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PruHealth Vitality Experience - month 2 feedback thread with WEEKLY £50 prize for non participants.....NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Feb-14 14:34:35

It's now month 2 of the PruHealth Vitality Experience for our 8 lucky participants: see their feedback from month 1 here.

PruHealth say "We believe the more you look after yourself, the healthier you feel. That's why we offer our customers Vitality when they buy our health insurance. Vitality is the world's largest incentive-based wellness programme and can make getting and staying healthy both easier and cheaper, but also reward you for all of your hard work!"

For the next 4 weeks the programme looks like this:

Week 5 - Half-Term & Half-Time - Check in with your personal trainer for a free 1hr session to boost your gym routine.

Week 6 - Discounts Dispensed - Get £25 worth of vouchers to test drive our up to 50% cashback at Lloyds Pharmacy benefit.

Week 7 - Choose Your Reward - Take your pick between discounts to Merlin attractions, National Trust parks or travel with Eurostar, Mark Warner or Mr & Mrs Smith getaways.

Week 8 - Wrap Up - Finish the Vitality Experience with a day of pampering at Champney's spa.

Week 5:Non participants: for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what you'd do with a personal trainer for an hour keep it clean! - would you ask to concentrate on your abs, arms, legs, all over fitness or another area? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one lucky MNer will win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card - prize draw Monday 24 Feb at 9am. NOW CLOSED
Week 5: Participants - please share how you got on with your Personal Trainer. Have you used one before? Was it was you expected? What did you do? What goals or targets/ suggestions did they have for you going forward and how did you feel the next day!? grin

Week 6 (w/c 24 Feb) is all about showcasing one of the discount partners that PruHealth with Vitality has teamed up with - LloydsPharmacy. PruHealth say "our members can get cashback with Vitality on everyday essentials like health and beauty products, toiletries, fragrances and more whether they shop online or in-store with a LloydsPharmacy Vitality card."

Our participants received £25 worth of vouchers to spend at LloydsPharmacy to test drive the up-to-50% cashback benefit.

Non participants - for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what your best beauty or health related treat is for less than £25 - what would you buy? Some lipsticks, a luscious bubble bath or some luxury body lotion? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one lucky MNer will win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card - prize draw Monday 3 March at 9am. NOW CLOSED.

Participants - please share on this thread what you bought with the vouchers - did you treat yourself or buy something more practical for the family? What do you think about this PruHealth with Vitality benefit?

Week 7 is also all about the rewards available to PruHealth with Vitality members - this time our testers are able to choose their reward from a few of the key Vitality partners who are working with PruHealth: Merlin attractions, National Trust parks or travel with Eurostar, Mark Warner or Mr & Mrs Smith getaways.

PruHealth say "We offer rewards to help motivate our members to improve their health and to recognise the hard work they're putting in. We're pleased to team up with a variety of travel, health and entertainment companies to offer members a great range of discounts and special offers."

Non participants - for a chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what would motivate you to make small steps to improve your health and general well-being? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £50 Nectar card. Prize draw Monday 10 March 9am NOW CLOSED.

Participants: please share on this thread what reward you picked and why. When do you think you'll use it? Do you think this reward would help motivate you to earn more Vitality points (and therefore access to even bigger discounts and rewards)? What other partners would you like to see on the Vitality list?


I would ask for help with nutrition and finding the right balance. I have realised in the last few weeks how little I actually know about diet and eating healthily. then I would want to be taught how to run properly don't think I could manage that in an hour but still!

Willemdefoeismine Mon 17-Feb-14 17:30:41

Had my gym session yesterday afternoon. I was extremely nervous about it for some unknown reason. Possibly because I always feel ashamed of the fact that I'm completely unsporty (always have been and always will be methinks!). Personal trainer was lovely - professional, unjudgemental and laid back - so he soon put me at my ease!

It was funny though when he asked me about sports past and present and what I did at school (errr not sporty ever even as a teen/tween). Felt like a real couch potato but as I pointed out until I had DCs I was very slim and fit and never had to think about calorie counting etc....

Anyway once all that non-sporty embarrassment was swept under the carpet done with, we discussed my aims: to lose some weight, to tighten up my flappy tummy (since DCs) and my upper arms...

Training session ensued which I found great fun, particularly the boxing. Always fancied it ever since someone I fancied as a teen was an Oxbridge Boxing Blue (sigh....). It was great! One thing I learned which may go some way to explain my lack of sporting prowess - I don't tend to remember to breathe when exercising....Anyway he helped me with breathing techniques which can only be a good thing! He said that good breathing is at the heart of any sporting technique so now I know where I've been going wrong all these years wink!

I am going to try to go three times a week once the DCs have gone back to school - a bit frustrating to do the training session during half-term and then have an enforced 'pause' - and have promised to go to his classes too...

By the way when do our V-A passes expire - 14th March or the end of March (she says hopefully)....?

MissRee Mon 17-Feb-14 21:16:33

Non tester here!

I would use a personal trainer for weight loss, including diet and nutrition. There is so much conflicting information out there on the optimum diet for losing weight and the ultimate healthy lifestyle it can make your head spin! grin

Non-tester here - I'd ask them to focus on my stomach, after far too much cake, and for ways to avoid eating so much said cake.

sharond101 Mon 17-Feb-14 21:38:10

Non-tester, I'd ask how to do some decent cardio without my knees hurting. No matter what I do I end up in agony feeling like they have taken a pounding. I'd like to run but this stops me.

telsa Mon 17-Feb-14 22:44:22

Non tester
If I had a personal trainer for an hour, I would ask for a bit if everything. I'd like to know what would be the best way of bringing my stomach muscles back to life. Then I'd want to work on legs, arms, general strength and posture. That would do me.

CointreauVersial Mon 17-Feb-14 22:51:19

Just checking PT session isn't until Wednesday, but I have the same fears as you, Willemdafoe. Unsporty doesn't even come close....

smallinthesmoke Mon 17-Feb-14 22:53:08

Your session sounds great Willem. I'm booked in for Thursday.
Persuaded DD1 to come to see Frozen with me today. We had 2X small drinks and popcorn and it came to £29 <faints> So if it weren't for Pruhealth I don't think we'd ever go to the cinema! It was great though, she loved it in the end, despite the scary wolves and snow monster. Thanks for the vouchers. I can see the point of the reward more now, I had no idea the cinema is so expensive!

loopsngeorge Mon 17-Feb-14 22:54:01

Williamdefoe, that sounds really interesting and useful. I've got mine booked for next week and have never had that type of conversation with anyone before, so I'm hoping they will spot some similar reason for why I never turned out to be Jessica Ennis! I too have a flabby tummy and am interested in working on that and also on weights (resistance training?) to preserve bone strength as I get older. Will report back once I've had the session!

FiveOwls Tue 18-Feb-14 09:17:50

Non-participant - I'd ask for advice on my running technique, and how to vary my cardio activity so it doesn't overstrain me and cause the prolonged hip pain which has stopped me running for most of the winter sad.

