Top Ten Tips To Keep You Going Through Your Health Kick

Hi all.

Here are ten tips I though I’d share with you all to try and keep you going through any difficult times during your health kicks or those who have just started.

1) Do not compare yourself to others.

This is so important! Just because your mate only ran once and had stopped eating biscuits for 5 days and has already lost 7ibs more than you doesn’t mean that you’re failing. Everyone’s bodies are different. Some can burn off calories/fat quicker than you can say healthy and some, like mine, take a lot longer. Keep pushing though and results will soon start to show on you. 

2) Stop and think before you eat.

If you’re anything like me, you will have all experienced going into the cupboard and reaching for the cake or biscuits or chocolate when you get home from a long, stressful day at work just because you’re fed up and hungry. If you find yourself at one of those moments, stop. Take a minute to actually think through what you are doing. Is it actually worth it?  Is it actually going to make you feel any better? Is there anything else you can munch on to curb your hunger but that will also be tasty? Can you spare a couple of minutes to make something just as tasty but healthier?

3) Do not cut anything out.

Some of you may disagree with this one but I have found the only way that I can stick to eating better is by not cutting anything out from what I used to eat. If I tell myself I can’t have something, I want it more. Therefore, I limit myself to a small peice of chocolate everyday if I want some – some days I go without just because I forget. I then allow myself one ‘cheat day’ where I am allowed a bit more but not to go over the top. This method really has helped my will power which I am renowned in my family for not having! 

4) Be creative with your food.

Just because you’re on a health kick does not mean that all you have to eat is salads. If that’s what you’ve been eating so far in your journey and are already flailing then maybe that’s why! Talk to friends, go on websites, join Facebook groups, search blogs on here. There is an endless amount of information out there on seriously scrumptious healthy food that will fill you up and isn’t just a salad. 

5) Do not weigh yourself everyday.


This is a big no no. You may have already seen by so many others writing about it that weighing yourself regularly does you no favours. At 9am you could weigh 14stone for example. You eat breakfast and go out for a couple of hours, get back and have lunch (healthy) weigh yourself and you could be 14st 4ibs. You could take a dump weigh yourself and be 14st 2ibs. Etc etc etc. Point being, do not be slave to the scales. They do not go on body fat. Weigh yourself no more than weekly and see much more reliable results. Remember, it’s when yourself and others start noticing that you know what you’re doing is working. Not when the scales tell you.

6) Remind yourself of why you’re doing this.

If you come to a point when you want to give up (and we have all been there) please don’t! Remind yourself why you started this in the first place. What is your goal? Reasssure yourself that you CAN do it. If you have old photos of what you aspire to look like once more, get them out. If you have an event you want to take part in, visit the website and hype yourself up about it again. If you are wanting health benefits after having a scare, read up on what an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to. 

7) Money is not an excuse.

(No this guy doesn’t have two penises sticking out of his hips.)

It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford a gym membership or go to a different class every evening, that is not an excuses not to exercise. Use stuff around the house to create your own workouts. Everyone knows basic moves, do those but add weights. No weights? Use bags of sugar – seriously, it works! Go for a run outside, it’s amazing how different it is to runnng on a boring treadmill (nothing against them). Get a skipping rope or use something for a skipping rope. Such a simple thing yet such a good activity to add to any workout. Use a step or box to do step-ups on. Watch free workout videos on YouTube. There is so much you can do for free to give your entire body a good workout. 

8) Use negative comments.

If anyone says anything negative to you about your weight during the first month of your health kick or about your new healthy lifestyle do not ignore it. Use it as fuel to ignite the passion inside to drive you even further into focus. Prove them all wrong. Of course, you’re not doing this for their benefit or anyone else’s, however it can be a great motivational tool (reverse psychology or something).

9) Don’t beat yourself up. 

Inevitably, we all slip up from time to time. I believe that if we slip up on the first month of this new healthy venture, though, it is imperative we get back on it straight away. So if you do find yourself swaying off of the path, that’s ok, we all do it. Don’t then say that you’ve failed and quit, use it, learn from it and get back on it!

10) Enjoy it. 


