Well the wealthy part isn’t strictly true! I probably spend at least £400 a month on my diet and exercise regime and by that I’m including my Pilates and Barre sessions, weekly small group PT, Metafit, Yoga and the protein powder and fish oil supplements that I take. Shit man, no wonder I’m BROKE! I got the best bikini body for anyone not going on an actual holiday!
For me, a commitment to being healthy is my number one priority, especially now that I am in my 40’s. I long since gave up my weekly visits to Selfridges buying ridiculous clothes to go out clubbing in, preferring instead an investment in my actual body, by working out regularly and eating clean(ish!).
I do still enjoy more than the occasional glass of red wine (don’t get me wrong) but gone is the Sauvignon swigging pony who used to trot back home to her flat in Islington after her very regular “just a few drinks” after work nights out! My poor ex! Still, it was London and we were working in media in the early 2000’s. It’s what we all did. And more besides!
Now you’ll find me either at APT with Anita Albrecht and my little metafit family or at Contour Pilates before and after work! That or Blogging about it back home!
“How times have changed”, as Beryl Bear (my Mum in case you didn’t know) will say pretty much EVERY time she sees me! "I'm just popping to Pilates" I say!
But really though, you don’t need to spend the money that I do in your pursuit of being fitfab or fabfit even.
What you do need to do is just commit. Get yourself started. Create some healthy manageable routines and swap out a few things in your diet. Your body, your own will power to succeed, a few basic bits of inexpensive equipment and some healthy eating choices. That’s actually all it takes. Easy eh! So what are you waiting for? Come on now. No excuses ladies if you want to be a fully fledged FFF. #moveit
I personally LOVE the group dynamic of training.
I feel far more motivated when I’m working out with others plus I’ve made some incredibly supportive friends along the way and for me, exercise really is my therapy! Sorry Anita, Martyn, Cheryl and Sandra as you really have been my counsellors on many an occasion.
I’m also (let’s not beat about the bush here) a tad COMPETITIVE! Both with others as well as with myself so I love setting targets, challenging my body and working on new fitness goals.
I can burpee, push up and plank with the best but I struggle with pull ups. That's me below doing the pike into plank on my home Pilates machine.
I’m also getting older and stiffer so my flexibility isn’t what it used to be. I'm loving my Sunday night yoga sessions too. I FRICKIN adore them! I get a real buzz from the experimental element of challenging your body but also the discipline of quietening your mind and focusing your breath. So hard but so rewarding and invigorating!
This week I have bruises under my arm pits where I’ve (relatively unsuccessfully still but I will not be defeated) been practicing my Crow asana. Laina, our gorgeous yogi, makes it all look so effortlessly graceful and simple whilst I’m face planting on the yoga matt, trying to get my arse in the air! I know it’s all about engaging the core (which I’m clearly not quite switching on enough yet) hence the bruises where my arms have taken the weight of my body when they shouldn’t be supporting me at all. Practise makes perfect though and I will keep on trying, face plants aside. In case you don't know how to Crow, see the Below!! Picture taken from #doyouyoga
No pain no gain as they say and it is always, always about the GAINS. I’m making them, definitely. And that’s what counts. You really can teach an old cat new tricks!
So I really love working out in a group environment.
I’m a sociable little soul and enjoy the company of others. My gym buddies have replaced my drinking ones. Well actually, some of them I am also lucky enough to also enjoy a cheeky vino with from time to time too. Putting the world to rights after a Pilates session. #winner.
If you don’t have the time, money or inclination to join gyms and clubs, there really is access to so much great resource out there on the “tinterweb” or even in print still to help keep you on track with your fitness goals at home. I love a good book and physical reference guide. I’m old fashioned in that respect. My latest purchase is like a Bible of yoga asanas. Actually it is indeed called the Classic Yoga Bible from Christina Brown. It comes to the grass with me on a weekend and I pick one out at random to practice. Getting pretty good at the old shoulder stand! If you don’t already know, I don’t have a garden so the grass (basically the area in front of our local Dr’s surgery) has become our extended back garden.
There are some fabulous You Tube channels and digital programmes you can sign up to which will also help keep you motivated and challenged. Youtubers are the new celebs these days and many have more followers and viewers than TV is generating.