That cliché we all dread, 'if you don't use it, lose it' ... it really happens and I'd already lost it. Keeping fit is more of an event, like staff leaving do's i.e. a few come up a year and they're not something you look forward to. I've had over 18 months off any regular exercise following a knee injury and surgery - CAUSED BY EXERCISE. So, be warned of the 'Zumba knee'. As advised by my consultant, it's rapidly becoming an epidemic!
Preparations for the commit to get fit started over a week ago. I had already signed up to give up smoking (I'm on day 4 of being fag free after err many many years) disgusting habit. I can't believe all the spare time I've gained! Anyway, benefits of not smoking were quickly evident (I have a good recovery rate), meaning I only stopped once for 2 mins up a VERY steep hill on the entire boundary walk, and managed to hold a conversation virtually all the way round. This was a disproportionate shift from Neanderthal grunts and hand gestures in that 'don't talk to me I can't breathe’ way. At least I was better company, kerching! benefit numero 1 ...
The preparation phase (Sunday 28th) involved a bike ride from Shoreham to Worthing/Lancing border. Yes, I know it's flat but it's a start (and the cheese toastie was worth it). The diet only started today and does not exclude cheese anyway (sorry to those on cheese embargos).
Digging at the allotment for an hour twice during the week is also on the list of 'active pastimes' (it's a regular weekend activity anyway). Sadly, apart from leeks and sprouting broccoli, there's nowt to eat but I'm thinking of growing sirloin steaks - genetically engineered to reduce the fat content, of course.
Looking to the near future, Saturday, 3PM, 4th May, rather stupidly involves a horse (I put the time as a sort of memorial). Anyway, consider it my legs, bums, tums class. Apparently, the horse is called Oakleigh, Oakley?? and he's small haha haha, so really he's a pony. Now I'm really LOL.
Good luck to all in the forthcoming weeks!