Hi all, so welcome to my first ever blog post. Pretty exciting stuff! So, I have probably put a lot more thought and effort into this blog post than is needed, but first impressions last….and this post may very well dictate whether you come back for round 2. So lets set the scene….I got myself a nice new notebook, jotted down a bunch of ideas and found myself the most hygge (pronounced Hooga) spot in the house…I will do a blog on hygge before you all think I have lost the plot.
I am sitting in our second living room, which doesn’t have a TV and is pretty minimal with furniture (two big grey sofas, a big leather trunk we rescued from a skip, some speakers and a guitar… oh and also plenty of candles). It’s a nice quiet space just to chill and take a little reflection time, and obviously I have a cup of tea in hand and a piece of 85% dark chocolate (for strength and concentration obviously). So here it goes, my first blog, and I hope you enjoy!
I want to quickly chat about my relationship with food, don’t panic, I’m not intending on recounting the last 28 years of my life in this blog, detailing my transition from milk to solids. No-one really cares about that. However, I am sure there are people out there who might relate to what I am about to say. I am a comfort eater… things go wrong, someone better bring me a cream bun. I didn’t (sometimes still don’t) possess willpower…. if someone else is eating it, pass it over here love. Eyes bigger than my belly, oh hello giant googley eyes. That is all well and good, until the guilt hits after you’ve shoved a whole packet of custard creams in your mouth and because you have IBS you now look like you may give birth any moment. Not cool.
The question is, what are you going to do about it? In the past, I’ve tried fad diets, supplements that apparently speed up metabolism and increase endurance at the gym, I also tried joining a gym but didn’t really know what I was trying to do so I spent most time fixing my hair in the mirror whilst briskly walking on a treadmill, and last of least accepted the belly was there to stay. Let me tell you something for nothing…. none of those options were a good idea, NONE. All I did was set unrealistic goals and set myself up for a fall.
Listen, I am not an expert of any sort on these topics, I am purely going to give an honest account of how its been for me. You want to do a fad diet, knock yourself out; you want to take ‘metabolism fastening’ substances – eat them like jelly beans for all it is to me. But here is my advice to you:
- Educate yourself. Speak to someone who knows – a dietician, a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a fit friend, Google it if you have to. Make informed choices about how you ultimately treat your body
- Be sensible – your health is your wealth
- Be proactive – don’t accept that you’ve just put on weight and its there to stay, or you have a condition like IBS and theres nothing you can do about it. I am pretty sure no matter what it is, someone can help you, and you can help yourself
- Don’t just complain about it. Make a change. No-one is going to laugh at you or put you down for trying – and lets face it, if they do, they are a moron.
So these are my words of wisdom for a Tuesday night. I am going to enjoy the rest of my cuppa and go spend a little time with hubby before we gotta do life all over again tomorrow.
FYI – coconut addiction still going strong. Coconut products used / consumed today = 2. And yesterday someone told me I smelled really nice because of my coconut handcream….Boom.