I thought I’d share a real throwback with you all – and that I’ve not always been slim and healthy… And that if anyone can empathise with weight loss and fitness struggles, it’s me.
The two photos on the left are from 2008 and 2009 and show me around two stone heavier than I am now, over three dress sizes bigger, but most of all unhappy and uncomfortable. I’d always pick long tops to skim over my “muffin top” and wore the loosest trousers I could to hide my “thunder thighs”. I had been through a traumatic break up and sought comfort in food – in these days eating a tub of ice cream in one evening was not unusual.
So what happened? I got fed up of hiding away. I had a great job and great friends and wanted to enjoy not dread social situations. So I decided to start going to group fitness classes (and hide at the back!) This progressed into running and PT sessions and the weight starting to drop inspired me to start eating more healthily too.
I guess you can fill in the rest between then and now, but the photo on the right was taken last week – smaller, stronger and happier than I’ve ever been.
So what am I trying to say? That when you feel like giving up, don’t. When you feel weak, stay strong. When it feels like a long road ahead, take one step at a time. My journey was not easy and by no means over either (sadly when you’ve lost weight it doesn’t just stay off!!) but it’s the best thing I ever did.
So when you think I’m just another genetically blessed super sporty PT and instructor who “has it easy” – think again. I know how it feels to be you – and I’m with you every step of the way x