Diet Challenge – ’50 by 50′ Part 3

Recently, Sandra Gibson, Low Wood Club, started her journey to lose 50 lbs before she was 50. In her next update, she shares with us her results over Christmas and January.

Three Gym sessions each week!

elhedit-11So, I got off to a better-than-expected start – 3 gym sessions a week as part of the 6 week Boot Camp with a range of new exercises tried and 8lbs in weight lost within the first couple of weeks. Now a short break loomed followed by Christmas and the inevitable temptations that are part and parcel of that time of the year.

I’ve got to confess I was nervous and wondered if I had the discipline to keep the diet and exercise going without someone standing at my shoulder keeping me on track! Continue reading

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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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

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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Squash Tournament at Low Wood Bay

The game of squash originated in the UK around 1830 and came about after a few boys, who were waiting for their turn to play Rackets, knocked a ball around in a confined area adjoining the racquets court.

Squash-ball-300x200 In 1923 H.A.L. Rudd, writing in “Baily’s Magazine”, forecast that Rackets would lose many players to Squash with the arrival of the first English Amateur Championships. He was concerned at this prospect as he considered Rackets to be a “manlier” game; Squash afforded a good “sweat” but did not demand the same skill as Rackets, in his opinion. Rudd’s forecast proved to be only too correct as Squash grew rapidly and soon left its parent sport far behind in popularity. Continue reading

214 Wainwrights in One Year!

It seems like an eternity ago, I was stood in my kitchen, glass of Balvennie Doublewood in hand, staring at PM Burgess’s Tubular Fells, contemplating whether I could walk all 214 ‘Wainwrights’ in the calendar year of 2012. I wasn’t a complete novice to the Lakeland Fells, so I was under no illusion as to the task ahead of me, but I’m sure the alcohol clouded my judgement!

Wastwater from Lingmell

Wastwater from Lingmell

It would be some weeks before a beautiful frosty January day in Great Langdale set me on my way.  All 5 peaks were hit on that occasion, just 209 to go! Continue reading