So people it’s that time of the year again where I, along with what feels like the majority of the UK population, am on a mission to get fit – and quick!
All winter (and most of Spring) I’ve been piling on the pounds, eating copious amounts of cake and sweets without a care in the world. And, to be honest, it’s been great. Yes there’s been a bit more “cushioning” around my waist than normal, but with the trend for baggy jumpers no-one was any the wiser. The gym inside my apartment complex had become a foreign territory and my fitness levels were pretty much at zero. The motivation had gone.
And then the sun came out…
The revelation hit me when I was walking to work with a cheeky bit of leg on show. I looked down at my feet because my ankle socks were digging into my skin. Now, get this… there was a ROLL OF FLAB hanging over my socks.
I did not know that this was even a thing, I mean who gets fat ankles?! This is not an issue that I have ever seen highlighted in Women’s Health or Cosmo. I felt somewhat cheated.
But anyway, it was a wake-up call: it was time to eat clean and train mean. I’m going on holiday in July and need to be back to Rhian circa Summer 2015 before I leave. This doesn’t leave much time.
So I donned my gym shorts, signed up for another half marathon for motivation (one where you do a wine-tasting every 2 miles! Now that’s my kind of run! Check it out: http://eventstolive.co.uk/products/bacchus-half-marathon) and googled “Healthy Dinner Recipes”.
I decided that I should try and make small changes to my lifestyle in the hope that I would be more likely to stick to them. So I started running 1 mile, 3 times a week. Easy. You’re in and out of the gym in less than 10 minutes! Now what I found amazing is how quickly my fitness increased. In a matter of 2 and a half weeks I had knocked nearly a minute off of my 1 mile time!
Next was changing my eating habits. Here the cure was Instagram. I started following lots of #eatclean Instagram accounts and came up with a new goal: to become an insta-celebrity. The plan: to make healthy dinners which will be #instaworthy and (somehow) grow my followers into the thousands. Quite the mission. Now I’m still VERY far away from reaching this goal, but it’s been fantastic motivation to eat more healthily and I’ve spent longer appreciating my food, meaning that I ultimately eat less. It has also encouraged me to invent new recipes, some which have gone better than others… Check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rhianhawkins/ .
This isn’t one of those blog posts where I tell you I’ve lost four stone – I actually have lost a measly 3 pounds. But the real change is in how much fitter & more toned I feel. I genuinely can’t believe how much my fitness & energy levels have changed in a matter of weeks, and with such small life changes!
If you’re also starting to get beach body ready and have any tips please let me know!