I am an absolute sucker for the latest diet fads – there is no point denying it, I am a believer. If somebody told me that turning around in a full circle before you answer your phone helped you to lose weight, then I would do it.
It is still daylight now when I begin my long journey home and Summer is quickly approaching – meaning only one thing (for the girls at least) bikini season! Every girl out there reading this will be filled with dread, somehow we need to get tanned and toned before the sun even hits our skin?
My brother is getting married in May and I have a beach holiday in September, so I have set myself two targets. 1) to look damn good in the wedding pictures, choosing a dress that covers those lumps and bumps and 2) being able to play beach tennis in the sea without people thinking they have sighted Free Willy swimming to the shore!
One thing that has helped my obsession is social media. Believe it or not, somebody posting pictures of bright fruits on Instagram will make me second guess reaching for that creme egg. On my Instagram I follow several fitness accounts, all claiming to be the best. And whether they are the best or not, they are all actually pretty inspiring! The introduction to videos on insta is feeding these accounts even more. Now I don’t only have to look at pictures of people working out, I can watch them in action too, creating a mini library of all these exercises that I’m going to do… or not, depending on my mood.
At my last gym they played music videos in front of the cardio section, which was great! I wouldn’t listen to the music as I need my own iPod blasting music in my ears, but the music videos are guaranteed to get you motivated. Watching Beyonce in her “Drunk In Love” music video would make me run a marathon if it meant I’d look like her at the end of it! Then there’s my current gym, which I’m sure is out there to ruin my life. If I hit the gym on a Sunday morning (depending if I’ve been out on the town the night before) then I am greeted with ‘Sunday Brunch’ – making my stomach rumble with every chocolate fondue that’s displayed on the screen. If I’m working out and somebody flashes a random dish in my face, then my motivation vanishes and my hunger appears – even if I don’t like the dish that’s been made!
The media’s perception on dieting is fickle. Coming from a dance background, I’ve seen, and experienced, the depths people will go through to get that perfect body – and I’m finally starting to realise it doesn’t exist. When we are constantly watching these slim models gracing the front covers of our favourite magazines it is hard not to compare yourself. This is an example of media that we don’t need, specially when we are working at a steady pace to achieving our goals which is the best way to do it. The healthy sites and inspiring clips are something I do believe in. They are there for you to follow and pay attention to if you want to, not displayed on the tunnels of Oxford Circus like the latest H&M adverts with Miranda Kerr, forcing you to look at her perfect body every morning!
But hey, that’s just my opinion!