Summer is looming and I have retreated out of my winter blogging hibernation, finally!
With a mere six weeks until I jet off to the glorious sunshine of the Canary Islands, I am embarking on a health and fitness mission to get myself in tip top shape to rock the three new bikinis that I have recently purchased.
A year or so ago, a male friends holiday photo album popped up on my Facebook newsfeed and among the photos was a pic him or one of his equally laddish mates had snapped of a girl in her bikini from behind, and she had the most incredible derrier I have ever seen. Quite frankly, if i had been there with the lads, I probably would have done the same (although for inspiration purposes rather than perving purposes, tut tut boys)
Anyhow, it is this picture that has inspired me to work my butt off quite literally in the run up to my summer holiday. The thought of having a derrier so hot that strangers want to take pictures of it is all very shallow but oh so satisfying!
As i've mentioned in previous health/fitness posts, the aim of this isn't to lose weight. It's to shred and tone up. I'm fortunate in that i've always been slim (I am 5ft 4, size 8/10 and currently weigh in at about 8st5 which is pretty average and healthy for my height) but I have never been toned and now the time has come!
And so, my quest for the ultimate bikini body has begun, with the aid of Ministry of Sound's latest DVD, Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, a drastic change of diet (goodbye chocolate, goodbye copious amounts of alcohol, hello vegetables & protein) I have also enlisted the help of MyFitnessPal, a free iphone app that tracks your dietry intake and calculates how many calories you should be taking in/how much exercise you should do per week in order to reach your goal weight (I specified a couple of pounds lighter, but again weight loss isnt my goal)
I have started taking my own lunches to work so i know exactly what I'm eating, and have as near as cut out chocolate, instead opting for fat-free low cal yoghurts and fruit to eat as snacks instead.
I also follow @myonlinefitness12 on Twitter because they offer great nutritional advice straight to your mobile (if you're on Twitter as much as I am, it's like having a personal trainer in your pocket)
So this time round I am totally motivated and dedicated to sticking to my health and fitness plan and reaching my goal of looking snap-worthy in my new bikinis....Bring on the Summer!!