Day 11: It’s all Greek

Today is another MyTime on the MyBody 12 week challenge so no workout with Myleene and Louis today (phew). Did the usual business of writing and tweeting about biotech instead. I have been eating Greek yoghurt and rhubarb as a snack in a vague attempt to change my microbiome. Hang onto your hats – here comes the science bit. For those unaware inside our lower guts live an army of microscopic helpers and basically if you shovel junk food at them all day it changes which of these little helpers are in there. So if you’ve not got lots of friendly bacteria in there but some of the unfriendly ones you’ll find you get fatter as these guys have trouble breaking everything down, making vitamins and getting rid of toxins. Also these little fellas tend to recognise natural molecules as nutrition – you know the stuff you get in fruit and veg (rather than synthetic long chain fatty acids in junk food) and can digest it. Plain yoghurt (not the stuff with all the sugar in) is one way of trying to add those good guys in there, (faecal transplant is another but we won’t go into that) those that survive being dipped in the acid bath of your stomach are the ones you want on your side. OK enough of the science for one day!

Did my walk circuit at the end of the day, the view from the top of the hill on the Icknield Way is truly wonderful and I never tire of it. 180505_104724-1325020

Day 10: Sweaty Sue

Just done the MyStrength workout – managed to do three rounds today, which nearly killed me and made me very sweaty (not a good look). Still better than last week where I only managed the 20 minutes, but if I want bum cheeks that can crack walnuts I have to keep going. As Lao Tsu (Chinese philosopher) apparently said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”, which in this case means do a bit of exercise each day and before you know it a lardy body starts to be well a bit less lardy. Sports bra zip also popped open during the workout which made me think I still have quite a few steps to go yet too! Now back to the important business of writing about some great new biological therapies to cure cancer and preventing people going blind.





Day 9: Shake your booty

Tody is a MyTime day on the MyBody plan so technically a rest from Myleene’s lovely programme. I had such a productive day at work with tons of adverts written and in production (and more importantly all the work invoiced) that I decided I would make a gargantuan effort to get to a Zumba class. This involved making sure a healthy mushroom and chickpea curry was on the table by 5.30pm. Lovely, supportive hubby, then made feisty daughter and smart son do the clearing away and washing up so that I could get out by 6.15. They both looked like they had been hit with a wet fish as I skipped merrily out of the house. I went to Annie Farrow’s Zumba which I love as Annie makes us shake everything (not always a good look for me but hey ho) and we have such good fun doing it that I never want the class to end! If you’re in Hitchin, Letchworth area then give Annie’s class a go – you’ll go home with a smile on your face! Returned home to find all the washing up done and everyone playing table tennis in the garden – getting a bit more organised all worked out in the end. zumbapicture

Day 8: Bank Holiday Monday

It’s now Week Two of the MyBody 12 week programme. I have managed to do all the workouts and I have lost 2 lbs in weight and 2.5 inches off my waist – which I think is a pretty good start. I am combining this with healthy eating and all the things I have learnt about menopause weight gain from following the work of the brilliant Julie Dennis Menopause Coach

The article featuring the five women taking part in this challenge was published in the MailOnline last week and here’s the link if you want to read why each of us wants to get fitter MailOnline MyBody Challenge Article

If I can keep this up the MyBody programme and healthy eating for another 11 weeks (gulp) I will reach my goal of losing a stone and a half. Just done the MyPower workout and it’s only 7.30 was up and about by 7 am today so thought I would do it now then I have the rest of the day to do what I want. I shall probably go for a walk over the Icknield Way into the woods and past the Lavender Farm Hitchin Lavender , like I did at the weekend. It’s a lovely 3 mile circuit and hopefully Sybil won’t follow me again!



Day 5: Could kill for a bag of McCoys!

Had to take my beautiful teenage daughter to the docs this morning so day has not got off to a good start. Richard Whately (I’ve not a clue who he is/was) once said “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it,” and I’ve lost two so goodness knows what’ll happen later!  Still hopefully everything is all sorted out with her now, so we won’t have to keep going for hospital appointments – I’ve seen the inside of far too many hospitals in the past three years. I recently did an NHS survey and realised I could review five different departments at four different hospitals for that year – without the NHS my family would be bankrupt by now!

Came back and did the MyCore workout in MyBody (even though I really didn’t want to) – this one was worse than the MyStrength. I found doing the jumping gorillas a killer so was walking them by the end of round 3. Abs feel like they’ve been strangled. Feeling a bit fed up today, as am so behind this morning and really wanted a bag of McCoy’s cheese and onion crisps to cheer me up. I resisted the temptation, my inner saboteur is trying to get me to stay unhealthy I think but he’s not going to win this time! Luckily, I have got some better stuff in the cupoboard, it’s all about being prepared this healthy eating and exercise lark.  Instead of those devilish potato based snacks I  reached for my pot of joy snack pot which has almonds, sesame and sunflower seeds – much better for me and just as crunchy. Won’t be blogging over the weekend – hopefully off to the seaside for a long coastal walk, weather permitting.


Day 4: Feeling seedy

Feeling inspired to become fitter, I went out to Verve Dance  last night, (click the link if you want to find out about the best place to learn modern jive) and had some awesome dances.  It’s the only place I know where the music is so consistently brilliant that you just can’t help dancing to every song.

Today is MyTime with MyBody so no workout today (thanks goodness as my bum cheeks are still aching from yesterday’s MyStrength workout). I have also begun a seed rotation  to rebalance my hormones, who knew that sesame seeds and sunflower seeds tasted so good in Greek yoghurt. Time now for caffeine and brochure writing.





Day 3: Crickey that one does the job!

Just done the MyStrength workout in MyBody. I could only manage the 20 minute one because boy does it make your bum cheeks ache. Hoping that as I get stronger I can do all three rounds, either that or die trying! Sybil didn’t know what to make of the Sandbell but she decided not to join in with the workout and had her usual morning snooze.

Since the sun was actually shining yesterday I went on my walk last night into the woods on the Icknield Way and she came with me. We’d got about a mile and a dog appeared so she made me take her back home, it was not the leisurely stroll I was hoping for. Onwards and upwards – that article I need to finish won’t write itself so I’d better get caffeinated and get cracking.


Day 2 May Day

Had a great day yesterday and was so inspired by the MyBody exercise programme that I went back to Ceroc at Letchworth Here’s a link if you want to know more. I haven’t been dancing here since Christmas so it was amazing to go back. Had fun and burnt off 130 calories dancing (or so my pedometer tells me) without really trying – my kind of exercise! I went primarily to try and avoid sitting my lardy bum on the sofa. On Monday I’m in the habit of sofa surfing so sit stuffing my face with roses chocs while watching Bear Gryll’s The Island. There something about watching people complain about how hungry they are that gives me the nibbles. Also managed to stick to the one carb a day rule and swapped my usual crusty white bread sandwich lunch (no nutritional value apparently) with a nice tomato omlette. Today is MyTime with MyBody which means take a well deserved rest – don’t mind if I do! 180430_125157-1161644

Day 1 on the fit and fabulous in my fifties journey!

Well today I begin my fitness journey. I weighed myself and had the horrible realisation that I have reached my outer limit of nine stone and seven pounds. How the hell did that happen! My waist has reached the 34 inch mark and I'm rapidly bursting out of a size 12. I signed up last week to do the MyBody plan with Myeleen Klass and have had my photo taken for the Mail Online so now I have to commit to losing weight and getting fit. This morning I have done the first MyPower workout and it wasn't too bad. I have swapped my usual Cappuccino for a skinny one at only 50 cals and put cinnamon on top instead of chocolate. Well you have to start somewhere!