My recent Crohn's story has made me reflect on our attitude to weight.
I lost 2 stone 4 lbs when I was ill and was frail and anaemic.
It was a weird time and I remember marvelling at my protruding hip bones and being slightly miffed when the weight went back on and they disappeared again.
I am currently struggling with my weight. I put on 9 lbs in 6 months and a few more have crept on over Christmas. I feel a bit lumpy and my jeans are tight. Really the next size up is required. Leggings have become my best friend again. I recently embarked on the 5:2 diet as a regular diet or club is not just not the thing in my current mind set. It worked and I lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks but a week of normal eating and most of it went back on. I'm going to see how January goes and then maybe recommence a diet class in February just so I comfortably get back in my jeans again.
I have tried many diets in the past. I know I need to eat less move more. My weight used to steadily hoover around the same bracket. I was a comfortable 14 and had made peace with never being a 12. Recently though my weight has increased. Is it old age? My lifestyle? Metabolism? Who knows.
I feel weight is still a taboo subject. The actual figures are rarely spoken aloud. I think its getting harder to tell what a real woman should look like with airbrushing/filters and the now common selfies disguising the actual body shape/size.
The multitude of diets available also do not help with those seeking weight loss assistance and I find the new phase of social media guru's spouting nutritional advise concerning.
I want to lose my weight as I'm uncomfortable at present and want to feel better in my clothes. I will never be 10 stone and I do not wish to be. I know it is unachievable for me and frankly for me would be bordering on unhealthy. For my height I should be between 9st 5 and 11st 5. I know from my illness 8 years ago anything in the 9 stone bracket leaves me looking unhealthy.
We all know our own bodies and lifestyles and should aim for our own comfortable weight. Do not allow yourself to be pressured my social media. Do not beat yourself up. Do not compare yourself to the airbrushed celebrity on the cover of your favourite magazine. We are normal people with work, families, hobbies and restrictions.
Be healthy and be happy.
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