REVIEW: WEEK 7 & 8 OF 8 WEEK WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAMME
Denise Elphick writes about her final two weeks on her fitness journey here at Grace Belgravia.
I realise that now I have returned from my holiday I need to snap back into sensible eating and lots of exercise! Immediately I restock the cupboard with lovely stuff from Wholefoods – my favourite Primrose’s Kitchen Raw Carrot and Cinnamon Muesli, almond nut butter, almond milk, buckwheat, dates, walnuts and the fridge is full of kale, spinach, carrots, natural live yogurt and the best quality eggs and butter.
Exercise-wise I am loving Duncan’s very early but terrific Target spinning class at 7am, which I go to before work and then slot in sessions of yoga, pilates, as well as my two personal training sessions with Danny. I also have two more colon hydrotherapy sessions with the lovely Katalin, which is a bit odd but makes you feel very light and definitely helps with the weight loss (my stomach felt instantly flatter!)
The most exciting thing is that all my clothes are feeling too loose. My newly washed jeans are ridiculously baggy and realise I need to get a smaller size. Also everything feels particularly loose around my shoulder area and the top of my arms look so much slimmer. My friends are beginning to say how well I look and I genuinely feel it. I’m so into healthy eating that my friend Belinda comes over and we have a cooking day making Jade’s quinoa bread, cauliflower pizzas from the Hemsley & Hemsley cookbook, as well as batches of chicken with chickpeas and veg for the freezer. With the remaining cauliflower we make a soup blitzed with stock and a tiny piece of cheddar cheese in the Nutribullet, which turns out to be delicious – all glossy and healthy.
Finally I prepare myself for the big weigh-in with Danny at the end of the eight week course. I’m thrilled to find that I have lost 13 pounds in weight as well as 3 inches from my hips and 4 inches from my waist – no wonder I need some new clothes! My BMI is right down and so is my blood pressure. Danny says there is a huge difference in my mobility, strength and stability. I know what he means – I notice how much easier it is to get in and out of the car and how much easier it is to bend down to feed the dogs, as well as how much easier it is to lift things!
First stop some new jeans. My daughter bumped into Donna Ida at an event and she very sweetly invites me to her store in Draycott Avenue to find a new pair of jeans! Finally I decide that I love Grace so much that I take up a mother/daughter membership with my daughter Camilla. I still need to lose a few more pounds to reach my final goal which I have now set for Christmas but am determined to keep up the good work whilst still having fun!
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