I’ve been thinking of doing a post on this for a while. People always ask me how I lost weight and I tell them I cut the crap and ran. Simple! No diet pill, no carb/low carb, no diary, gluten free diet – just good old fashioned not eating junk food and shifting my ass!
For me, running was as much of a challenge (the half marathon being on my bucket list) as it was a great mission to lose weight and get into size 10 skinny jeans. I wanted to run a half marathon in a respectable time, to be strong, fit and powerful. I didn’t care about bikini bodies, toning, flat stomachs or abs, I just wanted to shift the scale from couch potato towards athlete. The weight loss was just a happy side effect.
What people don’t tell you about when you transform yourself from slothful to svelte, is that your mind takes a lot longer to adjust. Well it’s been 3 years since I lost the best part of 3 stone (19kg; 42 lbs) and I’m still getting to grips with who I am now. I am still amazed at what I can do – I could barely lift 1kg over my head a little while ago and yesterday I did 60 shoulder presses of 10kg.
My little legs that could barely walk a few miles, have run a marathon, 3 half marathons and countless 10ks. I still have my issues – I’m not overly keen on my legs, I have no butt to speak of and no waist, but I’m becoming happier in my own skin.
If I could give the old me two pieces of advice for how to become fit and healthy, I would tell myself this:
1) Eat a balanced diet – cut out the shit
2) Choose a form of exercise you enjoy and stick with it
This change is now permanent for me – what keeps me going is the passion to succeed at a running (that success being to beat my previous time) and the desire to be the best I can be.
I’m not saying ‘look how great I am’ because I don’t think I am, I’m just saying if little old me can do it then anything is possible – just believe it and it will happen! x