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Hello out there

I am a skinny fat girl - always have been. Weight was never a big concern. I could eat what I wanted and lose weight easily and quickly. Until I couldn't. I know it's cliche by now but things changed as I got older.

At 25 - say good by to size 0 forever. Not that this is a bad thing but it was a change for me.

At 27 - say good bye to size 2 forever. Again, who *needs* to be size 2?

At 30 - bye bye post clubbing/ drinking pig out sessions. Ah I do miss those days, until I eat that stuff again and realize that you kind of had to be drunk to like it.

At 35 - hello steady trips to the gym. I hate the gym. I mean I'll do it but on a schedule?!?! whaaaat?! I used to be able to just go for weeks, 4 times a week and lose whatever weight I wanted... not any more.

At 37 - what to do when all the old tricks fail?

That is where I am at. My wonderful boyfriend started me on the path of heavy lifting (squat, deadlifts, dips) and i LOVE the strength and feeling strong. I did miss the delicate feeling I used to have in cute (ahem, skimpy) outfits but I'd rather be able to kick someone's butt anyway.

It took me a while (years) to get into my lifting groove but now I am confident in the gym and am putting up weights that I'm really proud of.

So now it's diet time. I'm embarking on a new way of eating based on the 5:2 diet. I'm usually the last one to try fad diets but I really like the open nature of the diet within the confines of "eat normally 5 days a week and restrict calories to 500 days (for women) for 2 non consecutive days a week".

I'm still learning and working on things so please feel free to comment.

Let's see how this goes!!!


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