I have struggled with my weight all my adult life and have yo-yo-ed between around 11 stone and 13 stone since I was 18 (at 5 foot 2, I've never been what is considered "normal" in terms of my BMI). About a year ago I managed to get down to my lowest weight through lots of exercise and eating as healthily as I could.
However, one year on, here I am back at 13 stone and more unfit than I have been in years (this time last year I was just about to complete a 10-mile running event and now I doubt I could even run 1).
I know the cause of this weight gain - a new relationship meant that I took my eye off the ball completely and I was more than happy to trade in a 5k run for a night in front of the TV with my partner and a packet of chocolate. I also feel as though birth control plays a role in my weight fluctuations.
Not only I am very aware that I look a lot bigger than I did a year ago, I am concerned about my health in the long term if something is not done about this upward trend. At 11 stone I may not have been considered a "normal" weight but I was healthy and happy with how I looked. I could walk into a shop and comfortably buy size 12 clothes and feel confident in myself. Now my clothes are constantly feeling tight and I miss the care-free feeling that came with being slimmer.
So, I'd like to make a start on getting back to where I was a year ago. I have voiced my concerns to my partner (who of course is extremely tall and seems to remain a beanpole no matter what he eats) and I hope that he will support me, but I know he would never push me to exercise or stop me from reaching for the crisps so the motivation will have to come from me.
I have been more conscious with what I am putting in my body the last few weeks and I know that I eat too much. I do walk at least and hour and a half during the week to get to work and back but obviously this is not enough to undo the damage so I shall be trying to get more exercise too.
I'll be using myfitnesspal to track my food and exercise and hopefully start seeing results soon enough!