Good morning

Good morning. Good Friday 
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My happy place by the sea with dogs @misslucy_lou and family for Easter weekend.
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This picture was taken by my daughter on our morning dog walk after 4 days of the 5 day Prolon intermittent fast-mimicking 1000 calorie a day diet plan. My daughter commented I was looking significantly slimmer. I don't know how much weight I've lost as I prefer to not weigh as I don't believe obsessing with weight or calories is a healthy mindset.
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The scientifically researched mix of vitamin supplements together with the packeted vegan soups, nut and cocoa bars and fresh olives were actually really tasty and quite easy to manage for 5 days without feeling faint or too hungry or deprived. I do like my food.  .
Prolon do caution no exercise during this period, however I did have a yoga class and dog walks and was fine. .
Intermittent fasting is how I live day to day always leaving 12 hours after my last meal to my first of the following day. And when I can, 2 consecutive days a week, leaving 16-18 hours overnight ( an early supper, no breakfast, late lunch) . Not difficult. .
So these 5 days mimicked this way of eating but with reduced calorific intake. Much the same as the Michael Mosely 1000 cal a day eating plan for helping to reverse type 2 diabetes.
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Happy Easter everyone.
I'm now looking forward to family Easter weekend with proper meals which are still healthy and also a bite or two or three of a dark chocolate Easter egg. 
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@prolonuk @flipside_pr
Good Friday
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My happy place by the sea with dogs @misslucy_lou and family for Easter weekend.
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This picture was taken by my daughter on our morning dog walk after 4 days of the 5 day Prolon intermittent fast-mimicking 1000 calorie a day diet plan. My daughter commented I was looking significantly slimmer. I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost as I prefer to not weigh as I don’t believe obsessing with weight or calories is a healthy mindset.
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The scientifically researched mix of vitamin supplements together with the packeted vegan soups, nut and cocoa bars and fresh olives were actually really tasty and quite easy to manage for 5 days without feeling faint or too hungry or deprived. I do like my food. .
Prolon do caution no exercise during this period, however I did have a yoga class and dog walks and was fine. .
Intermittent fasting is how I live day to day always leaving 12 hours after my last meal to my first of the following day. And when I can, 2 consecutive days a week, leaving 16-18 hours overnight ( an early supper, no breakfast, late lunch) . Not difficult. .
So these 5 days mimicked this way of eating but with reduced calorific intake. Much the same as the Michael Mosely 1000 cal a day eating plan for helping to reverse type 2 diabetes.
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Happy Easter everyone.
I’m now looking forward to family Easter weekend with proper meals which are still healthy and also a bite or two or three of a dark chocolate Easter egg.
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@prolonuk @flipside_pr

There is a wonderful local old fashioned-style greengrocers on the New Kings Road london SW6 that sells an amazing array of loose vegetables-no plastic wrap to be seen- and all sorts of yummy health foods too

There is a wonderful local old fashioned-style greengrocers on the New Kings Road london SW6 that sells an amazing array of loose vegetables-no plastic wrap to be seen- and all sorts of yummy health foods too.
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These sunflower, broccoli and kale micro greens have a higher concentration of vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and  minerals than normal greens contain. Microgreens are also rich in enzymes, which enable them to be more easily digested.
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This lunch I threw together looks huge on the plate but is mostly the microgreens, avocado ( for healthy fats) and wilted spinach ( for iron) 
With a salmon fillet ( for omega3)  griddled for a crispy skin in extra virgin olive oil (healthy oils) .
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The sauerkraut is for good gut health, a tablespoon eaten before the meal, .
and a couple of olives can also act as a natural probiotic as well as all their other antioxidant and healthy oil benefits.
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These sunflower, broccoli and kale micro greens have a higher concentration of vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and minerals than normal greens contain. Microgreens are also rich in enzymes, which enable them to be more easily digested.
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This lunch I threw together looks huge on the plate but is mostly the microgreens, avocado ( for healthy fats) and wilted spinach ( for iron)
With a salmon fillet ( for omega3) griddled for a crispy skin in extra virgin olive oil (healthy oils) .
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The sauerkraut is for good gut health, a tablespoon eaten before the meal, .
and a couple of olives can also act as a natural probiotic as well as all their other antioxidant and healthy oil benefits.
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Back to a healthy eating lifestyle after having consumed quite a lot of everything I fancied over the weekend

