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A Year On.. a New Me..

Hello my darlings, I hope you're all well.
One of my lovely tweeties asked me if i'd write up a little something on my fitness/health regime. So here I am, I hope this helps anyone whose looking to do the same as what I did (am still doing)

So, it was exactly a year ago today that I decided to do something about the way I looked, I was a big size 14, and knew that it would only be a short matter of time before i'd have to start buying size 16 clothing. The thought of doing that depressed me, so I started exercising.

During my Uni days, all I ever did was hop from one bus to another & snack on whatever I liked, I hardly ever walked anywhere & I didn't really eat anything healthy.
Think this was the time I put lots of weight on & didn't really bother losing it. I used to wear really loose clothing to hide what was underneath, I hated my size.
I'd joined up to a gym years ago, used it twice and that was the end of that lol

A lot of people say to me "I need to start the gym!" but they say it with the least amount of enthuasiasm, My advice to you..
Do NOT go to the gym if you don't do any exercise on a regular basis. I recommend doing what I did.


I started by WALKING.. I used to go on a long walk atleast 3 times a week.. (40mins)
After a couple months, I started feeling really energised, so I increased it and would go twice a day, a long walk & then a mini walk for about 20 mins.
It's such a great way to get into exercise, it just meant when I started the gym, I wasn't feeling out of breath and unfit!

I used to have to take my inhalers with me wherever I went, at the gym I used to have to take a couple breaks as I was a little out of breath.
A year on.. I can't remember the last time I had to take my inhaler at the gym. I don't get out of breath anymore and a lot of that is due to me increasing my exercise.

I attend the gym atleast 3 times a week.
My routine is..
Crosstrainer.. 20-30 minutes (you don't have to go crazy on it, I don't!)
Treadmill.. 10-15 mins
Spin bikes.. 10 mins (They hurt the girly area though, IT'S TRUE!)
Weights.. 10 mins

Honestly.. I EAT WHAT I WANT! But, luckily I've found that since I got into gym'in, i'm so put off junk food. I haven't cut it out of my diet purposely, I'm just not into it.
Takeaways for example.. I'm not into them anymore but when I get a craving for a Pizza.. or a Kebab.. I buy the damn thing! Don't deprive yourself!
Please don't go on these faddy diets, like Atkins.
Weight Watchers & Slimming World.. fair enough.. they're not bad.
I just don't believe in silly diets where you can't have this, that & the other.
There are days when I'll eat a cupcake or chocolate, & I won't limit myself, i'll eat as much as I want.
My theory is, the more you cut something out of your diet, the more you want it.. So just eat whatever you like, as long as you have a nice balanced diet and exercise well, it's fine.

One thing I tend to hate eating & will only eat if there is NOTHING else to eat is.. BREAD! I'm not a fan of it at all, it makes my stomach bloat like a b**ch!
I'm allergic to rice now too, so pasta & potatoes are the only carbs I really eat.

I don't drink fizzy drinks, I cut them out of my diet when I was 14, never really been a fan. Think the only time I drink fizz is when i'm on a night out, & I hardly ever go out .. What a saddo? lol
I drink lots of water! Very important! & If you have time, drink a mug full of Lemon tea in the morning.. flushes all the rubbish out of your system. (Hot water, lemon, tiniest pinch of salt)
It's gross, but good for your insides.

A year on.. I'm a healthy size 10.. I've done it slowly and I know I can maintain it.
I can't believe how much confidence I have.. A year ago if you'd ask me to go out the house with a dress on, I'd laugh in your face. Nowadays, all I'm ever buying is gorgeous dresses to wear on nights out, I've never felt so good :)
Hope this has helped.
Lotsa love Leesh of UnLeeshd x x x


  1. I love posts like this since I'm nosey & love seeing how other people keep healthy LOL
    :) x

  2. Thanks so much for doing this. I find it very inspirational. I used to be a size 6 before I began Uni. I'm now a size 14. I'd like to get down to a size 10. I am a huge foodie and I know that if I allow myself to eat anything I like, I won't be able to stop. This is why weight watchers helps me, it allows me to eat whatever I like but within reason. I wear really baggy clothes to hide me, but actually only makes me look bigger. I really have to go to the gym once my ankle is better. I actually enjoy it once I get into it. Follow on my journey on weigh in Wednesday's on my blog. I need all the motivation I can get!

  3. I love all these motivational posts!!! its helping meeee..

    thanks girly.. xoxo

  4. No problem dolls! I know how important it is to motivate others!! I always need motivation xx

  5. Well done, i'm the exact same place you were a year ago and this has given me the kick up the butt to do something! Really well done :) x

  6. This is such a great post. I have recently put on weight too, but don’t have the motivation to do anything about it — I eat well but I sit around all day at work. I think the idea about going out and walking is a great one, will be a great way to get started as you say.
    Thank you x

  7. Great post hun and very well done on your weight loss. I was a size 16 after having my babies and was only going to keep getting higher, I think something snaps one day where you really have had enough. I dont think ill ever get back to my pre baby size 8 but im now a 10/12 and quite happy. I think another stone to go till im at my goal weight :):) x x

  8. Great post! You're such an inspiration. I've been struggling with my weight for my whole life and I'm determined to change this in 2012. I hope I can do it!

  9. Thanks for all of your great comments ladies! If u can do it, anyone can! Ask me for tips or advice if you ever need it xxx

  10. This is SO inspirational, thank you SO much for sharing x <3 x

  11. I totally agree! Eat what you like within reason and just excersise!! :) But after putting yourself through all the pain you dont want to eat bad either so true! xx