Saturday, 27 July 2013

Some background...

I've always been a 'strong' girl, I was never overweight in primary school but I went into sixth class and *boom* puberty hit and all of a sudden I had boobies and growing curves elsewhere - at 11/12 years old! I was the first in the class for this to noticeably happen to and didn't see this as an exciting change which was part of growing up, I saw it as something which made me stand out from the others yet again (I was already the tallest in the class at that stage). I was wearing a size 10/12 as a young teen when other girls my age hadn't even started to bloom and it just crept up from there...

I can't pinpoint one reason exactly why the weight crept up and up slowly but surely as opposed to maintaining at one figure or ever going down (naturally) but all of the female members of my father's family are very curvy naturally and while I did stay relatively active in my teenage years, I wasn't the most diligent in watching what I ate either. I enjoyed (and still do!) my food and I never felt I had to think too much about what kinds of foods I was taking in. I'm not making excuses. just trying to figure out myself why I have ended up here.

It was college when the weight really shot up. Looking back now at pictures from that time, I can see how round my face got and how much weight I was beginning to carry around the middle - hello Muffin Top!
Snacking in the evenings and while watching tv at night and enjoying rich foods is a habit I got into at this time and has continued since.

Even now, the majority of my weight is around my middle, the classic 'apple' body shape. When I do manage to lose weight, it goes from my face and boobs first and then elsewhere, so I know I really have a battle on my hands in order to shift the mass around my middle section.

I am now at the heaviest I have ever been, or very close to it anyway, and this makes me feel terribly disheartened but at the same time I suppose where else is there to go but upwards from here!!?!! I try to stay positive in life in general and am intending to do so with this journey so while there may be some 'sad' posts, I hope this blog will be an inspiring (for myself if no-one else) and sometimes witty account of whatever happens.

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. 
We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake.”
Francis Bacon, Sr.


  1. You're so brave to put this all online! Wishing you the best on your journey!

    1. Thanks a million Helen... Bit scary alright but hoping that this will help with things :)

    2. I'm big into bookmarking healthy low-cal recipes so if you're ever stuck for inspiration give me a shout!

  2. Id only be delighted for suggestions! I think my approach for the moment is going to be trying a lot of different things and ideas and advice and then figuring out what works then

  3. Ok I got carried away here but I'm constantly bookmarking stuff, especially healthy options!!
    The first two sites are written by guys and are pretty funny but also have some great healthy recipes.

    This list is stuff I make all the time and is guaranteed delicious while being healthy. I've made so many things from these blogs, I'm sure you'll love em too!
    (The dressing is onraaaale)
    (, srsly!)
    (I make this about once a month and it's under 200 cals per medium bowlful if you go easy on the cheese & avocado. You'll feed yourself for a week with one batch)
    (I like to add extra veggies to this. As long as your beef is pretty lean it's very healthy)
    (Absolutely amazing! One of my top 3 fave things to eat ever in the world ever!)
    (Not as good as fried falafels but nice for a change from meat. The yogurt sauce wasn't my thing though, I used Ballymaloe relish haha!)
    (I make this a lot to bring to barbeques/parties. I use quinoa instead of the barely)

    I hope you like them as much as I do!!!