Mama OWL Blog: One Year On | #LoudnProud

One Year On | #LoudnProud

Thursday, 26 November 2015

It has been a full year since I took the decision to change my lifestyle.

A year ago we were fast approaching Christmas and the festive season was in full swing with its sweets, treats and indulgence. I was so unhappy with my body, and how crap I felt all the time. Bloated. Sluggish. Headaches. Bad skin. Lethargic. Aching joints.

A year ago a friend posted her 'before and after' weight loss pictures on Facebook. They happened to pop up on my newsfeed and I was intrigued. She'd joined a local fitness group and looked absolutely amazing. I needed to know more. I sent her a message and she pointed me in the direction of Project 6 Pack — and I haven't looked back since.

In January I went along to the welcome meeting by myself, I was weighed and measured and had photos taken. I was horrified by my weight, I hadn't realised I had gained so much having avoided the scales for longer than I care to remember. I was embarrassed to stand there in my underwear in front of strangers and have my photo taken. But I knew that this was what I had to do to make a change, it was a big step for me but one that I needed to take. I wanted results, so I knew I had to make changes.

The next day I went to the fitness test and struggled my way through. It was awful. I was so unfit, I found it so difficult, I wanted to stop. I carried on and finished the test and then made plans for the next six weeks worth of classes. I only attended 2/3 classes a week at first, it was a struggle going from zero exercise to these full on fitness classes but I did my best, and just did what I could. I don't think I have sweated as much in my life as I have this year and some days I thought I was going to vomit into my trainers but I persevered - I went to class, I stuck to the diet & nutrition advice and I worked hard.

At the end of my first round I went back for my new measurements and weigh in and to have my next progress photos taken, and I was absolutely blown away by my results. In my first six weeks I lost a huge 9kg (just shy of 20lbs) and 50.5cm (19.8"). Tomorrow will be my last weigh in and measure of 2015 and so to date, I have lost 27kg and 122.5cm, and five dress sizes - and I am really bloody proud of myself.

I didn't give up. I didn't half-ass it. I worked to the best of my ability and followed the advice given to me, and I got results. I look in the mirror now sometimes and still can't believe that it's me. That after five kids, I eventually got my body back. I never believed that it could be done, but there it is. No faddy diets, no shakes, pills, or wraps, no short cuts - just hard work and commitment. I've spent 17.5 years doing my best for the children, giving them what they need, and I have neglected my own health and fitness, and well-being. Well, not any more. I have given them back their happy, healthy mum, and I have finally got some of my self back too - and I'm not done yet!


Mama Owl


33 comments:

  1. You've done brilliantly! That is a huge amount to lose and to have done it through your own sheer hard work and dedication is amazing. You must feel so much healthier and happier.

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    1. I really do, it has been life changing. I feel amazing! Thanks so much.

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  2. Wow what a journey and what a massive difference. You've done it so well, slow and steady rather than a quick fix diet. A huge well done!!

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    1. Thank you! yes exactly, it has taken a year but I plan on keeping it off and the best way is learn better habits and educate myself as I go.

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  3. You look amazing hon. Losing it this way is the way to do it. Proud of you x

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    1. Thank you so much! It certainly is, I feel like a whole new person!

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  4. My goodness Julie, you look incredible! And you've done all of this so sensibly with fitness at the core. Well done you.

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    1. Thank you very much Suzanne! I feel so much better for it, haven't looked back!

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  5. Well done you. You look phenomenal. Such a beautiful read, keep going! #justanotherlinky

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    1. Thanks very much, it has been a steep learning curve but it was the best thing I have ever done for myself.

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  6. This is really inspiring, you've done an amazing job. Congratulations on your results and well done on all the hard work. #justanotherlinky

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    1. Thank you, I really appreciate that! It has been a real challenge but it has changed my life, I feel so much better in so many ways.

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  7. That is absolutely amazing! 2 years on and I am still trying to ditch the baby weight. All I need is discipline and motivation......nearly there on that last one....and no more excuses. Good for you. Enjoy your xmas. #justanotherlinky

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    1. Once you are *there* in your own mind, when you are able to, you will do it. It took me a while for it to click, but as soon as it did I haven't once looked back. Best thing I ever did for myself!

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  8. I have been so inspired reading about your journey. I love that it is about looking after yourself and not simply about losing weight. My weight has just kept creeping up over the past few years (it seems my body managed to ping back into shape after 2 children but not after 3!) but with my back pain and arthritis doing proper excercise is out of the question so i know i need to tackle things primarily with a healthier diet plus work out a bit of excercise even if it is just fitting in my physiotherapy excercises. It just feels impossible to do right now with the demands of the kids and everything else going on! I can manage to have a couple of good weeks, then all seems to fall apart again. Hopefully 2016 will be the year I will finally be able to make those changes on a permanent basis!

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    1. I wish you the very best of luck in reaching your health and fitness goals - if I can do it, anyone can!

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  9. Your transformation from the beginning of the year has been amazing and it has been wonderful to follow! It has really worked for you and you are a total inspiration! Sim #MeMyselfandI #WeightLossWednesday x

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    1. Thank you so much, that is so lovely of you to say!

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    1. Thank you so much, I hope that by reading about my story someone has found it in themselves to do the same because if I can do it, anyone can.

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  11. You are freakin amazing. The best advertisement project 6 pack could have. I'm glad you are proud of yourself, because it's you that put the work in xx

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    1. Thank you so much Jo, that is lovely of you xx

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  12. What an amazing difference! You should be so proud of yourself, well done! Your October picture looks fantastic! I'm about to embark on going to classes (I think), it's time I did something too. :)
    Thanks for sharing x
    #BloggingtoJogging

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    1. Thank you so much, I wish you the best of luck reaching your own fitness goals!

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  13. What an inspiration and yes a year can make such a difference no matter how big our issues appear. You are a very beautiful work in progress and I thank you for linking up to #bloggingwithjogging

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    1. Thank you so much, it has been one heck of a year but a truly great one!

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  14. Well done you! You look amazing. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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  15. Oh my goodness you look absolutely amazing! What a fantastic achievement you should be so proud of yourself and very inspirational thanks for linking up to #memyselfandI

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    1. Thank you! It has been a challenge and some days were so hard, but it has been worth every minute!

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  16. Wow that's amazing!! You're an inspiration and look amazing. Such a fantastic achievement. Thanks for joining up with #memyselfandi and look forward to reading more of your posts in the future

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  17. Just to say you re amazing x you are the inspiration I need to get fit

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  18. 5 dress sizes is so amazing. It's hard to imagine measurements but the dress sizes really let's you picture the huge difference. A big well done to you!!

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