So here I am, Saturday morning of our ‘heatwave’ in Britain and wondering how the heck I am going to spend a day at the seaside and resist all those tempting treats! One thing you need to know about me, is I have been on a diet for nearly three years. Ever since my best friend in Oz told me she was coming back to get married in seven months time, my life changed. I signed up to one of those painstakingly expensive diets where they send you food (and may I add are wholly unregulated, a whole different matter), in the hope I would maybe look a little better. It did what I needed it to, it gave me structure, routine and clear boundaries. Within three years, and varying my diet along the way, I am now close to five stone. However, without these strict boundaries, I am still the same girl at heart, dying to eat everything!
My main challenge is I don’t listen to my body, I don’t stop when I’m full or eat when I am hungry. I don’t manage volume very well, and now everyone tells me I look great etc. these cheat days creep in. But not without guilt. The military precision of my diets in the past have resulted in sheer guilt on the days, weekends or weeks I overindulge!
Having been to Barcelona, being in a new relationship and generally enjoying life I am trying to teach myself that balance is ok. Yesterday, I weighed myself. 7lbs heavier than I was two weeks ago, however, what I do know is that tomorrow I can weigh myself and be 7lbs lighter. Our bodies change every day and this isn’t ‘real’ fat, do not let those scales throw you! I find I’m either light, so give myself a day off, or heavy so indulge in my wallowing!!
Anyway, I digress, what I do know is that I am healthy. I am committed to my healthy life, with regular yoga, Pilates, running and HIIT training, I feel best when my body is balanced and fueled. Every month I do a three-day juice cleanse, it lightens my body but it saps my energy. We all need a balance. Today, at the beach, I might have those fish and chips, and a few treats, but I know I will never go back to that 16st 8 girl who didn’t respect her body again. This is a journey, and I am learning the power of balance, and the fun of a cheat day. It’s not a diet, it’s my new life.
This ethos is central to Studio One, it is what we believe and how we live - mindful eating and mindful exercise. We believe that everything comes with balance, and a healthy body is intrinsically linked to a healthy mind. Come and try our Method classes everyday at our beautiful studio!
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