Let’s face it, most of us are known for our fads; especially on the diet front.
It was never going to work. All the calories, point counting and my love of crap food rubbished everything from the start.
I find it hard enough to keep my bank balanced at the end of each week, so my basic lack of balancing the books and my nutritional knowledge meant that Weight Watchers and I had to quickly part company.
At one point I was doing really well on this diet, I had high hopes of becoming the next Miss World for the UK. Then I stopped losing weight. I was starving myself on weigh-in day so I could at least say I’d lost 0.5 lb. I didn’t want to feel ridiculed.
Starving myself proved that I loved my food and couldn’t fulfil my dream of Miss World.
Orlistat. Weight loss medication:
An easy option. A tablet that would help stop the fat eaten from being absorbed into the body. Easy, or so I thought, then a huge oily poo with oily spotting on my underwear caused a sudden fear of going anywhere outside of the house and I very quickly put a stop to taking drugs for easy weight loss. I’ve been looking out for a programme that would work for me. A programme that would teach me about nutrition, but would let me enjoy my favourites like chocolate and wine, jelly beans and crisps. I wanted to learn how exercise combined with food would make a healthier me. Up until last year I struggled to my perfect match. Now I’m in a relationship that is working out, a year on and we still have a future. I feel committed to this one. Although like most relationships we’ve had our ups and downs, but I always stay with it and come out stronger.. I’d even go so far as to say it’s love..
Save My Life and I have been together a year, and to be really honest, I have changed as a result. Parts of my body today show muscle definition, yet other parts are still very wobbly.
Save my Life and I are working on those together. I have a huge desire to get hot and sweaty during training and a need to immerse myself into a life I barely could think about a year ago. I eat clean and healthily for most of the week. If I’ve had weeks where I’ve decided to eat total rubbish, I’ve missed clean food in a way that I wouldn’t have ever thought possible. And not once have I faked a stomach or headache. I have got frustrated, like with all relationships there are ups and downs. At times I’ve found myself in a rut, but then I only need to glance backwards and see how far I’ve come. Or I’ll chat about my food and think in amazement what my diet was like this time last year.
365 days ago I couldn’t run around a class for the warm up. This week I ran 2 kilometres to the gym, did a warm up, a gym class and ran/walked 2 kilometres back. I may not be the quickest jogger in town, but I’m getting there. 365 days ago I just about managed a couple of seconds of planking, now I can side plank for a minute at a time. 365 days ago I would eat a Chinese takeout for two with a bottle of JD. This weekend I made a healthy clean version of everything I love to eat. 365 days ago I didn’t realise I was about to meet a whole group of people who would become really good friends. When I started dating Save My Life, I found a wonderful community of people. 365 days ago I thought all fats were ‘naughty’ to eat. Today I ate a plateful of food which contained fat and balanced clean food. 365 days ago I thought a burpee was something that slipped out if dinner was eaten too quickly or too much fruit cider was consumed. Now I can actually do them without swearing.
As I said earlier I have changed… My relationship with Save My Life at times can look abusive. Doing squats often leaves me making baby crying noises as I sit down to the loo. I often do the school walk like I’ve poo’d my pants and you’ll see me in agony while having a sports massage. But I know these are progression marks, marks of my love for a healthier life. I have no desire to end this relationship, instead I have aspirations to develop my love of training and running, to learn more about nutrition and how food works within my body, to improve my muscle definition and to finally become me. It’s been a quick 365 days. Sometimes life with a family is very challenging. I could’ve made so many excuses to end this relationship; but Save My Life has been my rock, my security blanket. It feels so very good to love food and exercise; and also be part of a community. I wonder what achievements the next 365 days will bring..
I specialise in one to one training and lifestyle coaching for weight loss & diabetes. I am an expert in all aspects of training and nutrition for Individuals who are looking to lose anything between 1-10 stone. I have worked in the fitness industry for 8 years, including work for SKY TV featuring as a trainer on TV series FAT: The Fight Of My Life (2013) in which my contributer Darren lost 10 Stone in 8 months.