The main reason behind wanting to do a blog is to share my experience of losing weight. I would like to start by saying that I have never been over weight. Yet that doesn’t mean to say that I was comfortable with the weight I was and if I hadn’t of made the change I did I would have continued putting it on. I have a weakness when it comes to food. And my two biggest problems were:
Binge eating when bored and a lack of exercise.
Add those facts together and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that I was going to gain weight. I have been a member of the gym for over a year now and during that time I have lost over a stone, (however the scales are always bopping up and down so my weight seems to vary,) dropped a dress size, and toned some problem areas. But when I look back now the most important thing to me was getting fitter and healthier.
I know that beginning to exercise regularly is one of the best things I have done. I feel like I have learned a lot from it, not only the importance of exercise but to actually enjoy doing it. Before I joined the gym any form of exercise felt like a chore to me, don’t get me wrong there are still days where I feel like going to the gym is a bit of a chore even now, but I had never enjoyed exercise at all until I joined.
I managed to build my fitness up over time, but it was a gradual process and I’m talking baby-steps. For at least the first month, running for just a minute was uncomfortable for me where I was so unfit. I would break out into a clammy sweat, become extremely hot and out of breath then end up with a terrible headache the minute I stepped off the treadmill. I dread to think what I must of looked like back then. But I didn’t let it stop me.
I went through a stage of running for a minute, walking for a minute, running for a minute etc.. which helped me eventually. But, there were times when I looked at other people running with ease and I wondered if that would ever be me. There were times when I thought; ‘will I ever even be able to run for 5 minutes without desperately needing to stop?’
I also used the other cardio machines in the gym like the bike and cross-trainer, but my main goal was the running. It was hard work. I often felt like I wasn’t improving and was actually getting worse! Then suddenly I began to see results – everywhere. In my appearance and also in my fitness. Running felt more natural and I began to run for longer without stopping.
As soon as I could physically see results and that something was paying off I began to believe in myself a lot more. It was initially my intention to lose weight before my first holiday last summer with my boyfriend and I was proud that I managed to do it. We had an amazing holiday and I felt comfortable in a bikini for the first time ever!
It took a long time for me to realise that I needed to start exercising and if I could change things I would have done it a lot sooner because I am happier in myself because of it. And as for getting fit, that was down to having a goal in mind and a lot of persevering and gradual improvements.
But I still think that I’ve got a long way to go, I want to make even more progress this year and I’m now willing to accept that it won’t necessarily be a quick journey. I am setting myself a new goal this summer to keep at a satisfactory weight for if we go on holiday again. And perhaps set myself a goal of one day, even running a proper race like a 5K.