No. 35 of my 35 at 35 list is a simple one but perhaps the biggest, being comfortable with my body. I think this is something that most women struggle with, particularly at this time of year when temperatures are rising and bikini season is upon us. It’s impossible to escape the message thrust upon us by the media as to what our bikini body should look like. Everywhere I look I’m told what I should be doing and eating (or not eating as is often the case) to acheive that perfect look.
I don’t think I’ve ever been particularly overweight, in fact in the past I mighta been almost too skinny. I’ve never been happy with how I look though and always wanted to change something. It’s seems so ridiculous now when I look back at old photos. This is what I wanted to change.
I’ve always been happiest when I’ve been in a regular fitness routine rather than when I’ve starved myself to loose weight. So this year I’ve tried no fad diets, I’ve been learning to cook and mastered a few healthy dinners, and been trying to workout regularly. I started with a running challenge with a friend throughout February. In March I took on my favourite trainer Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30.
So I don’t have a flat stomach, thigh gap or Madonna-esque arms, but I’m pretty happy with it and that’s what matters. I would like to be a little more toned and think I’ll tackle the Hard Body workout next. The main thing though is maintaining the changes I’ve made in my lifestyle, so often I fall right back to bad habits after finishing one of these challenges.