Happy New Year……..New Year New Beginning? January…..A Great Time To Get Fit, Healthy And Shed Those Pounds!!

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Happy New Year Everyone!! I really hope you all had a joyful and peaceful Christmas and New Year!!

So 2014 is upon us……2013 flew by at lightening pace!!! I always find that January is an exciting month; many of us feel alive with the anticipation of what the New Year may bring to us. But what I’ve found over the past few years is that it’s more productive for me to think of what I can bring myself in the year ahead. Sure I love the romance of wondering what fate has in store, how will the universe challenge me this year? But what about the things we can control? Think of the ways in which we can challenge ourselves.

In terms of our health, fitness and body image……..destiny is well and truly in our own hands 🙂

In my previous posts I wrote about the best place to start and some simple activities everyone can do to get themselves mentally prepared for the daunting task of losing weight. No matter what your background is or how many failed attempts that you’ve had, now is the time to adapt a positive mental attitude. Push all of those self-doubts and insecurities aside and take this step to becoming a happy, healthy human being.

In my time I have tried every “Fad” diet you can think of….I even gave hypnotism recordings a go…guess what? They didn’t work. So with the encouragement of those who love me most I decided to do the hard yard!! No easy way out, no shortcuts or quick fixes because I promise you in the end they never work. I’m sure we’ve all seen the commercials on T.V for wonder juices, tablets, machines etc. But the reality is, even if you do manage to lose some weight using these methods, the likelihood of you putting this weight back on and then some is huge. Living on a diet of juice, fat killing pills and dust is no way for anyone to live people!! It’s never sustainable, you’re likely to be super depressed and very unlikely to achieve in the end.

The best way forward it to adapt a balanced diet and to take part in regular exercise. It’s a no brainer; eat what your body needs and move around more and you won’t inflate in the manner in which I did!! But for those of us who have managed to become overweight or obese already it’s difficult to know what’s really good for us and how we should manage our eating. There is so much conflicting information out there it’s a bit of a head ache at times. I was lost in the beginning. Basically we need to have a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. This means we have to consume fewer calories daily than the average person, while at the same time getting all our nutrition to keep healthy, have energy and above all not to be hungry. Going hungry is never acceptable. How on earth can we do all that, what exactly should I eat and how do I know I’m doing it right!!?

I was overwhelmed with all these questions so I decided to try an age old method known the world over!! Yes my friends….I joined weight watchers. What led me to make this decision was simple. Weight watchers allowed me to eat normal food, sure there are plenty of ready meals and snacks available from the brand, but if you don’t like these you can always just select foods that you do like from the supermarket. It’s older than the hills so it’s survived the test of time. It’s simple and easy to understand, weight watchers methods encourage us to eat from all food groups in order to insure we have a nutritionally balanced diet whilst still on that deficit. There are treats involved with weight watchers, so my sanity would remain intact, and importantly I could do it all online. I am such a busy person that convenience was a must. Weight Watchers does cost money but it is worth it in my opinion and there are a variety of memberships to suit everyone’s budget.

Weight Watchers is no longer the frumpy club for lumpy ladies either. It’s had a major make over; it’s modern, trendy and has become a hit with males now as well as females. I signed up for the online package. It was fantastic for me; WW basically runs on a points system, you’re assigned a daily amount of point’s dependant on height, weight and etc. As your weight decreases or increases your daily points change accordingly. I could sign on, search their database online for the point value of each and everything I ate and drank daily and I could add the items to my daily food diary, to get a snap shot of my day. As I entered the foods I ate I got a calculation of my daily protein, calcium, water and vitamin intakes to make sure I was up to scratch in terms of getting decent nutrition. On the WW website there are so many success stories to read and pictures to see to keep you motivated. There is a massive variety of delicious recipes and a forum for members to share their tips.

This is really just a basic description of what it all involves. For those of us who need more support and don’t think they can go it alone online, you can sign up for the meetings packages. You can still sign on to the online community and get all the wonderful info and tips, but you also attend weekly meetings within other weight watchers in your local area. Although I never attended these my Mum did and she enjoyed it. She made many great new friends who were full of support for each other, they celebrated their success together. The opportunity to lose weight and meet new people is very appealing if you have the spare time.

