Tuesday 27 September 2016

#13WeeksTil30: Vicki Notaro - 'This is the first photo I’ve ever felt comfortable sharing in a sports bra'

Published 04/01/2016 | 14:20

It’s the New Year, and everyone is on the fitness bandwagon! I for one welcome these new recruits – instead of having my rubber arm twisted in to going for drinks and dinner, it’s now being dragged for salad and green juice. Everyone is eschewing the things that I’ve found so difficult to avoid – yippee!

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The only downside? Everyone, including me, is sick. I’ve had a cold since before Christmas, but I didn’t want it to interfere with my training so I pretended I was fine and kept going – between that and my sore knee, I’m an awful crock.

"This is what’s keeping me going, the visible changes and feeling more slender in my tightest outfits."

However on New Year’s Eve, I felt like I had the beginnings of a chest infection – a wheezy cough coming from deep within and a phlegm party kicking off below the oesophagus. Still, I felt generally well so against my trainer Mairead’s advice I went training at One Escape (www.oneescape.ie). Immediately, I knew I’d set myself back. But eejit that I am, I went out for NYE as planned to the concert in the 3Arena, had a few drinks and woke up the next day spluttering. Brilliant.

There are conflicting schools of thought about working out when under the weather. Some say that if your cold is restricted to your head, you’re okay, but if it’s below the neck and in the chest, avoid (whoops). Others say that you need to completely rest to allow your body to heal, and also to prevent further strain on your immune system. After all, exercise is about pushing yourself.

So, I took the weekend off and I’m preparing to go back today for a light session to ease myself in before Mairead gets her mitts on me tomorrow. We only have three sessions left before I head off to the US of A and am left to my own training devices in the lead up to my 30th birthday. I’ll be packing my gear and factoring in workouts whenever possible, but I’ll really miss her guiding presence and her pushing me to do more reps, use heavier weights and just generally give it my all.

But I’m in good shape right now. This is the first photo I’ve ever felt comfortable sharing in a sports bra – while the lycra trousers do help, I’ve always had a muffin top in my workout gear as well as a few rolls of flab. My figure is undeniably streamlined, even though there hasn’t been a very dramatic reduction on the scales. This is what’s keeping me going, the visible changes and feeling more slender in my tightest outfits.

Vicki Notaro is on a mission to get slim on time for her 30th birthday
Vicki Notaro is on a mission to get slim on time for her 30th birthday

Because of my knee (and the fact that we’re not quite sure what’s wrong with it yet), I’ve been advised to steer clear of any classes and instead been doing more focused exercises. However, I’m never averse to bopping about in my house, so I gave the new Zumba DVD a try, and loved it! The fitness phenomenon has been around for 15 years, but this home workout from the creator Beto Perez is perfect for those suffering from a bit of January gymtimidation. You can build it up from low intensity to high, and I was able to complete it without straining my injury.

We have five copies of the DVD to give away, to enter simply 'Follow' @Indo_Life on Twitter and Retweet the competition tweet below.

Follow my journey via Instagram, snapchat and Twitter under the username @vickinotaro

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