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Dietchef - What is the plan?

Posted by RWPT Personal Training on February 13, 2010 at 1:18 PM Comments comments (0)
Ok today is the first day of my Dietchef trial. I think that if this works it could be a fantastic method for people who find it hard to lose weight to shift pounds without comprimising on nutrition. For the next month I will be trialling it and reporting regularly on here - watch this space. My wife thinks I am mad, but I managed to persuade a friend who is looking to lose a couple of Xmas pounds to join me in the trial. So here is the deal.We have each been sent a package which contains all our food for the month. Looking at the ingredients, it has nothing in it that I would not put in at home. No additives, no sweeteners. We get a cereal for breakfast, a soup for lunch, a main meal (I chose 26 different ones for my trial - the choice is really good) and a milkshake (me only). We also get one snack per day which is in the hamper and is either biscuits, oat bakes (like crisps) or a fruit or cereal bar. To this we need to add 3 portions of fruit / veg a day and half a pint of milk. We then enter our profile onto the website (this is free to all to access) with height, weight and activity levels and it tells us if we need more calories. They recommend (and I absolutely back this up) that you lose no more than 2lb a week. So they suggest that I need 1900 calories a day and my friend needs 1800. The way we achieve this is to add from a range of foods which are conveniently given in the guide. My hamper contained 1500 calories per day, so to make up my additional 400, I could have some rice, bread, extra fruit or similar. To make this first week very simple I have chosen to add just 4 slices of bread per day as this is not only simple but very cheap. My friend got a 1200 calorie hamper, so needs to add 600 per day. She also needs additional calcium as she does not have the milkshake I get.. For this reason she has chosen to add a couple of yoghurts and make up the rest with bread.


Posted by RWPT Personal Training on February 11, 2010 at 6:37 PM Comments comments (0)

I received my food package today.

In the interests of research I am trialling a system called Diet Chef.

Basically, apart from some veg, milk, and a little bit of rice, they provide all the food you need in an easy to use system. This should make it easy for those looking to lose weight as they do not have to worry about what they are eating -you just stick to the plan. I am taking one for the team here, I will try it out for a month and report back on how it feels, tastes and works. I will provide before and after measurements and have persuaded a female client to do the same so we get a fair trial.

On first impresssions, it looks like a good thing. Ingredients are all looking good and there is a massiv erange of choice for breakfast, soups for lunch, loads of main meals and some great snacks. I kick off on Saturday so keep an eye on this page!

Toughguy was on ice!

Posted by RWPT Personal Training on February 3, 2010 at 8:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Temperatures of -7C on the morning of Toughuy and 3/4 inch of ice on all the lakes.

We went out to break the ice first thing in the morning to make a channel through for competitors, but Billy Wilson  -the creator of the race - would not hear of it."It's called Toughguy" he yelled!

There is a great Youtube of my friend Paul Jones breaking through the ice to claim first place.

After a couple of hours in registration making sure everyone knew how to use the new electronic timing chips, it was time to hold the starting line ready for the race. It was apparently colder than last year, but without the deadly windchill.

As a running marshall, I had to do a little bit of stopping when we got to the first water obstacles. It amazes me the number of people who run round the edges. Why come all this way and do the race but miss bits out. One guy shoulder barged me out of the way when I tried to steer them away from the edges.

It did not seem as cold as last year, but the ice on the barbed wire crawl was deadly. I also banged my legs a few times on half-sunken icebergs in the lakes!

The big theme for me this year was "CAN I DO A LITTLE BIT MORE?" I asked myself that question about 30 times during the 2 hour ordeal and usually the answer was "YES!"

I came home 351 out of the 5050 who entered (and 4200 who finished!) which is Ok seeing as I had additional duties along the way. All in all a great race - highly recommended!

Toughguy on ice

Posted by right-way on January 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM Comments comments (0)

My first top 100 place came last winter, but at the expense of hypothermia.

I was down on the farm marking out the slaloms last weekend (a killer hill run where we take a steep bank and make the competitors (including me!) run up and down about ten times. The ice was around 3 inches thick on the lake under walk the plank (if you don't know Toughguy take a look at and easily withstood a concrete block being thrown onto it.

Hopefully over the last week or so it will have melted a little, but I can envisage hypothermia again. If you are coming down to the race, make sure you have warm clothes for after and get something hot inside you as soon as you can after the race

Ice running

Posted by right-way on January 25, 2010 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

After spending 2 weeks doing only indoor sessions, and really missing my running (I did have a go once on fresh powder, but certainly wouldn't take a client out) I ordered some Yak Trax. Thanks to MKW for telling me about them.

Yak Trax are essentially snow chains for trainers. They arrived the other day and I found them easy to fit and they look very good. Now all I need is some packed snow or ice to try them out!

Chances are it will not snow now for another 20 years, but I am glad to have them at the ready just in case!

Ironman UK 2nd Aug 2009 - Do I practise what I preach?

Posted by Rob Woollen on August 11, 2009 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

What a day!


 After my friend and fellow Ironman Alan had tested the water on Saturday, I was really worried about getting round within the cut-off time of 2 hours 20 mins. Swimming is by far my weakest discipline, and although I have done the distance once in the pool, I am not very experienced in open water, or at that distance.


 It is very hard to judge time in the water, and 15 mins can feel like an hour.


 After the first of the two laps I looked at my watch. It had only taken me 36 minutes to get round that time - I went off with renewed vigour and came home in 1:19 - with over an hour to spare!


 The first lap of the bike was hard, starting right into a huge hill up to the top of Rivington Moors. then came a steep winding downhill where my speed hit a scary 38 mph. The rest of the route was fairly good, but hillier than it seemed on the drive round we did the Friday before.


 At the end of the first lap, however, I ran into trouble. My left knee was becoming quite sore and hurt with every pedal stroke. Now those who train with me will be familiar with the phrase, "Pain means stop, but burn is good". So should I have stopped then and had it looked at? But that would have meant 6 months of training and a £300 entry fee out of the window. Is it sometimes ok to ignore pain if you are careful and the ends are worth it?


My answer is "Yes". As long as you know what the pain is likely to be, and you are understand that to continue could mean to increase recovery time I think it is a decision we can all make from time to time. Had it been in training, I would have stopped immediately and got straight down to the physio.


I finished the bike way over target, and hit the marathon. The first half was painful, but I managed to run it all. However by the 13 mile point, I was unable to put weight on the leg when going downhill. So I ran the flats and walked the hills. The marathon took me 4:36 hours - a little disappointing as I felt (fitness-wise) that I was on fire and could have flown around it.


In the end, I took my medal at 13 and a half hours. Next year I'm going for around 13!


Thanks to all who sponsored me, raised nearly £3k for FSID.

Manchester-Blackpool Bike Ride 12th July 2009

Posted by Rob Woollen on August 11, 2009 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (3)

This day I decided to get a little extra distance in. The main ride was a little over 60 miles, so I went back to find some friends and finish again with them. My aim was to show my legs what 100 miles feels like, and I got in 96 which was fine.


The ride itself was fairly slow due to the volume of people riding. On the way back, on the open road I got a good speed up.