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  • An unexpected journey…

    An unexpected journey…

    I’ve been putting off posting anything to do with my health and fitness journey because I’ve felt myself to be somehow ‘underqualified’. I am not a nutritionist, personal trainer or athlete and definitely don’t consider myself to be any sort of ‘goals’. But I do have a body, a brain and years of unhealthy relationships with food and exercise (much like many of my peers today) and so I figured it was time to speak up about it incase anyone felt in the same boat.

    I want to start this off with a disclaimer. There is no ideal body. My body isn’t your body, my goals shouldn’t be your goals. There is a lot of apprehension surrounding the subject of weight loss. On the one hand losing weight and being healthier is fantastic and praised but it very quickly comes under fire for encouraging self-loathing and a singular ideal aesthetic. Can we not be encouraging self-love and incorporate a healthy diet and exercise?

    Now let’s recap my journey thus far. Waking up one morning in July 2016 I looked in the mirror and hardly recognised my own body. The weight had seemed to creep up on me, one day I was slim and athletic and the next swollen and uncomfortable. You may be asking ‘how is it possible to not notice the weight gain?’ and the truth is, I probably did. I chose to hide my insecurities with baggier clothing and an extra large glass of wine. That morning something seemed to click in my head, I couldn’t let this go on. I stood in front of the camera and took probably the two most unflattering pictures of my life and vowed that times were changing.

    July 2017 at my most unfit and unhealthy


    Apologies for that

    Next, I began researching quick workouts and discovered HIIT. High-Intensity Interval Training. The king of HIIT is Joe Wicks, and I became his loyal follower throughout the following five months. I did a 15 minute HIIT 3-5 times a week for five months. An important note here is that my diet didn’t change. I still drank a lot, ate a lot and sure as hell didn’t track any macros but in those five months my body did change and quite significantly. Just incorporating movement into my routine was helping me lean down and fit back into some of my clothes.

    Progress from 5 months doing HIIT
    Progress from 5 months doing HIIT

    Whilst sat on the sofa in a post-Christmas food coma I noticed an advert for the Emily Skye F.I.T. programmes. I was getting a bit bored of HIIT and had definitely hit a plateau in my transformation. I’m going to do a full review of the Emily Skye programmes so I won’t go into too much depth here. The most appealing thing for me about the Emily Skye programme was the incorporation of weights. I’m tall and quite broad, I can lift a few pounds but I wanted to be able to lift more, I wanted a lean muscular physique and I wanted to feel strong. I purchased the first programme whilst it was on offer and committed to start on New Years Day along with probably half the country. I joined a small community of women on facebook who were also starting the programme one on new years day and we worked through it together. My results at the end of P1 were staggering, I was so shocked to see the photos. It wasn’t a huge weight loss, in fact, I haven’t weighed myself in over six months. But the tone of my body was changing before my eyes, I had definition where previously there was squish. I was hooked. This wasn’t the product of exercise alone I also cleaned up my diet. I stopped drinking alcohol a regularly, paid more attention to portion size and for the most part tried to eat ‘clean’ cutting out as much processed food as possible.

    Programme 1 progress picture
    Programme 1 progress picture

    I purchased programme two and kicked off February with a sweaty lower body session. I loved that the days of the programme were corresponding to the days of the month, it’s a little OCD but it really helped keep me motivated. By the end of P2 I was completing exercises that I’d failed in P1 and I could see my body beginning to tighten a bit.

    Progress from P1 (left) Progress from P2 (right)

    Finally, I purchased programme 3. The final chapter. This past month has been turbulent, I had a solid week in the middle when the stress of finals got the better of me and I ate virtually nothing but take out (I’m sure that set me back some way) Overall though I’m so proud of how far I’ve come, the habits I’ve made and the genuine enjoyment I now get from working out. I have learnt so much along the way and honestly feel that I have changed my life. I have been documenting my journey over on my Instagram, sophiawhitham and will continue to do so as it continues so if you like motivational quotes and gym-wear selfies then head over there! (shameless self-promotion). I can’t wait to share more health and fitness related content with you guys and I’m so excited to see what the rest of this year has in store. Watch this space!

    Progress from July 2016 to March 29th, 2017


      • Sophia
        March 31, 2017 / 1:39 pm

        Aww thank you sweetie! xx

    1. March 31, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Yesss girl! I feel proud of you and I dont even know you haha! I really admire your mindset and determination, people like yourself keep me motivated!

      • Sophia
        April 1, 2017 / 7:34 am

        Thank’s Ashia! xx

      • Sophia
        April 1, 2017 / 7:35 am

        Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl! The body can do amazing things πŸ˜€ xx

        Sophia x

    2. April 1, 2017 / 12:46 pm


      Firstly, I love your disclaimer. Secondly, you stuck to your goal and you’ve smashed it! You’re looking great! It’s a big thing to have confidence. Thank you for posting this in hopes of helping others.

