Like a few of my recent 'Personal' posts, this isn't something I'd usually write about. I think it's gradually become more important to people that we eat well and take care of ourselves. I have actually lost a lot of weight since January and I'm really proud of it. Much like my recent 'Social Media' post, I'm in no way putting myself above others - I simply want to share my experience.
Last year, I absolutely hated my appearance. I really mean that. I would look at my body in the mirror and would struggle to find something I liked. I have an unhealthy relationship with the gym, where I will go from being there five days a week to not going for months. After a breakup last year, I lost a lot of weight. This wasn't intentional, but I struggled to eat and I was going to the gym for hours on end as a means of distraction. Once I was over the initial phase and was back to college, the weight piled back on. Fast forward to my 18th and Christmas-time where I'd go out and drink after every shift (virtually every night) and you've got me looking and, more importantly, feeling unhealthy.
Cue January, the health kick that we all get and me feeling literally repulsive. I had used Herbalife before, but not religiously thanks to the gruesome work hours and just not being able to get into the habit. I was desperate to look and feel amazing.
You're probably wondering what 'Herbalife' is. It's a life changer, in my opinion. It's basically a company that sends you everything you need for a healthy lifestyle, including a meal and workout plan. My most recent (third) order was at the start of March, which cost me £125 and I have some products leftover from my second order.
So, what did I get for all that money? It seems a lot when you look at it like that, but when I spend around £4 a day getting lunch at college and this order covers breakfast too, I think it's a great deal.
This order included two shake powders, I have a milkshake for breakfast and lunch everyday so I buy two different flavours to prevent myself from getting bored. They're surprisingly filling, too! I then bought thermal tablets which I ordered instead of a herbal tea this time, I have one in the morning and two in the afternoon. Mango aloe was also included in my second order, which I can put in my water or tea just for a metabolism boost. I have to be honest, I don't use this as much as I should purely because I forget to which is why I have so much leftover. The last products that come in this order are the vitamins I need for the day, which I take two of before each meal and I take one, specifically for women, at the same time.
On top of using these products, I've been exercising more and regularly. I must say that putting the right things into my body has really made a difference to how I feel on the inside and how I feel about myself. Of course, I have 'cheat days' and an unhealthy snack is no stranger to my diet but I believe it becomes less 'fun' when you're strict with what you eat. Exercise wise, I usually just go to gym classes. I much prefer being in a group and I go with my stepmum which is a big motivator. I also like that these classes have a variety, and are led by people who actually know what they're doing. I think my favourite class is "Circuits", which is an hour of intense (you guessed it!) circuits and it leaves me aching for the next few days - clear evidence that I have worked hard.
Here's a quick before and after. Me on 2nd January (because I was too hungover to move on the first) and me on 20th Feb. This blog post was actually meant to go up at the start of March, but obviously I took some time away from the blog. In the February pictures, I was actually recovering from the flu so had lost some muscle, but I still think the difference is insane.
I think the point of this post is to say that it doesn't take a lot to feel good about yourself. I now have a fairly healthy lifestyle and I can honestly say that eating good changes how you feel about yourself massively. I should probably mention that, since New Year's Eve, I've had three nights out where I've drunk alcohol, it hasn't been intentional to not go out but I believe it's made a difference. I've never felt better and I look healthy, too. I can imagine that I will be putting some weight back on when it comes to exam season because I won't have a lot of time to exercise and I'll probably be comfort eating like it's my religion, but for now I will enjoy the healthy lifestyle I lead.
As always, feel free to drop me a comment (what are your healthy treats? I'm always wanting ideas!) and thank you for reading.