Follow up to previous blog - final chapter
Firstly, thanks to all of you engaged in my blog of the 20th January where I talked very candidly about my relationship with carbohydrates following an "online plan" by a very well known fitness guru, that I followed a few years ago.
Before I close my story on this subject, I wanted to highlight if I may, that you're not going to see photos of me, like this, too often, you'll be relieved to know!
As some of you may know I don't tend to post said "transformation" photos in this guise, as it too can breed unhealthy habits.
What I'm trying to demonstrate here, and apologies if it doesn't land this way, is that a healthy balanced diet & a sensible amount of exercise is all that is required. It's not supposed to be a "hey! look at me" so my apologies again if this is how it's perceived.
June - December 2017
The photo on the left is me back in December 2017.
Here, I was following, now I look back, a very controlled way of eating, where I dare not deviate too frequently off my plan when it came to food.
Also, at the time I used to engage in 4 -5 fitness classes a week without fail (unless I was on holiday), together with some running. Therefore, probably exercising 5-6 days a week and often more than once a day, so what I see now as "over training".
Again, candidly, some of the days where I was doing too much, was probably driven again by the plan - ie what I could eat & when I could eat it.
Not a healthy way to live.
Moving onto the photo on the right, this is me now.
Ok, so if we are really going to analyse this, you can see some notable differences.
However, the differences to me now are:
- I eat a balanced diet of all the food groups
- I eat more than I did in the photo on the left
- I now eat things I enjoy, which I missed out on previously and when I want to eat them- in moderation of course!
- At the moment I aim to do strength training 1-2 times a week, and have started running again 1-3 times a week if I can. This doesn't always happen, and if it doesn't I don't give myself a hard time over it.
- I am a lot happier in myself & free of a strict regime that began to rule my life & probably affected those around me, who I love and care about.