I have a client who is a little younger than me, yet she is a LOT fitter than me.
I’ve known her about 10 years or so, and she has always maintained a fit shape because she runs, surfs, and probably everything else to be in triathlon level shape.
For me, it was American Ninja Warrior that inspired me.
I know, so far off the beaten path of tv watching of The Good Wife, So You Think You Can Dance and Netflix’ House of Cards.
But as I lay there on the couch in my urban comfort pod, with my happy belly pouching out, and my flabby arms wrapped around my doggie, I thought…
maybe if I got in shape I wouldn’t have to buy new clothes.
I was crediting it to old age that I have to wear sleeves instead of sleeveless, that I have to be conscious of armpit cleavage (nay spillage), and that baggy was starting to become the norm.
Me, only a few short years ago, walked away from the displays of blousy-blousson-flowy offerings to select the body-con, fitted and sleek choices.
Sans Sphanx girdles or any other means to smash it all in.
Heck, I was even thinking about wearing a sphanx type garment under my leotard for ballet.
What, seriously, is wrong with this picture?
I started small doing popsugar’s 10 minute videos for the arms and abs-because I rationalized that was all I had time to fit in.
Me, I used to be the girl who ran 4 miles, lifted weights, took aerobics, took yoga and a jazz dance class all in the one morning.
Compare the two.
I also thought about-do I eat differently than 3 years ago?
I now eat a lot more organic vs an unlimited bag of crispy whatevers and 2 glasses of wine that would be my “dinner”.
During the day 3 years ago, I wouldn’t say my nutrition wasn’t any better. Probably eating some chemical filled energy bar.
Yet, I was easily more in shape, without exercising any more.
No it’s not the M word.
I would call it fat and happy metabolism.
I seriously believe that the state of happy has slowed my metabolism and magnetized my butt to the couch.
The state of no-stress burns less calories too.
In any case.
My client dresses in simple lines, nothing too flashy, just put together without trying too hard.
So what’s the secret?
When you’re fit, you look good in a paper sack.
When you’re fit, you look good in anything in any price range from any store.
To add to that, I went to the Kit and Ace opening with a gf, and the store staff were wearing the clothes which are technical washable cashmere in simple silhouettes and very t-shirt dressing based.
One girl was wearing a dress that I would have worn 3 years ago. A simple, slightly racer back, tank dress that was all about the fit.
I was sad, that 3 years later, although I loved the dress, there was no way I would walk around town in it.
Even with a jacket on.
Or a scarf tied around the hips like I used to-as instructed by Anthony from Chocolates For Breakfast/Villa Roma/Audrey Fu.
So many months later, speeding back to the present, I do my Barre Abs by Jake Dupree and a variety of arm videos by pop sugar at least 5 times a week.
If I don’t do them before ballet, I come home and do them.
I attend a muscle fitness class once a week which is egregiously too infrequent.
And I am dedicating myself to a minimum of 10 minutes on the elliptical at 130 beats per minute heart rate, 3 times a week.
I want to do the minimum,
to get the maximum results,
to be able to wear the