Ok, so earlier I got a Formspring question that basically resulted in me having to write a blog-length answer. So I’m going to cheat and post it here too. Just so it doesn’t get lost in the ‘flood’ of questions. (that I don’t particularly get anymore) It’s much less likely to lose the answer here, given that my updates are so infrequent.
So here’s the question and answer:
Could you please tell us more about your weight loss. It would be an inspiration to others. Thanks.
Oh…really? It’s not particularly interesting, but if someone thinks it’ll be an ‘inspiration’, I guess it’s hard to refuse to inspire someone.
It all really started in May 2009. I was like a comfortable 42” waist (and, shamefully, owned a pair of 44”) and doing nothing in terms of exercise or trying to eat healthily. I was just down “what’s the point in trying, I’m too fat” etc. But that was when I got my cleaning job. It was two hours a night on weekday evenings. It wasn’t really intended to be an effort to lose weight, but after a couple of months I began to feel my jeans getting baggier. I didn’t want to try on a smaller pair, in case it was my imagination. But it got to the stage where they were almost falling down. I tried on some new jeans and I was a 38”. I was pleased, but it was still quite big. I realised this job could do more for me and, with a bit of effort, I could lose more. So I decided to try and eat healthier too. I wanted to aim high and be down to a 30” by my next birthday.
I ditched bread, chocolate, crisps, pastry, cakes, y’know stuff that is OBVIOUSLY not good for you. I usually sleep through breakfast, so my diet became two Ryvitas/crispbreads with a light cream cheese for lunch and a Weight Watchers meal/something ‘healthy’ for dinner. Perhaps not the most healthy way to eat, but it kinda worked.
I can’t really remember where I was by Christmas, possibly down from XXL/42 to L/(34/36) but, by then, my cleaning hours had halved to five hours a week. So, after Christmas, I bought a cross trainer in the Argos sale and used that for about 45 minutes a day. With a good playlist, it’s not so bad, eventually does get boring though. I did that most weekdays I could be bothered (excluding half terms) until about May - when my brother had study leave.
So, yeah, for my birthday this year (May) I got a few pairs of 30” jeans. Just like I was aiming for. :] I’m now a Small and a 30” waist, so anything’s possible. I’m just trying to maintain it now. Lost the job completely and not eating as healthily (getting complacent) but I’ve kinda joined the gym. We’ll see how long that lasts, I’ve not exactly been a regular there. I just need to tone up SO BAD. My body is still flabby and has no muscle, from before, really unconditioned. I need to build muscle, I’m just a bit shy at it in the gym because I’m so WEAK that it’s embarrassing to try.
*sigh* AND I’M FINALLY DONE. If you can’t be bothered to read, the only advice to give is to do more and eat better. The only thing stopping you is yourself.
And that, guys, was that.