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Eating for two

Good-evening all,

Yes, I am indeed eating for two. No I am not ‘with child’ . (This medium would be an odd way to break the news to friends and family wouldn’t it?).

But our visit to Champneys Spa really proved we are on a slightly dangerous ride when it comes to our health and wellbeing. My last post was about running and fitness and honestly I don’t intend for this to be one of those blogs but wow, this place will really make you think twice about what you’re putting into your body (food wise).

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We arrived and were greeted with fluffy robes, slippers, and an A4 sized spreadsheet of our fitness schedule for the next two days. It included everything from Yoga to spin classes… to the more ambiguous ’20/20′ and ‘TRX’ classes.

Champneys, it turns out, focuses on internal and external wellness (much to my partners disappointment on the former). Our stay included breakfast, lunch and dinner. By breakfast I mean muesli, by lunch I mean salad/leaves, and by dinner I mean salad/leaves . For those of you who are reading this and not feeling alarmed at all, I’m happy for you I really am. (Go away).

A bit of a history lesson before I go on; approximately 9 years ago I weighed 50 kgs and I was (well, still am) 5″6 .Today I weigh 57 kgs. I have played around with (give or take) 10 kgs over the last 9 years.

Why? – because I ate more food ( you might know by now, I’m not one for complex explanations ).

But really it is as simple as that. Our stay only confirmed what I’ve known for a long time:

– I don’t like muesli.

– I will be just as happy with half of any food I eat.

– Exercise classes containing words like BLAST and BURN, are for insane people.

By the end of our stay, we had gotten a taste of what our food and exercise intake should be  and it felt good (minus the stiff arms,legs and slightly faint feeling on the first day).

If you’re looking for a relaxing break, this is still the place for you. You don’t have to do the classes, you can eat as much as you like and drown yourself in jacuzzis and saunas and steam-rooms. But do try and do what the place is intended for. You won’t regret it!

 

 

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The running diaries.

Good-day all ,

With my new-found time I have been very busy running around. Literally.

Aside from tennis (and even that’s debatable) , I was never really that good at any sport. A big fan of compulsory sports, I attended only what I really had to for my entire primary and high-school life.

I tried my hand at everything, but only because we all had to try something, so that someone could decide that this was in-fact not the sport for you.

Hockey ? – scared of the ball and scared of the stick. Spent every game running away.

Basketball? – not tall enough. But then none of us were..

Swimming? – not a chance. I could swim but my name would only be called if our coach wanted the team to lose, which was never.

Tennis – .. This I could do. But I hated being watched and I hated playing against other people. This made it very difficult to play.

 

Finally… Running – I don’t think I ever gave running a real chance. And this brings me to what I’ve been trying in the last week! For the last 7 days I have been keeping a diary of my runs. I started doing it purely to have something to do during my lunch-break at work. I don’t want to lose weight but I do want to change the way my current weight looks on my body. It’s an outfit that needs some tailoring and tightening up. What follows is a copy/paste from my running diary, Day 1 – Day 7.

Day 1

I installed an app on my phone called Runkeeper. I had a look at the activities and decided to go for a 5k beginner workout. The park is just behind our office building and I ran to the entrance. Runkeeper said I had done 0.2miles. It felt like more. I carried on for another 15 minutes but spent a lot of time stopping and looking at the app. It’s supposed to count down how many miles you’ve done and how fast you’re going but it wasn’t talking to me at all!! Anyhow, legs feel fine and weren’t too painful when I got back.

Day 2

Can’t stand up. Can’t sit down. I walked most of the way yesterday and covered 1.47miles and I am dieing today. On the plus side, it can’t be this painful and not be working.

Today’s run was much the same. Runkeeper isn’t very encouraging and I burned off the calorific equivalent of a chocolate digestive.

Day 3

Still very painful and stopping a LOT. For every 30 seconds I run I’m giving myself a 1 minute break. An old man (maybe late 60’s early 70’s) ran past me twice within the 20 minute run. I could tell he was judging me.

Day 4

Bitch Runkeeper. I have changed my units of measurement from miles to kilometres. NOW I’m doing 3.7km per run.

Day 5

I missed today 😦 . No there isn’t an excuse and I felt worse for it. I’m getting ready for my legs to hurt tomorrow when I go again and I feel like I need to do this every day to maintain the same mediocre level of fitness that I had, let alone make it better.

