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four the perfect dress
four the perfect dress
I've always been semi active, I've been a member of several gyms since finishing university and working professionally, but my visits were always casual. I would go once a fortnight (if that) to do small amounts of cardio or attend an aerobic class. This was what I felt most comfortable with. I never really thought outside the box or pushed myself to aim higher…until December 15th 2012, when my boyfriend proposed to me in Paris.
Growing up I have always had this vision of myself getting married in a stunning white dress, feeling beautiful and confident. As it hit 2013 that vision felt very far fetched - so I decided to make a lifestyle change to ensure my wedding day will be everything I had imagined!
A year passed and I was feeling great! I had been doing a variety of classes and training including Boot Camp and Spinning. Seeing the difference training can do to my body gave me such a confidence boost! Late 2013, I bought my first pair of size 10 work trousers and cried of happiness in the middle of the changing room!
However, after the initial hit of weight loss, I plateaued! I started 2014 stuck in a rut where my body had become accustomed to the type of exercises I was doing. I was no longer losing weight and with the wedding date drawing nearer I reverted to feeling unconfident and less motivated. I knew I had to change the way I trained - and that's where fourfits come in!
My original journey was “four the perfect dress” - My wedding dress to be more specific and on October 4th 2014 - I got married in that very perfect dress!!! My wedding date was my goal and I felt so happy I reached a size I was proud to walk down the church aisle with. But my journey doesn't end there and I'm still “four the perfect dress” - just a different dress ;-)
“four the perfect dress”
Throughout my life I’ve always had a complex with weight. As a young child, I developed a somewhat ‘eating disorder’, where I would shy away from food. I would hide my uneaten packed lunches from my parents or run away whenever the table was set. It wasn’t as if I was consciously making the decision to stay skinny, it was just the way I was. Some would even say I was afraid of food - I know, ridiculous right?!
As a young girl, my weight never went above the 6 stones mark; And as I grew into a teenager my appetite grew. Unfortunately my weight remained unchanged. For a long time I remained at 6 stones. I would do everything and anything to put on weight. I started replacing water for full fat milk, snack constantly, have 4 hearty meals a day in hope to gain weight. It never did. In an attempt to uplift my spirits people would comment on my 'amazing' metabolism. But day after day my confidence slowly deflated.
At the age of 23, I started gaining weight. I remember looking down at my weighing scale and seeing it past the 6.5 stones mark, I was beyond happy. Then it creeped to 7 stones and at the current age of 28, I am now a healthy 8 stones.
Weight, has always been an issue in my life and now more than ever I want to focus on not just the aesthetics of my body, but my health too. What's the point of having such a bomb body if my inside's aren't up to scratch?! There is so much emphasis on looking great, but isn't feeling great just as important too?
For the year 2016, yes I do want to be a healthier and fitter individual but I also want to mentally and emotionally be happy with my progress. There is more to fitness than beating your body in the gym. So whilst I'm still on this path of figuring out my new goals, I'm -
"doing this four me"
four the love of food
four the love of food
I hate when people tell me "oh but you don't need to go to the gym, your soo slim already", it's like like a slap to the face after all that I've done in order to shift the weight I've accumulated over the years.
You see, for as long as I can remember I was always considered "the cubby one" or "the curvy one" (a basically polite version of the previous). I was never severely overweight, but always above average enough to have the fact that my baby fat followed me into adult hood, commented on. And sadly, I eventually internalised these remarks into facts and lived my life accordingly, freely eating whatever my heart so desired, whenever it desired it.
Between 2010 & 2011 I weighted the heaviest I've ever been. After the freedom of university life, countless nights of binge drinking (beer is your enemy guys), take outs and a lack of restriction in relation to snacks, I was 10 stone and some. Whilst I know this is NOT the definition of obesity nor would I have been considered a "big girl" in that respect, what it was doing to my health and self esteem was dangerous. I had absolutely no regard for the state of my body. I didn't care if I heading down a spiral of eventual diabetes, breathing problems and blocked arteries. I felt ugly on the inside, so why not allow my outside to match, right?! Plus it felt gooood stuffing my face with all those desserts and fried goodness! However, after graduating in the summer of 2011 and realising the potential to help others that my profession blessed me with the ability to do, I finally listened to Gods truth that I was more. I am a temple of his works and I was never to give anyone the space or permission to tell me otherwise. I decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle and made a conscious decision to change for the bestest. I doned my Nike Air Max's, headed for the park...and never looked back.
Slowly but surely, I managed to loose almost 2 stone through my various runs and sprints of gym visits, but the fight doesn't stop there. My love of food has always and always will be my Achilles heel, as despite my weight loss, my appetite for all those delightfully morish snacks and nibbles remain. And whilst it was all fine and dandy to adopt a more active lifestyle, it was essential that I switch up my eating habits too in order to completely embrace a true transformation. So I swapped my favourite kettle crisps for fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt, and fried chips for some yummy greens - cause let's face it, the struggle to keep up all that hard work was and continues to be REAL!
I rep after rep and push to attain not the ideal body, but to work towards a fitter, non-fluctuating temple, where my love for food doesn't override the love I have for my health.
This is my journey.
“four the love of food”
four that strut
four that strut
Fitness. What did it mean to me? Well the honest truth is that it used to mean absolutely nothing. It was something the sporty kids at school did. For me? Well it would ruin my nails wouldn't it?
Fashion. Now that's a word I understood. Shopping, clothes, shoes & beauty, that was my passion.
In my defense for most of my teen and young adult life I did not need to exercise. I had a size 8, petite yet curvy figure. I ate well, I dressed how I wanted, all with minimal effort. Just over five years ago I began my career. I was blessed with a fabulous office job surrounding me with fine dining, yummy treats and afterwork drinks. Within my first year I had moved up almost three dress sizes. Reality kicked, and it sucked balls! I started to use my love for fashion to my advantage, finding discrete ways to hide the gain.
Food had never been an issue for me, I was brought up on a fairly balanced diet yet over that period I resorted to several dieting extremes in an attempt to get my body back. I once cut out entire food groups for months at a time but the weight returned plus a bit more. I was making myself unhealthy and more importantly unhappy.
During 2013 I made a conscious move toward a fitter lifestyle. I purchased a cross trainer and signed up to a few runs. I found myself training in the lead up to a run but I was inconsistent so it was hard to notice any results. Since our first fourfits hula hoop class, I began to realise there were fun things I could do outside of outdoor running (which admittedly I was not particularly great at). I discovered a love for boxing, I incorporated body strengthening into my regime and even taught myself to ride a bike for the days I simply couldn't bear to run.
Realising I was one of four who shared such similar goals yet faced completely different obstacles became not only my support but my motivation. I remembered my love for fashion, shopping for the hottest outfit in the store and rocking it head held high - I wanted that back.
My wedding is coming up in the next few months and I intend to strut down that aisle as if I were a supermodel on a runway.
This is my journey.
"four that strut"