/ 01.07.2014

The Body…in progress

I’ve been on holiday (once…) this year and although the bikini show is temporarily over, I still have the urge to keep trim and work on a healthy lifestyle. My efforts this time will not be ignored and I am determined to make sure I stick to the words that effortlessly pour out of my mouth every month and really make something of these statements this time.

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It certainly helps that of late my close friend has qualified as a personal trainer. After two months of grueling and intense studying, she has her stripes and it’s time for my words and her qualifications to meet and make beautiful, healthy progress! The time is now people and I really do want to start keeping my promises to myself. Who needs New Years to make a resolution? I now vow to improve and develop my inner self, through healthy eating and weekly exercise! What more inspiration does one need that the svelte and toned figure of Chelsea Socialite Mille Mackintosh? Please…do see below!

This is also something that is now quite a serious mission of mine, as a few years ago I was diagnose with an illness called Addisons. I really hate that word ‘illness’ it’s also called a disease but I think that’s even worse! I wouldn’t really describe myself as an ill person, so I don’t really like pigeon holing myself like this. I work 5 days a week, I bounce out of bed at 7am every day and although guiltily I love slipping into bed before 9pm some nights, all in all, I’m a pretty healthy person. Id’ say it’s more of a bad stitch in my DNA. Yes, that’s much better. So this bad stitch called Addisons affects your Hydrocortisone levels and can have a very serious result if not treated. I was diagnose at 21 and have been living comfortably with it since then. However, it’s now reached the days where I’m starting to think seriously about my life and not reach for the gin bottle and my heels for a night out as I used to at 21! My specialist is asking me serious questions when I meet with him every 6 months, (those really scary life changing questions!) and I know it’s time to start planning for a comfortable future as well as settling for a comfortable present. In order to avoid any further issues when I start reaching creakier ages, I must make sure I’m healthy.

The first thing to go was cigarettes. It was no longer cool for me at all, it’s bad enough as it is but when you have a bad DNA stitch like me anything naughty is naughtier! It’s been about 3 to 4 months since I quit smoking and despite the odd one here and there I’d say I’ve done pretty well.

Next, it’s all about healthy eating and portion control! How easy is it when you live by yourself to cook for 2 or 4 and then finish everything in the pan instead of saving it for left overs? My excuse is I never have anything to put the leftovers in and take it to work. Well that stops today, I’m going back to my school days and buying a lunch box! Probably not a bright pink one with Barbie all over it, something a little more corporate for the office.

Lastly, it’s all about the exercise. For me, I’ll never really be able to do long, intense physical activities, so Marathons are off the cards, oh and my life long dream of becoming a PE Teach (cough, not in a million years!). This is where my dear friend Megan comes in.

My newly qualified, super shiny own PT! This week she is designing a plan for me which focuses on my wants and needs and personal goals. If like me, you hate the gym, just the thought of using a machine after someone has happily sweat all over or the fact that everyone is secretly competing with each other to a) look amazing when they work out and b) work out the hardest, then a personal trainer is what you need.

Megan’s plan, whilst involving everything I want to achieve, will also be focused on being ‘at home friendly’, meaning I don’t need to pay a shed load of money to look good on a treadmill. I can do all of her exercises from the comfort and privacy of my own home. In a matter of day’s I will be adorning my Nikes and running up and down my stair case in the hope that I too can achieve a curve and drool worthy body like Millie Mackintosh and guess what, I’m going to keep you all up to date!

I think there are plenty of us out there who would much rather work out at home and I’d love to be able to share my trials and tribulations and improvements with you all. I also know there are a lot of you out there, like me with a bad stitch of DNA who may feel limited, so, if you need some help or some motivation keep reading as my first hand experiences are coming your way, but don’t worry, I’ll still be stealing the odd chocolate bar and enjoying a glass of red wine at the weekends, everything in moderation people!

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