Saturday 6th May 2017

Hi!  I hope everyone else is feeling so much better after some sun this week; I’m really loving the lighter evenings too as there’s more opportunity to enjoy a walk after work.  Gone are the thermals and fleeces – the t-shirts are now making an appearance!

In addition to following No Count, the other major change in my life, over the past 8 months, has been doing more daily exercise.  I decided to try the C25K app last summer, never thinking for one moment that I’d actually be able to do it.  There was no one more surprised than me, as I managed to complete each day and each week until I was running for 8 minutes at a time.  Even then, I really didn’t believe I’d be able to run for 15 mins, let alone for 5km!

Well, 8 weeks later, I actually did it!  I ran 5km! What a great feeling!  I entered the Preston 5km run in September and ran the whole way; I was one of the slowest but that didn’t matter as it was such a great, personal achievement.  If you are lucky enough to be fit and healthy, I can’t recommend this way of exercising enough and it’s totally free!  I used the following app, but there are plenty of others out there if you’d like to give it a go:

 

In November, I made my purchase of the year – a Fitbit – and introduced a daily lunchtime walk into my work routine.  I’ve also made some amazing Fitbit friends and we really motivate each other to move more, as well as having a good old laugh at the same time!

I am feeling so much better in myself, more alive, more alert and happier than this time last year – all thanks to No Count, exercise and the wonderful fellow WW I have met on my journey.

 

And now for next week’s new recipes.  Watch out for:

  • No Count Chicken and Bean Masala
  • Fish Pie (2 points for a dish which serves 4)
  • Marie’s Butternut Squash Soup (suitable for vegans and vegetarians)
  • Coffee Renoir (2 points each on No Count)

 

Finally, I’d like to say a massive thank you for all your very kind words and comments this week.  It is a real pleasure to share my No Count knowledge and recipes with you, and I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead.

 

Helen xxx