Some people require a little pressure to succeed. Others prefer not to have any at all. We all work differently and I like to think that is what makes the world go round.
I’m doing the Slimming World weight loss plan and they have just started a sponsored slim programme and I LOVE IT! I am one of those people who needs the watchful eye of others over me sometimes, especially when it comes to food! That saying “If a tree falls in the woods and nobody see’s it does it still make a sound?” can be applied to my eating habits.
If no one saw me eat it, it simply didn’t happen!
I have been involved in every slimming group and plan around and I’ve never come across this simple yet very effective approach. For six week members can get sponsored by their nearest and dearest to lose weight for a worthy local cause. It’s that simple and I’m calling it a Slim-A-Thin.
Some will set a weight loss target for themselves, some will not. Some will have each pound of weight loss sponsored, others may only collect if they reach their personal target. I am going to get my nearest and dearest to sponsor me for each pound I lose. I am at the stage where I have lost the easy-to-lose weight and now comes the hard slog, so this couldn’t have come at a better time for me.
My Slim-A-Thin starts today and it’s all in aid of a special needs school in Bray who are fundraising to upgrade their outdoor play area. It’s a very worthy cause which will also benefit me! win-win.
Now I’m going to think twice before I have that spoonfull of Nutella from the jar! Wish me luck and if you see me buying Nutella in the supermarket just shout Slim-A-Thin at me!
Do you remember who your best friend was when you were 12? Are you still in touch? Still hang out? If not imagine what it would be like to meet your old best friend from your younger years now.
That is exactly what I did last night!
My best friend from when I was 12 is Sarah Jane. She moved to America all those years ago and over time we lost touch. I always held my memories of time spent with SJ very fondly and we were such good and uncomplicated friends. We met in gymnastics and immediately hit it off. There was never any competition or fighting from what I remember although our parents may say different!
Six months after she left for America all those years ago I headed off, alone to stay with her family in Tennessee for four weeks. It was such an amazing adventure for a 12 year old to travel to Tennessee on her own! I was an accompanied minor with one of those badges, I was very well traveled, well used to airports and times were different, so don’t freak out!!
We spent a fantastic month just being teenagers in Tennessee! I joined her cheer leading troupe, I shaved my legs for the first time, pierced my ears with a large needle and went to my first concert.. The Beach Boys! It was an amazing time although I think both mothers may have been glad we had a large ocean between us given the amount of mischief we were capable of!
So she is back in Ireland to celebrate a family wedding and we met up. It was like we just picked straight up from all those years ago. It was natural and comforting to be in her company. Nothing was awkward or weird, we could have chatted all night.
We tried to fit as much we could into the time we had. We talked about the good and bad times in our lives, about our joys and struggles and shared both funny and sad stories. We caught up on what we had done with our lives and what was important to us. It was like a breath of fresh air in a stressful week for me.
It is a joy to have SJ back in my life. We had conversed on facebook for a few years but it’s just not the same as meeting in person. We gave each other a huge hug on departure and both agreed that it was such a pity we had so much distance between us. We have exchanged addresses and will become pen pals… which is just brilliant! I’ll be so excited waiting for the odd letter; the only post I get is bills!
If you have a best friend from your youth it might just be worth it to look him or her up. My experience was fantastic!
If you stop by here every now and then you will see that I am a person that is always planning my next challenge. I have a need to be planning the next ‘thing’ be it a night out, holiday or personal target. I’m not sure if it is healthy to be constantly setting myself challenges and targets to meet and more to the point if I should be sharing them with the world or just keep to myself and celebrate the achievement?
Well, it looks like the sharing will continue for at least this post as I have set myself another target! I am going to tog out and take part in the Wicklow Adventure Race – WAR:Hellfire.
I have exactly two months to get race fit which includes running 3km up a mountain, cycling 17km up and down mountains and some bendy roads it seems and finally 3km up the original mountain again.
I enjoy a challenge but mostly I enjoy completing them! Three years ago I did one of the WAR races that included 40km of running, kayaking and cycling. I was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay fitter than I am now back then but it was a fairly hardcore challenge – I tend not to realise how difficult they are until I am around 3km in!
Then last year I decided I’d try Hell and Back. Well. I have never in my life felt so battered and tired. The 14km course nearly finished me.
One word simply describes it. Relentless. Once you got through one assault you were straight into the next one. My major downfall was that I didn’t train enough for it and I had no idea how grueling it was going to be. It was great craic, at times and the feeling of achievement was brilliant but I don’t think I’ll be doing another one!
So, let the training begin. I know I can do it but I’d like to do it well. I’m not going to set any records but I’d like to feel proud rather than pathetic coming across the finish line.