      I’ve always been big into fitness, but lately I’ve lacked the motivation and had an abundant number of excuses not to get going. You’re right though- weight creeps up on us. Maybe HIIT is something that I should consider!

      You have a new follower in me!


      • Sophia
        April 2, 2017 / 9:00 am

        Thank you, Steph. The confidence I’ve gained has been one of the best bits! Definitely try HIIT it’s great for when you’re short on time πŸ˜€ xx

    3. April 1, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Wow! You look amazing! You are so inspiring! I don’t think I’m overweight or anything but I would love to get some tone back from when I was in highschool. This gave me some inspiration to really work towards That! Thank you love❀

      • Sophia
        April 2, 2017 / 8:59 am

        Thank you, sweetie! xx

      • Sophia
        April 2, 2017 / 8:58 am

        Thank you, Emma!! xx

    4. Andrea Broom
      April 2, 2017 / 1:37 am

      Congrats on your baby girl! PLUS you are such an inspiration! The motivation you had to get in shape

    5. April 2, 2017 / 7:40 am

      Congratulations! You are making a great progress. Thank you for sharing your inspirational fitness journey!

      • Sophia
        April 2, 2017 / 8:56 am

        Thanks Helene! x

    6. April 2, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Wow that’s an amazing transformation, good for you! I also love those floral workout clothes as well πŸ˜‰

      Julia // The Sunday Mode

      • Sophia
        April 2, 2017 / 8:55 am

        Thank you Julia! They’re from Women’s Best! xx

    7. April 2, 2017 / 9:36 am

      You look fantastic well done on the hard work! this has inspired me to start writing my own health and fitness progress posts xx


      • Sophia
        April 2, 2017 / 9:48 am

        YAY!! I love reading everything health and fitness related, no two people are the same and it’s nice to incorporate other people’s tips and tricks πŸ˜€ xx

    8. April 2, 2017 / 9:48 am

      This is so inspiring! Congrats on your journey, I’ve been looking into HIIT and considering it but this is really convincing me to go for it! You’ve done amazingly and should be so proud of yourself!
      Jas xx

      • Sophia
        April 2, 2017 / 9:49 am

        Thanks, Jas! Do it, I’d recommend it to anyone. πŸ˜€ xx

    9. April 2, 2017 / 11:56 am

      I feel motivated from this post to do something now! It’s so great to see your progress! I’ve always wanted a kick up the bum to get up and do something about my weight and now I’ve got a few new ideas! I’ve had some of joe wick’s food and it’s amazing, I’d love to incorporate that food and exercise.

      Thank you for posting your journey!

      Saffron x


      • Sophia
        April 2, 2017 / 1:53 pm

        I love Joe Wicks recipes! So glad I could help to motivate you πŸ˜€ xx

    10. April 4, 2017 / 7:18 am

      Congrats on your baby girl! That’s such a huge moment in your life and one that you should celebrate! And congrats on the fitness goals. Being healthy is so important, especially around children.

    11. April 6, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Wow! That’s amazing, Sophia! You look great. I went through a similar situation a about five years ago. I don’t know how it happened, but I let myself get overweight. I was pretty chubby. Then, one day I went to my friend’s wedding and she posted pictures. I saw myself and in an instant, I was determined to lose all the weight. I did too, and then some! You should be very proud of yourself. I know from personal experience how hard that can be. You are amazing! πŸ™‚


      Laurali Star


      • Sophia
        April 6, 2017 / 3:58 pm

        Thank you so much and congratulations for losing your weight!! It’s scary how it can creep up on you! xx

    12. April 25, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      This is such an inspiring post! I’m really struggling at the min with self image and self esteem which all affects my mental health which as you can guess, drops like a tonne of potatoes. This post has made me realise i don’t need to stop eating. Today i ate no breakfast had 1 portion of brown rice for lunch and a few wedges there for dinner. Thank you so much for this, honestly. I hope I can start to have your motivation and determination.

      Natalie xx

      • Sophia
        April 25, 2017 / 8:14 pm

        I’m so glad you could find some help from here Natalie! You definitely don’t need to stop eating, it doesn’t matter how long the road is as long as you’re on it! x Sending you hugs and positivity. xx

    13. May 10, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      You look amazing in ALL the pics! Congratulations on your journey to better fitness. Now I’m inspired to join you!

      • Sophia
        May 10, 2017 / 6:47 pm

        Thanks Jenn! πŸ˜€

    14. June 27, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Wow! You’ve done so well! Congrats☺️

      • Sophia
        June 27, 2017 / 4:46 pm

        Thank you, Hannah!

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