So, some of you see my exploits on the 80 days around the world thread, and I know some of you have read my Isle of Wight Challenge posts, but here's a different one.
As I've mentioned previously in my other posts I have had many battles with my weight in my life. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I was a relatively active person in my teens and 20's, but I never found my rhythm with any sport or fitness training to take it to the next levels.
I had relatively active jobs or jobs where I was stood up/walking most of the day, but my current job of nearly 8 years has been spent sat at a desk. It is also the most stressful job I have had. While my mood/motivation plummeted my weight rocketed.
My weight and lack of activeness was a big part of my last relationship ending, which you would normally think provide the incentive to do something about it. However having an anxiety disorder and depression sent me the wrong way. I ballooned up in weight, lost all confidence, motivation and drive.
What I have realised though is that things can change quick in life. After bringing my mood to a level, and having (very painfully) completed the London to Brighton 100k Challenge, I all of a sudden wanted more of the feeling when I crossed the finish line.
After re-joining the gym, taking up swimming lessons and finding work colleague to buddy up with in the spin classes, I found myself enjoying what I was doing. No special training programmes, no special diets, no weighing myself once a week. Just doing what feels good for me, and not feeling guilty if I don't go or having to make it up the net time, not preventing myself form having a takeaway, beer, chocolate, etc. Not even having things in moderation either. I don't go hungry and I don't feel like I'm missing out on nice things.
It feel freeing and enjoyable. I am fitter, healthier, can do more and for longer. Best of all, I have managed to lose 3 stone in 5 months, and I have now lost enough weight to feel like I can take up running. I have entered a few park runs now and am setting my sights on a couple of 10k's later in the year, after I complete my 106k Isle of Wight Trek in April.
I am still overweight by about 3 stone. Now that I have found my rhythm I know can get there, and there's no rush because it's a lifestyle change, not a race to get in swim-shorts for the summer.
Thanks to everyone who has given me words of encouragement on here, and good to luck to everyone out there on their own journey!