Disqus for Where Are My Knees

Introducing... Rosie

Thursday, 2 August 2012



Hello I'm Rosie. The last time I remember being happy with my weight was when I was about 17.  I was probably about a size 10 (not that I took much notice of clothes sizes back then) and all of my friends lived in the next village from us - a couple of miles away - so I seemed to spend my life on my bike or walking to friends’ houses.  Eating was what I did in between cycling to work, working (running around keeping shelves stocked in a supermarket), doing karate (I left just before I got my black belt. Don’t piss me off, yeah?) or going to college.  Then two things happened; I went away to University, and I got comfortable in a long term relationship.  These proved catastrophic for my waistline as my lack of cooking skills meant my plat du jour was waffles with beans and cheese and my active lifestyle became a distant memory; choosing instead to spend my evenings in watching movies with buckets of popcorn or pringles.  I have spent the subsequent 10 years trying to find that flat stomach that now exists only as a distant memory, and to rediscover the motivation I once had to go out and do things in the evenings rather than flop on the sofa.

I started this year as a size 12-14, I was 11 stone which can often be a healthy weight but as I’m only 5’3” doesn’t sit right on me.  My problem is my belly as I have fairly slim arms and legs but all my fat sits around my waist meaning I’ve been the recipient of innocent “When’s bundle of joy arriving?” enquiries in the past (they were not forewarned I was a Karate expert.  Bad choice.)  My protruding belly used to just get me down because of how I looked next to all my skinny friends but having had my Grandad die of a heart attack and my Gran die of a stroke in the last twelve months has made me realise how much of a health risk it is too, and I’m now determined to get in shape.  My proud news is that I did a few months of Jenny Craig at the beginning of the year and lost almost a stone, taking me down to 10 stone.  As much I don’t particularly rate the BMI calculator as a good judge of whether you’re a healthy weight I’m now bang on the line between ‘healthy weight’ and ‘overweight’ and my goal is to put myself firmly in the former category.

Now I’ve come off Jenny Craig I’ll be doing this by using via my new catchphrase ‘eat less, eat better, move more.’  I’ll be cooking with fresher, healthier foods, cutting down on sugar-y treats, converting my grazing on chocolate and crisps at work to an opportunity to eat more fruit and nuts (Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut does not count) and generally trying to swap bad choices for good ones.  I’m also about to start a new job which means I’ll have extra time in the evening to get something back for the £30 I pay to an establishment a few miles away that apparently has a gym and a pool in it.  I’ll be writing all about this and sharing recipes, workout tips and more and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of Where Are My Knees.

17 comments:

  1. Yaaay.my suspicions and wishes are confirmed!!im 11 stone at 5'3 and no matter how much i exercise and eat healthy its just not shifting!because of this,im beginning to lose motivation!xx

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    1. It's really hard isn't it? I lost on Jenny Craig through portion control and making healthier choices and I think it's the exercise that will hopefully move things forward now! X

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  2. Awesome! I love the way you write, you're definitely someone that I can relate to :)

    Charlotte xo

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    1. Thankyou, very kind! Really looking forward to sharing all my experiences and progress updates on here! X

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  3. Excited to keep up with your journey :)

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    1. Thankyou so much - I'm excited to share it! X

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  4. Great attitude to have! :) I'm 5ft 3 and 9st 13, hoping to get to around 9st and just basically tone up. Been getting up at 6am to do the 30 day shred, I've got that down now I just need to nail the healthy eating but it's so damn hard! :( Good luck with it all!!

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  5. Well I think you've always looked amazing, I'd kill for a body like yours, but you need to do what makes you feel happiest in your skin and also for health reasons it's always a plus!

    Uni did the same thing to me, I used to be a 10 before going then piled on about 4 stone and ended up a 16. I've gone up and down trying to lose it all again but it's so hard, hopefully your blog will be an inspiration!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  6. I've just finished my first year of Uni and I've been in a happy relationship for nearly 3 years now. As amazing as it is, you go out a lot less and I tend to eat a lot more. This is going to really help motivate me now! (even though you already look gorgeous)
    I love the way you write too!

    Makeup for Biochemists

    xx

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  7. I'm just under 11 stone and I'm 5'2 so I'm about the same as yourself, Its so annoying. My belly is also my problem area, I feel like I'm more love-handles than lovely which is a pain I've started to lose weight though and am feeling better for it which is great.
    I hope you get to be where you want to be soon and feel great in youself, I think you look fantastic in that pic xx

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  8. Hello, just wanted to let you know that the link to Rosie's blog on the right is broken, the : after http is missing.
    :)

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    1. Thank you! I have fixed this now :)

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