It was the point at which I found myself running up and down the hill outside my house – just so that I could finish on a complete mile – that I began to realise that my love of exercise has reached new heights. And it was in the bath not long after that I began to realise that there were actually tell-tale signs all over the house and in my life that I had, up until that moment, chosen to ignore. Think you too may be a little too overexcited about a thing called exercise?
I never thought I’d ever own an item of lycra. Now, it’s not that I don’t like the idea of lycra. It’s just that lycra has never really liked the idea of me. But, if you were to rummage through my bedrooms cupboards today (not an activity I’d recommend), you’d find a drawer crammed full of the stuff. Why? Because the day I started exercising was the day I started to lose my inhibitions and gain a little something called confidence. Growing up, I was the child with ‘the nice personality’.
So how do you get started and form a healthy habit when you haven’t yet experienced the extra spring in your step that comes when you shut that door behind you, get out there and give it a go. It doesn’t stop the constant weather app checks. Are the clouds getting gloomier? It doesn’t stop the agonising decision of what to wear. Am I in too many layers? Cold enough for gloves? It doesn’t stop the general faffing. Is my watch/phone/iPod charged?
Reading @Fearnecotton's brilliant book Happy and you pop up wonderful @KrisPoB. Making me smile as always. Think of you often. #proud to help you spread your life-saving boob-checking message. J x #grateful
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