|Triaxis 2012 |
Photo by Owen G Richards
But in 2012 I realised a number of things, achieved a few personal goals and fell in love with some new ways of keeping myself active.
|Kirby & Roberts|
Trouble is our middle name!
|Pole Pride Showcase|
In May I took to the stage for my first pole performance. September, I joined the ranks of the Pole Pride Performers ( a great bunch of girls and boys who are a joy to be around and are exceptionally talented), and then this month we had a second showcase at which I performed all in aid of a local cancer hospice and so far between the two shows we've raised £1600. For something that started outside my comfort zone, I feel very at home performing on the pole. And to top a year of poling off, in October I took part in my first professional Pole Photo shoot with the very wonderful Miss Moth Photographic Arts. I think what I love about Pole Dancing, isn't only that it challenges my fitness and body strength but that it also forces me to seek a grace between each transition, to not just plough into trick or spin without adding some flow to the movement. It speaks to my outward front person and inner frustrated dancer. It's a marrying of disciplines and something I will definitely be progressing further in 2013.
|First Pole photo shoot Oct 2012|
|With Alethea Austin|
Continuing with the fitness theme (well this is a fitness blog after all), I also fell madly in love with obstacle course racing. In 2011 a good friend posted a video to my Facebook wall about a race called The Spartan Sprint. This video had me intrigued. I watched with wonder at these people happily flinging themselves through lakes, rivers, over walls, crawling under cargo netting and barbed wire, jumping over fire pits and battling Spartans with pugil sticks to win a shiny medal. Curious about this wondrous vision, I started to research this possible new fitness madness that I could get involved in. (As with pole again I need to have something outside of the just the usual routine to work towards or I notice I get lazy with my workouts - I am my own worst enemy as many of you will have gathered reading previous posts). I soon realised after watching, reading and learning all I could about the Spartan series that it was more than just wanting to win, more than just the shiny medal at the end, it was about finishing no matter what. It was about facing obstacles head on regardless of what you expect and just getting to that finish line because then you know.
|Boobs and Determination|
I have an abundance of both ;)
So in September of this year, OH and I donned our trail runners and with a knee injury in tow ventured to Atherstone in the Midlands to take part in our first Sprint. Yes the Spartan tag line seems convoluted, and kitsch but in all seriousness you do know at the finish line just what you are capable of. Running 6.5km over 15+ obstacles with a knee that was on fire for the last 2.5km, wading through 2.5km of river water and falling face first into red dyed ice, well that was possibly the most fun I have had in LONG time. It was something I was looking forward to and something that I enjoyed beyond my initial expectations. It also opened a whole new community to me and one I am fiercely proud to be a member of, The Spartan Chicked Group. I was thrilled with a bad knee and queues at the obstacles we finished with a respectable time of 1hr 40mins.
|Best fun ever!|
|CJ and me at the Race for Life|
Sadly 2012 had it's serious downside. In late September we received the news that Gav's beloved cousin James McCubbin had suffered a heart attack and had passed away. This floored us completely, not least due to James only being a few months younger than myself and had died aged 36. But also in that his wife is fighting breast cancer. It left the family utterly devastated and in a state of disbelief. I can hear his laughter when I think of him. He was a man who loved life and we have to accept that he is no longer present in person, but lives on in how we live by loving life as he did and by remembering him with love and fondness. We miss you Jim.
However the year is ending on a high, the album launched to great reviews, we toured, and my first proper training client has messaged me to say she's lost her first stone in weight just by changing two simple habits in her diet and moving more. I'm so proud of her, she's a great person and with three children and husband, and helping out at her mother's shop, she's done amazingly well proving that if you want it, nothing will stop you. Well done, Femi, I'm so very, very proud of you :D
|Before 2006 After 2012|
So as 2012 draws to a close, I recall that for the most part it's been a fantastic year, with the band going from strength to strength, the fitness side of things really picking up, my own fitness and weightloss journey continuing in great strides what is left for 2013. Well, I am always on a journey of self discovery and 2013 is the year that things will change greatly. I have plans afoot that will come to realisation in the first quarter of the year. The band will be back on the road and who knows where that will take us. I am studying to finish the final assessments of my Personal Training Cert as well as taking my Exercise to Music qualifications and pole training qualifications. I have so many fitness quails I want to take to really increase my flexibility and adaptability to the ever changing world of fitness. I am also looking at ways to incorporate obstacle course training into basic personal training to give my clients something different to the run of the mill bootcamp style training. All in all, 2013 is looking to be a great year, and while I am sure there will be hurdles and dips, the highs will once again outweigh them greatly.
So to everyone who has read my blog over the last year, thank you for reading my ramblings. It is appreciated. And I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Here's to 2013 and don't forget to be kind to yourself, you ROCK!
|Do what you love to love what you do :D|
Photo Credits: Triaxis group photo: Owen G Richards
Kirby & Roberts: Kat Jennings
Spartan Pics: SpartanRace.com
Zombie Evacuation: ZombieEvacuation.com
Pole Pride Shocase and Photoshoot: Miss Moth Photographic Arts
Krissie performing picture: Anthony May, FestivalPhoto
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