It’s officially the last day of the year and month five of my road to the stage is done and dusted. I can’t quite believe it! My progress towards competing has been as up and down as my year in general, but this month I finally felt like I had my head back in the game again. About time too. When it came to reflecting on the last year it really made me analyse my goals for 2018. Competing is definitely still something I want to do, but if I’m going to do it, I want to do well. It’s no longer about just getting on the stage, it’s about standing a chance of placing. So, there’s going to be a lot of hard work to do in 2018 and it’s time to get really focused. Before I get my head down though, here’s how December went…
Today’s weigh in was 52kg, a mere 2kg up from last month. I’m pretty certain that a lot of this is water weight plus time of the month so I’m not panicking. Meh, so my cut didn’t start in December. I was clearly being ambitious. However, I’m ready to go for it with the cut as of tomorrow – time to finally shed those last few kilos and see where my physique is at.
So I at least started off well by getting back on My Fitness Pal at the beginning of the month. But as Christmas festivities took over I kind of went off track again. But, I had a wonderful holiday season with friends, family and loved ones and I don’t regret a single bite. I’m definitely in the right frame of mind to nail down meal prepping for the cut once and for all…as of tomorrow of course.
I really upped my step count this month having started my new job, and I think this has been a big part of the Christmas weight gain only being 2 kilos. It’s raised my daily calorie burn quite significantly from around 1800 to 2200! Big difference. I’ve also been getting in some sneaky calorie-torching workouts by participating in classes I teach on the gym floor. Add in the fact that I’ve LOVED my programme this month with two strength days and two hypertrophy days and I’m feeling pretty awesome about my training. I’ve even added some extra cardio with either three 20 minute HIIT sessions or one long 60 minute run a week. I’m feeling pretty epic to be quite honest!
I think this is the first month where I’ve looked in the mirror and thought to myself, “ooh, you’re looking lean!” Those of you who’ve followed Running In Glass Shoes for a while will know that this really is a big deal for me. As always, progress photos speak volumes…
I’m particularly blown away by the back photo. My body has completely changed shape! Ok, it’s not that bikini girl X-shape yet, but there’s definite progress. Progress which I can actually see and be excited about. Like I said above, this is a big deal for me and a wonderful way to end the year: knowing that I’ve made significant changes in both body and mind. Here’s to an even stronger 2018!