I’m Alice, editor of runnersworld.co.uk and a VERY excited bride-to-be! My fiancé Max proposed in December – and I’ve been fizzing with excitement (and increasingly addicted to Pinterest) ever since.
Vital statistics: 162cm (5’4”) and 64kg.
What I did this month: Three swims, a couple of runs, yoga, step and ski conditioning classes – and a week’s skiing!
W-Day countdown: I don’t know – we haven’t set a date yet!
Confession number 1: I may be a fitness journalist, but I’m human too and I probably choose the sofa over the gym too often for my own good…
My fiancé Max on the other hand is super fit – for the first three years of our relationship, he got up at silly o’clock to go rowing at least six times a week, and he still pushes himself hard at the gym.
I hated sport at school, but on Max’s encouragement I took up running at university. (I also took up rugby but that didn’t last long – it turns out being shoved into the ground by other women HURTS). Running stuck though, and over an awesome couple of years I got fit, lost weight, ran two marathons and countless other races… and then I got bored. Now I’ve somehow ended up back where I started: chubby and unfit. Except this time, I feel guilty because I know what I’m capable of!
I have 18 months until the big day, so I have plenty of time in hand. But I don’t want to wait – I’ve been carrying these extra pounds for long enough and I can’t wait to get rid. When trying to achieve something like losing a lot of weight, which can take months or even years of hard work to achieve, it’s important to set goals.
Set one big goal (mine is to be 58kg and a size 10) and smaller goals along the way (I’ll be thrilled when I dip under 60kg, and when I get back into my skinny jeans). These smaller goals will give you something achievable to aim for – and a motivation boost when you reach them.
Setting a time target also helps – so us brides are blessed to have that non-negotiable date on the horizon!
So, down in print so I can’t shy away, my targets for 2012:
Weight: 58kg (which would make me a slim size 10)
Exercise to tick off each week: three runs, two gym classes and a swim every week, plus daily core workouts at home.
1. Try every entry-level class at my gym
2. Enter a sprint triathlon, an open-water swimming race or two, and two half-marathons
I’ll leave you with a reassuring quote, from sportsman Trevor Silvester – one to remember when that mountain seems too hard to climb:
“Anything more than nothing is success. Success comes to the most consistent – you’ll achieve more if you do something every day, rather than not bother at all because you couldn’t do everything you wanted.”
runnersworld.co.uk – for weight loss tips and free training plans
trulyscrumptiousfood.com – my blog, for w-day, party and foodie inspiration
Read how Alice’s fitness journey began and join her again next month for more healthy ideas and fitness tips in the run-up to your wedding day