As you know, way back in 2008, I was larger than I am today. If you read this blog regularly you’ll know I was 23lb heavier than I am now, with an extra 10% body fat.
What I haven’t talked about is my body measurements. I remember my hips were 105cm. I’m a hippy girl. At my heaviest I was a size 14 and to be honest, not too bothered about it. I still felt good and had nice comfy jeans which I thought I looked good in.
I’d settled down into a relationship and was going out lots, drinking and eating out a lot. With not a lot of exercise, and a BMI just about to touch 25, I decided I’d change things when my Dad told me I was looking ‘comfortable.’ I was comfortable, but led by my Dad’s caring comments, I decided to make some changes.
I increased my activity, ate healthier, and trained for events, aiming initially to get to the middle of the BMI scale 21.75. It would mean a 12lb loss. I entered events, raised money for charity. Ran, swam, cycled, and did strength training in the gym. I ran with others and was motivated by my partner joining me too.
After 6 months to a year I was comfortably down to my goal and feeling great. I stayed there for a while. By 2010 my favourite size 14 jeans had out grown me, and I was neatly fitting into size 12 jeans: my hips now 98cm. And when I was in San Fransisco in September I decided to treat myself to two pairs of Levi’s from the Levi’s Store.
(Me at San Francisco zoo with my brothers. Lol)
The lady in the store looked at me and said, you’ll be a 28 or 30 waist. She fitted me out and I tried on the 30, knowing I wasn’t anywhere near a 28, I took the 30s into the changing room.
Standing looking in the mirror, although I was happy with my weight, the 30 jeans were just a tad tight. And I vowed I’d get into them and make them fit. I wasn’t sure if I could lose more weight, but if I wanted to fit into them I’d need to make some changes.
Late 2010 was when I started running longer. I ran my first marathon distance in November, and in Spring of 2011, I trained for my first official marathon. Without really trying or thinking about it, (I’m sorry!) the lbs fell off. I’d changed my activity levels (and had made some other lifestyle changes including giving up drink to support my training) and my body changed for the better as a result.
Fast forward a few years, and through marathon training and continued activity, and little changes in what I eat… I’m now another 12-13lbs lighter and my hips are 95cm. A whole 10cm smaller than they were at their biggest. Not all that much loss compared to others perhaps, but 10% of my hips!
And now, slowly and steadily I’ve realised that my favourite Levi jeans, that I squeezed into in the shop, are now too big. They’re comfy, but saggy bum, and too big at the hips. Time for some new jeans I think. (I’m gutted I have to replace my favourite jeans!)
I never really cared about fitting into size 10s or 8s or even 12s. I just know I’m kinda hippy, and wear what fits. As a measure, my BMI is now 20, and everything has got smaller: hips, waist, arms, chest.
My numbers above aren’t what’s important. What is important is to show that you can change things for the better. You can change your life, and your destiny by making small changes. You can fit in those jeans again.
And if you don’t like the scale, you don’t need to rely on the scale to see progress: other options include:
– body measurements.
– body fat %.
– Waist to height ratio.
– Waist to hip ration.
Ps: I know BMI isn’t a very good measure but it can be a good guide to get within the healthy ran between 18.5-25.
So how do you do it?
More activity + healthy / improved nutrition = a better life and weight loss
(if you have weight to lose (or in my case, the weight fell off with my increased marathon training).
Fuel your body with nutritious foods and water and you’ll feel better. See yourself as an athlete: athletes train and eat, others exercise and diet. Who would you rather be? An athlete or another one who exercises and diets?
If you’re stuck with how eating differently can help you (without going on a diets) is highly recommend you read this book:
And if you want to change things by increasing activity, and you’re not sure where to start, ask around. Get a friend to walk with you, or run with you. Join a gym, go to classes, make it a social thing. Enter events so that you know you have to train.
If you stick at it, bit by bit you’ll progress and achieve what you want to. You just need to take that step to change, for me, it was from 105 to 95, plus a whole load of other numbers which we won’t go into!