Being healthy has this stigma of not being any fun- complete shit. Of course there are moments that are hard but aren’t there always hard moments in life with or without being healthy? I sure would prefer to go through them with good health than without. Go out with friends. Have fun. Just make different choices. Join different groups in fitness/health communities, make new friends. The people I’ve met through doing this are absolutely incredible! Have a drink now and again or chocolate just teach yourself when to say no. 

We all have what it takes to succeed in whatever we want. It’s just the matter of if we want it enough to do what it takes to succeed. I believe in you and you should too. 

Hopefully these brief tips will keep you all going. If you can think of any more that have helped you or others please comment! 

S. 

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A Weeks Worth 

Happy Monday folks! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic week!?
I thought I’d just do an update post to let you avid readers know how I’ve been doing for my first week.

Tuesday: Did 20mins of boxing. Wanted to go for a run but suffering with a chesty cold and didn’t feel up to it. Ate well, no snacking. By eating well I mean that I have been eating less and choosing what I eat more wisely. I have not cut anything out as that only makes me want it more.

Wednesday: Decided to just go for a little run to see how I felt. Ended up doing 3 miles. Apart from my chest hurting…my legs were fine. My knees still ached so I’m defo not running any further that 3 miles until Feb at least. Eaten well with no snacking again.

Thursday: The run on Weds seemed to have shook my chest and cold up and my whole head was full to the brim of phlegm and gunk so no run or workout. Another good day with my eating with no snacking.

Friday: 20mins boxing. Good eating even with my family trying to give me chocolate in the evening- I managed to resist.

Saturday: This was my ‘cheat day’. I went to London for a friends party and drank – a lot. However, we walked a lot in the day and danced the night away. Looked at my step counter and up to midnight it was over 21k steps…. we stayed out dancing till 4am so surely I must’ve burnt off all the vodka?! Haha, plus my thighs are now chisled from getting down low for hours on end.


Sunday: Hanging all day. All I wanted was coke and hula hoops but managed to resist and just have a normal dinner and no snacks. Bit of walking but no excercise (vom).

Week 1 scales are telling me that I am …drumroll…..2ib down. This is much more realistic than after two days (yes I thought I’d just have a look after two days please no judgement) where they told me I’d lost 10ibs. I’m glad they’ve chilled the hell out.

Overall, a successful first week I’d say. On to the next. Have a good one all.

S.

On A More Serious Note…

In most of my posts, I make a joke about my weight and constant struggles lowering it. This post, however, is just something a bit more serious that I would like to share with you all.

Of course, I would like to lose weight to enable me to feel good about myself. Be able to look in a mirror without utter disgust. Be able to look good in clothes that are a bit skimpier than a bin bag. The main reason I would like to lose weight, however, is to improve my health. Here are some of the observations that I have made recently with my rising BMI:

Mind:

Hardly exercising, drinking and eating constant crap is really having a detrimental effect on my mind. The main thing it is playing on is my anxiety. I have not been going with my family to see other family members because of my anxiety. Worrying about what they will think/say about my increasing weight – how disappointed they will be in me. Not only family members, but cancelling on friends too for the same reasons.

I have also noticed myself growing more and more depressed. I, honestly, have no nice things to say about myself. I can not look at myself in the mirror at all. A constant feeling of tiredness accompanies my little to no drive.

Hair:

My hair is ridiculously thin, constantly breaking and falling out quicker than North&South Korea.

Periods:

As some of you who have followed this blog from the beginning will know, I have Poly-cystic Ovaries. Before I lost weight a few years ago, I hadn’t had a period in over a year. When I lost the weight, my periods came back to being monthly and light. However, since gaining back the pounds I have noticed my monthly periods becoming less regular and even skipping months. This is not something that I would like to start happening again as it effects so much more than just my menstrual cycle.

Skin:

My skin is growing whiter by the day, massive circles around my eyes and I look generally unwell all of the time. I believe this is due to not having the right amount of vitamins through not eating properly and not exercising regularly.

General Health:

I’m not going to lie, in the past two months I have been seriously worried that I was going to have a heart attack – on more than one occasion! I have been feeling tight chest pains, unusual heart rhythms/flutters and experiencing very high blood pressure, something that I NEVER get. I have caught a bad bad cold more times in the past six months than ever before and I find it hard to breathe if I lay on my back due to my neck fat and humongous boobs crushing down on my trachea.

