For the last few days I’ve been bugging everyone to vote for me in the Spar Spartan Challenge. Now, instead of asking for votes once again, I said I’d take the time to tell you why you should vote for me and what it would mean to me if I won.
In my profile for the Spartan Challenge I said I felt like my whole life I’d been heavy. When I was younger I was involved in swimming, camogie and horse-riding. I enjoyed them but my interested waned when I started to hit my teenage years. Even while I was involved in sports and stuff I’d much rather be sitting with a nose stuck in a book, painting or doing something creative. My parents might disagree but I don’t remember myself as a child who could spend hours and hours running around without tiring. It wasn’t that I had no energy, I just thought reading was more fun! (I was a nerd event then.)
When I hit puberty I lost my puppy fat and all through secondary school I was happy with my figure. When I was 18 or 19 my favourite thing to wear out was black corset. I loved it and would do anything to be able to wear one again but my stomach stops me from doing that now! Weight wasn’t something I worried about and I never had to worry about dressing to cover my wobbly bits! I wish I had appreciated it back when I could.
The weight started to pile on when I went to college. Long hours in college and no money meant I was eating terribly and doing no activity. In the last two years I’ve gained even more weight for two reasons; I had my first full time job and I had a car. Those two things meant I could eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and I started eating a lot more takeaways. Because I had a car I did no exercise at all. I used to walk an hour everyday, to get from A to B but now I had a car I didn’t need to do that.
In October 2009 I hit my highest weight of 13st 3lbs. I joined WeightWatchers and by July 2010 I weighed 11 stone and felt fantastic. At this point I was employed so I gave up WeightWatchers to save money and the weight piled on. Come October I was over 13 stone again so I joined Curves and started watching what I was eating. My heart wasn’t really in it until April of this year and since then I have lost another stone. I’m also trying to do some form of exercise daily. I didn’t go back to WeightWatchers because I don’t want to be on a diet for the rest of my life. I would rather get some education and change my eating habits without ‘dieting’.
However what I’m doing isn’t enough and I believe there are two things holding me back (apart from me, myself and I). Firstly I have no one encouraging me or spurring me on. My boyfriend is great and will happily eat my low-calorie or low-fat meals and will come with me on walks and cycles but if I was to suggest something easy, like a takeaway or pizza, for dinner he would happily agree. I know he means well by not criticising me for not sticking to my healthy regime but I need someone to be there for me when my resolve weakens. I also have no one to exercise with and to encourage me to exercise. Again, my boyfriend is great, but he is much fitter than I am so when we exercise together I end up getting frustrated as I see myself trying so hard while he breezes along.
The second thing is I don’t know what I’m doing right or wrong. I gave up on ‘dieting’ because I don’t want to diet for the rest of my life so I’m just trying to eat less and do more. However I don’t know what the right kind of exercise I should be doing is or what I should and shouldn’t be eating. That’s why I entered the Spartan Challenge. Whenever I see programs like The Biggest Loser or Operation Transformation I always want to apply but don’t have the balls. Even applying for the Spartan Challenge was a big step for me!
If I win this it could be life changing. I will get advice and support from a personal trainer and a nutritionist and they will guide me as I train to run the Dublin Marathon which will, in turn, give me the knowledge I need to eat right and exercise right so I can lose weight and be as fit as I can be! If I win I will put everything I have into this. I said earlier I have no one encouraging me but if I win I will count every single vote that I received as someone who is standing behind me and spurring me on. I won’t let anyone down by dropping out halfway or doing it half-arsed.
The first step is canvassing for votes. The two people with the most votes in each county will then go to Dublin to meet the personal trainer and nutritionist. They will decide which of the two from each county will become the Spartan. Voting is open until next Wednesday, June 29th, and I need to be the person with the most or second most votes in Limerick when voting closes. At the moment I’m about 30 votes ahead of everyone else in Limerick but that could change in an instance.
I know it’s annoying to see me posting the same link over and over again but your vote could genuinely change my life. After 23 years of being chubby you could be the reason that I am healthy!
If you want to vote click here: http://bit.ly/iTXlhm You will need to use your Facebook profile to vote but it won’t post anything on your wall or sign you up to anything. It literally takes 2 seconds.
Feel free to share the link or this blog post with any friends as well. I’d really appreciate it!