Fitness clothes and large behinds

Its starting to dawn on me that there is a real conspiracy against overweight people trying to get fit. I have some really comfortable yoga pans and joggers that I wear religiously (actually bought from Sainsburys!) but as I am slowly (very slowly) shrinking I’ve been looking round for replacements. The problem with the full length trousers is that as your belly shrinks, they seem to get longer and as someone who can fall over standing still, its best to avoid trailing hems when doing lunges!

So far, the only mainstream brands I can find that offer real fitness clothes for larger women is Evans (expensive, frankly not that nice to look at and sometimes questionable quality) and M&S. I would love to see larger sizes in sports shops. Given everyone is so quick to criticise people who are overweight, it would be good to see some of the sportswear firms supporting people who try!

One month ago today

I started the C25K exactly one month to the day ago. And today I travelled 5k! I had a couple of breaks to walk instead of run, and I was slooooow but I did it.

Awesome gym day yesterday with bums and tums and a review of my gym program, which meant I was doing proper huuuurgh weight lifting and arm work. All in all feeling pretty good!

If you have nothing nice to say ….

It amazes me that people think it’s ok to make comments about random strangers. Yes, I’m a plus sized runner/cyclist, that doesn’t make me fair game. From the humorous to the downright nasty, the people who make the comments are not the ones you would expect. Generally it is ladies of a certain age, usually with a random dog, or a grand child who then will go on in life thinking that its ok to say something nasty because someone is fat. At least I’m trying!

I was terrified the first time I ran again – and I use the word “run” only because there isn’t really a word that covers the wheezing, red, staggering lope that I adopted the first time – and was so pleased that literally no one saw me (going out at 6:30am on a rural cycle path will help with that one). On the one occasion that I’ve gone evening running I saw a group of young lads, who nodded at me, I hope in a sort of admiration that the fat girl had got off her arse and was actually moving. Those are the sorts I would expect the nastiness from, not the respectable elderly.

On the flip side, it has surprised me how supportive and encouraging the people you would least expect are. From the people who run the classes and gym, to total strangers who presumably one day were as unfit as I am. The upshot is that even if people want to level criticism at me, even if I run at a snails pace and struggle up hills on my bike, even if I look ridiculous and red bouncing up and down doing jacks in a class, at least I’m doing them!

A brief blog today, but a few great achievements I feel.

The lovely ladies (and gent) at my slimming group voted me as Woman of the Year last week. I got extremely emotional, and let’s be honest, was crying too much to actually say thank you! I have struggled so hard, for so long, to try and achieve my aims, it was a very emotional moment for me to find out that the people on the same journey as me find me inspirational. I don’t really feel I deserved it, but feel pretty humbled that I was given it. I have no real aspiration to be thin, but I want to be healthier, fitter, more active and happier with myself
Anyone nominated had to take photos and I can finally see a difference – I can’t see it in the mirror, but the differences between the new years eve photo and the one form last week are quite shocking ! Now, my boobs are bigger than my belly, always a good thing!

I’ve made huge improvements I think in recent weeks. I went on my first ever solo bike ride, and managed about 14 miles round trip, which isn’t too shabby! I achieved my goal of swimming a mile in 1 session – 64 whole lengths, and can actually run for 5 minutes none stop.

If I’m honest, I’m not holding out much hope of a loss this week, I managed 4.5lb last week so suspect that was a bit of a fluke, but I will run and swim in the morning ahead of weigh in and hope for the best!