For the last 2 years I have ranted and "tantied" about Spring in France,the mince mince mince ( slim slim slim) brigade.
This year Desperate Anglo Housewife is joining in.. her own way.
So what is the Spring purge all about?
What can I say...I have found my "inner bitch"!!
Before you quickly click off this page, because you are convinced I have completely lost all sense of humour and have become some kind of fitness fanatic, I should probably confess that its 5pm and I'm sitting outside in 23° with my first Pimms of the season. Yes, I know it is a bit early but I have a very valid excuse - if I don't get in my Pimms now the children will drink all the lemonade!! Besides it is packed full of vitamins and minerals..cucumber, lemon, orange etc.
I was ranting on about my general lack of fitness, motivation and tone ( wobble wobble wobble) to my oldest friend back in NZ. She told me about a book which will change my perspective on walking, running, gym-ing, etc. It's called Run Fat Bitch Run...I kid you not!
Written by an English woman ( who also lived in France!!), Ruth Field, this book flies far north of motivational. She downs all fancy sports wear, expensive gyms, faddy diets, star-approved weight loss programmes, places where you lie on your back and meditate to the backdrop of patchouli scented candles....She doesn't dress up getting fit as "fun" but as "hard"...
This is going to be hard, she writes, you are going to start enjoying hard, embracing hard. Hard is the new black.It is a book for those who are unhappy with their body ( me me me me!!) not for fitness freaks. It aims to get us all off the couch, away from the computer, into comfortable walking/running gear and out the door!
Ruth teaches you how to run, forget dieting ( running is your diet!) and to make friends with your "inner bitch" to motivate you ( that was the easiest part for me)... I have been standing in front of the mirror in my undies snarling fat bitch fat bitch fat bitch at myself until I get on my vintage running shoes and sloth out the house.
The idea is start with a walking circuit of an hour and a half and then slowly getting into running pieces of it. Even I, the ultimate non-runner, have been breaking into a trot-like-run thing. I won't be doing the New York Marathon but I feel great.
Weight coming off a little but, best of all, I am beginning to feel better about my shape. I really really really HATE running but as Ruth says, You will hate runs from start to finish. The pleasure is from the fact that you have run!!
Well now I have to sign off as my inner bitch is whispering in my ear to get off my fat arse and get moving..