May 19 2014
It’s the talk of the town; London’s heatwave. The sky is blue, people are roaming around in t shirts and summer jackets, and the beer gardens are overflowing with City folk already. So as summer approaches, its time for a little reflection, and my question to you all is this:…
It’s the talk of the town; London’s heatwave. The sky is blue, people are roaming around in t shirts and summer jackets, and the beer gardens are overflowing with City folk already.
So as summer approaches, its time for a little reflection, and my question to you all is this: if you had to strip down to your bikini today, and take a good long look at yourself in the mirror, could you honestly say you were happy with what you saw?
Lets face it; it’s easy to let things slide. It doesn’t have to be that you’ve gone from eating salads, to 10 big macs a day to ‘let things go’. In fact, its surprising how little it takes sometimes for a few too many lumps and bumps to start appearing. The odd frappuchino here, a few glasses of vino there, that chocolate desert when out for dinner with friends. I’m sorry to say it, but all these little things add up – and as we get older, our bodies are less able to bounce back from these little treats. Our metabolisms slow down because we lose muscle (unless we are in the gym working hard to build it) and every year we gain weight that little bit easier.
There are very few of us who have genetic reasons for carrying too much weight – in 98% of cases, its purely lifestyle related. So, if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, are you prepared to take responsibly and do something about it so that you do like the reflection that’s staring back at you?
Here’s a few good places to start:
Don’t set unrealistic expectations of yourself – you can have treats, just not every day! For example, I have a sweet tooth just like many people, and I love kids sweets! So I know that it’s unrealistic of me to say I will give them up for the next year. Because I WILL FAIL, and then I’ll feel worse about myself because I failed. So I PLAN my treats carefully, once a week so that I dont feel deprived, yet I can still keep to my goals.
Got a goal? Break it down into bite-size portions. So you want to lose 2 stone? Great, but that’s useless without the DAILY ACTIONS you need to achieve that goal. Perhaps that two stone equates to 2 pounds a week. My daily actions might be to drink 4 litres of water, have scrambled eggs for breakfast and a protein shake every day. These are things you can hold yourself accountable against, that are easy to track and easy to measure.
Track your progress! How will you know if you are making positive steps towards your goal if you are not recording anything? Weigh yourself once a week, get someone to measure your waist and hips and record your food so that you know when to change things.
So there you have it – getting a better body is not rocket science and you can make some positive changes to get you ready for your bikini this sumer. In fact, having a good body is all about planning and organisation – I keep my shape because I plan my meals at least one day in advance, I save my treats for social occasions so that I never write off a whole week and I write absolutely everything that passes through my lips down on paper! Summer is coming….make sure you’re ready for it this year!