during pregnancy, I would like to say I don’t know how I managed that but that would be a total lie! I ate A LOT of coco pops and magnum ice creams!
After I had Harper, I lost two stone fairly quickly and then, when she was 10 months old, I ran a half marathon in memory of my Mum and my dear friend, Jill (and raised over £2000 in the process!) My training was pretty intense, getting up at 5am sometimes to fit runs in. I lost more weight and started the get some shape back. After I completed the half marathon though I made the fatal mistake of stopping! I have ran a couple of miles since but no more than that and I can’t even remember the last time I went to play netball.
For the last 6 months, I can safely say I have pretty much done zero exercise (other than a couple of hashes – that’s for another blog, but in essence it is a bit of running mixed in with a fair bit of drinking beer!!) and most recently the weight has started to creep back on.
I don’t know how much I weigh as I don’t weigh myself anymore (because is totally soul destroying!) but I know that my clothes are getting too tight and I am not happy with the way I look! On Saturday, whilst at a BBQ, a lovely little 3 year old asked if I had a baby in my tummy. There were a couple of pregnant ladies there so I assumed she was excited about all the baby talk. I told her there was no baby in my tummy and, whilst touching my stomach, she sweetly asked ‘What’s all this then?!’ You can always rely on a child to tell you the absolute truth! I knew right there and then (with a glass of prosecco in my hand) that something needed to change.
So, here we are, three years later. The Tapout DVD’s have been dusted off and tonight I did Cross Core! Oh my god! It was harder than I ever remembered and there were almost tears tonight. The Boyfriend was here to help me through but he is recovering from a serious knee op (told you a lot had happened in the last few years) and so he cannot do it all with me.
I am heavier than the last time I took Tapout XT on, I am definitely bigger and to be fair to myself, I have had a baby. (Although I don’t know how long I am allowed to keep using her as an excuse!)
For those of you who followed me the first time along the way, I am back for a second chance!
Until next time….
PS – For those that read my blog the first time round, or those that have read through all of them this time round… I never did get into that size 10 dress for my sisters wedding 😁😁😁