I could blame my weight gain on having cancer. I could blame it on not feeling well or lack of energy or fatigue or lots of other stuff. BUT if I’m honest I know it’s because I’ve got a lazy streak and don’t fit exercise into my already busy lifestyle. For example, instead of a 15 minute walk to the shops to get a pint of milk, I make an excuse that I need to jump in the car as I don’t have time to walk there… it probably takes the same amount of time by foot!
I also know that although I know the principles of healthy eating, know how to cook well and prepare nutritious meals, I often don’t. I regularly dash from meeting to meeting or place to place, snatching a quick snack enroute. I eat at crazy times of the day and night. I also enjoy good food.
Working from home (Living Beyond Diagnosis – now social media enterprises (twitter & facebook) and and the various cancer network meetings) means that I’m often at my computer for endless hours with little movement. I lead a sedentary lifestyle and get caught up in all that I have to do without making the time for a walk, exercise, swim, gym etc.
I also know in my heart of hearts that my weight gain is affecting my personal confidence. It needs to change. I need to change it.
Last week I signed up for personal training. I need motivating. I’ve now had 3 sessions and already feel better for them. I’ve also attended Bootcamp Pilates sessions twice – again, although hard work, I do feel better for them too.
I don’t want to be a size zero but I do want to feel good about me again. I do want to look at a photograph that’s taken of me and not want to destroy it immediately or wear clothes and feel good in them! I also don’t want anyone to tell me that I may be causing a recurrence of cancer BECAUSE I’m overweight!
Why a I telling you this? I needed to put it out there and I need you to keep me in check too! Don’t let that lazy streak reappear!