Day 6 

After a day’s gap I fully expected not to go today but I did! I’m not running any more than I was at the beginning of the week but I feel a lot better when I get back in to work. I’m not seeing any changes otherwise and I don’t expect to at this stage but it all feels good. I’m getting a little tired of seeing the same scenery though and I’ve started looking at what other routes I could do just as easily without having to see the same damn trees every day.

Day 7

I’ve plateaued . Or at least I think I have. I know I can probably push myself to run more than I am but I’m sticking to my 20-25 mins and leaving it at that! I’m still walking some of the way but to my credit, the walking is getting faster. Runkeeper is possibly the worst app ever invented. I hope I can keep this up!

 

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Lukewarm Bodies

Hello everybody ,

A great thing has happened.

We have discovered that the health insurance we pay each month offers us free movie tickets every week! We discovered this some months after we started paying so lesson learned; read the small print.

So this weeks’ free movie review courtesy of boring insurance story goes to…(drumroll)..

Warm Bodies.

My decision-making somewhat clouded by getting in for free, I rather enjoyed this movie. The premise is fairly simple: zombie R falls in love with human Julie and slowly, very slowly, starts coming back to life. Also, the traditional zombie is given a makeover and no longer looks like this:

A zombie , on a good day
A zombie , on a good day

Instead, R looks like this:

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Not bad.

Nicholas Hoult plays R very well and I felt a mixture of frustration and sadness watching him mumble his words and struggle to string a sentence together. The more time spent with Julie, the easier the words came and he begins to move faster, look better and his heart starts beating occasionally when Julie takes her top off. Great.

I couldn’t help feeling though that Zombies will be ruined forever by this movie. Vampires have been royally ******* over by the Twilight series, could R be doing the same for this breed of horror? I hope not. I hope this was a one-off and we’re not seeing the next generation of Zombie romantic comedies. I would hate that.

If it was a one-off, it was a good one. The beginning of the movie was probably my favourite as R shuffles around an empty airport. The initial long silences were also a rare opportunity to pay attention to the soundtrack, which had everything from Springsteen to Bon Iver, M83 and The National. It starts to get more action packed as Julies’ dad (zombie-phobic John Malkovich) realises Julie has fallen for the wrong guy and all hell breaks loose. Having said this, I’m pretty sure a walk in the park could become more action packed if John Malkovich was involved.

I would give this a 7/10 but also hope it’s the last of it’s kind that I’ll ever see.

I’m going to watch Dawn of the Dead now.

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How to remember a great day

Hello ,

…Is it me you’re looking for?

I thought so.

So here I am. There are 42 of you listening now, which is unsettling,  but also very nice 🙂

Last weeks’ great day came courtesy of my no longer being a student. I handed in our final assignment to a lady who, if I were to use fruits to describe a person, was a lemon. In under 10 seconds, my two years was taken from me and given a stamp telling me it was received and I will get confirmation of this by email.

After this was done I felt the need to do something which lasted a little longer than 10 seconds;  I took my copy of the assignment,  put it in my bag, and took it to all of my favourite places in town for the morning . (This post will feel awkward if I fail the said assignment . *note to self:  delete this post).

So here is what we saw that day ..

Fountains. We saw fountains.
Fountains. We saw fountains.

 

the Farmers Market in Covent Garden. We passed this rather quickly; the food smelt wonderful but we had no money to buy it.
the Farmers Market in Covent Garden. We passed this rather quickly; the food smelt wonderful but we had no money to buy it.
This is the Bridge of Aspiration. We also spotted a parent who had chosen this bridge to explain the definition of the word 'aspiration' to his little boy. I believe the definition will be lost forever on this little one.
This is the Bridge of Aspiration. We also spotted a parent who had chosen this bridge to explain the definition of the word ‘aspiration’ to his little boy. I believe the definition will be lost forever on this little one.
The Shard from a less flattering angle.
The Shard from a less flattering angle.

I ended the day by leaving my assignment behind and celebrating it with a real person who, if I’m honest with myself’, went through a lot more than I did the last two years because of this damned assignment.

And so it’s done! And so am I . (for now).

Goodnight 42!

The best part. Always the best part.
The best part. Always the best part.