Back to a healthy eating lifestyle after having consumed quite a lot of everything I fancied over the weekend.
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So a sixteen hour gap after my 4pm last meal Sunday,  taking me to breakfast time today at around 10am after a pilates class.
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Today's meals are
Tablespoon of Sauerkraut for gut health and to help digestion. 
Breakfast: eggs, avocado, tomatoes, spinach.
Lunch: organic chicken, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts.
Supper: cup of chicken broth from the rpasted chicken carcass. .
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So a sixteen hour gap after my 4pm last meal Sunday, taking me to breakfast time today at around 10am after a pilates class.
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Today’s meals are
Tablespoon of Sauerkraut for gut health and to help digestion.
Breakfast: eggs, avocado, tomatoes, spinach.
Lunch: organic chicken, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts.
Supper: cup of chicken broth from the rpasted chicken carcass. .
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With the brilliant Bryony Gordon after her open, honest and funny talk in the first of a series of ” Live Well” inspirational talks at the Hurlingham club

With the brilliant Bryony Gordon after her open, honest and funny talk  in the first of a series of " Live Well" inspirational talks at the Hurlingham club.
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Loved Bryony and her no filter approach to life and being true and authentic to who she is.
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That "we should all be kinder to ourselves"
And "We should say NO more often" 
Were two of Bryony's thoughts that resonated most with me. .
Most women are so self-critical and often feel they are not enough. But they are and should allow themselves to be who they are. 
That is why Bryony's Instagram is always real and never filtered and so is mine too- hopefully to inspire women of all ages.
Never to try to be something they are not. 
Be individual and unique.
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Great to meet you Bryony and have a chat at the end. .
I really enjoyed listening to you talking spontaneously with no prompts, with your energy and joie de vivre and how you now embrace life sober and grab it by the balls.
 @bryonygordon .
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@hurlinghamvenue

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Loved Bryony and her no filter approach to life and being true and authentic to who she is.
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That “we should all be kinder to ourselves”
And “We should say NO more often”
Were two of Bryony’s thoughts that resonated most with me. .
Most women are so self-critical and often feel they are not enough. But they are and should allow themselves to be who they are.
That is why Bryony’s Instagram is always real and never filtered and so is mine too- hopefully to inspire women of all ages.
Never to try to be something they are not.
Be individual and unique.
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Great to meet you Bryony and have a chat at the end. .
I really enjoyed listening to you talking spontaneously with no prompts, with your energy and joie de vivre and how you now embrace life sober and grab it by the balls.
@bryonygordon .
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@hurlinghamvenue

Pilates reformer

Pilates reformer.
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Arm exercise with legs in tabletop.
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Keep shoulders down
Keep ribs down.
Back in neutral.
Core engaged.
Legs in tabletop.
Arms strong and LATS engaged. 
This flat rectangular muscle of the back helps the arms rotate as well as move away from and toward the body.
It also is the muscle that can help tone that annoying fatty area that hangs over the bra sides. .
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@absolutestudios

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Arm exercise with legs in tabletop.
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Keep shoulders down
Keep ribs down.
Back in neutral.
Core engaged.
Legs in tabletop.
Arms strong and LATS engaged.
This flat rectangular muscle of the back helps the arms rotate as well as move away from and toward the body.
It also is the muscle that can help tone that annoying fatty area that hangs over the bra sides. .
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@absolutestudios

