Can you believe it has been 4 Years!!

4 years since I started all of this off!

On 23rd June 2013 I wrote this post: Day 1 of Project Fit Enough to Dance in a Mask the summary of which was, I want to get fitter so I can dance better so I will do some exercise every day.


Mildly irrelevant picture of me earlier this month.

I had no idea when I started this, where blogging and fitness obsession would take me. I had no idea I’d train to be a personal trainer who currently has actual real life clients! I had no idea I’d “run” a half marathon or go to a class called Sh’bam. I had no idea I’d fall in love with lifting really heavy stuff and develop a kettlebell obsession! I had no idea that in one month I’d do 4817 squats as part of a squat challenge. I had no idea that my blogging would gain me real actual friends, two of whom I have met in real life and who I consider to be good friends of mine! I had no idea I’d still be blogging in 4 years time!

As is traditional at new year I feel the need to reflect a little on the past year, but most importantly set myself a new challenge for the year ahead… (yes this is new year for me…in this context I consider my years to start on 24th ish of June)

I think I need to look back to April last year, when I told you I was going to restart my 365 ambitions and then I fell off the bandwagon and in august I came back with promises of goals and such like which I never really fulfilled.

I have been exercising all this time, I promise, I have been less dedicated than during my 365 but I have been working out at least 5 days in a week so I haven’t been terrible by most people’s standards. but I have let some things slide.

I have let cardio slide because I love lifting and I’d rather lift than run… but you know I have pledged to fix this I told you here: I dance better when I am running and I am still running once or twice a week so that is good.

I have let plyometrics and functional training slide… mainly because they are hard and because lifting stuff is fun.

I have let my diet slide, I don’t mean diet like being “on a diet” because that is not what I am about, but I have been slipping back into some old habits mainly around eating too much snack type food and eating large meals.

I have let my blogging slide, the crux of this blog is health and fitness and the main point of it was to keep my accountable. If I am not blogging that doesn’t work. I have also been pretty lax at keeping the promises I make on here…

well no more…

no more

Yep…a Doctor Who gif… you know its serious now! 

Now I am stopping all the excuses and flapping about and eating all the crap (not literally eeew) Now I am going back to the basics and rebooting the whole lot.

Yes…I can totally reboot it again…It has worked for Star Trek, and Spiderman and Batman and so many more superheros… it can work for me!

I am starting again now, today with another 365 days of exercise and blogging. It worked before, it can work again. I am setting the same rules as the first time.

30 mins (at least) exercise a day every day.

Sensible food, no fads no tricks just good healthy food and the odd biscuit because I am not a masochist and it is all about balance!

And I will tell you about it. the exercise at least, I may not tell you about the food, unless you particularly want to know…

so that’s it simple and straightforward and back on track I promise!

Best plan ever!!


A Buff gif too, now you know I mean business!!

So as for that…

Day 1:

Today was day 1 and today I ran.

I ran at lunchtime on a much hotter day than I anticipated!!

It was surprisingly good fun 😀 even though I have had to start again right back at the beginning, I am slowly improving again…


So that is day 1 done, and it was cardio and everything…

Day 1 of Project Fit Enough to Dance in a Mask 2…the Return!


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

About Sam Catchpole

Exercisaholic, Photographer, Artist, Writer, Engineer, Morris Dancer, General Obsessive...

16 responses to “Can you believe it has been 4 Years!!”

  1. Lucy Brazier says :

    This IS the best plan ever! It is officially also a Good Idea. So proud of you, your blog, your dedication and more than anything I am proud to be your friend – from online friend, to real life, actual, proper FRIEND! You inspire me, make me laugh and make me feel brave. You are my warrior goddess and I hope you are proud of everything you have achieved both for yourself and for others. Big hugs!

    • Ice_Badger says :

      I love you and I love that you are my friend because of this blog, and your amazing blog!! I will do my best to be an awesome warrior goddess for you this year!!
      😁 that you think that if me makes me so much more determined to make this a successful reboot!!

