All in all, my life is pretty normal, but things have changed a lot for me over the last few years. I'm sure it's not too unusual a story, but knowing how unhappy I used to be - about the way I looked and through struggling with depression - I decided to set up this blog to share what's happened to me to change my life in the hope that it might help other people who've been in that situation.
I'm hoping that eventually what you'll find here is some of that history of what happened to me, but also latest walks I've been on, a range of recipes and lots of input from other people with similar interests.
A bit of background
So where did this all start? I've had an ongoing struggle with both my weight and depression since my mid-teens. At school I was bullied - a common enough thing I know, but it's something it's taken me a long time to let go of. Unfortunately, my solution to the bullying at the time was to binge eat - I remember once eating an entire packet of Maryland cookies, hiding them down the side of the sofa so that my mum wouldn't notice. Of course, that didn't help as I put on weight, lost even more of my confidence and was bullied for being fat, on top of everything else.
This was the beginning of the battle - I went through phases where I managed to lose weight, but my main method of doing this was pretty much to just stop eating, which wasn't particularly sustainable! I was painfully shy and was constantly convinced that everyone was laughing at me.
Don't get me wrong, I've had plenty to be happy about over the years. I did really well at school and went to very good university. Along the way I've met some amazing friends and also managed to build a great career. Somehow though, this never quite resolved those inner issues for me. I always felt self-conscious and unhappy with how I looked and continued to feel depressed much of the time. The fact that so much was good about my life made me feel worse about being depressed, as I felt I shouldn't be, and the guilt was difficult to deal with.
Walking my way back to happiness
In the last few years, I've managed to change a lot about
my life. I'm now happy (when I feel depression coming on, I know better how to face it off), and I've lost over 3 stone in weight. I feel healthy, active and a million times more confident, and I have to say that the main reason for this
More than that, it's connected me with like-minded people, given me the confidence to try out new sports and activities, got me out in the beautiful British countryside and helped me change my career. Plus it saves me a hell of a lot of money on transport! It's made such a big difference to my life that The Boy has taken it up too, and I'm hoping that by
extolling the joys of walking on this blog that I'll inspire
even more people to do the same.
Along the way, I'll share what I did to get myself motivated, what I do to keep walking interesting when I do the same routes a lot, and also things I've discovered about the best shoes, clothes, etc. As well as any nice routes I've discovered and pretty much anything else I can think of.
I'm hoping there'll be plenty of other people who feel like me about walking and will want to join in with their own thoughts and ideas.
Watch this space!