January 05, 2015

LOSING WEIGHT AND GETTING FITTER

Every time I mention the fact that I want to lose weight and/or become a bit fitter, a response of "But you're already skinny!" or "You're perfect as you are!" is not uncommon. I mean, I appreciate comments like this from my family, friends and boyfriend, but at the same time, they don't stop me feeling sluggish and a little chubby here and there. New Year's Resolution cliché time...






I know that with regards to my weight and the way I look and feel, things could be a lot worse. What I mean is that I am a 5"4 size 10/12 and I appreciate is far from what is regularly described as "big" in the eyes of the world. However, when you're used to seeing a figure almost a stone lighter on the scales and have always been a size 6/8, there is obviously going to be a desire to get back to where you were. Please tell me that it is okay to feel like this?

I feel that this gets my point across somewhat bluntly... (sorry for the bad quality!)


I eat terribly. My evening meals aren't bad and I would say are somewhat healthy. The same goes for my breakfast and actually my lunch. But I can snack and snack and snack. I am a chocoholic. When I go for the cookie jar, I can't just take one. In restaurants, the phrase "extra stomach for dessert" doesn't go unused. You get the picture! Me + sugar = a (slightly too) regular combination.

It's this bad habit of regularly indulging in sugary treats that has led me to gain over a stone in two years and go up two sizes in my jeans. I know, I know, a stone isn't that bad and some people struggle with their weight much more than I do, but I want to lose it. I want to ditch the bad habits and get healthy. If I carry on at this weight, I'll be far heavier than I am now. Again, that't not me saying that to be a little heavier would be a bad thing, nor that there is something wrong with being a size 10/12/+. For me, it's about how I feel when I look down at my tummy, my hips, my upper arms and my bum. It's purely my own fault that I am overindulging and eating things I shouldn't and if that means that when I see photos of myself in a bikini, I feel let down, I will work towards changing that.

I'm struggling to type this without feeling that I am going to offend someone down the line. That is not my aim. I'm a girl that wants to be at my best and my best was two and a half year ago, at whatever size I was back then. That doesn't mean that your best, which is likely to be different, may be my "now" or may be bigger than my "now", is something I would look down on. Never think that. Everyone is beautiful and I truly believe that. I also believe that everyone should feel it and it's up to you to make that happen.

Another reason I want to trim up is because it's healthy. Putting natural foods into your body is healthy and exercising regularly is healthy. I want to partake in regular exercise so that in my 60s I can still share long walks with my partner and be able to run around the garden with my grandchildren. As I science student, I also learn a lot about what your diet can do with regards to your lifespan. I want to prolong my life for as long as possible and I fully realise that in order to do that, being healthier needs to be a priority.



So over the next few months, who knows, maybe even a year, expect to see my progress. I guess I am kinda doing it for me as a way of looking back over what I've achieved over time, but also for all you "regular people" that want the same as me. I'm not a supermodel. I will never have abs like Kendall Jenner. But I want to prove everyone wrong with their assumptions of "Steph doesn't do sport" and "lol Steph running? That would be a sight" and I will. I'm not going to do posts filled with before and after photographs, just some "What I've Been Eating" and "My Gym Progress" posts ever now and then. Is that a good idea? Next week I am joining the gym and starting (and including) today I'm cutting out the crap. Bye bye processed food! (insert waving emoji) I must admit, this isn't me saying goodbye to chocolate forever, but our relationship is going to become far more long distance.



I'm going to get healthier.

Here is also a good point to ask, where do I start with gym attire? Hit me up with suggestions!

I hope that you enjoyed this slightly more personal post and do understand where I am coming from.

Let me know what you think!

Love, Steph xxxx

4 comments:

  1. Good luck on your journey, I'm about to embark on the same as you. Tomorrow is my first gym day, and I got most of my gym stuff from Pineapple in Debenhams, but Primark have some gorge new gym clothes in right now. Great post!
    Tanya | Glamour. Glitter. Gloss.
    xx

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    1. Thank you Tanya! You too! We can do this! :) Ooh thanks for the recommendation - I will check them out. My Mum exercises in Pineapple but I had forgotten all about it. Good luck lovely :) xxx

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  2. This is such a great post, and it makes me feel so inspired! I understand completely how you feel and good luck on your journey! xx
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    1. Aww thank you Bridget!! I am so pleased :) you've made my day! xxx

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