@bbc5live @emmabarnett

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Chatting about age- and being real on BBC5live at 10.50am this morning with Emma Barnett.
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Why I no longer feel the need to fib about my age even when I reach another milestone birthday. Looking in the mirror each morning isn't always the best as i still feel like my younger self inside but the mirror tells a different story.
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When we were in our teens or twenties,  we aged ourselves up to appear more wordly and maybe to be taken more seriously by those older than us especially for career advancement.
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However when we reached our 40s and onwards we fibbed and lopped years off to remain as long as possible in the previous decade.
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Now that we look after ourselves better with a healthy lifestyle and diet, nutrition knowledge, fitness and beauty regimes, we can look our best and be proud of how we look naturally whatever our age.
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I'm proud to look the way I do in my 60s.
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Of course I would like to look like I did when I was in my 20s but I'll settle for being the best version of how I am now.
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I've had amazing life experiences in my 60plus years and two wonderful children. 
Ive no need to fib any longer.
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I want to inspire women of all ages.
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Chatting about age- and being real on BBC5live at 10.50am this morning with Emma Barnett.
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Why I no longer feel the need to fib about my age even when I reach another milestone birthday. Looking in the mirror each morning isn’t always the best as i still feel like my younger self inside but the mirror tells a different story.
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When we were in our teens or twenties, we aged ourselves up to appear more wordly and maybe to be taken more seriously by those older than us especially for career advancement.
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However when we reached our 40s and onwards we fibbed and lopped years off to remain as long as possible in the previous decade.
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Now that we look after ourselves better with a healthy lifestyle and diet, nutrition knowledge, fitness and beauty regimes, we can look our best and be proud of how we look naturally whatever our age.
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I’m proud to look the way I do in my 60s.
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Of course I would like to look like I did when I was in my 20s but I’ll settle for being the best version of how I am now.
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I’ve had amazing life experiences in my 60plus years and two wonderful children.
Ive no need to fib any longer.
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I want to inspire women of all ages.
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#BeAgeProud

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These were 2 newspaper headlines today from one of the world's most influential trend forecasters.
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I used to fib about my age, especially as I worked in the media and on TV. I remained 37 years old for years into my 40s.
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However now I'm 64 I'm proud to acknowledge and tell my actual age.
I keep fit and healthy and want to inspire women of all ages.
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This selfie with no filters was from June 2018, last Summer,  when I was on my way to the Isle of Wight music festival. .
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These were 2 newspaper headlines today from one of the world’s most influential trend forecasters.
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I used to fib about my age, especially as I worked in the media and on TV. I remained 37 years old for years into my 40s.
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However now I’m 64 I’m proud to acknowledge and tell my actual age.
I keep fit and healthy and want to inspire women of all ages.
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This selfie with no filters was from June 2018, last Summer, when I was on my way to the Isle of Wight music festival. .
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Reformer pilates

Reformer pilates.
Glute and core stability strengthening bridge exercise.
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Trying to remember to keep hips equalized, turn on and engage the core, glutes, hamstrings and lower ab muscles required for the movement and to come back down from the bridge with control and the discs of the spine moving smoothly and sequentially. The opposite arm to the supporting leg is pressing into the reformer as the heel presses into the bar.
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With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios .

Glute and core stability strengthening bridge exercise.
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Trying to remember to keep hips equalized, turn on and engage the core, glutes, hamstrings and lower ab muscles required for the movement and to come back down from the bridge with control and the discs of the spine moving smoothly and sequentially. The opposite arm to the supporting leg is pressing into the reformer as the heel presses into the bar.
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With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios .

Filling the plate with lots of green vegetables

Filling the plate with lots of green vegetables.
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Protein and low carbohydrate home cooked lunch.
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Halibut pan fried with skin on,  in extra virgin olive oil, with pea shoots, tomatoes and asparagus.
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Protein and low carbohydrate home cooked lunch.
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Halibut pan fried with skin on, in extra virgin olive oil, with pea shoots, tomatoes and asparagus.
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Do you have a “happy place”?

Do you have a "happy place"?
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Mine is on the beach, riding the local riding stables pony Casper.
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Being at one with a horse by the sea, with whom you have a rapport and a mutual trust is such a special and priviliged time.
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It's easy to understand how interacting with a horse or a dog can help those with special needs, autism or mental health.
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We all need metime and downtime from the stresses of everyday life and especially an escape from social media, being judged by others and mobile phone addiction. .
When everything in life seems currently to be so turbulent, unsettled and uncertain, a short escape from day to day reality is revitalizing and reboots a positive mindset.
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Mine is on the beach, riding the local riding stables pony Casper.
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Being at one with a horse by the sea, with whom you have a rapport and a mutual trust is such a special and priviliged time.
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It’s easy to understand how interacting with a horse or a dog can help those with special needs, autism or mental health.
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We all need metime and downtime from the stresses of everyday life and especially an escape from social media, being judged by others and mobile phone addiction. .
When everything in life seems currently to be so turbulent, unsettled and uncertain, a short escape from day to day reality is revitalizing and reboots a positive mindset.
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