Fat to fit… (hopefully!)
Now before you say it, I know I’m not fat. I’m not clinically overweight, nor am I larger than the average person, I wear a size 10, sometimes even an 8.
But I feel fat.. and to me how you feel plays a massive part in your confidence and happiness.
Why do I feel fat?
Throughout school college and even my late teens I was always slim, I have never been one of those tiny girls, I had more of an athletic build. But I was comfortable and happy with the way I looked.
But for say the last 5 years my weight has fluctuated significantly, ranging from 8st to 10st. Sadly right now I’m landing on the 10st end.
I have spent the last 7 months travelling around South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand and despite everyone telling me I would lose weight, I didn’t.
A combination of convenience eating, alcohol consumption and lack of structured exercise certainly had a part to play in it.
Why share this?
I debated a lot whether to share this post, given its personal subject, but decided, hey why not.
I figured it would make me more accountable, seen as it’s out there in the open (feel free to slap me if you see me with pizza and cake!).
I also thought it might make people come forward who are too in the same predicament. Achieving things is easier together right? Drop me a message or comment if you’re in the same position ladies!
So what’s the plan?
I have tried restrictive diets, cutting out all treat foods, following work out dvds, fad diets like juicing and ‘5 2 diets’ (+ the rest), and guess what? It doesn’t work.
Well, it does for a few weeks. But then I get fed up, eating like a rabbit or only eating certain foods just isn’t sustainable for me. I do well for a while then I’m like ‘f**k it’ and I go eat a block of cheese, a takeaway, a slab of chocolate and gulp a bottle of wine just for good measure.
So this time I’m trying to be a little easier on myself. Not as a cop-out, but so it’s achievable.
I want a balanced diet and regular exercise to become part of my lifestyle, part of my routine. Just like showering, brushing my teeth and going to work are.
So how will I achieve this?
I have set some brave but achievable goals.
- Lose 10lbs by June (1lb a week)
- Exercise at least 3 times a week
- Prepare my evening meals in advance
- Take my own lunch as often as possible (good for the purse too)
Now I’m not saying I’m going to be able to do this every week, sometimes work has to come first with deadlines looming, or sometimes things crop up last-minute.
But I think for me the key change I want to have is in my mindset, if I eat a naughty meal one night, or skip the gym because of work, it doesn’t mean everything has gone to s**t and that I should just give up and go binge.
It’s about having a positive attitude putting it behind me and getting back on it. 1 bad meal or skipped session is better than a week of the ‘f**k it’ attitude followed by starving myself, kinda attitude.
Finding time to exercise
Something I struggle with is finding the energy to go to the gym, I have very long days as standard. Leaving the house at 6:40am and not returning until at least 7, and that’s when I don’t work any overtime.
So I often find myself feeling tired and worn out, and in my head I use that as an excuse not to go to the gym. Even though when I do go, I come out the gym feeling so much more awake and refreshed mentally!
I find it especially hard-working out late in the evening, so to break down my mental barriers, I have joined pure gym.
It has a gym near my office and near where I live (+ loads of other locations). So now I can gym straight after work, when my motivation and energy levels are slightly higher or I can gym at the weekends near home.
When I impulse eat, or decide what to eat when I’m hungry, you can guarantee I don’t want a healthy option.
I want quick easy and usually unhealthy food. So I am doing a food shop at the weekend, and prepping all my weekday meals in advance.
This way I make better choices, save money and time in the evenings (more time to exercise!).
I also bought little lunch boxes and I make that quickly each evening for the following day. This is saving me a small fortune, eating lunch in London is expensive!
Writing about it
I am the type of person that loves a list, being organised and reflecting on things. So I have decided I’m going to write about my experience, whether people read it or not it will serve its purpose for me.
I’m going to be writing about:
- Some of the workouts I have done
- Food I have prepped
- Struggles and wins I have
- And anything else I fancy along the way
If any one else is on a similar journey then please do get in contact, I need constant reminders and support and I’m sure you could too!