On my blog I have been very open about why I started my weight loss journey and how long it took me to get where I am, and I promise you it wasn’t easy. Losing weight honestly has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but I have gained so much from losing weight, and I wouldn’t have changed my journey for the world. If you want to know more about my weight loss journey please click here.
It’s A Learning Curve
When people talk about losing weight, people just say oh just eat less, move more, it’s not that simple, I learned that the hard way. When it comes to losing weight you don’t need to eat less in general, you need to eat less of things like sweets & chocolate etc, and more fresh food like fruit, vegetables but to be able to maintain the weight loss you have to have balance, so don’t cut all of the cakes and chocolate out, you have them on the odd occasion but you also because if you don’t that is the time you’re more likely to have a time where you just eat all the cookies (no problem there though.)
I have been dedicated to losing weight for over 2 years, it hasn’t been a short process due to things like my medication (not an excuse but it’s definitely something that affected my eating habits and weight loss) but now I am stable, I am definitely getting there.
The picture on the left was taken at my mum’s birthday in February 2013, when I got to the restaurant I was terrified I wasn’t going to fit into the chair, I was that big I could feel the table on my stomach and the chair on my back, I thought I was just bloated from my tablets so I took no notice.
The picture in the middle was taken when we went away for the night, I was so uncomfortable, I felt at my biggest and I could see it in the mirror, I hated myself, I felt disgusted with the way that I looked, all that I could see were problems.
In both of those photos I know that my depression was playing a part because at that point it was at it’s worst, I was having nightmares, I was punching walls in my sleep, I was crying all of the time, this was the point I knew I needed to make a change, and fast.
I will talk more about the last picture later on.
What I’ve Learned
1. Scales aren’t everything
This is something that took time for me to learn, I was obsessed with what the scale said in the beginning because that is how I measured my success, if nothing had changed in a few weeks, I’d start to panic, it meant that I needed to work out harder or track my macros more. Really what was going on was I was developing muscle, I was still losing dress sizes and inches, but because those numbers weren’t backing up the scale (well they wouldn’t because muscle weighs more than fat) I thought I was going backwards rather than forwards which in reality was the last thing that was going on.
2. Don’t think diet
When I started to lose weight the first time round, I said those fateful words, I’m going on a diet, when I said that, I meant that it would be for a limited time and at some point I would go back to my old eating habits. Instead of things like that, change your mindset to thinking of it as a healthy lifestyle, you make sure you are drinking enough water at least 2 litres but also making sure that you’re having enough of each food group & limit your treats to one a week or less if you like!
3. Calories are your friend
When you start healthy eating, you see adverts about calorie controlled diets or having a low calorie intake, but honestly calories are your friend, you need those beautiful things to give you energy to do the simple things like breathe, type and do all the things that you want to. Calories are important, don’t treat them like your enemy. You need to make sure that you’re having enough food, that might sound stupid, but it is important to be aware that not eating enough can cause your body to go into starvation mode, and that is the last thing you want.
4. Take progress photos
Progress photos can be so motivating, you will have days when you don’t feel motivated, you don’t really want to work out, or you feel like you’re not getting anywhere having progress photos can really help to make you feel inspired and give you motivation to workout.
5. Believe in the process
Losing weight is hard hard work, it takes a while, but you get what you get the results from the amount of work you put in, if you work hard, eat well, limit your treats you will get there. Keep working out, change up your sessions, try to mix up your diet, it’s all worth it!
Now I said I’d go back to that last picture, well here is why.
The last photo on the right is of a person who still battles with her anxiety and depression, she is someone who works hard, eats well, sometimes has a few too many treats, but she is getting there. Physically, mentally and emotionally stronger, is starting to love her body more, is having more positive days than negative, but also has achieved so much.
That girl was me. If you are on a similar journey right now or you’re wanting to start a healthy lifestyle, you can do this, I know you can.