I first joined Twitter about a million years ago (@thecupcake_girl if you want to follow me and don’t already) back in the dim and distant past that was April 2009 but it was only earlier this year that I started using it “properly”. I did all the normal things, following people my friends followed, randomly tweeted at a few celebrities (why not? If they make a public comment then I’m entitled to respond!) and slowly but surely, a profile was created.
Now I have a list of my main Twitter girls who include the fabulous BeachBumBeauty, the wonderful DexterousDiva and gorgeous Sarah’s Scribbles which is the first place I check when I look at Twitter to see what is going on in my little online world. But as of a week ago there is also a hashtag which regularly check: #operationfitandfabulous. Operation Fit and Fabulous was born on a Sunday afternoon during a discussion on the merits of buying Christmas presents of tins of Quality Street early (decided it was possibly not the best idea!). We all wanted to lose some weight or get more toned up and so the already fabulous BeachBumBeauty came up with Operation Fit and Fabulous.
BeachBumBeauty is well aware of the power of the team mentality. As a member of Team Bangs on the Run 1 and 2 she has now trained for two half-marathons (she was unable to participate in the first, the Semi de Paris, due to a back injury) and if the recent Twitter posts are anything to go by, the team and support it provides has been a massive help to all the participants. As such she suggested that we band together to form Operation Fit and Fabulous.
The focus of Operation Fit and Fabulous is not so much losing weight (although that is a primary concern of mine as I have previously written) but feeling fabulous. I understand being fabulous as being healthy and comfortable in my own skin, something which I haven’t been in about five and a half years.
The point of this plan isn’t to make major changes because to be blunt, we’ve all been there, done that and failed. So we’re making slow, gradual changes by way of missions that BeachBumBeauty is setting us each week. Each one is a small manageable task which over the lifetime of Operation Fit and Fabulous should add up to a new healthier lifestyle and a happier, more confident me.
Our first missions are ones that we all hear constantly as the backbone of good health:
- Drink 2 Litres of water a day;
- Body brush every morning (OK, this one is not such a basic tenet of good health but is meant to do wonders for cellulite);
- Get 8 hours’ sleep a night;
- Exercise for an hour at least three times a week;
- Be kind to yourself.
Now, due to feeling revolting over the past week due to my previously blogged about issues with gluten (actually feeling revolting would have been a step up from how I’ve been feeling) I haven’t really started this week’s missions so I’m going to start today and run a week behind everyone else. I also know which of these first week’s missions I am going to find the hardest: being kind to myself. It’s really not my strong point and it’s something that I have been working on for a while….
So for me, week one starts today! I’m going to boggle some brains by measuring my vital statistics over the next couple of months and alongside the standard measurements, I’m going to include an Energyometer, a rating of my energy levels from 1 to 10. Obviously I’m kind of hoping that over the next couple of months this is going to go up!
So my starting measurements are (and please try to curb any instincts to laugh):
- Upper arm: 12″
- Chest: 39″
- Waist: 32″
- Hips: 42″
- Thigh: 24″
- Weight: 10st 11 lbs
- BMI: 25.46 (overweight)
- Energy level: Honestly, 3 would be generous most days! I spend my life wanting to sleep…
In an ideal world I’d like to be the 8st 7lb I was when I moved back to Birmingham 6 years ago and started work but in reality I’d be happy at 9st. In fact I’ll be happy when I can look in the mirror and be happy with the person I see there…
If anyone else wants to join in with Operation Fit and Fabulous then please go to BeachBumBeauty’s Operation Fit and Fabulous page and leave a comment with your name, Twitter ID (if you have one, it’s a great way to connect with the other girls on the plan and get some support when you’re having a bad day), your goals, strengths, weaknesses, favourite type of exercise and the music you listen to when you’re exercising.
After all, what have you got to lose?
Average Josephine x