The Forge is Julia Buckley’s new fitness programme; 12 weeks of 6 30-minute workouts. I’m not going to bang on about her progs much more, as I’ve already said they’re awesome many times.
I have been ill for a year or so, firstly with depression and in 2016 with a nasty virus which exhausted me plus killer wisdom teeth which meant even yoga was out. (That’s still ongoing, but I really hope it doesn’t hinder me.) Around January, I had to give up training. I’ve got podgy, and I hate it. I want to go back to feeling fit and like my body can do anything. I wanna surf, learn to teach yoga, do headstands, paddleboard over to Lochtyn with the dolphins, work double shifts and not sweat it, put in days digging out the hillside behind the house without stopping, walk dogs for miles. This is a high priority for me in my life, up there with getting the bloody house inhabitable asap, and starting regular writing again.
To lose fat. To be measured in inches, not pounds, and how well I can fit into those nemesis jeans of mine. These goals will be parcelled out by the week.
Pull-ups. Unassisted, 10 of, by mid-August (end of prog). This means I’ll do the Phoenix programme as well. (Hey, 30 minute workouts are short, I can do this.)
My accountability partner (I hate the word buddy) is my mum, who is currently on a Nutribullet mission, is always trying to be as healthy as she can, and always backs me up. I will also tell my boyf of my goals, because he is the most pessimistic person I know and always says, ‘You’ll never do that.’ Several times I have, partly just to prove him wrong (Insanity, taking up running, renovating a house…).
I also want to get my eating and drinking back on track, with more Nutribullet and Deliciously Ella goodness, and better choices when I go out.
I’ll post on here, but also on Instagram, which I use it a lot for motivation and inspiration. Facebook too, a bit, but a Facebook session always leaves me feeling vaguely shit, and that’s not the point here! (Or ever, really.)
The accountability aspects are great, but mostly, I need this kind of structure to ensure I get it done. If everyone else is going to be a workout or two ahead (and posting about how great they feel) if I don’t do it TODAY, then I am more likely to do it.