I’m Claire and I am an exercise junkie from the UK, now living in the USA.


This blog is all about my fitness fails, disappointments, achievements and amusing anecdotes as I march towards hitting ultimate fitness at 40.

So, this is the deal…..

There are 24 months until I am 40, and I’ve never actually been as fit as I am now, but that is not to say I cannot get fitter.

In two years I have lost 40 pounds, and I have reached a happy maintenance level at 123 pounds. So it’s not really about losing weight now, it’s about reaching ultimate fitness, strength and endurance ability. And it’s about abs. I really want abs 🙂

Here’s a brief history of my fitness:

School – pretty fit, in lots of sports teams.

Early 20s – fairly fit only owing to dancing every weekend in clubs. People used to ask me in my early 20s how I had such a flat stomach, and I used to say salad and sex, mainly because it amused me. The truth is that food was not on my agenda then – I don’t remember eating much, or being that interested in it.

Mid 20s-early 30s – any regime of fitness was minimal and I now had an overwhelming agenda of partying which included a lot of booze and subsequent hangover food and it all went down hill from there.

And then I got pregnant.

Now, I could say that the 40 pounds that I needed to shed was baby weight, but only a small proportion of it really was. The rest was a bunch of laziness, booze and food. And I no longer had a flat stomach. I had a very wobbly, round stomach with stretch marks.

So I cut out the booze and then I took up netball (American friends, this is a sport not dissimilar to basketball…see link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netball) and began to shed the weight and really tone up.  People began to notice…my clothes didn’t fit anymore and it felt good to be fitter.

One night I saw a bunch of ladies dancing in the hall prior to a netball match and I went in to see…..ZUMBA! I joined in….and that was it, I was hooked. Nine months later I’m taking my instructor training and am down 30 more pounds and have so much energy that I’m doing an hour of Zumba, then playing two matches in one night and signing up for more netball and Zumba any time I can get it.

I changed my diet, got clean and lean (with a few treats and the odd glass of sparkly) and I’m feeling good.

Fitter, slimmer, happier……but as I see 40 approaching me round the corner, it’s all still to play for, all still in my control, and that’s why I’m aiming for this:

Current weight: 123lbs

Goal weight: 120lbs

Current body fat ratio: 17%

Goal body fat ratio: 14%

Current abs: none

Goal abs: six

And how am I going to do this?

By training hard (adding in Aeroboxing, Body Pump and Corealiates and Body Sculpt to my current workouts), keeping up the Zumba (I will be instructing five classes a week from the new year 2013) and eating protein till it is coming out of my pores!

Sadly, netball is a one-off treat when I can find a team in the USA playing near me.

On this blog I will log my food and exercise for you to follow, and, I hope, inspire you.

Why Forty Shades of Fitness?

The ‘forty’ surely speaks for itself. And ‘fitness’ is my Christian Grey, my all-consuming passion, my addiction, my relationship that knows no bounds etc etc!

Bring on the fitness!

I am now a qualified Nutrition and Weight Management Consultant. Check out my site Health and Nutrition for Life and contact me for a chat or consultation!

Read more about my USA life! Follow my blog about living in America and the amusing, confusing and cultural differences between Brits and Americans at www.ukdesperatehousewifeusa.com


4 thoughts on “About

  1. EmmaK says:

    I think you need to get a gang of us together on twitter #40shadesoffitness so we can all lose weight together and tweet encouragement – you can put funny exercise vids on youtube too like a total pisstake you doing Jane Fonda pulling weeds etc!! I hear you, hey i was 123lb too…. in 1987! I look okay but need to get rid of muffin top!!

  2. When 40 comes we all will rock! I feel my strongest…cant wait till the 50…on second thought I can lol. Keep up the good work!

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