Monday, 6 January 2014

Single Steps

It's a bit of a cliché to start a new blog in January, especially as technically I made my first steps to health and fitness in November last year. Being as it may, I didn't get around to setting it up until today so January it is!

Star Psyche is my about my personal journey to health and fitness, possibly with pit stops to look at other topics and idiosyncrasies along the way; I have interests in cooking and food (particularly baking), craft, outdoorsy stuff including bushcraft and minimal camping, self-sufficiency and 'growing my own', computer games and animals, so expect anything...

First, a bit of background to give a bit of context to the trip.
I'm 31 years young, 5'2" and as at 8.15am on 6 January 2014, I weighed 11st 12.5lbs (166.5 lbs).
I wear a UK size 16 and have done since I finished University at 21, but wasn't much below a 12-14 before then. I don't think I've worn a size 10 since I was 10!
I have crap knees (subluxating patellae apparently) so never got much into sports, but did ride from age 7, and had horses from when I was 13 (again, until university at 20). At Uni I danced Swing and Lindy Hop and learned to paraglide but then did very little exercise-wise until 2012 when I started going to Zumba classes once a week. Financial constraints put a stop to them in 2013.

Summer 2013 was notable in the fact that despite the fact I don't eat a rich diet, was only 30 years old and female, I was diagnosed with gout. As the other main factors are genetics (both parents have it) and weight-related, I decided that I had to do something proactive to get myself healthy. In November 2013 I joined the gym at work and have been every weekday (that I have been in the office), ever since.

My goal for 2013 was simple: to get to below 170lbs by Christmas and then not to put any more on over the holiday period. I achieved both. This year I am a little more ambitious but will discuss my goals in my next post.

I believe in the very much overused but very true quote from Lao Tzu:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

2014 is the year to start achieving the thousand miles.

And finally for today, I'm going to end with this quote from Terry Pratchett, because it amuses me ;-)

“Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree. But people have always been dimly aware of the problem with the start of things. They wonder how the snowplough driver gets to work, or how the makers of dictionaries look up the spelling of words.”
― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

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