“I can do this,” – one woman’s five stone weight loss challenge
LOSING five stone is something that is easier said than done – one stone into this mission and I am physically exhausted, writes guest blogger Vicky Randall.
The starting point for me was one night when I happened to glance in the mirror and I realised that I wasn’t happy with my body. So I decided to change, but one thing I definitely didn’t anticipate was how hard it would be.
Losing weight is something that is always easier said than done and I fell into the trap of thinking it would be as easy as 1,2,3.
“So if anyone reading this is thinking about losing some weight, I would 100 per cent recommend finding a support. Whether it’s a gym buddy, an online group, or just someone giving you moral support – don’t underestimate the power of having someone in this with you.”
Setting a specific challenge like this is more of a dramatic lifestyle change, than something as simple as going on a diet. It’s giving up takeaways altogether, not just cutting down to once a week.
It’s stopping getting the bus and opting to walk, even if it’s pouring rain. It’s swapping nights in front of the TV with a big bar of Dairy Milk, for a jog around the park.
Most importantly, it’s getting up every morning and telling your reflection in the mirror, “I can do this.”
“I think of how good it feels to get into a size 12 instead of a size 14, and how no amount of chocolate or greasy takeaways can make me feel as good as knowing that I look better in my clothes than I used to.”
The hardest thing I had to give up was chocolate, but I realised that chocolate was just something I was doing when I was bored, a few years into this habit and it has become a crutch.
In my head the only way I could kick start this weight loss was to give it up.
I’m not saying it wasn’t hard; it was, and I still find myself gazing lovingly at it when I go into a supermarket, I still won’t allow my friends to eat it around me in case I give into temptation.
Something that I’ve realised whilst going through this challenge is that moral support can never be underestimated. My best friend has been an immense help throughout the entire thing; I doubt this is something that I could have done without her.
So if anyone reading this is thinking about losing some weight, I would 100 per cent recommend finding a support.
Whether it’s a gym buddy, an online group, or just someone giving you moral support – don’t underestimate the power of having someone in this with you.
There are days when it’s hard; there are days when I want to give up with this whole thing. I think to myself “I can live with this flabby arse and saggy stomach”. I’ve learnt from this that it is ok to have these thoughts; you are only human after all.
It’s so easy to fall off the wagon and nowhere near as easy to get back on.
Not beating myself up for having a slice of cake or a greasy takeaway after a hard day was one of the hardest things I had to learn.
When I’m having a hard day, I don’t think of how far I still have to go, I think of how far I have come.
I think of how good it feels to get into a size 12 instead of a size 14, and how no amount of chocolate or greasy takeaways can make me feel as good as knowing that I look better in my clothes than I used to.
As clichéd as it sounds, positive thinking really is key.
Vicky Randall, 21, is a media student at Teesside University and can be found tweeting at @Vickyinthemedia