seeing the small gains and running with short legs

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Its been about 6 months since I started my physical journey for my police application. My journey has taken me in circles and squiggles up and down the eventful path of what is now my new normal. GOSH it has gone fast.

I have lifted many weights and ran more kilometers than I care to think about. If I told myself 6 months ago that I would be lifting or squatting or pressing what I am today I probably would have laughed, very hard!  I can’t say that I am where I want to be, that will still be some time away but I am damn proud of what I can do. I have never felt better or stronger and when I look back and reflect on how I was feeling I didn’t realize how sluggish I was or if *touch wood* someone was to attack me I wouldn’t have been able to defend myself, but now, I think I could give most people a run for their money if it came to protecting myself.

When I first started my blog I outlined my weekly routine, I’ve pretty much doubled what I started off with and it’s not easy but very rewarding, especially now that I am at the point where I am noticing physical changes. I am happy to admit that in the six months I have lost 6 kg and am half way to being back to my goal weight; its amazing how hard it is to shift the kilos once you’ve eaten too much chocolate and drank too much coffee.

I haven’t completed a beep test in a while but my last test I did do was one of the best I have ever done, in saying this I can’t stop myself from having a rant about being short and running.

WHY can’t my legs grow just for the time that I am running…I just want to make it that little bit easier to cover more distance. I watch my partner run and one of his steps is at least two of mine so by the time he is running comfortably I am sprinting. It’s not fair! I maintain the theory that, yes it requires more energy to use larger muscles BUT energy can be replenished, whereas little legs stay the same. (I know it’s more complicated than that) Has anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

Anyway, being the end of the year I am feeling reflective on all that I have achieved and not achieved. I hope that the new year brings new challenges and more fitness gains, but most of all I wish all of word-press and beyond much luck and prosperity.

Feeling Healthy

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The changes to me

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Good Morning Folks,

Today I am going to write a bit a bout myself, I have previously written about the events leading up to my decision to join the police force, but today I feel it necessary to tell you the stats of which I started at and where I am at now. 

Me, Myself and I, started this journey weighing just over 62kg, I am 152cm short and I was feeling tired a lot and I couldn’t be bothered with wanting to do general activities. I have never been majorly over weight but enough to feel sluggish and heavy. I knew when I made the decision to join the police it would mean a big change if it meant achieving the 6.10 beep test score (Also, does anybody know if on the day of the fitness examination do they stop you at the 6.10 or keep you going until you conk out?). I had previously been fit, at one stage I applied for the ADF (about three years ago) I passed everything except the Asthma test which I failed by 2%, I tried for a year to re do that test on numerous puffers that I was prescribed, until one brought on a sort of asthma attack, so it scared me a little and I stopped trying. It was almost a blessing because I enrolled in an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality which pushed me to my limits, it originally was a three year course which has been condensed down to a year and a half, I was doing 16 subjects a semester and it was one of the hardest studies I have ever undertaken. I am much better of for it though it completely re opened my brain up :P. 

I currently am 58kg, still 152cm short  but I don’t think that will change any time soon, I’m turning 23 this year, and now when I wake up in the morning I generally have more energy and have a new found confidence in the future. I know that if i stick to what I am doing it will get even better I just wish It would happen faster, but in reality It will take time. I believe someone once said Patience is a virtueI am still learning this. 

I hope everyone has a great day! I’ve been thinking of doing another run today, however i wanted to run outside instead of in the gym, but there is severe weather warnings… still contemplating it though. Ill see how i go.

Goodbye for now. 🙂

P.S. The Photo attached with this blog, is what my police prep book looks like, it is very useful!