Today is the one year anniversary of the first time I decided to actually put on the trainers I had bought and never worn and go on one run. At that time I had absolutely zero plan in mind for what it was going to mean for me and I couldn’t run for more than 1 minute at a time. I never imagined I’d get a bit addicted to exercise, would end up joining a gym or find it impossible to imagine not working out 4 – 5 times a week. I definitely hadn’t planned the grand scale lifestyle change that has happened. Possibly it would have been a good thing if I had planned a bit better since I’m not sure what my exact starting weight or measurements were when I accidentally started my unintentional weightloss programme but I think the organic way which things have happened is part of what sustained it. I do have a couple of estimations that I thought it would be fun to share.
What I lost
- About 20kg (44lbs/3 stone)
- 10cm (4 inches) off my waist
- 5cm (2 inches) off my bust – yeah, the ladies are going nowhere
- 7 BMI points
- 2 – 3 dress sizes depending on shop or outfit
- At least half of my beautifully curated wardrobe.
- Most of the tread on my trainers.
- The ability to wave my arms around excitedly – my rings fall off
What I gained
- A waist
- The ability to run up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath
- Too many options – when you are over a certain size you have way less options. I kind of liked that. I find shopping overwhelming now.
- Actual perceptable muscle tone
- Intense guilt for missing a workout
What I learned
- Your body can and it will. Your mind might need some convincing.
- Finding a sports bra that can actually control D+ cup boobs is very challenging
- Sweating is not the worst thing in the world
- If you don’t feel like going to the gym, get dressed and walk in the front door. If you still don’t feel like going home then go home. I pretty much do this everyday. So far I have never gone home.
- According to the NHS I still have 11kg (23lbs/1 stone 9 lbs) to lose before I am “normal” weight so I am going to slowly chip away at that. It might take 2 years. I’m not in a hurry.
- I’m really working on increasing my lean muscle mass. I figure I’m three months away from biceps you can see and feel.
- A bit more focus on healthy eating.
As always I am not suggesting that there is one way to be beautiful or that weight loss is something to aspire to. Everyone should be the size and shape that makes them feel comfortable. I felt just as beautiful at my biggest. However, I do feel a lot healthier than I did before so if you do decide to make a change in your lifestyle do it to be healthy and strong… and beacause if I can go from lifelong couch potato to gym bunny at 33, anyone can.
Same dress… 12 months… and I was wearing shapewear in the before pics…