Hi everyone! How are you all today?
The battle between myself and my weight has lasted throughout my 20s and into my 30s; my metabolism is at an all time low and I’ve tried a fair few things to get it back to awesomness again.
Since my ex left me, I have decided to regain my life again and finally shed the extra weight. Before you all jump to conclusions I am not doing this as a revenge bod scheme or some fucked up notion to win him back. Fuck him, he left me; jog on loser! I am doing this for one person.
So here I am, single and wanting to shed some weight. I joined weightwatchers, which my Mam has been a member for the past 4 years. She lost her weight, and she has kept it off. She is absolutely amazing, and my biggest motivator to lose the weight.
Now, if you know me, you will know that this isn’t the first time that I have used weightwatchers as a weightloss method. I joined at the same time as mam all those years ago, but I struggled to lose weight. I would lose the same five pound over and over again. I lost my motivation and cancelled my membership.
I rejoined, again about 2 years ago, but the same cycle continued. Fair enough I had a partner at the time who kept buying pizzas and processed food that wasn’t exactly the best to eat on a weightwatchers plan. So once again, I cancelled.
Roll onto 2019. My best friend’s wedding is in September, my fiancé has left me for another woman and to be one of the lads, and I’m back living with my parents. Something had to change. And I think that something finally snapped in my mind.
I have not been happy in my own body for a long time. I don’t feel comfortable in my clothes and I didn’t feel healthy. My main focus is to lose weight for my best friend’s wedding. It’s (at the time of writing this) 17 weeks away!
I have set myself a goal to lose 1lb a week until the wedding. So far I have stuck to that goal and lost 11.5lb!! I will be so happy if I lose 2stone before the wedding. And I know that it is manageable if I can keep my current routine and habits going.
So what have I been doing? What is so different from this time to the two other times of joining weightwatchers?
One reason is definitely motivation. I have a clear goal and a better support network around me these days.
The other is exercise.
It’s the decades old proverb isn’t it? Eat less, move more! Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it all before! It’s something that my dad always says.
Well I finally listened. On my days off instead of drowning my sorrows in a pint of ice cream and listening to breakup songs, I moved more. I have explored quite a bit of the North East over the past 2 months and have found some beautiful walking routes.
I have explored these places on my own, or in the company of my Mam and Dad. It’s been nice to get out in the fresh air and get in my 10,000 steps each day. Okay, I’ll admit it, I do more than that some days! But I do aim for the 10,000!
I do use a few apps to help me in my walks, the first is Map my Walk. This maps out your route and tells you how far that you’ve walked. It also comes in handy if you get lost, which has happened to me once or twice! I have used the app to help me find the way back to my car! Honestly, I was convinced I was heading in the right direction, but I was actually 2km in the opposite direction…. oops!
The other app that I’ve found really useful is Aaptiv. Yes, this is an app that I paid for. But it’s awesome! I used to use the few sessions that are on the Weightwatcher’s app, but after a few weeks of the same routines and songs, I wanted something new. I pay £13.99 a month and have access to hundreds of workouts. There is everything from treadmills, outdoor running, meditation… anything you could want. I tend to use the Outdoor Running ones a lot. I don’t jog to the music but I walk at a faster pace when it suggests a jog. The trainers are amazing on the app, and it has really helped me stay focused during my walks. I absolutely love John and Katie’s workouts!
So I’m almost a stone down from my start weight and gaining legs of steel! I can’t wait to share the rest of my weight loss journey with you. This is the most weight that I have lost so far, and I can’t wait to reach my goal.
If you have any weight loss tips or stories, please leave them in the comments. I’d love to hear them.
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!