I would encourage anyone to give WW the once over and try to give it a good go. The wonderful thing about it for me was that there was no deprivation involved….they even have a guide on how to eat out with friends and different restaurants with many different cuisines…..even popular fast food joints, I was amazed!! I stuck with weight watchers for a few months, at the 6 month mark I had lost 7kg (around 15.5 pounds). I did this with zero exercise, so if one could incorporate activity I’d imagine this figure could be doubled easily! It’s worth mentioning that the WW site has lots of wonderful video demonstrations on exercises that can be done at home, at the park or in the gym. I really believe the sky is limit with Weight Watchers if you are willing to embrace it. I found that after a few months I had learned a lot about food and nutrition and took the massive risk of cutting the apron strings and going it alone. This wasn’t because WW wouldn’t have worked for me had I just stuck with it, but I wanted a big challenge in my life…..so I took one on 🙂

I hope I have been able to give you an insight in to Weight Watchers and perhaps I may have encouraged somebody to give it a go. I would be more than willing to answer and questions you have about it, so please don’t hesitate to as me here or send me a private message if you’d prefer.

Once again, Happy New Year!!

A Lot Less Chubby 🙂

 

 

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A Good Place To Start Is At The Beginning.

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Once you’ve made that decision to take control it’s really difficult to know exactly where to start.  For me I decided to start at the most obvious point……what the hell have I been eating all these years?

April 2012 I sat on my bed, pen and paper at the ready and my tablet poised…..I began to note everything that I had ate and drank the day before.  Once the list was comprised I then began to Google the calorie content of each item.  I was shocked!! I hadn’t eaten a hell of a lot, the day before had been a good day for me….or so I had thought. It wasn’t the amount of food that I had consumed it was just the types of food I had chosen for myself.  The average female is advised to eat no more than 2000 calories a day, 2500 for the average male….lucky them eh?!! I had managed to fit in around 3800 calories…..on a good day….omg!

Next I calculated my Body Mass Index. Body Mass Index is an approximate measure of whether someone is over- or underweight, calculated by dividing their weight in kilograms by the square of their height in metres. You can work out your own BMI easily, just type BMI calculator into Google and you will find what you need. If you have an IPhone or Smart Phone there are plenty of free BMI calculator apps for you to make use of.

BMI

WEIGHT STATUS

Below 18.5

Underweight

18.5 – 24.9

Normal

25.0 – 29.9

Overweight

30.0 and Above

Obese

This table will help you interpret your results.  My BMI was 45; I was well in to the obese category. My lifelong image of myself as just being a little chubby was blown out of the water!!  As with any index of this kind, there are questions about how accurate it actually is, my thoughts are that if you get a result like mine, and you’re way off the mark, you should take the result seriously.

This is the reality, I was obese, and there was no way of escaping it. By being this obese I was opening myself up to so many risks regarding my health. Heart disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and so so many more. Sure I was fine then, I’m young, but give it a while and I would start ailing.  The time to change had finally come for me.

I spoke to my other half about my plan to lose weight. He made it clear that he loved me no matter what size I was, but he was logical about the issue and agreed that for the benefit of my health and wellbeing it was best to do this.  When I began my journey I was preparing for the stressful task of immigrating from Ireland to Australia, so for convenience I decided I would join Weight Watchers.

I will talk more about Weight Watchers in my next post, what I want to leave you guys with is a solid way to get yourself off that starting block. First of all weigh yourself, come to terms with your weight, I promise it’s going to be ok; today is the first day of the rest of your healthy life.

Once you have worked out your weight, you can calculate your BMI, remember we don’t beat ourselves up; we just accept reality and remain dedicated to change.  Finally make a list of your own. List all the food  you ate the day before, be completely honest and include everything even what you drank.  Work out the calories of each item and calculate the total. This is a great exercise for two reasons, it will allow you to get an idea of the degree to which you over eat, it also allows you to start learning about food a little bit.  Those things we eat and don’t think they are that bad…well they are!!

