It’s taken me while to start this post. I’ve known what I wanted to say but, for me, getting started is the hardest part.
My original purpose for this blog was to motivate myself with dieting, this is an area of my life that I have always felt is out of my control, so I think this should my first step in my journey to be the best version of myself.
We are so concerned about weight, dress size and image that it is easy to lose sight of what is actually important. The image I have of this perfect me is thin, and I can’t pretend that I don’t envy and desire a typical celebrity figure, but what is important is how this is achieved.
I have done my fair share of yo-yo dieting and in the end it never works! Losing weight is a journey and then maintaining is a lifestyle.
I currently weigh 228lb and my BMI is 41.7. A BMI of 30 or above is in the obese range and this means I have an increased chance of strokes, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
My health worries me. I lost my mum to cancer when she was only 46, this weighs heavily on my mind when I think about my lifestyle and the implications of being overweight.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of whether a person is a healthy weight for their height. It allows for natural variations in a person’s shape by giving a range rather than specific weight or dress size.
The NHS have a free simple to use app that easily calculates your BMI, allows you to track your weight and BMI movements and offers advice on living a healthy lifestyle.
A healthy BMI is in the range of 18.5 – 24.9, for my height 5’ 2” this is a weight range of 101lb – 136lb and means I need to lose 92lb!
This is a daunting amount and something I really hope to achieve by June 2018. This is an important time for me, not only because I will be 32 in June 2018 but also because that is the summer I will be getting married. This moment will be one of the happiest times in my life and I am determined to not let my weight cast a shadow of self consciousness over the day.
My plan is simple, make the healthy choices. This means drinking more water, significantly cutting down on takeaways and naughty foods like cake and chocolate and being more active.
I have had success in the past with slimming world and it is a lifestyle educator rather than a diet but I struggled with the amount of cooking involved and a lack of help from my other half! This time he has agreed to be supportive and wants to lose a few pounds himself. I will be roping him to do some of the cooking, I will cook in batches and freeze and now the supermarket, Iceland, stock a wide range of slimming world meals that I can use on those “can’t be bothered cooking” nights!
I aim to lose an average of 1 ½ lb per week, this is a realistic weekly target and ensures I meet my wedding goal!
At the end of the day, my weight and lifestyle are entirely in my control and nobody else can do this for me!