Weightloss Wednesday!

I forgot my camera, so I don’t have recent adventures to post today… so I thought, what do I have already? And more importantly, what word can I put with Wednesday to give me the thrilling satisfaction of an alliterative title?

So, I’m feeling brave, I’m gonna go there, I’m gonna post weightloss. I have some horrible pictures of myself back in my archives, pictures that I hate to revisit, but they do provide a good record of my journey so far!

Ewww, not a fan of this picture AT ALL!!! Thank god for pic 3...

Ewww, not a fan of this picture AT ALL!!! Thank god for pic 3…

Oooh, I’m not sure how brave I’m feeling now, this is a NOT NICE picture!! At least it’s not current, and actually looking at it reminds me of how far I’ve come, and why I’m working so hard at keeping fit and healthy!

There is a danger, I think, that you will get carried away with looking at pictures as motivation for weightloss. This method doesn’t work permanently. Trust me, I’ve been there. Vanity helps, but can only go so far.

If I could provide charts and diagrams that tell you about the difference in my body, it would be much more useful for long term, solid motivation – my reduced risk of heart problems, diabetes, my clearer skin, my improved fitness levels… etc etc! This is the motivation you really need – to want to be living, not existing!

Oh hello second chin! Been a while since we last got together!

Oh hello second chin! Been a while since we last got together!

I never gave a thought about my body, I never even realised why sometimes I’d look in the mirror whilst getting ready and think to myself “Hmmm, something ain’t quite right here!” I’d always put a double chin down to an unflattering angle, bad lighting, or poor make-up application! I have always been absolutely expert at lying to myself, and believing the lies!

And so, no, I wasn’t drastically overweight, I probably only pushed a UK size 12 – but I wear my weight on my face before anywhere else!! And let’s be realistic, my face in these pictures is definitely trying to tell me that I’m eating too much, and not exercising enough! Well, the picture below says it all really…

Phew, happier, healthier, and with the correct number of chins!

Phew, happier, healthier, and with the correct number of chins!

This was taken a few months ago- and I think is approximately representative of my current weight. (Being honest now!) I did put on a bit before and during Christmas- I certainly haven’t conquered this yet you know! But I’ve been working hard over the last month to get back to a good place!

Ok, that sounds like cheating- here’s a make-up free pic from last week!

That hair needs a bit of comb through!

That hair needs a bit of comb through!

As almost anyone who is healthy will tell you, I still enjoy good food! To be healthy is not to live an abstinent and boring life without the pleasures of good food, rather it is to get so much more enjoyment from life and, to strive to be mindful of this one moment that you are living, right now!

So go chase your health goals! My advice? Do it for health, longevity, happiness, enjoyment, and fun – not for vanity! Looking better is just a lovely, rewarding bonus! Knowing that I’m fit and healthy now and doing 50 plus year old me a massive favour is the real reward.

Lots of healthy love!

Gem xxxxxxxxx

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