When you’re completing these tasks keep in mind that you are a strong person, the road ahead may seem daunting but you can do it, nobody is standing in your way.  When you have finished doing all of this it’s a good idea to check in with our good friend………. reality.

The truth is there is no quick fix for you, anybody that tells you otherwise are wrong, I assure you.  If you want to lose the weight, get fit and healthy, your whole lifestyle will have to change this doesn’t happen overnight.  The weight you’re carrying won’t just melt away, if you are obese to the degree that I was it will take up to two years.  Settle this in your mind, have a chat with yourself and make the commitment to yourself, you didn’t put this weight on your body overnight and it would be unfair on your body to try force it off overnight.  Once you’ve processed all of this you will be feeling strong and raring to go!!

If anyone has any thoughts or concerns that they want to express please leave a comment below. If anyone is thinking of starting their journey and would like any moral support comment below or message me I would love to be there for you.

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So why now?

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been taking part in some diet or another……you name it I’ve tried it…and failed.

I’ve always been the chubby one. The chubby friend, the chubby sister, the chubby one in my class. I guess some where along the way regardless of if I liked it or not, I just accepted that its who i was and how I was. But what changed my out look?

April 2012, I had a routine check up with my doctor….it was during this appointment that I had one of the most important and life changing conversations of my life. I’d had the same doc since childhood so he knew me quite well, it took me by suprise when he said “do you realise that every year I’ve seen you since you turned 16 you’ve put on weight?”

I was completely taken aback….upset and ashamed. But my doc was as lovely as ever, he pointed out that if I carried on with the lifestyle I was leading….I would just get bigger and bigger and as life continued my health would certainly decline.   It was that word “lifestyle” it hit me hard. Lifestyle….my lifestyle was down to me, I’m an adult I’m responsible for all actions I take. Suddenly being the chubby one wasnt who I was of just how I was….I’d made myself that way. Self inflicted chubby…that was me!!

I quickly decided that rather than beat myself up it was time to take control! I’d looked in to myself and held myself accountable. Of course there are many reasons why we all indulge in food….emotional reasons, stress, trauma….the list goes on. There is so much in life that we have no control over….but how we look after our bodies and the food we choose to fuel it with are one of the few things we can be in complete control of.

To get your own journey started I would advise that you try do the same 🙂 Look at your life, look at how you lead it, look at the choices you make for yourself and ask yourself……am i accountable? Put all shame, humiliation and fear aside, forget about the bullies and the tears you’ve cried and leave it all behind.

Now is your time, it’s all about you, you are amazing and you’re capable of doing amazing things. It’s time to finally make yourself whole, with a healthy body comes a healthy mind, a happy heart a strong and resiliant person. Gather up all your confidence and get stuck in, I promise you’re worth every single second of effort this will take!!

I have decided to share some photos of myself with you guys to show you the results of my journey. Throughout my blog I would like to share with you everything that has got me this far. Nutrition, exercise, supplements, mental tasks and keeping that all important will power!!

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October 2011

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May 2011 (right)

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October 2013 🙂

Nice To Meet You

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fat-chubby-women-girl-cartoonHi Everyone,

Welcome to my very first blog!! I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time so I’m pretty excited to get started.

So what am I all about exactly? I’m a 20 something Irish woman, recently relocated down under with my pretty wonderful significant other, Sydney is where we’ve laid our hat.

As the title of this blog suggests, I’ve always been a little chubby (understatement alert!)  In fact for the majority of my life…….I’ve been large.  Standing a mighty 4ft 9″ tall at my heaviest I had managed to accumulate 98kg of weight.  Quite a lot for a little squirt I hear you say!

Over the past 18 months I have been on an amazing journey to shed those kg’s. I have come a long way and feel amazing…..without exaggerating I have changed my whole life for the better.  I have started this blog because I want to share a lot of this journey with those who are interested, I want to support, share and hopefully inspire people just like me.

My journey has come with blood, sweat and tears, but mostly its been filled with joy, a massive sense of achievement and finally learning who I am. I hope you will all stick around long enough to share this with me.

Let’s get started 🙂