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Sunday, 27 November 2011

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I'm doing a sponsored sleep out on London streets outside Southwark Cathedral!
its an over night event on Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December.
PLEASE sponsor me the money goes to helping the homeless over this cold winter period !
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Saturday, 26 November 2011

I'm nearly back on track , I did a legs bums and tums class on Wednesday and Zumba on Thursday ! No hula this Thursday as instructor was off. But I'm going hula on Sunday , yippee .
Feels so much better with exercise ;0)
I do have a month of socialising coming up for Xmas .

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Recieved an email today from zaggora asking if I would like to write an article for there blog page.So as I was at home with a sick child I thought that I would give it ago. This is what I sent them

Hi
My name is Nicola Powell  I'm aged 38 .
 I live in London . 
I work full time in a children's centre looking after 0-3 year olds. Im an Early years educator. 

I have 3 children of my own and husband , which makes 4 children lol. 

I currently enjoy taking part in fitness classes after work and at the weekend. I do up to 6 classes a week ,zumba ,hula hoop, Bollywood dance ,Bollywood aerobics and Bollywood boxercise . 
I wear my hot pants to each of my classes so it's about 60-105minutes for each class for 5 days 
 
My weight has gone down by 5 lb in 2 weeks and I have lost a total of about 7 inches all over hip waist thighs !!   ( when I did the 2week challenge ). 
It has all stayed off! I got my hot pants in July !
I was a size twelve due to having chunkier legs ( small waist) I am now a size 10 ! 
How did I get my hotpants , I hear you ask ? 
It was originally a fluke, I had just started using my twitter account to do competitions. I'd had a couple of wins and came across the tweet
"Help us get to 1,000 followers! - Follow us and RT - to get a pair of Hotpants to try!"
I thought "ooh hotpants " not my usual outfit but could always wear at home or on holiday ! 
So like the other tweets I followed & retweeted! I had no idea what they were , I went on the web site and thought ok what ever, we'll see what happens . They emailed me ,I replied and then I waited ......& waited . I heard nothing, I forgot about them and then one day I thought let me email them and see what's happening , they apologised and my hotpants arrived in the post in the next couple of days. I was pleasantly surprised they were like the images on the web site and they were of great quality for a freebie . I was happy, now needed to read the website again properly and find out what they really did ! 
After receiving my hotpants I recieved another email  saying did I want another free pair for a friend !! Wow I thought , my friend just had a baby and was staying in Washington USA for three months with family . I gave her details and she contacted them and got her hot pants sent state side! She loves hers too . 

I also won a personal trainer from zaggora for a year it has been a god send , I love training with the trainer who caters the sessions to me and my needs . Thank you zaggora .
You can follow my progress at www.myptlife.blogspot.com 

 I also attended the very first hotpants photoshoot in London which was a lovely day out , photos ,food and meeting the zaggora staff ! I also made new friends , claire, Lucy , Lorraine ,Joyce ,Adrienne & Karen who were also successful hotpants ambassadors . We have all stayed in touch via twitter and Facebook , it's been wonderful . 

I always refer to my new hotpants friends as "hotpantiers " lol 
After the photoshoot we were all invited to the official launch party in central London.
When I arrived at the party I saw what they had used all the hotpantiers pictures for ... We were all projected around the room in the gallery on to the walls ! The photos looked fantastic ! We had cocktails & canapĆ©s and mixed with the media , lots of pictures were taken . 

I also attended the first hyde park fitness workout session with Jonny Sayle  trainer to the stars and Sonia Mkoloma England netball captain . Where I met a couple more hotpantiers ! Great session even got me jogging and I hated jogging !! Can't wait to do it again ! 
 
My husband hates my hot pants because it's not his idea of hot pants!! But he is loving the results he said he can really see the difference !!  

I started in medium hotpants I'm now in small hotpants !

Since receiving my first free pair of hotpants I have had to buy a small pairšŸ˜Š
My mum , sister,daughter and 3 friends have hotpants !! 

Twitter name: nicolamp 

They published it !!
But did forget to add in ....
On the 1st October I did a half marathon walkathon at night through London in my hotpants ! I did 14 miles in 4 hrs 13 mins with my mum and a friend all in hotpants . Boy was that a hot sweaty night !! ;0) 
The page they posted looks really professional , I'm very proud of whAt I've achieved /done this year !

http://zaggora.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/guest-post-workouts-in-hotpants-and-hotpantiers-with-nicola-powell/

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Ayo changed time to 2 O'clock but I that was good because bbc 2 had a black and white movie on , the story of vernon and irene castle. I love watching black and white movies 

Got to the park same place as usual 
Work out began 


10 sprints forward and back 

Alternate leg lunges with weight held in front 20 times x3

Single with leg lunge with weight lifted up and down in the air 15 x3

Change leg repeat 15  x3

2 jogs  sprint  x3 

Squats/ star jump with weight  kettle bell swing lift x20 x15 x10

side twist mat with weight 15x3

Box press ups 15 x3 

Single leg lifts with weight on floor position  swing leg  in out lift weight with opposite arm under me (box press up position) 15 x3 each side 

4 jogs back and forth ! Finished

All in 30 minutes 
I did struggle a little with my breathing took my inhaler before but maybe the air was to cold .
But on the bright side it was sunny and looked like summer ;0)

My hotpants were on and kept me warm !!

