Your weight is your choice. Jo’s Story.

Posted: January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

joanneJoanne Dowds


Joanne is a chartered physiotherapist with an MSc in exercise physiology, yoga teacher and has certification in strength and conditioning with the NSCA.


It’s that time of year when many seek to adapt healthier lifestyles, drop a few pounds and embark on a new fitness regime. Many resolutions have been made and possibly a few already broken, perhaps this will help you re-energise.  This maybe controversial but I am strongly of the opinion that your weight is your choice (yes there are a tiny number of exceptions to this, I know, but it’s a tiny percentage). I believe that what you weight is a direct result of what you put in your mouth and how much energy you use during your day, therefore it is under your control. Calories in, calories out. Simple. To break this down if you are overweight it is because you are choosing to be so, either actively or passively. I don’t think many actively make that choice, so it’s a passive choice for most, we are overweight because it’s easier; easier to eat fast foods, easier to stay on the couch, easier to make excuses. My question to you then  is, when are you going to take the harder road, to take responsibility for your weight or more importantly your health?

Well, I feel like a bit of a wagon writing that but it’s what I believe. And the reason I can rationalise posting with only a small amount of fear, is this dear reader, I used to be fat. Not just a few extra pounds of pudge but proper fat need to get an extension seatbelt on an airplane fat or to use the medical term super morbidly obese, sounds so attractive doesn’t it!

So the facts, I did once weigh ALOT, just under 25 stone to be precise and a size 30 (see pic below, as an aside, your fashion choices are severally limited when your that big). A few years ago I had a moment of realisation, it was my fault, it wasn’t anyone else, I was fat, I was responsible, and if I wanted to, I could choose to be fitter, healthier and feel better.

So I did. I took control of my choices.

That makes it sound easy but it took time, effort, persistence and resilience. I deliberately haven’t put up what I weigh now, as a number it’s not important to me, and it doesn’t matter if you need to lose 1 or 10 stone.  I am not thin but I never wanted to be, I’m strong and healthy as a horse, I exercise most days, I eat well, I started running last year, I can do a headstand. I am good with all of those things and my wardrobe has improved dramatically!  I am not putting myself up on a pedestal but if I can, you can. I didn’t have or use anything that you can’t access too. Essentially eat better, move more.

Lifestyle changes are incremental, each day we make 100’s of decisions which can in microcosmic ways affect your overall health, (stairs versus lift, latte versus Americano) each time just pause and ask yourself ‘is this really a good choice for me?’.

There are support structures out there to help. But none of it will do the work for you. You need to take responsibility, make the choice, stick with it, it is hard but it will be worth it. You don’t have control over much in your life but you can control and change what you weigh.

jo post run

I am in remission from obesity.  I recovered with only a few minor self esteem issues, will you be so lucky? Take the reins on your weight, make the choice for your health, take responsibility for yourself.

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