CMOTDibbler Tue 18-Feb-14 12:11:16

Non participant. I've just had an hour 1:1 swim coaching, and I'm amazed at how much difference it has made in just 2 hours so far. Based on this, I'd ask for running coaching to see if some changes could speed me up - I can do the distance, but would like my next half marathon to be 2 hours or less.

Maiyakat Tue 18-Feb-14 13:52:05

Non-participant. I like the idea of swim coaching - I'm sure my technique isn't very good and my endurance would be a lot better if I was swimming properly!

TenaciousOne Tue 18-Feb-14 16:50:49

I'd concentrate on my abs and arms for toning and building up stamina to run a 10k.

I've just been looking at the vitality calculator and it's a flawed calculator, my diet it bad because I avoid dairy due to allergy and then it's said I would be younger if I lost weight. I'm already underweight so I think the calculator needs to be looked at.

Willemdefoeismine Tue 18-Feb-14 20:58:46

Hi Vitality Crew, just reporting that my quads are still hurting after Sunday :-)....

I feel as if I've merged two weeks' activities into one here......In the end, DCs and I went to see Mr Peabody & Sherman (it was very good and even 13 year old DS said "Mummy, it's educational and funny") because I couldn't bear to pay anything but Cheap Tuesday Cineworld costs (it was still £19.20 for three of us)... I've actually still got one £20 voucher left as I got our treats from Waitrose --can't bear to be ripped off with cinema 'treats--What was the deal on using the giftcards - was if valid only until the end of this week or 'the end of term' echoes from deep within....But how does that translate??? Was considering saving the rest of the giftcard value to go to see The Book Thief with DS at some point down the line....

Glad to know I'm not the only one who is not sporty by name or nature....But I could get into this gym mularkey....

Good luck with the PT sessions and hope you find them as useful and rewarding as I did!

Ann (hello!) any idea on when a) the cinema gift vouchers cease to be valid b) when our V-A membership expires.....

AndHarry Tue 18-Feb-14 21:04:09


I'd use my hour with a personal trainer to sort out my poor technique for basic exercises, especially press-ups and sit-ups. I'd get my running style critiqued and my breathing sorted. I'd also want to learn a short, effective routine to incorporate into my day to rebuild my abs and pelvic floor after two kids and abdominal surgery.

Ballsballsballs Wed 19-Feb-14 14:00:18


I'd like to work with a personal trainer to develop a routine for my core strength and posture.

I'm losing weight (hurrah!) but my muscles lack strength.

CheeseTMouse Wed 19-Feb-14 16:27:21

Non tester - I would use a PT to get some new ideas for my fitness routine as I tend to get stuck in a rut and do the same things. I would also like some ideas for what I could do whilst out in the park with the buggy!

GwenStacy Wed 19-Feb-14 16:54:58

I had my PT session today - and once again, I am blown away at how lovely my gym is. My PT said she doesn't feel like she can put together a programme on the fly very effectively, without talking to her clients and discussing what they want to achieve. So today she showed me some core exercises I can do at home, and a few using the machines, and then we're meeting next week as well, so she can take me through a programme that will hopefully help me achieve what I want. She was conscious that I've not got long left at the gym, so whereas we did use some resistance machines, we talked about ways to replicate the exercises using dumbells at home as well.

Like many of us I was worried about revealing quite how inactive I am, but she was lovely and pointed out that even making small changes to your daily activity can make a huge difference - ie, walking is good, walking with a baby in a sling, better! (maybe I could hire E out as an exercise accessory?)

Jinty64 Wed 19-Feb-14 23:40:30


I would love a swimming coach. I swim 3/4 times a week but never feel I get the most out of my time. It would be great to have a personal regime

Supermam Wed 19-Feb-14 23:57:27

Non-tester. I would like a trainer to help me build up stamina and help me learn to run without damaging my knees! Advice on nutrition would be good, too.

Chopstheduck Thu 20-Feb-14 09:11:16

Non participants: for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what you'd do with a personal trainer for an hour

There are some shit hot pts at my gym that I would love to take home for an hour grin I'm booking an hour next week at some point though - going to ask for some strength based workout tips. Really want to have a go at TRX training and put together a free weights program. I get plenty of cardio from running and classes, but want to reduce my body fat a bit more.

HootyMcOwlface Thu 20-Feb-14 12:58:20

Non-tester. I'd like some exercises to tone up my stomach/waist area since having a baby. Also some tips on sticking to an exercise routine. I used to be a runner and loved going to the gym, but its all lapsed since having DS, so I could do with some motivational tips to get going again.

CointreauVersial Thu 20-Feb-14 13:43:07

Participants - please share how you got on with your Personal Trainer.

Well, my session with "Nick" was yesterday afternoon. I haven't been to one before, and was a bit worried it would involve some Sergeant-Major type screaming at me to "drop and gimme twenty!" In fact, it was great, although I think he was a little confused at to what to do with me - obviously he had been told I wasn't a regular member, so he wanted to know whether he should just be telling me about Personal Training, or actually giving me a session!

So he started off by chatting with me about my goals and aims; I explained I was aiming to stave off the stiffness/flabbiness/lack-of-fitness which creeps up during one's forties if you aren't careful, but I wasn't planning on entering any marathons or body-building competitions. We talked about diet, then he explained about exercise intensity; the benefits of short bursts of high intensity, followed by recovery, that would be better for me than just plodding on the treadmill for hours, or lifting little weights.

After that, we hit the gym. We did about 25 minutes on the treadmill, but in bursts - he pushed me to run much faster than I usually do, but only for a short burst, and I was very chuffed to have managed it. Then we did some kettlebell stuff and weights - again, in short, intense bursts followed by recovery. He also showed me the Powerplate, because I quite fancied having a go at it. He didn't leave me with any specific goals or targets, but has definitely given me some more ideas about how to improve my exercise routine.

How do I feel the next day!? Well, I definitely feel it in my shoulders, as I don't often do weights, but generally I'm fine, and glad to have survived!

mumsbe Thu 20-Feb-14 13:50:51

Non tester i would focus on my chest things are pointing down now and could do with a lift

smallinthesmoke Thu 20-Feb-14 14:00:50

Just staggered out of my personal training session. It was a revelation. A revelation about how utterly decrepit my body is. I struggle to do the most basic things, like getting up from sitting on a low bench without using my arms. I find squats astonishingly difficult. I have zero coordination, for example throwing a medicine ball while doing sit ups. And I fell off the wobbly ball Bolu thingy onto my arse, slapstick style. <bugger>
The trainer also found that even though my BMI is fine, my body percentage fat is not good. I was disappointed as I have lost weight in the last month with regular swimming, walking etc and have good cholesterol levels measured from the bloodprick test. Hidden fat apparently <worries>
The solution apparently is a better diet (the trainer's 3 yr old DS loves kale smoothies shock), me pulling my finger out exercise- wise and ... a course of personal training at £51 a pop. It has worked wonders for similar basketcases mothers who have not prioritised their health sufficiently. We can't afford that so the trainer was lovely and wrote down the exercises for me to do on my own or with DH (who is a fitness fanatic and has all the gear). She thought if I applied myself I could rectify the situation pretty quickly. Even though she was lovely and v encouraging and kind, I actually thought I might cry in the session, it was so far out of my comfort zone.
It is so easy to neglect your health and fitness; this Pru Health product test has served as a right wake up call for me.
I won't tell you what she said about my diet... put it this way, yesterday I had a scone for breakfast, pasta for lunch, a mars bar for tea and lasagne for dinner. blush blush blush I really need to sort it out!

poopoopoo Thu 20-Feb-14 17:14:05

If I had a personal trainer for an hour I would ask them to baby sit the kids in the pool, while I sat in the Sauna and relaxed. Then they would get a good work out! grin

elizadofuckall Thu 20-Feb-14 18:35:26

Non tester.