So there you have it folks, these are the main reasons why I am incredibly focused in losing the weight that I have accumulated and put back on over the past year or two and even more if I can. It’s not about how you look it’s all about health. I don’t want to get diabetes or risk dying young all for the sake of a few precious moments with some chicken nuggets, pizzas and chocolate etc.  I want to live life and live life full. As Renton said in Trainspotting “I choose Life”.

S.

Day 1 Of A Not-So-New Me

Happy 2017 everyone!

 Today is the day I start getting back on track with trying to get to my optimum weight. As I said in my previous post, I have not set any resolutions as I will break them within the first month. I am only going to be setting challenging but do-able monthly goals.

January Goal: This month my goal is to lose 5-7ibs and not run over 3 miles. Since running the half marathon in October, my knees haven’t been the same and I strongly believe this was due to me being too heavy to run that distance. Therefore, I want to ease my knees back into it alongside my weight loss. This is going to be a particularly hard goal to achieve this month, not only as it’s the first one but also because I have a tonne of exams, essays and presentations to do and stress makes me eat – a lot! Emotional eating is a huge problem for me so if I achieve my goal this month, I’m sure I can start to curb my emotional eating. 

So let’s start off with some hard truths, mainly being my current weight. Knowing that I have been needing to get back on the healthy eating and fitness hype, I did the ultimate thing you shouldn’t do and gorged myself silly for the past month. I had avoided the scales for the whole of December so when I went to weigh myself (just now) I was a tad angry at myself (by tad I mean incredibly)…..15 stone 8!!!! And that’s not even my real weight, everyone knows that in the morning you weigh like 3ibs less. So basically I am 15st 11! Almost back to where I was originally 3 years ago. 

Now if that isn’t motivation to kick my arse into gear, I don’t know what is! 

Plan of action for today: 20 boxing and a 1.5 mile run. Choose food wisely. Snack, if needed, on anything other than cake, chocolate, crisps, biscuits or pastry items. 

Best of luck on your endeavours if you have set out on any. I will keep you posted on mine. S

Merry Crimbo and a Quick Reflection.


Merry Christmas you beautiful lot! 

I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful day filled with lots of love, friends, family and food.

Food…. something that I need to survive but can’t manage to stop eating and seen as my last post was in Feb, I must admit I’ve piled on the pounds. Yes, I’m a cliche yo-yo dieter it seems. In October I ran my first ever half marathon. Holy crap what an experience that was. I’ve never been so happy to eat a banana! God only knows why people would want to run any further than that! Never the less, I completed it and received my medal. My mum who also ran it (yes she is nearly 50 and ran it quicker than me) has already booked her next one for April and maybe another in June and then even mentioned a marathon next October. Well mum, sod that! My knackered knees are telling me to lose some stones of fat before I run any great distance again. 

And that is pretty much all I’ve really done this year. Of course the usual walking but nothing else. No wonder I’m starting to resemble a fat toad again. 

I reckon for 2017 I will not come up with any resolutions that I break within the first week, instead I will set some goals. The first being to keep on top of this and blog more frequently (I do miss you all). The second to lose at least a stone or two by this time next year. I think that’s pretty doable? In the mean time, however, I am going to be sticking my two fingers up at 2017 and seeing the year out with a week of feasting on all things unholy and drink till I’m sick at least every single day (#yolo). 

What are you all thinking for 2017? Resolutions? Goals? Feck it? 

On that note, I shall leave you all to your Christmases (spelling?!) enjoy the rest of 2016 – I’m sure it’s been a shitter for a few of us. See you all in January, much love, Sophia. 

Run Done!

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*Please excuse our mank faces.*

This Sunday just past I participated in the Great Manchester 10k Run.

I did the same run last year and trained hard beforehand. My time was 1 hour 11. This year, however, I didn’t train half as much as I should have but managed to complete the course in 1 hour 9! What is even better is that I didn’t feel half as tired as I did last time.

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This has really been the motivation that I needed to get back, seriously, into my running. Me and a friend are even signing up to a half marathon next year as something to aim for. Are we mad? We will find out but I am very excited at this stage.

How are all of you doing? Any runs booked too?

If anybody would like to donate to the charity that I ran for…The British Heart Foundation…it isn’t too late to do so. Any donation no matter how big or small will be highly appreciated.

https://www.justgiving.com/Sophia-Thom1/