A group of 12 (11 ladies and 1 husband) got together two weekends ago under the very professional guidance of Shelley and Mike from Tri-Fits-U, a small business specialising in fitness weekends/days and triathlon training. We had all met through a motivational support group on Facebook - A Big Girls Journey to Lean, headed up by the very inspirational Angela Cox.
I was absolutely delighted to be invited. The group was mainly made up of the 'admin' team - all the ladies who give up so much of their free time to run the group. I am not in the admin team but I have been a part of the group since day one and although I tend to dip in and out these days (it is so big now it fills my feed) I have come to consider these ladies good friends.
So at 7.30 am on Saturday I left home to travel to the very lovely Burford Bridge Hotel at Box Hill near Dorking. Our first 'class' was at 9 am and it was full on all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Fortunately the rain kept off most of the time!
The weekend included boxing, circuits, swimming, fitness walks, HIIT and stretching.
I learnt new skills and a new confidence.
But actually what I really gained from the weekend was a positive mindset and a willingness to reconsider how I see myself. As I have said before I have recently been suffering from stress related problems and anxiety. I also tend to beat myself up rather too much if I am, in my opinion, not perfect with my diet and fitness.
But ... I learnt ...
Having had a long summer break where keeping to a routine has been so difficult I always knew that this fitness weekend would be a great springboard and a catalyst for getting back on my health and fitness journey. It has done just that. In the next couple of weeks I will be setting up a new home gym in the log cabin, somewhere I can workout alone and where I can leave all my equipment out and ready to use. That is my first priority.
Boxing class on Saturday morning!
Saturday's fitness walk was up Box Hill Steps. OMG! No doubt that I was working at maximum heart rate for that one! This is me at the top, I think I had just about recovered by then - the view was worth it I think!
Yes despite saying I wouldn't, I did! Outdoor pool in the UK and I went in it. The pool was warm, the sun was still on it late afternoon and after a full day of classes and fitness walking it was just what we all needed.
Saturday night we had dinner in the hotel restaurant which was delicious! Right up my street, tasty and the portions were not too enormous. I wore my new French Connection Rebound Black Jeans with a previous season Mint Velvet blouse and bag from Boden and new loafers from Moda in Pelle (very comfortable).
What a gorgeous group!
For some reason I decided to pose on one leg which actually looks like I have a leg missing - yes it was hard work but no my leg didn't fall off!
Thank you everyone for making my weekend such fun. Looking forward to the next one!
Welcome to Fifty & Fab, a lifestyle blog celebrating women. I am a blogger with a passion for writing about style, beauty, health and fitness with a focus on the over 50's. I am based in Marlow but work across London and the South East.
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