Firstly, I’m really proud of the title of this post. Very satisfying.
Anyway, we are not here to sit and oggle at true art but instead discuss the above. I had always contemplated having a weight loss blog and no doubt as it evolves, more health and fitness will sneak in (you know, when I actually manage to make it to the gym and stuff).
I have been battling with my weight really since I was about 11. I had a hiatus hernia from birth and therefore spent my childhood throwing up most of what I ate. Suddenly I stopped throwing up and the weight piled on. I looked like I’d been puffed up with air which wasn’t great for my self-esteem and nor did it make me popular with the boys (I don’t mean at the age of 11 by the way ha).
I have tried 99% of the diets out there; probably the only ones I haven’t tried is the cabbage diet and that one Beyonce did with the lemons and the honey. Still not sure how I feel about cabbage or drinking weird stuff.
The first time I properly lost weight was when I was diagnosed with gallstones at 19 (it’s only as I write this do I realise what a sickly person I am!). Anyway, fat consumption pisses off gallstones, so I cut out all fat until my operation meaning that I was only really eating 800-1000 calories a day and I lost about 10lbs in 6 weeks. Three weeks after the operation I started eating fat and put it all back on (and some more).
In 2012, I went back to uni to complete my masters at a university in London and although the Fitbit hadn’t hit the shelves at the time, I’d guess I was walking at least an hour every day. I also had the love bug (pre-Tim and in hindsight wasn’t remotely love) which meant I wasn’t too hungry and was eating betweeen 1000-1500 calories a day.
I should probably mention at this point that I’m a short arse at 5ft 1″ so probably don’t require the recommended 2000 calories a day.
Anyway the combination of walking considerably more and eating less SHOCKINGLY made me lose 35lbs! At the time I wasn’t consciously trying to lose weight and it was about 6 months before I realised what had happened (players be keepin’ me busy with their games). I had shrunk from a size 16 (pushing an 18) to a size 10!
Post the 2012 situation with a boy or two, I decided to knuckle down and find myself a husband. I will discuss how I did this in another blog shortly. I was feeling good about my size and my weight and it paid off as I got very lucky and managed to locate Tim who put up with all my boy issues and still managed to fall in love with me. That boy deserves a medal.
For our wedding last year I was conscious of toning up for the shores of Aruba (by the way, I’m really sorry I keep banging on about Aruba but I’m still grieving as I miss it so much) so I signed up to Joe Wicks 90 Day SSS Plan. Although I only lost officially 2lb, I managed to shed 11 inches overall (and I didn’t even finish the plan) which meant my wedding dress did up (THANK YOU JOE!). It was Joe that actually got me into doing HIITs and if you’re going to make me exercise I’m either going to swim or I’m going to do a HIIT.
Joe is another one that rarely uses yeast so again very useful for providing me with some tasty recipes and I have since gone on to adapt for normal living. His plan is really designed for you doing several HIIT sessions a week and with all my crazy driving and my complicated love/hate relationship with my job, I’m just not motivated at the moment.
I’ve managed to maintain that weight loss for the past 5 years but have noticed the scales starting to creep back up so I’m intervening quickly. So far I’ve lost 5lbs since the middle of March which I’m rather chuffed with. I’ve signed up to Weightwatchers and I’m doing their No Count plan which is kind of like Slimming World but not. Perhaps a little more strict on the sweet treats dare I say. You can keep up to date with what I’m munching on on my Instagram page if you’re really interested.
PS Confession time – whilst I’ve been writing this post, Tim has literally been feeding me chocolate. He doesn’t even know what I’m blogging about! Hilarious.