Before my Vegas Vacation a few months back I did a “Bikini Bootcamp” series which was well received and I’ve had requests for similar posts as it’s now officially holiday season. As most of you regular readers will know I had a baby in November and even now, 7 months later a bikini is the last thing I’d choose to be seen in. That being said in the interest of us all being in this together I braved the current British weather so showcase my ‘before’ body.. don’t laugh..
Even as I type this I’m wondering where the trolls will post these pictures of my wobbly, pasty, post baby bod but dya know what.. I don’t care. How many of us naturally look like the airbrushed girls in the magazines? Very few I’d hope and it’s not an attainable goal but if you’re on a health kick or (like me) just want to feel a bit better about yourself in general then join me and share your tips as we go along. The one and only time in my life I’ve successfully ‘dieted’ I used a calorie counter app called My Fitness Pal and I’m considering using that again but in all honesty diets make me miserable and would I rather be happy and get fat? If looking at me thinking ‘you’re not fat’ firstly, thank you, but secondly it’s very much in the eye of the beholder. I gained roughly a stone with each child and whereas the first one was okay the second is annoying. Because I’m only 5’2” (ish) a little extra weight makes the world of difference and it tends to all settle around my middle, it would be easy to ignore it and revisit the diet idea in 10 years when I feel really rubbish but the older you get the harder it is and when it comes to exercise the sooner you start the better.I am speaking to you as the laziest person ever, quite seriously I’m typing with one hand and eating Oreos with the other but that’s why I’m the perfect person to do this.
I am a firm believer that the best teachers are the ones that struggled with their chosen subject. As an example, someone born with the ability to play the piano would have no idea how to teach someone else… they just always knew how. The same applies with naturally athletic/skinny body types. Someone that’s never had to watch their weight and has always looked toned and slim with no effort would be the least qualified person to preach to you about losing a few extra lbs.
I have never been super skinny but I never watched my weight ’cause it was always ‘ok’ so now I have to diet/exercise it’s the hardest thing in the world.. basically if I can do it, you can do it! And I did (a bit)… check out the posts back in March here..
Bikini available from SimplyBeach.com
I thought it was appropriate to start a Bikini Ready series with my not so ready bikini body in several ‘trying to be ready for a bikini’ poses. There’s not enough support between women sometimes and regardless of the mocking I get for the photos I think it’s important that we come clean and admit that most of us are in the same boat.. Most of us don’t like the way we look, it’s sad but it’s true. I would look at someone and think they were slim and they will be thinking they’re morbidly obese. It’s the society we live in and you can’t escape it but you can change your idea of the perfect body. Over the next few posts in this series I’m going to be looking at body shapes and what’s achievable.. A pear is never going to be an hourglass no matter how many hours they spend at the gym. I will be tracking my (hopeful) weight loss and talking about exercises you can do in and outside of the home as well as the various lotions and potions on the market right now promising firmer, cellulite free skin. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment, Sometimes it’s not about changing your body so much as how you look at it and if I can find some placebo that makes me believe I’m a supermodel you’ll be the first one’s to know.
One last note..
This bikini was sent to me for ‘review’ which as you can imagine is tough.. it’s a bikini, but I loved the pattern the details are super cute and it’s the best quality fabric I’ve found on an item of swimwear..EVER. Unfortunately it didn’t make me look like the model in the picture but it is on sale here – they also sell really lovely lingerie if you’re in the market and this is so out of my price range but…LOVE it!
Great example of an unachievable figure for this Apple!