Oh, the shame. I’ve realised that I am actually fundamentally frivolous. I do listen to Radio 4, read intelligent newspapers, and can talk at dinner parties with some confidence about the current political and economic situation, as well as the ethical dilemmas of capitalism. Nonetheless, the truth is that, as they say ‘deep down, I’m superficial’.
Let me give you a prime example. I’m a member of a lovely local book club – great chat, wine and (in theory) the chance for intelligent, academic conversation. This month’s book was ‘Buddha’ by Deepak Chopra. A deeply philisophical book which raises many important issues about life. My erudite contribution to this debate? I wanted to know why the Buddha idols everywhere were all so chubby. This man spent most of his life relinquishing material possessions and fasting – surely his tummy should have been flatter? Sigh. I guess it shows that yo-yo dieting doesn’t work, even for spiritual masters.
In my defence, I’m slightly obsessed with marvellous middles in my work – either looking at ways to make pregnant ones look stunning or how to elegantly disguise a new mum tum. And it’s a personal issue as my ‘middle management’ is definitely the issue with my own figure. So, recently I’ve been looking for smart ways to slim down and tone up and have found some help. Of course, as ever it’s a combination of food management, exercise and clever clothing.
I’m all in favour of things that can be done at home. Friends stateside had mentioned the Jenny Craig programme to me before as a good way to lose weight and as it’s just come to the UK, I thought it was worth trying out. Loved the food, liked the supportiveness of it all and completely adored the half a stone that’s disappeared (disappeared, gone, offski...heaven).
All weight management programmes always need the exercise bit. Pilates has forever been the darling of light and lithe people. The class I attend is fantastically inspirational – everyone looks so fantastic and they grin afterwards. I’ve invested in some new stylish gear from Asquith London which helps.
And sometimes, of course, I cheat. The Yummie Tummie Boyfriend Tank is simple, useful and a little miracle worker.