Diets, decisions and dropping-out.

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It’s been a while since I posted on here, I’ve been a bit busy with this and that. So here’s an update of what I’ve been up to recently.

 

1 – The diet went a bit downhill. Note the word: went. I started to feel a bit ill and naff so I started binging on things that I definitely shouldn’t have. Hence, I put on all the weight I lost. I’m dissapointed at myself, but now I’m home I definitely have more of a motive to lose weight, and it’s going to be a hell of a lot easier now I’m not going to be drinking so much. Alcohol is the enemy of all diets. At the moment I’m super motivated and I’ve been trying really hard! I went on a run the other day, my shins are still a bit dodgy, but I’m gonna start off slow and build up. I was a bit gutted that I didn’t lose any weight this week seeing as I stuck to my diet perfectly, but I’m just gonna keep going and hopefully lose a fair bit next week! So I’m officially back on track!

 

2 – I dropped out of university. Yes, I’m officially a drop-out! I couldn’t be happier. In my eyes, university was never the be-all and end-all of everything – I didn’t really even want to go in the first place after struggling big-time in college. But I went whilst the fees are lower, knowing that I always had the chance to drop out if I wanted to. It was a big decision for me, and personally, I never take decisions lightly. I think too much and use my head. With a lot of things in life that’s good, but this time I knew (and had been told by people close to me) that I needed to follow my heart. So that’s what I did.

The course was alright, yeah. I liked the lecturers and I got on well with the people on it. But when I really thought about it, I didn’t want to spend the next two years writing essays and sitting exams, revising and working hard. I felt like I just needed to get out into the world and do stuff. I struggled to be the academic type that a lot of my friends are.

At the end of the day, I realised I wasn’t happy there. I was becoming run-down and ill, I was unhappy 80% of the time and I just generally missed home. I missed the beach, the forest, walking my dog and seeing my family and closest friends. I had none of that at uni. Now I’m back I can do all of these things, and I just feel so much better and happier. I know that now I can do whatever I want, a degree isn’t somehting I feel I need to live my life to the fullest.

I know that a lot of people might slate me for my decision, and think I am throwing away a great opportunity, but for me, my happiness and well-being comes first, and I definitely feel better in myself when I’m at home.

University was fun for a while, but it just wasn’t for me. It would have been a lot easier for me to just stay on, but after visiting friends and family I knew that it wasn’t the path I wanted to take.

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It’s too hard to earn and too easy to spend! I’m in desperate need of a job, and it’s time I started making some drastic cuts, seeing as the only money I have left is my overdraft. I’m far too easily persuaded to spend – I need to sort my life out!

Take today as an example. I must have spent at least £15 pounds and I haven’t even gone anywhere. I’ll admit, there were a few necessities in there, like milk and veg, but most of it was just on crap! I manage to persuade myself that I need things when I know I could probably manage without. First of all, after an hour of cardio at the gym, I was sat in shorthand feeling awful. So I had to go and buy some food from the vending machine. To my credit, it was a healthier option, but vending machines are overpriced. Another overpriced item I bought today was a Shakeaway. They are amazingly delicious, and again I went for the low fat option, but £3 for a milkshake! They are quite expensive. (Doesn’t mean I will ever stop going there though).

THEN, I had to go and buy some plasters for the monster blister I have on my foot from all this exercise I’ve been doing. There are disadvantages of going to the gym – I now have the feet of a Nigerian. For a pack of 5 blister plasters it was £3. 3 quid for a 5 plasters! What an outrage. On top of that, I had to buy some surgical tape because these plasters are never going to stay on in my trainers, even if they are expensive. So that’s another £2. Fab…

This is the worst bit though! I managed to get sweet-talked, by some reasonably good looking guy, into buying a keyring for charity. Those of you that know me will know that I’m not a very charitable person, but with the amount of compliments this guy was throwing at me I lost all of my usual common sense. SOLD. At first I was happy about how nice this guy was and how I have been charitable, but then I stopped and thought for a moment. £5 for a poxy keyring that enables disabled children to go on holiday. I have rent to pay for! Why the hell did I spend a fiver to let someone else go on holiday. Instant mood change.

