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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Eat like a Hobbit, Walk like a Hobbit

Ever wished you could eat like a hobbit? (Tweet this!) Twitter

Eat like a Hobbit!

Eat like a Hobbit! Picture credit: Geekfestbr

This hobbit-inspired week is an experiment:

Can I get away with a bacon and mushroom sandwich for second breakfast (ok, lunch) every day if I walk far enough to get to Mordor and back?

What you'll need:

A pedometer, or smartphone app, that measures how far you walk each day.

I will be aiming to walk 5 miles a day, during the course of the whole day's activities, which for me is about 10,000 steps.



 

"Frodo now accepted the invitation gratefully, to the relief of Pippin and Sam. The sun was already behind the western hills, and the light was failing. Two of Maggot's sons and his three daughters came in, and a generous supper was laid on the large table. The kitchen was lit with candles and the fire was mended. Mrs Maggot bustled in and out. One or two other hobbits belonging to the farm-household came in. In a short while fourteen sat down to eat. There was beer in plenty, and a mighty dish of mushrooms and bacon, besides much other solid farmhouse fare. The dogs lay by the fire and gnawed rinds and cracked bones."

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

 
If you're still looking for inspiration, try these Hobbit collectibles for walkers.
Hobbit-themed snacks also feature strongly in the Harvard Lampoon spoof, 'Bored of the Rings' (Rutabaga tea, anyone?)

 

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