Sunday, 5 February 2012
Can a fat girl slim?
These diets all shared a similar pattern; a couple of days success because of that illusive promise of magical weightloss, a couple of days of youthful determination overcoming the hunger pains, a couple of days of maintenance as the intitial water and muscle loss showed on the scales. And then by the end of the week, disaster, and a ravenous hunger that overtook all reason so that in 30 minutes flat I could eat everything in the fridge/bread bin/ biscuit tin.
By my twenties life was more interesting and food lost its mystique, I ate very little and exercised daily, but my weight stuck resolutely around 11 stone.
In my 30s I ate more, better quality food, stopped the exercise and my weight maintained a range of 10- 10 and a half stone.
In my forties my life has changed completely and I have both the time and inclination to focus on getting into the best possible shape. It has been an interesting learning experience and to date fairly successful.
I started by building up a proper, structured fitness routine; Monday-Friday work outs a mix of weights, aerobic, stretch, core training, tennis and swimming. I do a mix of these for a minimum of one hour each day and if possible at least twice a week two hours.
Initially my muscles were exhausted after years of inactivity and the only way that it was maintainable was by alternating aerobic/muscle building days with stretch days.
This has completely changed my body shape, in my twenties, when I did exercise, I had bulky legs and shoulders, a thick waist and fat on my torso regardless of the hours and hours that I put in on the aerobics floor. By focusing on the stretch as well as the strength training I have a longer waist, less body fat and less bulk around my back and shoulders.
I have lost around a stone and a half without feeling any deprivation or hunger. My jeans are getting looser, although the scales are starting to go up, but I am not really interested in the weight other than as a general guide. My diet it quite specific, but this is going on a bit so more later.
Some celebs who you could never imagine getting fat.....
Michelle Pfeiffer is still beautiful, that bone structure....