The weightlifting granny...
This still makes me laugh. Me? Lifting weights?! Well, yes, it's true. I started in June 2016. But I had an absolute fear of the gym - what if I can't do it? What if people laugh? What if I hurt myself? After all, starting out as a 40-something granny I was no spring chicken! But neither was I totally decrepit, so I went along to Argos and bought a set of weights, a bar and dumbbells, and after about four weeks of being afraid to start, I eventually got stuck in to Joe Wicks' 12 week Shift, Shape and Sustain programme in my garage, living room or wherever no-one was likely to see me. I had to YouTube each exercise several times to make sure I was doing it half right. And I never knew pain like it...walking lunges were perhaps my worst - we were supposed to do them with weights and 50 for each leg. I couldn't do 50 in total with just body weight when I started!!
And, very surprisingly to me, I kept going. Literally from strength to strength. Then I outgrew the Argos weights, and had to face it. I needed a gym. Terrified, I dragged my teenage daughter along with me for a personal training session. But it was great - so I continued and she didn't! I've never really looked back - of course life throws its challenges at you. When my dad passed away last year, I struggled to get back on track, but eventually got there.
And actually, when I think about it, those are pretty good things to bear in mind for me as an OT, and for my life in general. My current training goal time-frame is the end of March, so I'll share an update with you in my April blog!!
Clare is an occupational therapist, a lifter of weights, a grandmother, a lover of dogs, pygmy goats, donkey, chickens and, of course, robins.