Two Fit Chicks Episode 27 – Kettlebells and Kindness

For your aural pleasure!After an unintentional 2.5 month absence there’s finally a new peisode of Two Fit Chicks And A Microphone for you – Episode 27 – Kettlebells and Kindness.

We spoke to the lovely Karen Anderson of Before & After: A Real Life Story about her path to self-acceptance and also her love for kettlebells. Karen is such a smart and thoughtful woman so the conversation flowed like BUTTER, baby!

Carla and I also talk about the Fitbloggin conference and finally meeting each other in person. Consider this a verbal recap as six weeks on I’ve still not managed to write about its goodness. Oh dear. As The Mothership used to say in flustered fashion, “I just haven’t had time to bless myself!”. I bet she doesn’t say that now she is retired 😉

Monthly review post coming soon! Hope you are doing well, groovers. How’s life?

Check out the podcast… if you dare 😀 »

Headaches and Weight Maintenance

For your aural pleasure!I’ve got a brand spankin’ new episode of Two Fit Chicks And A Microphone for you – Episode 26 – Lynn & The Art of Weight Maintainence. Yep we’ve finally tackled the oft-requested topic of maintaining.

We spoke to the wonderful Lynn Haraldson of Lynn’s Weigh who has maintained a 175lb weight loss for over five years. And she’s been on Oprah, so needless to say we had oodles to chat about! It was quite an emotional interview in many ways. Lynn is very open and honest, so we really got down to the guts of the ups and downs of maintenance, what mindshifts are required to be successful, and what it’s like to write publically about your weight. As someone who seriously flunked out in the maintenance department these past couple of years, it was great to ask her some how the hell do you do it kind of questions.

I’ve also just realised that I negelcted to link to Episode 25 – When Staying Healthy Is A Pain, in which we spoke to Jennette Fulda about her new book Chocolate & Vicodin and her never-ending horrible headache. Jennette is another very open and articulate woman, and in this interview she is so philosophical and brave about living with chronic pain. She is a legend.

So two new episodes that I’m really bloody excited about. If you fancy something new to listen to while you’re slaving away at the gym or bored to tears on a long commute, why not give us a go?

Tomato soup, unitards and weight loss surgery

  • Unitard Good morning! Do you like Heinz Tomato Soup?
    It’s so comforting, like slippers in a tin! Lately I’ve been guzzling a tasty homemade version: Tomato, Chili and Basil soup from the Cook Yourself Thin cookbook (spawned from a Channel Four series a few years back – I didn’t catch the show but the recipes are ace).

    The soup is easy and zippy to make – sautee some onion and garlic, dump in a tin of tomatoes and some water, simmer, then blitz with a blob of creme fraiche to make it Heinz-like. Even better than the real thing, as Mr Bono might say. I added a tablespoon of vegetable stock powder, used less water to make it more tomato-ey and only had dried Italian herbs instead of fresh basil but it was tasty as heck. Check out the lovely Alyssa’s video tutorial!

  • I woke up laughing today after dreaming I was in an undercover car park filming my very first workout DVD. It was imaginatively entitled Shauna: Workout DVD. I was suddenly six feet tall with a bouncy ponytail and a lurid green unitard. The car park was carpeted in electric blue shag pile. There were a dozen barbells dotted around the place. I started in the back corner and the camera followed me as I skipped over to the first barbell. Skipped, like one would do across a sunny meadow. Then I hoisted the barbell above my head, placed it back down and pranced along to the next one. Repeat. Yeah, righto. Don’t think I’d have knocked 30 Day Shred off the bestseller lists with that one.
  • Yours Questions Answered is the theme of today’s new Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone episode, including one from a listener considering weight loss surgery. I’m often asked what I think about weight loss surgery, usually framed in a “do you think it’s the easy way out” way. In my opinion this is not a bloody competition. We’re all human beings just trying to find a way forward and I don’t believe one M.O. is more worthy than another. We chatted to Jennifer Joyner, author of Designated Fat Girl, about her own gastric bypass experience. She was amazingly candid and it sounded anything but easy. Check it out if you fancy »
  • Here’s to a good week, comrades!

