I'm loathe to admit it, but lately I've got out of the habit of exercising. Tag rugby season has ended, my dumbbells are on the floor and my sports gear isn't getting the attention it deserves.
It might be foolish as the editor of a fitness magazine to admit that, but I'm not an athlete – I'm a normal woman with a demanding job and lifestyle, and lately laziness has been winning out.
Despite best intentions, my good diet has fallen by the wayside as well. With the nights drawing in, I know that unless I take myself in hand, things will continue to slide.
It was this time last year I embarked on a rigorous workout programme, training five to six days a week, eating a low GI, high-protein diet and basically transforming my body and mind in a way I hadn't thought possible.
The effects are long-lasting, but old habits die hard and I can feel my new mentality slipping with every piece of white bread I dismiss as all right in moderation.
So, readers, I'm sharing this with you in an attempt to get myself back on track. I'm vowing to get my act together from now until Christmas. I'll keep you posted on how I get on!
This issue is a good one for others facing the same dilemma, with a feature on the hot new workout trends, inspiring advice from comedian-turned-cycling enthusiast PJ Gallagher, and wise words on recovery from Ireland international rugby player Tommy Bowe.
As the season draws to a close, it's time to focus on achieving the goals in hand, and plotting for 2014!
Until next week . . .