I would ask where the hell to start now that my body is failing me and the meds are trying to kill me confused

MrsLoada Thu 20-Feb-14 18:42:39

Non tester : If I had an hour with a PT I would ask for a full body Pilates work out to help with core strength, flexibility and toning

HannahLI Thu 20-Feb-14 19:33:57

I would love an hour with a personal trainer and I think I would concentrate on my core strength - working those abs and getting that into tip top shape first as thats where I am most lacking. I would also try and gleam as much of what I am being told so that I can re-create it again in my own time and really see the benefit.

lisad123everybodydancenow Thu 20-Feb-14 20:00:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Willemdefoeismine Thu 20-Feb-14 21:18:35

Yikes, Smallinthesmoke, your PT sounds a lot tougher than mine (he was obviously a pussycat). No disapproving comments on my diet and certainly no mention of curly kale smoothies (I like kale but in a moothie....yuk!).....I challenge any child to like such a thing, even my DD who has a total love affair with veggies that 99% of children don't like! Broad beans anyone?

Yes, I would agree about the wake up call for sure. I felt that on the first day when I was shown to have high cholesterol levels....It's incredibly difficult to embrace healthy, wholesome eating though.....As I've said before when I did (as a student)m I truly had a borderline eating disorder which wasn't good.....I have been upping the veggies and salad BUT it's not always possible to resist carbs confesses to having eaten a doughnut t'other day ...blush

Oh and I've lost my fell off my trousers at some point today (a busy one) and I have no idea where it went. Would have thought I would have heard it or possibly even kicked it, if it had fallen off as I was walking along, but no idea really :-(.....However, having used it for over half the 8 week period think I've got a pretty good handle on my patterns of weekday over-exertion vs weekend inertia! grin! And where I need to make amends!

By the way my thighs are still 'smarting' from my PT work-out! As it should be no doubt!

Looking ahead - do you think we are going to have a problem using our Lloyds Pharmacy giftcards!????? Hope not!

lottietiger Thu 20-Feb-14 21:53:24

Non participant
I'd love a personal trainer as although I have lost my baby weight my stomach is huge! It really needs some work and I don't have the willpower to do it myself

skapur Thu 20-Feb-14 22:11:48

I would work on my tummy which has seen better days!

Wjjkl Thu 20-Feb-14 22:14:58

I'd want to concentrate on all over cardio fitness - the best things to do that maximise fitness in minimum time(!) & how to tone up to get my core strength back

GwenStacy Thu 20-Feb-14 22:36:17

Yikes Small, I agree - your trainer sounds scary! Mine was lovely, we had a chat, and she showed me loads of exercises I could do at home as well as at the gym. Going to go along tomorrow and try the programme she put together for me...

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Thu 20-Feb-14 22:44:21


I'd use a personal trainer to design me a fitness plan that I can do at home to improve my upper body strength & abdominal muscles. I don't seem to be able to do a lot of exercises properly - I'm too feeble to do them & I'd need a fitness plan designed for someone with no balance or co-ordination and no upper body strength.

SpringPlease Thu 20-Feb-14 23:05:23

Non participant
I would ask how to tone my tummy and hopefully lose the wrinkles. It's fairly flat but looks horrible. I don't know if I can actually change this through excercise. Had a CS almost two years ago and the scar has gone but the skin feels loose. Same with the chest really. Lost all oomph in it and although passable not particularly attractive. I keep healthy and walk miles daily but can't seem to tone these areas.

Audreyblue Fri 21-Feb-14 08:42:59

Participants - please share how you got on with your Personal Trainer.

I had my session yesterday evening. My PT was a really friendly petite girl from South Africa called Elaine....but looks can be deceiving. She was tough with me! We said down and firstly discussed the areas I wished to target. I told her the entire area around my middle which has become extremely untoned and flabby after having children and also my arms. So we went straight into it and did some core muscle exercises then tried boxing (which I have never done before) so I was very apprehensive. But like you Willemdefoeismine, I found this the most fun part of the session. Even the PT was impressed with the strength in my upper arms. This is definitely something I would try again.

We did plenty of sit-ups, squats, running, cycling, weights and used these evil machines where you use the inside and outside of your thigh muscles. That was torture - my legs were killing me after all of that. Elaine did all the exercises in burst of three, so 20 situps, a break, then another 10, then another 10 with a short break in between. And she emphasised that pain is good and you are using muscles that haven't been used before.

We finished with lots of stretching exercises on the gym floor. I was completely knackered after all that and hoped to god that I wouldn't see anyone that I knew as I looked red-faced, hair dishevelled and had a very pained expression on my face!

She suggested buying some gloves and punchbag at home (she said you could pick them up quite cheaply on ebay) so I may do that as I really enjoyed the boxing. When the weather gets better she suggested doing short burst of running outside and slowly increasing the distance as a good way of burning fat. I was told that using tinned beans as weights at home while you are watching TV is a great way to exercise too.

I have to say that waking up this morning was terrible. My shoulders are particularly aching with all the punching I did (!) and wearing heels to work this morning wasn't a good call. The PT opened up my eyes to exercise that could be enjoyable and after my gym membership has expired there is still plenty I can do to keep fit. Thanks for this opportunity!

flow4 Fri 21-Feb-14 11:48:53

I'm in my 40s with a long-term health condition and early onset arthritis. I'm waiting for a hip replacement and I'm in pain throughout my body. NHS physio insists on focussing on just one part of the body, but of course we're all connected, and pain and problems spread. I can exercise in water but not at all on land - and I don't know how much of the problem is bio-mechanical and how much is fear. So I'd use the session to find some exercises I can do on dry land without hurting myself...

CointreauVersial Fri 21-Feb-14 12:48:49

I'm feeling cheated! No boxing in my PT session.

Audreyblue Fri 21-Feb-14 13:36:57

Trust me CointreauVersial, you're not cheated - I regret it. I am in so much pain today! In need of a long hot soak in the bath...

WalkingThePlank Fri 21-Feb-14 13:55:20

I haven't had my PT session yet. I'm waiting for my feet to get better before seeing him. In the meantime I'm using the pool and the children enjoyed the Pool Races & Games session which looked excellent.

Bagtrainlady Fri 21-Feb-14 15:40:22

I had my PT session yesterday. I hadn't had a session before but a PT did my gym induction & that was more of a pt routine he gave me.

I had mixed feelings about this session. She gave me a workout on the power plate which was really thorough but will only really be of use for the next couple if weeks I am at the gym. Bits of it really made my brain feel as if it was rattling off my skull! I want to persevere with it though as it felt like it was doing some serious fat burning.

