Former Love Island contestant Shaughna Phillips has shared the fitness journey she went on before entering the villa, posting a 17-minute video to her YouTube channel.
Between not eating any treats over the 2019 Christmas period to asking her colleague to "shame" her every time she reached for a break time biscuit and going to the gym for 90 minutes every evening, she describes the routine as 'very, very strict'.
'I think for me and the series that I was in, we had it the hardest... because the casting process was over Christmas,' she says.
'Everyone and anyone indulges, but because we knew we were potentially going into the villa, I for one did not have one Quality Street that whole Christmas season... Now, that was a bad Christmas.'
We know you know this but we'll say it again: a healthy fitness routine is one that makes room for your life and balances fun with working towards your goals, whatever they may be. It's not (and shouldn't ever be) a punishment.
Asking her colleague to help her stick to her plan, Shaughna describes what coffee break times were like at work: 'I'd get her to say "Is that biscuit gonna look nice in a bikini?" because I needed someone to constantly be on me,' she says.
As for how she was exercising, Shaughna says she would go to the gym for 90-minute workouts, doing the same thing almost every time.
'I would do 20 to 25 minutes on the treadmill very fast at a high incline. I would do a few sets on the lat pulldown machine... and then I used to do a quick circuit on the mats,' she says. 'I used to use like free weights and stuff and that would literally be it every single day.'
The Expert Verdict
Besides the fact an hour and a half is a long time to spend in the gym, doing the same thing every time isn't the best way to progress, either. We asked PT and founder of the Body Beautiful Method, Aimee Victoria Long to weigh in.
'Daily 1.5-hour cardio/gym sessions without rest is heavy on the body, regardless of your starting point. Everyone’s body needs time to recover, grow and become stronger, however, it’s implied she didn’t do this,' Long says. 'This could have caused her injury, both in the short term and long term, and created an unhealthy relationship with exercise.'
'That added with the fact she asked a friend to hurl abuse at her if she was to eat a biscuit with her tea, could have become a recipe for disaster.'
On reflection, Shaughna says she wishes she had cut herself a bit of slack and regrets not appreciating her body.
'I was aware that I was definitely the biggest girl in there [the villa] but watching old episodes back now, I'm like "you looked fab!" but that is just proof that you're never happy with what you've got, so you might as well just be happy with what you've got.'
'I was self-conscious but I had no reason to be.' A-blooming-men, Shaughna.
Moving our bodies should be something to celebrate, not something we berate ourselves with. It's about creating sustainable healthy habits for life, that support our happiness and bring us joy. Not about fitting into a swimsuit or any other nonsensical, arbitrary measure of worth, OK? OK.
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