The idea of going on holiday in January to a hot country is fabulous. I am off to Thailand in a few weeks to get away from the miserable weather and catch a few rays, just what the doctor ordered.
The reality is that the mad panic is now on to get beach fit, in TWO WEEKS! I now regret eating that extra plate of cheese (a few bits of cheese won’t hurt) and emptying the Roses tin because the last few chocolates looked `lonely’
Needless to say I am feeling a little on the bloated side and have to whip myself into a half decent shape for the bikini parade.
What’s the plan Stan?
Healthy eating – cutting out the carbs
Cutting out the carbs is one of the best ways for me to lose the bloat; this includes bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. It is hard to start with, a meat and two veg meal doesn’t seem right without spuds but you soon get used to it. A typical meal would be chicken/pork/turkey with salad or veggies.
I am also sticking to a calorie allowance of 1200 per day. I calculated this according to my height/weight and this is a safe and healthy amount of calories for me while dieting
Drinking lots of water & green tea
I struggle to drink water as much as I should; I have to make a conscious effort to remember to drink! Sometimes I will get to mid afternoon and realise I had not drank any water yet. As a bit of a coffee junkie I have to substitute it for something a bit more exciting than water.
I tend to drink flavoured sparkling water and green tea to make it a bit more interesting. Green tea is not to everyone’s taste but it is so good for you and is supposed to boost your metabolism, there are lots of different flavours now too so I will be stocking up.
Not sure how much you need to drink? Calculate what your body needs here:
Oh yes I am bringing out the big guns. I have never tried one of these before; I have bought a kit online as it is far cheaper than a course of treatments. However I have asked my husband for a hand in the wrapping stage which I don’t think he was too pleased about although I think he secretly wants to do one himself (watch this space)
Some people do not understand why you would want a spray tan before holiday, `surely you are meant to get your tan ON holiday?’ what do I say to that? PAH what’s the point of going through the shame of being bright white and blotchy, when you can cut to the chase and be bronzed from the word go. It’s also safer as you do not over do it on your quest to be tanned, also no harm in topping up the fakey while you’re there either....
I was given a spray tan voucher for Christmas, just the job.
BOO, HISS, whoever says they enjoy exercise IS LYING. Some days I can convince myself that it’s great, but most days I have to force myself to put the trainers on.
I am trying to do 30 minutes each day; I have a treadmill so I tend to do intervals of two minutes full pelt, one minute walk. I think that being active where ever possible makes a big difference, for example walking instead of driving when you can, walking the dog, going for a walk on your lunch break etc.
Once I am into the swing of exercising in a few days, I will also be bodyrocking which is intense! (google it)
And so it begins! But let’s face it, whether you have a holiday/event coming up or not it’s a good time of year to re-evaluate your diet/exercise and improve where you can, who’s with me?