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Hey family, So, my weight has yo-yo'd entirely through my 20s but as I've gotten older and more comfortable my skin, my focus on my health has definitely taken a bit of a nosedive.

You know how it goes, we get busy, other things take over and we seem to give less time to making ourselves a priority. To be honest, since we've left the UK it hasn't really changed but I'm definitely more conscious of it. As we adjust to the Spanish way of living, I'm realising that it doesn't take much to build a better version of you.

I'm still trying to eat and enjoy ALL the food and drinks in Spain & definitely have not restricted myself at all. Being that I'm still breastfeeding, I definitely have to make sure I'm eating enough for the both of us. However, I've still somehow managed to lose a whooping 17 pounds and 2 inches of my waist since we left the UK. I can only put it down to 2 things:

  1. Walking Everywhere
  2. Switching around meal times

We walk EVERYWHERE!!! Unless a journey is almost physically impossible on foot, we'll always opt to walk, couple that with carrying 20 something pounds of Taji and her changing bag, there's bound to be some weight shed. In Malaga, we were walking for at least an hour, sometimes 2 everyday and that included my daily walk up to Gilbrafaro Castle. We've not been so active in Sevilla and with my back issue it's thrown me off course but I'm getting better and walking helps so we'll be back on track shortly. Whenever I'm looking at how to get to a destination, I always look at how long it will take to walk above any other mode of transport. Bonus Points - It's FREE!!!

Meal times are treated very differently here in Spain and I do believe it's had a positive impact on us. Breakfast is something light, usually a bowl of fruits and yoghurt which is typically what I will have at about 9am, no fry ups round here!!

We normally have lunch between 2 & 4pm and this is the main meal of the day, the idea being that you still have the rest of the day to burn off the calories rather than in the evening eating a heavy meal in the UK and then spending the rest of the night in front of the TV leaving all those calories festering.

We then have dinner between 9 & 11pm and this is when you're more likely to find the Spanish locals out in restaurants socialising & eating tapas. I was worried about eating so late and feeling it the next day but it's a much lighter meal that won't weigh you down and I'm never left feeling bloated.

Though I'm not trying to fixate on a particular number on the scale, I'd like to lose another 4 inches of my waist and seeing how easy it's been to lose weight so far by making very minor changes, I know it's more than possible.

Having a very active almost 1 year old, I want to make sure I'm the best version of me so I can keep up with her and go on many more adventures in the years to come. Having a bad back has shown me how debilitating ill-health can be, we've only just started and I'm not trying to spend the best years of my life barely able to get around. I usually use the 80/20 rule, eating healthily 80% of the time whilst allowing myself the odd treat 20% of the time. So, I'm hoping you'll keep me accountable as I try to improve my health whilst on this journey, I'll keep you posted.

Take care of yourselves and each other my friends!

Love & Light,