Friday, June 25, 2010

Health and Wellbeing & Shops from Hell

Something has been playing on my mind lately, well when I say mind I should say waist. I have been noticing over the past few months I have been veering between stress/comfort eating and dieting. I decided this week that I am going to put the fork down and get healthy.
Today I read a blogpost by the very lovely Lee of Mwah.ie http://www.mwah.ie/2010/06/curvy-girl-weight-management/ and she seems to be in a similar frame of mind.
More than weight loss I want to get healthy, I want to get mobile. I want people to be able to say things other that "your hair is nice". I am a very juicy apple shape so I would also love to reign in my tummy. I want to be more "an apple a day", than apple shaped. Like Lee I am not built to be a size 10, I like to say that I am built for comfort not for speed. I don't want to have to shop in big girl shops.
This is another reason for the post as somebody who is on the bigger side of the high street I have found some shops are friendlier to curvy lady. One shop I personally hate is Topshop, while the clothes themselves are true enough to size (this being said I tend to err on the side of jersey when I buy from Toppers) the shops never tend to have bigger than a size 12 on the shop floor, meaning you have to go cap in hand to the sales assistant. Once when in Warehouse I asked the girl for a size 14 in a t shirt ....she looked me up and down and said "we don't carry that size"..I have since renamed it Whorehouse. Or my beloved A-wear who claim to go up to a size 18 but decided willy nilly that certain items only go to a size 14 (the designers decide that certain styles should only go up to a size 14). It can be frustrating and annoying getting a shop that suits you. Have you ever have problems when a size 16 is really made for a size 12. What shops are guilty of this.
So I know what I have to do eat less and exercise more. I lost weight a couple of years ago and it was a lot easier to treat myself when times were good with a nice top or lipgloss but now I will have to get in the frame of mind that being healthy is a treat, or maybe I can shop my my own wardrobe which has a few sizes to choose from. Along with SileC I have downloaded the app Myfitnesspal to my Ipod http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ this allow you to track the ammount of calories and exercise you use daily. Its quite addictive and I hope that with this I will be able to retrain the way I think about food.
I will be excited to read every week how Lee is getting on, as somebody who managed to gain two and a half pounds on the Special K diet (I know my body is truely a miracle to science) I really want to know tips on what works for her and her readers.
This evening I decided to go for a walk and on the way I saw a three legged cat walking along, this cat was not fat as you might imagine a three legged cat would be, so I thought to myself if a three legged cat can be fit why cant I????
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