It’s been a while, so I’m linking up with Stacey-Lee at Get On With It Already for Team Friday. I’m mostly doing this because I’ve just taken my measurements. And I’ve lost a total of 13 cms in about 7 weeks!
I first started my fitness kick in February of 2011, but blew out my ankle. That was the end of that. Back then I took my measurements before I started. Here’s how my chart looks. Granted it’s over a 19+ month time frame, but still…
Since January last year, I’ve lost a total of 41 cms. Since June of this year, I’ve lost 13 cms! Back in January of 2011 I weighed 87 kgs. I haven’t actually lost a lot of weight since then. I did lose some, but I put it all back on again, because I wasn’t doing it the right way. I’m not sure what I weigh right now, but I know at my heaviest, I was 88kgs. I’m a tall girl (about 178cms) so I sometimes can get away with it, but I felt awful. I felt heavy, lethargic, tired all the time. I don’t really like to go by a number on a scale, because I know that muscle weighs more than fat, and I also know that if you don’t see the numbers drop, it can be very de-motivating. Instead I choose to go by measurements and how my clothes fit. I know my thigh and arm measurements haven’t changed much but I also know they are now more toned than they were before, so obviously I am developing muscle in those areas.
I know it’s politically incorrect to talk about size, weight, obesity. I know plenty of heavier people are happy in their own skin and exude confidence being a bigger size, and I say good for them! As long as they are healthy.
For me, yes, exercising, losing weight and centimetres is mostly about how I look, but it’s also very much about being the best me I can be, being healthy for my future, for my son, my grandchildren, should I have them, and it’s about feeling strong and GOOD about myself. It’s about having more energy, sleeping better at night, having a healthy heart, mind and soul. It’s also very much about NOT being lazy. And it’s also about being a good role model for my son.
I saw a tweet, a couple of months ago, about the people on the “fat shows” being “just fine the way they are.” Some of them may be. Many of them are not. I don’t agree with shows like The Biggest Loser, I don’t think it is a realistic way to lose weight and I don’t think it helps to keep the weight off. But I also think many of these people need help before they kill themselves. You don’t need to be a size 6, you don’t need to be fanatical about training and exercise, but we do all need to try and live the healthiest lifestyle we can. Not so we can wear bikinis to the beach, but so we can live long and happy lives. Life is so short, and so precious, it would be a shame to waste it sitting around eating and getting fat and dying way too young. My dad didn’t look after himself and he had a heart condition, so that was a double whammy. He died at 61. I don’t want to follow in those footsteps.
What are you doing to live a healthier life? Join us over at Team Friday and share.