 

Basically, I need to get a grip and stop spending money on stupid, pointless, overpriced items. I need help! D0es anyone have any tips?

 

3lb Off. Gym On!

I got on the scales this morning and I’ve lost 3lb this week! So happy with myself, and I hadn’t done any exercise either.

Today I got my gym membership sorted. As I said yesterday, I was aprehensive about the whole thing. I arrived in my gym attire and looked through the door to see lots of people on treadmills and weight machines, the sound of the feet on the treadmill was not appealing. However this nice guy showed me around and told me how to use everything which boosted my confidence a lot. It was all really good, except there was this one really scary room on the top floor full of massive weights, with lots of hench looking guys staring at me as we walked in. Fortunately, I don’t think that I’ll ever be going up there.

After my induction I was on my own! I started off on the rowing machine, after 20 minutes on that I had burnt 200 calories. Excellent. Then I moved onto the cross trainer. I didn’t like that so much. It wasn’t one with the arm bits to, so it was a lot of work on my legs. I managed an unenjoyable 20 minutes on that too. Then I went downstairs to the treadmill – it was the moment of truth to see if my shins could handle it. After 20 minutes on that, I came to the conclusion that they are well on their way to being back to normal! Very happy and I burnt another 200 calories on that. All in all, I think I burnt about 600 calories in 60 minutes, which I am very happy with!

I can officially say that I love the gym! Hopefully the weight will start flying off! I’ve got 11lb to go before I’ve lost my first stone. I’ll be going back to do the same tomorrow in my break between lectures.

 

Time for a lifestyle change.

After getting on the scales to complete my registration at the doctors this morning, I realised that I need to make a serious lifestyle change. Not only do I now weigh the most I ever have, but I weigh more than my mother, who is 43 and 5ft 8. (No offence Mum)

It’s time to banish the boredom eating, late-night binges and drunken takeaways, and actually get a grip. Starting today, I’m going to make a lifestyle change and lose 2 stone.

Slimming World is one of the best diets I have done. You don’t get results as quickly as you do when going on one of those fad diets, like ‘get a bikini body in 2 weeks’ or ‘drop a dress size by friday’, but it works. Not only do you lose the weight, but you keep it off, and your appetite and eating habits do change. Slimming World is about food optimising, not cutting out significant chunks of your diet. None of this ‘no-carb’ crap, where you end up getting headaches and feeling awful, and then proceed to put double the weight back on after you finish the diet. You can also afford to have a sneaky chocolate bar every now and again…

Another thing I have found when dieting, is that reading magazines does not help. Every month there seems to be a new diet that can see you go from an average size 14 to Kim Kardashian in a week. Let’s face it – it’s not going to happen. It’s just another title on the front cover to get you to buy their magazine. Take this example, the Juice Master 7lbs in 7 Days diet. If you do this diet, you might lose 7lbs in 7 days, but you are going to have a week of feeling shit. When you do start eating in the week after, your body is going to cling on to every single carbohydrate and gram of fat that you have been depriving it of for the past week. The results may come quickly, but they are never going to last in the long-term. It will just end up being a miserable week and a total waste of time.

I am well aware that several of you out there are thinking, ‘Why don’t you just get off of your fat ass and do some exercise?’.  I couldn’t agree more. A combination of diet and exercise not only helps you to shed weight quicker than any diet can do alone, but it also make you feel better inside, and ultimately more energized. The thought of rolling out of your warm bed to put on some trainers and head out in gale-force winds is far from appealing, I am well aware of that, but once you get the ball rolling it is really easy to keep it up. I was running 5 days a week, until shinsplints ruined my life and exercise plans for the short-term future.

If you want to lose weight, my advice is to ignore anything magazines tell you, and just get a grip. A combination of healthy eating and exercise is by far the best thing you can do for your body, it just takes patience and perseverance.