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        You can do it!! You can do anything!! Look at everything you have achieved and how far you have come. it’s just amazing. Onwards and upwards! Friends forever!
        **FOR THE BERNARDS!!**

      • Ice_Badger says :

        I think that with yo in my corner I certainly can 😀
        **FOR THE BERNARDS!!**
        (Which is as good a reason to exercise as any to be honest… the even got a special mention in my food section 😀 )

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        Always in your corner hun!!
        Bernards always deserve a special mention 😁

      • Ice_Badger says :

        Yes… Bernards definitely deserve a special mention 😁

  2. Ian says :

    Knowing about the biscuits is just as important as knowing about the exercise

  3. M says :

    Ooh, yey!

    I’m looking forward to the posts. And I have to agree with Ian that we need to also know about the biscuits.

  4. NancyTex says :

    Very, very proud of you, my bloggy AND real-life friend! You ran today – that is awesome! I sweat bullets today, and it had nothing to do with exercise and everything to do with delivering a speech to 700 people. I wonder if I lost some weight from all that sweat? 🙂

    • Ice_Badger says :

      I am so pleased we became friends through this!! It is the most brilliant but unexpected thing that happened through blogging!! 🙂
      Running is easy compared to speeches for 700 people…I am not really worried about public speaking but that would scare me!!! I suspect nervous energy alone would have caused weight loss!!

  5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? says :

    That was a GREAT pace for the run!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


K Morris, Poet and Author

one poem every day

the haiku man

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Wrangling literary arts for writers: words for people!

Postcard from a Pigeon

Musings by Dermott Hayes, a writer

Milly Schmidt

The Cat's Write

Satyr Tales

Twisted stories to amuse and confuse.


Active in both Boris Johnson campaigns, asked by Boris's aides to carry on. Campaigned in two General elections for Tories, and also in EU Ref. Two elections were run by Lynton Crosby. On Twitter as @angelneptustar I attended every session of Mayor's Question Time for 8 years, so know about the work of the London Assembly. I tweet and blog independently.

Mick Canning

My Writings

Iron Warriors Lifting

Serious about muscle


Myth and legend in dance

Powerlifting Pastry Chef

Lifting all the things. Eating all the noms

The New Girl

Notes and thoughts on an Escape to the Isle of Skye

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.


One Step, One Breath, One Mile at a Time

A photographic blog – one self-portrait a day


I live the life of a Fat, Black Woman. Apparently, you're mad about it.

Gin or Gym

Thoughts from a recovering Gymophobe on life, fitness and coping with being in my fifties

The Fitness Project

A non sugar coated diary of my path to a healthier life

Blog – Nerd Fitness

My quest for fitness, health and superpowers

Life Lessons, Laugh Sessions

Learn every day, just remember to laugh along the way

Comfitment Issues

A fitness blog for people with commitment issues

Did That Just Happen Blog

Sometimes even I can't explain my life!


Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Mama G's adventures

If you can't fly with the big girls....stay off the broom

Touch Of Cinnamon

There are words that kiss us as if they have a mouth

Trenton Babbage Enterprises

All you'll ever need, if you're only looking for stuff that's specifically here

Art Journal

Art inspired by life

Red Van Travels

Let the ad-van-tures begin...

The Cocktail Challenge

Our attempt at mixing, drinking and tinkering aka getting drunk and feeling fancy

Living Out Loud

With my feet on the ground and head in the clouds...

Who Shot Tony Blair?

In a post-Brexit, pre-dystopian Britain, the people really are in charge. Which is what we all wanted, right?

Building Belaquis

Bodybuilding | Meal Prep | Ramblings

Dinata Misovec

Has Senior Adventures

kirilson photography

the stories behind the pictures, and vice versa

Bryony Page - My Blog

2016 Olympic Silver Medallist in Trampolining, Sheffield University Graduate in Biology, Public Speaker. Twitter:@bryonypage1 Instagram:@bryony_page


from the pretty to the gritty

Lifting Barbelle

Health & Fitness Coach ➡ Sports Science BSc 📚 A little bit in love with Country Music 🤠 Fitness Blogger 💪 Coffee Fiend ☕ Dog Lover 🐶 ⬇⬇ Contact:

heavy barbell

Sex, weights and protein shakes. Mainly weights though...

My Curls

The blog of

%d bloggers like this: