Articles for the Month of January 2014


A year from now quote croppedThat’s a great quote by Karen Lamb, and we’ve put it on our Facebook page to provoke a bit of thought.

It’s so true isn’t it? How many times have you intended to start something – a weight loss diet, exercise programme, pension plan – but somehow not got around to it? A year goes by and you are a year further away from your goal.

What is it that you want to achieve now, that you haven’t yet started? Imagine it’s a year from now and you did start today. What would you be feeling? Compare that with how you will feel if you don’t start.

There’s a great book out there by Jeff Olson, called “The Slight Edge”. It explains how the little decisions we make every day compound over time to make us successful or unsuccessful. These are all easy things to do, but most importantly, very easy not to do. If we do them, over time our health, fitness, career or finances improve. If we don’t, then almost imperceptibly, gravity and the march of time lead us down the path we were hoping to avoid.

We like to tell the story of two friends, both  aged 20, and both fit and healthy. The first friend eats healthily and exercises regularly. The second prefers to sit on the sofa watching soaps and eating takeaways. After a week, there is no outer difference between the two. Still none after a few weeks. After a few months the first friend is vibrant and glowing with good health while the second friend is a few pounds heavier and lacks energy.

Fast forward a few years, and the first friend is regularly running 10Ks and looking sleek and strong. The second hates the way she looks and lacks self-confidence.

In their sixties, the first friend looks and acts like a 50 year old. She rarely gets ill and is making the most of life. The second is several stones overweight, has type 2 diabetes and is suffering with joint problems, which severely restrict what she can do with her granchildren.

Which path are you on?

The good news is that you can start making the right choices now, and in a few weeks they will have become habits that can last a lifetime. You can start small, embed those habits, and then add more. Over time, you will totally change the direction you are heading in.

So, ask yourself, are you ready to start today?


Are you looking for help to lose weight?

Now that the festive season is well and truly behind us (how quickly did that go??), lots of women and quite a few men are keen to lose weight and start a weight loss programme. They may have kicked off with a dry January (good luck with that!), but are now finding that weight loss is easier said than done.

At Ladies Workout Express, we believe in keeping it simple, so we’re big advocates of the Herbalife weight control system. It’s a high-nutrient, but low-calorie programme that is very convenient and cost-effective. Replace two meals a day with the delicious and nutritious shakes, add a protein-rich mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, and then cook a healthy, colourful meal that all the family can enjoy. The programme is designed so that you lose weight, boost your energy and avoid those diet-busting hunger pangs!

We’re launching a 12 Week Weight Loss Challenge, starting on Monday 13th January, from 8-9pm in the gym. It’s only £39 for the 12 weeks, and £25 of that will go to a prize fund for the top three losers.If you would like more information or to book a place,visit:

Participants don’t have to follow the Herbalife programme and there will be lots of information about healthy eating. We’ll cover topics like Snacking, Metabolism and Dining Out, to help you to understand how to lose weight in a healthy, steady and sustainable way. You’ll also get a detailed, individual wellness evaluation, with personalised advice.

Here’s what Fiona Ahamed had to say about the challenge: “I just wanted to thank you for the weight loss course.  I really enjoyed taking part, not only did I lose weight and feel much healthier I also learnt a lot about nutrition/exercise and I got some really good tips on how to eat a more healthy diet for the long term rather than it being just a ‘quick fix’. 
In particular I found the individual detailed monitoring of weight, muscle mass, bone weight etc that you did really interesting and very helpful. I feel that I have certainly learnt a lot and I hope that knowledge will help me in my quest to live a healthier lifestyle in the future!”