Losing Weight | Resolutions

Now that we're into January, the new year, a fresh start there is a buzz of chatter about resolutions, goals and improvements people would like to make and reach. With this comes the expected 'diet chat' which isn't to everyone's liking. I get it, people shouldn't place their self worth in their weight, what clothes size they wear or demonise their relationship with food, they should however pay attention to their own bodies, how they work, how they react to certain foods and to what makes their bodies feel better for them. For this reason, weightloss is one of my resolutions for 2017.

I would like to lose some weight over this next year, not because I want to wear smaller clothes but because I want to not be in massive amounts of pain when I walk for longer than 15 minutes. I want to be able to exercise without feeling like my knees are going to give way. I don't want to get out of breath after 5 seconds of running aroung the park with the dogs. I don't feel healthy just now, I feel slow and sluggish which I've come to find is quite mentally exhausting and so I'm hoping losing some weight will also help improve my mental state.

Don't get me wrong, being able to walk into any high street shop and buy clothes off the rack would be pretty sweet but I honestly hold no value in the size of my clothes. It's been well documented over the years how shoddy sizing can be between shops and so I don't really pay attention to it. When I go clothes shopping I'll pick up the size I think will fit me then one either way to save various trips in and out of the changing rooms. Not that I even do that much clothes shopping, I find it quite a difficult task but that's another post for another day.

To lose this weight I'm going to be changing my diet and exercising, the two healthiest ways to do it! There will be no shitty detox teas (I'm not even apologising for that), no cutting* carbs, fats or whatever else is trendy to not eat just now and while I'll be going to the gym, I won't be living there. I'll fit it into my schedule and not fit my schedule around it.

Right now my diet is pretty crap if I'm honest, there's still multiple tubs of christmas sweets, the cupboards are pretty packed and there's quite a few tubs of Ben & Jerrys in the freezer but rather than throw all that out and buy healthier stuff, I've started buying some of the healthier foods but still eating the junk food as well. This is for a few reasons actually:
  1. I can't afford to throw food out, who can?!
  2. It's the art of balance, right?
  3. Everything in moderation...
  4. I love ice cream.

*The only thing I am cutting from my diet is meat as I'm attempting vegetarianism again after getting very ill and scared last year.

Exercise wise, we're lucky enough to live in an area that has a free gym. It's just getting off my ass and actually going to it that's the problem. It just sits there waiting to be used while I watch yet another makeup tutorial for a look I'll never try myself. I've lived the exercise life before and to be honest, I loved it. Sure it's not always fun, you constantly ask yourself why you're doing it and it's really fucking sweaty but I still can't forget just how good I felt when exercise was a part of my life. I want that feeling back. Hell I'll keep up the awful diet and just exercise for the feel goods.

In short, I'm losing weight because I want to. I want to eat better for me and I want to exercise for me.
That's good enough for me.

Plus exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy and happy people just don't shoot their husbands.

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