This weeks Blog - Revolution Gym & RNAS Yeovilton Air Day
If you love aeroplanes , helicopters, and explosions- like all my boys, then you really have to go to RNAS Yeovilton Air Show. We spent all day there on Saturday, through showers and hot sunshine, it was just an amazing day- well worth the money. There were breath-taking stunts from Rich Goodwin in his eye catching red and white muscle bi-plane, Rafale jets from the French Navy, the stunning Tornado and a tense SAS Commando Assault finale with Apache helicopter attack displays. My advice is to take folding chairs, umbrellas, lots of sandwiches and ear defenders if the kids don't like loud noises.
Later in the week, Wayne and I made a big decision. With us both turning 40 this year – we really must make more of an effort to get fit and healthy. I have been vlogging about my weight loss for almost 3 years atwww.bariatricblogger.weebly.com but embarrassingly I've piled on almost a stone in the last few months.
Wayne needs to shape up for Ninja Warrior Series 3. So we've joined Revolution Gym in the centre of Shepton Mallet.
I was terrified walking up the stairs to the desk, but Scott Hurley, the young gym owner and manager– put my mind at rest.
He's run the place for 5 years, and seen it grow and expand-with hundreds of satisfied members and success stories. He gave us a tour of all the weights and cardio equipment, and we have our induction next week. Wish us luck!
( as published in The Shepton Mallet Journal 07/07/16)
So on Tuesday , Wayne went along by himself for his induction. He finally returned 2 hours later, sweaty but smiling having had an 'awesome session'. He'd done some cardio and loads of weights, and was pretty pumped for his next session.
I, on the otherhand was literally sick with nerves this morning when I went for my induction. Scott is really easy going though, and he made everything seem so simple. I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of 'weight' machines in the main area. There is something for every single muscle - muscles I didn't even know existed! I was gently talked through all the scary looking contraptions, until they no longer freaked me out. Apart from one of the leg presses which genuinely looked like a medieval torture device- and felt like I was being strapped into a roller coaster!
After Scott felt I was ready to have a go on my own- he left me to test my new found gym knowledge. I felt a bit embarrassed though, as I stood on the treadmill for a good 5 minutes- unable to remember how to select a programme, before I sheepishly asked for help!
I did 10 minutes of 'Fat Burn' on both the treadmill and the cross trainer, 5 minutes each on the rowing machine and stationary bike ( whilst watching 'This Morning ' on the telly) before heading over to do some work on my abs, bum, chest and legs.
Things were going pretty well, until I got stuck- legs splayed apart on the Hip Abducter, as I'd forgotten how to close it...ooops!
Incase you are interested - I weighed in at 12st 9lb today - and I am hoping to lose 2st by November ( my 40th birthday!). I also want to tone up, and get into a smaller clothes- and generally have more energy and feel healthier and happier. You can follow my weight loss journey in more detail over at www.bariatricblogger.weebly.com
See you next time!
Ps. It was a bit of a sausage-fest today ( not that I am complaining!) but it would be nice to see more ladies joining up. Pop along to the gym or check out the website http://www.revolutionhealthfitness.com/ guys, gals and couples all welcome. Join the Revolution ;)
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)