New podcast and prize recap

For your aural pleasure!How was your weekend? Still coming down from a post-wedding high here after seeing a very dear friend marry the love of his life. Oh, it was swoonworthy stuff.

After a festive season sabbatical, Carla and I have a new Two Fit Chicks episode today, in which Carla has a N.E.W. acronym to help jazz up your exercise routine in 2011, I consider renouncing my Fit Chick title, and we chat to Charlotte of The Great Fitness Experiment. So if you're in the running to win her book, why not check it out and make sure she is a real person! 😉

Speaking of the 10th Birthday Sell Out, thank you everyone for all your entries so far! Entries close next Monday 31 January at 12PM GMT, so if you've not checked out the prizes there's still plenty of time to do so. Here's a handy list so you don't have to scroll down forever:

  1. "Chocolate & Vicodin" memoir by Jennette Fulda
  2. "The Beauty of Different" book by Karen Walrond
  3. Cardio Coach audio workouts
  4. "Get Lucky" novel by Katherine Center
  5. Beyond Chocolate e-course and books
  6. "The Great Fitness Experiment" book by Charlotte Hilton Anderson
  7. Soul Vision three-month life coaching package
  8. Weight Loss Resources three-month membership (UK only)
  9. Less Bounce £45 gift voucher

Update: A bunch of your comments were caught in the Typepad Spam filter, but I've published them now! I will continue to check this daily.

Update 2: The contest is now closed. Thank you for your entries! Winners will be announced on 1 February. All comments have been checked – none are in the Spam filter and duplicate entries have been removed.

Please note: Comment moderation is now back on. If you comment it won't show up until I approve them. This is due to the high volume of spam comments.

Say it loud, say it clear

For your aural pleasure!For the past two nights I’ve woken up at 2AM with The Living Years playing in my head, that cheesy Mike and the Mechanics tune that was #1 for about 79 weeks in Australia. Specifically the bit where the choir swoops in. There are few things that give me the heebie jeebies than a choir in a pop song… especially if it’s little kiddies singing. Whenever I hear Another Brick In The Wall I long to push the children off said wall…

(Actually I make an exception for the choir in Madonna’s Like A Prayer, that is a killer song!)

Anyway. I neglected to post about last week’s new Two Fit Chicks episode – Intuitive Eating II starring Christie of Honoring Health. She is extremely articulate and thoughtful on the topic and has had great success with changing her relationship with food. You can check it out over at the Two Fit Chicks website!

I was also a guest on The Because Show, an addictive podcast from L.A. where three friends meet weekly to chat about books and food and telly and life. I talked to the producer Jerilyn about book writing and life in Scotland. I also say “um” and “like” far too much and fail to disguise my ignorance re Scottish cashmere. You can check out The Because Show here.

So what’s your stance on choirs in pop songs? Do you have any irrational, petty hates you’d like to share? I also hate when people take something out of a microwave before the time is up then don’t reset it and/or leave the door open. BOO.

Two Fit Chicks Episode 17 – Behind The Bloggers

For your aural pleasure!There’s a new episode of the Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone podcast today and the theme is Behind The Bloggers.

The topic arose when we announced that the famous Caitlin of Operation Beautiful would be joining us and put out a call for questions… turns out lots of people wanted to know about the dark art – do we ever got sick of blogging? How does one lure readers to one’s virtual den? How do you deal with nasty comments? There is also a non-blog question about negative self-talk.

If you’ve never listened to the podcast why not give it a red hot go? It is a true labour of love and oh so easy to play on your computer or zap down to your iTunes! 🙂

More soon but for now in my continued quest to re-establish an enjoyable exercise habit, I must go pedal on the exercise bike while watching Mistresses on iPlayer. Trash-o-rama!

» Check out Episode 17 over at the Two Fit Chicks website

Two Fit Chicks Episode 16 – Hooray For Summer!

For your aural pleasure!We’re talking about the joys of summer in today’s new episode of Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone.

We have a special guest to join our summer chat – Heather of the fabulous and famous food blog, Heather Eats Almond Butter.

