Sunday, 5 October 2014

It's All About The Small Changes | Weight Loss Diary Part 1

A quick intro...

Hello fellow bloggers! I am so happy that I am finally creating a blog. For a long time I was put off because I'm not very technical and blog design was a bit alien to me but I'm sure with time I will learn and improve! My blog will be mainly focused on lifestyle posts but there will probably be a sneaky fashion/beauty one popping up from time to time. To find out more head to the about me page  above.

Small changes? What on earth do you mean Megan? Before I get into the nitty gritty of that, let's go back a year from now. Picture your average size 10 girl who loved food and was fairly active. Now put her in university, living in student halls with a £50 weekly food allowance and the gym a 25 minute walk away. Starting to get the idea of where this is going? 

If you haven't already guessed that girl is me and yes, I did put on weight. A stone to be exact. This may seem normal to some people as I have heard many freshers weight gain stories. However, I didn't think it was possible for me to ever put on THAT much weight within the short amount of time that I did. I was so wrong.

Vodka and coke, pasta and cheese, bagels and jam. These things in moderation are a students idea of heaven, but when these are consumed excessively (and I mean excessively), it can cause the shock of your life. 

When I went home for the first time and stood on the scales I thought they were broken. No way had I put on 8 pounds in a month and a half. Unfortunately they were right and I had. This somehow didn't make me drastically change my eating habits though. I thought it was simply my lack of exercise so I whipped out my fitness DVDs and went to the gym (maybe a maximum of two times) and thought everything would be ok. 

Then Christmas came... 

"Shit". That's how I reacted when I saw the scales. Possibly some tears as well. Since my last weigh in I had put on an extra 6 pounds. I kept asking myself what I was doing wrong. My mum told me I wasn't active enough and I'm eating too much of the wrong things. She hit the nail on the head but I couldn't convince myself that she was right. 

Over the Christmas period I started reading health and fitness blogs and read nearly every weight loss tip on the internet. I felt ready to go back to uni and FINALLY sort myself out.

I had many attempts of trying to lose weight but failed numerous times. There were occasions when I would buy £30 worth of fresh fruit and veg and I ended up throwing half of it away because it never got eaten. When I went home for the summer I told myself enough is enough. I WAS going to lose weight and be back at my pre-uni size by the time September came. This, however, didn't happen...

With obstacles like my holiday in France (all those patisseries and baguettes...), staying with my Grandma for a week (she makes the best chocolate cakes and crumbles) and my mums home comfort meals, it soon became obvious that I wasn't going to lose a stone before September. Instead of giving up, I tweaked my goals and made lifestyle changes instead.
Smaller portion sizes, becoming aware of hidden calories and sugars in food and exercising 3 times a week (sometimes more), I was losing weight in a healthier and happier way. I also felt more energetic and better about myself!  By the time I was heading back to uni I had lost 5 pounds in total. Just shows that you don't have to live off fruit and veg to lose weight!

In my next post I will talk about coming back to uni and how my weight loss continued during freshers week.
I will also do one in more detail about making lifestyle changes to lose weight and become healthier. 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Love, M. 


  1. Hey babe, I've featured you in my latest blog post! x

  2. Hiya! I totally get where you're coming from with this, I'm not at uni but college is filled with food, and not the healthiest either! I am also trying to change my lifestyle and keep food within moderation, so it's nice to see I'm not the only one :) keep it up! x