The woman above is my fitness stunt double! Only she has what I want back! ABS!!! Youth. Fabulous hair and skin! Who am I kidding - I just want to be her!
I exercise like a demon.
Currently I’m doing twice weekly metafit sessions at APT, about to start a weekly small group PT session, home workouts combining weights with some more HIT, Barre classes and Pilates too. Yup – that’s a fair amount of consistent exercise. It’s also combining and mixing up strength, resistance, cardio, core and stretching plus so much more so my body shouldn’t ever get a chance to plateau (although it could possibly do with a little rest everyone once in a while – that’ll be Thursday’s then!)
On the whole I also like to think that my nutrition is pretty sound.
I know what I should and shouldn’t be eating and drinking. Questions is, do I always follow those rules?
Well, last year I would have said that 80% of the time, yes I did. However, since the drama of last November and the unbelievable emotional and financial pressure I’ve been under for what seems like an eternity now, I do have to be honest and accept that a few things have crept back in that shouldn’t be on my weekly shopping list! More on that later.
So I suppose where I’m headed with this is………
WHY oh WHY do I have a bloody flabby white pouch of a belly where I should have rock hard abs!!! I’m convinced that I am doing all of the right things but perhaps closer examination will reveal a different story. How do I get back something that looks like this! (apart from the belly button!)
Is it my age?
Is it related to PMS?
Is it my diet?
Is it the alcohol?
Is it the stress?
Around 40 our belly lets us down
It’s true that sometime around the age of 40 our belly becomes our nemesis. It could be any time from 35-55 but sooner or later, your belly is likely to start to pouch and puff and generally spill out all over the place! As we all know, you can’t live 24/7 in Spanx. Not without giving yourself a nasty case of trapped wind anyway! Or is that just me??? Actually, wearing tights also gives me trapped wind! Maybe at 45.5 it’s finally my time to have a belly. Blerurgh.
PMS is a killer
Especially when it comes to isolated abdominal bloating. I swear I can look 6 months pregnant for about 2-3 days of the month with the most ridiculous water retention. My hormones are generally getting out of whack these days so looking a bit chubby round the middle is likely to result in me throwing a tantrum on the bathroom floor and going to work dressed in my jogging bottoms! I don’t think I even had tantrums as a toddler? Maybe I’m just a late developer when it comes to being a full fledged female!
I mentioned diet above
Confession time ladies. The Haribo have crept back in. I know, I’m hanging my head here in shame! (whilst just nibbling on a few cola bottles cos I need to clear the cupboard right!) I blame it on Pilates (sorry Contour – you know I love you really) and its proximity also to M&S. They really do have a fabulous fresh baked pain au raison and every Friday, the cake stall that sets up out front, literally does a Danish pasty that is the size of my freakin FACE!!! So, that could also be a contributing factor! I’ve snaffled a few this year aleady!!!
Then there is the Merlot.
Oh lovely lovely deliciously tasty Merlot, and Malbec and Pinot Noir and Montepeluciano and on and on! Some recent research I’ve been undertaking for my blog has had me convinced that it’s actually good for me (in moderation) due to the elegiac acid, resveratrol and the likes which have marvelous anti-ageing and fat burning properties. But really, we all know it don’t we ladies, you’re not just going to suffer from wine face, you are also going to have wine waist!! Sadly, I currently am the very unhappy owner of both as any untouched picture of me would prove. I will take one before I undertake my journey for ab-solution (see what I did there!!!) as everyone loves a good Before and After don’t they! Just not today – I’m looking particularly puffy in all departments today.
About the stress.
Cortisol is known to acerbate weight gain and I’ve been in a permanent state of fly or fight for a few years now. I don’t remember the last time I ever slept properly either.
So, upon reflection, there’s little wonder that I’m looking a bit doughy round the middle in 2017!!!!
So dear reader. What’s next I hear you holler? Where’s she going with this?
Well – I’m currently reading the Flat Belly Diet from Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass along with Women’s Health Flat Belly Workout. It’s going to take me a few days of reading, research, planning and shopping but then I intend to start on the Four Day Anti Bloat Jump Start diet and keep a full blog of my journey to recover my abs. I know that they are under that thick wobbly layer of subcutaneous fat and whilst I don’t currently have any holidays planned that will require me to wear a bikini, I’ve had enough of constantly holding my tummy in these days and being able to pinch more than a very generous inch.
I’ll keep a track of the highs and lows and report back in regularly with any pearls of wisdom en-route via my Facebook page. Otherwise, I’ll post a full blog with results when I’ve completed my mission.
Right, time for a cheeky glass of wine and some cheese and crackers! Maybe a few Haribo too as I need to remove all crap from the cupboards!