Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Run Fat Girl, Run

Kiss my bingo wings
It often surprises people that I regularly exercise. There tends to be a general preconception that anyone over a size 14 just sits on their arse eating cream buns all day, and yes whilst I do a lot of that too I also schedule in some exercise  a few times a week.
After many years of being worryingly obsessed with my shape and size (and getting fatter and more unhappy with every failed diet)  I no longer use exercise as a way to try and change myself, rather I use it to maintain my health.
You see I am very healthy. I am never ill, have normal blood pressure, no underlying medical conditions if the media is to believed I'm a working miracle. A plus sized woman who isn't draining the NHS of valuable resources whilst begging for a gastro band and wiping away my tears of self hatred with a KFC drumstick.     
This is me attempting to look like I'm warming up but I actually look like I'm doing the teapot
As my shape and size illustrate I am not naturally athletic and don't find exercise particularly enjoyable or interesting but as a self employed mum I can't afford to get ill or become so overweight I am no longer able to be active and with my metabolism (which I have nicknamed Brian after the snail in the magic roundabout) I know if I do nothing  I will need craning out the house to go to the shops and that would just be a bit inconvenient.

Coming atcha like a lardy middle aged housewife
I aim to to go to the gym twice a week and do my Davina DVD at least once a week (shes a tough woman, don't let her sunny personality and chestnut locks sponsored by Garnier deceive you)  and walk to pick my little girl up from school every day but I often fall off the wagon and realise I have let a few weeks slide without doing this. When the top of my legs start to rub together and I'm out of breath just running up the stairs I will take myself in hand and shout "run fat girl, run" 

I don't know why I did this. I'm quite embarrassed now
As a bit of a moody bitch I find I'm much happier when I'm working out regularly and as I'm a proper greedy pig I feel a lot more relaxed about what I eat so weirdly tend to eat a bit less and a bit better. 
On your marks, get set, wobble
My tactics for making my gym visits go quicker include taking my kindle, downloading audio books onto my i-pod and a rather cunning stand up, sit down work out which sees me go from the bike (sit down) to the cross trainer (stand up) to the rower (sit down) and so on. I'm sure anyone who is actually really fit and loves exercise will think this is the height of slobbishness and flys in the face of bothering to do 45 minutes of cardio but I don't give a monkeys.


Yes I do sweat a lot even for a fat lass

I know some plus sized princesses feel awkward about going to exercise classes or gyms but you really shouldn't. No one gives two fucks about the fat chick zoning out to the Harry Potter audio book on the treadmill and if they do? well just chuck your sweat towel at them.
By the way if you do decide having witnessed me in all my size 20 gym kitted glory that you are going to start doing exercise start gently. If you injure yourself or go too bonkers you will just stop doing it. Take from me the biggest exercise skiver in the world-slow and steady really does win the race.




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28 comments:

  1. This post has made me feel much better about the 2 angel cake bars, rice pudding, pizza, salad & strawberries & clotted cream I have consumed today. Also the fact I spent £160 of a tax refund back in Feb on pink & black lycra, running trainers and various other exercise necessites (Iphone holder, Special running earphones, gloves, hat) that other than the 'jog' (aka get out of breath after approx 4 then continue to do cartwheels & handstands in the park) I did with Donna I have merely worn whilst watching tv! I clearly need a boot up the backside or at least a help of the sofa........!

    Thank you Betty!! xxx

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    1. You are welcome Beckie-I now want rice pudding

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  2. maybe no one really 'gives 2 fucks about the fat chick zoning out' on the treadmill, but they sure as heck laughed when i fell off the back of one!! I feel too embarrassed to go back to the gym, ( or maybe thats just an excuse!) i do however love to do belly dancing and walk. I have also got a line dancing video which i want to try next - i can just tell Davina wold be hard on me!!
    Well done Betty for what you manage to do most weeks!

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    1. Loving the sound of teh belly dancing. Davina is atough bitch I can't lie

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  3. I completely agree with the misconception people have about bigger girls.

    Im size 16-18 and have always been big, weighing 11stone age 14. Id never been athletic although i tried my hardest too be.

    Not one for gineric fitness i tried everything from snowboarding, skateboardingto BMXing, i even opend my own shop, but was pants at every one of them.

    I now play roller derby and its bloody amazing and my size if anything is a complete advantage when i compete.

    Although many people loose weight when they excerise in my case iv actualy put on 2 stone but have not gained a single dress size.

