This is it!
2015 is the year I turn 30, and boy where did the time go? It seems like just a year or two ago that I was passing my A Levels, doing my degree and starting my career as a teacher - now, I'm married and have a gorgeous 4 month old baby boy.
I have spent my entire life 'chubby', 'overweight', 'fat' and 'on a diet'. Many times without success and other moments with a spring in my step and a fall in the scales.
But now, I am married. I am a mum. I am about to turn 30. Drastic action and dedicated efforts are required.
Why am I doing this?
Well, you can sit there and say (like many of you probably are) why has it taken you almost 30 years to get a grip? I don't know why. I think because I am not someone who cares much about how they look - I'm all about what I do and achieve. First I was focused on my GCSEs, then passing my A Levels. Then I was zoned in on getting a job that could lead to something, and then setting my heart on completing my degree and post-grad certificate. Once I'd done all that, I was set on being the best teacher I could be - and, in all honesty, last year I think I did that - achieving 2 Outstanding observations and 100% in my KS4 and 5 students' results.
You can probably see a trend here...I am a very dedicated, hard-working person. Just not about myself. This year, it is going to be about me, and about my family.
As a new mum, I don't want to feel fat and frumpy. I don't want to let my son grow up to be fat and unhealthy. I hate to see children who have only just begun their lives and are already battling the bulge. I don't want that to be Jake.
Luke has to start as well - he's a hard-working bloke, who comes from a family with good appetites and he enjoys his food. But like me, he knows we need to make a change.
What do I plan to do?
For now, I have a simple plan - Move more and eat less. The 'My Fitness Pal' app is on my phone, the data put in and the target set.
I will attempt to give a 'weekly' weigh in post #drop30, with a reflection on how it has been. I am also going to use 'prepared' foods for quick meals like breakfast and lunch.
What's my target?
Simple. I want to drop 30lbs by the time I am 30. My birthday is August 17th and this is a HUGE ask. But I will feel so much better for it if I can do it.
Plus, I will be in a better place to enjoy time with a one year old, as not long after my birthday Jake will have his first birthday! Just think how different I will look in those photos then.
What are the challenges?
- Eating Out & Takeaways at the weekend.
- Eating with Luke - not having the same portion sizes and foods.
- Friends and Family constantly offering advice or asking how I'm getting on - I find it a hindrance and not always helpful.
- Feeling like I can't do it.
How will I overcome these?
Honestly? I don't know.
I'll try to help myself by using the 'My Fitness Pal' app; doing the weekly #drop30 blog post; shopping for meals and not for 'food'; creating a 'yummy mummy' inspiration pinterest board, and reading other people's blogs (recommendations welcome).
So that's it for now. I will start on Monday, so wish me luck!