As many of you will know, a couple of years ago I got togther with Life Coach Jacqui Ripley to write our very successful first book “the Little Exercise Book for a Flat Tummy’.
We were amazed by the the great feedback we received, this is what Jane from Reading a 48 year old mother of 3 told us: “I’m not very good on the computer and have never bought an ebook before, so was a bit scared to buy it in case I messed it up! I wanted to write to say thank you to both experts – the way everything was explained was fantastic, it made me feel normal, understood and not patronised. I am doing the exercises and have changed my eating habits. I’m now 12 kilo’s lighter and my tummy is almost back to what it was all those years ago pre-pregnancy. “
Ann from Manchester wrote the following: “Great book, non patronising, simple to understand and quite frankly fantastic! I was really surprised at the quality and layout, especially as it was such a good price. I have bought ebooks before and they have been nothing like this! “
So Jacqui and I decided to write another one – this time focusing on that other great problem area – the bum!
Just like the tummy, the bottom is a part of the body that’s linked to self esteem, and if you are not prepared to put in some work, can easily slide southwards with too much sitting around and one eye off healthy eating. Paranoid backward glances in the mirror have fuelled a multi million pound industry in the selling of lotions and treatments that all profess to shape up a sad looking posterior. But sorry girls’, although we wish we could wave a magic wand and your butt would be world class, you really do have to kick some ass if you want a bum to be proud of
In our new ebook we give you your first steps on getting a wobbly and dimpled bottom firmer and your skin tone smoother. We don’t profess it’s going to be easy – some of the exercises will make your bum and legs ache, but stick with it and the results will begin to speak for themselves. And if you work in our healthy eating rules, before long you won’t recognise yourself from behind. What better motivation do you need?
You can download an edited extract for free from my website http://www.sarahmaxwell.co.uk/the_booty_bootcamp_edit.pdf (copy & paste link, can’t get it to link directly today)
The full eBook is a 3.2 Mb pdf file costing the special price of £1.99. Click on the front cover image www.sarahmaxwell.co.uk complete the PayPal payment and a download link will be emailed to you.
It’s the start of Spring- and of course it’s SNOWING! – I SO can’t wait to get to Majorca for this years ‘Fitness Retreat’ which is being held on the 8 – 13 May. It’s going to be great – the venue is the Media Guru Lynne Frank’s amazing 17th Century Monastical house in Deia. I did a pre-visit last April (well you’ve got to haven’t you) and I was just blown away – the place is STUNNING! It wasn’t just the incredible views of sea and mountains and the lush grounds full of lemon and orange groves, it was the surprisingly homely feel to the actual house that I fell in love with and made me feel totally relaxed from the moment I arrived.
Deliberately kept to a small number of ladies to ensure maximum comfort and results and also a convivial atmosphere, this will be a journey of total indulgence! No level of fitness is required – just a desire to embrace new ideas and an ability to have fun with other like-minded individuals. I want you to return lighter, energised and revitalised, ; ideas for your future wellbeing; exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home and delicious healthy recipes. Speaking of food, I was blown away by that too – this is definitely not going to be a starvation boot camp – we’re talking delicious healthy snacks while meals are going to be devised by ‘nutritionist to the stars’ Jeannette Jackson and cooked by Lynne’s local chef.
So ladies – this will be a real treat of a retreat! but hurry as there are only 8 places available More details and a link to book are on my Retreats page www.sarahmaxwell.co.uk/retreats.ph
Well hello there! Hope you all had a fab Christmas break, sorry it’s been a while since I last blogged – I can’t believe my last blog entry was on 12th Dec! – you can tell what it’s been like.
Apart from the usual chaos of Christmas, we’ve had the snow to contend with – and not the polite sugar dusting I was used to in London, oh no – out here in rural Kent it REALLY knows how to snow!! Saying that, it has actually been a great opportunity for us all to engage in more unusual forms of exercise – rolling big balls of snow to make snowmen is great for toning the arms; trudging through snow drifts in wellies really works the legs, running around having snowball fights is very aerobic – the list is endless! My favourite snow exercise of course is sledging! – I’m not sure who enjoys it more – me or the kids, and the best bit is that climbing back up the hill dragging the sledge burns tons of calories!
Of course it’s not all pastoral perfection – living where we do, on a farm in the middle of nowhere means regular power cuts! Over the past few weeks we’ve regularly had to do without lights or heating, I tell you – It’s been like a re-enactment of horrible histories! At one point I was reduced to working from bed wearing my ski suit!
Meanwhile, choreography with Dan has been going well and we’re nearly ready for filming. As my eldest will agree, I’m by no means the worlds best dancer but I’m trying to improve!
Well here we are, not many days days till Christmas, party scene in full swing and I’ve decided to be sensible this year (“at last!” pipes up Mr M in the background). Before I go out to a party I’m going to have a little something to eat before I leave the house so that I don’t end up wrestling the canape waiter to the ground because I’m so hungry.
If three courses are on offer, I’m only going to have two – starter and main course. If pudding looks good, I’ll ditch the starter.
Obviously it’s been hard to find the time to exercise so I’ve been doing lots of ‘On the Go’ stuff whilst whizzing round the house and doing a few shortie workouts, plus the muddy dog walks. Christmas shopping has also presented lots of exercise opportunities -witness plenty of weight lifting and power walking around the shopping centre.
I’m determined that I’m not going to get sucked into the month-long orgy of over indulgence – I have a video shoot at the beginning of January and running a guilt driven half marathon on Boxing Day is just not my thing thanks!
