I love how my passion for fitness has been inspiring so many people, so when the editors of Vale Life magazine contacted me asking me to write a few words on fitness focus, I was more than happy to oblige. I adore helping others, giving people drive and motivation and making them realise just how amazing it feels when your body is in shape, feeling responsive and full of energy. I was first published at the age of twelve and have written continuously over the years since, with my website becoming my portal for expression.
After buying a bike last week to ride again for the first time since I was a child, Gabriele’s new seat has arrived so that I can take him out on the road with me, and I chose a front facing seat so that I could see exactly what he’s doing and know that he’s safe. We’ve begun cycling together each day and it is such a peaceful and wonderful thing to do. Gabriele points at birds and cats and lorries that we pass as we chatter away and my legs get a super workout. Ever the optimist, I couldn’t resist combining my new love of cycling with my desire to help others, and after just a couple of outings on my bike I have just signed up for a 15mile Tour De Vale charity bike ride for the disabled charity WheelPower in June, please sponsor me here. Let’s hope I can get up to scratch in time as it’s only a couple of weeks away and if I don’t get enough practise in I could well end up spending the entire race upside down in a hedge. I’ve never cycled side by side with another rider, let alone in a flock of hundreds of bikes as I’m still a total Bambi for steering but I’m going to give it my all and use the charity ride as my goalpost. Just because I’m starting out now doesn’t mean that I can’t be a champion by next week, if I can do it then anyone can. I downloaded a cool cycling app called Strava which tracks the distance and time of each ride, and so far my personal best has been 11 miles with Gabriele. As the weather has been pretty cold, raining and thunderstorms it’s now stopped us from going out together, but hopefully by next week it will pick up again as I can only cycle with my son because of childcare and I don’t want him to catch a cold. I took my jacket off to wrap it around Gabriele to keep him warm on our ride home and he looked like a gorgeous little E.T on the front of my bike. Too funny!
I have now completed my review of the 5:2 fasting diet and lost a whopping 33cm in just 30days. I’m not one for dieting as I believe in following a sustainable lifestyle choice rather than yo-yoing between starvation and bingeing; however the 5:2 focuses on eating regularly for the majority of the week and then cutting down your calories for just two days. You can still eat everything you love and lose weight at the same time and it’s free and accessible for all. It’s the only diet that I’ve ever come across that actually appealed to me for its ethics and background in science, and I really enjoyed writing my thirty day review and reporting on my findings. There are no sign-up fees, no strict plans to follow and no stress, I just ate what I loved and lost those extra inches to boot. Why can’t everything in life be as simple? Indeed the best things in life are free. Love, family and happiness. But I don’t mind purchasing a few pairs of skinny jeans every now and then!
It seems that two is the magic number this week for my sites and social media profiles, which all seem to have found this golden number in one way or another. Isn’t 22 in bingo ‘two little ducks?’ and as I’m part of the Aylesbury Vale it’s rather fitting that I share this celebration with the Aylesbury duck. I always gather the ends of my loaves of bread up and keep them in the freezer until we have a full bag so that I can take the children to the duck pond or canal and feed the adorable families of little quackers and they love it. Bit off track there, but I love the little snowball of stats and figures always building and people subscribing as I’m a total OCD nut. I am extremely thankful for all who read and enjoy what I do and I hope that you will continue to support me, share my blog with your friends and family and leave me your thoughts and feedback. I love helping people to make better informed decisions based upon my own experiences, and equally I enjoy helping businesses to spread their good message about worthwhile products to the masses. I only review and blog about products and services that I find useful myself and those what I think you will like and benefit from too. So feel free to get in touch if I can help you in any way.
In five days time I’ll be making my trip to the dentist to have my Six Month Smile braces fitted, which are a clear set of traintracks that are expected to remain on my teeth for six to nine months. I can’t believe how quickly the treatment is approaching and I’m both nervous and excited at the same time. By next weekend when I write my weekly blog I’ll have them done! Eek! I’ve seen so many teenagers with braces recently, perhaps because I’ve been actively noticing now that I’m having mine done, and I have to say they look pretty stylish in cool colours. However I’m hoping to go for the discreet clear look, that is until I have a few too many glasses of red wine and curry and stain it all a lovely dark yellow. White food only for the rest of the year perhaps? Pickled onions and rice anyone?
My six year old daughter Millie was super excited to have ‘hotdog day’ at school, where every now and then they fundraise by offering hot lunches or fancy dress days to buy new equipment and trips out. Millie has this obsession with hotdogs, in a bun, without butter and just a squirt of ketchup; so I thought I’d surprise her with a tin of hotdogs and buns in the shopping basket for whenever she likes. Seeing as I’ve been a vegetarian since I was five years old, I am pretty clueless with meat, but after she ate her fourth consecutive hotdog her eyes started rolling and like a funny game of chubby bunny, with cheeks full of dog and bun, she sweetly told me she may have had enough for the next seventeen years. Whoops.
At the weekend I had a lovely little chillout that started with a trip to the Belmore Centre for some waxing, then onto a BBQ in the gorgeous sunshine, a few too many drinks and the following day with the children splashing in the paddling pool and running around the garden planting strawberries, herbs and looking for butterflies was bliss. It was my second ever life experience of waxing, the first was courtesy of my mother making me cry with pain as a young teen when she waxed my hairy man leg one year before holiday. I got as far as the first strip torn off before crying like a baby and soaking my red raw leg in the bath to try and melt off the rest of the wax before shaving off the hair. But this time, a decade or so later, and I was a brave little button having a full leg and underarm wax and now I’m silky smooth and love it. I’m building up my confidence for a Brazilian, purely through morbid curiosity really, which I shall add it to my bucket list now that I’m a waxing convert.
I hope you’re all enjoying the little flickers of sunshine that we’ve been getting between clouds and thunderstorms, as it’s really giving me a zest for the summer approaching. Life is so incredible on a beautiful blue-sky morning, with the wind in your hair and fresh air in your lungs. Get out there and make every day count!