This used to be me




And this is me now!


I hate having my photo taken from the neck downwards and for a very good reason. What’s there isn’t a pretty sight and ordinarily there is no way that I’d let a photo of my beached whale self be posted on here or Twitter and Facebook. The embarrassment and shame would just be too much to bare. But there comes a time when enough is enough and I can’t let myself remain in this state that is medically termed obese. When I think of that word, I picture people who are thick and lazy who eat nothing but junk all day. Of course I’m type casting people here and of course there are plenty of people who have weight issues who are bright, intelligent people who are far from lazy and eat healthy food, but also, like me, eat too much of it and pick between meals. Being fat stops me from feeling good about myself, looking attractive, slows me down and most importantly is starting to impact on my health. I dread having blood tests and fear the day when I’m told that I have type 2 diabetes. And that will happen if I don’t re-evaluate my lifestyle including my eating habits and lack of exercise.

Recently I’ve been suffering from a medical problem, that although not serious, has been uncomfortable and at times depressing.Being overweight may have been a contributing factor and knowing that has been a bit of a wake up call and doing something about it has become something I must do and not something I should do. I am so lucky that all other areas of my life are in such good shape. I have a wonderful husband and family. No real financial issues and great friends. I enjoy my job but want to widen my horizons and explore other avenues. I am ambitious and excited about the future. Life is good, but I want that life to be long and I want to be fit and well. I also want to look in the mirror and say, hey, you’re not half bad looking Mrs R!

Tomorrow is the start of the new school term. What better day to take control of my health and get this show on the road.The fridge is full of fruit and vegetables and lots of lean meat. I’m feeling hopeful and excited. I have the support of my family and friends and that’s so important. Blogging about my journey will hopefully keep me motivated and determined. I thrive on doing well. I managed to lose 4 stone at Slimming World because I got a buzz from being slimmer of the week and earning stickers. I can’t tell you how proud I was of my weighing in book covered in reward stickers. It’s not only the six year olds in my class who are motivated by a sticky shiny piece of paper!

Help me to stay focused. Give me a prod every now and again.Tell me to keep going when I start slipping off the path. It’s going to be hard but with your support I know I can do it. Thank you for reading. xx