You should probably know that as I type this I am lying on the sofa in my PJs, with Tim (my husband) rubbing my feet and a tub of Cadbury’s Minitature Heroes by my side. Bliss right?
On the flip side I’m also lying on the sofa with a sore big toe, a pending cold, controlled epilepsy, gallbladder-less, yeast intolerant and I have some very sore muscles from being in quite a sedentary job and not doing much exercise. I’m also lying on said sofa with approximately 40% body fat and with borderline low bone density.
And this my friends, is the inspiration for setting up Simple Healthy Living. I have spent the past (almost) 20 years on endless diets (with only some success) and have found that the more information I gather on weight loss, the more confusing it becomes. Well, the basics aren’t confusing – calories in versus calories out and strength training.
Social media would have you believe that it’s anything but calories in versus calories out. It’s food type, body type, exercise type, hormonal imbalances, food addiction, intermittent fasting, low calorie, high calorie, in the middle calorie. Basically anything but a calorie deficit that aids weight loss.
Yet every diet group and social media influencer drives a hard sales pitch with great success and as a result I have spent the last 18 months spiralling into the deepest pits of diet culture hell.
And quite frankly, I’ve had enough.
I’m bored of spending money on diet plans, bored of being a sheep and most importantly bored of dieting.
Now don’t get me wrong… I’m also wary of the Health At Every Size movement and think that in due course it will come back to bite certain individuals on their derriere. But that’s a discussion for another time.
The biggest focus on this website will be on the word ‘simple’. I need to reduce my body fat (I’m fortunate that I’m not overly fussed about the numbers on the scales), I need to build my strength, I need to manage my stress and I need to introduce more hobbies into my life.
I don’t want to ‘eat clean’ all the time – moderation is definitely key. There’s room for both kale and cookies here (although I’m not mad for a cookie but you know what I mean!).
So please, take a seat, sit back and relax and enjoy the simplicity!