Hi everyone,

I’ve got exercise on the mind this week as I’ve had my Fitbit for a year now!  It’s been a great investment and has certainly motivated me to move much more than I would normally do (along with the company of my lovely Fitbit buddies).

The rain may be pouring down but I’ll pull on my waterproofs to walk the dogs with my husband, Ian, whereas a couple of years ago I’d have left him to walk thedogs on his own.  I’ve also kept up with my jogging, after completing the C25K app: it’s tough work but I love thinking to myself ‘This is me, I’m actually running,’ as I ‘plod’ around the park.

Looking back to when I was at primary school, I’d never have thought I’d be enjoying exercise and keeping fit now.  Back then, I felt like I was the worst in the year at PE – I couldn’t even do a forward roll in Year 6, and a handstand was a distant dream.  On Sports’ Day, I was chosen to do the sack race and obstacle course: I think even the teachers realised I wouldn’t have coped with the running!

Secondary school wasn’t much better.  Again, I watched with envy as other children effortlessly vaulted over the horse or did handsprings across the floor.  I enjoyed hockey in winter and tennis in summer but my skills were very limited.  It wasn’t until my final year that a few of us got together and persuaded one of the teachers to run a Badminton Club.  I’d finally found a sport I was good at and as my best friend. Jackie. and I lifted the girls’ doubles’ trophy a year later, in sixth form, it felt like a dream come true.

In my 20’s and 30’s, I tried lots of different exercise classes – aerobics, step, body combat, swimming, cardio and weights in a gym, pilates – I enjoyed them all and kept relatively fit but then I hit my 40’s and I just didn’t find as much time to fit exercise in.

Now in my 50’s, I’ve made exercise more of a priority, and it’s certainly helped me to maintain my weight loss.  I’ll squeeze a walk into my lunchtime at work and feel so much better after some time in the fresh air – even if it’s only for 20 minutes. A couple of years ago, I never thought I’d be walking into town, rather than taking the car, or enjoying holidays spent walking in Devon, but that’s where I am at the moment, and I’m really loving it!

Next week’s new recipes include:

  • No Count Chicken Enchiladas
  • Black Forest Brownies (1 point each)

A big thank you to everyone who has been in touch this week, it’s great to hear from so many of you who are having such great success with No Count and enjoying the food you are eating at the same time.  A massive thank you also to all my Connect and Instagram buddies who let people know about the website, I really appreciate your support.

I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead: enjoy any exercise that you do and good luck as you step on the scales for your weekly WI!

Helen xxx