Loosing weight is something everybody stresses about right?
Well I’m no exception and junk food mixed with a lack of movement, means only one thing.. huge weight gain and believe me being 12 stone at only 4 ft 11 was not a good look!!
So as you can see the weight piled on and with that came a whole lot of problems not only mentally e.g my self esteem but physically walking became even harder than it was before as you can imagine having CP and carrying around an extra 4 stone isnt ideal.
Even the thought of loosing weight left my mind bombarded with questions…
how can I loose weight?..How can I go the gym?..What if I fall? ..What if people judge?
As any of you with CP will know exercising isn’t as easy as being able to go for a jog, bike ride or even using the gym but I decided I owed it to myself to a least try. So off I went to do my research which I thought would be easy because the internet is full of help but unfortunately not for people with disabilities. So after looking through pages and pages of exercises only a acrobat could do, I finally found something I could do..boxercise is basically just punching mid air for a set amount of time then repeating ( easier said than done, believe me ) now that I’d finally found a CP friendly exercise I started exercising daily and changed my junk food diet for more healthy choices. Everyone said ‘Ohh it must be so hard not eating like you used to’ and believe me at first it was like torture seeing everyone around me eating chocolate while I had pastas and salads but once the weight started coming off it gave me all the motivation I could of needed to keep going!
So what comes next?
After taking my home exercises as far as I could I decided to give the gym a go, I’ll always remember my first day my stomach was full with nerves and I was convinced it’d all be too hard but I’m not one to quit so I attended the gym regulary and began to get a real buzz out of seeing my body chnage! I started off just doing 5 minutes rower and 5 minutes bike which I know too a lot of people might not seem like much but to me it was massive. Going the gym soon started to change my life in ways I could never of dreamed of, I was happier, healthier ànd just a completely new person. My body was no longer a burden or a weakness to me it was something I could make stronger and healthier everyday!
2 years on and 4 stone lighter! 😀
Well its now 2 years since I started the gym and I couldn’t be happier with my progress! Im now a healthy 8 stone, I attend the gym 3 times a week and now have a full routine that is a mix of cardio and weights which I feel pushes me too my limits but is still safe for me.
All them doubts I had 2 years ago about my ability to exercise are just a distant memory and being healthy is now a huge part of my life! So what I’m trying to say is ‘ ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE ‘ So no matter what you want too achieve weather it be weight loss or something completely different.. DO IT! Your disability should NOT define you or your dreams!
So now all that’s left is too show you all me 4 stone lighter!