How do you find contentment on the beach? Deep down we know people are not really looking at you, and they are not judging us for our size and how many love handles we may or may not have, but we all have that ‘moment’ before we go away about being seen in a bikini.
I am not always comfortable in my body (currently a curvy size 20), but ultimately, I will be on my holiday trying to get an all-over tan, with as few white bits as possible. It really is mind over matter. Here are some of my tips on how you can love yourself in a bikini.
I am Welsh and even though I live in the capital, Cardiff, a fashionable, fast-paced, cosmopolitan city, ingrained into my bones is being in outdoor spaces, surrounded by hill mountains, open spaces and a sheep or two.
If you love getting out and about and enjoying yourself, Great Outdoors Month is perfect for you. It is an excellent opportunity to explore or reacquaint with your surroundings. Plus, I am a fair weather outdoor-er, and June should be a warm, dry month. I say, should, I am in Wales after all!
At the beginning of June I embarked on two challenges to look after my nutrition and boost my weight loss before heading on holiday.
The first was a Herbalife 21 Day Challenges where I replaced my breakfast with a healthy shake. I attend breakfast networking meetings a few times week for my day job so sometimes I replaced my lunch with the shake instead. As well as the shake, it was encouraged to have 4 small healthy meals or snacks throughout the day. I am not much of a snacker, and with busy schedule I could not commit to this. Alongside my shake, I did have 2 healthy meals everyday. Wherever possible, I cook from scratch as I hate ping meals and processed food. One evening I made a salmon and sweet potato fish cake and served it with salad and cous cous. Other meals enjoyed were bolognese with butternut squash spaghetti, and chicken fajitas (just without the wraps and guacamole).
Is it really that hard to stay on track? Do we put too much pressure on ourselves?
At the beginning of the month, I explained my June Challenges. One was that for one meal a day, usually breakfast, I would replace it with a Herbalife shake, and that I would run 25 miles or more in the month. I was really enthusiastic about starting and felt really positive about the experience, so why over the last 5 days or so have I found it so hard?