Love Haribo Sweets……….gained 6lbs

Oh yes it’s true, I gained 6lbs in one week and all thanks to the great taste of Haribo and Maoam sweets.  I totally got comfortable in treating myself especially since I’ve been ill… know, feed the cold stave the fever.  Anyway since watching Supersize vs Superskinny last night I have totally refocused.

Watching how easy it is to lose yourself in food and how easy it is to put on weight.  I am so lucky to find a diet and exercise routine that is working for me.  Looking back at old pictures, looking in the mirror, wearing size 14 clothes….these are all the things that I am proud of and will keep in mind when I feel to eat a sweet or chocolate bar.

But hey, we should treat ourselves sometime, but I will make sure they are one off treats and not a daily routine.

So ladies….are you ready to help me work off these 6lbs in class this week??


What is Zumba Toning?

What makes Zumba Toning different?

In a nut shell, the main difference between a regular Zumba class and a Zumba Toning class is the addition and focus on strength training exercises within the dances, as well as the addition of toning sticks. This type of class will not give you the aerobic workout you know and expect from regular Zumba classes, but instead works on circuit training (a few minutes of cardio followed by a few minutes of strength training) which creates a higher calorie burn than strength training alone, offers some cardiovascular exercise and because it is still Zumba – it’s FUN! And better again with the added core training to our classes you will be fit and sleek this Summer!!!

What are Toning Sticks?

The Zumba Toning Sticks are a pair of light weights (they come in 1lb and 2.5lb weights) that are typically used during a Zumba toning class. They are weighted with sand that allows you to shake the weight without the jarring to the body that would happen with a regular dumbbell. They are soft (so easy to hold on to) and they make a sound like a maraca when you sake them which makes them all the more fun.

You are able to use light hand weights instead of the toning sticks in a Zumba toning class. The toning sticks aren’t expensive, so they are totally worth it for the fun factor alone. If you do go the hand weight route, you should never go above a 3lb weight

Will it make me bulk up?

The truth is there are very few women who “bulk up” easily. To gain a pound of muscle takes an incredible amount of work and heavy weight training. The bottom line is, the weight amounts used in a Zumba Toning class are much too low to create muscle mass. The name “Zumba Toning” says it all, this class is meant to create a toned look – not a bulky look, and isn’t that what most women are looking for? The appearance of toned muscles especially in the arms, legs and core? In addition to the toning effects, it also helps to improve your posture, balance, coordination, agility, bone density, joint mobility – and lots more.

Is this workout for me?

As with any type of workout, Zumba Toning is not for everyone. If you have any known medical or physical conditions you should consult your physician before undertaking any new or different exercise program. He or she knows your situation best and can advise you whether a Zumba Toning class is appropriate for you.

Assuming you are a healthy and injury-free individual, who loves going to Zumba – does that mean Zumba Toning will be a good fit for you? Not necessarily.  Zumba toning requires a whole new level of coordination and mind/body connection. If you are interested in attending a Zumba Toning class your first step should be asking your regular Zumba instructor if he/she thinks you are ready to try Zumba Toning. Certainly that doesn’t mean you absolutely need their approval before attending a class, or that you have to be a Zumba regular before taking up Zumba Toning but both are a good idea.

Zumba Toning without the sticks

Another option is Zumba Toning without the toning sticks. If your instructor feels you may not be quite ready to add the toning sticks to the workout they may suggest you attend the class and participate weight-free. You’re still going to get a great workout, and they are doing it for your own safety, not to single you out. The addition of weights (even light weights) requires you pay close attention to your range of motion, working in a controlled environment to avoid injury. You may find that your instructor asks all new participants to take the class without the sticks the first time so that they can observe you in action to make sure you won’t injure yourself when you do add the weights.

We’re booked …. Race for Life 2012!!!

I am so happy to announce that we will be taking part in the Race for Life 5k in Regents Park on Saturday 14th July this year.  I am so looking forward to it as we are going to dress up in as much pink stuff as we can and we are called the ‘East London Zumba® Ladies’!!!

This is the fourth year that myself, sister, cousins and friends have done this event.  We have developed a group sponsorship page and we would value your sponsorship to this great cause.

My personal goal is to beat my previous time of 38mins (sshhh and to beat my sister) to complete the course.  As this is a new location, it would be a challenge.  I am planning to start my training at the Unity and Fitness weekender in Wales on 17th March.

Are you doing the Race for life this year?

