Monday 8 February 2021

Positive Mental Attitude

 If my university sampling of  philosophy is anything to go by, I think it was Descartes who said 'I think therefore, I am'. Well, we are now going to have the Lou version... 'I think, therefore I CAN'. 

It is so easy to get sucked into a spiralling negative cycle of self hate. I think social media has a lot to do with that (I say ironically from a blog). We see people's ideal self on social media, don't we. It always looks good, the beautiful home, the immaculately dressed, creative children, the gourmet meals etc... I do it. Last weekend should have been my hen. I was spoilt rotten by my hen girls with treats from home, flowers, a wonderful reference to my sister who passed away many years ago. It was so thoughtful and caring and I proudly posted it online. But I didn't post the tears I shed until 4am wishing that life was a bit different. That would have kind of killed the mood, don't you think? 

I am rambling now, back to my hand. I think, therefore I CAN. I had a blowout this weekend. I don't even care. I planned it, and I enjoyed it. This morning I was back counting everything as I had been for the three weeks before. It is so easy to put unnecessary pressure on ourselves to be perfect all the time. Perfection is boring. Boredom leads to disinterest. Disinterest leads to failure. Trying to be perfect all of the time will lead to failure. Trying to be your best at all times, leads to success.  If your best means that you need to take a break for a couple of days. Do it. Don't regret it. Do it. 

I follow some amazing accounts on instagram. Really motivating accounts where I see girls in their active wear cracking through their HIIT and it is so good that they have gotten themselves to that place. Someday, I will be there too  hopefully. Until that happens, I will just continue to be my best because if I think I can do it, then I know I can do it. 

Thursday 4 February 2021


 Hello everyone!

Welcome to Losing with Lou! 

Have you ever had that moment where you are looking in the mirror and just feel so helpless and lost and annoyed with yourself? I have personally had it thousands of times and every time that I have it I feel worse than I did the time before. I always react by going on some fad diet, losing a ton of weight and then putting it all back on again. I have been doing it for twenty years now. I honestly must have lost 100 stone in my lifetime. 

Last month, January 17th to be exact, I had a moment. It wasn't a pretty moment. There were tears, ugly crying tears, snottiness, flab pinching, self hatred, oh the whole shebang. In hindsight I think it was a combination of things: another lockdown, the postponement of our wedding, guilt that I had put weight on during the last lockdown etc...

So I decided that I was going to do something completely different this time! No more restrictive diets for me! No more shakes and bars, just simple calorie counting and exercise. The weight comes off slower, but I calculate that 2lbs a week can equal over 7 stone in a year, which is five months before my wedding! 

So three weeks in, I have lost 10lbs, which I am very excited about. 

The purpose of this blog is to share my journey, hold myself to account, and if anyone would like to join me on my journey, please do and share your progress with me!!

Positive Mental Attitude

 If my university sampling of  philosophy is anything to go by, I think it was Descartes who said 'I think therefore, I am'. Well, w...