More than two weeks into 2014, I wonder how you're all faring with your respective plans and goals? I will admit that as I write this, my hands are shaking and my arms feel like jelly after a tough session in the gym. An undisciplined weekend has me the worse for wear, and it's times like these that it's easy to feel discouraged.
Coming back from training and forcing myself to eat chicken slices while dreaming of pizza isn't fun and, while I am seeing inch loss, the scales aren't exactly motivating me. But, I know that this is the real test -- it's not the lifting or physical exertion that's a trial, but the mental ability to see things through.
Those closest to me are of a similar mindset, and we're all in this together. My loved ones are supportive -- some are of the tough love variety, others are in the 'you can do it, I'm so proud' camp. Either way, it's important that it's not just me experiencing the ups and downs.
That's why reading Siobhan Byrne's column this week resonated with me. Giving up is so easy, but not at all worthwhile. Follow her advice for sticking with your pursuits, and the pay-off for body and soul will be worth it.
This week we kick off our 'Walk to Run' programme with Liz Costigan. Conscious that not all readers are running devotees -- myself included -- Liz's advice is practical and encouraging.
As the weeks go by, she'll be extending the plan to 10k, turning novices into comfortable runners. We have our own race on March 9 -- a great goal to work towards -- with 5k and 10k options. See fitmagazine.ie/events today.