A super personal post on my weight loss journey so far... It has been a never ending battle to get to my goal weight and I'll be honest, this post is more motivation for me. I feel if I put my goals out, I will work harder to achieve them... So, here's my weight loss journey so far.
What got me started
Before I start, please be open minded reading this post.
For as long as I remember I have always had a weight problem, going back to childhood where I was always the biggest girl in the class. A lot of my problem was comfort eating from being badly bullied in school. I found food was the only thing that I could have control over and I felt good when I was eating. The weight slowly piled on and by the time I was in 6th class I was a size 16.
During secondary school the emotional eating continued and I was suddenly a size 24/26 before I knew it. I know it sounds ridiculous but I never thought I had a problem. The moment I realised my size was an issue was on holidays, when I wanted to go on a rollar coaster but was asked to leave because the seat harness would not close. I was completely humiliated and it was from that moment on I decided something had to change.
I started college in NUIG and because I had to walk a lot to and from buses and what not my weight slowly started to come down. I then was able to go into New Look and buy trousers a size smaller and I liked the feeling of that.
I then got sick and the weight loss was put on hold for a while. I managed to keep most of it off (through sickness admittedly), but I got serious about losing weight in 2014 when I started personal training with Conor Maher at Mind Over Maher Fitness Studio. This was where I really saw results starting to show. I was weightlifting 3/4 times a week and absolutely loved it!
Training 4 times a week I lost it slowly and steadily and reached a 7.5 stone loss April 2016.
I then stopped for a while (almost 2 years) due to saving for holidays and getting a bad flare up and having to have major surgery (God damn Crohn's!). Since then I put back on a shocking 4 stone which I feel the worst of but at the time I had no strength or energy to exercise and I fell back into the comfort eating again. I basically took a year out to feel sorry for myself and the weight kept creeping back on but being honest... I didn't care.
I am starting back in full swing planning on training at Mind Over Maher Fitness 3/4 times a week doing a mixture of Circuit and Weight training(mostly). If you are looking for a PT I highly recommend Conor! He tailors workouts to your needs and he'll even do the odd dance for you! :)
I have also joined Slimming World. This was to keep me in check food wise where I don't feel deprived or on a 'diet' - cause I like food too much!!
My current goal is to be a dress size smaller going on holidays this March. At present I'm a size 18/20 and I would like to be a comfortable 16/18 going on holiday. (I want my size 16 jeans to fit again!). A realistic goal in my opinion.
I'm not too worried about the scales, I know the weight will slowly come down and I found I became obsessed the last time I started and I was weighing myself everyday which is not healthy for anyone! I will be weighing myself once a week at slimming world and while yes, I want to shed the pounds I will not beat myself up too much over it.
My overall goal since I started 5+ years ago is to lose 10 stone total... I have 6.5 stone to go and whether it takes me a year or another 5 years I am determined to reach this goal. I will be keeping you up to date good or bad! And it will also keep me focused. I find if you tell someone, you have to stick to it!
I plan on doing bi-weekly blogs of my progress. I have also set up an Instagram page @bunnysfitnessjourney (linked here) where I am posting recipes, progress and so forth... So stay tuned to see how it goes!
I hope you enjoyed reading this and maybe it helped someone struggling with weight like me. At the minute I am quiet happy in myself and where I am on this journey. I'm looking forward to seeing more results but like I said, I will give it the time needed and I'm not going to be stressing as much this time around.
Just remember, congratulate yourself on the small victories! Whether its going for a 5 minute walk, swapping chocolate for an apple or simple getting out of bed on days you don't feel like doing anything. You are already doing more then you were last week/month/year!
Thank you for reading this....
If you have any tips, tricks or advice I'd love to here them! Also if you have any questions feel free to message me, I'd be more than happy to answer them :)
Until next time,
Conor @ Mind Over Maher Facebook Page Here.