This blog is designed to chart my journey from sofa geek to fitness freak. So to start, a bit about me.
Like many people I’ve been overweight pretty much my whole life. I’ve done a variety of diets from calorie counting to slimming world to very low calorie diets. I usually manage to lose weight but then something makes me lose focus and it all goes back on again (age old story)! Last year I did really well losing 3.5 stone through diet and exercise and I felt so good about myself but then life got in the way, I fell off the diet wagon and the exercise went out the window. Since then I’ve gained the vast majority of it back.
So what’s different this time I hear you ask? Well not only am I missing fitter, healthier me (because I remember what she feels like for once!) but I had a bit of a realisation. I realised that for the past 10+ years all I have thought about and concentrated on is my career. I have had a difficult fight to get where I am with my job with a few ups and a lot of downs but finally I am at a place of relative stability. At the end of this week I will finish doing my BSc top up (which I’ve been doing round work) and although I was looking at doing another university course I think a year off to concentrate on me is in order. 10+ years of concentrating on everything but me is long enough! So once my last uni essay has gone in (at the end of this week) it’s all about me me me.
My plan is to mostly follow slimming world as an online member due to shift work making attending a group difficult, and do various amounts of exercise either through the gym, classes, or couch to 5k with getting out on my bicycle as I get fitter. I have always previously found the support and encouragement of attending a slimming world group useful but without that this time I wanted to make a blog in order to chart my progress, hopefully gain support from any readers, and maybe even inspire someone else to follow in my footsteps.
So welcome to my journey. Lets take those first steps towards a new future together.