If you follow Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll see I use the hashtag #leadbyexample. It’s something I try and pride myself on, that I won’t give my clients anything I wouldn’t undertake myself and that I do my best to be a good example in not only fitness but nutrition and how I approach life in general. I try to be kind, and see the positive in most situations (don’t get me wrong, I can also be an absolute bitch, if the situation warrants it, but then who isn’t?). So when I fall back on my old habits, habits that in the past saw me balloon to 18stone, I shake myself off, readdress the situation and start looking at what needs to change once again.
Usually, I pop a post up on this blog and say I’m doing XYZ, but this time I’ve decided that just as I hold my clients accountable for their approach to their new lifestyle habits, I need to be held accountable to mine.
Since I injured my ankle, and took last year off from my sport of Obstacle Course Racing, I have gained weight. I’m not exactly sure how much (I tend not to weight too often as the number itself doesn’t really bother me anymore), but certain items of clothing don’t fit, and I had to go up a size in jeans last month. So enough sitting on my butt in ‘recovery’, enough procrastinating with paperwork, using the excuse of being too busy and falling back into old ‘fat’ patterns that I thought I had clawed out of a long time ago…. time to set myself a goal, formulate a plan, and execute that plan and lead by example. Time to get back to being comfortable in my skin as that is ultimately what the goal should be. I don’t want to be some preconceived notion of what a PT should be, I just want to be the best version of me in all aspects of life.
I will be blogging and v-logging the next 12 weeks as I put myself through a strength and conditioning programme, getting back to running, along with a renewed nutrition plan. I’m aiming to be as honest as possible (or as you can be on these things), and you will get to see me warts and all.
I have used that hashtag ‘#leadbyexample’ for a few years and now I feel I’ve let things slide, personally, so I need to re-earn that right of use. I hope you’ll come along on this journey with me, and I hope that you’ll maybe find a few nuggets of knowledge that you can use yourself.
It all kicks off tomorrow (yeah I know it’s April Fool’s but this isn’t a prank, honest guv’).
As always, be kind to yourself, you rock!