Studying makes you fat. Fact. Or at least studying has made me fat. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
In the first week of 2005 I joined a well-known slimming club which you might say was to help me ‘watch my weight’ because I had reached the heaviest I had ever been. I was mortified when I stepped on the scales and saw 12 stone 3 pounds, but by Easter I had managed to shed enough to see me just under 11 stone and I felt great. Then I took up mountain biking and met the man of my dreams and although I put some weight back on again it managed to stay fairly stable.
I’ve booked in to graduate on Friday 7th October in Manchester. That’s 11 weeks away from the time I’m writing this post, and it would be really nice to be able to wear something which doesn’t resemble a potato sack so I look remotely presentable in my photos so it all begins today. I have no clue how much I should expect to lose from now until then but I have a secret weapon to help me.
I probably haven’t mentioned it yet actually, but I’ve just started writing for an online mega blog called Brew Drinking Thinkings as their travel/culture writer. Well, there’s a lot of different people writing for them on all manner of different subjects, and one of those subjects is health and fitness. Now, the health and fitness writer is a lovely lass called Wendy Powell who just so happens to be a personal trainer and the founder of the MuTu System. Wendy’s system is designed to help new mums get into good shape but she has very kindly offered to help me out and tailor a plan for my needs. My progress will be blogged as a weight loss diary on the BDT site and Wendy will be putting up tips to help others in a similar situation (I’m sure I’m not the only person who has just let their weight slip because of other commitments). It begins today with me starting to keep a detailed food and exercise diary which Wendy will analyse each week and give feedback on.
In readiness for Wendy phoning me to discuss some basics last night I stepped on my scales at home. Then fell off them again in horror. My weight has reached crisis point. I’m now a jaw dropping two stone heavier than my previous ‘heaviest I’ve ever been’. Something drastic needs to be done before my waist disappears completely and from now on anyone who tells me that I’m tall and can carry it off well is getting a Glasgow kiss.
Coincidentally, my graduation falls in the same week that I’m due to begin my MA so it would be nice to be a bit slimmer by then and be into some better habits before I submerse myself in study again. You’ll be able to track my progress on the BDT website if you’re interested or please follow me on Twitter or Facebook to give me some encouragement and nudge me back on the rails! I really need to do this, I’m in my 30s now and if I don’t take control of it now it will just get harder and harder.
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