Still a loser…… Lost 2.5lbs

I am so happy, I’ve lost 2.5lb this week making my total to 4stone 4lbs…..What did I do?

Well, I have not eaten a Banana for 3 years and I had one this week. Eating something different, that your body has not seen in a while, can help kick start your metabolism.  Zumba® is always a good workout, and now I have introduced Zumba Toning® which is letting my body do something different.  Doing regular muscular strength and muscular endurance training along with cardio can help increase your lean body mass which in turn can reduce your body fat percentage.  Enough of the science!

I am happy with my result and I especially happy as I know you are changing too.  I see how different you are, your body is changing.

Spring is on it way, the winter coats will soon come off……lets all change together…are you with me?


Pancake Day – Try something different

It’s Pancake day on Tuesday and everyone wants toss pancakes and squeeze lemon juice all over them with sugar if you lucky.  In the back of your mind you know you pancakes mean calories and you know you deserve a treat but what about having something different that is a little lighter on calories??

Why not try Slimming World’s Banoffee Pancakes

Serves:          4
Prep time:     10 minutes, plus chilling
Cook time:    20 minutes

57g/2oz plain flour
2 large eggs
150g pot fat-free natural fromage frais
1 level tbsp caster sugar
142ml/¼pt skimmed milk
a few drops of vanilla essence
2 bananas
200g pot Toffee Müllerlight YogurtFry Light
1 tsp cocoa to dust
mint leaves, to decorate

1.         Sift the flour into a bowl. Beat the eggs, add to the bowl along with the fromage frais and mix. Add the sugar, milk and vanilla essence and whisk to form a smooth batter. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
2.         Meanwhile make the filling: roughly chop the bananas, mix with the yogurt and set aside.
3.         Lightly spray a non-stick frying pan with Fry Light, place over a medium heat until hot. Add a small ladleful of batter, swirling to cover the base and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden and set. Remove and stack between non-stick paper while making 7 more pancakes.
4.         To serve, top each pancake with the banana mixture and fold. Place 2 pancakes onto each serving plate, dust with cocoa and decorate with mint and fat-free natural fromage frais if desired.

Tip:     Bananas are extra healthy – they are rich in vitamins and minerals and are also a great source of fibre.

This recipe is not suitable for home freezing.




Oh yes, I’ve lost 1lb this week which takes my total to 4 stone 1.5lbs.  I’m on my way to the next stone.

Is it easy to lose weight and stay focused………..hell no.  January has been a hard month to stay focused.  You know, the after Christmas snacks, the discount offers on the bad foods and the cold and dark nights that make you stay home and eat.  For me its been the support of my family and friends that has kept me going……even more so hearing other slimmers stories and tips on food has been a great motivator.

Now that the nights are getting brighter its reminding me that Spring is round the corner and the summer parties and holiday are on the horizon.

Zumba® has been a great way to keep fit and now Zumba Toning® is here to help shape our bodies to our ultimate goal.  I know we can do this together……are you with me?

It’s half term….Party week

Zumba addicts in Essex!! Are you ready for party week?

14th – Single Ladies night – Wear Red, Pink or White
6pm Ladies only Zumba
7pm Zumba Toning

15th – Barking Launch Party
Special launch price £2.50, come early to secure your place

16th – Lou Lou’s Birthday Party
Join the party….special price £2.50
Guest Dj on the night, cake, plus Sixfoot5ins is in da house…..

I can’t wait……whoop whoop

Barking Launch – 15th February


Barking massive!!! Lou Lou’s getting ready for the launch party at St Margaret’s Church. Zumba Fitness starts at 8pm…..only 7 days to go…..Are You Ready to PARTY!!!

4 Stone Loser!!


It’s been made official by Slimming World. I am so happy……thank you all for your support. Next stop 5 Stone …… Do you reckon I can do it? With your help and Zumba I know I will. See you all tonight……Party time

Happy 1st February…..New Zumba Classes

February is here and we have new classes starting w/c13th Feb.  Zumba® is coming to Barking, St Margaret’s Church and Zumba Toning® classes. Dates for your diary:

14th February – Goodmayes Baptist Church
Single Ladies night.  Wear something Pink, Red or White
Zumba  6pm
Zumba Toning®, 7pm
£5 per session or £8 for both – Tuesday double offer only

15th February – St Margaret’s Church, Barking, Launch Party
8pm – £2.50 Launch party only £5 thereafter

16th February – Goodmayes Baptist Church
Lou Lou’s Zumba® Birthday Party.  We’re having a Party and its £2.50, 7pm