Me and fitness…. I have always admired people that can do it, can go to the gym 3, 4 times a week or more, eat healthy, so called “chicken salad” folks, don’t drink alcohol, all the fit lifestyle but I have never dreamed of becoming one.
Let’s say I never needed to when I was in my twenties, I could eat anything I wanted whenever I wanted and was still 48kg. But when you turn 30, the story completely changes and your body with it. 🧐
The breakthrough happened when I put on 10kg in a few months, just because I have discovered I had Graves disease, which is a form of thyroid insufficiency, meaning I need steroids to keep my thyroid functioning properly. I have heard before of overweight people that blamed the thyroid for their shape. It is all nonsense! I can say that, because I have this thyroid problem for 10 years now, I have been and still am under treatment and medical supervision, I have been both dieting and eating normal all these years and YOU can control your weight if you are aware of your carbs and sugars intake!
I used to run few days a week when I was back home, or just go to classes a few times, done Zumba, Capoeira, Kangoo Jumps, it was all fun, was doing it just to have more energy, I was getting close to 35 and wanted to keep a bit of left over shape from my twenties.
And then I came to London. 🤩 I used to be a size 8, and got to a size 12 in just a few years. Why?! Because I stopped exercising, changed doctors and treatments for my thyroid and most of all, started experiencing the English food. I am not blaming anyone for it, just myself, the food is nice and you just feel like you are on vacation and you have to try it all, you feel like a tourist here lol
Another major factor for losing my shape is that I love baking too and had to try and bake all the new British cakes. One of my favorites shows is Bake off still, I have recorded all the series.
But after I quit smoking, I replaced the cigarettes with candy and something had to change, because I was tired all the time, no energy, lack or sleep, was moody all the time, and just felt drained and knackered most days. So had to get a gym contract and The Venue in Borehamwood turned out to be the perfect choice.
Started with a gym program and Zumba once a week, less carbs and sugar. All great, easy start, things were going in the right direction, lost 4 cm in just a month, but didn’t realized I had developed Plantar fasciitis, which is a very sharp pain in the arch of your foot. Had to go to see my GP and was told I will need to rest my foot, so no going to the gym more than twice a week, and stretching few times a day, all this should make it all better in a few weeks. That was almost a month ago, and nothing changed, the pain is still there, getting worse actually, although my gym trainer, Curtis changed my exercises to rest my foot, focusing on weights more and abdominal work, I’ve done my daily stretching,I got a new pair of trainers with better arch support and I have given up the Zumba class on Sunday for a while now. Next step is seeing a chiropractor for some massage and correction, hopefully that will work.
My point on this is I will not give up on going to the gym 3, 4 times a week, although with a changed routine that will not make the pain worse, and trust me, the pain can be too much at times. But I cannot stop now. I am starting to love my shape again and I got my energy and joy back too.
So if you are thinking in starting a new, healthier lifestyle, go for it, but be careful with this Plantar fasciitis. Everything else feels great .And as I always say, if I can do it, so can you!
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