Friday, 3 March 2017

I Am Overweight

Growing up, body confidence and weight gain were never truly an issue for me - my Dad used to refer to me as 'beanpole' and this was something I heard quite frequently. I was very active as a teenager; I enjoyed cycling and spent a lot of Saturday's walking into town with my friends, or out in the back-garden on our trampoline (I was also an avid fan of rollerblading back in the day). But, unfortunately I grew up...and my dreaded metabolism went 'BUH BYE' and suddenly I had wide hips, thighs that touched and a tummy that seemed to wobble a bit more than I would have liked.

Truth be told, I can't blame everything on my metabolism - I'm a biscuit lover and I'm pretty sure if you handed me a tube of Pringles, I'd inhale the entire thing in one large gulp. 

This of course didn't go unnoticed, as my self-esteem has been on a somewhat downward spiral over the last three to four years - that and my quite sporadic weight gain. Frankly, I can't remember the last time I went out and bought an item of clothing, for the fear that I'd look a bit like the Michelin Man - although this doesn't mean I don't scroll endlessly through Missguided on a daily basis, no no no! I've got an entire cart of unpurchased items, but I don't think I'm quite ready to hit confirm just yet. 

It's two thousand and seventeen, my name is Rebecca Ellis and I have finally accepted the fact that I am overweight. 

I have laughed, I have cried and I have spent many a night being hurt about my appearance, but I know that no-one is to blame but me. I'm going to take control this year - that's why on January 1st 2017, I clipped my Polar watch around my wrist, tied my shoelaces and started making full use of our home gym. I haven't looked back since.

*insert progress picture here*

On January 1st 2017 I weighed in at: 215 lbs and my measurements were: Waist - 39 inches and Stomach/Hips - 49 inches.

Today (March 3rd 2017) I weigh: 209 lbs and my measurements are: Waist - 35 inches and Stomach/Hips - 42 inches.

This means that in total, I have lost 6 pounds and 11 inches in just two months - but my journey most definitely won't end here.

Are you getting into shape this year? Would you like to see more fitness related posts on She In The Know?

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