Well – here goes! After many suggestions to start my own blog, many moons spent thinking about it, what feels like forever in trying to understand wordpress….here forth begins myBlog!
Let me start by saying; I love your magazine. I’m 28 so potentially one of your youngest readers and I don’t expect your target market, but ever since my mum had a subscription I’ve always loved reading GH. I honestly believe it is one of few remaining decent magazines that doesn’t glorify this new world culture of Z-List “Celebrities” that are famous for not really being famous, for example, the likes of “The Only Way Is Essex”, “Made In Chelsea”, etc. Television I’ve never watched – because I’d much rather be reading a good book or a good article; developing my imagination further or learning. Or living my life rather than wasting it in front of a box watching pointless endless waffle dumbing down my brain. I’ve suffered serious mental health issues the last year and because of this I feel like I’ve lost a huge amount of me, of my ability to focus or concentrate on anything for much longer than 30 seconds. I can’t read a book at the moment; because I take in nothing and loose focus quickly. After being signed off work for a third time I finally decided to leave. I’m lucky I am supported physically, mentally, financially, by my husband (and wider family) to be able to essentially “retire” at the age of 28. I digress – my point being that I struggle to concentrate and learn at the moment – my brain already feels “dumbed down” without adding to it by watching this kind of endless rubbish on television, so I have always admired GH for focussing on genuine, hardworking, talented celebrities – real actors, singers, musicians – or even the likes of real GOOD members of the public contributing vastly to society. Proper articles, interesting reads, no focus on how “thin” so-and-so looks or how much weight so-and-so has gained, etc.
I regularly make recipes from your magazines, in particular the “Energy Boosting Bars” which I edit from January 2015. Everyone I share them with enjoys them and feels like they’ve had a healthier treat. In fact as I typed some of this email I was mid way through preparing a batch.
I was pretty surprised, therefore, to notice this weekend your latest edition with the title “switch on your skinny gene – I lost 7 lbs in 7 days!” blazoned across the front in bright orange font. My weight fluctuates between a healthy 8 stone – 9.7 stone regularly. It does so because despite now being an adult and knowing what foods, exercise, lifestyle choices etc, work for my body, I still consistently find myself engulfed in disordered eating thoughts stemmed from an 18 year on-off battle with Anorexia Nervosa. I do not believe I will ever fully get over this battle. I do believe I can contribute to others not having to go through this battle – if I am ever lucky enough to have children of my own I will work tirelessly to ensure they do not have an unhealthy attitude towards food and exercise. The recommended and healthy weight loss is 1-2 lbs a week. For someone who is insanely obese – a half stone weight loss in a week would be easy for someone really working at it – however still probably not healthy. At 9 stone which is perfectly healthy for my age and height, I can still loose half a stone in a week. But I should not be able to: It is not healthy. At my worst I buy baby food snacks because they are lower calorie. I keep the packaging until they are all gone so I can keep track of those exact calories. I fill myself up on diet fizzy drinks. I weigh out every morsel of food; salad leaves included. I can force myself to eat little and move more. I track everything. My shockingly low recommended calorie goal provided to me by a tracking app on my phone; I always fight to be lower than. At best I’ll eat anything and everything but this too often comes with consequences; I’ll throw up, take laxatives, run further. it is this kind of disordered eating which has me wondering if I will ever conceive.
Please, please, rethink who you are. What you stand for – the wonderful magazine who embraces real women. I think there is a dying breed of this REAL woman. Healthy eating, healthy exercise, healthy attitudes, are the best way to lead this short time we get to live.