Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Clothes, Diets and Confidence

You'd think it was completely daft that I never took much pride in my appearance considering I write about fashion... but the truth is I didn't and only since creating this blog in 2011 did I work hard to become who I finally wanted to be.  

Instead of doing a reflection of my outfits from 2012... I've done it from 2011 and my gosh, I didn't really notice it before but I have lost weight and I think become more confident from it in many ways.
Excuse my terrible collage work but if you see the first fashion post I did in the top left hand corner, to the one from the Clothes Show in the bottom right.... I don't look or feel the same person!  This got me thinking that although I look how I am now, when did my weight gain kick off? To be honest it was whilst at university because I drank lots, ate lots and regardless of fooling myself I was exercising... I was hardly doing a bean on the fitness I do now. 

I know lots of people are on their new years resolutions to look good and feel good, so I'm basically blogging about this to promote that concept.  Now, I am about to reveal some awful photos of me in order to show that anyone can lose weight and change how they look and feel.
This is me when I finished University and started a job working with students - so basically I didn't escape the student lifestyle.
My weight yo-yoed through out university, I didn't take care of me or my body and gradually more weight crept on.  Only when I looked back did I realise how much bigger I was and It wasn't like I was healthy and bigger, I was unhealthy and bigger!  The photo below is terrible on so many levels, I was doing this event for charity and had to be locked up until the RAG team raised money to release me... but looking at the photo I look very round in the face, pale and nothing like I am now (hopefully!).
Yes... unfortunately that is me.... I was doing something for charity but I now look back and can't believe I let myself go!
I was a girl in more of a size 12-14 at this time and as I am only 5ft4 I looked and felt uncomfortable.  I had two major knee operations in 2010 & 2011 after a skiing accident and only after being so naffed off I couldn't move much, did I vow to change my life. 

I had tried diets for years and none of them had been long lasting, so I simply cut my portion sizes back and ate the right things.  After changing the way I eat and exercise over the last two years, I've worked my way to a perfect weight for my frame and am now a happy size 8-10.  I'm not saying being big is wrong, but I felt unconfident and out of place. This has worked for me because I finally feel confident and am able to broadcast me and my outfits to the world wide web!
If you want to shift some weight you need to realise it won't vanish quickly, you must put the time and effort in. If you start eating to be healthier and exercise to be fitter, the weight loss will gradually happen... I am living proof of that! If I can do it, you can!


So a huge thank you to all my readers out there, you have truly given me the courage and confidence to do something I should of done years ago! 


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16 comments

  1. Adorable blog! Your outfit pictures are too cute.

    Emily
    http://a-devine-life.blogspot.com/

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  2. This is so inspiring!

    www.unebeautifulmess.blogspot.com

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  3. Aww thank you both! X

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  4. My word! you look totally different. Not that you looked so awful 'before' but now you are just beautiful. I think the light hair is especially flattering, gives you a sort of elf look (in a good, Galadrial kind of way...)

    Transformations are so much fun, aren't they!

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  5. Amazing post.. Inspirational you could say. :)
    I havent read fully back on your blog to know a 'then and now' Annie.. I think like most blogs unless you have read back you dont really have an idea of any 'change' in the blogger.
    Ithink becoming a blogger you do become more clothes aware, maybe not on purpose, but unless your spending spending spending and doing bad by it, it can only be a good thing.. and you prove this. :)
    Caroline.x

    notesfromcaroline.com

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  6. Aww thanks guys. I didn't follow any diet or points - just good old fashioned healthy eating and exercise. It's taken time but come off. Thanks for the kind comments Anne :) and Caroline it's so true, I sort of cringe when I look back now... it's like looking at old photos! x

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  7. Very inspirational - you look so different from the first and last picture! :)

    I'm still chugging away at my weight loss...it's a long journey but I'd rather lose it gradually and do it the right way.

    Love the dress in the last picture - you look stunning! :) xx

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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  8. You can do it. I did, it's frustrating when you hear about people losing weight quickly but if you do it gradually it stays off.

    You can do it my lovely :)

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  9. You look beautiful - lovely outfits all year round!

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  10. This is such an inspiring post and it really tells you what can be done with just the right amount of determination and hard work :) You look so beautiful! Especially in the last photo!

    Thanks for the message on IFB by the way! :)

    xx Francesca of http://primpandpaper.blogspot.com

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  11. Thanks Francesca. If I can do it... Anyone can. Trust me I could never say no to cake or biscuits, now I eat them but I know when to say no :-)

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  12. This is so inspiring! You look great and look super confident too! I went through a similar situation and put on a lot of weight due to illness but since then, I have lost it all and I am now feeling much happier in myself just like you do. Great post and you look amazing in the last picture with the umbrella! :)

    hannahsfashionblog.com

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  13. Aww thank you for such a lovely comment Hannah. Sometimes you can get so wrapped up in diets and losing weight that you get obsessed....so you dwell on it and never lose it. I'm glad your story is as great as mine :) xx

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  14. Congratulations!! You look amazing!

    Avec Amber

    P.S. I'm hosting a giveaway this week! Visit my 100th post giveaway page to learn how you can win a $25 Gap Inc gift card!


    Amber

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  15. This is a really great post. Love it.

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