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Here I am on week two of my 6 Week Body & Mind Makeover Challenge which I started last week. I have a few people keeping tabs on me and reminding me that because I’ve put it out there that I’m making some fitness/nutritional changes and setting myself new goals, I have to actually do it! Now, seeing as a lot of the time I’m all trackies and no trainers, that is the difficult part for me BUT I promised you updates and so updates you will get – and I also promise that they will be absolutely truthful and contain my health and fitness sins as well as my triumphs – if there are any 😉 So, here goes…

A friend, let’s call her Toni, was telling me about somebody she knew who had been trying for years to shape-up and lose weight and then, after years of talking about it, she finally succeeded. Apparently this woman always looked lovely but she said that she’d put on a lot of weight going through the menopause and wanted to drop the excess pounds that she felt were making her feel sluggish and not as energetic as she wanted to be. Looking at her now super slim friend in awe, Toni asked her, “How did you do it?” Then, sat back, excitedly waiting for the secret to slimness to be spilt…”I ate less than I normally do and I started going to the gym 3 times a week,” replied Toni’s friend. “Yeah…and what else?” Toni asked. Well, there wasn’t anything else. The End…

Glowology Lisa on beach

Since I gave up competitive swimming at 16 – I was a National champion and had a TV appearance on Tomorrow’s World and Grandstand (yeah, I know!) – my super speedy athlete’s metabolism, used to the 5am swimming sessions and healthy lifestyle, was abruptly sabotaged by late night partying, mid-day rising, junk food and dry Martini and lemondes. Within a few months of no pool action, my hard earned six pack had deflated and my thighs expanded and I found it hard to deal with. The body that had been a treasured temple was quickly becoming a flabby bedsit and I didn’t know then, but that excess weight that engulfed my body and that I’d never had before, was going to plague me for years and years to come

Image: Toast
Image: Toast

I felt compelled to write a quick post on self esteem to the women or girls out there who might be feeling crappy about themselves because of the hurtful and ignorant words of Loose Women’s Jamelia. In case you don’t know, she said plus size clothes shouldn’t be available on the high street and women should be made uncomfortable when they go in a clothes shop and can’t find their size! Really. She said that.