Ayo was on time and ready to go . Grass a little damp but so be it . 
So far I've been lucky the weather has been good to me !
I've been a bit lazy lately ;0(
My hotpants are looking at me crying
"wear me , wear me!" I feel so sorry for them.
I was going to go zumba and hula Thursday just gone but I went to donate blood instead which means no strenuous exercise or activity for at least six hours!
But have no fear I have changed my PT session to today with Ayo as tomorrow it's an early start to go to a rugby away match in croydon ! I'll write later and let you know how it all goes , expecting aches and pains .

My lovely hotpants company have changed name no longer on twitter as @gethotpants they are now known by the company name @zaggora still a great company !

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Car fixed yesterday so that meant I could get to classes tonight ... Yeahhh!
Zumba for an hour followed by hula hoop for 45 minutes . It's really funny taught my friend how to do a hula trick that I can't even do ! Weird ;0)
Body aches a bit now . Going to get some sleep now speak soon .
Hotpants on ... Hotpants off as soon as I got home .. Wet

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Got my self ready for 12.00 hotpants on trackies on top trainers etc !
Walked to the park and waited for Ayo . He turned up dead on 12.30 and the pain started .....
None of the exercises are in order as its hard to remember when your feeling the pain walking home !
Kettle bell swings between the legs an up 20 
Jog 10, 4 , 4 
Side lunge dips weight 15
Side twist up in lunge position weight up hi 15
Holding lunge position 20
Double ( reverse) crunches 20 
Holding for 20 
Side twist with weight 15
Everything times 3 and on both sides except the jogs warm up /middle/end of session.  All completed in 30 minutes
All exercise apart from jogging were with a 7kg weight .

Ayo is an excellent trainer , encouraging , fun and dedicated !

Always seems happy to see me . We discussed the plans if the weather changes and the plan is ..... We continue as normal come rain , shine, snow etc in the park out doors !!
I said ok I can do that !
All booked for 2 weeks time .
At home now cooked dinner baked dessert had a hot bath to relax my muscles. Hopefully it will be enough after 2 pt sessions in 2days thanks to hotpants .
I will ache tomorrow so no classes tomorrow but maybe Tuesday ;0)
Woke up this morning at 6.30 ... Yes it's a bit early for a normal person on a Sunday !
But feeling ok after yesterday's training session.
But Definately looking forward to this afternoons personal training session with Ayo !
Speak soon

Ps weathers looking ok ;0)

Saturday, 5 November 2011

I went to the gym on 2/11/11 yes my instructor was able to attend the class ! Yeah so I did a Bollywood dance class for an hour . It's a high cardio workout class.

Car broke down again .
I have been on foot and public transport all week

Yesterday was my sons 6th birthday so I didn't eat well :0(
Pizza , cake , crisps , sweets, popcorn and biscuits !

Today Saturday 5 November.
Weather is dry
I got up and got ready and walked down the road to the nearest bus stop got on the bus and went to Hyde park to meet up with Lucy from the hot pants team and some other hotpantiers for an outdoor workout session with personal trainer Jonny Sayle and England netball captain Sonia Mkoloma .
We spent over an hour in the park doing squats, high kicks , knee raises , forward lunges , backward lunges, jogging , star jumps, running on the spot,sit ups , the plank , leg raises touching toes whilst on back , side leg lifts. I'm sure there was other exercises but I can't remember . We worked hard .
A big thank you to Sonia as she encouraged me to jog in burst from Hyde park corner to speakers corner and back and the more I did the easier it got !
I generally don't do jogging but I actually enjoyed it !!
I'm now at home starting to feel aches and pains kicking in..... I have a PT training session tomorrow with Ayo so that should be interesting .
And yes all this was done whilst wearing my hotpants , just can't exercise without them my kit feels in complete!!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Picked myself up last night and made the effort to go to class ! Yeah me
Instructor didn't show up as they got stuck in traffic ! ;0(
Never mind will try another class tonight , same instructor , different venue .
I still wore my hotpants for an hour even though I didn't exercise .