Although I currently keep you guys updated about pretty much every aspect of my life either on my Instagram or here on my blog, I know that unless you were following me from the very beginning, a lot of you don't actually know my story about how and why I started this healthy lifestyle, and that it actually all started out as a journey of self discovery and weight loss.
Growing up I was never one of the thin, pretty or super popular girls, but I had a good bunch of friends and I wasnít overweight or even really aware of my body.I was fairly active when it came to sport; I used to play basketball, I used to swim in a senior squad, I was netball captain and I even played water polo once upon a time.. but the key words there are Ďused toí . Once I finished high school and started my first year of uni, I stopped doing all of those things. I was too busy, I was too tired, the netball team had disbanded, it was too cold to swim, I had homework and I had all the excuses in the world that in the end lead me through a whole year with basically no exercise at all! It was at the end of that year that I really noticed how my body had been effected by my laziness and lack of motivation to really do anything. It was in that moment that I decided things had to change! I was so unhappy with my body and what I had let it become and I wasnít going to let myself make excuses anymore. Uni had just finished for the year and I had about 4 months of holidays to turn my life around.
For what felt like the first time in my life I made a decision and I really stuck to it. At first I really struggled, no longer being able to do things with the same ease that I used to and having to realize how much fitness I had lost actually lost that year. I found that getting myself up and out of bed was always the hardest part but once I was up and moving, starting my day, I began to really enjoy it.
The fitter and healthier I became, the happier I became. It wasnít because my body was gradually shrinking (donít get me wrong that certainly helped and give me the
confidence boost I needed) but it was because I had a new found energy, a motivation do more things with my day and I was also sleeping so much better. As clique as it sounds, It really felt like every aspect of my life was improving simply because I decided I wanted it to, and because I finally cared enough to put in the effort to achieve that.
Here is my 'PROGRESS PIC' - the first picture was taken in Dec 2012 and the second was taken Dec 2013
Iíve never really felt as though I have any particular talents or great achievements, Iím merely mediocre at a bunch of things. But my own health, fitness and well being was something that only I could be good at, there was no one to compete against or compare myself to except myself. I think that thatís one of the reasons why I now love looking after my body, because I know I have achieved so much. Losing that 10kgs was the hardest thing I have ever done and I did it all myself and no one can take that away from me. I am the only one who has the ability to let myself down when it comes to my health and after everything Iíve learnt, Iím never going back to the way I was.
Please don't think that when I say this I am referring to the way my body used to look, because that is not the case. I am not saying that ANYONE who looks or weighs the same as I did at the start of this journey is overweight or unhealthy. I am NOT encouraging you to go out and drop 10kg because that will instantly make you happy. What I AM saying is that I hope I never return to that state of numbness where I was so unhealthy both mentally and physically, where couldn't care less about myself or my body and to where I had zero motivation to even get up in the morning. What I AM encouraging people to do is to move your body, eat a nourishing breakfast, lunch and dinner, every single day, fuel your body with the goodness it needs to thrive and start to look after yourself because you love your body, not because you hate it.
Yes, all of this does take a lot of time and effort (took me about a year) and yes, it is hard work but trust me it is so worth it!
I always want to remember where I started and will continue to share my story in the hope that it can help someone out there, in a similar situation that I once was, wanting to take their health into their own hands.
P.S if you scroll really far back in my instagram you can see all the posts I made during this first period of my journey - e.g. progress pics + food prep + thoughts/feeling along the way