Ten running tunes to get you moving!

Hey folks, hope you are all having a great day today!

Well, I’m off for my third jog this week later on. It’s a lovely evening and I’m looking forward to it, even though I’m still in the “oh-god-make-this-stop-I’m-gonna-puke” stages of learning to run. But one thing that really keeps me going, that makes it feel like ‘me’ time, is the addition of some kickass running tunes on my mp3 player to keep me moving. So here’s a countdown of my top ten running tunes for beginners.

10. ‘Remedy’ by Little Boots

A cracking dance/pop tune, it has a wicked beat, especially when the chorus kicks in.
‘No more poison, killing my emotion, I will not be frozen, dancing is my remedy, remedy’

9. ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry

Here’s Katy Perry…or at least a heavily photoshopped version of her. Now I’m not normally a fan of her music, but I do love this pop tune. The beat is a little slow to run to, but the message behind the song and it’s lyrics are very motivating, which is exactly what I need to hear when I’m struggling up a hill.

8. ‘Flawless’ by The Ones

A weird tune this, it basically sounds like you are being adored by a bunch of drag queens as you listen to it. However as I feel that I look like a sweaty pile of poo when I am jogging, that is no bad thing at all. George Michael sampled this song, but I prefer this original version.

7. ‘Born this way’ by Lady Gaga

She pushes people’s buttons, and I know a lot of folk don’t like her, but I am a massive fan and so had to include her on my list. It was a toss-up between this and her new song ‘Judas’, but this song has a driving beat and just makes me feel alive. Plus her body is great thinspo…who wouldn’t want thighs like that?

6. ‘Bonkers’ by Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden

I guess any US readers might not be familiar with this song, but it’s just…hilarious. And fun. And crazy. But it also has a hard beat that keeps my feet moving just that little bit further.

5. ‘Stronger’ by Kanye West

I remember reading that Katie Holmes used this track on repeat to get through her first marathon, and I can totally understand why. The beat is a little slow for my tastes, but when a song is telling you ‘I need you to hurry up now!’, you can’t help but obey.

4. ‘Pump it’ by the Black Eyed Peas

I love me some vintage BEP, long before they discovered that they could simply generate hits by turning the studio Vocoder up to 11. This track sampled the song best known from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack (actually called ‘Misirlou’ by Dick Dale, thankyou Wikipedia). I often start my workouts with this song, it really gets the blood pumping. Shame about the sudden end, it just sort of stops.

3. ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem

Searingly honest and personal lyrics combined with a pounding beat that lasts well over 5 minutes…if this track doesn’t get you moving, nothing will. No comedy ‘Slim Shady’ stuff here, it’s all very serious indeed, and all the better for it.

2. ‘Come with me’ by P. Diddy and Jimmy Page

The 1998 Godzilla movie has one redeeming feature – the soundtrack. Not only did it feature my favourite Jamiroquai song (Deeper Underground), but also this corking rock/rap collarboration. Interestingly, I see that I’ve put a lot of rap/hiphop on the list, I think it might be because this kind of music has a hard edge and shouty lyrics.

1. ‘Gonna Fly Now – theme from Rocky’ by Bill Conti (the 3.19 version is the best)

Because we all overcome adversity every day, and we all want to feel like Rocky when he climbed those steps :O)

Got any other suggestions? Do let me know. Over and out.


April 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm 2 comments

1st weigh in and new photos

Hey guys, sorry I’ve not posted much in the last couple of days…I am busy trying to finish my dissertation for uni – but this is a welcome distraction.

So – my progress in the first week then:

  • I have stuck rigidly to 1200-1400 kcal per day
  • I have been for two one hour jogs (albeit with some walking intervals, I can’t jog for an hour straight yet!)

According to the scales I have lost a pound, but I’m not convinced…however it’s still very early days, so I’m not expecting to see a lot of change.

True to my word, I am doing weekly pictures so that you guys can monitor my progress. I thought I’d do ‘comparison’ pics, so on the left, my body on the 12th of April (8 days ago), on the right my body today (20th April 2011). Apologies for the difference in light, I have tried to maintain the same poses though.

Just to warn you, I see NO changes so far :O( but as I said, early days. And I’m pleased with the changes I’ve made for my health, anyways:

First comparison - front view

Comparison 2 - side view

Comparison 3 - booty shot!

Comparison 4 - stomach.

April 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm 7 comments

Top 5 food swaps

So, on this weight loss journey, I will be using tried and trusted techniques that I’ve successfully used in the past.

The first of these is ‘food swaps’, where I take out some of my commonest foods and replace them with lower calorie alternatives. I believe in replacing ‘like with like’, i.e. not cutting foods out all together, but exchanging them for similar foods.

