Friday, 27 April 2012

Confessions of a Chocoholic..

As you may be aware, I trialled Jenny Craig a couple of weeks ago..I did really well on the plan, and learnt a lot about portion control. However, I have a confession, a few weeks have passed with me being on my own without Jenny, and I'm ashamed to admit I have put all but 1lb back on. How have I managed to do you wonder? Well, I have a seriously unhealthy obsession with chocolate and post Easter, there has been so much chocolate around the house, and I have been indulging whenever I get stressed or like today when I'm tired. Chocolate seems to just be my comfort blanket, except let's face it it's not very comforting when it makes me even more miserable about my weight. I feel a bit pathetic admitting that it is my chocolate habit which is out of control, but it really is! My meals are otherwise generally well balanced and sensible, and i am happy to ignore the calls from the cupboard from crisps and biscuits (although i do have struggles with cake..).

Anyway, after a chat with the lovely people at Jenny Craig, they've offered me another two weeks on their programme to see if they can get me back on track and somewhat nearer to my goal. I have spoken to them at length about feeling a bit of a wally, and about my struggles with chocolate, and they talked me through how I'm going to deal with my problem! I've decided I'm going to go 'cold turkey' so I'll cut out all chocolate.. I think it's my only way to move forward. Instead of reaching for the chocolate, I'm going to reach for a cup of coffee or take myself for a walk away from the temptation! I don't officially start back on the diet for a week, but I'm ready to really go for it this time and I'm determined that there will be no going back into my bad ways this time!
Is anyone else a recovering chocoholic? How do you cope with your cravings?

Tuesday, 24 April 2012


Anyone who follows me on twitter, may have noticed me tweeting about Cross fit, and showing quite an interest in the tweets about it from Reebok. Cross fit promises to be the ultimate work out, with no chance to get bored as the activity changes so you're using different muscles and keeping your interest up.

I tweeted that I'd love to give it a go, but I'm just not fit enough, I was reassured to contact my local centre as they'll adapt it to suit my level of fitness - the joy of crossfit is you can work out at your own level but still be in the class environment! I contacted my local centre, and they confirmed that it didn't matter what level of fitness you are at, CrossFit works and is great for weight loss! 


So, my thoughts.. CrossFit is unfortunately only available in one gym local to me, and it only runs the starter classes in the early evening which with two small children is impossible to reliably get to. This is a shame, as having tagged along with my friend (who is super fit and makes me look even more ridiculous!) to a class local to her I have to say, it was nothing like I expected and the class was friendly and informative pushing hard enough that you felt it the next morning (and struggled at points in the session!) without actually injuring me! I wish I hadn't been so terrified! Why was I terrified? I hear you cry! Inevitably, all the promotional material shows super fit men and women of all ages really going for it, and while this shouldn't intimidate me, it did. Having once been super fit, loving working out in the gym and spending the day watching the clock for the swim or even sail after work I struggle to believe how I got so incredibly unfit!

So, any Mums or Dads sat there reading this, don't be afraid to try CrossFit out, it isn't as frightening as I believed. Reebok, thanks for encouraging me to give it a go, and motivating me to get out there and kick start my fitness. I wish someone would focus on encouraging Mums to get out there and exercise, and not just with their buggy!  By the end of the summer 2012, I hope I'll be reading this and laughing at how unfit I was and how fit I am.

Please note, this is not a sponsored post, all thoughts and experiences of Crossfit are my own.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Baby Babbling with Huggies

If you've seen the adverts for Huggies featuring Alfie the baby, you'll have no doubt giggled along with me! I know that I could certainly use some subtitles for what Elvis is saying when he starts to babble, as he certainly is saying something very important and will wave his hands and emphasise noises as he's really getting ready to start talking! I find all the babbling amazing, as Boo really wasn't a babbling baby, rather than make noises he'd express himself by screaming! He eventually started babbling, but he was about 18months when he started, he seemed to do all the physical things first - he was walking by 9months..! Elvis seemed to start babbling at about 4months, and now he's only quiet when he's doing something naughty!
Anyway, Huggies clearly had loads of fun filming their advert for the new Dry lock feature with Alfie the baby and his friends, and here is a fabulous film showing some behind the scenes footage:


 Don't forget to keep up with Huggies and Alfie the Baby  on twitter!

Meet the City of Friends Stars!

Now airing in 150 countries, it is fair to say that the City of Friends is a huge sucess with its pre-school audience! Appearing on channel 5's Milkshake show in the UK, it is a great way to start the day in a bright positive way! We've managed to grab an interview with Elphie (firefighter), Max (police officer) and Ted (paramedic):


Can I start by asking what made you want to join the emergency services?

Ted: My Daddy is a police officer, so I wanted to do something different, but I still wanted to help people and get the chance to drive around with flashing lights and sirens on! Being a paramedic, and getting to drive an ambulance is the perfect job for me!

Elphie: My trunk is great for helping me put out fires or helping Jumpi down from tall buildings! I really love helping people, and with my trunk becoming a firefighter seemed like the perfect option, and I love it!

Max: I've wanted to be a police officer since I was 4years old, and I didn't give up until I finally made it into my dream job!

What would you say is the best part of your job?

Max, Elphie and Ted in unison: Helping People!!


What advice would you give to someone who would like to join the emergency services?

Ted: Be nice to others, and love helping.

Elphie: Be prepared to face your fears!

Max: If you want to catch thieves you need to run really fast, like I do!!

Can I ask you a question Max, what is it like to ride your Police scooter? It looks like great fun!

Max: It's lovely, fast and really cool! A bit like me!!

Check out Max, Elphie and Ted in action with some more of their friends in this special clip:

This is not a sponsored post.