Thursday, 31 January 2013

'Get Fit and Feel Epic'

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One of my favourite blogs and a fellow Scottish blogger - Sandra over at The Black Pearl Blog put up post a little while back about the 'Get Fit and Feel Fit' competition in conjunction with  I knew I wanted to enter and I it was always in the back of my mind to do a post about health and weight loss but I kept putting it off, and now it is the deadline day and I am typing away furiously.  I wanted to do this more for myself and to share with others than for the competition if I am being honest. But winning the awesome Aria Wi-fi Smart Scales would be a fantastic weight loss aid.
Before I launch into my 2013 year plan I feel I need to give a little back of a background story. For the last year I have been dealing with having an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto's - which is a form of under-active thyroid with the exception that is it my immune system that is attacking my thyroid rather than just having a deficiency. Thyroid disease affects most things in your body but most noticeably it affects your weight, it took a doctor six months to take me seriously when I said I was uncontrollably putting on weight and by then the damage had already been done.


It has not been an easy year, in regards to my health and my weight.  I am unsure of the exact amount of weight I have gained but I have went from being a comfy 12-14 to somewhere between a 16-20.  I have so much respect for people that are comfortable with their weight but for me this weight gain has been disastrous for  my mental health. I am also 4ft 11 so that does not help.  I have always had issues with my weight, even when I was a size 6-8 (a long time ago).  I thought I was fat back then, so it is safe to say that I have some issues, it would be stupid for me to deny it but this post isn't about eating disorders. It is about hope.

(Third year of University at my normal weight).

(Graduation - end of 4th year)

In those photo's I don't even think I look like the same person.  It's hard.

Everyone has an opinion about weight but I feel the fact that I have been at both sides of the scale gives me some kind of nonsensical upper wisdom on the topic.  I know how it feels to be thin and feel uncomfortable in your skin and to be overweight and even more uncomfortable.  Weight I feel is a metal health issue above everything these days.  It is no longer just a health issue,  people everywhere are not happy in themselves and  people need to remember being thin does not necessaries mean healthy. My wish for everyone in 2013 is to attempt to be healthy and to be happy with yourself, if you can.

So here is my plan for 2013 - to try and find some sort of inner happiness.

1.  Invest in some vitamins and supplements to help me feel healthier and to give my metabolism the mighty shove that it needs.  The doctors haven't helped me in regards to getting extra help thus far, but I do have a friend who works at Holland and Barrat.  They shop assistants are greatly trained so do not be scared to ask for some help.

2.  Pester the doctors relentlessly until they help me. If you feel something is wrong with your health, go to the doctors.  They get paid to help you and be assertive.  I know it is hard, I am struggling with that at the moment but remember it is their job.  You should not be made feel like an inconvenience.

3.  I am a member of the women's only gym Curves, I have been a member on and off since I was 16.  Normal gyms, I have tried but they never worked that great for me.  A lot of people are sceptical about Curves because it is only a 30 minute workout but it works for me, it might not be helping so much with the weight at the moment (because of the thyroid) but with the lack of energy I have it is some days just enough for me to handle.  The support is brilliant too, everyone is there for the same reason - to feel better about themselves.  There is no bitchiness, simply just lots of women of different ages and sizes trying to lose weight and feel healthier. If you are someone who struggles to find time to exercise then I would advise giving Curves a try, 30 minutes is enough time for a workout but not too much time that is going to get in the way of your life, whether that be studies or children.

3.  Stop eating out as regularly.  My boyfriend and I have got into the habit of going out for lunch or dinner quite frequently and although it is lovely it is not particularly good for the waist line.  So, that is ending.  It will be for special occasions from now on. I am also calling a stop to binding whilst watching films - there is no need.  I'm on the grapes and cherries from now on.  Frozen grapes are a great call for those trying to lose weight, they taste lovely and they take ageees to eat - ask my flatmates who had to put up with the punnet of frozen grapes in the freezer.

4.  Strict diets do not bide well with me but I do believe in everything in moderation. Eat well and eat less junk - to me that is the sane way to do it.  It is a lifestyle change and one you can engage with for life, therefore you cannot fall off the wagon too badly like you can with strict diets which in my opinion can be rather damaging to the self-esteem.

I hope this post helps someone somewhere, and if anyone wants to talk further about any of the issues I have addressed you can either tweet me at: @glampire_x or e-mail me at:

Much love.



  1. Ooh, good luck! I entered another bloggers version of this giveaway. I'm trying to improve my lifestyle generally too and make changes instead of going on a fad diet!

    Lizzums x

    1. It is deffo the more sane way to do it. Good luck!


  2. I know what you mean with the doctors not taking anything seriously. They are doctors and shouldn't just assume that you are putting on weight just because of eating too much. I am starting to think that there is something wrong with me as well. I have to consult my doctor again about it. I have been eating a super healthy, low calorie diet- 1300-1500 a day and exercising every single day for 30 min and I can't see real results. I am only losing 1lbs a week or nothing at all...

    Also, as soon as I start eating normally- 2000 calories and stop my daily exercise, I put all the weight back on, which shouldn't really happen. I can easily put on 1-2st in a month so it is extreme! I have been a healthy eater for most of my life and I always had problems with my weight. I hate when people assume that I have been stuffing my face all my life and don't take anything else into consideration.

    I hope that 2013 is a great year for you. Your plan sounds great- eating well, less junk and being active should work :)

    Thanks for writing the post and taking part in the competition.

    Sandra x

    1. You should maybe go to the doctors and ask for a blood test in case you do have a thyroid problems. I am covered in stretch marks because of how quickly I gained the weight. Having a shitty metabolism is rough.

      It is horrible having to deal with people making that assumption, people can be so mean - especially online. There is so much hate floating about. It can be rather disgusting.