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Love my fitness is a year old!

Many thanks for a fabulous first year and for so much continued support,
Although the class format stays the stay which is weigh in,talk and exercise. I also understand that every single one of you comes along for different reasons,some of you are maintaining and doing it very well, some of you are losing weight dropping dress sizes,some of you are struggling and have stopped weighing for now and just listening to the talks and exercising and some of come along as the morning coffee is cheaper than costa!
Some of you are at home following different diets but want to come back to exercise and are too embarrassed to ask,whatever diet you are following I am here to fully support you and welcome you back into class.
I'm looking for us to make some long term changes to help us lead healthy lifestyles and I also know this doesn't happen over night so please do not be so hard on yourselves when sometimes we take 2 steps backwards before going forwards, the important thing is we never give up.
Well I hope you are all enjoying the Bank holiday weekend and managing to squeeze some extra activities in. The weather so far hasn't been great but it hasn't stopped me getting out and about and keeping active,fingers crossed for better weather on Monday so I can get in the garden!
 

Just a reminder that there are no classes in Mongeham on Monday due to it being the bank holiday, all other classes are running as normal.
Thankyou so much to everybody that sponsored Steve for his London Marathon run,he is still collecting and adding up the final amount raised,will keep you posted. 
 
Just a reminder that the election has no effect on class Thursday night in Sandwich as the voting is done downstairs .
However, we are not in classThursday morning as our hall is being used for the election,please feel free to attend another class if that is your class.
The Importance of water
With a new report from Loughborough University showing that being dehydrated whilst performing everyday tasks like driving could lead to twice as many mistakes behind the wheel, we know that not drinking enough water can be a big problem.

If you're feeling thirsty you're already dehydrated so don't wait until you need a drink, sip small amounts throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. 
According to a study last year, out of 30,000 people less than one per cent drank eight glasses of pure water each day - the NHS recommended daily intake. 

Here are the top 10 benefits to drinking lots of water - you won't believe how good it is for you!
 
 1. Water helps with weight loss
Great news for anyone trying to lose a few pounds - water naturally reduces your appetite. 
A lot of people confuse feeling thirsty with feeling hungry so they eat when their body wants them to drink something. When you're dehydrated, fat cells become harder to break down and so anyone actually trying to diet will find it a lot harder if they don't drink very much. 
2. Water is a natural wrinkle-buster
According to a recent study, almost 1 in 5 women who drank 1.5 litres of water per day saw a reduction in wrinkles after 6 weeks without making any other changes to their diet.
As well as wrinkle-busting, it's said to give us sparkly eyes, clear our skin of spots and make us look glowing and healthy. But water has lots of benefits for your health too. 
3. Water stops headaches and dizziness
Don't reach for the pills straight away, your headache could be a symptom of being dehydrated so drinking water should make it go away. 
Even tension headaches and dizziness, which can be brought on by fatigue can be cured or helped by drinking water - this is because fatigue is also a sign of dehydration. 
4. Water clears your skin
Most people know that drinking more water can be good for clear skin and it can also help the symptoms of acne. 
If you've got dry skin, drinking water will give it more moisture but that's not all. Water flushes toxins out of your body and anything else that shouldn't be there so it clears your skin of any dirt and bacteria. 
5. It fights infections
Drinking water can help fight infections all over your body, not only because it flushes out toxins but because when you're dehydrated you're more likely to catch a bug. 
It's especially good for getting rid of and preventing urine infections and kidney stones. 
Being well hydrated is also great for allergies and colds, because it clears the airways. Even cold sores can be reduced by drinking more water because they tend to pop up in places where your skin is particularly dry.
6. It keeps you regular
If you suffer from constipation or piles you might have been told to increase how much fibre you eat. This is definitely one way of getting rid of the problem but you'll need to drink more water for the fibre to work properly. Otherwise it could have the opposite effect and make you worse.
7. It makes you exercise better
It's common sense to replace the fluids you lose when you sweat with water, but what might not be obvious is that your body works better and harder during your workout if you drink water.
8. It improves concentration
Because your brain is made of around 85% water if you get dehydrated it can affect your concentration and even your short-term memory. 
It has a particularly strong effect on your maths skills and it's all because lack of water causes your brain's energy levels to decrease.
9. It boosts your energy
In the same way that not drinking enough water makes your brain slow down it has the same effect on your body. 
For example, your muscles are around 75% water, your bones are about 22% and your blood is around 83%. 
If you're dehydrated, all these body parts don't work as well as they should meaning you lack energy and feel tired or lazy.
10. It supports your heart
The hardest working muscle of all needs a lot of water to keep it going at full speed. 

