I took part in the Take Back What’s Yours campaign a few months ago and I decided I wanted to take my confidence back this year but I realised that my diminishing confidence over the past couple of years or so had been to my eating/exercise habits. I’d always been able to eat what I wanted without much problem but then I went to university and completely stopped exercising which led to a lot of weight gain for me! And personally I’m not so happy with how I look now and I’ve been trying to change that for the past year.
Last year I took part in Race For Life and started running more regularly and then when I finished university and headed home I did the same as well as go to the gym a few times a week. I felt better in myself, I was getting fitter and I was getting rid of those annoying areas on my body that I’d never really liked! But then I moved to Spain and although I wasn’t eating overly badly I was becoming less fit as I stopped running.
That’s why I’m going to start this monthly series on my blog. It’s not going to have a specific day and it will be uploaded at some point within the first few days of the month. It’s just going to detail my exercise activities for the month and how I’m feeling about myself in general, but obviously we need somewhere to start.
|Post run Lauren looking cool!|
I’ve taken measurements from around my body (because I want to tone up and measuring is the best way to track progress as weighing yourself doesn’t always accurately reflect the changes.) I’m not going to post them here but from now on I will say whether I’ve lost anything, gained anything or stayed the same just to be as accurate and honest as I want to. And I know that I have entitled this post as “body positivity” and it may seem like I’m going against that with wanting to change the size of my body but surely being positive about yourself can mean changing the parts that you don’t like? It’s all well and good learning to accept yourself but if there is something about yourself you really don’t like then you should change it in my opinion.
The main way that I am trying to change my lifestyle is by running more (I was doing once a week but I want to up it to at least three times a week!) and drinking more water. I’ve never really liked drinking water so I’ve been forcing myself to drink it in the past couple of months. I’ve also cut out buying chocolate in my weekly shop. Now that might not seem like a lot but I have such a sweet tooth and being able to ignore the chocolate aisle is something that I am overly proud of!
So far this month I have done one run and I managed to do the 2 kilometres in 13 minutes and 52 seconds so let’s hope that the next time I update you all on this progress I will have knocked a few seconds off of this!
Now I’m putting this out on the internet I feel like I have to stick to this more than before as I have let other people know about this! Maybe some of you will be able to give me some advice on how best to achieve my goals of toning and generally getting fitter!
Hasta la fuego
Lauren 🙂 x