As a Weight Loss Blogger I’ve of course been following the Slave to Food with Claire Richards of previous fame in Steps and more recently Popstar to Opera Star. Last nights show was probably the most positive of the shows so far. I found myself really rooting for her as the penny finally dropped that she needs to sort out her attitude to life and to food and her weight.
It’s something personally I have found the most important part of my journey and the times that I have broken down and fallen out of healthy eating it’s been because of emotional eating. Something which I have finally admitted I do need professional help with. I’ve made an appointment with my doctors and I suspect that I’ll have to wait some time for an appointment though.
She started to work with a life coach type person who started to build her confidence with a few exercises, then he made her wear a fat vest – a la biggest loser – to her biggest weight and dance in it. It completely made her see how far she’d come even if she wasn’t at her target weight. He made her wear a sumo suit too just to understand how big she was and how much smaller she is now. It’s something I have to remind myself about, how far I’ve come so far and when I properly recognise what I’ve achieved I feel much more confident and happy with things.
She also had the life coach come in and look through her food. There was no veg in the house, and very little fruit. He commented that the dog food was chicken and rice and was much more healthy than anything she and her family were eating. This was quite a shock for her as was visiting Britain’s only fat camp for kids. She was able to talk to them about self esteem being the most important thing and it woke her up to what kids with a poor diet have to go through at school and in their lives in general. How hard it can be for them which woke her up to what she was feeding her children.
It’s something that this journey has really made me aware of, not only what I’m feeding my child but what I’m educating him about food. He knows why protein is important, he knows where we get our energy from and why some things are just treats. He’s not obsessed with thin, he doesn’t even understand it, he knows what healthy is. I’m sure one day he’ll eat salad too but for now he hates it. He does love veg though so for now it’s veg.
Something she really came to realise is that there isn’t a goal. There is no ideal weight just a weight that you are happy at and confident at. She finally came to understand that health isn’t a target it’s a lifelong commitment and that’s completely what is dawning on me, the commitment is for life. This isn’t a fix it’s a change. I’ve been pretty inspired seeing Claire go from surgery to realising that any size you are healthy and happy at it is the right size.