Me. I needed this. I’ve seen TOO many posts over the past 24 hours about this. I’m guilty of it myself, saying and thinking I need to get back in my jeans for when we’re allowed out (although totally true, I am not buying new jeans!). Some are light hearted and jokey but some are deadly serious. It worries me that people are going to do drastic things as they think they need to ‘lose the lockdown weight’. Literally no one, and I mean NO ONE is going to care if you’ve put on weight in lockdown. People will be glad they can see you, to hug you, to dance with you. Please please don’t think you need to start on the skinny coffees or fad shake diets (grrrrr do not get me started).
I’ve seen some awful posts about ‘if you lose ‘X’ amount a week, you’ll have lost ‘X’ pounds by June 21st (mainly endorsed by a weight loss group I won’t mention, that I have been guilty of being sucked in by in the past 🙄). Some of these talk about losing 4lbs a week. Do you know how much of a calorie deficit you would need to be in to loose 4lb a week consistently for 19 weeks?! 🤯Ive learnt a lot in the last couple of years about losing weight that I wish I’d known when I was younger. Contrary to popular belief you can enjoy yourself and lose weight! Just do it the right way. You don’t have to forfeit your favourite meal or a night out (what is one of those anyway?!)
Recently I set myself a challenge of doing a hiit workout a day, five days a week, for four weeks. I did it and felt great for it, I knew I needed to feel like I was achieving something and prove to myself I could do it. I WANTED to do it. The week later my mental health took a bit of a dip and I ended up in a catch 22 situation, knowing exercise would help me feel better but not having the energy to do it. Some days it’s all about just getting through.
This lockdown has proven to me that I don’t need more time or to miss out on events and socialising to lose weight (we’ve had all the time in the world and no events whatsoever and it’s still not happened for me🤣). It’s more than that. It’s a mindset, it takes motivation and dedication and an actual want to do it. Sometimes, as much as you want to loose weight, that’s not always enough. If you don’t want to exercise, if you don’t want to count calories. Ya’know say for example you’re focusing on surviving a global pandemic 😅…that’s totally fine. It needs to be more acceptable that that is fine.
I’m getting to the point where I’ve tried everything, trust me. I get it, I really do, I’m totally working on trying to love myself as I am right now and not focusing on getting to a certain weight or dress size, but we’ve been conditioned to think like that and it’s hard to change that mindset. I’m learning about finding what works for me. Doing things I enjoy. Last month I fancied doing hiit. This week I’m just enjoying some nice walks. I’ve found that I love yoga and the slower paced exercise sometimes. And I hate lunges.
You do not need to deprive yourself or force yourself to do anything. If this year has taught us anything it’s about enjoying the little things. And sometimes, for me thats a side of cheesy garlic bread pizza with my tea and a chaser bag of twirl bites 🤣.