Hi All. I am a committee member for 'Almost Athletes.' We are a Cheltenham based running club but have members coming from all over. I actually live in Tuffley. This thread was created over a year ago so not sure if you are still looking.
We car share with other members over to Cheltenham on a wedneday so i'm sure we could work something out. Almost athletes is a very inclusive, friendly club with lots of different speed groups catering for all abilities. Check out the web site.
Any ladies in Gloucester who don't want to come over to Cheltenham i would recommend 'Abbey stars' who meet on a tuesday at Abbeydale community centre at 7pm. Abbeystars have a facebook page and i can give you the phone number of the leader if you are interested. This is a ladies only running group as is 'Angels' who meet on a wednesday at plock court.
I don't check out this forum too regularly so email me if you want further details email@example.com.
Lots of what you're saying does ring very true and is sound advice. i'm totally with you on the sugar/carbs being addictive. I just can't keep to low carb every day as my home life woud not cope with it. Whatever healthy eating plan we decide to follow it has to be a long term lifestyle change not a fad. Totally right about the fat. We need HDL cholesterol to keep our skin and hair from drying out and to keep us waterprof. It's the LDL we have to cut out. Our dietitians say that yogurt is really confusing so don't try to analyse them just choose one that is less than 100 calories a pot.
I'm into my second week and have just done my 3rd fast day. Exercise wise i haven't felt any adverse effects as yet. I refuse to weigh myself weekly because i find it it doesn't help, i weigh roughly monthly. I know if i'm doing OK without having to stand on the scales and i do feel like it's working.
HI Big G. The dietitians i work with do also promote a low carb diet for weight loss. My problem is that i am married to a chef who doesn't think i need to lose weight. I already restrict his cooking as i ask him not to bake his own bread cakes etc becuase basicaly they are gorgeous and i have no willpower. The 5:2 diet i can just about get away with without hin noticing. Now i know you shouldn't hide things from your partner but if he knew i was doing this every time i mentioned the word 'tired' or 'bad run' it would instantly be put down to what i'n eating not the fact that i work hard and do get tired. So the old phrase 'what he does know won't hurt him' is what i'm going for.
Low carb does work i'm not so sure about the high fat bit. Any carbs will push your blood glucose levels up and if you eat a lot of fast acting carbs they will push it up but also it will plummet quickly which is what makes people crave more sugar/carbs and end up on the viscious cycle of overeating.
Even for people with diabetes the emphasis these days is more on portion control and 'everything in moderation.' Naturally our protions have got bigger and bigger without us really noticing. Think about the size of your dinner plate in the 70's. your plate was smaller than they generally are today and had a rim with a pattern aroung the edge. Your meal sat within the plain bit in the middle and that was 'normal' and plenty of food. plates getting bigger, fast food chains supersizing things for only 30p and all you can eat restaurants have made people think that big portions are what we should be eating. Also we ahve forgotten how to be hungry. Neing hungry and waiting till lunch time won't hurt you but most of us reach for a snack if we are hungry between meals.
Basically i think you ahve to find something that can become a way of life not a fad. We shoudl concentrate on making healthy choices instead of depriving out bodies. Of course i contadict myself by then doing the 5:2 diet but it does give me some element of control.