Hello my Darlings and welcome to Mum Dee Does. I am Dee, a mum who does (it all), and today I am starting my new fitness and weight loss journey.
I have just filmed the first few segments for my YouTube channel, and let me tell you this - Jabba the Hut would be proud of me! My face was puffed up beyond anything I’ve ever seen before!
For as long as I remember, I have always been a larger girl. My childhood was hardly ever a smooth sailing, so it was no surprise that I became addicted to sugar - the only available and non-offensive drug a child has plenty of access to. I have also been a heavy sleeper, consciously attempting to sleep through the childhood period of my life, until I was ready to break away and start a better life. It worked. But now I realise that I am a rather stagnant and sedentary person as a result.
I have battled these effects and conditions for a long time, and even got into a pretty good shape in my early 20s. James was a big help in achieving that - an ex-military man that he is, he cooked healthy meals for us, encouraged me to take up running, and even compete in a few half-marathons and charity 10k races. I worked on my sugar cravings by taking part in self-affirmations and a slight cognitive behavioural therapy. It all worked. For a while.
Every time I get stressed - be it in work, or personal life - I revert back to the same old self-destructive habits of sugar binge and excessive sleep. This leads to highly depleted energy levels and a total lack of motivation. I fall down, I get big - but I get up again and get myself back on track.
However, since giving birth to Ronnie and falling into the jaws of Post Natal Depression, a condition I am still living with today, my stress levels and subsequent sugar/sleep binge has escalated into previously unseen levels. Sure, maybe the medication I am taking is a factor in my weight gain. Maybe the fact that I still breastfeed is also a contributor. But let me be honest about this - sugar and inactivity are my real nemesis.
I am ashamed. I should have had my life sorted by now. Don’t get me wrong - I have a lot going for me. I have a great husband, a fantastic little boy, two dogs, a smallholding that I always wanted, a great casual job that allows me to work from home, good social connections. But my health and, especially fitness, is nowhere near what a healthy person should have.
So, no more excuses. And this time, I am doing it publicly - I will be accountable for my success or failure. I will entertain some, embarrass others, and maybe inspire one or two to join me on a weight-loss and health-gain journey. But I am doing this!
Firstly, I am taking up walking - a light-impact exercise that has worked for me in the past. I hereby claim #MumDeeWalks as my health mantra. Also, no more white addictive sweetness that is ruining my life. It is a drug and I shall treat it as such, with rehab starting this very minute.
First step taken. Many (literally) more to follow. I have many ways to record, measure and evaluate my progress - the weighing scales are in the post as we speak, the walking apps and boots are ready, the measuring tape has been uncoiled. You’ll get all the ugly, messy, honest truth here - full transparency! Why don’t you subscribe to my blog and stay up-to-date with my journey:
It’s been a pleasure! My name is Dee, and I am a mum who does. Ta ta for now.
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I am Dee
I am sharing my thoughts, life's triumphs and trials as well as fun-filled projects with a 2 year old Ron from a remote island in Orkney whilst my superhero husband and Ron's daddy is saving the world with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
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