    Im a heavy set girl on the bottom half, which is where iv built a ton of muscle (hence the weight gain) but i am so so happy with my body shape and size and if on the odd occasion i do get snide comments from people about my size i just giggle to myself safe in the knowledge that if we were on track together id kick their ass :)

    Anne aka Acid Pain aka Badly Behaved Betty

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    1. Its such a nice feeling when you start to actually like your body isnt it. Took me years and now I think its a frigging marvel.

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  4. Oh how I love you Betty. Can't write more as off me face on rose wine... But rest assured, you are bloody brill! X x

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  5. I used to have a friend who was 'plus size'but was physically fitter than all of us in the office! She use to go running, whereas a girl in the office who was a size 8 got out of breath climbing the stairs.I'm always going to have bigger thighs, but I've learned to think that they are okay. Yes they have dimples and yes I wish the didn't, but despite the fact they meet in the middle, they are actually quite firm I regularly go on walks between 8-15 miles and these legs make that happen! I used to be an 8-10 now I'm a 12-14, I'm also 35 and losing weight does get harder as you get older and your body shape changes BUT Despite not having 35 inch hips anymore, I think my hips are pretty good. I like having boob and bum and the muscley thighs that meet in the middle aren't so bad either!Loved this post. You are rocking the tracksuit! ;)

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    1. Its all about how you feel isnt it. Since having my little girl I actually realise my body is awesome, not something to dislike. Sure I sometimes wish every solitary crumb of food I ate didnt settle immediately on my waist but aswing skirt can hide amukltitude of sins x

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  6. Thank you so so so much for this post. I've been fretting about being over weight and stressing about diets and generally getting so stressed I never lose a thing, hOw rubbish is that stress hormones stop yOu losing weight! Well reading this has just made me feel so much better, I'm a 16 and I spend my days having an internal monologue about all the things I probably have wrong with me from being over weight huffing and puffing up stairs. It feels like maybe I have too much to do to change it but honestly you've really inspired me.
    I have been wanting to hit my 10,000 steps a day target but I realise going hell for leather from the go is only going to make me give up. So I'm going to be slow and steady and consistent. Try to take the focus off losing weight and just try and relax!

    Thanks so much

    Dp
    X
    Www.inanityandthegirl.com

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    1. I used to be exactly the same, and of course still ahve days when I wish I looked slimmer but Ive stopped giving myself a hard time and its weirdly given me a bit more motivation x

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  7. Great post! I'm a size 20 & I work in retail, I spend my day running around, I only sit down for 30mins a day! Yet people still think I'm unfit.... how can that be? I never go to the gym but I do have a wii fit which I try to use at home :) x

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    1. Im thinking of getting a wi-fit-think it might be good to do with my little girl x

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  8. There is often a big divide between fitness and size. When I worked in a large government building and the lift went out it wasn't always the biggest people sitting on the stairs half way up, there were young people who obviously never took any exercise and skinny people who smoked like chimneys. I exercised in my 20's and early 30's until I hurt my back and people always looked surprised that I had been for a run before college/work. I sincerely wish I could get my size 22 tracksuit on and do it now.
    Val
    xxx

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    1. Sorry to hear about your back. I had real back problems after having my little girl. I did find swimming gave me some releif x

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  9. Well said Betty.
    I am a big girl but I don't like all the bad things and certainly don't pig out. I walk at least two miles everyday and until recent non-fat related health issues was pretty fit.
    By the way it seems most men like padded women gives them something to snuggle into without risking being impaled on a bone.

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    1. exactly, being on the plump side can have some advantages ha ha

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  10. What a fab post. I have the horrors of people pointing and laughing at me when I exercise (even now I'm a size 14 rather than a 24) but I'm slowly realising that no-one really gives a crap.

    Everyone at Zumba is too busy boinging around to bother with what I look like whilst I'm boinging and when I go swimming it totally helps that I can't see properly without my specs on. If anyone is pointing and laughing, I wouldn't notice them anyway.

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    1. Im thinking of joining the local zumba class as it looks like such a good laugh x

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  11. "wiping away my tears of self hatred with a KFC drumstick." - ha ha ha ha!!!! What a great line.

    Tis the misconception that larger than average (is there even an "average" anymore? meh) gals do nothing about "it". I longe stopped giving a flying turd what people think of me. What I think of myself is far more important :D

    Great post :)

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    1. You are a woman after my own heart x

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  12. we are literally the same person, Miss B! I LOVE this post, love you too.

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