Hey everyone, it’s a lovely long Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK – although when I say lovely I mean rainy, but it’s still fun!
I thought to change it up a bit today I would just do a casual post with no reviews or tutorials (although I have loads of those to do soon) and that I’d just post about the importance of staying healthy and looking after yourself.
For those of you that don’t know me, when I was younger I was an acrobatic gymnast and was also a dancer in a number of shows and pantomimes. Now I’ve always been pretty little (I’m only 5ft!) but doing so much sport meant I was always really slim and toned. However, when I was in my late teens I had to give gymnastics up due to an injury and around the same time I also met my boyfriend and began working a full time desk job. I noticed that over the course of several years, I’d gone from a UK size 6 to a size 12 and was feeling uncomfortable in the way I looked and became even more self conscious than I was before! However, last year I saw a photo of me which I really disliked in a gown at an awards ceremony and decided enough was enough. I was going to do something about my weight and get back to being healthy and happy with my body!
And that’s when my mental focus changed, instead of changing my style to hide the bits about myself that I hated, I thought I’d change those bits instead. I signed up to my local gym and began doing cardio sessions 2-3 times a week as well as taking up yoga once a week and signing up to my local Slimming World group. I must say, that I’m writing this half way through my journey, I’m still not at the end, however, I’m so much happier now and wanted to write to inspire any of my readers that if you’re not happy with how you look or are feeling self conscious, you can change this! Whether you’re unhappy with your weight, or conscious about your skin, there is so much you can do and the most important thing I’ve found is having a positive mental attitude! It was only once I was truly honest about my appearance and faced my demons that I was able to change. And it was truly the best thing I ever did! I am so much more comfortable in my skin and my weight loss journey has led to a completely different me. I’ve renewed my interest and passion for fashion and design, which had completely gone this time last year and have become so comfortable and confident that I was finally able to start this blog, which I would never have had the guts to do before.
Anyways, I’ve now lost 1 stone and around 12 inches all over but still have another 7 or 8 lbs to go. I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy, but it’s definitely worth it! I’m struggling at the moment to get back on track as I’ve had holidays, events, weekends away and injuries which have taken me away from the gym the past few months and meant I’ve lost my food focus, however, I am now back on it! I want to lose my remaining weight before my birthday in October and my eyes are firmly on the prize!
Now I mentioned Slimming World earlier and haven’t really covered that yet, so thought I would recap. Slimming World for those of you who might not know is a weight loss group and guide which teaches you how to eat healthily and lose weight for good (without being hungry or giving up carbs!) I was always really sceptical about these groups before, but now I’m in one I think they’re amazing. I need the motivation of being weighed by someone each week to keep pushing me forward as when I’ve tried on my own at home before, I’ve always lost my way very easily. Like I said, it’s really worked for me and for lots of my friends and colleagues who have also joined and the support from the other members of my group also really inspires me!
I also mentioned above about my gym routine. When I started I really didn’t know what I was doing so would stick to the cardio machines and never really changed my workouts up, so they quickly got boring and stale. Luckily for me, the gym I go to is a bodybuilding gym (sounds scary but it’s awesome!) and some of the guys at the gym I go to have taken me under their wing and are teaching me how to lose weight and tone up my whole body, whilst having fun! One thing I will say, is if you do go to the gym, don’t be scared of weight training! Women don’t bulk up like men do, so don’t worry about that, and something you might not know is that weight training actually makes your metabolism work longer and harder than it would if you were doing the same workout without weights. If you need help or don’t know where to start (like me) then approach someone in the gym who you see there regularly and see if they could help you with your training or ask for some help from one of the team who work there. You’ll be surprised at how much people are willing to help when it’s something they are interested in. However, don’t worry if you hate going to the gym, find classes which don’t feel like a chore to go to or take up something gentler like swimming or yoga!
Me before on the far left!
Me after – 1 year on and 1 stone lighter!
Anyways, that’s all from me for now because I’m going out for dinner soon (how ironic when I’ve just written about healthy eating and exercise) I’ll keep you updated on how I get on over the next few months, so if you aren’t sure where to start or have been thinking about making a lifestyle change, why not do it now so we can be in this change together? Also, if you have any hints on tips on how you’ve lost weight or how to ensure you’ve always got a positive mental attitude then please let me know in the comments below J I really hoped that this post helped inspire you or just reassured you that everyone is different and that’s okay! If you liked it then as always please like, share, comment and follow!
Lots of love, Leanne xx