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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 Moneysupermarket.com. 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.
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: email@example.com