Once upon a time I went to the gym - no seriously, I really did just go once. I paid for membership for around three years, made my way through my - incredibly embarrassing - one hour induction and then pretty much never stepped foot in there again. Sound familiar?
Now this might seem like a complete #skinnygirlproblem but personally I've never really had to worry about my weight. Every so often I'll binge on a few (thousand) bags of sweets, but the most that ever did was give me a filling in my tooth and bloat my stomach out a little. Obviously I'm not complaining at all about my metabolism, but after living with a guy that's all fitness, all the time, it finally dawned on me that maybe my insides matter just as much as the outer parts do too. Go figure!?
So with that in mind, near the end of 2014 I decided to sign up to my campus gym. It was cheap, cheerful, and it meant that I would be more inclined to go if I went to University with my gym kit on. I started my training with just a few half an hour sessions of light cardio, and slowly worked my way up to squats, bench press, leg press and even a little bit of dead lift here and there. I was doing everything I was meant to, and after one month all that had changed was the size of my ass which has pretty much doubled in size, so off I went to my boyfriend, once again complaining about the impracticality of exercise, and how I was simply doomed to be that slightly bloated, Haribo-guzzling girl for the rest of my life. Oh, with a big ass now as well.
At this point Ollie had been trialling the Ketogenic diet, which is which is essentially low carb, high fat, a bucket load of vegetables...and absolutely no cakes and sweets. Dammit. I noticed that after just a few days of him being off of carbs, he lost all sense of bloating and any unwanted fat just seemed to drip off of his body. Obviously I had to give it a go.
The basic idea behind Keto is that you deprive your body of carbs so that you start using and burning off excess fat, which in turn makes you look leaner. I won't go too much into detail on the diet right now (but let me know if you want me to do a post on it!) because it's not something I can just bang out in one evening, but I genuinely have never seen so much of a change in my body as I have when doing Keto. My energy is high, I've lost any wobbly bits on my belly and - most importantly for me - I've stopped being bloated completely.
Saying that, I am typing this blog post with a belly full of pizza and a stomach so swollen that it makes me look like I'm going to take off any minute, so it's safe to say I'm not going to become a health and fitness freak any time soon. Instead, from now on I've decided to start featuring a few healthy(ish) recipes and easy fitness tips that have kept me in shape lately. No OTT detoxes, no thirty day squat challenges and absolutely no dieting pills, but just a few things that pretty much anyone will be able to do to make their lives a little more healthy. First on the list? Kale chips! Stay tuned boys and girls.
What's your favourite way to keep fit in the winter?