It started through necessity. When I moved out from Laurence’s I was the only person who would tidy, do the hoovering and all that jazz. I started to notice a little difference in my figure. Olé right? No, immediate relationship withdrawal kicked in and I began savaging whole packets of KitKats. Not eating properly is an understatement. I went from my usual evening meal + a takeaway+ chocolate and crisps and full fat Cola to basically nothing except a few kitkats. I gained weight. Actually, I gained around 4 pounds. What a nightmare, and clearly the last thing a newly single 22 year old needs right? I had a few repeat incidents of people offering me seats on busy public transport just to put a cherry ontop of my bottomed out self esteem.
Then, came the completely empty pockets. I’m not just talking not being able to get a new top here and there, I’m talking not being able to buy softner or bread or deoderent. Along with the departure of these items and similar from the reach of my budget went…the TAXI! Yes folks, no matter how poor I was I always scrimped a few extra quid to get me from my house to my mum’s and visa versa. It’s a good 30 minute walk at a brisk pace, but with two kids, or one in a buggy and one dawdling behind you its a good 50 minutes…a pain in the neck in other words.
Eventually, like all struggling parents I had to sacrifice something. I started walking and I was so surprised at how much I loved it. When I was on my own I made sure I worked hard at keeping up a pace and raising my heart rate and when I was with the boys I just made sure I enjoyed the walk. I started to see amazing results. I haven’t been so pleased with my figure in a good few years.
Giving up the taxis, the takeaways, the sky, the phoneline and broadband, the treats in the shopping budget, the EXTRA person in the budget….i thought I’d make some serious savings in my purse. WRONG! My parents have been there for me to the Nth degree but the person I have to give the most credit to is Laurence. He has been keeping me afloat on food, heat, lifts and AHEM…other things as well. It has been such a great time with him.
There is only one MAJOR problem with the arrangement….or maybe its a few major problems. These are CRISPS, SAUSAGE ROLLS, PIE and …the return of COLA!!! Right now, I am sitting infront of Laurence’s computer with my SECOND ( read it and weep folks) SECOND bag of crisps and Cola….feeling my waistline expand as we speak. Tomorrow, its back to my flat to live on brown toast and fruitshoots and walking everywhere.