Throughout 2014 the notion of, 'Strong is the new Sexy', took centre stage, and the celebrated malnourished waif look of the nineties and early noughties was cast aside. Instagram is now clogged with celebrities engaging in an array of different exercise techniques, with the aim of achieving a strong and healthy stature. While this is all well and good, it is exponentially easier to achieve weight loss through dieting exclusively. One in this case becomes skinny fat. I think I would tend to fall into this category.
My weight has been more or less static since the age of 21. 8st 7 lbs, size 8 top and bottom. When I gain a few pounds it tends to reside within my chubby cheeks. While the numbers in print are satisfactory, I myself am somewhat dissatisfied with the manifestation of my diet and the means I use to sustain my physique.
Perusing Instagram on New Year's Day I checked in with the Tone it up Girls. I find the language these fitness gurus use boundlessly enthusiastic bordering slightly on cringe worthy. Saying that, their formula clearly works. Thus begins my plan, to follow the 'Love your Body Series', - five days later than the advised start date. Karena and Katrina make a multitude of promises including the laudable statement, 'You’re going to be too hot to handle on Valentine’s Day.' In that case I best warn my date to bring an extinguisher.
For those interested here are some before shots and my proposed work out plan for the next six weeks. I am also thinking of incorporating runs home from work - I currently walk, 3km each way.