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Who is this healthy Amy?

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You are so very welcome to my blog page. My name is Amy and I’m 30 years old. I have a lot of loves in my life, my husband, my fur baby Foxy, travelling, healthy food, red wine, being outside in the fresh air ,oh and the Twilight Saga! I have a busy life working full time, whilst juggling exercise and healthy eating into the equation.

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I have always been wary of my weight, i grew up with a mom that started a new diet every Monday and thought that it was normal to try every faddy diet going. I was a fussy eater growing up and was very slender as a child, when my hormones kicked in about 14 years old the dreaded puppy fat did too. I remember during Science at school we had to weigh ourselves for some experiment, we all shared what our weight was and i remember one girl saying ‘wow, you’re quite heavy’ – that is all it took to become paranoid about my weight.

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I would not eat my lunch and eat only an apple all day, i would find it hard to function and then would stuff my face when i got home because of the hunger pangs, so i was never better off.

I was never confident as a teen because i thought i was fat, when i got to university, i came out of my shell a little with the help of alcohol, but what is in alcohol?…sugar, so the weight kept piling on. I lived a VERY unhealthy lifestyle at university but all my friends were similar, we would buy cheap processed food so we had the money to go out drinking.

When i met my husband, i realised how unhealthy i was, he came from a family where everything was cooked from scratch and exercise was a normal thing to do. He was boxing at the time i met him for fitness and his muscles were huge!

In the holidays from uni i went to visit hubby in his home town on the coast, we went out for the day to explore the coastal paths, i could not appreciate the views as i was struggling to breathe walking up the paths, i felt so pathetic and well…unfit.

We visited Canada in 2005 and went to visit a glacier, again we had to walk up a steep mountain to get to it and again i could not breathe due to my fitness, i started to cry, i felt defeated and useless – none of the others struggled getting to the glacier. Hubby told me not to get upset and reminded me i have never been fit so can not expect to feel ok on such a tough walk. That was it…i never wanted to feel like a failure again so i joined a gym and started slowly working out, every time i could last a minute longer on the treadmill or i could lift a slightly heavier weight, gave me such a feeling of achievement, something i had never felt before.

The hubby and i went travelling in 2006, we exercised where we could i ate as healthily as i could, the weight stayed off and i felt amazing. My confidence soared and i took on any physical challenge thrown at me.

Once back to the real world of work in 2007, i started piling on the weight working as cabin crew, the crew food was full of fat and so easy to eat when bored on a delay. By the end of the year i had gained about a stone in weight and had hardly exercised – i felt yuck.

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I got a new safety management job in the September of 2007 and also moved into mine and hubbys first home. I was now settled into a 9-5 job and was content in my own home, nothing was stopping me so i joined the local gym. I started the fitness classes straight away – i felt fat and unfit when i started but so determined. My fitness improved every week. By January 2008 i had lost a fair bit of weight and felt confident enough to start a new challenge…the Cancer Research 5k Race for Life.

I had never ever ran before in my life, i always told people that i was not built for running (even though i had never tried), i downloaded a training plan off the internet and made a start. I had to begin by running 30 seconds and walking 1 min, i could hardly breathe but kept at it, in July 2008 i RAN my first 5k in 34 minutes (not bad considering the weather was terrible and the paths were mud!) I was so happy in my achievement.

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I went back to the classes and kept my fitness up, by christmas 2008, i had bought a copy of Runners World and read an article on running a half marathon, it got me thinking…could i do that? My brother-in-law asked me what i was reading, when i told him he said that he would run one with me if i liked? We checked out the internet and noticed a race in Exeter in May 2009. We signed up straight away – there was no going back!

I stuck to a beginners running plan, and with a few panics of my ability and fitness along the way, i completed my first half marathon in 2:30:17 on 3rd May 2009. I quit running for a while after that so i could concentrate on my wedding preparations. I continued with my classes but suffered a few migraines close to the wedding so quit them for a short while too.

I felt perfect on my wedding day, not too skinny, not too fat.

