Health & Fitness A Place In The Sun star Jasmine Harman shares lockdown weight gain
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A Place In The Sun presenter Jasmine Harman has shared a candid snap of her weight gain from 'emotional eating and drinking' as she admits she's found this lockdown 'harder than ever'.
The mother-of-two, 45, from London, posted 'before and after' pandemic shots of her posing in a sports bra and demin shorts toyesterday and told how she feels her identity is 'dissolving' due to being unable to work.
She added that while she loves being able to spend time with her children Albion and Joy, whom she shares with husband Jon Boast, she is 'struggling to keep her head above water'.
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'I barely find the time to brush my hair, never mind put on make up or do a workout,' she explained in the lengthy post.
'I have found this latest lockdown harder than ever and I’m sure I’m not alone. Home schooling is tough and as much as I love spending time with my kids, I really miss my job.
'I feel like my identity is dissolving, and I’ve been emotional eating and drinking.'
Jasmine said she'd been inspired to share the post after watching herself on TV and wondering if she'd ever be 'as perfect' again.
'It was a weird sensation,' she explained. 'What I have come to realise over the past months (nearly a year!) since the first lockdown is that people react differently.
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'Some are taking on new projects and challenges, working on themselves, exercising, mastering a new skill. And some are like me. Struggling to keep my head above water.'
She added that had anyone asked her a year ago if she'd stop exercising and binge eat a whole tub of vegan ice cream, she'd have thought they were 'crackers'.
'I was so committed to the healthy new me, and had been for about 18 months,' she recalled.
'I had no desire to eat junk or overeat or drink alcohol every day and I loved my exercise classes at @davidlloydpurley so much!
'I remember saying "this is forever!" and I really believed it! I felt so great that I just knew my resolve was unshakable. But it wasn’t.
'No-one expected a pandemic to rock the world as it has. Everything has changed.'
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Jasmine admitted it's easy to slip into a 'downward spiral of depressive thoughts and lethargy when the world seems to be falling apart'.
'Mindset is everything. Logically I know it is. But it doesn’t make it any easier to snap out of it when you are feeling low,' she went on.
'Anyway, this is all a roundabout way of saying if you’re feeling down, reach out to someone.
'If you aren’t working out, don’t beat yourself up about it. If your eating and drinking habits have gone awry, you aren’t alone.
'If your house is a mess, your roots are an inch long and your kids are watching too much TV... I hear you!!!'
She concluded: 'Just know that straight ahead of you is the path to your goals. You may have veered off temporarily, but you’ll get back on track when you are ready.'
Jasmine's relatable post attracted more than 7,700 likes and many praised her honesty.
One commented: 'What a refreshing, open, heartfelt, sincere, honest, vulnerable and relatable post. We need more of this on our feeds! Thank you. I temporarily put off marking school work sent in to watch today’s episode on catch up and it was such a tonic! Thank you for that lovely episode and thank you for this. You are amazing Jasmine.'
Another wrote: 'Love this .. definitely agree what a struggle this lockdown is.'
And one assured her she is 'still gorgeous', writing: 'This is really hard time just now with this lockdown worse than the previous one. Stay strong beautiful.'
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