I often share pictures of my clients progress on my social media (with their permission of course!) as I believe it’s good for you to see real results of the treatments I do.
However, those who have met me will know that I battle with my own weight and have on and off for years! So in January, having realised I didn’t want to be a fat, frumpy and fed up 35 year old anymore, and with the support of my husband (and his lovely gift of a gym membership), we began to make some major changes to our lifestyle.
We joined the gym on the 2nd January and we’ve been going three to four times a week. I do circuit training, following a program designed my my trainer, Danny. My plan is to build more muscle as that burns the fat faster (see exercise has its perks!).
In addition to this we have really cut out the crap from our diet. We’re eating much healthier: omelettes, salads, traditional cooked meals, made from scratch. We’ve switched from normal pasta to whole grain pasta and our long grain rice to basmati rice (it has a lower GI so won’t spike your blood sugar as much). On an evening we snack on fruit and yogurt and I’ve cut back on the wine (that was the hardest!).
So we’ve made some pretty significant changes, but it’s not all salad and smoothies – we still have a ‘treat night’ every Saturday. We might have a takeaway, go out for a meal or just watch a movie with crisps and chocolate … And I have a glass or two of wine (usually Red because it’s full of antioxidants of course!).
I also gave myself a little helping hand (or handset) by carrying out some cryolipolysis on my upper and lower abdomen. Freezing those pesky fat cells will help get rid of some of my extra and unwanted fat cells that I hold around my tummy (perks of the job!). It’s not just for vanity reasons (well, maybe 98% of it is) but by holding excess fat around the abdomen its putting my health and my heart at risk by increasing my risk of weight elated diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Our first month of our new routine passed last week and so we did our gym stats. My hubby went first, he’d lost 3kg (approx 6.5lbs) and 3% of body fat. He’d done so well and he didn’t really have much to lose as he’s quite slender anyway. Having heard his results I was expecting better … I’ve got way more to lose after all.
So to the scales I went, full of excited anticipation and stepped on to discover … I’d lost just under 2kg (approx 4lb) and only 0.5% body fat. I was gutted! I’d expected so much more. So do you know what I did? I cried! Yes, like a total muppet I let the tears wash down my face and exclaimed how unfair it was that Gary (my husband) had done better than me when I’d worked so hard.
At this point it would have been so easy to give up, to stuff my face with all the things I’ve been depriving myself of but I didn’t, I waited to compare our before pictures with how I looked before we started and how I look now after a month. You see sometimes things may not show on the scales, they may not show on measurements but visually you can see a difference or even feel a difference in how your clothes fit … we often get hung up unnecessarily on weights and measurements. So the pictures were taken and I put them side by side in a collage… And see a difference I did. I was getting a waist and my tummy didn’t look as bad. I could even see improvements to my legs and bum (but I’m not quite ready to share that image yet!)
So the reason I’ve shared this story (and picture) with you all is so you can see that I have the same issues and hang ups as you. I understand what it’s like to not like what you see in a mirror. I am on the same journey as you and our journeys can have many stop offs or diversions along the way but we will reach our destination in the end providing we keep our strength and keep going.
You CAN do it and you WILL do it. It just takes time and determination, so never give up!
If you need a helping hand then I’m here, whether it’s to coach you, to help tackle your destructive mind (and our minds can be our worst enemies) with hypnotherapy or to reshape your figure with one of my body treatments. I’m just a normal, down to earth gal wanting to help other normal, down to earth gals (and guys) look and feel better. Our shape and who we are is unique to each one of us. We need to enhance what we have and work on improving our health instead of fighting to be something we are not.
I hope you found this article helpful, perhaps even inspiring and if so please do communicate with me and share your stories or your progress as I’ll n. And if the pics of me in my underwear made you feel ill then I’m sorry, but that’s the reality of what it’s like when we don’t airbrush out our flaws!