Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I've managed to find a great new exercise tip: watching Natalie Cassidy's Then and Now workout video provides some glimpses of London scenery in the background. OK, so maybe that tip wouldn't work for everyone, but for a dedicated Anglophile, I'll take what I can get! The workout itself is divided into four sections: warm up, sweat, punch and crunch. The sweat and punch sections are difficult, especially for a beginner couch-potato like myself, but otherwise lots of fun. The crunch section is amazingly short. There are some push-ups (UGH!) and a short crunch section, but that part of the video is brief. Of course, if someone has done the entire video straight through (cough, cough), I suppose a short section would be appreciated at the end.

It's also great to see the amazing difference between the "now" and "then" versions of Natalie. Unfortunately, she seems to have succumbed to the usual dieter's problem -- great enthusiasm, followed by great success, followed by the realization that you can't follow the new healthy lifestyle forever. If the video weigh-in portion was correct, at the end of the program, Natalie only weighed 113 pounds! That is surely much too thin, especially for someone who has had weight issues in the past. I hope she can find a happy medium and get back into a healthy lifestyle without going overboard.

Does anyone else think the trainer has a sort of Preeti look going on?

Final Verdict for Then and Now: Four Gherkins, for being an inspiring exercise program from someone with a "real" figure (well, at the beginning, anyway!)


Anonymous said...

I saw that video recently as well and thought Natalie had lost gobs of weight. I know from experience its difficult to keep off.

Unknown said...

I wondered as I read this whether you had seen the recent piccies of her! Poor girl I know how she feels.

Thanks for dropping by mine today

Lisanne624 said...

Yes, Natalie seems to have the same problem with weight that most of us do. It's easy to get all enthusiastic on some diet or other and lose tons of weight, but it's so difficult to stick with it! I hope she'll be able to find something that works for her.

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