Today on Blog Every Day In May we are looking at the prompt ‘Fit and Healthy’. This is a theme I’ve written on before, and one which is pretty close to my heart. Particularly now, with a wedding looming ahead next year. I would so love to walk down the aisle feeling fit, healthy and pretty! I am currently a size 20 (urgh! I do not like being this big. I have friends who can rock being plus size and do so fiercely, but I feel…..cumbersome, for want of a better word. There’s just too much of me!), and I’m aiming to get down to a 16, or maybe a 14, by next August. With my sturdy Scottish build (stocky, man hands, childbearing hips and braid shoulders) I fear I am never destined to be Kate Moss waif-like, but I can certainly be healthier and a lot trimmer!
I said to Matthew the other day that I met him as a size 16/18 – I’d love to walk down the aisle that size or a little smaller. I’m aiming to lose 50 pounds in the year and three months before the wedding, but of course will be thrilled with any shrinkage! I’ve already lost a stone this year, so I’m hoping to build on this.
The plan is simple to say, trickier to do (don’t I know it!). Eat less, move more. I’m taking more walks, cross-training, and adding some light strength in for now. The gym I’m joining opens in late June, just ahead of my summer break, and I am looking forward to gymming it up plenty during the vacation. As I said to Eileen yesterday (who has done SO well toning up for her own wedding – you go girl!), hopefully if I can get some results over the break, by September I’ll be in a good place habits wise and can carry them through into the autumn and the winter.
Food wise, we’re going to be eating more fruits and veggies (luckily, we’re vegetable nuts), meat, nuts wholegrains. On the danger list are refined carbs, alcohol and sugar….we will still have them occasionally but I’m aware these are hazardous….I can just eat way too many of them!
A big focus is going to be sleep as well. Try as I might, I tend to get distracted and wind up not getting enough rest….I am aiming for 7 hours a night. 8 hours is just….not going to happen during termtime, but as I can sleep more at weekends and breaks I’m not too concerned. But I must get to seven…currently we tend to clock in between 5 and 6.5 hours. Because our wake up call is early, we have to get to bed earlier, but we are fighting ourselves as we’re both night owls! We’ll get there, I hope!
I am so lucky that I have tonnes of friends who are great at the whole ‘getting healthy and fit’ shebang. Here’s to getting it done, I guess. I have a target for the end of the month weight and health wise….I’ll let you know if I make it!