Sunday 29 April 2018

Why do I want to lose weight? #BoostBuddies

This is a photograph of me taken by my 7-year-old daughter.

Me before my weight loss journey with XLS #boostbuddies

I don't like photographs of myself and am much more comfortable on the other side of the camera however, I am forcing myself to be on this side of the camera for a change to record a weight loss journey I am about to embark on, but first of all, I wanted to discuss an important question:

Why do I want to lose weight?

You could look at the image above and think that the answer to that question is obvious. I'm fat. Why wouldn't I want to lose weight? It shouldn't be assumed that everyone wants to be a size ten and have a washboard stomach, though.

Why is it that we ostracise those of us in our society who are on the larger side? Is my opinion any less valid because I weigh more than you? Are you a nicer person than me because you are thinner?

Of course not, however that is often how larger people are made to feel in today's world. Sometimes it feels that the more you weigh the more invisible you are and the less your voice can get heard.

In a society where we are increasingly becoming more sensitive to other cultures and ways of life, where we are more accepting of those who are different to us, fat shaming is still far too common and it can seem that 'fat' people are an easy target, good game to poke fun at and quite frankly not taken seriously.

The extra weight I carry is just a collection of fatty cells, it does not make me a bad person, it doesn't make me less capable and it shouldn't mean that I don't have a voice.

I want to make it clear that yes I do want to lose weight and I have my own reasons for that which I will share with you, but I am not losing weight to become a better person. I'd like to think that I'm already the person I want to be, the parent my children can count on and a friend that people can turn to.

I want to lose weight because I can see that my size is having an impact on my daily life, I get tired and out of breath more easily and I'm less able to run around with my children outdoors. There are also health implications as I have recently been told by my doctor that I am at risk of type two diabetes and it would be beneficial for my health to lose weight. I want to be able to have a better quality of life that includes being active, enjoying days out with my family. I'd also love to be able to have the confidence to dress differently and be more adventurous with my clothes.

 It's important to me that I share my weight loss journey in a healthy way. Not just in a physical sense but also mentally. I have two children at really impressionable ages and I do not want them to see me obsessing over my weight. I will weigh myself once a week and I will show them that I am eating healthy and exercising regularly.

I want them to know that this is me now and I'm not embarrassed or ashamed of my size.

Me before my weight loss journey with XLS #boostbuddies front view
 Me before my weight loss journey with XLS #boostbuddies side view

Over the next eight weeks, I'll be sharing my weight loss journey as part of the XLS Nutrition #Boostbuddies programme, you can follow my journey on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and I'll also be sharing weekly updates here and on youtube. 

Disclaimer: I have received free product and support from XLS to kickstart my weight loss journey, but am not being paid. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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