The gorgeous weather saw my bikini get a rare trip out from the back of my wardrobe last weekend for a dip in the paddling pool, watch the vlog here. Just a few years ago the thought of spending the day in a bikini would have raised a multitude of worries inside my head. But when I put my cute flowery little two piece on the other day I didn’t dread it, in fact I was excited to put it on and just embrace the moment. It is such a liberating feeling to finally accept my body and see it for everything that it is: its bumps, beauty and flaws. So as I typed the title of this blog post thinking it might sound a little over dramatic I reminded myself that it is not. Lifting weights has changed my body physically but most importantly its changed my mentality for the better.
It has taken me years of blood, sweat and tears to finally be at a stage where I can say I am happy in the body I am in and am content in the healthy balanced life I now lead. Two years ago I ditched a high cardio based workout routine which literally took up HOURS out of every week. I went cold turkey virtually overnight and switched to a strength training routine.
For a start I realised that this type of training suits me so much better and I love the fact I dont have to run and jump around like a blue arsed fly doing burpees and god knows what else. Lifting weights that challenge my muscles in a controlled manner and seeing how strong my body can be is so much more satisfying, or at least it is in my opinion. Back in the day I would spend anywhere between 5-7 hours a week working out whereas now the very maximum of time I spend working out is probably 3 hours a week. Bonus! Less hours working out more hours enjoying life!
A couple of years ago I would have thought ‘less hours working out equals less results.’ Nope. If anything my body is in better shape than when I was putting all those hours in, and its certainly stronger! Getting to the stage where I am at now has almost been like a full circle progress: physically my muscles are stronger, I’ve lost a bit of weight and the shape of my body is a bit more evenly distributed. Causing a knock on effect whereby I have become more relaxed with my diet and routine.I’m kinder to myself, more accepting of exactly the way I am and how I look is not a reflection of who I am. This has generally made my balance of life and fitness so much healthier.
I never imagined myself feeling good in a bikini. But I’ve come to realise that life is too short to always be worrying about wobbly bits or cellulite, because I have finally learnt in the last few years that being happy does not come from the outside it comes from the inside.