Competition time from my lovely Cambridge consultant Mandy. She writes:
“Ok so we all have things that our weight/size stops us from doing. For me it was wearing trousers, which also meant I couldn’t take part in any activity that needed trousers like gym or exercise classes, on holiday walking through a rain forest (try that in a skirt) or fun things like zip wires. I wouldn’t have a massage because I felt too embarrassed by my size. I wouldn’t wear my hair up (fat face). I wouldn’t dance (which I love) unless the dance floor was packed. Otherwise people might see my flesh wobbling. And so on.
You must all have things you’d like to do or wear if only you felt better about yourself. So I want you to think hard and write down 6 things out of your comfort zone that you wish you could do. Send me the list. Then over the next 12 weeks I want you to send me photographic evidence of you doing each of those things. Could be change to your hair, belly button piercing, doing an exercise class, wearing emerging different. Be creative. Be honest.
Push your boundaries. Let’s go. Xx”
So…..my list. All are outside my comfort zone and not all weight related. Here goes…
1. Wearing sleeveless dress to dinner without a top to cover my enormously fat arms. Not sure this has actually ever happened in my adult life!
2. Life should not consist of maxis! Wearing a dress above knee showing my fat legs in front of anyone – beach wear does not count.
3. Wearing swim wear. I think I was about 127 kg last time I swam or used a steam room or sauna.
[Not fat shaming by posting this picture. Gotta admire these ladies for daring to wear bikinis!]
4. Wear a dress that has size 10 printed on it – stretchy is allowed, just want to fit into a size 10. This has never ever happened. Ever. I am currently wearing sizes 12/14, which blows my mind, probably more if I wore fitted clothes and I don’t.
5. Jump on the scale and see 83 point something kg. Would be so thrilled to do this in the next 12 weeks or rather 9 weeks as my two weeks’ break from Cambridge won’t count.
6. Having the confidence to go dancing on my own in front of strangers. Who needs a partner to dance?
Two bonus challenges but I only need to do 6 but will aim for all 8.
7. Driving to Wimbledon to see my friends and God daughter. [This is an hour or so drive from me and given that a month ago, I had barely done 5 minutes drives for over 15 years, this is a real challenge.]
8. Driving to Bluewater again, this time, shopping and driving back. [See 7 above. Again, a challenge, with potentially motorway and dual carriage way driving]
If you wish to join me with any 6 challenges about any aspect of your life, drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org, message me on Facebook or leave a comment here.
How will I do with my challenges? Check back on Monday 18th July to find out.
Let’s do this!