A lifestyle change…

(N.B I had to post this from my iPad againnnn as my laptops being difficult, so apologies for the crap stock image thnx x)

So this post is going to be different to the usual kind of things I write about. Instead of writing about my weekend in London, or five winter destinations you have to visit (shameless self-promo lol) this post is going to be different in that it’s going to be more for me than anyone else.

Let me set the situation.

At university, I walked everywhere with my laptop which weighed about 500 kilos in my rucksack (that might be a slight exaggeration). And within 1.943 seconds of leaving the house, there would be a hill, no matter where you were (good old Sheffield eh).

I also went to the gym three or four times a week, and went to futsal training every Monday (it’s indoor football ok. If I had a pound for every time someone asked me that I’d be a v rich gal).

I ate relatively well too (if you exclude Sainsbury’s meal deals that is). Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I used to do a fair bit of exercise and didn’t eat too badly considering I was a student with 0 money.

Fast forward to six months into working full time in an office.

I drive to work and the only form of exercise I get is waking from my car to the office door and back again when I leave. I’m still eating relatively well, apart from the few biscuits here and there, and sugary coffee a couple days a week.

It turns out that my body’s way of asking me ‘hey, erm what’s happening… you used to walk everywhere and now you’re either driving or sitting at your desk???’ was putting on a stone.

Yep. A whole stone in six months.

Bloody ell. So without dwelling on that part too much, I’ve decided to try and get back to the weight I was before. I chose to wait until the new year to start making changes because, not giving up Christmas dinner lol soz.

So as I mentioned, this post was more for me than anyone else. I felt like if I write it down and get it out there, it will make me more inclined to actually do something about it.

What changes am I making?

I’m not following any particular diet – I’ve just decided to swap my lunch of a wrap, crisps, nature valley bar and a yoghurt to a salad, some walnuts an apple and two satsumas. I’ve decided to eat porridge for breakfast instead of skipping it completely, and I’ve decided to try my hardest to drink at least four bottles of water a day.

I’ve completely cut out crisps/cakes/biscuits/cheese (damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!)/any other drinks apart from water/treats people bring into the office. So, sorry Peter, I won’t be having any of your wife’s cake she made at the weekend this time pal.

I’ve also started exercising again – only in my bedroom this time as the gyms round here are pretty expensive and all require a long contract (I can’t commit to that lol).

So, I’ve started with doing squats and ab workouts, and am also looking to buy a bike-cross trainer combined thingy.

I thought I’d ease myself back into exercise, and will probably incorporate weights in there somewhere once I feel ready.

I’ve taken measurements of my legs, arms, hips and waist, and am going to re-measure either every week or every two weeks, I haven’t decided yet.

I really hope I start to see some changes soon – although I’m mindful not to become obsessed with numbers, and plan to base things more on how I look and feel.

I think that’s all I’ve got to say on the situation, and I’m thinking of posting monthly updates (if it’s going well lol).

Let me know if this is something you’d be interested in or not.

Are you following a healthy eating plan this year? What kind of things have you cut out, or what kind of rules have you set yourself?

Christie x



  1. January 11, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    How did you manage to cut out on biscuits? you’re so brave… I need to cut out on Tunnock’s caramel… but it’s so hard. My flatmate got me a 48 box of them for christmas ahah… I am having crêpes tonight so it’s not starting really well. Anyway, good luck with your changes! I’m sure you’ll manage. xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

  2. January 12, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Didn’t know you did Futsal. Used to go and watch my mate Rich play for uni and he now plays Futsal for England. All the Sheffield hills were a big help and I played intra-mural footy as well a few times a week.

    I’m doing Veganuary this year. Bloody hard but coupled with running and some exercise hopefully I’ll start the year off with some weight loss.

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