Being a blog Virgin I suppose I shall simply have to find my feet with this. I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Hannah, I’m 33 and I work in Media. I love my job in London. But I also love to go home to the tranquility of the countryside. My little tiny wiggly cottage is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke, and I share this with a slightly crazy ginger Kitten (he is totally on my wavelength)
At 30 I thought I had my life in control, a great career, social life and a 7 year strong relationship. I thought that was it. Sadly, the reality: I was 18 stone and only 5’2 with no motivation to do any form of exercise and the worst part, I constantly comfort ate. Someone above me at work once told me that I ‘did nothing but eat shit all day’. I couldn’t believe the audacity but, on reflection I was just horrified that someone had noticed and I wasn’t being as discreet as I thought.
I found it so offensive that complete strangers thought it necessary and acceptable to comment on my weight. ‘ You would be so pretty if you just lost some weight’ was the most common one I got. I also got offered seats on the tube on an almost daily basis because people thought I was pregnant. I would take huge offense to it and the horror just made me comfort eat more. In the past I have tried fad diets and weight loss pills and my weight had been up and down over the last 10 years but I would say I spent the majority of my 20’s unhappy with my appearance and super unhealthy. I wanted a big black hole to come and swallow me up.
I don’t know what happened to me. I just woke up on that rainy day in January 2016 and decided I didn’t want to be this big, unhealthy person anymore, that I needed to seriously take control of my life and eating habits, and I needed to not only change that reflection in the mirror, but I needed to find happiness.
A friend of mine at work suggested I use My Fitness Pal and it all started to unfold. This app has been my life coach. After seeing how serious I was about this lifestyle change, another friend bought me the best birthday gift – a FitBit. Now I really had a reason to do this. Watching my progress through the powers of my FitBit became my main focus. I was discovering what I liked and disliked in the gym. What foods tickled my taste buds and couldn’t get enough of reading about other people’s weight loss journeys. I was in this for the long haul.
It’s now March 2018 and I have lost 133 lbs (9.5 Stone). With my new-found confidence, I would like to share my story so that others may feel inspired (as I was and still am by other people’s weight loss journeys) I’m happy to offer tips and advice on workouts, food, lifestyle and well, just about anything.