I'm off on our first family jollies, and against all my better judgement I am actually thinking about what I will look like in a bikini. I do like the idea of being super-fit, super healthy and this should realistically be easily achievable if it weren't for two things; two NORMAL things, Ok maybe three things then;
1. I'm not a celebrity, I'm not famous and therefore am not likely to be photographed in a bikini!
2. I have two children. (I could explain the drawbacks on ones health, but I shall shorten the list to merely, I drink, I smoke, I am short of time, and have set schedules to work around, to list but a few)
3. I do not have pots of cash to splash on faddy/diety/detox/health/antioxidant/macrobiotic/mircobiotic/ something-biotic-organic food!
SO.... here's the thing, I read fitness magazines, I gaze longingly over the sculpted bodies of female athletes and dancers, and feel a twinge of envy towards people who have really nice gym memberships.
I used to LOVE the gym when I lived in London, I could easily absorb a whole Saturday in there before going out for the night, and would train four or five times a week after work. I like pushing my body, and I'm convinced I could get more out of it, here is the only drawback - I'm don't have much "won't" power.
The thought of me giving things up is fleeting, coffee, nicotine, alcohol, refined sugar, processed foods, non-organic vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and so on is well... Rough. I can completely understand how stars do it, they are being paid to.
Finding time for regular Yoga, advanced Pilate's, juice drinks and careful body management seems to evade me, but, I'm sure this is because I'm not trying hard enough.
Having spent quite sometime looking at holistic approaches to wellness management, I am certain that is does have to be a complete lifestyle overhaul. To include, diet, sleep patterns, nutrition monitoring, fitness planning, time management as well as mental exercise, meditation and mental evaluation. It all sounds very idealistic, but the more I research it, and have been for a few months, the more I am interested.
Its well documented that certain celebrities have abnormal lifestyle habits when it comes to their health and body image. Elle Macpherson, (AKA The BODY, and yes I have seen it naked and in person), is INDEED very very incredible, (I worked in a luxury fashion store helping customers with their fittings before you think that's weird!) But her dedication to it is also very admirable and inspirational. She doesn't drink, she strictly controls her eating habits, for health and nutrition rather than weight loss and dieting, and approaches her health from a mental as well as physical point of view.
Wellness Clinics and centres are sprining up all over the place, dedicated to getting the individual back on track from unhealthy urban stressful lifestyles and return them to a natural, holistic, calm and controled way of life promoting harmony within our lifes.
This particular one is of a lot of interest to me, given its extensive programme of teachers, courses and workshops. They certainly are open minded and all about finding harmony. Despite some of the prices being out of my price range, I can see how many women can find these types of centres hugely beneficial in teaching and educating how to look after out bodies really well.
As it going to be quite some time before I'll be able to afford the idyllic retreats of the Spa's in the far east and tranquil exotic islands, I still believe that they do have something to teach us about looking after ourselves. I think its incredibly hard taking such initiative, but if I give myself roughly three months to see how much I can accomplish in this time, (ie until british summer begins) then I'm being fair to myself and giving myself the time to re-educate my body, see if I actually have any muscle memory left, and can I find budget busting ways to be nutritional and healthy?
Each Friday I'm going to review my efforts, laid bare and truthful. For the rest of this week I shall be putting the finishing touches to my research and fitness programme and I shall be planting up my greenhouse too, because I think the only way I can afford to eat as much fresh organic stuff as I can is to grow it. So lets see...