How To Get A Model Body: Part 7,987

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I have given this post a ridiculous title because I could literally write that many posts on things you can do to get a more svelte, toned figure. Recipes, little exercises, mental trickery, self-brainwashing, all kinds of things could make their way into a series of posts dedicated to ‘getting in shape’. I could (maybe I should?) write an entire book on it.  But I wanted to post this little picture (taken on my iPhone in Greece) because my body, at the precise moment this was taken, looked the best it has looked for about three or four years. This was taken at the very end of my 12 Day Educogym trial and I have never felt so healthy! By the last day, I was lifting over half my bodyweight and I could do ridiculously powerful squats. (I then went and ate my bodyweight in croissants for a week, but that is by-the-by. Holidays don’t count.)

Anyway, this is just a little interim post, because I’m actually going to go back to Educogym for another two weeks to get into a routine and set myself up for going out into the big bad world of free choice and ‘take it or leave it’ gym sessions. There will be a grand finale post for Educogym in which I’ll weight up the pros and cons (can’t actually think of that many cons whatsoever!) but there were people baying for blood, pictures-wise, so here it is. I’m still waiting on my ‘befores’ from various places, including a mysteriously missing hard-drive, but I can tell you right now that they don’t look like this!

(P.S. the camera angle makes my lower body look freakishly tiny – I’m not quite that small, but it’s a good lesson in ‘posing for a slimmer silhouette’!)

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  1. Musing on Beauty
    August 3, 2011 / 11:12 am

    Ha, you look fabulous!
    I bet you’d sell thousands of books if you wrote that one!

  2. Andrea
    August 3, 2011 / 11:20 am

    Hi Ruth. I’ve already commented that I would struggle with the diet side of this due to not eating eggs or red meat but do you think you could tell us some more about the sort of exercises that you did? I’d really find that helpful.

  3. Kristin
    August 3, 2011 / 1:06 pm

    You look wonderful!
    PS: I would definitely buy your book if you d write it in the same funny and easy way you do all these posts :)

    • admin
      August 3, 2011 / 1:08 pm

      @Kristin haha, if only there were ten more hours in the day, I could get started on it! x

  4. katie
    August 3, 2011 / 1:17 pm

    Wow look at you! You should TOTALLY write a book, I honestly think that is an amazing idea, your such a good witty and intelligent writer in my humble opinion!!

  5. Wiebke
    August 3, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    OMG, you look absolutely amazing! And the sexy dress looks perfect on you!

  6. Magdalena
    August 3, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    Ruth You look absolutely stunning! Is that dress from Harve Leger i see? It’s beautiful anyway :) One more question : Is there video tutorial of that make up you wearing on the way? I really hope so as your eyes look amazing :) xo

    • admin
      August 3, 2011 / 1:49 pm

      @Magdalena no, French Connection!!!! Bargain. x

  7. Magdalena
    August 3, 2011 / 1:50 pm

    Oh btw what brand is your watch? x

    • admin
      August 3, 2011 / 1:53 pm

      @Magdalena it’s a Rolex Oyster Datejust, I have had it for years and years xx

  8. Magdalena
    August 3, 2011 / 2:09 pm

    it probably won’t be until few years from now that i could afford to buy myself that watch ;) x

    • August 4, 2011 / 11:09 am

      @Magdalena I used granny’s inheritance money! xx

  9. Sophie Alani
    August 3, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    You look BEYOND HOT, Ruth! Congrats on your success with Educogym! And thank you for all your recommendations and inspiration in all things beautiful — I love your site and your videos!

    I could use some advice today, actually… I just found out that I’m going to be interviewed on the national news tomorrow… Yikes! Any last minute beauty tips for the small screen? Thank you! ;)

    • August 4, 2011 / 11:08 am

      @Sophie they usually have someone to powder you and so on before you appear on any TV, but I’d say just remember that you need a little more makeup than usual because it gets lost on screen – make sure your eyes are defined and don’t wear too pale a lipstick!! xxx

  10. August 3, 2011 / 3:48 pm

    My parents burdened me with terrible genes…

    And, so, even if I were to follow a Educogym regime (and your will-she-won’t-she-write-it? book!), I’d still have an arse to dwarf the London Orbital.

    Thanks Ma and Pa. :0)

    Sarah x

  11. Stella
    August 3, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    You are in Greece! Yeahhhh I’m from Greece too! Are you having a nice time? Do you like Santorini? Have you visited any other places?

