I’ve never really been concerned about weight loss. I’ve had moments where I’ve been unhappy with my shape but it never really got to me on any deeper sort of level. Something has grown this past year though (mostly my waistline) and I realise that now is the time to do something about it.
Food and emotions
I’ve always been an emotional eater. You can usually tell when I’m at my happiest because I drop a dress size and beam with confidence. The opposite is also true. These past few years have been a struggle as I’ve recovered from anxiety and depression after having my children and my body has taken a real hit.
Not to mention all the changes that come with pregnancy, breastfeeding, and age, I’ve noticed my energy levels have dropped and I’ve got into some awful habits. Add that to being a busy mum and business owner, weight loss hasn’t really been top of the agenda.
Can’t I just stay in bed?
One of the worst habits I’ve developed as a result of anxiety is going to bed as soon as the kids do. Anxiety often meant that I only felt safe in bed and so that’s where I lived. My lifestyle has been pretty much sedentary these past few years and exercise has barely crossed my mind. Couple that with terrible eating choices and I’m four stone overweight and feeling pretty crap about my body.
Time for a change
This week I decided to do a combination of intermittent fasting (only eating between the hours of 10am and 6pm) and Slimming World to make sure I’m making good food choices. I’ve also started the Couch to 5k programme through their app on my treadmill.
My hope is that I can gradually reduce the weight and get healthier.
Not all vanity
While I’m looking forward to looking better in my clothes and having a slimmer frame, this is not my primary goal for losing weight. As I get older, I’m noticing my body isn’t as good at recovering from illness and I’m getting injured more. I’m conscious that I have three young children and I really want to have the energy to enjoy them more.
I want to have a healthy body which I know will also contribute to a healthy mind, and my mental health is my top priority.
So I’m going to share my progress with you. Here is my ‘before’ picture.
My body doesn’t look how I would like it to right now but I’m also very proud of it. Those stretch marks are reminders that I grew three little people in there. My boobs, while not as perky as they once were, fed and nourished those babies into toddlerhood. Those legs carried me through a marathon and a half-marathon.
Here’s to a healthier, fitter and happier lifestyle!