My Weight Loss Journey

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My weight has yo-yoed for years, I weighed 14st 8lbs at my heaviest and 9st 10lbs at my lightest. Right now I'm 13st and I'm not happy, it's time to start the weight loss journey, again.

I spent a long time blogging about my weight loss, at one point I was doing great and I loved writing about it. It was a positive story after all, I was doing exercise (and enjoying it), I ate far less and my weight just kept going down. I was so proud of myself. 


It was all for our holiday to Florida and I knew that I'd put weight on while I was there. As it turns out I didn't put on as much as I thought I would and I returned home having gained 6lbs. But that's when the trouble started. 

After spending six weeks in Florida I needed rest, we walked over 300 miles while there! The problem is that rest and eating nice food became a habit again. I stopped running, I stopped yoga, and I started eating more food. 

The weight creeped back on, as it always does, and at first I didn't notice. I was too busy enjoying myself with all the nice food and rest. 

It wasn't until my clothes started to get tighter and I had to swap to a larger size that I noticed what was happening. By that point though laziness had set in, I'd become set in my ways and didn't want to give up time to do exercise or give up all the great food. 

I promised myself a while ago that I wouldn't allow myself to get back to 13st and yet here I am. Reaching this weight again has made me realise that I need to do something. 

Looking at it honestly I can see what I've done. I became lazy, complacent, I took advantage of being slimmer and it caught up with me. 

Now I need to go back to the start, I need to make changes to my lifestyle that will stick. It's hard though, having time to fit it in in between taking care of the boys, blogging, housework, more blogging, making dinners, and everything else. 

I'm admitting right now that laziness is stopping me. Nothing else. I am lazy. I don't want to do the exercise. I don't want to cut down on my food. I don't want to have to say no to cake and cookies.

But I have to.
This is going to have to be used!

I am more tired than I used to be. I can't run up the stairs any more. I'm getting more headaches, more indigestion, and I feel unhealthy.

It's time to make a change again.

More healthy breakfasts, cutting down on portion sizes, more salads. I'm going right back to the beginning. 

I'm starting slowly, bringing in the salads, and cutting down on my chocolate intake. It's worked before so that's what I'm doing.

Most importantly though I'm going to blog about it. Every week, if I lose weight or not, I'll be writing about my journey. This time being more honest about the whole thing and not giving up if things don't go my way. 

Having the support and friendship of blogging buddies was a huge help the last time I tried this and I hope it will this time too. 

I want to thank Mirka, of Fitness 4 Mamas, who offered her support and advice recently. It was just what I needed. 

What advice would you give someone who's starting their weight loss journey, again?

10 comments:

  1. Hi Morgan, not to worry. You've acknowledged that you aren't happy with your weight and that's a step in the right direction. It is so easy to become complacent and lazy when it comes to our lifestyle, especially when we spend so much time tapping at keyboards sharing our stories. We've all done it.

    You say you don't want to exercise, say no to cookies or cut down on food, but you know that once you start it will become easier as you begin to feel happier and better about yourself.

    Start slowly, focus on how you felt when you were smaller and take baby steps; sometimes babies fall down, but don't let that worry you, just shake yourself down and get back up.

    I'm sure you'll do just fine. I look forward to following your progress (without adding pressure).

    xx

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    1. That's great advice Debbie, thank you. I'm starting slowly, I know the progress will be slow but it's less pressure and I think that's a good thing. xx

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  2. I know exactly how you feel. I lost over half a stone over Christmas and was very pleased but became complacent and lazy and have gained a few pounds back. I think the start of better weather will help to give us a metaphorical kick up the bum and make us want to be out and about. It's hard to feel like exercising when it's cold and wet and I do think we're more naturally inclined to eat healthier salads rather than comfort food as the sun shines. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Louisa, I'll take all the luck I can get! The brighter weather definitely helps as I'm more motivated to eat salads.

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  3. Oh how I can relate to this. I think finding that motivation initially to actually do it is hard, and it's daunting too to see the journey ahead of you, but you CAN do it. You sound really determined and the fact that you've done it before proves that you can do it.
    Good luck and I look forward to following your weight loss.

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    1. Thank you Olivia, you've always been a great support. xx

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  4. I think you've done the hardest part. Announcing that you want to lose it. Noticing that you don't feel fit and healthy. It's hard getting back in good habits but I think from what you've said you know what you have to do. My main advice would be that you shouldn't beat yourself up if you have a bad day. Start again tomorrow, just try and have less bad days... I would love it if you would come and join #abrandnewday a Linky I'm hosting mid week for people struggling with weight/fitness/life goals. It's fairly new but come have a look we will help & support you! X

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    1. Thanks so much Karen, I appreciate your support and advice. You're right, not beating yourself up is the way to go. I'll check out your linky now, thanks for telling me about it. :)

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  5. Like everyone else has said, it sounds like you've done the hardest part in finding that motivation to get going. I've struggled with losing weight for years, never fully committing to it despite paying to join various groups and trying numerous shake style diets. This time it's back to Slimming World for me, although I'm not that strict with myself to be honest. I follow the plan in a roundabout way, but the weight is slowly coming off and I know what I need to do to lose the weight, regardless of what plan I follow anyway. I think it's just a case of making yourself a priority, as hard as that is when you have kids and a whole host of other commitments and learning to make time for yourself. Good luck! x

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    1. You're so right, you really do have to make yourself a priority. Allowing yourself time to look after you. Thanks so much for the encouragement hun, I really appreciate. x

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