Slimming + Sweating = Swimwear Shopping

Urrgh, I am sooooo hungry all the time!!!!

I could just about put up with constantly feeling like I  want to eat my own arm, if the number on the scales moved downwards more rapidly.

This is an excruciatingly slow and painful process for someone like me, who wants instant results and has a major problem with patience!!

So in order to keep myself motivated I thought I would post about the reason for this diet/ exercise onslaught…the dreaded Swimwear Shop.

Yes, it is that time of year when (if you’re luck) a summer holiday is looming on the horizon. Unfortunately a summer holiday also brings with it the stress of swimwear and more precisely the body that goes into said swimwear!

I am determined to sort it out this year so I have allotted three months instead of my normal three days to toning and trimming… will this plan work?

I’m going with a “yes” and with this positive attitude firmly in place, I am going to start my quest for flattering/ stylish swimwear…does it even exist if you’re not a Victoria’s Secret model!?!

First stop, not cheap but surely SPANX, with their ‘suck it all in’ technology have got it right!!

Spanx- Whittle waistline draped one shoulder one piece, £195 reduced to £146.25

Spanx– Whittle waistline draped one shoulder one piece, £195  reduced to £146.25

SPANX - Full coverage bottom, £82 reduced to £61.50

Spanx– Full coverage bottom, £82 reduced to £61.50

Or how about Miraclesuit?

They promise to make you look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds!!!

Miraclesuit- Camilla strapless swimming costume, £135

Miraclesuit– Camilla strapless swimming costume, £135

Miraclesuit- Single strap swimsuit, £135

Miraclesuit– Single strap swimsuit, £135

Maybe a bit of strategic panelling is required?!?

Anna & Boy- Panelled swimsuit, £186

Anna & Boy– Panelled swimsuit, £186

Melissa Odabash_ Bahamas bandeau swimsuit, £201

Melissa Odabash – Bahamas bandeau swimsuit, £201

These are all a little pricey but I’m assuming you get what you pay for!!

However if you’re after a slightly more purse friendly option, how about these?

Marks & Spencer- Autograph tummy control pleated halterneck swimsuit,  £35

Marks & Spencer– Autograph tummy control pleated halterneck swimsuit, £35

Debenhams- Elle tummy control bandeau swimsuit, £32 reduced to £25.60

Debenhams– Elle tummy control bandeau swimsuit, £32 reduced to £25.60

Lascana - Navy polka dot swimsuit, £42

Lascana – Navy polka dot swimsuit, £42has

And if it has to be a bikini then maybe the cover a multitude of sins, high-waisted, 1950’s trend is the way to go?

Dolce & Gabbana- Striped bandeau bikini, £330

Dolce & Gabbana– Striped bandeau bikini, £330

Norma Kamali- Bill ruched bikini briefs, £150 & Johnny ruched bandeau bikini top, £150

Norma Kamali– Bill ruched bikini briefs, £150 & Johnny ruched bandeau bikini top, £150

Next- Padded underwire bikini top, £16 & High waisted briefs £12

Next– Padded underwire bikini top, £16 & High waisted briefs £12

Freya- Showboat high waisted bikini brief, £27.50 & Showboat underwired halter bikini top, £34.50

Freya– Showboat high-waisted bikini brief, £27.50 & Showboat underwired halter bikini top, £34.50

I’m feeling like that there may be light at the end of this rather dark and chocolate free tunnel and  if all else fails I suppose there’s always kaftans!!

Have a lovely weekend and Bank holiday!


Another Day, Another Diet!

Happy New Year Everyone!!

How was your Christmas?

Mine was eventful to say the least.

Without going into detail, (seriously you wouldn’t believe me if I told you), we’ll just say that it didn’t go to plan and on Christmas Eve we found ourselves rushing around like headless chickens trying to find a turkey and all the other bits and pieces that Christmas entails.

Lady Luck was on our side, we already had a cheeseboard the size of a small country, every type of Christmas cake, mince-pie and desert you could think of, chocolates coming out of our ears and last but by no means least the essential nibbles!!!

Needless to say I ate my way from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day Eve. I then started where I left off on the 27th. When I wasn’t eating I was generally throwing something alcoholic down my neck!

Brilliant…I thoroughly enjoyed myself. That is until I tried to put my jeans on around 31st Dec. Horrific!!!

Somehow I’d managed to expand A LOT over the week.

What on earth happened?

Yet again I find myself at the beginning of another year with the resolution to ‘lose weight and get fit’ being my number one priority. As New Year Resolutions go these two are my staples.

Unfortunately I’m sadly lacking the two key personality traits that make keeping a resolution anywhere near attainable…Patients and Willpower.

If I don’t see results instantly, it’s over!

My bulging waist (and the rest) leave me no choice,  ‘My Fitness Pal’ app has become my new best friend.

In one week I have gone from feast to famine.

So I will venture forth in 2013 eating very little and counting calories like they’re going out of fashion.

I think, at this point I’m meant to post a pic of me now so that we can have a ‘Before’ and ‘After’ moment when I reach goal.

The ‘Before‘ pic is such an awful thought/ sight that I, A) can’t bring myself to post a picture that disgusting and B) It would be very unfair to make you unwittingly have to see it!

Therefore I am going to show you the type of look I’m aiming for…

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Shouldn’t be too difficult, after all Heidi Klum may have been a Victoria’s Secret model but we’re roughly the same age and she has had children, hasn’t she?

Could it be that part of the reason my diets never work is because my goals are totally out of whack & unrealistic?!!

Never mind I will not be swayed from my unachievable quest.

So is anyone else on a diet/ fitness campaign?

Will anyone keep me company as I diligently avoid every food type I love & desperately try to convince myself that I do get an adrenalin high from exercise?!

Until next time, when I’ll get back to fashion & update you on how the diet is going.

Did I mention that I’m starving!!!