I have woken up this morning with really bad shoulder pain so might have to rethink elements of it! She did give me some really good advice about positive breath which is about contracting your core & pelvic floor muscles in on your out breath which means you are using breathing to give those muscles a work out.

I would have liked some dietary advice but I think it's less rubbish in really! (Out at farm/theme park with the dc's & had a fizzy drink & a Mars bar - it tasted great!)

Chopstheduck Fri 21-Feb-14 16:26:12

You can't taste kale in a smoothie, honest!

Bubbles85 Fri 21-Feb-14 17:49:53

Non participants: for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what you'd do with a personal trainer for an hour keep it clean! - would you ask to concentrate on your abs, arms, legs, all over fitness or another area?

I need help with overall fitness as I am really out of shape post having a baby. Actually I think my arms are in good shape after carrying the car seat a lot!

Stripytop Fri 21-Feb-14 20:49:30

I haven't managed to fit in my personal training session yet. I've worked this half term, so finding suitable childcare has been the challenge for me. I've kept up the power walking though, and am doing 2-6k every few days with about half of it running. My own version of the couch to 10k I suppose.
I did have a PT session when I started at the Gym, and although I have not managed to fit the Gym in at all, I am doing some of the exercises he gave me, when I remember and can find the time.
I don't think I've lost weight really - maybe a few pounds but I do feel fitter.

Willemdefoeismine Sat 22-Feb-14 16:29:09

:-( that your feet are still causing you problems WalkingThePlank....

Got a busy week coming up one way and another and angsting about fitting in going to the gym.....

Thought I'd get ahead of myself and do my Lloyds Pharmacy 'shop' online - ha...fine and dandy until it came to paying and it doesn't seem as if you can use the giftcard online - GRRRRRR! There aren't that many around our neck of the woods so thought I'd 'online' it to save time - sigh.... Of course after much practical deliberation I'd decided to go down the 'treat' route so what's the betting when I go in-store I won't be able to find what I saw online.....

I think if I was using it as per the PruHealth Vitality scheme I wouldn't be buying treats at all but every-day items for the whole family (including the pets!)

Bagtrainlady Sun 23-Feb-14 14:16:42

Just back from gym & had second go at my power plate workout. Feel like I have been really working out! My face is still bright red angry < like this but maybe not that cross! I'm hoping my shoulder copes this time.

I do like the idea of boxing too! I did see on the Lloyd's pharmacy website that they sell weights - bit of a pain that you can't buy online. Will need to see what our nearest one sells!

Can't believe we only have 3 weeks left.

CointreauVersial Sun 23-Feb-14 22:11:59

I've been googling Lloyds, and there's one not far away. I quite fancy a "treat" so I might buy some perfume or some new makeup.

I went for a nice run this morning, and have earmarked Tuesday and Thursday for this week's gym trips - gotta keep it up!

Willemdefoeismine Mon 24-Feb-14 08:34:12

The Cacharel Amor Amor was on a very special offer.... I thought (having read reasonably good reviews elsewhere) that it might do as my 'every day' perfume....Always previously steered clear of Cacharel perfumes since the overkill of Anais Anais during the 80s but tempted....

PT emailed me to ask how I'm getting on after our session - I had told him that there wouldn't be time to do the gym during the half-term so will have to more than make amends this week...

And the weather is so much nicer that doing the extra bit of exercise, walking or running, won't be so difficult any more......Hurrah!

I was wondering about getting DS some boxing kit (sure it's good for teenage rage too!) and then being able to have a go myself too :-). I quite liked the powerplate although one does feel positively like a wobbly jelly!

Looking at our original bumpf it looks as if the cinema vouchers are valid until the end of 'our term' so assume that I could still use my other £20 one to go to see The Book Thief with DS!

smallinthesmoke Mon 24-Feb-14 12:29:06

Well it is four days since my PT training session and I am still stiff! Have had to get DD1 to pick things up off the floor for me, which brings back memories of pg SPD. I had to miss aqua as I couldn't move but am planning to try a little swim this afternoon. Want to go as much as possible while I am still a member. I will try some of the exercises like squats at home but building up gently. Very gently.
I am really looking forward to spending the Lloyds voucher. So nice to browse for treats rather than just go for what's on offer.
DH and I went to see Wolf of Wall St on Sat as there was some left over cinema credit. I really enjoyed it. Such a novelty to go to the cinema. It's so expensive. I can see why the Pruhealth offer of free tickets is a good incentive. Am I right that members get tickets automatically each week, whether or not they are building up points? That's a good deal.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 24-Feb-14 12:41:03

Congrats to lottietiger who has won a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card for adding their comment on Personal Trainers.

Week 6 is all about showcasing one of the discount partners that PruHealth with Vitality has teamed up with - LloydsPharmacy. PruHealth say "our members can get cashback with Vitality on everyday essentials like health and beauty products, toiletries, fragrances and more whether they shop online or in-store with a LloydsPharmacy Vitality card."

Our participants received £25 worth of vouchers to spend at LloydsPharmacy to test drive the up-to-50% cashback benefit.

Non participants - for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what your best beauty or health related treat is for less than £25 - what would you buy? Some lipsticks, a luscious bubble bath or some luxury body lotion? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one lucky MNer will win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card - prize draw Monday 3 March at 9am.

Participants - please share on this thread what you bought with the vouchers - did you treat yourself or buy something more practical for the family? What do you think about this PruHealth with Vitality benefit?

loopsngeorge Mon 24-Feb-14 13:27:43

Going to combine some exercise with spending my voucher at the Lloyds up the high street in a bit! However, I am a bit distraught that I too have lost my fitbug as it fell off the waist clip without me noticing. I have had to book my PT session for Wednesday as I was away all last week. Feeling a bit nervous now after some of the other feedback. How much more fit can I get in 48 hours?! Actually I am looking forward to it, even if it will be a bit of a wake up call.
On another note, one tip from the nutritionist that is really working for me is to eat a fruit, nut and seed mix - it seems to satisfy my craving for something sweet after a meal.

Wjjkl Mon 24-Feb-14 13:43:03

Non participant

Getting a pedicure is a real treat for under £25 - especially as spring & summer are coming and there'll be no more hiding my feet in winter boots!

FiveOwls Mon 24-Feb-14 14:31:07

Non-participant - I like having a "home spa" with 12 yr old dd2. Bubble bath, face masks, body lotion, candles and we're learning how to give each other shoulder massages. Dh is in charge of bringing us fresh towels, strawberries and fruit juice in cocktail glasses smile

CMOTDibbler Mon 24-Feb-14 15:27:06

Non participant - if I have a random treat, then I love to get a new lippy or nail varnish

whattoWHO Mon 24-Feb-14 16:16:04

Non participant. Some Molton Brown shower gel. I love their fragrances and they lather so well that a big bottle lasts for ages.

WowOoo Mon 24-Feb-14 16:47:02

non participant:
If I had a personal trainer for an hour I'd ask them for a range of exercises to help me tone my tummy. My legs and arms are fine thanks to doing sport but I give up on sit ups so easily.

