Day 15: Monday Motivation

Monday has started off really well, I have lost another 4 pounds and another inch off of my waist on the 12 week MyBody challenge, I was so inspired that I did the MyPower Workout at 7.30 am and then took feisty daughter to school. Today is a day to celebrate, because on Monday May 14th 1979, I had a spinal fusion (large rod attached to my spine) to treat my scoliosis. For those of you that don’t know scoliosis is a curvature of the spine and mine was a lovely backwards S shape. The fun doesn’t stop there as the spine curves side-ways but also rotates, which means your hips, ribs and shoulders come out of alignment. I used to have trouble breathing and walking and my shoulders hurt a lot.  I was told at the time that if I didn’t have the operation I would be in a wheelchair by the age of 21. I will be forever grateful to the brilliant Mike Edgar who operated on my back at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. Today my back feels great, I jive, I do zumba, go for long walks and now am doing the 12 week fitness challenge with Myleene Klass for the MailOnline…/Could-Myleene-Klass-body-12-we… . The RNOH has given me 39 years of health and movement – what a great hospital!

With that in mind it’s time to write something useful about science – today it’s a new way of using fluorescence and UV to check surgical instruments are free from prions, (nasty bits of protein that can cause Creutzfeldt Jakob disease [vCDJ] and also some say Alzheimer’s disease.) Feeling great today!


Day 14: Lazy Sunday

Today is a MyTime rest day on the MyBody 12 week challenge and I have made it through the first two weeks (hooray). Picked up feisty daughter from a sleepover and then dropped her off at school for her Duke of Edinburgh practise day. While in Hitchin I decided to go to the pool, I love swimming but am never usually motivated enough to go but since it was only 9.30 am and I felt full of energy I decided it was a good idea. 2018 is Herts Year of physical Activity (most of you probably didn’t know this). Essentially, the county is trying to get us all and especially the over 50s to get off our widening backsides to do something more active than press the remote button. They are even offering a Free activity pass for you and friend to do a class or a session. I got my voucher and used it for a free swim at  Hitchin Pool which was lovely as it wasn’t too busy at 9.45 when I got in. Managed to do 52 lengths, and was very pleased with myself. Went home, had my lovely tomato omelette and skinny cappuccino. Then spent the rest of the day relaxing in the garden with a good book while Sybil sunned herself and supportive hubby and smart son went to play Pickleball


Day 12: Gin and Tonic O’Clock

Well made it to the end of another week on the MyBody challenge (just another 10 to go – cripes!) Did the MyCore workout at 6am this morning (I can’t believe it either). I think the exercise and better diet is giving me more energy as I seem to be waking up naturally with loads of get up and go. Usually it takes two good slugs fo caffeine to get me going on my morning’s tasks. The plank, downward dog, side plank combo was just as hard today, but at least I managed two rounds of the killer gorillas, had to walk them in round two and then weirdly could do them again in round 3.

Finished my article and a whole bunch of other biotech work today so feeling pretty smug with myself. My email inbox is now down to 10, I always aim for 0 but never quite get there. I really wanted an end of the week G&T but have managed to give up alcohol for two weeks now so I made my glass of sparkling water look like a lovely G &T ( a good tip there from Julie Dennis – the menopause coach) and you know what I don’t feel like I missed out. Here’s to a nice relaxing weekend – well I do have to do a MyChoice of workout in the MyBody challenge on Saturday – last week I did all three because I have more time on a Saturday but we’ll see how the mood takes me in the morning.


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!