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Summer body: Made in winter

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I run because I really like cake vest

I’m currently in my spring body now but I’ve been working hard since January to create my summer body – it’s well known that summer bodies are made in the winter!

The photo below shows one of my running tops and it is certainly true in my case – I do really like cake, but also food in general and as someone with a history of emotional eating, my weight loss journey has been an up and down road over the years.

I run because I really like cake vest

Having been overweight my whole adult life I have never known what a slim body and freedom around food feels like. I have had some screwed up brain wiring when it comes to food; eating not only for comfort but also happiness, excitement, boredom and fear in addition to the actual hunger. I’ve struggled over the years when I have tried to actively lose weight, losing some then gaining some. I’ve been determined and shifted a few stones through pure sweat, focus and grit but when life happened as it inevitably does, it knocked me sideways and the focus, grit and hard work was gone and I slipped back into old ways – putting the weight back on again.

This was when I was trying too! There have been many years where I have not tried to lose weight as I was perfectly happy as I was! I have always loved fashion and looked after myself when it came to the way I dressed. I would wear the latest clothes and follow trends, and I’d always do my make-up and wear pretty jewellery. No-one ever commented on my weight, I was accepted as I was, but because I wasn’t monitoring what I was eating, the pounds crept on over the years until I reached a size 24 clothing (UK size) and started to find that my fabulous fashion choices were limited and that was my turning point – I couldn’t have that.

This was a blog post I wrote a few years ago called Weight loss: Before and during. It was called this because I hadn’t yet reached my ‘after’. I’m still working on that, it takes time. In this post (follow the link) you can see me looking much heavier next to a picture of how I looked when the post was written. Right now I’m about 1 stone bigger than the slimmer photo of me in that post – an up to date photo of me is below.

Nadine March cropped2016

As you can see, I’m enjoying my sessions at the gym and I have written a series of three articles for BritMums surrounding the fitness work I’ve been up to, which were sponsored by Nuffield Health who supplied me with a 3 month membership to their Wakefield branch. You can read my posts on BritMums at the links below – and each article contains some useful tips that may help you with your own fitness plans:

Locating my inner motivation

Variety is the spice of exercise

The busy mum’s guide to working out

I’m still working toward my summer body and to help support myself better, I’ve made some changes this year. More planning (both of my meals and my workout sessions), more compassion when I have a wobble as we all do (and if I do eat a chocolate bar or a burger it really isn’t the end of the world) and more belief that I can do it because I can and I will. I hope you enjoy the video below which I recorded about belief for weight loss. If it helps just one other person with this struggle feel less alone then it will have served its purpose.

I have and will continue to post motivational videos about weight loss and transformation, so if you are interested in that then please subscribe to my YouTube channel for the latest vlogs. If inspirational sayings are more your thing then follow me on Instagram as @Businessmum where I upload one a month alongside other lifestyle shots. Plus I am also on Instagram as @JuggleMumBlog where I share the latest JuggleMum content in image form! Subscribe to both – I promise there is never any image crossover!

Are you working on your summer body or do you already have it? Let me know in the comments!

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Health · Wellness

Comments to Summer body: Made in winter

  • That is an amazing achievement Nadine, you must be really happy! I have little “healthy eating” will power when I am tired I find. Which I tend to be all the time at the moment with a five month old! 😀

    Emma 17th March 2016 8:49 pm Reply
    • Yes, I find it harder when I’m tired too so my challenge is to manage myself to not get too exhausted! Not always easy though:-)

      Nadine Hill 20th March 2016 11:57 am Reply
  • You are doing amazingly well. What an inspiration you are. I love the I run for cake top!

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 17th March 2016 10:48 pm Reply
    • Thanks Jen! I love my cake top too! It makes me smile:-)

      Nadine Hill 20th March 2016 11:54 am Reply
  • I think women everywhere worry about weight. I know I’m a very normal weight yet I still have ‘fat days’ when I eat the wrong stuff and feel huge. I admire your weight loss program so much, just the thought makes me want to eat cake, I think I kids myself I don’t diet, but probably compensate for my bad days subconciously. Keep up the motivational work and you’ll have your gorgeous summer body.

    Coombe Mill - Fiona 17th March 2016 11:30 pm Reply
    • Aww thanks Fiona! I’m just putting one foot in front of the other every day but I will do it in the end.

      Nadine Hill 20th March 2016 11:53 am Reply
  • I’m working on my Summer body too and I’m slowing getting there although it’s not going as fast as I wanted it too 😉

    Cass@frugalfamily 18th March 2016 10:23 am Reply
    • It never does Cass does it? We all want it now, but we will get there in the end!

      Nadine Hill 20th March 2016 11:48 am Reply
  • Well done, you are inspiring all for us to get that summer body. Mine is a winter one with lots of rolls of fat keeping me warm:)

    Nayna Kanabar 18th March 2016 3:39 pm Reply
    • haha I loved your comment Nayna- embrace it!

      Nadine Hill 20th March 2016 11:47 am Reply
  • Good luck with it Nadine. I am a stone heavy than I was this time last year and want to lose it before the cruise but am seriously lacking motivation!

    Kara 18th March 2016 5:51 pm Reply
    • Thanks Kara. I have great days and I have worse days but if I keep chipping away, eventually I’ll have my masterpiece!

      Nadine Hill 20th March 2016 11:47 am Reply
  • I am definitely not in my summer body. I need to find it…or at least the motivation to find it! LOVE that top!!

    Globalmouse 22nd March 2016 9:03 pm Reply
    • Thank you – anything that makes us smile is great!!

      Nadine Hill 23rd March 2016 7:50 pm Reply

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