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We often can’t run fast, or for a long time, or do a pull-up, but if there’s one thing us fat girls can do it’s make excuses. There’s a reason why we’re fat, and there are a million reasons why we don’t do anything  about it. As any yo-yo dieter knows, you can’t start a new eating plan without doing a big shop. A friend of mine once told me she didn’t go the gym because she didn’t have a hair elastic.

So, I’ve been fairly consistent about my visits to Crossfit, but what I’m not so great at is the other stuff- the walking to work (I’m busy, my bag is heavy, its raining) etc. And this week I’ve been struck down with a cold  so haven’t stepped inside the gym all week. Saturday sees the start of the Parkman Paleo Challenge – our 30 day kickstart, and considering I’ve eaten a phenomenal amount of crap in the last few days and don’t nothing, I’m going to need it. And of course, I can hear the devil on my shoulder making excuses – you’re not well, you haven’t planned, etc etc. Of course, with my new found determination, I know these are excuses not reasons so I’m ignoring them. I’m looking forward to feeling better and full of energy, and I know eating paleo and being more active is good for me. I’m looking forward to putting on my new kit and lifting stuff, working on getting better form, setting some targets.

Because really, it comes down to this – I can make excuses and put stuff off as much as I want because I’m a grown up and can do what I like. But will that bring me closer to my goal? Will that help me do what I want or be what I want? And who’s the loser? Will I be 40 and no different? So if not now, when?



Rachael Parkman

Rachael is a late 30s south Londoner, who’s always been bigger than she wants but thinks she’s found the solution. Lives with her husband and cat, and enjoys cooking, gin and tonic and wearing nice shoes.

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