CointreauVersial Mon 24-Feb-14 17:35:38

Fiveowls - what a lovely idea. Particularly the bit about DH serving you drinks. grin

Bagtrainlady Mon 24-Feb-14 18:31:54

I went to Lloyd's pharmacy today. I wanted to treat myself to something but got a bit overwhelmed by all the lotions & potions when I got there. After telling dd that she couldn't buy herself a £35 electric toothbrush with my voucher!

The assistant came over & was incredibly helpful. I explained I had a voucher & wasn't sure what I wanted do she gave me lots of samples to take away & try before I commit to an expensive face cream I might not get on with! I will have a few trials & see how I get on. Though they did have some lovely perfumes as well - it's a nice dilemma to have!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Mon 24-Feb-14 18:39:14

Non participant
I don't generally indulge in health & beauty treats, but I do love Aveeno moisturising lotion, so I'd probably buy that, or some really good hand cream.

Willemdefoeismine Mon 24-Feb-14 18:53:25

Have to laugh at your DD, Bagtrainlady....typical of children always wanting you to spend money on them! Mine would be the same! You sound as if you had a very positive experience in there though which is fantastic.

I have to say that I know our 'time' is not up yet but thus far I couldn't fault any of the personnel (with whom I've been involved) for their helpfulness and loveliness! It makes such a difference.....

I've got to fit my trip into a very busy week - it will be good for upping my step count after a bit of a slothful week over half-term but not so good for my sanity as I've got LOADS to do this week - yikes.

I lost my Fitbug too Loopsngeorge and I'm being sent another one which is above and beyond the call of duty, PruHealth Vitality (so thank you) - let your 'contact' know... I've got this uneasy feeling I might have dropped mine down the loo.... it doesn't seem to be flushing very efficiently at the moment blush. Hmmmm........

HazeltheMcWitch Mon 24-Feb-14 20:34:53

Non-tester here. With a personal trainer, I'd want the honest truth about how to make MY body as good as it can be. I am very pear-shaped. Even when skinny I am still a pear. I'd like to know - given my arse wont ever be small, how can I get the best tone, without getting any bigger?

Fillybuster Mon 24-Feb-14 20:56:28

Non tester here (sadly!)

I'd definitely spend £20 on a full pedicure at the local salon (complete with fab leg massage) and the remaining £5 on a lovely bright pink or purple nail varnish for them to use on my toes smile smile

(I know the salon have amazing varnishes but I like to use my own colours so that I can touch them up when they start to look a bit chipped after 2 weeks!)

Kewcumber Mon 24-Feb-14 21:22:14

My personal trainer is sick! So no feedback from me on that yet but we do have the session rescheduled for Wednesday this week so I get to thrash myself for an hour then treat myself with my Lloyds vouchers as a reward!

I'm going to mooch around my local Lloyds this week but am currently tempted by some Regenerist Serum which I have previously been too tight to buy. My skin is terribly dry at the moment and not in good shape so I'm feeling now that the big 50 is looming that I should start taking care of it a bit better (yes I know its probably a bit late to start now!)

Kewcumber Mon 24-Feb-14 21:26:55

Loops I too have started snacking on dried fruit and nuts (not loads) and I've managed to persist with the cooking a lot from scratch which I hadn't been doing. I'm quite pleased that I think my eating has become much healthier since starting this and I'll definitely continue it.

Its been a bit unfortunate that I became anaemic since going to the gym as I;m finding exercise a bit of a struggle however I'm certainly getting more than I would have without the gym.

I went to the acqua class again last week and the teacher came over and said to me "you worked very hard today" which I did - I felt chuffed and very motivated to go back. <<sob>> don't take my Virgin gym membership away from me - pleeeeeeeeze!

sharond101 Mon 24-Feb-14 21:30:34

Non-tester. I have a thing about lip balms but as I have so many I would definitely buy something else. I do love a facial but not sure if £25 would stretch to that so maybe an indulgent nice smelling face scrub and mask so I can do it myself then spend the remaining money on a nice treat to consume whilst I wait for the potions to do their job.

loopsngeorge Mon 24-Feb-14 21:32:05

I'm the proud owner of some Dior Airflash foundation courtesy of my voucher. There were lots of things I was deliberating over but no prices shown and no one on the make up counter so I went with something I've used before and love!
For a small high street branch they had loads of stuff to choose from and some really nice Clarins packages.
I think this Vitality benefit would work for me as I've got a local branch although to be honest I don't tend to buy much at pharmacies now I'm out of the baby stage!

Eek Williamdefoe, not much chance of finding your fitbug then! I'm blaming airport security as I had to take my belt off and think it must have happened then.

loopsngeorge Mon 24-Feb-14 21:33:48

Kewcumber, mine's on Wednesday too so i will think of you as I pound the treadmill or whatever they're going to make me do!

Willemdefoeismine Mon 24-Feb-14 21:39:34

Just hoping that DH doesn't end up having to plunge the loo.....that really would mean getting told off....keeping a very low profile at the moment....

Wow you're quick off the mark Loopsngeorge.... Well done though for treating yourself....

Kewcumber....good to hear from you - it had all gone a bit quiet..... Well done with your acqua class....

Going to the gym tomorrow..... yes, I'm going to miss the gym too .....

WhitegoldWielder Tue 25-Feb-14 09:47:52


For a beauty/health treat less than £25 I would check out the local college salon - they do plenty of treats for less than £25 and the further into the year the more confident they get! (Although they are always supervised if you are slightly nervous)

Or I would get out with a group of family or friends on a dry sunny day and go for a long walk and use the money for a healthy lunch at a countryside cafe.

Or I'd book a Reiki session - it may be woo but it's a legitimate excuse to lie down and chill listening to plinky-plonk music and take time out on a busy day!

telsa Tue 25-Feb-14 12:34:31

Non participant - best beauty or health related treat for less than £25

Sleep - probably. It cures a multitude of things. Or a long hot soak. OK, if you want to spend some money, get some lovely smelling, foamy stuff from Lush. Lie back, put on some music and just chill out for 30 minutes, with guaranteed no interruptions. On leaving bath, make sure to wrap yourself in the softest bathing robe or towel.

CointreauVersial Tue 25-Feb-14 12:48:24

Kewcumber - that serum is Good Stuff, although make sure you use moisturiser as well. I have a DH who works for the company who make Olay, so I am generally well-stocked in that regard. wink

I'm not sure when I'll get to Lloyds - my diary is filling up already for this week. I had to Google it to locate a branch, and there are none in my usual shopping haunts. For that reason, it probably wouldn't be a huge benefit for me were I a Vitality member (buy, hey, I'll make the effort if there's a voucher to spend!).

Babycarmen Tue 25-Feb-14 16:08:33

Non participant! My beauty treat would be benefits 'porefessional'. It is a must have product and really makes you feel like you are treating your skin! Another would be a hot stone facial smile Heaven!

CheeseTMouse Tue 25-Feb-14 20:33:50

Non tester - my treat would be to go to a couple of yoga classes. It sounds really virtuous, but the chance to have an hour on my own away from home is a real treat.

