2011 Finale

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I love this time of year and looking forward to what the next year will bring.

I’m making a huge pot of spaghetti for tonight, the sauce has been on since this morning and is in the slow cooker bubbling away. Spaghetti is one of my favourite foods, but only if I (or my dad) make it. I don’t like any other kind. I don’t use beef since Hubby can’t have it so today it’s pork mince and sausages with red caramelised onion, some onion and green peppers and a mixture of tomato and basil and tomato and garlic sauces. I’ll make the pasta later and add it to the pot, cook up some garlic bread and om nom nom. We also have a black forest gateau thawing away in the corner for dessert and the wine and champagne chilling in the fridge to ring in the new year!

I’m eager to take down all the decorations, but Hubby is adamant it be done tomorrow. So I worked out – the last one of the year. Still going strong with Insanity (2 days of double workouts this week to catch up) and today was Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs.

Pure Cardio is fast becoming my favourite one, it’s a killer but sooo good and only 15 moves of 1 minute each, for me it’s an endurance test more than anything. Each time I do it I can do more. Today was the first day I’ve done the Cardio Abs workout and I thought my core was strong… wow. It definitely challenged me but I loved it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow is a rest day, which I will relish then Monday is my first Fit Test since the start. I haven’t weighed (and honestly, not expecting that aspect to have improved – for a few reasons) since I started, and I’ve decided I’m only going to weigh with the fit tests. I want my progress to be measured, yes, but not solely on the scale. Improving my fitness overall is my ultimate goal – weight loss just happens to be a side effect of that.

Unlike a lot of the stuff you see about weight loss online, my sole purpose is not and never has been to be skinny, have a thigh gap, flat stomach, collar bones, hip bones sticking out etc.

All I want is to be fit, healthy and STRONG. To enjoy my life longer because I’m not at risk for disease from being overweight or obese.ย I want toned, firm muscular limbs, not skinny bony ones. That’s never been my motivation and I am not saying it shouldn’t be anyone else’s! I think if it works for you then do it. What works for me is knowing I’m improving my health and strength.

Ultimately I don’t care about what size I am or what I weigh, as long as I’m healthy and fit. That’s what works for me and that’s my focus for 2012. To be in the best physical (and hopefully mental) state a year from now so that 2013 can bring amazing things. ๐Ÿ™‚