A new way to calculate your ideal weight?

While on a rare trip to the hairdresser’s today, I came across an article in Woman & Home (all the real trashy magazines were selfishly being read by other customers) regarding some new diet fad.

I ignored the diet because let’s face it, whatever way you dress it up, the only way to lose weight is to cut down on carbs, booze and sugar and move a bit more but there was an interesting boxout on how to calculate your ideal weight. How scientific this is, I don’t know but when I worked mine out it seemed about right and sort of does make sense, so here goes:

How to calculate your ideal weight:

A. How much did you weigh at 18 years old without dieting?

B. How much did you weigh at your heaviest, excluding pregnancy weight?

C. How much did you weigh at your lightest after age 18, with or without dieting?

D. What is your current weight?

Add together your answers to questions:

A & B and divide by 2. The result is Y.

Add C& D and divide by 2. The result is Z.

Add Y & Z together and divide by 2. The answer is your ideal weight.

So, for example, take Kay:

A. 8 stone (I wish)

B. 10 stone 4lbs

C. 9 stone 10

D. 10 stone

The answer would be 8 + 10.4 = 18.4/2 =9 stone 2lbs (Y)

C+D =19.10/2 = 9 stone 5lbs (Z)

The ideal weight for Kay would be Y+X/2 = 9 stone 3lbs.

Verdict: give it a go and see what figure you arrive at – no pun intended.


A speedy way to chill your booze

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

You know the feeling: It’s a beautiful warm, summer’s day, you’ve been stuck in a stuffy office all afternoon and that cold beer or glass of perfectly chilled white wine is just waiting for you to get home, but horror of horrors, you’ve forgotten to put the bottle in the fridge so it’s going to be lukewarm at best.

Well, I’ve got a brilliant tip to make that first sip absolutely sublime. All you have to do is wrap the bottle in some wet kitchen roll, stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes, and Bob’s your uncle, your beverage will be ice cold.

Chill your beer

Disclaimer: I’ve got no idea if you can do this with wine that has a cork but it’s fine with screwtops and regular bottle tops.

Verdict: a no-fail way to speedily chill your tipple of choice

Does the Phillips Lumea Precision work?

So, time to report back on the Phillips Lumea Precision and whether it’s actually removing any of my leg fuzz.

When it first arrived, courtesy of Amazon, I was absolutely terrified. I’ve had electrolysis years ago, the pain of which was akin to having a red hot poker applied to my skin so I was more than a bit apprehensive about using the Lumea. However, I’m glad to say that it didn’t hurt at all, not even on the highest setting…more of that later.

The instructions say you have to shave the area you’re zapping first, which is fine if it’s the legs but it goes against everything I’ve ever been told when it comes to the good old tache but I’ve decided to do the legs first to see if I respond to the treatment before moving onto the facial area.

Phillips Lumea Precision

Phillips Lumea Precision

Basically all you do is hold it against your skin until the light goes green and then ping, the laser zaps the hair via the light, which travels down the hair root. It took about 1o minutes for one lower leg (done in front of the TV) and it says 5 minutes for the bikini line, which I’m yet to try. There are five intensity levels but I use level 5 as I’m yet to experience any pain. Perhaps I have a high pain threshold after all.

You have to leave two weeks before each treatment and it can take three months to be hair-free but after two treatments, I can already feel a difference. The hair on my legs is still sprouting but usually it would feel stubbly 24hrs after shaving but I’m getting at least 2 days of smooth legs before needing to shave again.

It’s so easy to use there’s a part of me that wonders whether it’s actually working or not but I guess only time will tell. I expect to see a dramatic improvement by July so I’ll report back then.

Verdict: so far, so good