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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