A lot can change in a year…

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.

What’s next

  • 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.

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Same dress… 12 months… and I was wearing shapewear in the before pics…

 

27 Comments

  1. Great post, very inspiring! You must/should be very proud.

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! It’s all part of a journey and I’m still enjoying the ride!

  2. Congratulations. I admire you. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! 🙂

  3. So great! Congrats, Abbi! I’m right behind you with 16k lost in a little under a year.

    1. Abbi

      Well done, Fernando!

      1. When are we going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated together?

        1. Abbi

          Hahaha… let me work on the muscle tone a bit more and get back to you!

          1. Good. I’ll get on it as well.

  4. You look amazing! Congrats : )

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you so much!

  5. Your story is so inspiring! Your attitude is so healthy. Congratulations on your progress towards a healthy lifestyle!!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks so much!

  6. Such an inspiring story! I am sure we all can learnt a lot from it. Not just with weight loss but if we put our heart and mind into something, success is bound to come our way! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    1. Abbi

      Thanks! It feels like the journey has just begun but I am ready for whatever it brings 🙂

  7. whatbliss

    Good for you! I think that’s the attitude we ought to have, it’s about being healthy. My condolences on the wardrobe, that HAS to be hard.

    1. Abbi

      There were some things I bought at the end of summer last year that I never really got to wear and it was tough to give up some favourites but I’m slowly building it back up.

  8. Huge congrats to you..the pics say it all – you look absolutely glowingly wonderful! xxx

    1. Abbi

      Aww you are too sweet! Thank-you!

  9. Damn Abbi, congratulations! You are so beautiful (then and now), really looking good and so inspiring!

    1. Abbi

      Ag skattie, jy is te oulik. Baie dankie, jou engeltjie!

      1. Altyd ‘n plesier!

  10. Awesome! Good job Abbi!!!! Congrats on changing your lifestyle for the better. You look great and I love that dress, the back of it is so pretty. You should be so proud! And ditto on the sports bra, that is the hardest thing ever I wear two to contain them if I run. 😉

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! It’s one of my favourite dresses so I’m glad it still fits. Often in classes the instructor will say now put your elbows close to your sides and I’m like actually not possible with these tatas, mister!

      1. HAHA! Yes that happens to me in yoga when they say lay down stomach down, arms to the side, ummm no that just doesn’t work.

  11. Great job, Abbi! You look amazing! : )

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! X

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