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The health check

I’ve battled with myself over whether to write this post. It is, after all, the ultimate in over-sharing. The last thing you need to read about is the excess lard around my waist. And yet, it seemed like the right thing to do. To be honest, put myself out there and say that keeping in shape as a parent is hard. But it’s never too late to do something about it.

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A wake-up call

I know I’m overweight. I feel fat, frumpy and disgusting and none of my clothes fit. But somehow, hearing it from someone else hits harder.

Last week, I went for a health MOT at my local Nuffield gym. If I’m honest, it’s not something I ever would have considered until I signed up to VitalityMove. Since agreeing to help promote the VitalityMove fitness and music festival, they have been very generous in helping me to get fit. They gave me an amazing TomTom spark cardio watch, new trainers and a membership at the Nuffield gym.

I won’t use the gym because I already have a membership somewhere more local. But one of the things that Nuffield offer is a regular health MOT, and Vitality Move encouraged me to get one done.

The results

Well, let’s start with the positives. My blood pressure is fine, my blood glucose level is good, my aerobic fitness is excellent and my resting heart rate is low. I was particularly pleased about the aerobic fitness because it shows that all the running I do does count for something.

But less pleasant to hear was that my BMI (height to weight ratio) puts me as slightly overweight. My cholesterol is very slightly raised and more worryingly, my waist to hip ratio is basically out of control. In fact, it puts me in the category of being at very high risk of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes. And I know this isn’t due to my natural shape – it is purely due to the fat I carry around my waist.

Putting it right

I know that one of the worst culprits for putting fat on the waist is sugar. I do have an exceedingly sweet tooth, and yet when I cut out sugar earlier in the year, I had no problem with it. So, I’ll be cutting back on the amount of sugary snacks I eat, and of course generally eating less.

The other thing I’m going to try to do is up my exercise – and mix it up a bit. I do a fair amount of aerobic exercise, but nowhere near enough strength training. So I’ll be trying to do a strength workout a few times a week. This NHS home toning workout seems to be a good start.

Knowing that I’m not alone

I know that keeping fit as a parent is tough. Lack of sleep, energy and time are our biggest enemies. If you have an inspirational story about how you or someone else got their figure back, please do leave me a comment. I hope that in a few months I’ll have an inspirational story of my own. Perhaps this will be the kick I need to get both my figure and my confidence back.

Please note, I was given a membership to my local Nuffield gym free of charge by Vitality Move and encouraged to take up the health MOT. However, I was not asked to write about it and all views, opinions and excessively lardy middles are my own.


  1. June 14, 2017 / 7:56 am

    I am exactly the same and on the same path. I’ve always carried my weight around my middle but it was a shocker to see what my body fat percentage was!!

  2. June 14, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Well done for listening to what they said at the health check. I know I need to lose weight too, mostly because of my sweet tooth too. But it’s definitely harder hitting when it comes from someone else. You are definitely very fit with everything you do though! 🙂 X

  3. June 14, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    There’s lots of positives there and it’s good to have some objective advice on the ‘less positives’. The NHS do a health check at 40. I came out with a 0% chance of having a heart attack. Apparently I was the healthiest person she’d ever come across! That was nearly four years ago though, so who knows if it’s still the case. Like you, I eat way too much sugar!

  4. June 15, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Good luck – I hate to imagine what mine would be like. Last week I even had a friend actually ask if I was pregnant so I know I need to do something. My BMI has crept to 25.5 as well – and I have never previously had a problem. I tried some of those exercises and now I crave tea and biscuits! I am looking forward to following your inspiring journey.

  5. June 15, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Looking at your pictures, I’d say the BMI and overweight comment is completely wrong! I should really get myself checked out. I have an idea of what news they might say so I’m hoping there’s some good news to go along side!

  6. June 15, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    You looked amazing when I saw you in Manchester! I know how you feel though. I am the heaviest I’ve ever been with the exception of when I’ve been pregnant and I don’t feel great in myself because of it. Plus I’ve no idea what this means for my health. I need a kick up the b**! x

  7. msedollyp
    June 17, 2017 / 10:42 am

    its a constant battle for me, especially since turning 50 so i feel your pain. You are active and you do have the knowledge and in time you will get where you want to be for yourself and your health x

  8. June 18, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    It’s always a weird thing. My bmi rate puts me at weighing 7st 6lbs. And all due to the muscle loss the muscle lacking puts me at that weight. It’s silly. I weight 9st and am technically way overweight. Yet I’m slim and although have a tummy I would never say I am. I am on a health kick though. It’s a challenge and I think the mindset to be healthier is a good thing maybe not to be concerned by numbers though. You are always inspiring though with how you run and keep fit and for me that is the main thing

  9. June 22, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Well done for writing about this Nat I think it’s important for everyone to be alerted to the fact that we might not be as healthy as we think we are. I would love to get a health check done. I’m now 45 but I did think that they were offered as part of the NHS at 40 but I’ve never been offered one. Look forward to hearing your success story very soon!

    • July 10, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      Thank you Suzanne. I hope you managed to sort a health check in the end, they’re good for peace of mind too.

  10. July 20, 2017 / 5:04 am

    Hi Nat, well done you! I love your honesty! It is difficult maintaining a certain level of fitness when life is busy, but if we put our mind to it it is possible to keep fit (although I cannot for one minute imagine you being classed as unfit!). Sugar is my thing too and when I started my new job I went into a sugar loading overload, now I have cut right back again I feel much more alert and better for it. I learned that a shake up of my exercise routine is a good thing, I’ve also cut back on cardio and have added more strength training to my routine as it’s easier to fit into my day. Cardio is important, but as we get older so is keeping our muscle mass.

    I look forward to following your progress and this winter I may actually get around to doing a similar health check too. It’s long overdue!


    • July 25, 2017 / 8:02 am

      It’s so hard to keep up with exercise isn’t it? I haven’t done anything for a few days now and I’m really struggling to find the time.x

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