    • August 4, 2011 / 11:07 am

      @Stella yes, I have been to Rhodes and the Pelion Peninsula before! xx

  12. Stella
    August 3, 2011 / 4:03 pm

    What i meant is that i’m from Greece. Delete the “too” word! :P :P :P

  13. Katharine
    August 3, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    You look lovely! Great dress. Well done for keeping on your diet.

    I love love your little lesson in ‘posing for a slimmer silhouette’! I know you super busy but a little post on that would be great. There is nothing good on u-tube to help with posing to look nice in photos. xxx

  14. Coco
    August 3, 2011 / 5:37 pm

    It’s a shame, I don’t have any Educogym near. I hope I can find something similar because your body is ROCKING!

  15. Ruby
    August 3, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    I’d love to have a figure like yours, you look gorgeous in that photo :)

  16. Joanna
    August 3, 2011 / 7:23 pm

    Ruth you look stunning! Totally rocking that dress! Did you actually get to go out in it or did you just wear it for the pic?
    Love the shadowy figure taking the pic! ;)

    • August 4, 2011 / 11:06 am

      @Joanna I went out in it!!! Only because I was on holiday. I’d never be brave enough in the UK I don’t think! xx

  17. Name
    August 3, 2011 / 8:34 pm

    i love getting your email tips everyday and you look hot!!!!

  18. August 3, 2011 / 8:41 pm

    *swoons with envy*

  19. Harmony
    August 3, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    Oh dear ! Ruth, you look absolutely amazing in that little black dress. I also like the shadow of your man taking the picture ;-)

  20. Sabrina
    August 3, 2011 / 8:46 pm

    I’m not sure if I’m allowed to ask this, but how much does Educogym cost?

    • August 4, 2011 / 11:05 am

      @Sabrina I need to get the final figures, but if you do one month only I think it’s 300 and something, but the more months you do the cheaper it gets. Or something. I shall post up costs and full details soon! xx

  21. mpia
    August 3, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    No Educogym in Italy unfortunately…

  22. Sue
    August 3, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    Sculpted, sleek and glowing … you look even more amazing! xxxx

  23. Tora
    August 3, 2011 / 10:25 pm

    You look fantastic! Absolutely stunning!

    I mean, I think you always do. So good you are pleased with Educogym!

  24. Alexa
    August 4, 2011 / 12:15 am

    Breathtaking, Ruth! You look absolutely gorgeous!
    And you got a lovely tan in Greece :)

  25. Stella
    August 4, 2011 / 4:22 pm

    My hometown is near Pelion! Larisa! Pelion is amazing too! :)

  26. Name
    August 5, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    Dear Ruth,

    Beautiful picture, love your blog. I look forward to your wit every day. Can you tell me if that is the Dani Bandage Dress? Do you find the sizing to be accurate? I would imagine one would want it to not be loose at all(especially as I am petite up top) I have never thought of having a strapless tight dress before, but you look so effortless and casually aloof that I am quite taken in and want it for myself. An excellent model I would dare say!

    Thanks for being great,,

    • admin
      August 5, 2011 / 11:26 pm

      @Rebecca from French Connection? If so, then yes! I had to buy it smaller than usual to stop it from slipping, so this is an 8 xx

  27. Rebecca
    August 6, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    Thank you Ruth! Now to hunt one down….

  28. Eden
    August 9, 2011 / 11:00 am

    Hi ruth
    I would definitely buy your book where do you get the figure from?

  29. Maddie
    August 29, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Hey Ruth, what are your height and measurements? And that is meant in the least intrusive way possible :)

    • admin
      August 29, 2011 / 8:29 pm

      @Maddie Height is 5’8″ and I’m 32DD, 25, 36. Depending on what day of the week it is! ; )

  30. maddie
    August 29, 2011 / 8:37 pm

    Thanks :)

  31. May 19, 2012 / 4:15 pm


    I had a skin problem (psoriasis)for a few months and the doctor told me to stay away from dairy and wheat. My skin issue is gone, and not taking any dairy or wheat for a few months helped me lose a bit of weight. But in general I think that because I’m really tall(1,80m or 5’9″)it takes me a lot more to make weight loss noticeable…and that’s a bit annoying.
    In a month I’m going to Turkey with my boyfriend so I’ll have to work out harder! :)

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