I originally started mybuisnessbody roughly 8 months ago with the aim of helping graduates and city workers live a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle whilst working demanding hours. I always thought that for someone who loves exercise as much as me, it would be easy. So I have nearly always loved exercise to the extent that I need to do it 5-6 times a week. Exercise is my personal way to clear my head and have “me time”. Some people like to get into bed and read a book, some like to roll out the yoga mat. I like to get on a treadmill.
However, in the last 3 months my life has gone through some changes; my health and fitness were no longer priorities. Instead I chose to spend my spare time having fun. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing like getting a gold-old sweat on on a Thursday evening during BodyPump… but I’m talking about proper fun. I’m talking boozy dinners out during the week and tequila-fuelled nights in Infernos with the girls at the weekend, every weekend. Saturday’s no longer consisted of extensive workouts in the gym but lazy days in bed watching TV with pizza because I was too hungover to function. I remember one point realising that I hadn’t cooked a single meal at my flat for four weeks. Every single night I felt the need to have fun and socialise… and that’s exactly what I did.
So you may ask why can I not just continue being care-free and life-loving forever?! For starters, there was the weight gain. Then there was the lack of energy due to night after night of only 5 hours sleep. My efficiency at work was near-zero and every morning I was waking up with a new spot resembling Mount Everest on my chin. As I headed home for Christmas with my family, I realised I had to regain some balance in my life. I missed exercise and I missed feeling healthy. It was time to make some changes (again).
So do I have any regrets? Absolutely not. I wanted to make the most of being young and being independent. For me, the way to do that was by enjoying time with my friends… and that is exactly what I did. I can honestly say that the past 3-4 months have been some of the happiest, most enjoyable months of my life. I lived life in a way that I believe every 23 year-old should. I have learnt that it’s okay to get side-tracked or distracted every once in a while. A few months off isn’t going to throw you off the rails forever… it’s just knowing when those all-important adjustments need to be made. If you’re happy with yourself and your life, you are doing absolutely nothing wrong.
So it’s time to make those adjustments. With the London Marathon in just over 3 months, I’m swapping the heels for the running shoes and the dresses for the Lycra. I’m not saying I’m never going to clubbing again or that I’m giving up alcohol and carbs… I’m simply changing my focus for a couple of months. So expect lots of posts about marathon training as I document the next 15 weeks in the run up to probably the biggest challenge of my life so far.