Tuesday, 13 January 2015

There is no magic pill for losing weight

Forgive me readers for I have sinned, I have neglected my blog for far too long!

You may recall that when I started this blog, I had set myself the huge task of losing some weight. Well, I have finally done it. I have lost a little over 6 stone (thats 38 kilos or 84 pounds). I still have a few pounds to go, but I am feeling much better, much healthier and more confident.

As a  result (especially in the new year), I am always being asked how I managed to do it, how did I manage to lose six stone (I never talk about in generally, only if anyone asks, as I am very conscious of being a diet bore).

I was recently asked this by a good friend. So, I answered as honestly as I could. I was very candid in telling her how I had changed my relationship with food, I no longer sit and wallow in a pack of chocolate digestives if I have had a rubbish work day, or diving head first into a tin of chocolates if I was feeling down. I had to be completely honest with myself. I was fat and I was miserable, so then I would eat, feeling more fat and more miserable, it became a vicious cycle that only changed once my son started eating proper actual meals, once he was old enough to move on from finger foods.

I looked into my little boys face and knew that I needed to change, to set him a better example. So I replaced the sugary treats with fruit and the fizzy drinks went.

As I started to lose weight I became a bit more body confident and (shock horror), joined a gym! I go three times a week and try and do active things with my family at the weekend. For me, it has been all about setting a good example for my child, so that he can grow up healthy and happy, with the added bonus that I now actually have a figure!

As I explained this to my friend, I could see her face looking disappointed, and when I had finished, she told me that she was hoping that I would have something "easier"to do as that sounded like a lot of work. After explaining that everyone is different and so what works for me, may not work for her we changed the subject.

This is just one example but it just seems really weird that every single reaction to my weight loss has been disappointment, I feel proud of my achievement but I am also beginning to think that next time someone asks I should just tell them I keep a magic pixie in my pocket who sucks the fat out of my thighs while I am eating tonnes of galaxy every night.

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