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Hello all!

So today's post is a super personal one for me - it's actually taken me a good few weeks to pluck up the courage to post it, because well, I think with things like this, where you're on a journey, one that is by no means complete - sharing the progress can leave you feeling quite vulnerable and exposed.

However, I wanted to share this little bit of progress for two reasons; First, because this blog is a part of me, I often share snippets of my life as well as my work and my fitness journey has been a huge part of my life for over 6 months now - so as much as it makes me cringe inside to share the before picture, I know that it isn't all that bad and we all have to start from somewhere eh? Secondly I wouldn't ever want to tell people how to live their lives. This isn't meant to be preachy at all - I've been doing this for me for my happiness, and my confidence, because I want to - BUT - if it inspires one of you to also make a positive change then that's great, but if that's the case then do it for yourself, nobody else.

Many of you follow my updates via Twitter, and it always warms my heart when I get little positive comments and words of encouragement, it's a great motivator!

Anyway here's the back story:

I was by no means fat, I know that, I was a little over weight - but I wasn't comfortable. I lacked any muscle tone and was just finding that all the clothes that I used to love no longer looked nice on me, or just didn't fit at all. Similarly my goal isn't to become 'skinny' - I want to be fitter and healthier.

I was so lucky to finding an awesome gym instructor, who soon became my personal trainer too. He isn't interested in weight or in dieting. He concentrates solely on my body fat percentage, lean muscle mass and tone - in order to help me to become as fit and as healthy as I can be.

I started myself with a class a week along with two/three solo sessions and gradually upped it as I improved my fitness so I'm now training once a week PT and four times a week with various classes including boxing, kick boxing, legs bums & tums, and step & tone.

I've not been dieting - in fact I'm consuming over 2000 calories a day but what I am doing is making sure I eat the right kinds of food - lots of protein {white meat, fish, eggs, tofu etc} and small amounts of complex carbs {brown rice, wholewheat pasta, wholegrain couscous, sweet potato} along with a ton of vegetables, plenty of fruit and lots of water. 

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So there I am ^^ I'm probably half way to my goal - I've shaved my body fat percentage down by 6%; lost a total of 6 inches so far from my waist, hips and legs and have lowered my BMI from 22.8 to 21.0. I feel a lot better in myself, more energetic, less bloated, my stomach feels a lot flatter and firmer, I actually have muscles in my arms{!} and my legs and bum are becoming a lot more toned.

It's so difficult when you see yourself to notice the changes as they really are so gradual, but taking {all be it cringey} photos along the way and measurements is a great way to look back and realise how far you've come. 

There you have it then - not as drastic a change as some incredible 'before & after' journeys I see online, but nevertheless some progress that I think I can be proud of. 

I hope I didn't scar you guys for life, but I think it's so important that we all have the confidence to love our bodies, not hate them, and to encourage and support each other to be healthy and happy whatever shape or size we may be - life's too short to get consumed by 'size', let's just concentrate on being the best versions of ourself.

xo.