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Well I’ve surprised myself! I’ve had four trips to the gym this week and the weight is beginning to gradually come off.

It’s becoming much easier already. My breathing has improved and so has my stamina.

I’m doing a longer workout and building up a sweat.

I’ve also been doing a crash diet.

A lot of people say you shouldn’t do crash diets, so the answer it not to tell anyone – especially your female friends who seem to have an inbuilt jealous streak and don’t think that you should do anything to improve your appearance!

Here’s my Crash diet. I got it years ago from an Australian magazine.

The secret is, not to feel hungry. If you feel like eating, eat something! And obviously if you don’t feel 100%, stop it!

Drink as much liquid as you like, including skimmed milk.

DAY 1. Fruit. Not bananas though.

If you eat a bunch of grapes, and still feel peckish, have another bunch!

DAY 2. Vegetables.

Be creative. Make up a saucepan of curried vegetables, or a ratatouille.

DAY 3. Fruit and vegetables.

DAY 4. Just bananas; up to 9.

I put 4 or 5 in a litre of skimmed milk and blitz it to make a delicious banana milkshake, which lasts me all day.

DAY 5. Steak and a small potato.

You can also have a salad, fruit, etc.

DAY 6. Same as Day 5.

DAY 7. Rice.

Again, be creative. I add onion, herbs, a chopped tomato, ate and nibble from the saucepan all day.

The good thing about this diet is that every day is different, so you can always look forward to a change the following day. And it’s only for a week!

You will lose at lease half a stone, which will battle to go back on, so do be careful what you eat in the following weeks.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.