I think it has been very well documented throughout the years on this blog about my struggles with my weight. Actually, that is not entirely true as I have always been quite proud of my body; yes it was never perfect, but it was perfect for me. Nonetheless, about six months before my wedding, I just ballooned out of proportion and it has been a struggling 2 years to get to a place of comfort. At that time, I have just lost my job, finished uni, and was planning a wedding, so it all took its toll on my body. I also started taking the Depo contraception which is known to slow your metabolism, so everything was against me.
I spent the running up to my wedding ignoring the fact that my body had changed, and acted like I didn’t care; but deep down I really did. I was my heaviest then and I hated how I looked. This ended in me hating my wedding pictures which is far from ideal but it did made me realise that I was no longer able to eat an entire pizza by myself and still be slim. I had to change. I had to learn how to deal with my new body.
This process hasn’t been easy and I still have a long way to go until I am back to my ‘before’ picture but I have made some good progress along the way. If I was to give my top tips on losing weight, these would be it:
- Do not weight yourself. Honestly, it is a depressing thing most of the time, so why bother? Instead I take pictures of myself and see how my body is doing.
- Drink water. Everyone says it, but it is true, it makes such a difference
- Exercise. This has been the biggest change for me. I used to hate working out, but now I aim to work out 4 times a week. It doesn’t always have to be the gym, just keep it interesting. I usually alternate between gym and long walks.
Food is still the one I am still battling with, because I adore food (who doesn’t?). I like savoury things as well as sweet things, anything goes really when it comes to food. I have a very big appetite and I am an emotional eater. I do count my calories from time to time and realise I am eating around 2100 calories a day which is way too much for me so this is something I am still learning to adapt to. I have found that following Sarah Day on YouTube has given me some hints as she has an amazing body but also has a big appetite so she is full of hints and tips.
If you are going through the same journey as me, I would like to hear your story and the things that are helping you become the best of version of you.