The last two days have been all about a reality check in for me. It’s been just a bit over 4 weeks since I started my increased training with Mase & team at Zenergy plus it’s Week 1 of Round 2 Mish Bridges’ 12WBT – perfect timing for a reality check!
I am slammed with work and stuff today so I will keep this brief! On the whole I am really happy. The stats are: Body fat % is down, lean muscle is up, scales are up, strength is up and I am enjoying training. Yeah baby!
My Round 2 fitness test yesterday was a mixed bag – I almost didn’t do it because I felt like crapola from lack of sleep and my wrist, busted toe and back were all a bit grumpy. It can only go up from there!!
It’s been a challenging 4 – 5 weeks with lots of epic juggling involved to fit everything in and with some injuries to deal with. I fell and badly sprained my wrist right before I kicked off this new training regime with Zenergy!! It is still sore and I have days when I am limited by it but it is improving. There’s been a few twinges in my lower back and I’ve been learning the value of stretching more, warming up more effectively, getting to know that foam roller intimately and knowing when to back off in training. That bit is a really big mental challenge!! I’ve been in the wars – busted my toe on the weekend but that’s just an incentive to keep on my heels when doing some reps!
Apart from being slammed with end of semester work and study, I am absolutely exhausted and totally over the hectic schedule I have kept increasingly so far this year. It’s been c-razy. I have not felt this drained and tired in well over a year. I really have had a lot on my plate, been juggling a huge number of things. Lots of awesome, great new opportunities….. which means I have to wrap up some old stuff & put down some other balls. Getting on top of that!! Over the last month I’ve also had some big BIG weekends full of partying – and all the alcohol, food and lack of sleep that comes with it! A few mid week soirees have crept in there over the last couple of weeks – been falling into that trap of rebellion with the whole totally bullshit “work hard, play hard” mentality that I had when I was young. Apparently I can drink like that 19 year old again… reigning that in!! Hahaha. Not getting enough sleep has really taken it’s toll – I’ve been working long hours and I have learnt that for me, I just have to get decent sleep to keep everything humming along nicely.
So, the last 3 months have taken their toll: Yes, I’ve been productive and achieved a lot but I feel very out of balance and in need of some ‘me’ time to re-balance, recover & rejuvenate. Just 4 days until I am on the beach in Thailand!!
I have also hit a point where I really need some time out to reflect on where things are at so that I can set some goals and make plans for the future. I am actually reaching the point of realising the extent of the transformation I have made and that this is for life. Yes – it is only just really hitting me fully, I think for ages I ‘got’ that I had made changes but a part of me did not trust that those changes were solid and for the long haul. So, time to soak that in and plan accordingly. A few more days of head down, bum up as I bring the chaos of semester 1 to an end then it is time to sit back and take things slowly for a while!
Lots to come – stay tuned as I have a bunch of blogs drafted about all the adventures in Melbourne for the 12WBT finale, the Queensland party and lots of pics! Work calls now but a blog catch up is coming!