A candid tale of 20-something humanness and extended note to self.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Chub-busting, Kathy B style...


A long, long time ago, I drew up a list of resolutions at New Years, and made a solemn vow that I would make sure that each and every single one of them was addressed. Now folks, surprisingly, I'm not actually doing too badly, but it's safe to say that there is most definitely one that I have been neglecting; leading a more healthy lifestyle.

Food wise, I'm not too much of a sinner. Yes, I am partial to a good ol' scotch egg, and yes, I have a penchant for super cheesy, golden crusted pizza, especially if it's topped with ham. And pineapple. And red onion. And mushrooms. And peppers. However, despite my love for all things edible, I'm pretty good at maintaining a balanced diet, and at not over-eating, unless of course I'm drunk, or at work with a particularly hungry Sara. Yes, Ms Go-oooooooooon-have-another-biscuit, I'm talking to you, you devil, you. Wink.

Unfortunately, until this week, I've failed miserably on the exercise front. By failed miserably, I mean that up until now, I haven't exercised properly since before I ate my weight in turkey sandwiches at Christmas.Yikes. Clearly, I put the pro into procrastination. In fact, on more than one occasion, I have found myself hideously out of breath after doing something ridiculously simple like walking a flight of stairs. Olympic athletes, I bow down to you. (And then need 5 minutes to get back up again...)

Recently, thanks to a £2.95 circle of genius, I have developed a sudden desire to actually exercise.  Every. Single. Day. Since Sunday. I know! Me, dedicating time to tone up my adequately chubby bod, for five consecutive days?! I appreciate I sound pathetic, but believe me, in the world of Kathy B, where every day is a 'can I sit down when I do that?' kind of day, this is one hell of an achievement.

And what amazes me more than the fact that I'm actually off of my derriere getting those love handles flailing, is the fact that I'm really enjoying doing it. I invested in a hula hoop (not in crisp form, I promise...), and I've been throwing it around my porky body like there's no tomorrow. Jay zeus, I actually sat at work earlier and looked forward to coming home and getting my sweat on. I've finally found a form of exercise that I love to do, (halle-flipping-lujaaaaaaaaaah!), and I couldn't recommend it more. Granted, sports bras do squash tatty-bo-jangles into all sorts of shapes that they shouldn't be squashed into, but HULA HOOPS ARE SO MUCH FUN. It's kind of like being 12 all over again. But with bigger hips, and peculiar shaped breasts.

I couldn't recommend hula-hooping more. I'm tempted to set up an appreciation society and everything. If you're convinced that all exercise is utterly shite (let's face it, most of it is far too tedious and painful to become a regular habit), I ask that you give it a go. It's cheap, it's wildly fun (especially when combined with cheesy, 90s pop), and according to my good chum Google, it's brilliant for getting in shape.

Here's to chub-busting! And wiggling to cheesy, 90s pop, looking ridiculous.


PS: The photo is me last week, pre-hooping. My sexiness knows no bounds.



Have you ever tried hula hooping as an exercise regime? Would you give it a go? And do you have any other funky exercise suggestions for me?



xXx



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  1. I can't say I've ever tried it but you've made it sound so much fun that I may be forced to give it a whirl! (see what I did there?)

    I'm also a food lover and exercise hater - lethal combination for the hips. Can't beat a good 'ol scotch egg :) xx

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    1. Haha give it a whirl, I like it! ;) Amen to the scotch eggs, and being a food-loving, exercise-hating devil. You should definitely give it a go! xXx

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  2. I've never tried it but it sounds like you're onto a winner there - may have to get one too! xo

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  3. woow, hula hooping!! i haven't tried as an adult and now i really want to try it out because of your marvellous words xo

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    1. Wahoooo!! You won't regret it, unless it flies off of your arm and smashes a window or something... xXx

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  4. I've never even thought of hula hooping! I'm a running kinda girl except I get sore shins but I do love it, despite when you think 'wow I'm really going to rock this run, be sexy and not break a sweat' but in reality I'm out of breath and pretty sure I'm close to collapsing... I agree about the sports bra, but sometimes I just put mine on for extra support... YOU GO GIRL, HULA HOOP THE SHIT OUT OF THE DAY xxxxx

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    1. LOVE this comment. Yes, the truth is, everyone looks like a dinosaur when they exercise, particularly me. I will keep on hula hooping the shit out of life! xXx

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  5. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments.
    Your experience sounds similar to mine, I don't eat badly but unlike you I'm quite over weight and need to exercise loads more if I wanna lose anything, not eating doesn't seem to work for me. Hoola Hooping sounds great! I'm moving to apartments that have a free gym so hopefully that will be motivation enough xxx

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    1. No problem at all! :) Oo wow, a free gym?! Now there's motivation if ever I did hear about it! Good luck soldier! Xx

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  6. Of course, without a doubt I was hooked to this post (while wearing a face mask if you must know)!

