Leaving the Couch – The Journey so Far (Jan to Dec 2015)

Leaving the Couch – The Journey so Far (Jan to Dec 2015)

It’s that time of the year. Time to reflect on the lessons learnt in 2015

 

It’s been fun trying to recall all of the events, training sessions and random adventures that I’ve done over the last year while attempting to leave the couch and live an active and healthy lifestyle. I suppose the benefit of having a blog is that I can just check out older posts for a quick refresher.

 

But man, I’ve done a helluva lot!

 

I remember doing this post last year and having thoughts swirling around my head about getting to a goal weight or even feeling comfortable at the beach with my years of insecurities and unhealthy body image.

 

July 2014 seems like a lifetime ago

July 2014 seems like a lifetime ago

 

I can honestly say that weight isn’t really an issue anymore and I’ve kind of maintained a 90kg level all year – with 88kgs being the lowest weight I reached just before the Two Oceans trail and road runs. So that’s about 20kgs lost and maintained since starting in May last year.

 

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My two favourites 🙂

 

At home we’ve maintained eating better during the week and letting the reins loose on the weekends. But, now I actually tend to also go by feel and eat accordingly. So if I’m feeling heavy and sluggish then I’ll eat even cleaner. I’ve started to find what works for me after experimenting with small tweaks here and there.

 

It’s clear now that committing to consistent training (weights plus cardio) and living an active lifestyle has made me a much happier person. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff about diet and weight. Have some good eating foundations and then adjust accordingly from there.

 

I still have my insecurities though – my wife can tell you all about how irritating I can get 🙂 . But, those are my issues and I’ll need to deal with that.

 

In the meantime, here are some takeaways (again with the food analogy) from 2015:

 

Stuff that I’m happy about

  • Sticking to a consistent training plan for more than a year! Each day is new territory for me as I extend my healthy buzz
  • I’m still surprised by how many people actually visit my site. The blog’s popularity has grown and it’s thanks to all the likes and shares on social media. Also, a big shout-out to the teams at Lightly Funky, Mode PR, TRAIL Magazine and Endurohub for throwing me some great opportunities – thanks to you lot, it’s not only my mom and Aanikah who read my ramblings lol
  • My family (including my Trail Bokkie family) for the support they’ve given me. Whether it’s been the grandparents for tagging along on an early morning race to look after our little one, or the mid-race words of encouragement from a Trail Bokkie. You can’t put a price on that support structure and I love you all
  • The EPIC memories I’ve added to my memory banks after events like Bat Run and Dryland Traverse

 

LTC Trail Bokkies kicking butt at the Impi Challenge

LTC Trail Bokkies kicking butt at the Impi Challenge

 

Things that I need to work on

  • I sometimes forget how hard it was to start this fitness journey and then to stay committed. Getting my ass into gear took more than one attempt. So I need to give more support to those around me trying to do the same – we need to be each other’s support structures because we all fall off the wagon every now and then
  • My balance and proprioception – my physio drilled this into my head and it has helped me tremendously so far, but there is still work to be done
  • Developing an actual kit and race budget. I want all shoes, watches, bikes, nutrition etc. that I read about online. I have a problem! FYI: If you want to send me product I’ll gladly review it 🙂 – especially shoes…who doesn’t love new shoes right?!? lol

 

Here’s to 2016

I’m looking forward to a great 2016 and I’ve already been thinking about which races to target on my race calendar.

 

More importantly, I really want to run happy, injury-free and enjoy the training. The trails have become the place where I go to reach a Zen state of mind. I want to continue to enjoy that and hopefully carry it into the future.

 

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There’s still a lifetime of training ahead 🙂

 

How did your 2015 go and do you have any special plans for 2016? Feel free to share below in the comments section.

 

– Peace

Fareed

fareed@leavethecouch.com
4 Comments
  • Raziya Salie

    December 24, 2015 at 5:42 am Reply

    Awesome reading as always. Thanks for the mention above. You and Aanikah are my inspiration and going try even harder in 2016 to reach my goal. Thanks for all the encouragement and the great outdoor adventures. Here’s to an even better 2016 to all LTC Trail Bokkies. 🙂 🙂

    • Fareed

      December 24, 2015 at 7:35 am Reply

      The Trail Bokkies are going to have a BIG 2016! We’ve had an epic adventure this year Raziya and I know you will be crushing it next year xoxoxoxo

  • Shaheen

    December 28, 2015 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Hey Fareed – always super inspired by your story , a friend of mine is starting her fitness journey, in a bid to give her some additional motivation – I showed her your before and after pics. I also mentioned to her that, to me at a glance your recipe for success was time and consistency. We all have our insecurities no matter how fit we are …. But I love the fact that your story .. Emphasizes – we all are on our own journey … And we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. Health and fitness is an intrinsic part of my life … But it has it’s peaks and troughs … But thank u for sharing your trials and tribulations … U never know who u r inspiring !! Keep on keeping on – see u on the trails !

    • Fareed

      December 29, 2015 at 7:15 am Reply

      Hi Shaheen 🙂

      Thanks so much for the really really really kind words. I’ve been inspired by so many people in my life that it is humbling to know that my little story provides some inspiration to others.

      What I’ve learnt is that we each have our own pace, journey and methods that work for us. It gets tough and sometimes it goes well, but keeping going is what gets results. See you out there!

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