The insane benefits of fasting and food you need to stop eating.

I watched this on YouTube last night, the insane benefits of fasting & foods you need to stop eating. It’s quite long at 1hr 47minutes but I guarantee it’s a good use of your time.

Watch the video to the end, or listen to it as it’s just doctors chatting, no graphics or anything visual to miss. It’s also available as a podcast.

Check out my JUMP30 challenge by clicking here.

Testing out those insane benefits of fasting for myself.

Today is my first 24 hour fast. Since last November I have decreased my food intake substantially. Switching from three meals per day to two. I lost 14lbs and now my weight has plateaued at 10stone 4lbs – 144lbs and I know I have more blubber to shed. It’s time to take the next step and only eat once per day. It’s not forever, only until I get as lean as I’d like to be. I’m eating one meal per day at least five days per week for one month to check out the effects on my body.

Never stop trying!

I sleep seven hours per night, I drink lots of water, I eat plant based whole food and I try to control my stress levels. Last year was tough for me, watching what was being reported on the news, but seeing a totally different view via livestreaming on other platforms. I couldn’t understand what the hell was going on. I had to step away from all social media to find a peaceful place and my true self again.

I like motivating other women to enjoy ageing, and sharing videos and information that I find helpful.

I will post more about fasting soon so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by…have a beautiful day.

Gail x

Just lucky?

I guess I’m just lucky…..? I get a lot of comments and direct messages telling me how lucky I am that I am not overweight. The truth is I have been in battle with my weight my whole life. I have found the correct balance of calories in, exercise and levels of meds for my underactive thyroid, to finally be within an ideal weight range and feel good.

Times have changed

I know that times have changed and to be plus size is to be celebrated. What a difference that would have made, to how I felt about my body growing up…but, how we move and nourish our bodies will show more as we age. It seems everyone accepts that to be old, means to be overweight. Maybe that’s true, but I want to be fit and mobile for as long as possible. Keeping my weight in check and giving my body every vitamin and mineral it needs to continue to flourish is paramount.

Just lucky or good genes?

‘You have good genes’ people say. That’s an interesting comment when they haven’t seen my family members ahead of me in the ageing process. My grandma was overweight but very active. She loved fatty roast lamb, cheese and butter. She lived into her 80’s and was active until she suffered a stroke. My mother is active, always making something or in the garden. She’s carrying some extra weight (sorry Mum!) and I wouldn’t describe her as slim or fit. Nobody in my family, except one cousin exercises regularly. He’s 56 and still completes in Iron Man challenges. I guess he’s lucky too 😉

Sugar Daddy

My husband is slim, but is addicted to sugar. I bore myself nagging him most days to stop eating white flour foods, laden with fat and sugar. I stop for a few days, as I am sick of my own voice, but I care enough about him to continue nagging him.

Hypoparathyroidism

I have an underactive thyroid, and even though I tried starving myself to keep my weight down, it made zero impact on the scales. I know that other meds such as steroids have an effect on our energy and size. Ensure you eat natural unprocessed foods like fruit, veg, nuts, seeds and beans, keep your health in check and seek medical advice if you are lacking energy or gaining weight without reason.

Be fat, be thin, be lazy, be fit, it’s our choice, but I don’t think genetics has much to do with it. What we eat and how much we move is what determines how ‘lucky’ we are. I have used myfitnesspal a lot to keep a check on my weight and to detemine how many calories and the amount of exercise I need to maintain my weight. It’s a very useful free tool.

To get in touch click here. Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day.

Gail x

Zero to one thousand jumps!

Jump 30 progress

So how am I progressing on my 30 day, zero to one thousand jumps challenge? The first few days were really tough. I immediately regretted saying my target was 1000 jumps within 30 days. I thought I was fitter than I really was. Sure, I can walk for miles, but the terrain here is very flat. Completely different from the steep hills of south Devon in the UK.

Gotta keep going!

After day two, I called my son and told him there was no way I could reach 1000, it was impossible. He told me to just keep going. To begin with, the idea of skipping a set of 100 without stopping seemed like an unreachable goal, but within one week I was doing sets of 100 and my recovery breaks were getting shorter and shorter.

Dope Ropes with FiftySister
Use discount code FIFTYSISTER on Dope Ropes website. This is my preferred jump rope from DOPE ROPES for speed.

Work in progress.

I am still not completely happy with the length of my rope. The issue I have is, that my husband and son (who is here on vacation) both use the rope, and they are much taller than me. Maybe I will have to buy them one each, so I can keep my rope at the correct length for me.

This is one of my favourite jump rope workout music videos on YouTube.

Day Eighteen

Today is day eighteen, and I’ve just completed another 1000 jumps. I’ve timed my jumps per minute and I’m averaging 130. So, let’s say 2 skips/jumps per second. If I can jump rope for 10 minutes, I’m going to be around the 1200 mark. Ten minutes of exercise is not a lot. But if I do it every day, in the morning and the evening, its 20 minutes of cardio I wasn’t doing before. I am going to finish the month on one set of 1000 jumps per day. Then I will work on doing it twice per day, and then even work up to 15 minutes twice per day.

