Two photos, two years apart.
These would be perfect if they were a before and after. They are, but the one on the left was taken two days ago during holidays. The one on the right was taken two years ago as I was trying on different dresses for a work do.
What’s in it?
An extra 10kg (not muscle!), 5% body-fat or so, 2-3 dress sizes, low grade hangovers, brain fog, lower aerobic performance and general fatigue.
Thank goodness my blood results are still in the ideal range. It could be worse 😱
So… what happened?
I gradually started to put on weight after the photo on the right. My lifestyle did not really change as such, which is interesting. It also goes to show it’s the little things that make the difference. Daily, almost insignificant choices. The compound effect of “little things”.
In my case, the difference can be summed up to:
– eating when I was not hungry
– increasing my portion sizes
– one or two glasses of wine, 3, sometimes 4 times a week
– sleep quality reduced
– taking too much on
My nutrition is clean, balanced and thought through in accordance with my needs. I’m the queen of life hacks when it comes to eat well for your body type and lifestyle, and my exercise routines are ace. Not only that, I have coached others in adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Jokingly I answer that “what happened” question with “hubby came home”. Not only that is not a fair statement, and it’s a poor excuse, but it also shows a lack of ownership and a lack of self respect.
It’s time to act to say the least.
What am I going to do about it?
Be responsible and aware of my actions/ non-actions.
Seek help and support where (fortunately I know) I can find it.
Be realistic that the journey back to optimal health will be hard, if not harder for the seasoned wellness pro I am than it would be for a newbie.
Treat myself as I would a coaching client, with the same kindness, care and respect and apply all I know.
It is my intention to blog my journey back to optimal health to inspire others who are “not that bad”, “just a bit cuddly”, “know what to do”, “have just a last few pounds”… but first and foremost to make myself accountable, and feel less alone through the journey to make it sustainable.
Watch this space and wish me luck.