Back to School: Hogwarts and Herbology

Back to School: The legendary Hogwarts Acceptance Letter...

The legendary Hogwarts Acceptance Letter...

My son is starting middle school!

It's a big step for a little boy, and I'm just gutted by how much it isn't like Hogwarts (or even primary school).

With its featureless, industrial buildings and long, empty white corridors, it could almost be an early Dr Who set. It just needs lockers full of Cybermen, or a Dalek appearing round the corners.

But I'm getting distracted. I'd much rather pretend he's going to Hogwarts this 'back to school' week.

Sadly, having seen the films, he's not that interested in the books, and that's fairly typical, making the Language Arts teacher his personal nemesis already (Defence Against the Dark Arts, see!).

Lego Hermione to the Rescue!

Magical powers aside though, he's more of a Harry Potter type than I was. I was always more like Hermione, in the book smart / annoy people sort of way.

So, how can the end of summer and 'back to school' week inspire us into fitness?

As Hermione saved the day with Herbology, it's Back to Hogwarts with Herbology this week.

I've been collecting every weight loss herb, slimming tea, metabolism boosting or energising plant product I've found on clearance or markdown for weeks, and I have a good stash of plants for weight loss to get me through this week.

I'll also be walking him to school and back, with the aim of clocking at least five miles on my pedometer every day.

This week's challenges:

  • Build walking into the daily commute
  • Try out some herbal slimming teas, energy / metabolism boosting or otherwise weight loss enabling plant products.
  • Watch or read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's / Sorcerer's Stone

And Good Luck to all with school!

Click to find out how my Back to Hogwarts / Herbology week went here...
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So, did I boost my metabolism like Captain America?

How my metabolism boosting diet went wrong - but at least we made Captain America Shield Frisbees!

My metabolism boosting diet went wrong - but at least we made Captain America Shield Frisbees!

How was Captain America week for me? Starting weight: 209.5lbs. Ending weight: 215.8lbs. I don't know if my metabolism improved but in terms of weight 'loss', it was a disaster!

So what went wrong? It started off quite well, except that the advice about calorie intake was meaningless for me: I had no idea how many calories I'd been eating normally, so I couldn't cut that down by 100. And I never got round to finding out how many calories were in most of the food I was eating, so even after using the resting metabolic rate calculator, which told me I should be eating about 1645 calories per day, I don't know how many I was eating.

And when Dr Oz says to eat ice cream, does he mean that literally, or is he assuming you already eat ice cream, and would eat 100 calories less of it? I hedged my bets with WeightWatchers ice cream: the latte flavoured ones are only 90 calories, and really not bad 🙂

But none of those things were the problem.
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Happy July 4th! Boost your Metabolism, and be like Captain America!

Happy 4th of July! We are inspired by Captain America this week! And since I learned from 'Captain America: the First Avenger' that his metabolism is four times faster than normal, that is what we are aiming for this week 🙂 No need to join the army (unless you're in it, of course), be in secret military experiments or save the world: that can always come later.

And why is it good to boost your metabolism? To eat more food without getting fat, instead of eating half a lettuce leaf and putting weight on.

How did it go? Read the results here: 'So, did I boost my metabolism, like Captain America?'

So, trawling the internet for ways to boost your metabolic rate if you're not a superhero seems to come up with a consensus (mostly) on these things:
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