Finally!!

If you’re a reader of my blog you will without doubt know of my weight loss and gym body journey. Most of you do not know that i started out 10 years ago weighing in at a hefty 284lbs which placed me firmly in the middle of the obese category as regards to BMI and wearing massive uk size 26 clothing.

I make no excuses for this, events i wish to keep private led me to need to be this way at that point in time. That is not to say i liked it, far from it but it served a purpose at the time. In hindsight i wish i had not abused my body so badly, it has taken a lot of hard work to return from that place and an older wiser me would have found a better way to achieve the effect. The plus side is i am so far from that person now as to totally appear to be someone else. These days i am a bit of a gym bunny and i do not care if i work until i throw up (and yes i have done this) but i fully intend to have that gym body and will do whatever it takes to get there. 

I guess the biggest change of all is being able to look in a mirror and not want to cry at the reflection looking back at me. Where once i would need to hide under oversized clothing now i know i am looking pretty good and can only get better and i find i can like the person looking back at me for the first time in my life. Today i weighed in and almost shrieked the house down when the scales settled at my lowest weight since i was 23 years old and more importantly i am now back into the NORMAL category for BMI. Yes me!! I am a normal weight for my 5ft10 height at at last. It seems hard work does pay off (thank-you weight training) and i really did want to scream like crazy and turn cartwheels on the front lawn. It might be a little helpful if i were actually ABLE to perform a cartwheel but you get the idea. Although i”m not sure what the neighbours would make of some crazy woman screeching and turning cartwheels in her pyjamas!!

114lb down since that fat girl 10 years ago and 7 dress sizes down!!

My journey is not over, i have a little way to go and am stepping up the weights and training to get there for i have a vision in my mind of how i want to look( Yes Jessica Ennis i want to look like you) and i WILL get there. But for now i can hop up and down with glee for at last i can shout out I AM HEALTHY!!!!

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Playing the Game

Like many this week i have been glued to the tv watching avidly as events at the Olympics unfold. The patriot in me roots for my team as much as anyone around the world for who does not want to lend their support for those trying so hard to bring pride to their country. 

Perhaps though i am unusual or perhaps a little naive but support is the one thing that bothers me within the whole affair. Yes we are the home nation and by geographical design and resulting sheer force of numbers alone we have the greater support for our team. Those far larger countries have their share of support, being more noticeable at some events than others but it befalls those much smaller or poorer countries to be unfortunate enough to not have the following present that they deserve. 

Most noticeably tonight whilst watching swimming i had to smile at the huge roar greeting the British Olympians but then this quickly turned to a frown when the emergence of some other competitors brought near silence. As i said call me naive but this did not sit well with me at all and i am seriously of the belief that all who take part should receive accolade from the crowd as a whole. Every single one of those emerging and being introduced to the crowd should have received applause and cheers regardless of where they were from. Of course upon race start each nation will wish to cheer on its own for we of course wish our own to win but surely the sheer presence and actual  competing from those at the highest of their sport is worthy of equal recognition. 

I personally felt rather a lack of sportsmanship and camaraderie and should i have been fortunate enough to be there i should have clapped and cheered every single one of them just for giving us such an event to watch. Perhaps at some events we are better at this, those with names more famous therefore deemed worthy of support but myself i should like to see the same support for all no matter how big or small and regardless of country of origin.

After all it is ultimately all about playing the game.