As any casual reader of my site will realise – I am a terrible, gadget freak, come spendaholic. It is therefore no surprise that I have managed to find a purchasable product that will be absolutely invaluable /an absolute necessity in my latest project – the Body For Life challenge.

The product in question is a piece of software for my PDA device, called PocketBFL. [If I haven’t previously mentioned my PDA device, it’s a Dell Axim X51V, but the PocketBFL works on any PDA including the PALM variety.]

The program is by cellica, is sold as a companion product to the Body For Life challenge and enables you to plan your next days exercise and meal schedule. It acts as a reminder while at the gym and enables you to record body measurements and then displays charts of your performance. So far I have found it to be really intuitive, although there is a brief manual included. It is fairly easy to modify as well, so you can for example store details of your typical meals so that it can determine protein, carb and fat consumption etc. This is a real time saver, particularly as I seem to have a fairly short repertoire of acceptable meals at the moment.

It is early days but so far it is proving to be incredibly useful and I strongly recommend it to anyone on the program as it saves writing out your daily meal plans and updating stacks of excel spreadsheets.

Body For Life Challenge

Today is the official start of my latest fitness drive. Not content with the results I’m getting from cycling, jogging and kick boxing, I am now about to embark on Bill Phillips “Body For Life” regime.

The BodyforLife program is a 12 week challenge, which you can complete either privately or take it as part of a competition, requiring before and after photos and measurements. Some of the results seen by earlier challengers are truly inspirational.

The program consists an intense exercise program and a strict nutritional component. The exercise involves alternating your days with weight training and 20 mins of intense interval aerobic exercise. You can find out more on the Body for Life website.

The nutritional component requires you to eat 6 meals per day (whoa!), although they are relatively small, comprising only 1 portion of protein and 1 portion of carbohydrate per meal. It’s all about the portion control and for a self confessed carb addict, it is bloody hard to find enough protein to eat at every meal.

Given that there is only a 12 week slot to record my bodily transformation – enter the competition – and win loads of super prizes (PositiveMentalAttitude), I have taken a few weeks to prepare or to practice living with the regime. I have been trying out all of the weight training exercises and got myself sorted out with dumbells and a gym membership. I just didn’t want to waste time when the program had actually started and find that I didn’t know what weights I could shift to reach a maximum effort.

Also the food aspect is really novel to me, so it helped to practice here too. I’ve got a few recipes sorted out, things like protein smoothies for breakfast and tried out egg white omelletes. So today I can start out with a well stocked fridge and a clear idea of my weekly dietary routine. At least half of the key to success is ensuring that you plan well in advance.

Wish me luck!

Crazy Fitness Scheme – An Update

Well I’ve well and truly overloaded myself with vigorous activities but I have to say it seems to be working out in my favour. I lost 10 lbs in the last month, with my spreadsheet diet and ridiculous exercise routine:

So on top of the daily cycling, I’ve been out running – pretty much daily for the last 4 weeks, covering a measely 3km each morning with my shuffling run/walk approach. Then as this isn’t enough I’ve done two more lessons with Skate Fresh so I can wobble round Hyde Park every weekend on the skates. Then recently I took up kickboxing, in fact I am just sitting here waiting to go in for my third lesson. Yesterday I started a crash course in Kung Fu and then tomorrow I am starting Astanga Yoga.

The martial arts classes are super, blimey do I sweat!!! They must be doing me so much good. Pity I look like a gormless buffoon, tripping over my own “eagle claws”. I’d definately recommend KBKickboxing to any woman who fancies getting fit in a friendly, energetic environment.

Ultimate Control Diet

I feel fit and full of energy but when it comes to weight loss I am always disappointed by the hit and miss nature of it all. Sometimes I lose weight and other times I seem to sit on a plateau.

I would like to take all the guess work out of my diet so that when I sit and wonder whether to have that extra packet of nuts I know exactly whether it will tip me over the balance and scupper my weight loss plans for this week.

When you exercise loads it is so easy to think you deserve a little treat and it must be that little treat that makes all the flippin difference.

To counteract this I have devised a spreadsheet based on the calorie intake required to maintain a sedentary person of my weight and knocked a few calculations in to take account of my exercise and required weight loss. It spits out the answer to live the universe and everything in the form of a very small number of calories that I am allowed to consume for the day.

I’ll keep you updated, if my maths is accurate I should be wather thin in months.