It’s the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and I’m enjoying a rather lazy Sunday. At some point soon I’ll be ‘forced’ to nap, but before I do I’m just going to thumb through the new issue of Red magazine that I’ve been saving for this very afternoon.
For some reason I didn’t cast my eye across the front cover. Perhaps because Gwyneth’s beautiful face is there smiling back at me and to be honest with no make-up and a grubby Sunday top knot I really can’t take her on. If I had, I might have registered that it’s the June issue I’m about to read. The June Issue!
Twice a year, in January and May, UK mags do their utmost to support our never-ending drive to look half decent on holiday. It doesn’t matter if you are heading to foreign shores, staying in the city, or hauling everything but the kitchen sink to a campsite in Cornwall, at some point, if nothing else your arms and legs will be on show and I’ve yet to meet any woman who doesn’t care about how she looks and nor have magazine editors.
I open a double-page spread with the headline The 7-Day Body Reset and know I’m in trouble. A cursory glance at my phone confirms that yep, I’m due to go on holiday in just over 50 days. Uh-oh! I can definitely fit in the reset, but is the reset enough? Unlikely!
And so it begins. The pathway to a better body lies ahead, eating less junk and choosing food that makes me strong enough to run or do Hiit sessions almost every morning before work. On the days that I’m not running I’m trying not to notice that I’m having trouble sitting on the sofa because I’m stiff as a board from doing Davina’s Intense Toning session. That could actually be the aim, that I never sit down again!
It’s punishment really, for enjoying life, but what I’ve ‘packed on’ over the winter needs stripping back off again and I can’t give up the ghost. I’m Not Givin In, well not yet anyway.
So to spur me on I’ve purchased a new pair of running tights and a very loud T.shirt from H&M. Ever tight, I always shop here, because they offer a great range (that seems to grow in choice each season), with the latest looks at very reasonable prices. So if I go ‘hard’ (wipes away tears of laughter) then I’ve had my money’s worth and if I limp in across my imaginary finishing line half a stone shy of my goal, I haven’t wasted a fortune.
I like to run outdoors when it’s not raining so have opted for this bright, neon T.Shirt, which cost just £7.99. It’s lightweight and I’m sure to be seen by drivers and dog-walkers.
Long sleeve-tees are also available in pretty shades, like this one for £14.99.
I like to wear sports tights for running and have the pair below, which I bought for £14.99. They’re bright I know, but pop these bad boys on and the print disguises any lumps and bumps very nicely. I wear size small in these, as I want them to be tight, I can’t stand bottoms that are constantly in need of pulling up. The fabric is silky to touch and fast-drying.
I also really like these ones too. Not for the faint-hearted I know, but…
The Sports Bra below isn’t one that I have, but the logo meets the inspirational objective. It costs just £7.99 and I have found this style of bra to be really robust for running, and they wash up well. I have a few pairs in a similar design on rotation.
Should the weather turn, which it obviously does quite often, H&M has a range of lightweight jackets perfect for running. The only thing I find disappointing is that they tend to be in black or grey, which isn’t great for being seen when crossing roads so I pop a neon tabard over the top. This running jacket is £29.99.
So I’ve got the gear. I have no excuse not to move my body. The playlist is compiled and I’m writing this very early in the morning, which can only mean one thing, I’m off for a run.
See you on the other side girls.
P.S. Oh and if you’re thinking of joining the legions of fans who follow the SSS Plan by The Body Coach read my experience here before you part with your money, it’s not for everyone.