Since January I’ve been trying to lose weight. I know this is a subject which causes debate, some people say I don’t need to lose the weight, others say I need to learn to love myself – both are true but the fact is I’m just not comfortable in my body, along side that I want a healthier lifestyle for my future, I’ve seen the effects poor life choices can have on your body and it’s not pretty.
Whilst I may have all the intentions to lose weight, get fitter and eating better. The reality is, it’s harder than it looks. I need to change the way I think about the gym, about not needing those biscuits with my cup of tea. I wouldn’t say I have a horrendous diet, I eat fruit and veg most days, I don’t drink much alcohol, I try to get at least 7-8 hours sleep. But since January I’ve only lost 1 stone, which may sound great, but it took me about 7 months and I’ve spent the last 2 months maintaining that weight, when I probably could have lost double that if I really put my mind to it. It’s just so hard to motivate myself.
I have 3 hurdles to overcome… I’ve never been a ‘sporty’ person and I love carbs & sugar.
I’m not someone who plays sports and I never enjoyed going to the gym. When I was younger, I skipped P.E at school any chance I got so trying to change the way I think about the gym has been a struggle, but the funny thing is I don’t actually hate the gym, when I actually go (which realistically is only once a week on average) I feel great – I recently felt a huge sense of achievement for smashing my personal best on the treadmill. But as soon as I leave the gym, it’s like my mind goes back into ‘I hate the gym’ which is silly, because I don’t.
I’ve tried adding more and more veg into my dinners, having less fatty meats, only eating brown pasta. I try to eat no more than 1400 calories a day (which if I’m honest I don’t always stick to) – therein lies the issue.
I get married in March 2020, which is a long way off yet, but I’ll need to go dress shopping next year and I refuse to look back at my wedding photos and only see how big I looked and wish I’d pushed myself more. My goal is to lose another 2 stone by the time I want to go dress shopping.
I’m also attending a wedding next month, which I’ve bought the most gorgeous dress for. I felt so good when I tried it on, especially as it was a size 12 – it fits but it’s a bit too snug on the love handles for my liking so over the next month I’m going to see how much I can lose in that time and hopefully get that dress fitting beautifully.
I keep going back and forth with whether or not to join slimming world, I really need to make my mind up if I want/can afford to fork out for it and whether it really would be worth it.
Let me know if you have any weight loss, fitness motivation tips or advice and I’ll do an update after the October wedding and see where I’m at.