Iremember vividly the time when I was in the best shape of my life. It was four years ago, and I had just gone through a major change in my life. Okay, let’s not be coy about it. It was after a break-up. To distract myself, I packed my days with activities — lunch dates, drinks, work projects, even the odd grocery run despite the fact that my fridge was full to the brim, and going to the gym became a daily occurrence. Something about releasing endorphins kept me sane, plus having access to a punching bag didn’t hurt. Kick-boxing became my exercise of choice (it might have had something to do with my go-to workout song, Christina Aguilera’s Fighter) and soon enough my arms, legs and torso were taut and toned.
I kept it up for two years but then life got in the way. Every day became every other day, and eventually I stopped going. Unless you’re a gym junkie, a good portion of you can relate to this; it becomes too easy to come up with excuses not to go. While I certainly do not condone laziness and completely believe that a healthy lifestyle is the way to go (I’m going to start going to the gym again, honest!), this month’s Shape issue isn’t a guilt trip for your lack of gym visits. It’s about celebrating the skin you’re in. We show you how to dress according to your god-given figure in our shopping special on page 114, and then one contributor shares how her boyfriend has the perfect body and why she’s okay with it (on page 158) while another contends that her weight does not reflect her health (on page 58). We’ve even put together a cheat sheet to looking lean, on page 122, with a roundup of the best firming and slimming beauty buys.
Also, Kristen Stewart rocks. That is all.