Up until maybe 4 years ago I never had any issues with my weight or my body, I was quite happily a size 10 and didn’t worry too much about what food I was putting into my body. However being at University, cooking for myself and drinking more than I ever had, I started adding on the pounds and gained about half a stone or so. At that point I was suddenly aware of how my body had changed, especially given an incident with a nurse who made me feel I had a weight problem when she went to consult with another doctor about if my BMI would allow me to take a certain contraception – NB it was 22 which is right in the middle of healthy so I had nothing to worry about.
Fast forward another few years and I’m a stone heavier than I was then and kicking myself for being so hard on myself when I’d quite happily be that weight again. I was forever attempting to eat healthily and cutting out all the typical student food of pizza, chow mein and biscuits. But I was always failing because I was putting too much pressure on myself to do too much in one go, and I always fell off the wagon.
Earlier this year Lee and I decided to join our local gym to get ourselves moving more. We had a good routine going of going around three times a week alongside with a friend of mine. However I because we were working out more than we previously had done, we found ourselves justifying unhealthy food choices with the fact we went to the gym. Which did not help one bit, and we probably ended up just putting more weight on. As much as I’d like to think it was just me gaining muscle, but I highly doubt that was the case.
One of the biggest issues was the location of my gym, having to travel home from work and then find the motivation to get ready and head back out again just wasn’t working very well. So I have since joined a gym in the city centre which is half the price of my previous one, plus it’s closer to work so less hassle to travel to in the evenings. I’m definitely enjoying this gym a lot more as its easier to get to, and I’m always in the city centre so can easily pop my kit on and head on into town on my days off.
I’m also trying to plan meals a lot better, so there’s no temptation of getting home after the gym and ordering a pizza because I can’t be bothered to cook. I’ve also worked out that on gym days if I prep a meal alongside my lunch that I eat just before I head to the gym, I have the energy for the gym and I’m not getting home at 8pm and eating them. These meals usually consist of leftovers from the night before, a chicken meal with quinoa, couscous or brown rice or a random mix of salads I’ve prepped on a Sunday evening.
I’m hoping little changes like working out, watching portion sizes, making smarter choices when out, and not restricting myself of everything that I enjoy. I’ll soon be back down to a weight where I don’t worry constantly about how my thighs and ass look in clothes.