Audreyblue Wed 26-Feb-14 11:07:40

Bagtrainlady - that's why I didn't take my DCs with me! Popped into Lloyds Chemist yesterday just before the school run. I have a tiny branch about five minutes walk away but have to confess that I don't go in there that often as I prefer the independent chemist.

Anyway, although their shelves were a little bare I managed to come away with lots of essential toiletries - shampoo, cotton wool, huge tub of E45 cream, bubble bath and even a few bits of make up for myself! The cashier looked at me suspiciously when I handed him my voucher and wasn't sure if they took them. However after a quick consultation with his manager, it was all fine so I was pleased with all that I got.

Not sure if I would use this benefit that much as the Lloyds branch closest to me is miniscule and doesn't have that much stock. I too do not use chemists very often and tend to buy all my toiletries in my weekly big supermarket shop or in Boots/Superdrug.

loopsngeorge - you must have been in a larger branch. No sign or whiff of Dior in our branch!

WalkingThePlank Wed 26-Feb-14 12:43:22

I've had a very Vitality day today.

My feet are still suffering and I have been doing a bit of swimming (which I wouldn't have done without the gym membership) but I find that really boring so today I tried an Aqua class. I loved it although I'm not sure if I was making the right shapes. CointreauVersial uses the same pool and said she was the youngest in the pool. I suspect only 2 of us today are not drawing a pension. I'm definitely doing it again, possibly tomorrow!

I then went to Sainsbury's to try to use the Nectar card for a 5th time (3rd time in that store). Still no luck. Think I'm going to use the Nectar points elsewhere if that is possible.

I did my Lloyds shop. As others have said, I buy most of these items in my weekly supermarket shop and sometimes in Boots. My local store was tiny (floor space smaller than my lounge) and the only perfumes I could see were of the Yardley type. I drove on to another Lloyds which was a bit bigger. The choice was really poor - slightly more expensive perfume but of the Katie Price type. Definitely nothing I'd call a treat. I really struggled to find things to buy but ended up with a lot of unexciting stuff. Here's my list:

3 x Dove Bars
3 x Hand Wash
Baby Powder
Hair Brush
Plaster Strip
Dry Shampoo
6 Hairclips for DD
Mr Men toiletry set for DCs
Monsters Inc Book
Benylin Cold & Flu Capsules
2 x Chewing Gum
And a cuddly toy

The staff were very friendly, tried to be helpful but I thought they were going to decline the voucher because I didn't have a Vitality Card!
Personally I don't think I'd see the Lloyds discount as a great motivator because the range was so poor, and certainly not the brands that I buy (I think the Londis next door to it may have had a better selection). DH is going to think I've gone bonkers when he sees all of the soap!

smallinthesmoke Wed 26-Feb-14 20:31:56

Popped along to Lloyds yesterday to spend my voucher. The branch was tiny so I walked 15 mins up the road to another which was slightly bigger. I stocked up on the stuff we always need for vaious non glamorous ailments- cold sore cream, athletes foot cream, canestan. The stuff which is annoyingly expensive to buy!
I was very grateful for the voucher. I did feel that Lloyds is not the most erm... upmarket pharmacist for Vitality to be partnering with. It had a small amount of stock, few of my usual products and a big sign behind the counter reminding me not to assault the staff. It was also not especially good value, probably more of a convenience store if you popped in to your neighbourhood shop. I wondered if it would really appeal to the kind of people who usually fork out for health insurance. Maybe other branches are a bit bigger and better? Or maybe it is less that you would want to use the discount and more that Lloyds offer healthcare checks etc? I can see the value of those more than I can see the value of 10 percent off in a slightly expensive shop which doesn't have the stuff you usually use.
Anyway, I don't want to sound ungrateful as £25 of stuff for the bathroom cupboard was very welcome, and I compensated treat-wise by going crazy on lavender Method handsoap one third off in another store. Delicious!

Hopezibah Wed 26-Feb-14 21:28:07

Non-participant: I always feel a new perfume is a real treat and luxury to treat myself to. At full price most good perfumes are over £25 but in the sales, you can often pick up a nice perfume when it is on offer so that is what I would buy.

loopsngeorge Wed 26-Feb-14 21:51:26

Yes I'm lucky, the Billericay branch has quite a lot of make up brands etc. All the other stuff is a bit random and old fashioned - lots of washbags and shower caps etc.
I finally got to do my personal trainer session today and am just waiting for the aches and pains to start! It was really useful and quite an eye opener as I asked to do some of the weights machines as I've never tried them before. I was really struggling, even on the lowest weight so I'm definitely going to try spending some time on them to build up my upper body strength. I enjoyed the rowing machine but have decided that the treadmill, bike etc is just too tedious compared to walking/running outside.
I had to give the famous powerplates a go, but quickly regretted it - they must be the most migraine inducing thing I've ever come across! How on earth do you do a whole class on them??

Stripytop Wed 26-Feb-14 23:58:54

In order to up my number of daily steps I've given up using the car for work, and am using public transport. I'm now regularly getting 15,000 steps a day (it's becoming a bit of an obsession). I so hope I don't drop it down the loo!
Ironically though, I'll have to take the car tomorrow to go to a lloyds chemist as they are all a bit out of the way. We recently had reason to discover how poorly equipped our first aid box is, so I'm hoping to make that a priority. Otherwise I might get dd some face cream of her own as she has started pinching all my good stuff!

Like audreyblue This isn't a vitality benefit I would use as until recently there was a lloyds pharmacy only 5 mins walk away from me, but I very rarely went in it preferring the family owned one a bit further on. Also, I only ever think of pharmacies in terms of prescriptions and medical enquiries, and only ever a last resort for toiletries.

It will be very nice, however, to give my feet a rest and spend my voucher tomorrow.

CointreauVersial Thu 27-Feb-14 00:09:43

Glad you enjoyed the Aqua, Walkingtheplank. I felt a bit foolish, to be honest, and won't be rushing to try it again.

I was at the gym on Tuesday (we seem to miss each other!) and did the Fierce class again. What a laugh. I also tried a different aerobic fitness machine, like a stepper, only you go sideways a bit. Haven't a clue what it is called, but boy did I feel it in my hips this morning. Hoping to go back tomorrow, although there is a girl's night out vying for diary space at the moment, so the gym may have to wait.

Still haven't made it to Lloyds.

muser31 Thu 27-Feb-14 12:28:30

non tester
For a treat i would love to focus more on relaxation - there is no time or money anymore to dedicate to it - such as a nice aromatherapy massage. this would leave me feeling motivated to do other things to look after myself and give me that boost.

Stripytop Thu 27-Feb-14 22:31:31

Enjoyed spending my voucher today. As we have a holiday coming up I bought a family first aid kit, some Nivea factor 50 sun lotion and also a large bottle of 6+ calpol. As I also qualified for an extra £5 off, I only had to contribute 49p.

The staff were lovely, but the shop was v small and attached to a medical centre so was packed with people waiting for prescriptions. There was only a very small stock, and prices were higher than where I would usually shop. Also, I had to go out of my way to shop there so this benefit wouldn't be one I could use.