 

After the honeymoon, i found it difficult to get back into the fitness and healthy eating (call it contentment) and slowly gained all the weight i had lost for the wedding (almost 10lb!!!). I decided to run the same half marathon again in May 2010, to give me the kickstart i needed. I did not take the training so seriously and when i ran the half on 2nd May 2010, i finished 7 mins slower than the previous year – i injured my right hamstring in the process too.

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So here i am today, i have decided to be a little more relaxed about what i eat and blog about – i started to put too much pressure on myself to be perfect for the blog that i temporarily stopped as the enjoyment went out of it. I am ready now to be honest when i blog and not be too stressed to take photos of all the food i eat.

Like most people i am looking forward to indulging over xmas 2010 and starting a new workout regime in the new year.

I hope you enjoy my blog x

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2010 1:51 pm

    Hi Amy, it’s great to find another UK blogger! You look stunning in those pictures. Helen

  2. September 7, 2010 2:04 pm

    Hi,
    I work for the Marmite PR team and we noticed you’re a Marmite fan…

    We’d love to send you over a limited edition product on Wednesday but we need your address.

    If you’re happy to share it please email it over to me at jennyr@splendidcomms.com.

    Thanks
    Jenny

  3. Marijke permalink
    September 9, 2010 12:29 pm

    Hi Amy!

    I just found your blog and it looks great- it’s good to find someone who blogs from the UK!!!

    I can compare myself with you on so many levels, it’s insane! Most strikingly, that I started working for an airline in 2007 & I think it might be the same as the airline you work (worked?) for! Flybe? The uniform looks identical to mine!

    Anyway, just thought I’d drop by and say hi!

    • September 10, 2010 5:42 pm

      Hi Marijke – i actually recognise your name!! Well it is an unusual one i suppose…do you still fly?

      Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, do you have a blog too?

  4. Marijke permalink
    September 11, 2010 4:49 pm

    No I don’t have a blog but I’m thinking about starting one… not entirely sure I’d be able to give it my full attention though as I’m super busy at the moment! It’s a definite possibility for the near future- I’m def being sucked in! 🙂

    I don’t fly any more but I did my initials in September 2007 and worked out of SOU for a year. I had some great times but it just wasn’t for me in the long run!
    Are you based in EXT?

  5. October 30, 2010 2:24 pm

    I love your story- well done on the race for life (and snap- thats how I started running too 🙂 ).
    Your wedding pictures are beautiful

  6. January 11, 2011 2:19 pm

    Oh wow you were cabin crew too? I just finished up 10 years as a flight attendant last year and even worked in London for 18months for some of that time. Once a FA always an FA right?

  7. January 15, 2011 8:32 pm

    Love the tiara!

    • January 19, 2011 10:47 pm

      Thank you!! It was my wedding day, i don’t normally sit around in a check shirt wearing a tiara (well maybe somedays i do when no-one is looking!) x

  8. January 19, 2011 9:34 pm

    Hiya. I found your blog via OSG, I think.
    I lived abroad in London for 2 years, a few years ago… I love, love, love the UK. (The products I miss from my time there would probably make you laugh!).
    And I love the tiara picture as well!

    ~

    • January 19, 2011 10:45 pm

      Hi Angie – I like living in the UK but i would love, love, love to see more of the US (the food looks a lot nicer there than here!) I’m intrigued to know what products you miss!! We maybe able to organise a product swap if you like 😉 x

  9. June 7, 2011 9:14 am

    I think this page needs a little update on your new addition! Hoping all is going well for you and I’ve awarded you the sunshine award 🙂

    http://weightwars.co.uk/2011/06/07/squeeeeeeeeeeeeee-i-won-an-award/

  10. August 30, 2011 2:09 pm

    Hi Amy, I was looking at the followers on my blog and (I’m so behind on this) but I never realized I had another running enthusiast following the blog. I couldn’t find your email on here so I figured I’d just leave a comment and you can grab my email from my profile to respond if you want.

    I hope your pregnancy is super healthy!! 🙂

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