Get back into shape with the new editor of Fit
I am delighted to take over as editor of Fit Magazine. Health and fitness is a passion of mine, and to work with the Fit team of regular writers and contributors is a privilege. To spend time sourcing new research in nutrition, training and technology, and to look for athletes and fitness fanatics to feature in the magazine is a joy.
I first embraced fitness in February 2010. I was fat and tired and sick of the hamster wheel of working too much and eating badly all week, and drinking too much at the weekends. I went to see strength coach Damien Maher, who owns Be Fit For Life gym in Sandyford, Dublin, and over the course of six months he whipped me into shape.
I did everything he told me. I gave up alcohol, bread, pasta and ate a completely clean diet. I did weight training four times a week and interval training another two. Come the summer I was lean, and fit and strong and I could do anything. I had dropped from 81.3kg to 65.7kg with a body fat of around 16pc. I was so happy! Being fit was a huge part of my identity.
In March 2012, I found out I was expecting my first child. I trained right up until about seven months until pelvic pain just made things too uncomfortable. My daughter was born in December and by February I was back in the gym. I was so happy to be back in the gym. For the rest of my maternity leave I did okay.
Going back to work last August I wasn't anywhere near 65kg or 16pc. I was about 74kg and 22ish. I was training, but I wasn't eating as clean as I should be and, like a lot of new mothers, I wasn't sleeping. But it didn't matter, because I was in the gym.
Two months into being back at work, I just gave up. My daughter started waking earlier and earlier in the mornings and I felt guilty about going to the gym as I was missing those precious hours in the morning with her. In the evenings, I was so exhausted that heading out after she went to bed seemed ludicrous. When my gym membership expired I let it. I was so annoyed that I had allowed myself to get out of shape again. To lose my fitness. I will get back to it soon, I kept telling myself. My time will come again.
And then came the opportunity to edit Fit Magazine. Interacting with the writers and the Fit readers has reignited my willpower. I will get my fitness back. To start off, I have entered the next Fit City Series race, which will take place in my native Cork on July 13 – in just under eight weeks.
I have never run before, but I have set myself the goal of running the 5k and I am starting my training tonight. Please email in any tips you might have, and if you want to join me, you can follow Liz Costigan's Positive Fitness couch to 5k programme, which is available on fitmagazine.ie.
Until next week,
Health & Living