This past year I decided to make a major commitment to my health. The main reason for doing this was to help repair my diastasis rectii, and at the same time repair some old injuries and get stronger so I can continue to hurl myself down mountains with less injury in the future.
I found the right trainer, and over the past 9 months have made slow and steady positive progress. Weight is down 11 pounds – check! Body fat is down 8% – check! Muscle has been added – check! Diastasis is closing – check! Yay me!
But, despite all these positives, there is a downside to losing weight and getting in shape. And hear me out before you hurl a bunch of insults my way peeps 🙂
1. You look older. I may lament the fact that I still have an “at risk” chin (ala Amy Schumer) but losing weight happens quickly in the facial area for me, which sets off a chain reaction of loss of volume in the cheeks, sunken eye circles, and GASP, the appearance of more wrinkles!
2. You need to buy new bras (and clothes). Oh come on! Really?! The girls? Whhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyy?!?!?!?! I have all these lovely bras in D cup that I spent way too much money on that are now far too big for me. And don’t even get me started on how much i’ve spent on workout gear, running shoes, bike gear etc.
3. Good food tastes bad. I am just gonna say it. Kale tastes like crap. As does cauliflower, broccoli and a whole schwack of other healthy foods that are “good” for me. Protein shakes – barf! And don’t even get me started on the all the supplements I have been taking – gag worthy all of them!
4. You are chronically dehydrated. Since I exercise a LOT, I am chronically dehydrated. Unless I walk around with a camelback on 24/7 I just can’t drink enough. Most of the time my skin looks and feels like coarse sandpaper. This in turn exacerbates point 1!!
5. The guilt. Oh the guilt! Every time I pour another glass of wine or eat another treat I think to myself WWAS? (What would Ashley do? Ashley being my fabulous trainer that is) and the guilt kicks in hard. HARD! But not enough to actually put down the wine, I just feel REALLY bad about it!
6. You are always sweaty and smelly. My days are busy, and on workout days I don’t always have time to go home and shower. I think people are so used to seeing/smelling me in my grotty workout gear or muddy bike clothes that they are legitimately shocked when they see me in “real people clothes”. Case in point my son’s teacher who literally did a double take during parent/teacher interviews as I walked in the room sporting an outfit that wasn’t made by Adidas/Nike/Race Face etc. – I guess i’ll take that as a compliment?!
So there you have it peeps. Losing weight and getting in shape isn’t all that after all 🙂