Its been a while since I posted and that’s mostly down to the change in direction I want to take my blog. I love makeup, beauty and fashion but not as much as I love fitness and nutrition.
An insight into my fitness journey so far
I’ve thought about it for a while and I’ve already changed my Instagram more toward fitness. It’s been a strong interest of mine since my first ever gym session when I was about 18 but I found it a little awkward, so I went with a friend, but found we did more talking than actually working out. I guess I didn’t feel confident in using the equipment and felt silly asking so just did what I thought. A few sessions in and I soon got a buzz from it. Realizing everyone is new to the gym and we all start off not having a clue, and that absolutely fine. But hey, I’m still learning, I just say to myself ‘fake it til you make it’.
Now there is YouTube and online videos to show you workouts, it’s great! When I was 18 we didn’t have such luxuries. Now you can watch a whole workout to follow.
When I was 21 I stopped working out and started going out a lot, drinking most weekends and eating what I call ‘packet meals’. I went from a toned size 10 to a 14 in just over two years. At almost 6ft so I could carry it off, but I really didn’t feel great at all. Oh and I smoked, I was so unhealthy! My lifestyle was terrible.
That was kind of the turning point for me. I wanted to get back to my healthy self! I decided to quit smoking and eat better. Back then I wasn’t very educated on what ‘clean’, eating was. I just knew if it wasn’t in its original form then it was probably full of stuff I didn’t want to put in my body. I’m not going to kid you though, I LOVE CHOCOLATE, That, I wasn’t going to give up. But I enjoyed a little occasionally. Small steps make big differences.
By the time I moved to London when I was 25, I was back to my original size. I was happy and felt good.
I’ll tell you something, I wore heels every single day, stilettos, yep! I’d die before I wore a trainer. Ironic, as now I have more trainers than heels. Wearing heels is a workout in itself, I’m talking toned legs and booty.
My size changed again during my pregnancy. Although I ate healthily, I ate too much, my portion sizes were huge! I couldn’t see it myself as I lived in stretchy leggings, yeh those bad boys will stretch for daaaays! That was until I stood on the scales at the doctors and tried to get back into my old jeans, My pre-pregnancy jeans wouldn’t go up past my knees. I know most people put on weight at this time but jeez did I struggle to lose the weight. I cut my portion sizes, cut the ‘treats’ and slowly, VERY slowly got to a size 12. Those jeans fit, but they were snuuuug. After that, I plateaued and stayed the same.
I tried a few fad diets, but they are pointless unless you stick to them forever. Once you stop the diet and go back to your old eating habits, you end up piling the weight back on.
I went on holiday not long after having my son and wore a bikini. Although I felt ‘ok’, looking back at photos of myself I cried inside. I did not like what I saw. Booking a bikini holiday really does kick you up the butt! Each year I’ve looked back at photos and each year I see the improvements.
Fast forward 3 years, I’d moved back to the countryside and I started working out again, I wanted to shed that tummy fat and slim my thighs a little. 6 months later I bought my first pair of size 10 jeans. I hadn’t worn a 10 jean since I was 18. I don’t weight myself, I measure my progress by how I look and feel in my clothes or undies. Muscle weighs more than fat, So even though you feel yourself getting smaller and toned, you can step on the scales and see no change, this can be discouraging and demotivate you. So I threw my scales away!
I’ve never had a problem with motivation when it comes to fitness and eating clean, I just didn’t do it before as I didn’t want to. But around November 2017 I decided I really wanted to change and live a totally healthy lifestyle and completely cut out unhealthy snacks and junk foods. I’d moved into my new home and thought 2018 was going to be the year I achieved my body goals. I got out the equipment I had at home to work out with, but then after binge-watching the absolute babe, Whitney Simmons and being truly inspired, I walked into my local gym and signed up.
I’m not going to lie, It takes a huge amount of determination but it’s worth every. single. second. to be able to look back and say ‘I did it’. I keep that end goal in sight, that’s what keeps me motivated. A tub of ice cream for ten minutes of enjoyment and feeling crappy or having a healthy snack and feeling great forever? I’ll take the latter. I’m not saying I’ll never eat ice cream or chocolate again, of course, I will, just occasionally and in moderation. Eating healthily also saves me a fortune on my shopping bill! -New gym wear!!
I chose to make that lifestyle change. I’ve since been educating myself about the importance of nutrition, macronutrients and getting the balance right. You can go and sweat 24/7 in the gym, but if you are eating wrong you will see no change, as I saw before. It’s 20% exercise and 80% diet. I now eat the right amount based on my height and weight, working out 6 times a week.
When I compare my new intake to my old eating ways, I was consuming almost double. If I laid out on a table what I eat now compared to what I used to eat, it’s not even half, but because it’s so nutritionally rich, it fills me up for longer AND it’s healthy. I have so much more energy now and no, I NEVER feel hungry.
Most people who know me know I’m stubborn, strong-willed so I don’t give up very easily. I’m committed and don’t intend to fail. If you want to join me on my journey then don’t forget to subscribe and get every post straight to your inbox.