Over the last few years since meeting and falling in love with C, I’ve been making small changes to the way I live.
When I first met C I smoked about 20 cigarettes a day, drank heavily, hardly exercised and ate everything that was bad for me. I was far enough away from my 30’s to think that I could get away with treating my body badly and it would forgive me when I was older.
I felt awful, every single day. I had a hacking cough, I couldn’t sleep properly, I had no energy and I had heartburn that made me feel like I should take out shares in Gaviscon.
When I met C, I knew there was something different about her. She made me laugh, she made me feel good about myself and she made me realise that I wanted to live for a really long time, just so I could spend that time with her.
I’d battled with quitting smoking for years, my friends used to joke that I’d never give up smoking. I’d tried most things, apart from just stopping. This year it’s been 5 years since I had my last cigarette and I’ll never hold another one to my lips for as long as I live.
I stopped drinking heavily just before our wedding in 2010. I wanted to feel healthier and felt it best to reduce my intake. Now I rarely drink and prefer to save the drinking for special occasions. I find I enjoy gatherings more when I’m not talking drivel under the influence.
My weightloss journey begun just after our wedding. I wanted to be fit and healthy by the time I was 30. I did so well and lost 30lbs. When Monkey came along I gained back about 10lbs due to being so tired and choosing quick unhealthy food. Towards the end of last year I decided it was time to make a difference that would last.
When Monkey is old enough to be aware of what we eat and how we exercise, I want to have formed healthy habits so that I can help him to have them. I owe it to my son to be around for as long as possible. Without making any changes I was only shortening my life.
I’ve decided I’m not going on any diet or taking part in any fads. Instead I’m making small changes that equal a long term change.
I’m making sure I burn more calories than I eat, move more and eat as much natural food as possible. Being a geeky gadget fan I’ve been motivated by the My Fitness Pal app, a Fitbit and a site called neufit.com.
It’s crazy how quickly I’ve noticed my energy levels increase, my moods settle and my weight reduce. All through small changes. Hopefully by the end of 2013 I’ll be so much closer to my goal of a healthy, happy and energetic Mama.
Are you making any lifestyle changes this year?