When you get dehydrated your blood gets thicker so the heart has to work even harder. And if your heart is weak it can lead to more serious heart problems later in life. 


 
Weight losses and achievements
Good week with weight losses, as a club we managed to lose 127lbs which works out to be just oiver 9 stone so well done everybody. 
I am hoping to better that this week with all the water we will be drinking!

Have to mention one of my Canterbury ladies that has lost 2 stone since January-well done Paula,super proud you are looking fabulous!!
One Stone-
Carolyn-Sandwich
 
Sausages braised in cider and grain mustard

A dinner that is quick to prepare then cooks itself!                                  

INGREDIENTS
450g/1lb of low fat pork sausages
2 onions – peeled and finely sliced
1140ml/40fl oz of chicken or vegetable stock
300ml/10fl oz dry cider
2 tbs of grain mustard
2 tbs of cornflour blended to a paste
Sprigs of fresh thyme (or use 1 tsp of dried)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
SERVES 4
305.6 kcals/13g fat per serving
 
METHOD
      Brown the sausages lightly under the grill then transfer to the slow cooker. 
       Soften the onion in a non-stick pan and stir in the grain mustard. 
       Pour in the stock, cider and cornflour then bring to the boil whilst stirring. 
       Transfer to the slow cooker and stir in the thyme.  Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours
 
Strawberry and vanilla parfait

SERVES 6

1 SERVING 165 KCAL/2.4G FAT
PREPARATION TIME 15 MINUTES
COOKING TIME 5 MINUTES
FREEZING TIME 4–5 HOURS

Light evaporated milk forms the base to this luxurious creamy dessert. It is very important that the milk is completely chilled overnight in order to achieve the thick foam once whisked.
1 x 400g can light evaporated milk, chilled overnight
225g (8oz) fresh strawberries
1 vanilla pod
75g (3oz) caster sugar
225g (8oz) virtually fat free fromage frais
115g (4oz) Quark (low-fat soft cheese)

      Using an electric mixer, whisk the evaporated milk on high speed until thick and double in volume.
       Place the strawberries, reserving a few for decoration, into a liquidiser or food processor and pulse until chopped.
       Using a sharp knife, split the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the black seeds from the centre and add to the strawberries. 
       Mix together the sugar and strawberries, then fold in the milk until fully combined. Carefully fold in the fromage frais and Quark and pour into a plastic freezer container or mould. Cover and freeze for 4–5 hours until firm.
       Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving.
       Using a serrated knife dipped in boiling water, slice into portions. Decorate with the reserved strawberries
 
I saw this and immediately thought about a few long standing members that I have coming to class. These members have been with me for a number of years and have never once given up,even when it has become tough and their weight has stayed the same and some months even crept up. These particular members are now back on track and losing weight every week and are now being rewarded for never giving up and hanging on in there. This is so lovely for me to see each week and makes me very proud of you guys!  
More Funnies...

 

This is a story which is perfectly logical to all males:

A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6."

 
A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk. 
The wife asks him, "Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?"
He replied, "They had eggs."


I'm sure you're going back to read this again. 

Enjoy the bank holiday tomorrow
See you in class
Love LIsa
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