Monday 5 September 2011


A moment ago, my jaw dropped, my eyes widened and I gasped - I have 21 followers!!!  I can't believe it!  I can't believe anyone would possibly be interested!  If I'm not following you (bearing in mind I can't see who my followers are at the moment), just comment with a link to your blog and I will scoot on over there.

Being a university student, my year is always interrupted by long holidays (oh woe is me, I know!) where I tend to come back home (where I am at the moment) on the south east coast of England.  It's lovely here, I truly think that my hometown is the best place in the world, even Venice didn't give me quite the same feeling.  But as of the 17th of this month, I'm heading back up to uni (about 40 minutes away from London) where I feel more like I can get on with my life.  I'm there for the majority of the year, I'm back in halls of residence this year which will be nice, not having to worry about bills or cleaning my kitchen!!  I've been faffing around with my degree for a couple of years - I'm now going into my second year (for the second time) and will graduate in 2013.  I study English Literature with Philosophy which's great, but I'm not very disciplined about reading books that I don't like and there's lots of dull compulsory reading.  But I feel motivated for the first time in 5 years to really try and work hard and attempt to leave uni with good grades and a bit of pride.  So at the moment, I'm reading as much as possible in preparation for the start of term.

So why bootylicious?  Obviously a Destiny's Child song so works perfectly with my blog title - but here it refers to the fact that I'm going to get my bum in the gym once I get back up to uni.  And get this...I literally couldn't be nearer to the gym, I can see it from where I live, my block of flats is the nearest building to the gym on campus!  SO I have absolutely zero excuse.  It'll take me 2.5 minutes probably to get from my room to the gym.  If I'm slacking, do feel free to remind me of this fact.  I've been looking at the exercise class list.  I've done about 5 group classes before, and I like them, but they make me nervous.  Especially at my uni where there are a lot of sporty types and all the girls I've seen going into the classes look thin and energetic.  But if I can get my lovely friend and gym buddy, E, to go with me, then maybe I won't be so afraid.

I want to go to: ZUMBA!!!  It's on twice a week - Tuesdays at 7pm and Fridays at 5.30pm.  the Friday might be a bit of a tight squeeze as I have a lecture that finishes at 5pm.  I also want to go to Step, Boxercise and Fat Attack.  Also, anyone have an opinion which is better, yoga or pilates?  I've done pilates before and really liked it, but what do you reckon?  Both classes are offered at my gym.  Other than that my gym is fairly small and basic but if you go at the right time it's not too busy.  There's a weights room but it's full of smelly sweaty men, I've never once seen a woman go in there.  But there are weight machines and free weights in the main room as well.  I'm planning to work on a 5k.  I started C25k a few months ago and got to week three before my diet and exercise started to go belly up.  I found it a bit frustrating, so I may not go back to it and instead set 5k on the treadmill and just try and improve my time every week.


  1. Hi Mari, I found your blog through Lap Band Gals post. I am new to the blogger world as well and I will be banded on Sept 15th. Look forward to following your blog. Mine is

  2. Hey Mari, good luck to you! Being back in school is a good thing - and the gym is sooo close!! Oh, don't worry, we're going to be on you!! Especially those of us who have to drive to the gym!!

    Besides, sweaty men are a good thing!

  3. Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I LOVE Zumba! It's actually pretty fun which is odd to say about a workout. I think it's wonderful how you haven't given up on what you want...your degree, your lapband, etc. It sounds like you're going to do whatever you need to do to be successful in both areas and I wish you much luck!

  4. Now you've got 26 followers!

    Great job on even considering getting on the exercise train early, it really does make all the difference. And trust me, the sporty type girls... they're more worried about how they think they look, not the bigger gals in the class. If anything, they're more happy we're there. :)

  5. I love both Pilates and Yoga. But if you have to choose, while you are running, I would do yoga to try and keep limbered up.

  6. Hiya hunny! Good to have another bandit on this side of the Atlantic - I am living in Paris but just found out I am moving to London at the end of 2012! I was banded at the end of July this year - can't wait to share this adventure with you!