I did receive another pair of Zaggorra hot pants - this time the longer version which goes all the way down to your ankle by mistake. I'm currently awaiting their hot top so I can review the two together but I will continue to use the pairs I have as I think they're great to work out in. I need all the help I can get in these winter months. I am also now the proud owner of an adult skipping rope!
I think I'm just going to have to adjust my working out - I can't rely on getting on my bike 4 x a week like I was able to do during the summer months. I need to make sure I go swimming once a week, skip, wii dance and weight training.
On the food front, I'm back on track but, as ever, I've been very slap dash in my food diary. My friend was explaining the virtues of the 5:2 diet the other day. Now, I haven't read that much into the diet but essentially you eat 'healthily' 5 days a week and you 'fast' (500 cals for women) on 2 days of the week - they don't have to be concurrent. If you would like to read more about how it all works, then pop on over to Cath's blog here. She explains how it all works and will update her progress regularly.
It is the latest diet trend. Whilst I don't doubt you will lose weight following this diet - you'll lose weight if you cut down on what you currently eat - I also believe you will line the pockets of the person who was clever enough to write the latest fad diet. They've all come and gone haven't they? Dunkan (isn't he being investigated now?), Atkins, Cambridge etc etc. All these diets have had devoted followers who were insistent that it was the only diet that truly works. It seems we are all incapable of just eating less and moving more unless someone is telling us how to do it in a certain way. We could all do with eating less in the western word irrespective of whether or not you are slim or fat.
My friend, naturally, wanted to pass on the good news and wants me to be "successful (with my diet) and happy". Yes maybe its taking its time but I know for sure, no one is going to be doing the 5:2 diet for the rest of their lives. I also don't think eating 500 cals is healthy and sounds like it will mess with your metabolism. Why don't people just eat healthily for 7 days? They would still lose weight but that would be too easy. Why do we have to complicate it?
Naturally, the book gives lots of health benefits, research blah blah (like all the others did) and it will have its day but predictably in a year or so from now, will come the latest research, as to why its not good for you and enter the next fad diet.
I don't blame people trying to convert others to their chosen weight loss regime or even their exercise. Its natural to a degree. I have been told, on more than one occasion, to go running instead of cycling - that it burns more calories etc but ultimately you have to do what you enjoy doing. There's no point taking up an exercise you don't enjoy. I have you know that cycling up hill isn't for the faint hearted - your lungs are burning and you are proper gasping for breath. Your upper body gets a good workout from controlling your bike and it burns a good 400/500 cals with no real impact on your joints and more importantly boobs! I've yet to see an amateur fat cyclist - have you? I don't tell people not to run and take up cycling nor do I tell them to ditch their diet and follow mine or that they won't lose X amount of weight in X amount of months. Like I've said before in my top ten tips - your weight loss is the only one that matters and surround yourself with people that say "you can do this" as opposed to "you won't or "you can't".
|In The Daily Mirror - notice how I place the RIPPstone in front of my stomach!|
And finally, finally I was featured in the Britmums Policitcal round up this month. I do seem to gravitate towards politics more than any other subject. Check it out and other great posts here.
Until next time....