The other day I decided to try on my graduation dress. I graduated almost 2 years ago now but the significance of this dress is that it actually kick started my health and fitness journey. Some people have a lot more interesting stories to share as to why they decided to start taking care of their bodies – but mine was simple, I just didn’t feel like myself in my own body anymore. We’re quickly approaching the 1 year mark of the start of my journey, and when this comes of course I’ll do a full break down of the year, how everything started and where I hope to be headed; but in a nutshell, when I started working full time I completely stopped caring about my health and fitness. My diet was atrocious and I’d work out for maybe half an hour every two weeks – I started to feel like I totally wasn’t myeslf in my body and when I could no longer fit into my graduation dress (and I mean, at all) from only a year prior, I decided then that I (personally) wanted to make a change. Who knew a year of bad habits would lead to one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself?
I’m not really a big birthday person – unless it’s a quite “monumental” year such as 18, 21, 25, I rarely even have the energy to plan up a big celebration (although always feel the pressure to celebrate from my friends!) This year, for the first time, I decided to spend my birthday abroad after Levi suggested we hit Madrid during Christmas time. Well – kind of… I spent my actual birthday in the office (something I’ll probably refrain from doing again – although my team were lovely enough to buy me a birthday cake, working through your birthday is not ideal). However, the weekend following my birthday, Levi and I packed our suitcases to jet to Madrid for a city break.