It's safe to say that over the past few months I've been saying to my self that I need shed a few pounds and get into shape. However, despite wanting it, I was the typical "I want the results without doing the work" kind of person.. I know, I know .. I'm ashamed.
I'll explain this a little more.. In August (ish) last year I started my first full time job.. For a while all was well & good. But then cracks started to appear. The job was heavily sales driven with a lot of emphasis on targets. The hours were also too long - 08:15-18:00 Monday-Friday with overtime expected - and I felt under a lot of pressure. This wasn't an environment I worked well in.. I was told my the bosses (who weren't all as friendly as they first seemed) that I was "too nice" *sorry...what?!* & the hours meant I was constantly tired... However I couldn't leave the job without having something else to walk into.. unfortunately part of being a *kind-of* grown up means things like rent & bills are real.
I promise I'm not going off on a ramble here but being in this rubbish job led to me trying to make each day a little better & give myself a little more energy.. & how did I do that?! Snacking.
Chocolate, biscuits, fizzy pop, pastries, hot chocolates, the odd bacon roll.. (I promise there was fruit in my diet too.. but there was a heavy intake of unhealthy foods!)... all just to make facing this job a little easier.
After a few months of this I noticed in photos that my face looked rounder, I now had a little stomach showing under dresses &..did my legs really look like that?!
|Some "before" & "current" shots..|
Now I am not what you'd call "big" or even "curvy".. But I definitely don't feel healthy or at all body confident. At only 5"2 unfortunately I'm just to short to pull off carrying extra weight.. I've started to notice stretch marks appearing on my thighs.. my stomach jiggling when I run & clothes that were once baggy are now more than a little snug.
I was tempted to just accept my fate. Maybe crawl into bed & live there forever. Food would be my friend. But I decided to have a sit down with myself & accept the cold hard truths. I'm now in a job that is much better *yay* there are really no excuses.
I need to work for this!
In order to motivate myself one thing I do is keep inspirational fitness quotes on my phone & alternate as my lock screen for extra reminders to keep on track.. some of which you can see below. I also try to go to the gym at least twice a week (it should be more - I'm working on that!) & to eat healthier/smaller meals with less unhealthy snacking.
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What are your favourite fitness/healthy eating tips?
Would anyone be interested in follow up posts?
*Disclaimer - I did not write this post to gain any form of attention etc.. Plus I know there are a lot of people out there who work much longer hours & in comparison I really didn't have it too bad..*