Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I can't say that I've always had weight problems, because in truth I haven't, it all started in my teen years, I stopped being active. Don't get me wrong, I didn't sit about all day doing nothing, I walked every where because we didn't have a car, or I would catch a bus, I also walked for pleasure but I stopped doing other things that I did as a kid like cycling and gymnastics.
I moped about a lot and listened to music, I suffered with teenage depression mainly because I started eating more out of boredom, I especially loved sweet things like cream cakes, chocolate and ice-cream, my favourite was chocolate cake with chocolate ice-cream. I never dreamed that eating that kind of food would do so much damage.
I started having body issues, I suppose like any other teenager but I had big boobs which I hated, all my friends had 'normal sized boobs', and I felt like a bit of a freak, I thought my thighs were too big, that my waist wasn't thin enough but did I do something about it, well not at first, I did all the kinds of things that teenagers do, stopped having sugar in my tea/coffee, skipped meals by telling mum that I wasn't hungry or I'd get something later.
Looking back it wasn't the wisest decision but I, like many others was misinformed, little did I know that by not eating or eating very little I could potentially make myself fatter. I tried every latest diet going, yes I always slimmed down but eventually put it back on and more besides (you can relate can't you?).
Now, thanks to Spark People I can actually make an informed decision on what I'm actually putting in my body, I've still got a long way to go but now I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I've learned to love exercise and honestly can't get enough. I look forward to meal times and appreciate the food I cook and eat, knowing that I'm using it to fuel my body not give in to my cravings, which I no longer have by the way.
So for those of you who are still struggling, keep going, have your off days but make sure you pick up the slack and get back on track the following day, it does eventually work, reading the articles really helps with the understanding of nutrition and exercise it's invaluable so a huge THANKYOU! to all in the spark team and other sparkers for your support, I wouldn't have got this far without you. Keep up the good work.