Fat To Health – My Journey
I always thought that to be a #BossBabe you needed to have your shit together and absolutely kill it in either your job or business. I didn’t really think health came into it at all really.
In fact, it’s not until recently that I realised…To be a true Boss Babe you just need to be a badass individual that inspires, motivates and empowers others!
This is why there is going to be a few changes to this site over the next few months.
You see, I’ve decided after a lot of research that like me, most of my readers already have their shit together when it comes to running their businesses or excelling at work.
Where I struggle in particular is my health, more accurately, my lifestyle and as a member of the Body Positive Community, I want to empower, motivate and inspire others to put their best foot forward and live a healthier life.
Your body is the best that it can be today and you really have to appreciate it and love it for what it is, but you also want to take care of it and make it the strongest and healthiest it can be.
For me, that is losing (a lot) of weight), for you it may be putting weight on, toning up or even working on your mental health to avoid burn out, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to be posting my usual business posts, how to’s and advice but from now on, I am also going to focus on Health & Wellness.
I wouldn’t really be able to inspire without telling you my origin story and exactly how we got the the point I am at right now so, let’s get started…
Where It All Started
It would be so easy to blame everything on my parents because growing up we never really had a lot of massively nutritious food, but if I’m being honest, it wouldn’t have mattered.
From a young age, probably since the beginning of my secondary school years, I developed a really bad relationship with food, specifically chocolate and sweets.
I remember every day, I would pop into the shop and get myself a chocolate bar…
And this behaviour continued.
My mum and dad would always nag me because whenever they would wash my clothes they would find chocolate bar and sweet wrappers.
To be honest, I should have been massive but I wasn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I was a little bigger than a lot of the girls I was at school with but I was a very healthy size.
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#tt to a very young 16 year old me in year 11 – taken just before my GCSEs at #kingeddies ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can’t beleive how thin I am here but you can blame that on a diet of nothing but Slim Fast and self loathing. Thankfully I grew out of that mentality, learned #selfacceptance and #selflove followed ?
At seventeen I decided to join the Royal Air Force and knew I needed to get a lot fitter to pass my fitness tests, plus I needed to lose a few pounds so I decided to go on a Slim Fast diet.
I did this for around 3 months, as well as running and the weight dropped off. I was so proud of myself and I felt great but you can’t continue with the Slim Fast forever.
Unfortunately, I started basic training and the weight piled on, exacerbated by the busy routine and late nights…
The RAF Years
As I mentioned, basic training made things very difficult to keep a good relationship with food. It was a busy schedule so we didn’t get a lot of time for meals.
Of course, this meant going for unhealthier options, and even on some occasions, eating dessert first to made sure we didn’t miss out.
The nights were worse, hungry from the days activities the long nights preparing for the following day’s inspections were fuelled mainly by Haribo.
It sounds ridiculous when I read it back, but that is my truth and if I am honest, the start of my journey from a healthy size 12 to my current size 20.
After basic training my diet improved a little but at the age of 18, I also discovered alcoholic nights out with my friends.
Within the space of 2 years I basically doubled in size and as a result, my fitness suffered too.
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#throwbackthursday to me testing out the theory of whether blondes really do have more fun ? Look how young we were @zoe2174 . . . . . #travel #cute #friendsinperson #instagram #friendship_goals #myfriends #lifestyle #friendshipismagic #photooftheday #cousins #friends #friendship #friendshipgoals #love #friendships #friendsforever #tbt #friendsforlife #fun #friendstime #happy #smile #friendsday #friendsgiving #friends4ever #party #goodtime #instapic #memories
For the following years, I managed to kind of maintain my weight.
Many faddy diets followed but I could never stick to them and every time I fell off the wagon, I would pile even more weight on than I lost and end up in a bit of a shame spiral. At my worst, I was walking around at about 112KG/246.9lb.
So here we are 17 years later and I am finally in a place where I feel ready to make the changes that are required.
The Lifestyle Change
At the beginning of 2019, weighing in at 104.6KG/230.6lb I finally decided enough was enough and made a few well overdue changes to my eating habits.
I started by substituting some of the bad choices for better ones and eating a few more healthier, home cooked meals. The only problem is, I didn’t really make enough of a difference.
I found it difficult to give up my daily chocolate bar and my pudding after our evening meal and most importantly, I suffered from food envy.
If I saw Matt eating something, I would feel like I needed to have it too.
Over the course of 3 months I lost a measly 1GB/2.2lb.
Then I watched this video by Every Damn Day Fitness and everything changed.
Finally it clicked and I knew exactly what I needed to do.
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So this is what my body looks like right now… We’re almost at the end of the 2 week since I started going to the gym and although it has been a little more difficult this week I have stuck with it and I’m definitely seeing results. I have lost about 3kg so far and my cardio is getting so much better. I have even started running a little. My body is amazing and I am so happy that I decided to make the decision to look after it better ?
So here I am, stick around to see how I am getting on and I will share all my progress, health tips and fitness routines with you along the way…
All you have to do is stick around 🙂
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