It has been a while since I updated on my weight loss, mainly because between May and September 2014 I really lost focus (just look at my latest food reviews - ahem!). Yep, that "break" was a heck of a long time – wanna know why? I'll be completely honest with you. If you don't know, I was totally "on it" with my personal training sessions and I was losing stones worth of weight at a rate of knots… This was a miracle for me, having found it hard to get motivated by this sort of activity in the past, I adored it and still do! I was doing very well indeed. I was running 5k routes without stopping, cycling miles and miles at the weekends and I was even lifting weights in the gym (deadlifting was my ultimate in fun!) and I was addicted, pure & simple. Then, after a particularly long weekend of cycling, combined with an old back injury from years ago (yes, I slipped on my dogs dribble 7 years ago and landed in the "splits" position –oof!) I was training in the sunshine with my PT (Sarah at Primal Performance is just one of the best things that happened to me in a long long time, she's awesome!) and something went very wrong. I was doing some sort of ridiculous circuit in Sarah's gym garden and whilst attempting 200 bicycle crunches (blimey, these are horrid, but great for the legs & buttocks!) something literally clicked and I couldn't move. Sarah had to peel me off the floor and I cried in pain, it was incredible - needless to say, the session ended there for the day and I went home to rest. Queue months (literally) of agony, discomfort, sometimes even unable to get out of bed in the morning without help, I was in a really bad way. The doctors put me back on painkillers (I hadn't taken these for years and was so stubbornly reluctant to get back on them, but had no choice) – I was literally stopped in my tracks. Sarah was fantastic within these summer months, she helped where she could by continuing our sessions, focussing on simple stretches to help ease the pain, massages to help keep me moving and just generally being a shoulder to cry on when I was suffering – I can't thank her enough for her continued support, she's bloody amazing and anyone that trains with her will confirm, I'm sure of it. To cut a very long story short, it turns out I had a prolapsed disc and an MRI scan late last year helped me to know what the issue was (I had been fobbed off at the time of the accident as a girl with a bad back and told to "learn to love the pain" by my NHS physio at the time) finally. Slowly, but surely, after some life-changing moments for me towards the end of 2014, I finally started to feel more like myself after lots of rest and de-stressing. In fact, after I met an awesome new guy in my life, the pain disappeared almost completely. Sarah and I (after discussion at length about this) reckons that the stress in my life was contributing hugely to my pain and *touch wood* it's now manageable and allowing me to get back on it. And that, my friends, is exactly what I'm doing – no excuses. Within the last 8 weeks, I've lost a thrilling 8cm from my waist and 6.5 kilos on the scales (that's just over a stone) - hurrah. The pain hasn't gone completely and I still have a slipped disc to manage over time, so I know I've got to be super careful in everything I do, even walking the dog or heading out in the car, but it's not stopping me. I'm joining Sarah in the gym once a week to throw myself at the equipment again (and I'm loving it!) and I even join her new girls' only circuits group on a Wednesday night from 6pm at Dry Drayton Village Hall (TEAM GO is the best medicine for a mid-week laugh whilst you exercise) – I truly can't rate it enough, so if' you're looking for something inspiring yourself, get to this and your first session is free to try it out… you've literally got nothing to lose - other than a few lbs! Sarah puts her trust into you to weigh in weekly and take your figures and measurements yourself, adding it to your own confidential chart within a jam-packed folder of exercise and nutritional advice that you get to keep. She's there to help if you need her, but it's a sensible way of eating (I'm never hungry and I'm back to feeling great and sliding back down the scales) and the circuits vary every week. The group get to chat for 10 minutes or so at the start, swapping notes, stories and tips from their week – the support in just this is brilliant and we can all chat through a dedicated Facebook group through the week too if we need it. We do everything from playing "Tag" or "British Bulldog" to get warmed up – giggles aplenty, it's hilarious, you can't help but have fun! Then we enjoy a varied circuit training session, mixing up the session with cardio work and strength training – it's hard work, but how else are you going to lose those wobbly bits? So, now you know why I went quiet for some time and why I'm now totally gung-ho on my weightloss mission. I'm currently enjoying a varied exercise schedule, including these training sessions, walking my lovely pup, swimming, playing Badminton and back to training for a couple of 5K runs later this year – eek! Not only do I have one gorgeous and supportive boyfriend to impress, I want to feel healthy and good for myself and lastly (and most importantly) I want to look as hot as I can be by the poolside when I head to sunnier climes this April - so exciting, my very first long haul trip for my #80stays challenge hehe, so watch this space! I'm always looking for new and inspiring ways to get fit and healthy, so drop me a line if you can help or get me involved in something new. Do leave a comment below and share your thoughts, I'd love to hear from you! Or get in touch via social media through Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for a natter about life in general! You can older posts on my weightloss mission by clicking here.