    I haven't ever thought of buying a hoola hoop to get fit, I tend to go for the crisp variety, quite a lot shameful I know!

    I have a dvd that I love to work out to, only about once every 3 months though - Kate Lawler boxing, it is simply amazing and will keep your legs and arms aching for a good 3 months before you decide to have another go

    xxx

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    1. Haha that made me chuckle; exercising once every 3 months sounds very familiar to me! I've always fancied giving boxing a go! Thank you for the recommendation! :) Xx

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  7. I love hula hooping, I can never seem to keep it up though! Do you use a weighted hoop?

    Nat x

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    1. I was absolutely awful at first but seem to be getting the hang of it now! Yeah, it is a weighted one! When it does fall down and try to catch it on my leg and make a funky trick out of it...

      (Funky trick always fails though).

      xXx

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    2. I can't hula hoop to save my life, i can for about 10 secs and then its impossible to keep it going round, so i would come down personally to your house and give you an award for keeping up with it for a week.

      Well done you, its a big achievement for keeping up it up for a week, my dvd days last about 4!then again, belly bustng fat workout doesn't look that sexy when the boyfriend is watching!haha!

      I'm sure you don't even need to exercise.

      :)

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    3. Haha aww, thank you! :) I shall look forward to receiving this award! ;) Xx

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  8. Hello Kathy ! Surfing from here to there, I bumped into your blog yesterday, and being of the male species, I must confess it could become one of my guilty pleasures, as you wrote. Or an assumed pleasure, as I am now your 200th follower 8 ) Did I win something ? 8 P

    I'll be honest, the first thing which has attracted me here was your profile photo. Long hair and boobs, you know how the male species functions... ^^ But I liked what I read, especcially the post to your future husband 8 ) In reality, you write very well !

    In a few words, I had a good moment, and let me tell you that your blog is probably the best UK contribution to mankind, since Doctor Who :) )

    Yours, Manu, from France 8 )

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    1. I think this is one of the best blog comments I have ever received!! Thank you SO much. For being my 200th follower, you have my eternal gratitude.

      I adore my blog's new accolade! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! :) Xx

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  9. Oh, and for exercize yourself, my piece of advice is : Vinyasa Yoga ! Very good for everything ! :)

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I used to dabble in a bit of yoga, and I'd definitely like to get back into it! Xx

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  10. Forget the Olympic athletes I bow down to YOU! I'm am awful at hula-hooping and I mean awful! I literally last for about 10 seconds! Glad you've found something you enjoy, did you know that you can do circle skill classes, now that is something I'd love to try! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha thank you, you beautiful lady! I used to be awful, but you know what they say, practice makes perfect! ;)

      OOOO, they sound kind of fun! GOOGLE, GOOGLE.

      xXx

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  11. I may have just had a little bit of juice come out of my nose when I read this. Sexy, thy name is Lou. You are by no means a chubster, although I'm glad you've found a form of exercise that doesn't have you reaching for the curry menu a la Lou! xx

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    1. Haha PHWOAR. Lady, you are too sexy. Thank you very much, and yes, it's working! Yippee! Xx

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  12. Haha! This sounds like FUN! They have hula hoops at my gym amongst other interesting looking things. A surf board style balancing wooden thing being one of them. Sounds like this could be a good workout. Glad you found something you enjoy. I used to really hate the thought of exercising! Just kept telling myself I wasn't an exercise person. Once you start with something though, you'll never look back!

    Happy Hula Hooping!

    Jen xx

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    1. It is wildly fun, I promise! Your gym sounds pretty funky. Some day I shall join you for a sweat fuelled, gossip fuelled workout.

      Thank you very much! :)

      xXx

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