Bright Lights Big City

5.30am another Monday morning, time to switch into “rat race” mode, another not enough hours in the week, blackberry flashing, ready and charged to go, unlike my body...Up and showered, legging it for the train, hoping that London Midland decide to go to work too and that the good old misery line (Northern Line) is working, play the usual game of where are the doors gonna open so I can grab a seat for the journey up and not have to stand with my face in an armpit, being 5ft 3 can be unpleasant in the summer months .... blackberry checking (in between a FB stalk as I need something to make me feel human) what’s in store for this week, 10am team meeting, 11.30 sales meeting, 1.00 client lunch, 4.30 meeting, broker drinks, and the cycle begins, home grab something to soak up the vino slightly worse for wear and here we go again..............

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I’m Tracey, 42 and have worked in the City in London for coming up to 20 years and probably classed as a “not so young professional”. I work for a large US Insurer as Head of Mid Corporate Clients and as well as managing the team I have to develop business which involves entertaining clients, corporate events and lunches/dinners on a regular basis.  

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and the variety it brings, my friends think it’s glamorous and it does have some fantastic perks but the excessive calories and long hours were starting to take over. I’m no spring chicken and the work hard, party hard lifestyle was taking its toll and so it’s time to take control. I’ve always loved the gym, and go classes and fitness weekends regularly, it’s a stress relief and gives me at least one hour in the day when I don’t have to think about targets, figures, team drama’s and just concentrate on getting to the end of that spin session without throwing up, I didn’t realise that someone could actually sweat that much, but even with all the exercising I couldn’t shift the pounds as the boozing and rich foods would outweigh the good work I had done that earlier that day. I felt sluggish, tired and bloated all the time and by Friday when everyone was gearing up to go out for a few drinks all I wanted to do was sleep....

I’ve tried loads of different “fad diets”, you know the usual red/green and easy (I’m blond I seriously don’t understand how that works) and point counting (never was good at maths), but I lose a few pounds but would lose interest after a month or so and so be back to square one.

I didn’t want a diet, I wanted a lifestyle change ( I remember I had  been pretty poorly with a lung infection so felt awful and just didn’t want to go back to the long hours and body bashing again) that I read up about MC&L. I had seen our blogger Charlotte at fitness weekends and then seen the transformation and the comments made on FB and it looked fairly easy to follow, no mung beans or cabbage soup, HURRAH, but NO BOOZE how was I gonna cope??? I panic when I get down to the last 6 bottles of wine in the rack, I just like to see that they are there (for emergency purposes) so the thought of no Sauvignon Blanc for 3 whole weeks was hard to comprehend, but something in the black recess of my mind told me I had to break the cycle or I would end up breaking that spin cycle, plus the hangovers were getting harder to handle and it was just 3 weeks, I could do it, I just had to shut myself in my room, keep away from my friends, clients, brokers and world and just have my IPhone for FB updates.  No, seriously it was time to take the leap and go for it.  

My fella Chris is really into fitness and he has always supported me, he trains hard and eats healthily so making these changes was going to be easy at home it was just the work lifestyle to juggle and combat and being able to plan around the weekly events and socialising.

Being part of a group is a great feeling, the support is amazing, it is also great to ask questions, swap recipes and rant when feeling low or share a funny anecdote, I made some great friends, now real friends on FB, you know who you are, keep at it girlies, we are rocking it, it helps when the peer pressure at work gets too much.  You can imagine the comments I got when I was out drinking “sparkling water with fresh lime” I wanted to wear a sign ......NO I AM NOT PREGNANT!!! Also had to let the team know I hadn’t developed a drug habit as the visit to the ladies with the water consumption means you pee......a lot! I’m not at Tena Lady stage yet thankfully...

It is surprising how quickly those 21 days goes and how your mind-set changes, I was a proper tea drinker, at least 7-8 cups a day, I can now say that I have had 2 times in last 6 months I have drunk tea and I don’t miss it.....

The variety of food and vegetables has opened my taste buds up, I am now particularly partial to Pak Choi, Sugar Snap Peas and Protein Shakes (this is a cheeky way to get your chocolate cravings suppressed) as oppose to Pinot, Pringles and Pork Pies !!! It’s all in the preparation and planning and a bit of variety on the spicing.....Chris did attempt to make me a version of the Butternut Squash Soup but he does love a chilli or 3 and maybe he just forgot to wear his glasses when reading the recipe that day but crikey o’reilly it blew my head off.....I have since made it with just the one chili and it is scrummy....this is surprisingly filling so I batch make soups and have these at lunch or in evenings if I have clients to entertain.....

So.....6 months later, I have lost 2stone and 5lbs which also equates to 22 inches and a drop of 2 dress sizes, I was in denial to start with when I first started to lose it but when I posted the pics I started to believe it, I actually could see the difference too.  I looked like Charlie Chaplin in my suits, a lot of them have had to go, and when Chris told me my boobs looked like they were in armoured suit I realised my bangers had started to disappear too, I started to panic I needed a boob job, nope just need new bras to hold them in place :)

I’ve bags of energy, I feel great, I am sleeping better than ever and I now know that my IBS is basically a wheat intolerance and that the sluggish and bloated feeling is that my body just doesn’t like bread very much.....on the plus side I’m a cheap date as my alcohol tolerance has reduced significantly, the hangovers are still killers though!!!

I’m still on my journey, in fact it has only just begun, they say life begins at 40, so maybe that is true for me, or 42 anyway.  This is all about lifestyle for me and not just losing weight for an end goal, don’t get me wrong I am so chuffed with what I have achieved considering the job I do but it just goes to show where there is a will there is a way and I will be blogging along with the others on my trials and tribulations as I continue, there will be highs and lows I am sure, but there will be “no I can’t do this or my job won’t allow me anymore......”  

That’s it from me for now, but I will be back posting fortnightly along the with other girls who are doing amazing, so excited for everyone who joins us on this journey, I’ve posted a few pics to show some new and old, check out some pics of my journey so far.....

Tracey x

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