Anyone for tennis?

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We all know the benefits of being more active we all want a slimmer summer and as well as following a healthy eating plan, being more active will help you find that summer shape quicker.

Thinking of summer, here are a few sports/activities/exercises we usually associate British Summertime…..

Gardening/Swimming/waking the dogs/walking on the beach/Frisbee/school sports day/cricket/golf/and of course we can’t forget tennis with Wimbledon opening soon.

I’m sure most of us have had a go at playing tennis even if it’s only with a soft ball on the beach.

Even if you are not a tennis fan I’m sure we can all relate to the practice, hard work, discipline that a successful tennis player has to have.

Just like a successful member.

It’s amazing how success becomes easier when you have support and encouragement the same can be said for successful tennis players.

Ok when Andy Murray steps out onto centre court he is the only one there, bit like when you stand on the scales each week.

But behind him supporting him he has his family and friends, coach, and physio and all the supporters around the court.

When he won at Queens the first thing he did was to run up to his mum in the crowd and kiss her. We also need support to become successful but remember it’s always nice to know the support is appreciated, so a thank you here and there is needed.

What happens if he goes out there, with all the support, training, and dedication and loses?

Will he give up tennis?  Why not?

He will accept it is just one bad match and that there is another match on another day to play and win.

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But then Wimbledon makes me think of not just tennis but also???? Strawberries and cream

Can I if I want to have strawberries and cream and still lose weight?

The answer has to be yes but don’t forget to weigh them as the calories soon mount up a 454 g punnet of strawberries is a great part of your 5 a day, however the sugar and cream you add needs to be accounted for, of course if you are going walking round a pick your own farm (another summer activity) make sure you take your activity monitor/app with you. It would be interesting to know how much weight Andy Murray loses during a match!!

There are thousands of recipes at our fingertips simply by ‘Googling’ Imagine how creative our summer eating could become!

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Wimbledon will come and go and so will summer but if you make the most of what’s in season to add spice and variety to your eating and get out there on those warm summer evenings and be a bit more active then your weight loss won’t.


If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you

But make allowance for their doubting too,

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,

If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much,

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

rudyard kipling

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