The Widening Participation (WP) CTGF team have been rather quiet on the blogging front throughout May, and this is through the fault of their team leader (me!) rather than any lack of effort in fitness on their part! It is an incredibly busy month for us, as I’m sure it is for all teams, but that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
Every single member of the WP team took part, and it really did create a buzz amongst team members. Whilst we wouldn’t be winning any prizes for most committed team in terms of quantity (although the two Chris’ in the team should be nominated for individual awards – they’ve been doing something or other probably every day/lunch!!), in terms of quality there was still a significant impact, and an impact that I believe will be longer lasting than any of us expected.
The main things we learnt….
- That lunch times are a valuable resource!! It’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut of wolfing down food at our desks, perhaps breaking from work just long enough to check our own emails at most! We’ve grabbed every opportunity of rain free days (I think there were some, right?) to get outdoors and have a brisk walk around Stanmer Park. In discussions since then we’ve all agreed that not only have we enjoyed being out, it actually helps you refocus for the afternoon, so this will definitely continue (although the sunny days may not…).
- That it’s not too late! Thanks to Kev, in the SRS team, and his magic scales, we had some before and after results of all sorts of measures, like weight, body fat, muscle tone, and even metabolic age. We didn’t insist that those results were shared, but across the team there were all sorts of improvements before and after. The biggest difference was Janet, who also introduced a change to her diet, following the 5/2 plan – with two days of fasting a week, coupled with healthy eating on the remaining days, and lost some considerable poundage on the scales!! One problem though, she now needs to go shopping for a new wardrobe, well deserved! J I’m afraid I let the team down on this front, and actually gained ½ a stone, but at 18 weeks pregnant I think that’s excusable.
- One member of our team, who was a self-confessed exercise ‘newbie’, took part in Mountain Biking, badminton, and more, and although she may not be packing her bags for a mountain ride expedition anytime soon, she has found that the feeling after exercise (those endorphins!) were worth it – commenting that she suddenly realised why people bother “with this exercise nonsense”! She has since gone out and purchased some running shoes with very commendable intentions of starting jogging from this point onwards, and committed to getting in fit… in June! This I think has been echoed across the team, so another colleague took part in a class, that although they enjoyed at the time, wasn’t quite for them, but have been inspired to take up other activities as a result.
- There is an over-reliance on caffeine in our office! This has been one we’ve recognised for a while, and we’ve surprised ourselves this month with the array of herbal and fruity teas we’ve enjoyed, and they will stay as a firm part of our ‘tea club’ purchases! One team member gave up caffeine entirely during work hours, no mean feat but achieved!
- On a personal level, I’ve found that CTGF helped me recognise that pregnancy is not an excuse to slack off. With not wanting to let down the team, I discussed with the Sussex Sport antenatal specialist (Jenny), what I can and can’t do exercise wise, something that – without the motivation of CTGF – I might have convinced myself was unnecessary. Although I have had very little time to use the facilities here, I’ve taken her advice into short workouts at home, and in my local gym, and am glad that this has made me think carefully about staying as active as possible - so thanks Jenny!