Jump 30 progress
Jump 30 progress

Jumping makes me smile.

Finally, I have found an exercise that I really enjoy. It doesn’t need any special equipment – apart from a rope and a good pair of sneakers…oh and of course a sports bra. There are lots of benefits to skipping click here to read them.

A big thank you.

I am so happy I started this zero to one thousand jumps challenge. I’ve made lots of lovely new connections on social media. To all the amazing women around the world who are joining with this challenge, ‘thank you’.  It was my mission to inspire other women to start moving, pick up their ropes (hidden in closets) and start getting fit again. It really is never too late.

Downloadable guide for zero to one thousand jumps coming soon.

Lots of people have asked so I have set to work writing ebooks/guides. I am in the process of writing some downloadable guides for ;fasting, a plant based diet, and getting started with jump rope. I will let you know once they are ready to purchase.

Available in lots of colours from my online store. Click here to view.

New FiftySister athletic range – great for my zero to one thousand jumps.

I’ve been designing leggings and cycling shorts – which are perfect for jump rope and uploading them to my online store. I’m going to order some for myself, but which colour to choose…? I want them all.

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day.

Gail x

Humans are strange creatures

I often think about the way society treats (in particular) ageing women. Humans are strange creatures, we all want to live a long life but nobody looks forward to getting old. click the link to follow me on: TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@fiftysister or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fiftysister

Why the change in video style?

I wanted to try something new today as I find choosing a music track for a video quite time consuming and frustrating.

I really enjoy writing, but not everyone knows about my words or my blog. I thought I’d combine my love of making short videos, with my love of writing and so here’s my first attempt, I hope you like it.

Makeup for today.

Today’s cruelty free makeup;

  • Foundation is Amazonian Clay, colour =light medium sand – from Tarte Cosmetics.
  • Highlighter, blue eyeshadow and coral coloured blush from Revolution Pro Palette.
  • Mascara, bronzer, grey eyebrow pencil and liquid lipstick is ‘Dash” from MUA Cosmetics.

Humans are strange creatures, but I know I’m not alone in my way of thinking, to be truly grateful to be gaining wrinkles and ageing everyday. If this happens to be a popular format, I will make more.

It didn’t take long!

Already I’ve received messages and comments telling me I look 64 or more. Why does it matter how old I look? Is it meant as an insult? I don’t think it’s an insult at all. We have been programmed through social media and movies etc, to believe that the images we see are women in real life. I don’t use a filter, and I wish I could upload a video which plays at the same quality as I upload it. Both Instagram Reels and TikTok downgrade the quality which appears to blur my skin somewhat. I find that really frustrating

Thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful day!

Gail x

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T shirts are coming back!

Happy to tell you that my full range of designs of t shirts (and more!) are coming back online. Sadly, I had to change suppliers for my T shirts as UK shipments incur a huge import tax for European buyers. For example, in Portugal, there’s a +20% import tax, +23% VAT. My customers were very unhappy as you can imagine and asked me for a solution.

It’s such a pity, but rather than continue to brood over it I have started working with another print on demand supplier. All that work lost, but I can’t give up, it’s not in my nature (annoying sometimes!). The upside is that I am able to offer more products such as phone cases, cushions, mugs and lots lots more. Every cloud has a silver lining so they say.

This design is called ‘Lovesick’ and it’s my absolute fave!

I joined TikTok to see what all the fuss was about. I posted a few videos, got freaked out by the number of followers and comments within such a short period of time, so started deleting my videos and removing followers. ‘Crazy woman!’ I hear you cry. I guess I panicked at the thought of more communication from another platform. After cutting myself off from all social media for a while, coupled with the fact I don’t have or watch TV, I found myself at a loose end when I wanted to take a break from thinking too much. That’s where TikTok came back on the scene.

My son told me not to download it, he told me not to start scrolling, but it’s so difficult because it’s so addictive. TikTok learns what your interests are at lightning speed, so it knows how to keep you hooked. I set a limit to how much time I spend on there and have to be strict with it, because before you know it, its 1 o’clock in the morning, and I’m still sat in the same position I was, 2 hours ago.

Anyway, take a look at TikTok, there’s plenty of older women on there. I like that the caption space is limited so I am not able to waffle on with my writing there. It’s for short videos, that’s it. I’ve found some great tips and content that I wouldn’t find on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook. Far too much censoring on those platforms for my liking.

I will post videos on TikTok, some of those videos on Instagram, photos on Instagram and all of it on my blog. So, if you are tired of looking for my content, my blog is where you will find it in one place.

This t shirt is one of my husband’s favourites of mine. He loves the combo of the pink kiss with the green t shirt. You can buy it on my store, (available in lots of colours) along with many other merch with the same design. It’s just me here at FiftySister HQ. Trying to make this blog pay for itself in one way or another. I want to design more, also why I have a poster store with my digital art (ginandbird.com) but I need to re-stock my T shirt store first. Closing down the store with the other company was so easy. Two clicks and poof! It was gone….so many hours down the drain!

I have a discount code for the whole of March, use code MARCH22 at the checkout for 10% off.

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day.

Gail x