CointreauVersial Thu 27-Feb-14 22:38:36

My trip to the gym this evening was put on hold, as I've had a dodgy tummy all day, So I figured I'd track down a Lloyds Pharmacy instead. It was a toss-up really between two branches; Branch A in the town where the DDs have their Thursday drama group, and Branch B, in a parade of shops a couple of miles away. I went for Branch A and of course it turned out to be absolutely tiny, barely more than a pharmacy counter, hardly any beauty stuff. I mentioned this to the shop assistant, and she suggested I "try Branch B, it's the biggest in the area". Grrrr. .. Not willing to blow my precious voucher on dull stuff like nit lotion, toothpaste and (ahem) Immodium, I put it back in my bag for another day.


I would treat myself to a Lush fresh facemask, you can get at least 4-5 uses out of them so they last a couple of weeks and it really sorts my skin out by the end of the pot.

Plus with £25 I would have plenty left over for some of their bath bombs and fancy soaps too!

RubySparks Fri 28-Feb-14 06:47:25

Non participant

My treat is to walk in beautiful gardens or woodland on my own in peace and quiet

Alternatively we have a visiting masseuse at work who does a great head, shoulders, back and arms massage for about £15

Kewcumber Fri 28-Feb-14 08:14:56

Off to Lloyds today... my local Lloyds was the one which featured in their advert so I'm hoping that though small it will be well stocked.

Kewcumber Fri 28-Feb-14 08:16:36

Can feel every muscle in my body today after (finally!) my personal trainer. I really enjoyed it - surprised myself. Didn;t really want to do it but she made some good suggestions which I think I can do myself. Would love to be abe to pay for more and if I had Pru Vitality the free annual training session would definitely be one that I would use.

AndHarry Fri 28-Feb-14 08:47:29

Non-participant. I would get some lovely shampoo and conditioner.

non participant I would buy Shea butter bubble bath and a home hair straightening kit. I'm easily pleased grin.

Willemdefoeismine Fri 28-Feb-14 12:41:27

Hope you're feeling better soon, CointreauVersial.

I haven't been yet.....such a busy week and I will have to take a detour which will cost me another hour and a half of precious time....particularly if it turns out to be a piddly branch with no interesting stock....


GwenStacy Fri 28-Feb-14 13:07:53

I had my second PT session on wednesday. I am still not able to stand up from the floor holding the baby... OW. I will miss the gym though, although I think I will start Couch to 5K as soon as it stops raining.

I never really go to a pharmacy unless I need to fill a prescription filling, and spending £25 at a Lloyds would never have occurred to me! I tend to pick stuff up in Boots or the supermarket.

I decided to be sensible and picked up a whole host of essential things, although some nice bubble bath did find its way in to my basket! Calpol, baby bath, yet another type of bottle to try her on, soap, cotton buds - all the things that bump up the cost of a weekly shop, so it's nice to stock up. I think if I had a discount, it would be used - it's not my local pharmacy, but if I knew I could get a good discount, I would take a walk over there!

KateOxford Fri 28-Feb-14 13:51:12

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KateOxford Fri 28-Feb-14 13:53:43

Non participant.
For £25 I would spend £12 having my eyebrows waxed, it always looks better when done professionally, otherwise I get carried away and end up with one busy and the the other thin! I would then spend £5 on a mini hair serum. I often get small versions as you only need a tiny bit. With the remaining £8 I would buy some tinted lip balm.

Stripytop Fri 28-Feb-14 14:15:32

Hurray!! my cinema vouchers have finally arrived. They were in a very tatty state and look like they've been on a bit of adventure. I would really like to see Dallas Buyers Club, but I guess it'll be Peabody & Shermon as dh and I have already been out on our own once this year grin.

Kewcumber Fri 28-Feb-14 17:04:38

Still waiting for mine - they're obviously very adventurous tickets...

Bubbles85 Fri 28-Feb-14 21:11:08

Non participants - for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what your best beauty or health related treat is for less than £25 - what would you buy? Some lipsticks, a luscious bubble bath or some luxury body lotion?

Bubble bars from Lush are my absolute favourite and great for a really relaxing bath!

Theincidental Fri 28-Feb-14 21:43:14

Non tester.

I'd spend my money on some lush products: bath bombs, facial products "angels on bare skin" I think it's called and some hemp cream for my feet.

Failing that, it would be some henna!

CointreauVersial Sat 01-Mar-14 13:06:52

Just got back from second (this time successful) trip to Lloyds. This was a much bigger, smarter branch, so I had no trouble spending my voucher. The fragrance selection was no better (Calum Best EdT, anyone?hmm ), but they did have makeup (Bourjois and Rimmel). So I bought:

Bourjois smoky eyeshadow palette
Bourjois lipstick (a nice useful nude shade)
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (on offer, 1/3 off)
Pack of Remegel indigestion remedy (for DH)

The shop assistant peered at the voucher, and asked for my Vitality Membership card, but was content with my explanation that I was only a temporary member. She said "oh yes, we got a letter about Vitality, but I didn't really understand how it worked".

Would this be a good benefit for me if I were a Vitality member? Well, I didn't find Lloyds very convenient for me, as I had to go out of my way to track down a branch; typically, if I need health care items or toiletries I tend to stick them in the supermarket trolley, or pop into a High Street branch of Boots. A 10% cashback probably wouldn't justify the extra effort (I'd rather have the Boots Advantage points), but if it were 50% (which is what the higher level members get, I believe) then I could definitely see myself stocking up there. After all, Lloyds is filled with stuff that we all use.

Willemdefoeismine Sat 01-Mar-14 13:20:50

Hi Finally made it to a Lloyds Pharmacy. DS and I had to go on a special journey which ridiculously took an hour and a half as a round-trip.

The branch was small so no perfume apart from a Katie Price special which I wasn't tempted by!!!! So we had to search to find stuff to buy. Staff very helpful though and no issue with the voucher at all - thankfully. Spent £25.94!

I bought a mix of treats and practical stuff:

2 x chewing gum (DS's choice);
2 x deodorants;
2 x shower gels
Kate Moss lipstick for me;
padded shock absorbing insoles for me with all my walking;
Couple of reduced toiletries gift sets (for donating to school fairs).

I think they have such a positive attitude towards health and wellbeing because many seem attached to GP surgeries, from my Google search.

I don't actually go to chemists much now that the children are well beyond toddlerdom. They no longer have the appeal that they did when I was a young adult either. Not sure why...

Thank you for the voucher though - much appreciated - but I don't think this would be an appealing reward because it would warrant a special out-of-the-way trip and. who wants to have to make a special journey to a pharmacy??????

nerysw Sat 01-Mar-14 15:36:16

As a treat I'd buy myself a posh handcream - my favourites are L'Occitane's Cherry one or Burt's Bees Milk and Honey. They may not be cheap but they last a long time and are something I can keep in my bag and use at work to add a bit of luxury to a dull day.

stephgr Sat 01-Mar-14 18:12:54

Non-participant. My best treat would be a deep conditioning mask for my hair and to have a long soak in the bath whilst the mask hopefully makes me look less frazzled!

