Weight loss post

November 3, 2013

I feel like this post is LONG overdue.

Firstly: To those of you who actually still follow/care about my blog - thank you! I haven't blogged properly in close to a year and a half, while I was losing weight I stopped buying new clothes often (apart from gym clothes) and focused all of my energy into reaching my goals. I don't blog anymore not only because my style has changed since losing weight, but also because its not cheap being a fashion blogger and despite what anyone says, there IS pressure to have all of the latest trends. Taking a break from blogging has made me become a lot more careful with my money.

Anyways, I wanted to make this post to talk about my weight loss because a lot of people have contacted me asking to share my story. I always maintained that I was happy with myself before losing weight. This was a journey to becoming healthy, losing weight obviously had to be a part of that. I love life and the thought of dying young or having a weight related illness for the rest of my life really scared me.

I am not a health professional and what works for me may not work for everyone, so please remember that.



Exercise:
I never joined a gym, I didn't spend one cent on a gym membership. I was unfit when I started this journey. I had dabbled in fitness in the past but had gone back to my lazy ways and I was at a point when walking up the stairs would leave me out of breath. I was too embarrassed to join a gym and knew I had to start off slow. Every morning I went walking, I started off with 20 minute walks then increased by a couple of minutes every day. I walked at a pace that I felt was giving me a workout and increased when I began to feel fitter. I did this for a few weeks then added in Jillian Michaels "30 Day Shred" dvd after my walks. Yes, the DVD is hard.. you will want to die some days and probably have aches for the first couple of days, but quitters never win.
After doing that for over a month I decided to move on to Insanity. Insanity is a hardcore workout and if you still struggle with the 30 Day Shred then I would advise you not to attempt it. I think I was around 200lbs when I began, so it is possible for fat people to do it, but its intense. I couldn't do all of the moves at first and I had to take extra breaks (honestly, I was probably taking a break every 3 minutes or so at the start) but just try your best. On the moves that I couldn't do I didn't just sit there and do nothing - I did something else to keep my body moving, usually from the 30DS or I would modify the Insanity exercise to make them easier. I took one rest day per week as recommended, always take a rest day! Its important for your body to recover after intense workouts. The exercises will get easier over time but the workouts will not because you push yourself every day.

Diet:
I started out doing the Slimming World program but soon realized that counting calories was the best way forward. The amount of calories you need depends on a number of things (weight, height, how much you exercise, etc) I would recommend signing up with myfitnesspal which is free, and they will give you a guide. I logged everything I ate and it really opened my eyes and made me see how easy it is to gain weight. All of those cheese sandwiches I was snacking on really add up!
I didn't give up one thing that I used to eat while I was losing weight. I still ate bread almost every day, I still had takeout, etc. but I made better choices. Instead of eating white bread I would have wholegrain seeded bread which was higher in protein, instead of ordering a fried/heavy calorie meal when eating out I would go for something baked or that I knew would be healthier. You don't have to stop enjoying food, just make better choices & educate yourself on what you are eating. Portion control is important too :)
One meal won't make you gain weight but letting one bad meal turn into a day (or week) of bad eating will have a negative effect on your weight loss. Another thing I like to do is make a healthy version of whatever not-so-healthy food I want. Potato fries are my weakness so sometimes when I am craving those I make over baked carrot fries instead, delicious!



Losing weight changed me a lot. Not just on the outside. At my lowest weight earlier this year I thought I gained all of this new confidence and everything was wonderful... but I was in a bad relationship and after it ended I realized that a girl who was truly happy and confident and loved herself would not have stuck around as long as I did. Its hard not to lose yourself. Weight loss will change a lot of things. People will treat you differently and you will notice things about yourself that never bothered you before. Until I lost weight I never noticed how intense my "hip dips" were.
However there is good news - the positive aspects far outweigh the negative! I am healthy, I can run, I workout every day, my skin is much better, and even silly little things like being able to reach for a dress in a store and know that if it doesn't fit then thats okay because I can get a bigger size, or two sizes bigger, if needed. Results won't happen overnight, it takes a lot of time and dedication but the end result is worth it.

If anyone has any questions feel free to leave them in a comment, I can make a new post in the near future with answers!
xoxo

35 comments:

  1. HO
    LY
    BALLS

    YOU LOOK INCREDIBLE!! Massive congrats <3

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  2. You look amazing!!!

    What I loved about your blog was that you were happy with who you were. But I know what you mean about the importance of your health and being fit and well. I learnt so much about myself by losing weight. Eating healthy just comes naturally to me now and I love eating food that is good for me. It makes me feel great inside and out.

