REVIEW: WEEK 4 OF 8 WEEK WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAMME
Now in my fourth week and I am really into the swing of things – creating avocado and berry smoothies in the morning and experimenting with new recipes in the evening. A new favourite is Madeleine Shaw’s vegetable chilli which I serve up when a friend comes over to dinner. I offer her wine and have a glass of vodka lime soda myself! My daughter is so impressed with Grace and my new found enthusiasm for exercise that she has joined the Club for the summer and my husband has got the exercise bug too – getting up at 6.15am to go to the Hurlingham club before work. Even the dogs are getting more exercise as we have started running round the park with them. Rufus in particular could definitely do with shedding a few pounds – he is a bit reluctant at first but soon gets into the spirit of things! This week I have a training session with the Gym Manager – Duncan and this time we include some boxing into my exercise routine. It is so much fun and I think that I would definitely like to join a boxing class. We have another weigh in and discover that I have lost another half kilo and again my fat levels are down. It is gradual progress but it’s definitely all heading in the right direction!
This weekend will be a particular challenge as I have two parties to go to on Saturday. One is in London and the other in Hampshire. Luckily the one in London starts at 4pm and I opt for tea and manage to resist the nibbles by getting into a few animated conversations. By 5.30pm we have to leave to get ready for the next party. I decide to drive (it’s after all only an hour’s drive) and at least I can be sure that I won’t be drinking!). We arrive at 7.30pm and I allow myself one glass of champagne as it’s a very special party (it’s a joint 60th, 21st and 25th party). It’s a gorgeous garden party with lots of marquees – a bit like the Great British Bake Off! Dinner is homemade hummus and hog roast with load of salads. My daughter and I queue up for the next course – we look at the cream filled desserts and she says “let’s not!” so instead we head for the DJ tent for a spot of dancing. The music is brilliant and the four of us start dancing and everyone is on the dance floor. It really is unusual for me to hit the dance floor at all but think it must be due to this course that I have suddenly developed the energy and enthusiasm to do so! We are having so much fun suddenly its 1 o’clock and we head off home.
I am in the driving seat still feeling full of beans whilst my husband snoozes in the front and my daughter plays all my favourite music in the back. Next day I wake up bright and early to take the dogs out whilst everyone else slumbers on. Best of all – feeling great and no hangover!