Where 15 minutes of thinking gets you…

A  few weeks ago my Weight Watchers leader suggested that we spend 15 minutes to ourselves, to think about what we want to achieve and plan how we will achieve that weight loss we are aiming for. That somehow led me to taking part in the FurtherFasterForever badge challenge and jogging 5 5k’s in 5 days and swimming 10km in a week!

Going back to the beginning, I joined Weight Watchers last June. Within a few months I had lost a stone, although I didn’t look any different and was still wearing the same size clothes. Then the weight stopped coming off at the scales but the inches started melting away and in the new year sales I bought a pair of size 12 jeans that fitted by the end of January. Since then neither pounds nor inches have really shifted, although that is likely due to the chocolatey habits I have found myself falling back into.

So the suggestion to take 15 minutes out came at just the right time for me, as my motivation has waned and I’d just got back from a week away with work (a lot of very nice food and very little time for exercising!).

I spent my 15 minutes looking for something to keep my motivation high, to challenge myself and give me something a bit different to try. The Aspire Channel Swim last Autumn kept me swimming so I knew that was the kind of thing I was looking for. And then I came across the FurtherFasterForever badge challenge, and decided to give it a go! I managed to do more in a week than I thought I could, pushed myself harder than I thought I could cope with and came out of the week feeling like I could do anything I put my mind to. Well… anything other than another five 5k jogs!

So now I’m on the look out for other challenges. Some will be for charity, and if I mention it please do not feel pressured to donate (especially those of you who have supported me so generously in the past!); I want to take the opportunity to raise awareness for the charity event, challenge myself, motivate myself and if anyone has some spare change then that will be great but definitely not my only aim for taking part! I’ll probably only take part in events that aren’t limited in numbers so I’m not taking someone’s place that is committed to raising lots of money!

The only event I have got planned so far is the Crohn’s and Colitis Walk around York on the 19th May, with my Mum. A friend on twitter told me about 5×50 challenge where you do 5km (or half an hour) of exercise every day for 50 days which started on Sunday…wish me luck for the next 45 days! There is a swimathon in aid of Marie Curie at the local swimming pool coming up soon, and Race for Life in the summer. If Silverstone are doing open nights where you can cycle around the track, I’ll give that a go and aim to beat last years lap and a bit 6 mile ride that seemed to take all night!

I will achieve one of 2013’s goals and get into size 10 clothes!