The Wag Doll Protocol: 2 Month Update...The Moment of Truth!

How time flies when you're having fun...or working flat out!

It's 2 months since I began 'The Wag Doll Protocol, Eating Clean & Looking Lean' regime, in preparation for a project I'm involved in.

I described the Eating Clean side of the regime here and that's been going really well, I've stuck to the principles of my diet pretty much consistently. I did have a a major fall from grace with a girlie weekend away, but that was planned for and well worth it! There has also been much experimentation in the kitchen, some of which I've blogged about and some recipes still to write up.

For the 'Looking Lean' fitness side of the equation, I've been doing a 30 minute high intensity workout 4 or 5 times a week. But there's only one way to see if the regime is working...cue the dreaded fit test, tape measure and scales to see what, if any, progress I've made.....eeek.

Read on for the results..and gratuitous close ups of my flesh with a tape measure!

Sausage and Sweet Potato Bake Recipe - Eating Clean & Looking Lean

I spent a lot of time agonising over what to call this recipe, inspired by Nia Shanks' Easy Eggs Casserole, it's a low carb/low GI variation of a quiche (without the pastry obviously!). In our house it's known as the 'Nouveau Riche Quiche' but that doesn't really explain what's in the dish, so keeping it simple I'm calling it a Sausage and Sweet Potato Bake.

low carb quiche and salad

Read on for the recipe...

Eating Clean & Looking Lean: Are Gyms Making Us Fit or Fat?

The "Eating Clean" side of The Wag Doll Protocol has been going well for me over the 2 months since I began the regime. My version of clean eating, which I described here, isn't so strict that I won't indulge, but these are planned events such as a weekend away and meals out, and I can adjust my diet accordingly.

But this weekend it all went belly up...big belly up!

I was at an event all day on Saturday from 10.30am until 11pm, and was appalled at the complete lack of healthy food options. Where was I?....a sports centre filming a martial arts event for goodness sake!

teenagers kickboxing

Lovely cafe area selling a tempting array of choca mocha lattes, cheese toasties, muffins and alcohol (!) for the adults, chocolate bars, fizzy drinks and crisps for the kids.....seriously, are they trying to make us fat or fit in these places?

To read more, click through below...

The Wag Doll Protocol: Video of Shoulder Sculpt Workout Using A Tyre!!

Hope everyone is having a good week, here in the UK we've just celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with 2 days public holiday, a whole 4 days off to spend some quality time with friends and family.

In between wearing my Jubilee inspired shoes I managed a couple of cheeky workouts. I didn't have time to get to the gym but luckily I have a small space in our very cluttered garage that I can use for exercise.

The area in the garage is matted and over the years we've amassed a treadmill, stepper, wall bar, boxing bag and some weights. But really all you need is some space and a pair of trainers, that's the beauty of bodyweight exercises, you use your own weight to provide resistance and can workout anywhere.

For this routine I did 10 minutes cardio warm-up on the treadmill, I always run at an incline for extra leg workout. I then did 10x1 minute lower body and ab HIT bodyweight exercises.

Now at this point I thought I'd finished...but Mr Wag Doll had other ideas and offered to put me through a weighted shoulder workout. How could I refuse an offer like that?!

I did sets of various weighted exercises targeting the shoulders and finished off with a great exercise to really work the deltoid muscles using a tyre. Here's a video of me doing the last 2 sets of the shoulder press using a tyre.

You can see from the video how effective this exercise is at shaping the shoulders, it really targets and shapes the delts, particularly as I didn't count reps, just worked until I couldn't do any you can see!

Now I'm used to being at the gym and hearing the grunts and groans that people make when exercising, sometimes you've just got to give it all you've got and the only way to do that is to make some noise people!....but my sister did make me laugh when she watched the video, saying she dreads to think what the neighbours thought, with me groaning and Mr Wag Doll 's encouragement! Might have to think about soundproofing....

I got the tyre free from my local garage, so a big shout out to CY Autos! Most garages will be only too happy to donate a tyre for you to use, give it a wash and off you go.

The tyre shoulder press works so well because the weight is unstable, you have to control the tyre using your core as well as your upper body. Also, because you have to get your head through the centre, you aren't able to slump forward using chest muscles instead of shoulders. Throughout the exercise my core is tight and I'm mindful that my lower back isn't arching, which is good practice for pretty much all exercises.

If you're new to weights or upping the intensity of a weighted workout it's always good to have an experienced trainer to guide you, and also 'spot' you, that is watch your form and be ready to assist if the weight is too much and you can't complete the movement.

I hope that inspired you to have a go and think outside the box when it comes to weights. I'd just like to add as a final note that the filming was totally unplanned...I'd have had a spray tan and good tidy up if I'd have known!

Jubilee Weekend, Shoes Fit For A Queen!

It's Jubilee Weekend here in the UK, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth the 2nd's Diamond Jubilee. The nation will be celebrating with street parties, processions and concerts. You can't move for Union Jack flags, bunting and memorabilia, and we have two days public holiday to make a 4 day weekend..... yippee!

I often like to embrace my inner (drag) Queen with too much make-up and this is my homage to her Majesty...

Jubilee Weekend Shoes fit for a Queen! Just pure impractical gorgeous'ness. The shoes are actually Miss Wag Dollette's...but luckily we are the same shoe size and I've got my eye on them! If you want your own pair you can get them at Schuh, style Colette £60, online here.

In between the festivities I'm hoping to do some sewing and Wag Doll Protocol workouts (and no, I won't be wearing these for either activity!).

Happy Jubilee Weeekend everyone!
Copy the code below and insert it right above the tag.