Eat Well – Travel Often

My original plan was for this to be purely a travel blog. The problem is I would be ignoring another very important journey in my life. Over the last 12 months, not only have I travelled extensively, I have also been working hard on improving myself physically. Travelling to new places has really helped me to develop and in a way find inner peace. I am finally happy with who I am and how I have gotten to this point in my life, but I have also wanted to improve my body. This is not for vanity, I am simply in love with life and I want to live it better and for longer. I want to be able to cycle around a city, to climb to beautiful peaks and take part in any activity without worrying that I am too heavy or too unfit.

I have never been public about my weight but two years ago I weighed 92 kilos. (That’s 203 pounds or 14 and a half stone to be clear!) I didn’t really know it at the time, but I was not the Clair I had always been. I lacked that little bit of self-confidence, that drive and that spark. I was seriously unfit and a massive turning point for me was that on light cycle with my friend I had to actually get off the bike and walk as I was so out of breath. I was only 27 and this really frightened me.
@ 92 kilos in Barcelona, Spain

So I made the decision that if I was going have a truly full and happy life, I needed to become fit and healthy. Over the past two years I have lost 12 kilos. This has been a slow and difficult process at times and it hasn’t been easy when I am constantly “On holiday”. One of the hardest things to manage is that fact that food and travel comes hand in hand for me. I love to try the local food and I especially enjoy cheese and ice cream. (Not at the same time of course!)

Enjoying my guilty pleasure in Coventry, UK

Of course I’m not perfect, but I am getting there slowly, but surely. I still have a long way to go and yes, I am still overweight. When I tried to shop for clothes in Asia 2 months ago I was answered with “In your size, not possible!” I had a giggle and said “You should have seen me a year ago!” Even though I am still not where I want to be, I am delighted that I will be fitter turning 30 at the end of this year, than I was turning 21! I wanted to use this section of my blog to write about this part of my journey and how I try to stay fit and healthy on the road.  

12 kilos later……
Healthier and Happy @79.9kg Jaipur, India

10 comments

  1. It feels refreshing to read that you are doing this for your own happiness! Most people would refer to their diets as something that they do to be able to fit into a certain dress, or wear a bikini for that matter. I'm glad that you were able to attain goals while traveling extensively! Congrats, and looking for more of your updates soon!

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  2. Wow what an amazing achievement, I wish you all the luck with the rest of your journey! And Asian clothing sizes are so weird, especially their jeans!! Haha! Congrats and keep up the awesome work, you are clearly losing weight the correct way, slowly and healthily! xx

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  3. Wow! Very exciting! I changed my mindset about 6 months ago and have lost right at 30 pounds. My biggest struggle was trying to do everything at one time, instead of taking smaller steps. Way to go! Can't wait to read how far you have gotten in a later post!

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  4. I feel you and I admire you for being able to lose 12 kilos! I know how hard it is! I managed to put 12 kilos on over 1.5 years, after moving to the UK (I was really skinny though before, underweight actually) and now I'm fighting to lose half of them. I would love to hear some of your advice! 🙂

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  5. I love what I read here and it is motivating for me on a personal level. I have been overweight for a very very long time and have run out of excuses for being lazy. Inspired. Will keep u posted when I get on my highway to health

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  6. I feel you! I am almost as heavy as you and I want to trek mountains and go places without worrying my weight too so I have been slowly doing changes in my lifestyle. Like you, it wasn't for vanity. Because seriously, I like the way I am, but I have goals. I am glad I stumbled upon your blog. 🙂

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  7. Go on and continue the journey girl! I myself have been scared because at 23 years old I actually experienced high blood pressure, which is a no no. And now I watch what I eat- even if I really really really love fatty foods, burgers, steaks and whatnots hahaha! And yes, to lead a happy life we need to be fit and healthy! So continue on inspiring others to lead healthy lives for true happiness and not because they want to have the perfect summer body hahaha! cheers!

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