Who Am I?

I am everything you need to keep you smiling, but I am also the nightmare that stops you in your track. I make you feel so good about yourself, but I can also make you feel so bad about yourself you just want the ground to swallow you whole.

On you’re good days I am willing you along. I sometimes make you feel invincible like you can conquer anything. Going out with friends? Not a problem when I have you in good spirits. Do you think you’re doing it alone? No, you’re not, when we’re on a good day I am right there by your side.

I can make you feel energised and make you want to take on a marathon. I can help you move around more and more and get you more involved in physical activities.

I can make you feel good and strong mentally. It’s almost like I’ve given you a new lease of life. Have a target in mind? With me, you will get there.

But on the other hand, I can make you miserable. I can make you feel anxious or even depressed. I can even make loneliness creep in and seclude you from what you love.

When I’m at my worst, you will start to make excuses for not going out with friends, make excuses for why you’re eating that awful takeaway. You may even end up in such a rut you feel you can’t get out of it.

Time will go on and things won’t improve, not unless you can mentally beat me. Beat me so hard that you are on top again. Only when you are on top can we work together and get you what you want. Only then can you start to enjoy life again, start to enjoy days/evening out and enjoy the company of friends and/or family.

If you can beat me at my lowest, you can keep me at my best.

Who am I?

I am Weight Loss.

I am not easy to get along with, especially if you’ve been trying for so long. But believe me, you can get to where you want if you are mentally tough enough.

Balance is everything, from walking to weight and hormones

I don’t like hospitals. I don’t think I know anyone who likes hospitals, but I don’t like them at all. Something I have in common with my dad. Hospitals are crammed with ill people, who need to be made better. That’s the main reason I don’t like them, illness.

Unfortunately, I have to routinely attend a hospital every few months for a consultant visit. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism due to a condition known as Graves Disease. If you know what Hyperthyroidism is, you’re probably wondering why I have a problem losing weight, it’s because I’ve had it under control. That was until recently anyway.

What is Hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is essentially a condition where the thyroid gland in your body is producing too many hormones. The thyroid gland is found at the front of your neck and it is responsible for producing hormones that control a whole variety of things like your heart rate and body temperature.

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Making Sense Of It Being Difficult

Why is it so hard? This is something I ask myself every single day. Loosing weight is not easy. It’s largely mind over matter. At the moment, my mind is not helping me. But why is it so hard actually?

Why is it so hard? This is something I ask myself every single day. Losing weight is not easy. It’s largely a case of mind over matter. At the moment, my mind is not winning. But why is it so hard actually?

For most people, gaining weight is a whole lot easier than losing weight. It certainly is for me, I only need to sniff at a takeaway and I’m being asked just how much do I want adding to me. But is there something basic to this? I think so.

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Challenge 50: On Hold

The silence is deadly. Starring at my bike, wondering why. Why is it so quiet? It’s quiet because it’s motionless. It’s motionless because the engine is broken and a bicycle cannot do much without its human engine pushing it along.

I worked to complete a long bike ride more than a week ago (11 days in fact). This involved losing some weight (not as much as I had originally wanted) and it involved getting used to some longer rides, a couple of which I achieved.

But when it came closer to the time, my body stopped me, just like that. A little over a week before the planned ride I had tonsilitis. I’d never suffered with it at any time in my past previously and it was horrible. It started with a bit of a sore throat. That led me to think I was coming down with a spout of man-flu.

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It’s Not All Routine

Where do I begin? It’s been a few weeks. I got to admit the last few weeks have not been easy, not in the slightest. But when life throws some decisions and challenges at us, it is how we react and come out the other side that define us

That said, am I in a good place following said few weeks? I don’t know if I’m honest. I’m excited about what the future will bring, but I’m also scared so much because I am miles out of my comfort zone.

Now, this is a weight loss blog. People don’t come here to read about how to keep it together in your head. I’m not here for that. What I am here for is to explain there can easily be a direct correlation between one’s state of mind and achieving a steadfast weight loss each week.

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Benefits Of Getting Moving

For years I’ve always said exercise is dangerous. Exercise causes injuries which can hurt and can stop you going to work and earning a wage. Pretty dangerous when you’ve a family to support. But in reality, exercise is brilliant if you do it properly.

When I was younger and at school, I did plenty of exercise. Whether it was walking to school, running around in PE at school or going out with friends outside of school, I was always doing something. Then when I left school it started to subside. I passed my driving test and started driving everywhere instead of walking or getting on the bike. As much as I have relied on driving for work etc, it really killed me health wise.

I gained weight rapidly after passing my driving test. That mixed with working meant I had money. Where did I spend money? Food outlets such as McDonalds, Frankie and Bennys, the local Chip Shop, the pub. I spent money on food like it was going out of fashion because in my late teens it was a way of getting out of the house.

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#REDJanuary: Week 4 In Review

Now on the final stretch to February. I can’t believe January seems to have gone by so quickly. It doesn’t seem that long ago since it was Christmas and the New Year was breaking in, but here we are 4 weeks into the year already.

This week physically hurt on the bike. My body has never done anything like this every day. Usually, if I exercise it takes me a couple of days to recover, but that seems to be changing. I’m feeling good for the miles I’ve ridden so far this year. I’m already past last years total mileage, so now it’s just about finishing the month off strong.

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