Diet Challenge – ’50 by 50′ Part 2

Recently, Sandra Gibson, Low Wood Club, started her journey to lose 50 lbs before she was 50.She now shares the results of her first couple of weeks and some of the strategies that she is going to incorporate to keep the momentum going. 

A Great Start!

Stephen and Sandra

Steven and Sandra

Off to a better than predicted start! The digital scales, for now my new best friend, announce that I was 8 lbs lighter after week one and a further 2 lbs the week after that!! And yes, I do realise that it’s normal to lose higher than average amounts in the first weeks, and that I won’t be able to report such losses every week. But, for now let me have a moment of victory! Continue reading

New Year, New Gym for Low Wood Club

Low Wood Club members and Lake District Hotel residents that enjoy keeping fit are in for a treat this Christmas with the refurbishment of the leisure club fitness facilities. The club has invested over £100k into the gym equipment including top of the range cardiovascular, strength equipment plus the latest range of functional training equipment.

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Diet Challenge – 50 Pounds Before I’m Fifty!

With much national press coverage about the need to encourage a healthier Britain, Sandra Gibson from Low Wood Bay, has set her own personal target and is bravely sharing her journey with us in order to encourage others. 

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Sandra with her adorable Pyrenean Mountain  puppies

The Challenge

Day One, Week One!! What have I let myself in for?! It was all very well asserting to a colleague that I was determined to lose 50 lbs before I was 50 … but now I am accountable and the clock is ticking! I have 205 days or 29 weeks or 4,920 hours – whichever way I look at these figures, it seems a lot of weight in a short space of time. However, I know that it is possible and, best foot forward, I would like to share my journey with you – and hopefully be an encouragement to others embarking on a lifestyle change. Certainly for me, and with an eye to the future, it seems more important than ever before in order to maintain a good quality of life as long as possible. Continue reading

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Five Common Diet Misconceptions

There can be confusion about what foods are good for us and how our eating and drinking habits affect our health.

At English Lakes two leisure clubs, Low Wood Club in Windermere and Sandpiper Club in Lancaster our members get free personal gym training programmes, we always recommend that a fitness plan should be balanced with a healthy, nutritious diet. Registered Dietician, Sofia Antonsson, answers some common nutritional questions and points us towards a healthier lifestyle. Continue reading

Junior Travellers Review: Café Del Lago

Calling all junior travellers, Charlie and Alfie our new children’s hotel inspectors are planning trips and adventures around Lancashire and the Lake District over the coming months. They will be reviewing all things English Lakes Hotels and checking out many of the local attractions and experiences. Next on the list…

Café Del Lago

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Outside on the terrace

Last time we reviewed our fabulous stay at Lancaster House Hotel, however this time we have decided to review somewhere for all the Junior Diners and this place came highly recommended by many of our friends at School.

Café Del Lago, is an Italian style Bistro which is part of the Low Wood Club at Low Wood Bay. This time, we decided also to take our older brother and sister, Matthew and Alex so we could review our meal as a family. Continue reading

Passionate About … Crufts!

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies.

Sandra Gibson, Manager of Low Wood Club and Sandpiper Club loves her canine family and is preparing them for Crufts 2014 in her spare time outside of work.

Adorable - a first outing for the puppies!

Adorable – a first outing for the puppies!

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Highlights from Chillswim 2014

Ben Berry after his 450m swim

Ben Berry after his 450m swim

The cold water does phenomenal things to your body and I certainly felt it as my bottom lip went numb after around 60 metres of my 450 metre event. Trawling the lake with my bottom lip as I powered through the cold gave me time to not only taste the finest water in the Lake District but to think about how wonderful this event is.

The reason I was in the Lake, wearing far too little and at its coldest time of year, was because I was having a whale of a time at the second Chill Swim event, hosted by Low Wood Bay. The event doubled in size with this year attracting 570 swimmers including the Estonian ice swimming champion that I was competing against, the Lake District National Park relay team and people dressed as smurfs in a 30 metre “Penguin Dip”.

Of course, getting cold is only half the story and the reasons for jumping in differ greatly between competitors. Hundreds of people raised money for charity; swimming teams from across the UK and the world entered just for the friendly competition; and people like myself did it simply for the fun. Regardless of the reasons for entering I am certain everyone had a massive amount of enjoyment – the camaraderie, atmosphere, awesome venue and warmth of the day more than displaced any short lived cold.

Was doing an endurance race hard? Yes. Would I do it again? Without a doubt! Continue reading