2 years apart!
These photos were taken 2 years apart!
Now don’t get me wrong I’m happy in both! The first photo I was about a size 14. The biggest I have ever been. The second photo I’m a happy size 10. Iv always had curves and never wanted to lose them. I just simply wanted to maintain a healthy weight.
The first photo was taken in Morrocco on holiday. To give you an idea of my lifestyle. I was between performing jobs and had a month before I went away again on another job for 9 months! Before the holiday I was performing in Fame in Italy. My schedule was very unpredictable and I spent evenings eating Italian food and drinking lots of red wine (gaining weight and living an unhealthy lifestyle)! On this holiday I was overindulging, eating chips for breakfast, lunch and a side for dinner! All inclusive and all the desserts you could ask for! I was very unhappy with my figure, however. I didn’t know how to shift the weight fast for my next job and felt conscious in a bikini and tight dresses.
In the two years, I spent a year travelling all over the world with my job and living out of a suitcase. Then the other year I moved back to London and didn’t have a regular enough schedule to make the most out of a gym membership. With auditions, different job schedules and different working locations it made no sense! Plus London gyms are not exactly cheap. Actors I feel ya! So what did I do to shift the weight?
4 simple steps
Make a choice!
I made the decision to lose weight! I didn’t enjoy looking and feeling unhealthy! Decided to learn about food and fitness and learn how to properly fuel and care for my body. Started writing in a journal. Which I couldn’t stick to but the intention was there which planted a seed to mentally keep track of what I ate throughout the day! A made a choice and stuck to that! Even if some days I fell off track, with takeaways or chocolate. I would always go back to my regular routine after a few days. No more excuses or ‘my diet starts tomorrow’. I realised the only person I was cheating was myself so whats the point?
This worked wonders for me! I know it sounds silly or time-consuming prepping meals on a Sunday evening. But trust me! It changed my figure. Some weeks I have so many auditions and castings I eat all over the place. Constantly grab food on the go or eat snacks. But food prepping helped me stick to regular meals that made me feel full. Planning what I was going to eat throughout the day made my life so much simpler throughout the week. Also prevented me from snacking and actually saved me money!
There are loads of recipe ideas online and I’m no way a nutritionist or expert. But here’s a few of
my own simple recipes that I like to use
Chicken Breast, sweet potato, veggies.
Tuna, wholemeal rice, broccoli and veggies with a boiled egg
Quorn Mince, kidney beans, veggies, brown rice
I will be doing a follow-up post with more detail about my meal preps so check back 😉
I swear Youtube is the best thing on the planet! It’s been my go-to for a quick workout. I workout in my bedroom, with a yoga mat and free weights. They are super cheap too! Great for stretching, core, yoga or any other workout. You can purchase one here
Masione® Yoga Mat 6mm
A few of my favourite fitness channels are linked below. I switch between them and they have lots of different types of videos to choose from. Depending on what you want to focus on or if you want an intense or light workout.
I try to do a video at least 3/4 times a week usually around 30/45 mins and also do cardio 2x a week. Jogging, swimming or dance classes.
Cut down on refined SUGAR!
This was the hardest for me and I still struggle because refined sugar is EVERYWHERE! But I’m more aware of it now. I don’t drink fizzy drinks, energy drinks. Snacks like crisps, chocolate, doughnuts, cakes, cookies are in moderation.I try to have one cheat meal a week and then I indulge but not overindulge.
Now I’m not a PT, or a nutritionist or an expert but I did use these methods and it worked for me! If it inspires you or gives you some tips then that’s perfect! I’m still learning what works for my body and enjoying the process. Taking my fitness to the next level over the next few months so stay posted
Most importantly be healthy and happy and love the body your in.