To give a bit of background for the trip; I'm 31 years young, 5'2" and as at 8.15am on 6 January 2014 (my first weigh-in of the year), I weighed 11st 12.5lbs (166.5 lbs) - down from 177lbs in November 2013.
I wear a UK size 16 and have done since I finished University at 21, but wasn't much below a 12-14 before then. I don't think I've worn a size 10 since I was about 10!
I have crap knees (subluxating patellae apparently) so I've never been sporty, but I did ride from age 7, and had horses from when I was 13 (again, until university at 20). At Uni I danced Swing and Lindy Hop and learned to paraglide but then did very little exercise-wise until 2012/13 when I went to Zumba classes once a week.
Summer 2013 was notable in the fact that despite the fact I don't eat a rich diet, was only 30 years old and female, I was diagnosed with gout. As the other main factors are genetics (both parents have it) and weight-related, I decided that I had to do something proactive to get myself healthy. Like the proverbial lightswitch, I suddenly had the desire to get fit and in November 2013 I joined the gym at work. I've been every weekday morning (that I have been in the office), ever since and do a mix of cardio and strength training.
Lifestyle-wise, I cook/prepare about 95% of our meals. I believe in real butter, whole milk and not cutting out anything from my diet; everything is fine in moderation! I watch my calorie intake and believe in the magic forumula: Calories Out > Calories In = Weight Loss
I love baking - cupcakes in particular as I enjoy getting creating with the decorations.
I only use natural (and preferably organic) products on my body, and love to make my own. In the house we use eco products wherever possible and practical. I grow as much of our own fruit and veg as possible, and we also have three gorgeous urban chickens who try to keep our three ginger cats in line!