On Fitness and Body Image

It’s coming up to that time of year, when everyone seems to put the same old resolution on their list. Lose weight (or any other form of that). I’ve been doing the same for a few years, but never really did anything about it, but getting more and more unhappy about how I was looking. For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I stopped doing outfit posts earlier this year. Not because I didn’t have anything new to post about, but more that I hated how I looked in photos.


The turning point I think had to be Sarah’s birthday. I saw the photos from her party and cried. Coincidentally, just before I left for St Albans, Alex had bought a Withings Wifi Scale*, so I reluctantly stepped on before I left, and let it record my weight. Ugh.

The thing that I like about the Withings scales is that it records my weight, and sends it to their site. There’s an app that I can access on my iPhone or iPad, and it’s good to see how my weight has changed over time. (I love a good graph)

Something else that I’ve used during this time to measure what I’m doing is my Fitbit* (the link is for the new Fitbit One, but I have the Fitbit Ultra.) It measures how many steps you do, how you sleep, and other things. I find it useful to tell me how much I’ve done in the day (it has a daily target of 10,000 steps, and I’m always happy to beat that target!) and I like the social aspect where you can compete against friends to get the most steps that week.

With these things, with eating a little better (less snacking at work, etc) and going to the gym on a regular basis, I have lost 30lbs (or if you prefer, thats about 2 stone or 13.5 kg) since the end of July. Slow, yes, but hopefully, it will stay off. Even if I’m eating a Mars ice cream bar as I type this.

Why am I telling you this? Besides the time of year, it’s something that I’ve been vaguely mentioning on Twitter, and thought a post to put everything together might be of interest. Maybe it is, maybe not.

Sensible eating and exercise helps you lose weight. Who knew, right?


  1. Harriet says

    Major congratulations to you for being so disciplined, and finding ways to make fitness to work for you. I am doing the same old ‘exercise more’ resolution this year, but I think in the past the problem has been I haven’t found a way to make exercise part of my daily routine, so it always feels like a chore. Hopefully this is the year for me, you are definitely an inspiration for me though!

  2. Nic says

    Good for you Hayley! You’ve been really sensible about the changes you’ve made, and your progress is really good! Your dedication is inspiring me to keep going to the gym :)

  3. Rebecca Shipley (@Shippers1983) says

    Booya. High five to you.

    This is the way to do it – slowly and sensibly and that way it’s much more likely to stay off. I love that you love the gym now, I’ve been missing the gym so much since unemployment hit, I’m desperate to get back out there.


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