To the ten, Jenn: Creating a plan to lose weight

I think if I write this down where someone else will read it, then I will have no excuse to not go through with it.

If you’ve read the little snippet at the top of the page then you’ll probably guess what I’m about to say.

Basically, I’m sick of being unhappy with my body. I want to be fit and healthy. I don’t care about the idea of being skinny. I want to be able to run for the bus without feeling like my lungs are caving in on themselves. I want to be able to carry heavy as hell things without my arms aching. I’m just sick of it.

There’s no denying it, I’m a big girl. My weight is around 10 stone at this point, but for my height it’s not a good look.

Depending on where I shop, the size of clothes I wear vary from a size 12 to a size 16 (UK sizing).

Either way, girl needs to lose a few pounds.

And not in terms of money.

I’ve came up with this plan and if I write it down here, and if it’s seen by even one more person than me, then I have to go through with it. It’s like law or something.

So here I am declaring that I have to fit into size 10 clothing by the end of 2017.

Now I don’t plan to do faddy crash diets, because I know for most people they only have temporary effect and are a pain in the backside to manage. And I ain’t one for just eating greens or slurping on smoothies all day every day.

No I want to do this (should I say) sensibly? Or so I aim to.

I have a few things in mind to get the ball rolling…

For instance, I’m already quite good when it comes to my water intake – well if “good” meant a pass rating of 40% since I get a minimum of 500ml of the clear stuff a day (essentially not “good” at all then but ANYWAY). So part of the plan is to drink more water.

According to health experts, the average person should be consuming at least two litres of water each day – particularly since it helps with metabolism (among many other benefits). So if that’s what the recommended is, then that’s what I intend to achieve. I’m going to design a little tick list and right at the top underlined excessively like a Parliamentary three line whip, will be the task of “drinking two litres of water.”

Another issue of mine is my love for tea – I love a good milky brew like seven, eight.. eleven times a day. I’m like the kettle loving equivalent of a smoking addict. When I said issue, I truly meant it. So it’s something that needs to be dealt with during this weight loss plan.

Cheese and chocolate are also major guilty pleasures so I aim to cut down on them too. And consider fizzy drinks “a gonna.”

Every month – starting February – I will set myself a challenge of cutting out a certain item ENTIRELY that I indulge on far too often.

Yes, I did just say entirely in full caps for emphasis because I am going to try to go completely cold turkey for around 30 days each time.

It sounds easier until you convert 30 days into hours and then you realise that’s a whole 720 hours of not golfing down on one of your fave sweet treats. Weep.

Currently the schedule is (will be updated shortly):

February – No cheese
March – No chocolate
April – No tea (I’ll probably cry over this one, not going to lie)
May – No fizzy drinks

I haven’t mentioned it yet but…. exercise should probably happen if I want to do this properly. Even the idea of it gives me the heebie jeebies. My only weight lifting skill includes bringing food to my mouth and hauling myself out of bed of a morning so there’s a high probability that I’ll struggle… a lot.

Do you think I will manage and reach my size 10 goal by the time we welcome in 2018?

Because I certainly don’t.


Disclaimer: I do not wish to offend anyone by talking about sizing of clothes or weight and how I refer to them. I only wish to promote self-love and for me that stems into the idea of being able to feel healthy. I personally do not feel healthy at this weight, and I am sure there are thousands upon thousands of people who are the same shape and size as me and do feel happy and healthy – and I think that’s incredible, I just want to feel that way too. I am in no way saying that any size above 10 are unhealthy but for my height and body type I personally do not feel comfortable. I apologise in advance if anyone is upset by this topic and I wish for you to one day to get to a place where you are unaffected by it. All the love.

Written by Jenn

still irish. still a psychology grad and nctj accredited journalist. still hopeful that caroline flack will marry me. ew i'm 23 now.

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