So…tomorrow I begin my beastie adventure…to say that I’m excited is a complete understatement.
Just a wee bit about me before I start to ramble on…my name is Hannah. I’m 26 (27 in a few weeks), originally from Cambridge (UK) and been living in Bristol since I went to uni here in 2003 and married to the beautiful Nicky (8 months ago). My passion/dream as a kid was to be a dancer, until that dream was shattered when I was 16 and developed chronic tendinitis around my pelvic girdle, basically causing me to give up my dreams of the West End, I was devastated. Anyhow, I continued to go to uni, where I rowed for some time in a lightweight 4 which was immensely fun, although just got out of touch when I left uni.
Nick and I began our fitness journey some years ago, with visits to the gym and in 2010 investing in transforming our garage into our personal gym. My weight has always yo yo’d since stopping dancing (at my heaviest at 10st 3lb…a fair amount for a 5 ft 4in gal!), probably not helped with all the lovely fad and crash diets that I’ve subjected my body to over the years.
In January 2011 we began our beachbody journey, being introduced to it by my brother who had been bought P90X for his birthday. To say that I was skeptical about doing a home workout like this is an understatement, although at the 30 day mark we were already seeing results, kept us pushing play! Since then we have dabbled in numerous programmes; insanity, asylum, turbofire, P90X2 and brazil butt lift. We’ve loved all of them (some more than others!)….
Since Ihearing beachbody were releasing a weight lifting programme I’ve been umming and ahhing as to whether it’s for me, whether I should even think about doing something that’s for guys who wanna ‘get big’. Then, I thought heck, why not?!
I’ve been called ‘mad’, ‘insane’, ‘mental’…’why the hell do you want to do a weight lifting programme?’, ‘you’re gonna get like a man’ blah blah blah….My response: I’ve been officially cutting for over 18 months (dieting since I gave up dancing) and my body needs this and NO I AM NOT GOING TO GET BIG IT IS NOT PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE!
So why am I doing The Beast?
I want to dispel the myth that if women lift they will get big. Also the myth that we have to eat next to nothing to loose weight and get toned. I also LOVE lifting and I am genuinely intrigued how my body will react if I follow the plan and the nutrition for 90 days plus.
Why blog you might ask?
I have never written a blog before so this is all very new to me. I want to do this for a number of reasons; firstly to share my experience and my journey with others. From what my fellow UK Beastette Kt Havoc tells me, we are the first girls in the UK to take on The Beast! If I help even 1 person dispel the myth that girls cant lift then I’ve succeeded… I also want to keep myself accountable and putting pen to paper is defo going to make me do this…
Those who know me well know I ramble on, so enough from me for one day. I look forward to sharing my journey and doing ‘whatever it takes’!
Till next time….
P.S. Thanks to Si for letting me crash his space to document my rambles! Your a ledge! x