Food, Lifestyle

My lifestyle, my choice.

So my title. What’s it all about? People trying to force their ‘healthy’ lifestyle on you, that’s what. I suppose this blog post is a bit of a rant to be honest. Everyone leads their own life and are free to do so as they wish. But some people push their lifestyle on everyone so much that it does more harm than good.

Last month I decided to take matters into my own hands and finally start losing some weight. I had put on so much weight and I just kept avoiding doing something about it. After weighing myself though I knew enough was enough and it was just going to spiral out of control before long. I started doing some light exercise and cutting out carbs and sugar. I lost 16lb in the first five weeks and I am really happy with that. Here’s the thing though, I’m fucking sick of looking on social media with people preaching on how to live. Every human being on the planet is entitled to their own opinion and no one is right or wrong, but having people constantly telling others (and they do) that their lifestyle is the way forward and you need to eat certain foods to be ‘lean’ is just ridiculous and is really causing damage to people’s mental health and confidence within themselves.

All these celebrities and wanna-be’s are saying this because they have the time to spend 6 or 7 days in a gym. They have the money to spend on super foods and have a personal trainer. Normal people don’t. They lead busy social lives and work full time five days a week. After all that, not many people have the energy to go to the gym for an hour or two in the evening to burn off 500 calories. I’m not making excuses. I got to the weight I was because I was eating at the wrong time of day, eating the wrong things and being lazy by not exercising. But you can lose weight healthily without killing yourself over it or feeling bad because you’re not where you want to be.

I feel somewhat hypocritical writing this as I make myself feel bad for not losing enough weight. I mean, I’ve done well to lose 1 stone and 2 pounds in five weeks but I just feel so fat and disgusting all the time and it really gets me down. Particularly when all I see on instagram are people preaching about eating what they perceive to be bad foods and not exercising.

Well, do you know what? I love food. Not because I’m a greedy pig. But because it’s a passion of mine. I love cooking it, eating it and writing about it. I love creating new dishes and trying different meats or fish. Yes, I was eating the wrong things, but I feel like I have given up something I love and it’s making me so miserable. I hate my stomach, but I hate feeling this shit more. A big part of my lifestyle is food. I bloody love cooking and making other people happy with the food I create. This is cheesy but food brings people together and brings joy to life. I know I need to be kinder to myself and stop feeling so guilty every time I eat something that isn’t a carrot stick, but wouldn’t it be nice if people who genuinely loved exercise and eating healthily ALL THE TIME stopped ramming it down our throats. I know I can just not look on instagram or facebook but why should I? Some people just need to stop being so self-righteous and think about the message they are sending to people.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. I think that’s something important for myself and others to remember. I need to stop saying such horrible things about myself as they’re doing me some serious damage mentally and some days are just a struggle to get through at the minute because I have put myself under so much pressure to look a certain way and I’m forgetting to enjoy life.

So live your life the way you want to (reminder for myself) and stop feeling guilty. Stop calorie counting every single thing and enjoy it while you can!

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