26 to 12 – another weight loss blog

One woman's journey to lose half her body weight


March 2017

Help Me Please, I Need a Challenge!

I’ve been thinking about this, and I feel like I need something to work towards fitness-wise.  Ideally not a run (walking hurts my back at the moment so running is definitely not an option!),  preferably a swim actually.  All ideas are welcome, I’m struggling to find organised events that aren’t open water (hopefully next year when I can get back into my wetsuit!)  UK-based please unless anyone wants to pay for me to go on one of Swimtrek’s awesome looking trips!!

Sorry lovely readers, this is a really garbled post.  Hopefully you will get the gist.  Maybe when I read it back I might even know what I’m on about!



So apparently I was featured as number 10 last May in Diet To Go’s 100 Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers post.  Here’s what they had to say about me:

“Contrary to the title, Helen’s blog is anything but “another weight loss blog.” Helen’s been on a journey to lose weight since June 2013. She’s had many ups and downs along the way — which is one of the best things you’ll notice about her posts: that she never gives up and she is extremely positive no matter how difficult things get. If you’re looking to find real encouragement from someone who knows, look no further.”

How nice is that?!  I can’t believe it’s been so long since I started blogging, and unfortunately I weigh more now than I did then.  But I’m still here, I haven’t given up and I know a lot more now than I did back then.

I’m feeling a bit introspective now about my journey so far, here are the top five things I’ve learned:

  1. Never give up.  You started for a reason, so when you struggle go back and find the reason again.
  2. Planning is key in healthy living.  Prepare things in advance, have that gym kit packed the night before, make sure the fridge is full of healthy snacks.  Be a boy scout.  Be prepared.
  3. Diets do not work.  I kind of knew this already, but permanent weight loss requires a permanent lifestyle change.
  4. Celebrate the small victories.  If I waited until I reach my target weight to treat myself, I’d never feel encouraged.  Make smaller milestones and reward yourself for those.
  5. Do not underestimate the people around you.  When I started my journey I didn’t tell people around me what I was doing.  When they started to notice my losses, they were so supportive, and I could have had that from the start.


Guess Who’s Back, Back Again?

No, it’s not the Real Slim Shady, just me!  The first line of the (admittedly outdated) pop-culture reference is “I created a monster” which seems very apt today.  I have created a monster, and the monster is me.  Honestly, I am deeply ashamed of myself.  For a variety of reasons, I have stopped going to the gym and I haven’t been eating healthily.  Well, in fairness, I do occasionally but that’s more the exception than the rule.  So with all of this, I have gained a lot of weight.  It’s been a while since I actually weighed myself, but I think it’s probably crept up more than I want to admit.  I can tell, as I don’t feel that well a lot of the time, I’m really unfit and I’m getting terrible backache.

So, with a little preparation and a lack of help from my doctor (been on the waiting list and jumping through hoops to get into a specialised programme with psychological help since November) I have decided to take the situation in hand.  I know from experience that this might not be easy will be very difficult from time to time, but I am determined.  I have nabbed by dad’s old Slimming World book for guidance and roped my lovely parents in to be a support team.  I like Slimming World personally, I know it’s not for everyone but it has worked for me in the past.  I’ve been swimming a few times in the last month or so, and I’ve really enjoyed it.  I don’t have much spare time in the week, so I’m doing a long swim on a Friday night (a mile-ish) for around an hour.  I need to try and build in some exercise during the week, but unfortunately walking too much can be quite uncomfortable until I’ve shifted some lbs, so I need to have a think about what I can do instead.  It’s quite gutting when I think of how fit I was a few years ago, but I only have myself to blame!

Old readers, welcome back to my journey, although we are back at the start we can only go forwards.  New readers, welcome, I hope you will join me regularly in my quest to be a better me.


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