These changes may look small, but because you are having these foods everyday, the missing calories soon add up, helping with weight loss. It’s also much more sustainable in the long term than crazy crash dieting. So here’s my top five food swaps:

1. 1% milk

1% milk

Here is 1% milk from Sainsburys

1% milk is relatively new in the UK, and I have so far only found it in Sainsbury’s (where it has an orange top) or Tesco (where I think it is purple). If you see it anywhere else, please do let me know.

I swapped to 1% from semi-skimmed, and it’s lovely…not ‘thin’ tasting or watery like skimmed milk.

It has 80 calories per 200ml ( a third of a pint), whereas semi-skimmed has around 100 calories. So if you drink about a pint of milk a day like me, you’ll save 60 calories without even noticing.
Saving = 60 kcal per pint

2. Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse

Now, chocolate has to be one of my biggest weaknesses, but calorie-wise, it packs a big punch. A mars bar for instance is 259 calories. This Sainsbury’s chocolate mousse has only 94. Weightwatchers also do a yummy chocolate and vanilla one which is 106 calories and is a little bit bigger.
Saving = 165 kcal

3. Turkey mince
Turkey mince from my freezer

Now, I’ll admit this picture doesn’t make it look appetising, but turkey mince actually tastes great. Get it in a bolognese and you’ll bearly notice the distance. It only has 170 calories per 100g, compared to beef mince, which has 219 kcal. Also it’s lower in saturated fat, making it great for your heart health.
Saving = 49 kcal per 100g

4. Sweetener

There are many types of sweetener available

Now, sweetener gets a bad press from some nutritionists, but any scientist or dietitian will tell you that they are perfectly safe. A couple of poorly conducted studies wrongly linked aspartame to cancer, but thousands of other studies have proved them safe – they are one of the most tested chemicals in the world. So ignore the scaremongering.

There are lots of different types of sweetener out there, so if you don’t like the taste of one, try another kind. I like these tablet-based ones as I find the powders are a bit foamy in tea and coffee.

I used to have two heaped teaspoons of sugar in my tea, and about 5 hot drinks a day, which is a whopping 200 calories. These sweeteners still make my tea taste great, and are 0 calories.
Saving = 200 calories per day, or 20 kcal per teaspoon of sugar

5. Reduced fat, sliced cheese

Reduced fat, sliced cheese

Here is a product that has vastly improved in the last few years. Personally I like these, which have a lovely mature cheddar taste. These ones are only one-third reduced fat; I find the half fat ones can taste a bit rubbery. And why sliced? Well, that helps with portion control…when I’m slicing cheese off a block, I tend to use a lot more per sandwich than if I use slices.

One slice (20g) is about 62 kcal, whereas the full-fat version is 83. Both types have lots of lovely calcium in too.
Saving = 21 calories per slice

So there we have it, my top 5 food swaps for long-term weight loss. What are some of your favourite swaps? I’d love to know, leave me a comment if you’ve got any suggestions.

April 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

My Dreams of Skinny Jeans

Ah, skinny jeans. Fashionable, fun, and flattering on the right shape. I’ve always wanted them but they’ve never fit me properly; they weren’t designed with chunky-legged munchkins like myself in mind. Every six months or so I torture myself by cramming myself into a pair in a changing room only to find that I either can’t get them on, or they look horrendous.

So about two years ago I cracked and bought ‘my dream pair’, that I would love to fit in one day. They are size 6/8 and tiny: 




The Dream Jeans

Behold, the jeans women such as Natalie Portman or Cheryl Cole would wear…not made for mortals like me.








Teeny booty view

My dream booty would fit in here. Unfortunately, at the moment I have an ass even Sir Mixalot would turn his nose up at.

Anyway, today I thought I’d try them on again, with the following hilarious result:


Epic fail

Good lord. They won’t go on any further!

Has anyone got a large shoe horn I could borrow?

April 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm 2 comments

I Must Make My Booty a Cutie!

It’s time for me to lose a bit of weight and tone up. But I need your help to keep me on track!

Like many people, I don’t have much willpower, especially when it comes to dieting. So all comments are welcome!

I’m not obese, I’m just a normal girl who wants to tone up a bit and get healthier. So here’s my vital statistics:

Height: 5 ft (1.524m)
Current weight: 8 stone 2 /114 pounds /51.8kg (I weighed myself today)
Current BMI = 22.3
Ideal BMI = 20, which would be a weight of 46.4 kg / 102lbs / 7 stone 4
Current dress size: UK size 12 / US size 10
Ideal dress size = UK size 8 / US size 6

I am already a healthy BMI, so I want to stay in the healthy range – I just want to be at the bottom end of it. So how am I going to do this?

1. Intake of 1200-1400 calories per day (I currently eat around 2000)
2. Exercise for 30 mins – 1 hour a day (I currently do NO exercise, not good!)

Here’s some pics for you taken today…I plan to keep taking photos so you can see the changes I make to my body and attempt to SHRINK IT!

Front on



Booty view


April 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm 3 comments


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