The HR Juggler

Day 34: Game Changer

Posted on: January 3, 2013


Today’s post is written by Gemma Reucroft, better known to me in my Twitter timeline as HR_Gem.


When I first saw the tweet from Alison about advent blogs I had an idea for one that was HR related.  I tried to write it a couple of times but the words wouldn’t come.  Then today it occurred to me that I did have something to write about that fitted the theme; I just wasn’t sure how I felt about sharing it.

In between Christmas and New Year last year, I went to the gym.  This was not a regular occurrence for me, despite having been a member for years.  In the corner of the room was a set of scales.  On I went, and saw a number that I’m not quite brave enough to share on a public blog.  Suffice to say it was a moment of realisation.  I could no longer pretend to myself that I wasn’t anything but seriously overweight.   

I’ve never been fit.  I was the girl at school who was always last to be picked for any sports team, the girl who always had a note from her mom to get her out of PE.  I’ve always loved my food too.  I’m the only person I know who can eat their way through an entire pound of lemon bon bons in one sitting.  And every year for the last ten years I have got a little bit chunkier, watching the dress sizes go up and up, one pizza at a time. 

It took me till April to get really serious.  I went on holiday and promised myself it would be the last time I wore trousers around the pool.  So, on my return I started the calorie counting and the gym visits.   I gave up the foods that I love.  I did exercise DVDs before work, and even cut down on wine (!).  And very slowly, my clothes got that bit looser.  I even stopped running with sweat when I broke out into a run in the gym. 

It was not easy, and it still isn’t.  I will however go into this Christmas season two and a half stone lighter than when I went on the scales on my day of reckoning last year.  Lighter, and one hell of a lot fitter.  I still couldn’t run a marathon, but today I had to hold up my gym trousers when I was pounding away on the treadmill. 

This year has taught me many things.  Firstly, it might be something that people say quite blithely or have on motivational pictures in the office, but you can do anything you set your mind to.  You just need to want it enough.  If I can do it, anyone can.  You can be your own cure.  This year has also taught me that running slow is fine – as long as you run.  And finally, this year has also taught me that I should have paid attention in needlework, as I could have taken in my own trousers instead of paying a fortune to the local dressmaker. 

So my resolutions for 2013 are:

  1. By the end of the year, I will be able to run a 10K race.
  2. Take all those clothes that are too big for me to the charity shop.  Because I am not going to need them again.


3 Responses to "Day 34: Game Changer"

Good luck! I ran 10 km in 2009, then ran marathon in 2010, do it!!!!

Love this gem 🙂 thank you

Brilliant post – I can so relate to this (even though I’m a guy!). Five years ago I was 14 stone, in old money, now I am 12 stone, purely through exercising more and eating less. I feel better at 56 than I did at 36. Well done you 🙂

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