Friday, 24 October 2014

When I Met The Hairy Dieters

When I started my weight loss journey at the beginning of 2013 I was so oblivious to how ‘diets’ worked. They were like a foreign language to me and counting calories gave me a headache. I needed some guidance and the best diet cookbook I ever found, used, loved, lived by was The Hairy Bikers ‘Hairy Dieters’ How To Love Food and Lose Weight.

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This book served as a Bible in my first 6 months of dieting. We found our firm favourites – roasted cod with parma ham and peppers, spanish style chicken bake and the glorious chilli con carne. This book produced real food, with great kick and taste, but crucially without the guilt and added calories.

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When Book 2 came out last year we rushed out to buy it, and again the book was well loved and used in our household almost daily. The fast chicken fajita recipe conviced us to finally ditch the Old El Paso sachets, proof is in the state of the page after a few too many spice explosions...

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So when Book 3 was released a few weeks ago I was eager to add it to our collection, it was by chance I spotted a book signing poster, Si and Dave where coming along to my supermarket to sign copies of the book.

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Of course, I had to go. Something inside of me owed a lot to these two humble guys.
When I got to the front of the queue I nervously giggled, but proudly showed them my ‘before and after’ photos, Si looked at me and asked how I felt now to have lost the weight. They both looked at my husband and said he must be so proud of me.

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That was the first time in my life, bar passing my driving test and walking out of church with Simon on our wedding day, that I genuinely felt proud to be me.
Big Thank You Si & Dave 

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

My Bikini Body

I initially wanted to write this post a while ago, a bikini body is something we as women countlessly stress about, and up until I reached 24 years old I had never owned a two piece bikini before – purely because I was so ashamed of my body. 
I lost a lot of weight in the lead up to my wedding and when I look at photos of myself on Honeymoon I see a very slim figure - with little way of curves or a bust. The smile on my face is real, but the body confidence is gone. I see the slimmest version of me, and a much younger looking body - of almost a teenager.

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In Dubai, I finally found that confidence I had been looking for again - I walked out in my bikini and felt both happy and healthy. I wasn't the slimmest person on the beach, but for once it didn't matter. Since getting married, I have allowed myself to enjoy food again - and not live with such tight rules. I've realised that my body isn’t naturally ‘slim or slender’ but real. I run, I work out, and I think my body reflects that - I would find it incredibly hard not to keep fit.  
I still have a small bust, and skinny arms, but my legs, my stomach and my general physique is much more well-balanced now. I don’t look at the photos anymore and see a little girl, I see a woman and that is what I am and want to be.
Exercise, diet and running will always remain a part of my life – but I want to live a long term healthy lifestyle. Having experienced being both overweight and almost 'underweight' I've learnt that the only person that you need to please is yourself. You have to find the balance in life.
Being a woman is hard, but learning to love yourself is far more harder than I ever imagined.

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