Dear younger self,
You’re only in your 20s and looking great.
Yes, I know you think you’re fat and disgusting. You’d like smaller boobs and a waist. But we can’t have everything.
And believe me, almost 20 years on you’re going to look back and realise what a great figure you had.
(Your hair could do with some work, but it won’t be long before hair straighteners are invented and that’ll sort you out!)
Society is telling you that you need to be a size 10 to be perfect. In the future, there’ll actually be a ridiculous size zero to strive for!
But a 12 suits you and it’s healthy. Enjoy it and stop all the crash diets. They’re only going to add lbs to your frame in the long run.
If you want to tone up, watch your portion sizes and do some exercise. That’s all you need.
Socialise and enjoy yourself. Just because there’s a skinnier woman in the room doesn’t mean you should avoid the party, or go home early in tears.
You’ve met the man you’re going to marry. He loves you for who you are, so don’t keep worrying about how you look.
Beware his love of food and restaurants. Remember he’s almost a foot taller than you, and you shouldn’t be eating the same portion sizes he does.
Join him on more of the hill walks he enjoys. Not only will you get to see the beautiful Scottish countryside, you’ll tone up and keep your figure in an enjoyable way.
Even if you don’t take any of this advice, make the most of your figure while you’ve got it and have a good time.
Stop worrying that you’re not thinner, and trying to live up to some impossible ideal of “the perfect 10″.
Oh, and a note to my present self. Well done on shifting another 1lb this week – making that 7lbs since January 2 through eating less and exercising more.
That’s half a stone in 5 weeks. Go you!
Since your younger self didn’t have the wisdom to take any notice of any of the above you’re going to have to put things right this year.
And you’ve made a great start.
Eschewing the fat is all about turning 40 this year, and not wanting to be a fatty! Check out my first post in the series here – along with the startlingly rotund photos – to see how I started out on January 2. These images will be a distant memory by the end of this year, when I plan to be a lovely, healthy size 12 again.
Please vote Donna in this competition, where I could win a spa break to Ragdale Hall, for sharing my diet diary with UKMums.tv. It would be a huge boost to all my weight loss efforts.