Moderation is key to losing weight

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The festive season is over and done with and we’ve all eaten and drunk ourselves silly.

I’m guilty of it and I’m sure a lot of other people are too.

But now it’s time to detox and get fit.

For the first time in a few weeks I went to Gymophobics to continue my regime, which I have been doing since last August.

With the pressures of work coming up to Christmas I felt unable to attend for a while but I’m now ready and rearing to go.

The good thing about Gymophobics is that workouts are only half an hour long.

This means that with a busy lifestyle it’s easy to fit it in.

I huffed and puffed my way around the circuit and although it’s only a few weeks sessions I missed, I felt woefully unfit.

That’s what happens when you let things slide....

Since joining Gymophobics I have lost weight and inches but I fear with Christmas I may have put a few pounds on again.

That means I have to work harder to lose weight.

I try and have a mental image in my head of a picture of myself three stones lighter to spur me on (I used to weigh 10 stone or less)

That way when I reach for the chocolate or desserts I can try and stop myself – but it’s not easy.

I have so much admiration for women who can lose stones and stones in weight but they must also have bad days when they want to pig out.

The trick is everything in moderation.

If you deny yourself treats completely, you are more likely to binge.

From now on, I am going to try and only eat chocolate at weekends. That way I have something to look forward to and it means I’m eating less calories in front of the television on those cold winter nights.

I’m also going to try and eat more fruit and vegetables, instead of processed foods which can often contain a lot of fat and sugar.

I might try a walk on Morecambe promenade at lunchtime to burn off those extra pounds put on over Christmas.

I’ve also got an exercise bike and a rowing machine at home so on the days I’m not at the gym, I might try and do a bit of a workout on these.

I’ve also heard that using a hula hoop is good for your waistline and hips so I might invest in one of those as well.

If I can get the balance right, I will lose weight, I’m determined.

The key thing about exercise is not to give up. Some weeks you may lose, other weeks you may not. You just have to keep going and keep positive.

I keep telling myself: “You will lose weight.” Positivity and determination are the key – and I have bags of both.

nCall Gymophobics on 01524 66550.

Michelle Blade