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…
Now, if I left this post at that, it would be the world’s most boring blog post, I agree. But, basically, sometimes you just have to get back to basics don’t you? And I think, regardless of how many millions are spent on ‘special’ potions and lotions and pull you in pants etc, that line ‘I just ate less’ (or drank less as well, in my case) is often the answer if we are truthful with ourselves.
Of course, there are sometimes that other factors that might be the cause of holding on to those excess pounds, from hormonal to medical, to what time of the day you eat, whether you workout, workout enough or what it is you’re actually eating may not be agreeing with you. So, it may be worth checking any concerns with your G.P and speaking to a fitness professional or nutritionist if you want to lose weight but find yourself stuck.
The fitness oracle that I refer back to time and time again, Tracey at Face Up Fitness, once mentioned “You can’t out-train a bad diet” and that really resonated with me. Just because you go heavy at the gym or super speedy at the pool, it isn’t a guaranteed way to lose weight – if that’s your goal. It might make you feel great – and that’s wonderful in itself – but if you do want to drop a few pounds, then you will need to check whether you’re unintentionally over-compensating for your workouts with too many treats. My favourite is, ‘oh, I’ve just swam 20 lengths – a little bit of carrot cake isn’t going to hurt’ No, it won’t if it is a ‘little bit’ but it never is! And even though moderation is a word I like to use, I don’t always put it into practice. ‘Over-do it’ is a more apt phrase in the current calorie intake of my day.
So, what I wanted to divulge in this short blog post is that I’m going to attempt to use the next 6 weeks as a challenge to myself. All those niggly little things I moan about but never actually do anything about, like finding simple exercises to tone my ever wobbly bingo wings, spare half an hour – or however long I’ve got – to do something I love for myself as a mood booster (and I need to do something to get a handle of that S.A.D creeping up!) And most importantly, look at how I’m eating and try to get healthier in the nutrition department with quick, healthy snacks and low-cal options of my favourites.
I’m going to update my blog once a week with my progress and let you know how I’m getting on and let you in on the useful discoveries I make, such as fab online workouts, empowering Instagram posts to keep you motivated, energy boosters and tasty recipes etc…anything that will make me – and hopefully, you if you feel like it – look and feel our best just in time for Christmas! I also want to make sure it doesn’t cost a fortune, so I won’t be talking about amazing clinic treatments or blow-the-budget food plans. Everything I am going to look into and try will be quick, easy (within reason, exercise may hurt a little!) and purse friendly.
Watch this space – and let me know if you want to join me by sharing your tips and tricks to being the best you in mind, body and health!