I must confess I have a little blog crush on Heather. Do you ever get blog crushes? We have the same current favourite nut butter – Trader Joes Crunchy Unsalted! Except her fave is the peanut and mine’s the almond. OMG. WTF. ETC.

Furthermore, she too loves ice cream and yoga and also once lost a load of weight!

But that’s where the things in common abruptly end, because she is really skilled and dedicated at yoga (check out the pic on the Two Fit Chicks blog) and has maintained her loss for 10 years… whereas I never stick with yoga long enough to touch my toes properly and you know how great my maintenance has been lately. Hmmm!

So in other words, it’s an aspirational, admiring kind of crush.

Anyway… Heather chatted to us about the phenomenon of people photographing their meals, her favourite summer dishes and love for nut butter. She also took on the 60 Seconds speed round.

» Check out Episode 16 over at the Two Fit Chicks website

P.S. I’ve been busy non-fat blogging over at What’s New Pussycat?

Podcast, comments and yogurt

For your aural pleasure!Running is the subject of today's new episode of Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone! Our American-Italian superstar Julia Jones is back to answer listener queries about stepping up to the 10K distance, stretches for runners, conquering hills, bathroom stops, staying motivated for big races and avoiding skanky black toenails.

» Check out Episode 15 over at the Two Fit Chicks website

I wanted to say a huuuuge thanks for all your incredible comments on the last entry. It really means a lot to read your words and to know you're not alone.

By the way, I've had to enable comment moderation because of increased spam, so your comments are stored and won't appear on the site right away. I usually get to them pretty quickly though!

In other news, here's one's for the UK yogurt nerds out there. I found a quite decent Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt substitute! Onken Natural Set yogurt. I saw an ad in a foodie magazine which claimed it was "just as creamy" as Greek despite having less fat and calories. Pffft, I said. But beggars can't be choosers – no shops stock Total Greek 2% in my town (they only stock 0% which I don't like as much, and full fat which is a bit too full-on for my breakfast).

Verdict: Surprisingly creamy. And cheaper than Total – £1.08 for 500g of Onken versus £2.20 for 500g of Total. I tried a blob on top of some Red Beans and Rice where I'd gone crazy with the chillies. Also tried it with my pseudo-bircher muesli (fruit, oats and yogurt mixed together and left overnight) and it was a good consistency – thick enough to be creamy but enough "give" to blend with the other ingredients. It doesn't have as much protein as the Total – 3.9g versus 6.8g per 100g. Rock n roll!

Two Fit Chicks Episode 14 – Intuitive Eating

For your aural pleasure!We're talking about intuitive eating in today's new episode of Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone.

Intuitive eating has a gazillion aliases, such as mindful eating, non-dieting, conscious eating or just plain Eating In A Way That Doesn't Make You Want To Stab People.

I read a lot of Intuitive Eating books about four years ago and thought, "Well, derr" because I was going great guns and full of smug at the time. And then when things went off the rails I started re-reading in panicky, "Show me the holy grail" fits of desperation.

Carla is a veteran intuitive eater – she was at it for years, intuitively, before she realised it had a fancy name. Her calm attitude to eating convinced me to revisit the concept and now I'm working like a mofo to forge a healthier relationship with food. I thought I was there a few years ago, but clearly I have more work to do. That is a giant beast of a post for another day.

In the meantime, if you're a serial dieter and wonder if there can ever be an end to the struggle – why not give this episode a listen. Carla shares how she became a mindful eater, I talk about my experiments with it, then we share some tips and ideas for getting started.

» Check out Episode 14 over at the Two Fit Chicks website

Two Fit Chicks Episode 13 – Growing Old Disgracefully

For your aural pleasure!After six weeks in the wilderness, today there is a brand new episode of Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone!

Carla and I chat to Stephanie Dolgoff, author of My Formerly Hot Life about her experiences of changing identity and body image as she gets older. We also tackle some more listener questions on topics including losing weight in a hurry, protein and exercise guilt. We finish up with a spectacular bumper edition of Blogger News!

» Check out Episode 13 over at the Two Fit Chicks website