So I haven’t posted anything at all yet. Hmmm, where to start? Will we say, what motivated me? Yeah, that’ll do. Okay.
Right, let’s start at the beginning. I’ve been heavy as long as I can remember. I was even born a big baby, tipping the scales at 9lb 4oz. I had so many rolls of fat I was known as “The Michelin Baby” after the Michelin Tyres mascot (See the picture to the left). I was always the chubby one in primary school. Forever out of breath. Which was partially due to the chronic asthma that plagued my childhood. Which also affected my weight as the steroids I was on growing up made me pile on weight. It was a vicious circle really. My asthma has cleared up a lot now though, so I can’t use it as an excuse any more.
I was overweight when I started secondary school, if I had taken charge of my weight then, I wouldn’t be in this situation today, but there’s no use dwelling in the past and saying if only. The weight crept on over the 6 years of secondary school. I tried and failed to get it under control numerous times over those 6 years and then when I left for college, and then left college, the weight well and truly piled on. I ballooned to the biggest I’ve ever been. 324 pound. That’s a mammoth 23 stone 2 pound. Holy moly. That was at Christmas 2011 and that’s when I decided, enough was enough and that it was time to reclaim my life. (The picture to the right is me, at my heaviest.)
My motivation didn’t come from an insult hurled at me by people I knew, even though I’ve had my fair share of those. My own cousin asked me if I was pregnant once! But, that didn’t spur me on. I decided that I had to do this for myself. The only way it was going to work was if I did it for nobody else but me. I decided that 2012 would be my year. I am in charge of my destiny and I’m not letting my obesity dictate how I live my life any more, and with that on the 9th of January 2012, I started my journey to a healthier life.
I’ve been working on it for almost 4 months now, and I won’t lie, it’s been tough at times, but I have to stay on track because at this stage it really is do or diet, diet or die! I’ve started posting videos of my progress on YouTube, my channel is therealrachnow, just search it and it’ll come up in the results. So far since Christmas I’ve lost 33 pound, or 2 stone and 6 pound. I can feel the difference in my clothes. I’ve gone from UK Size 24 jeans to a Size 20 and I’m wearing clothes I haven’t worn for years.
I hit a road block lately where I put on weight again, but I’m working my ass off and I’m starting to lose it again. I’ve joined the gym. Something I was petrified of doing before. I’m feeling more confident. I’m going after what I really want in life and I’m going to go out there and say it… I’m a changed person. Although this is only the beginning and there’s a long road ahead of me, I know that this is my time and I will be successful. Just you wait and see!
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I rambled a bit, but I finally posted on this blog. I will post a lot more from now on. I’m not only promising you guys, I’m making a promise to myself!