Updated: May 11, 2020

Right, I've not listened to Eminem in years but I can't tell you how hyper he makes me to do exercise. I used to slump around daily doing nothing, no exercise apart from the sweat and patience you need to handle busy bar work. I ate shit all day every day, loads of bread, loads of pizza, thick sludgy foods I'd just comfort and indulge in, and of course I felt like shit for it. I felt tired, lethargic, bloated, uncomfortable, and usually get a short high of energy and fulfilment before crashing back down into feeling tired and hungry again and letting the fat soak in never to be burnt off.

Now I'm not talking ridiculous amounts of exercise, you can see from the table below I'm only doing about 2-3 hours a week. Fitness freaks go to the gym every day and work so much harder, yeah their results are better but I'm a newbie to this happy healthy lifestyle so I'm edging my way in slowly but surely! People have been messaging me worried I am starving myself to have lost over a stone in 7 weeks but honestly if I'd have done that, I wouldn't feel happy and healthy, I'd feel low, agitated and miserable. And the food I was eating would have just stuck to me because my body would store it, not knowing when I was going to eat next. It's all about survival people!!!!

I eat healthily and everything in proportion, smaller portions and I eat slower so I can stop when I feel comfortably full instead of ramming it all in finishing every bite as soon as I could for that stodgy full feeling. I've come to learn there's nothing wrong with pushing the plate away when you feel full, think I've been brought up to finish my plate and not waste food which is sound but not if you're eating absolute crap all day every day and not burning it off. Eating better and exercising has been such a fun change in lifestyle, I feel excited to do some workouts and my mental health is hugging my soul more and more for it. Treat your body right and your mind will follow!!

I find time to fit these little workouts in, the 5 minute ones posted by @lovesweatfitness via Youtube burn around 50 calories. I do about 4/5 of these to work on every part of my body (vital parts I wanna tone up like ass, arms, abs and thighs!) and then I do about half an hour on my exercise bike to finish off! I look forward to getting a sweat on because then I feel like I've really earned my meals for the day and I feel so much more awake and positive for having done something!

I've been told it's much better to work on yourself gradually and healthily because this way the weight comes off slowly but stays off if you keep the lifestyle up! Whereas most people hit mad diets, losing weight quickly then it goes back on thicker when you've stopped the diet. But to be fair losing this much weight has just been a bonus, I have purely done this to help my mental health and get my mind set into a more driven and motivated state! It's hard in your 20's when you haven't got a clue where to go or what to do with yourself, you're growing up so fast and everyone else seems to know what they're doing! So if you feel shite, it's only gonna make you stand still and doubt yourself inside and out. Do it for a happy healthy mind set and if nothing else give yourself a focus!!!!

The hardest thing about getting up outta bed when I'm not working until the night shift and actually get some exercise done is just getting up and doing it. It's all in the mind and mine is naturally lazy and in hibernation half the time. It's actually getting up and dressed into gym gear and just starting that first workout, but my days once you've started there's no stopping you!! Let your body just drive your mind to a better place. Even just 5 minutes here and there, you've earned yourself a positive outlook on your day!

Here is my before/after picture so far, a list of my favourite workouts and my progress timetable.

Calorie counter = calories I've burned (they're tracked on my exercise bike but with the workouts I use a calorie calculator https://www.disabled-world.com/calculators-charts/convert-stones.php) The calories you burn are different depending on your weight, age and height!

Eating is how well I've done with my smaller meals and how healthy they have been. Anything below a 6/10 means I've had a drink at the weekend or snacked a lot between meals.

Left: March 2017 - September 2018

Right: 8 weeks in, start date 3rd September 2018

The workouts I use are all @lovesweatfitness and @popsugarfitness

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVpuzKpWeZc&t=0s&list=FLsuNuxnqrah6yT3kCDaLUvg&index=2