Recently, I have seen so many stories and articles regarding healthy weight-ranges, obesity, fat-shaming, etc. I have sat there, a feeling of dread deep in my gut, knowing that if I were to be held up to the gaze of posters and commentators alike, I would be harangued and reviled due to my lack of fitness and weight range.
I am 165cms tall, and recently weighed in at 119kgs. I know that I am extremely overweight, even obese. I know that my health is suffering, and that I should be more active, especially as I have a son who looks up to me as one of his role-models. I am also realistic – I know that I can be lazy, I lack motivation, and will become disheartened if my efforts to change do not produce results. I also suffer from PCOS, and my body shape is such that I would find it nigh-on impossible to achieve my ‘healthy weight range’ as directed by the Heart Foundation’s BMI chart (between 50kgs and 68kgs). Knowing all of these things about myself, and that I have struggled with my weight all my life, has made it difficult for me to find a programme that I know I could stick to.
5 days ago, I decided to take action. I have, with the help of Google and Pinterest, found a series of 20-30 day ‘challenges’ that I am hoping will help me take my body back, and get into a shape other than the one I currently am. I’m not sure how well it’s going yet, as I’ve avoided the scales and haven’t taken my first-week measurements yet, but I’m hoping that I’ll see some improvement, even if it’s only half a kilo.
My hope is that by the time next Summer rolls around, I’ll be down around the 100kgs mark, if not under it. My ideal weight would be 80kgs…and even though I would still be classed as overweight/borderline obese, for my frame and shape, it would be a transformation. So this is me, ‘weighing in’. I’m taking charge, and I’m starting to do something about my weight.
Posted by mindafaye, 8th April 2014