For the longest time I have wanted to start my own weight loss journey, but there was always something stopping me. “I’ll start on Monday” or “I can’t do it this week because I’m on holiday.” I’m sure alot of you can relate to those statements. There was always something stopping me from doing it, even though I knew I needed to. After the 3rd lockdown in England, I really tried my hardest to do what I could to get healthier. Both physically and mentally. I went for 2 walks a day, I tried intermittent fasting and I just kept on gaining weight. I really struggled with body image.
After receiving some health news from my doctor, I knew it was time for a change. And really that was the motivation I needed. And even after receiving that news, it still took months for me to get started. It’s like I wanted to change, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready to commit to doing it. Because embarking on a lifestyle change like this is a really big deal.
Before I get further into this, I really want to make it a point that this is my journey. I am not inviting any negativity into this space. I don’t want to start a conversation about body image, gaining weight etc. You can be happy in your body, whether you are smaller or bigger. But remember, not everybody wants to stay the same. It can be a positive thing to lose weight and want to become healthier as long as its done in a healthy way. If the discussion of losing weight triggers you, please don’t read this post. You are responsible for the information you consume.
FINDING MY WHY
As mentioned in the intro, it can be quite hard to start your weight loss journey if you don’t have a why. And I knew I needed to find mine. I have always struggled with being overweight, and being from Caribbean descent makes it even harder to lose weight.
I knew that my why needed to be for me, and me only. It was important for me to remember that I wasn’t doing this to impress others, or to look more appealing to others either. I needed to do this for my own sanity, and for my own health. Your why can be any reason, and thats the beauty of it. Because its your why. You decide you want to do this and change your life. Don’t let others dictate your why.
Getting the news from my doctor that I had this new health condition meant that I needed to do something about it to reduce the problems I was facing. And losing weight and being more active was one sure way to do this. So thats exactly what I started to do.
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DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY
I have tried so many diets and weight loss clubs over the years. Some have worked, and some haven’t. Some have also left me with an awful relationship with food. I joined slimming world, which is similar to weight watchers. And I lost about 3 stone/19kg/42lbs, which was great but keeping it off was the hardest part. I gained it all back when I stopped eating how they told me and gained more. But the awful part was how I looked at food. They label bad food as syns, which in itself is a horrible way to view food. Food is not a sin.
When starting my weight loss journey again, I knew I had to do something differently. And this is where my lovely online coach comes in. She has made this whole process so much easier, and has really helped me to repair the way I look at food.
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REPAIRING MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
I have been on my new lifestyle journey now for 2 and a half months. I workout 5 days a week and eat within a calorie deficit. I can eat the food I love and I feel so much control over what I eat and I haven’t had this control for a really long time. Changing my relationship with food has probably been one of the hardest things to do. I have completely fallen in love with exercise and have rekindled my love for running. But food has been the hardest to repair.
After years of thinking I needed to deprive my body of the food I love to lose weight, I have found it hard to shift that mentality. I am constantly reminding myself that food is fuel, and food is to be enjoyed. Everything in moderation.
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THE CHANGE SO FAR
Same jumper, different body! It’s so crazy to see how my body has transformed so far.
Are you on your own weight loss journey? Do you enjoy working out?
Over the next weeks and months I will be sharing more of my journey with you guys! I’m really excited and looking forward to see where I am in the next 2 months!