By the way I’ve not written out one Xmas card and I’m also going to miss the last postal day for sending presents to Australia.
I’m very happy to report that last week’s wedding went off without a hitch – my hair and ‘very green’ dress were fine in the end and I didn’t embarrass myself – apart from when my stiletto heels kept sinking into the soft lawn pitching me backwards mid conversation – not particularly classy!
This week has been very exciting as I’ve started ‘Cross Fit’ and after three sessions so far I’m loving it! At the moment I’m still learning the technique (a combination of sprinting, rowing, skipping and climbing etc combined with barbells, pull-up bars, kettlebells and a range of bodyweight exercises). Once I’ve mastered the techinique I’ll be able to go to classes and I can’t wait. What I love about the concept is the fact that the huge variety of exercises changes every time so there’s no opportunity to get bored. I also love that I’m being taught in a class, this is quite rare for me and a valuable experience – it also gave me an opportunity to wear all my lovely new Reebok kit in public! Interestingly despite it being class taught each person is only competing with themselves so it’s perfect for all abilities and those lacking in confidence.
I’ve also discovered that the philosphy behind ‘Cross Fit’ is actually very similar to my own and to the NIVEA ‘On the Go’ programme and that the new things I’m learning will compliment and enhance the programme further. I’ve certainly come away from it with inspiration for new short routines and can’t wait to try them out.
It’s also fired me up to hold some more Booty Camps. After the last one I had a lot of feedback from women that would like to bring their partner to the next one so I’m considering the idea of Saturday Booty Camps – watch this space!
Gary the Greyhound is no longer with us – after much deliberation and heart searching we all decided that it would be better for him if he lived with other Greyhounds in a house dedicated to his particular needs and happily I can report that he is now has a wonderful new home in Tunbridge Wells with another Greyhound called Danny. We can go and see him whenever we want and have regular updates so we know that he’s very happy and settled. I can look back now and think how grateful I am that Gary came to OUR door for help – I’ve since discovered that he’d been to many of our former neighbours without success. I’d like to take the opportunity of thanking the Kent Greyhound Rescue organisation for all their help and support during this time. Their website is: www.KentGreyhoundRescue.com
I’ve been having great fun at the Ideal Home Show in the last week presenting the Reebok Easytone Challenge. There was a great response to my presentation with lots of people joining in with enthusiasm!
Prior to this, at the weekend, I was delighted to receive my own copy of the Reebok workout DVD, and even more so when my youngest proceeded to work his way through all the exercises copying his mum on screen! This was great as I do believe that it is so important to get kids interested in fitness from an early age.
Well they say Pride comes before a fall and my punishment for being mildly pleased with my published Reebok photoshoot in Grazia last week, is that this week I’ve developed full blown Hay Fever with consequent swollen face! My mortification was not helped this morning, when on seeing my face, my youngest (him again!) collapsed on the floor in fits of laughter! I’m back at the Ideal Home Show tomorrow – I think I may have to develop a new ‘paper bag on head’ routine!
The end of this week sees the start of the school Easter holidays and my eldest is off on a 6 day school trip. I decided that I would take a step back and allow her to pack her own luggage, however, without her knowing I sneaked a peak in her bag and was pleased to see she had her priorities right – the bag contained 3 pairs of knickers, a pair of trainers and a One Direction poster!!
Meanwhile I’m off to Spain next week to visit a very special lady and look at a wonderful new venue for this years’ Sarah Maxwell Retreats. My hubby isn’t too pleased, but only because it means with both of us gone he’ll now be in sole charge of the Guinea Pigs!
Gary continues to thrive and I would say that his paws are now firmly under the dining room table. I have to laugh sometimes – when Barney comes round, the house now resembles Battersea Dogs Home!
I love half term as it gives us more time to do stuff with the children – this week we’ve been out on lots of healthy walks looking for early signs of Spring. We visited the Roman museum in Canterbury and had a fantastic day at Bewl water.
I’ve also managed to track down a second hand run for the guinea pigs so they’ve been able to swap the nightly romp round the dining room floor for the healthier fresh air alternative of the garden. The only drawback is that they are now more exposed to the over eager attentions of next door’s dog Barney. From the kitchen window I can see him, nose pressed up against the run like a kid outside a sweetshop trying to decide which one to sample first!
Half way through the week I flew out to Finland for two days to represent NIVEA at a fitness class for international journalists. I was really worried about the shockingly low temperature (I’d been told -37!) as I’m definitely more of a beach babe than a snow bunny! Worried about the risks of immediate frostbite on arrival, I dressed in five layers and managed to cram a pair of moon boots into my carry-on holdall, I then spent an uncomfortable flight suffering slightly from heat exhaustion! In the end I needn’t have worried as it was -3 and not bad at all. The fitness class went off really well, no one was suffering too much from the cocktails the evening before.
I loved Helsinki and would really love a return visit to visit Lapland and sample all of the Finnish delights.
The food was interesting – having politely declined some bear pate, I then tucked into a stew which was totally delicious but which I suspected might have been Reindeer – ignorance is sometimes bliss.
I’m now back in England, basking in the Spring like conditions and the hayfever has started to sneak up on me so dosing up on anti-histamine and looking like Rudolph already!
Here is the introduction from my e book with beauty journalist Jacqui Ripley. You can download it from my website(click the book on the first page) and get your belly in shape for Summer. Love Sarah xxx Read this story »