As a long-term sufferer of Chronic Asthma, depression and anxiety i decided the time was right.to do something about my weight and overall health. Previously using a combination of the phone app, My Fitness Pal and lots of walking I lost almost 5stone and my partner 9, then in 2015 we had an Annus Horriblus as the queen would say and put rather a lot of weight back on as we subsided into comfort eating.
My youngest daughter is graduating in July 2018 and we are invited to a posh wedding in September and as I live in jeans and tees decided it would be the right time to lose some weight and get fit into the bargain in the hope it would help my asthma spiralling out of control, having lost my mother to the disease when I was only little. As my wife was asked to be a bridesmaid at the wedding I said I would support her to losing weight and determined to stop buying clothes from the menswear department in Extra Large as they were the only things my otherwise small frame feel comfortable in. I joined a local gym alas it’s not a lycra and muscle gym this one is small and friendly based in the local GP surgery but its adequate for a beginner with little or no self-confidence.
It was a huge step to take having not been inside a gym for over 20yrs, but I was made to feel welcome and not at all out of place in my tatty joggers and illuminous trainers, not the best of looks but I fitted in. Four weeks on I go as often as I can I have lost over 30lb of blubber my overhanging belly and muffin tops are toning up and I’ve lost several inches from various parts of my body. I am now happy to go out in same jeans and tee shirt but not ashamed to not cover up with a jumper or hoodie. At 56 so far i am proud of my achievement and can’t wait to lose some more weight and tone up so I can buy off the peg shelves from “normal” clothes shops something I have shied away from for years under the pretence that I hate clothes shopping when in reality I was just too embarrassed.
The next step now ive built up some fitness and confidence is to go to a mainstream gym where there are more classes and equipment to help keep me motivated and to buy some decent gymwear, tho I am open to sponsorship and reviews if any lovely companies would like to help a damsel in distress lol. I am posting this picture of me before and after as another form of motivation and self-confidence to keep inspiring me to do what I am doing. Which in itself is another achievement of how far I have come as previously I wouldn’t dream of posting a pic of myself?
17th March 2018 woke up feeling really good today got weighed but havent lost any weight but im not disheartened as I know that im eating healthy food and exercising regularly my downfall possibly not drinking enough water this week. I did measure myself and ive lost 4 and a quarter inches and as i wear clothes not scales this is what is important. Just after xmas I bought myself a new Wrangler shirt thinking i was slimmer than i am alas when i tried it on it despite being an xxl in size it was about 3 sizes to small and didnt meet in the middle. I chose not to give up but made this my aim to get into so imagine my delight when i tried it on and it fitted and fastened. Still got a few lumps and bumps on show with it but i know they will tone up in time so wearing the shirt without these is on my list of goals.