    When I first started exercising it was for the calorie burn and toning up but these days I love it stress relief as well.

    I'm glad that eating healthier and exercising has had a positive effect on your life.

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  3. Congrats on your weight loss journey as well as living a healthier lifestyle! I miss you blogging, but it's great to know that you are doing well :)

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  4. You look amazing! I was wondering where you'd gone but sounds like not blogging has been better for you. x

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  5. I'm very happy for you honey!! It's true that health is very important and you are so young! So, go ahead, God are blessing you for all your dedication and determination! You were and you ARE so beautiful inside, that smile in your face will be always the same and your heart is sooooo big!! Hugs from Italy.

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  6. So good to see a post from you. You look amazing, your transformation is such an inspiration hun. :D

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  7. Wow! Congratulations, you look incredible! I hope I can follow in your footsteps!

    OhDollymix

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  8. You look amazing! :) You've inspired me to get back on the weight loss wagon! x

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  9. Congratulations, you have done a great job! I'm so proud of you and I know how much work and dedication it takes :) Be proud of yourself and keep smiling!

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  10. Very happy for you! You have done an amazing job. Remember this determination next time you decide to do something, you know you really can!

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  11. You look amazing, been keeping up to date as much as possible on twitter and Instagram but so inspiring to read the full story in this post <3

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  12. You look absolutely amazing :)

    Congrats

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  13. I had to do a double take! You look amazing! Congrats!

    I must say though you looked amazing before the weight loss and I loved that you embraced yourself and owned it!

    PLEASE keep blogging! I miss your posts!

    XO

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  14. Dee, before I comment... welcome back! I've missed you but never forgot about you. All I can say is that you as beautiful now as you were then. But once again- welcome back to the blogosphere!

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  15. You look so beautiful on both photos. I still follow your blog and i completely understand the whole "Not-blogging-thing". I think you are so cool for have achieved your goal. BIG congrats <3

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  16. So good to see a post from you here! I've been following along on Tumblr and you are such as inspiration. You look amazing, as always x

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  17. omg amazing!!! well done, i'm so happy for you :)

    www.beckysbeautique.co.uk

    xx

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  18. You've accomplished a lot! Congrats~

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  19. Congratulations gorgeous lady, you look beautiful in both photos but I'm just so happy for you that you found the balls and confidence to move forward and make a change. Your dedication and effort shows and that must be the greatest feeling in the whole world. Hoping that you come back to blogging but if you don't I wish you all the best!
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  20. you look wonderful and it's nice to hear you are feeling the benefits and feel more confident when shopping. I would love for you to share tour story on my blog http://wherearemyknees.blogspot.co.uk/ and help to inspire people xx

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  21. you're such an inspiration dee & you look absolutely fantastic! i do miss your blog posts so i still hope you'll start up again one day xx

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  22. Congrats, you look amazing and thanks for sharing your journey! Also i like you as a blonde too.
    xo,
    Katorra
    www.styled4u.org

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  23. Congratulations! I really missed you blogging! I joined your blog just a few weeks before you left! Even though I was quite sad, I'm so happy that you have gained that new confidence that comes from a healthy life style!

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  24. You are absolutely amazing, I wish you would come back to blogging though!

    www.kindoflovely.com

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  25. wow, congratulations! Such a big difference! x

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  26. I like your weight loss efforts. You have done really a great job. I am so glad to see your old pics. Welldone! You have tried good
    Stages in Weight Loss Program You are great example for all of us.

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  27. Wow, wow, wow you look incredible hot mama!!
    Well done. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  28. can you please post the full picture of your second before?
    I actually bought that shirt from you and used it in my own before pictures but am only early on in my journey and think it would be awesome to have my befores and your before in the same shirt and be able to see where you went from there. I started trawling your blog to find it but you would probably find the picture a lot faster than me.

    Cheers
    Emma

    PS total coincidence about the shirt being my before. Haha. It was my goal shirt back when I was a 26 and I kinda stopped once it fit but I'm starting again.

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  29. You look so different! that's a huuuuge change. I'm so happy for you =)
    I just started the 30DS and when I finished the first day I wanted to die, seriously, I hope it gets easier every day.

    Maria x
    craftyowl93.blogspot.com

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  30. Ahh been aside you all the way, you look amazing :D xx

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  31. Wow you look amazing. Well done xxx

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  32. Well done! You look amazing! I hope my weightloss journey can be as successful as yours :)

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