The number one New Year’s resolution on most people’s lips without fail every year is to lose weight. This declarative is emblazoned on the front cover of magazine’s each month giving us tips tricks, pills, fad diets and everything in between to help us shed those Christmas pounds.
We are a nation notoriously obsessed with our looks, we want to look and feel good. We want to walk into a room with our heads held high and command attention, but something stops us in our tracks.
What is this something? Our weight.
Take me for example, I’m not someone that you would necessary describe as big, but according to my BMI (Body Mass Index), you’re girl is not exactly trim. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight and mine is hovering over the overweight mark. My weight has always fluctuated and I flitter between a dress size 8 or 10, sometimes 12 depending on the cut. To look at me, you would see a quite a petite girl but alas BMI says differently and I definitely feel big.
When I put on weight, my shoulders hunch up, my neck disappears and I look like a baby Mike Tyson. The rest of the weight goes straight to my middle giving me a nice Buddha belly and the remainder deposits itself onto my bum.
As a result, I find myself in a bit of a conundrum:
Do I keep the gut to maintain the rump? Or do I lose the ass to get the abs?
Is belly going to end up getting me?
My bum has been receiving so many compliments as of late and I’m reluctant to lose it. However when I lose weight my ass diminishes. Sad times. So, I have questions people.
When I find myself in times of trouble like this I turn to Instagram. Scrolling through my feed and preeing all these Instagram ‘baddies’ has me crumbling inside reaching for the nearest cookie. I know comparing my body type to these ladies will just fuel my anxiety further by setting unrealistic expectations on what my body can look like, but I can’t look away, these girls look amazing. The up-keep that is required to maintain such figures has me breaking out in sweat.
I am not a massive fan of the gym and I don’t have time to waste on rubbish diets that do not work; in fact I cancelled my gym membership last year. I took up running for a bit and then that too fizzled out.
Basically what I’m trying to say is that I want to look good without actually putting any effort in. I want the reward without the action. I want the ring without the commitment.
Exercise is a chore. Surely I’m not the only one that feels this way?
The NHS recommended guideline suggest doing ‘at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles’. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
Truth be told is that there is no magic potion that will give you the results you desire, our health is important and we got to put the work in. So you guys can keep the slimming teas and waist trainers, I think I will take up walking more. This is something that I can realistically stick to.
Remember: a healthy diet + exercise = WINNING!
So as I sit at my desk pinching my folds of fat, I think I will give Subway a miss for lunch today. Salad it is then.
So ladies if you are just like me, please don’t beat yourself up too much. It is crucial that you find the right type of exercise that you will actually enjoy, especially one that suits your schedule. We may never look like the girls on Instagram or our favourite celebrities so it’s important to set attainable goals in order to become the best version of you. I’m keeping my bum, the rest will just have to work itself out.
We still have 346 days of the year left to get our bodies feeling good and looking good. It’s just going to take some of us a little while longer to get to our desired goal.