IncaAztec Sat 01-Mar-14 20:24:02

It would have to be posh handcreams every time. My hands feel and look worn with the cold weather and need a treat.

Maiyakat Sat 01-Mar-14 21:32:16

Non-participant. Soap and glory handcream, have to wash hands frequently at work so tend to get dry skin.

Willemdefoeismine Sun 02-Mar-14 09:44:44

So cross.....after all that effort getting to the Lloyds Pharmacy I've now discovered that my Kate Moss lipstick doesn't 'twist' up and down - GRRRRRRRR.

Do you think if I send it back with the receipt they would replace it for me.....I just can't face losing another hour and a half to replace a lipstick.... sad

At this 3/4 stage, I've had a think about the vitality challenge and I would say:

in a drip, drip (slowly) kind of way it has changed my approach to diet, exercise and leading a lifestyle more conducive to well-being both physical and mental.

I have really enjoyed the challenge of doing more exercise although I do find it quite difficult to fit it into my usual routine. If I had the spare £100 a month, I could find myself tempted to become a full-time member of the gym.

Realise that I need to invest in some decent walking boots/shoes. I may be exercising my body well with all my walking, but I think my feet are not being treated with the respect they deserve!

The Fitbug, small but oh so powerful, has been my must-have friend for the past six weeks. When I lost mine, I felt bereft. It's totally addictive in a good way (if that's not a contradiction in terms)!

The cinema reward is without a doubt the biggest 'draw' for the family and would be something that would easily encourage me to step-up-to-the-mark in terms of exercise every month...

DS was asking how much the PruHealth Vitality scheme would cost per month. Got me thinking. No idea - £50 per month or more (or less??). Please would it be possible to have some idea based on age etc.....for all of us???

Bagtrainlady Sun 02-Mar-14 14:20:05

I went to the gym this morning and did a punch class as so many of you have been raving about boxing. It really worked me out but I was a bit mis-matched with my partner, who was a very lovely, patient, but obviously very experienced man who needed a better sparring partner than never thrown a punch before me!

I did enjoy it though I paying for it with my shoulder now! I too was thinking about the whole Vitality experience this morning. For me the outstanding bit has been the gym - I love it. I love that I can bring my dc's and they are looked after or doing some exercise too, the space is lovely (it's in a converted railway station so the building is unusual but quite beautiful - dd loves the pool at night as it looks quite dramatic!) there is plenty of equipment so even when it is busy you can still find something to do and finally and probably most importantly the staff are extremely helpful & make me feel very welcome. It would definitely be my exercise incentive!

As a family the biggest perk would be the cinema, we would use some of the discounts available at other shops - I like the idea of my healthy nectar points, but I'm not sure I get to Sainsburys enough for it to make an impression. The fitbug might come into its own when the weather is better & we are walking to the park to play more or even just getting out into the garden.

I do feel quite sad that this is all drawing to a close but it has really made me think about my lifestyle & hopefully I am making improvements!

MadMonkeys Sun 02-Mar-14 22:12:46


it would be hand cream for me too, or foot cream.

Willemdefoeismine Mon 03-Mar-14 08:09:08

Your gym sounds fabulous Bagtrainlady. Mine's a very uninspiring - modern and ugly newbuild.

I'm afraid I have something negative to report: I am really cross. I have just checked thro' my January bank statement (cancelling a direct debit mandate) and discovered that when I bought my gym stuff from Sweatshop online (just a top and pair of running 'tights') I thought I'd successfully used my £50 voucher and had to top up the extra £7.99 with my debit card. Well I've just discovered I paid for the whole lot with my direct debit card - and of course being (overly) efficient me, because I assumed that I'd successfully used the gift card I'm pretty sure I've binned it...

I wouldn't have minded buying gym kit myself but I would never ever have spent £57.99 on two items with my own money - I would probably have gone to Primark or got it in the supermarket. So very, very cross indeed. It's not as if there's not plenty of other things I could have spent the money on.

What annoys me is that there was no indication that the transaction hadn't accepted the gift-card. It now makes sense that you were all saying you'd had problems.... hmm and angry

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Mar-14 10:12:05

Congrats to KateOxford who wins the £50 Nectar card for Week 6.

Week 7 is also all about the rewards available to PruHealth with Vitality members - this time our testers are able to choose their reward from a few of the key Vitality partners who are working with PruHealth: Merlin attractions, National Trust parks or travel with Eurostar, Mark Warner or Mr & Mrs Smith getaways.

PruHealth say "We offer rewards to help motivate our members to improve their health and to recognise the hard work they're putting in. We're pleased to team up with a variety of travel, health and entertainment companies to offer members a great range of discounts and special offers."

Non participants - for a chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what would motivate you to make small steps to improve your health and general well-being? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £50 Nectar card. Prize draw Monday 10 March 9am.

Participants: please share on this thread what reward you picked and why. When do you think you'll use it? Do you think this reward would help motivate you to earn more Vitality points (and therefore access to even bigger discounts and rewards)? What other partners would you like to see on the Vitality list?

thanks MNHQ

Willemdefoeismine Mon 03-Mar-14 10:49:03

I went for the National Trust membership (the children go free) as it's definitely the reward in this category that we are most likely to use en famille.

Although we've never been National Trust members, it's something we have often contemplated. I am hoping that it will motivate us to go a bit further afield exploring at weekends and during the school holidays. Moreover, we holiday in the Uk and usually do at least NT property visit per trip, so it makes perfect sense to have the membership.

Honestly, I'm not sure if it would motivate me to earn more Vitality points if I wasn't kindly being given the membership for myself for free. Again it's going to be a big extra effort getting to all these places by public transport - it's worth it if you know you can get into your end destination NT property for free, but less so just with a % discount - if that makes sense.

I think this part of the Vitality rewards programme seems very much aimed at affluent singletons/couples. For sure, my choice of reward would have been Eurostar or Mr & Mrs Smith getaways before having the children.

In terms of other partners what about Centre Parcs or a family-oriented hotel chain or possibly even one of the UK train companies???

FiveOwls Mon 03-Mar-14 13:49:32

Non-tester: what would motivate you to make small steps to improve your health and general well-being?

Finding something that I enjoyed. Also, hearing from people like me who had done the same thing and got results, or having some other evidence that what I was doing would actually work. I've got better at "small steps" more recently because my friend invited me to start going to the gym with her. She'd been going for a while and had been like me - a bit of a couch potato - but had really got into it, and I reckoned if she could enjoy it... grin In the past, when I've tried to do healthier things, I've gone for big changes and wanted big results, quickly! Probably because my changes have been inspired by panic after looking at the scales, or knowing I had a big event coming up that I wanted to look good for. Or (as I've got older) aches and pains giving me a "use it or lose it" attitude. So knowing that you can take small steps, not in a panic, and get good results, albeit over time, would be my biggest motivation.

Stripytop Mon 03-Mar-14 14:20:10

willem that's awful! Hope you find that voucher and can get your money back. Also, I got an online quote from pruhealth at the start of this programme. I can't remember what it was except that I was more than a little shock.

We spent our cinema vouchers last night and went to see mr Peabody. Film plus too many snacks came to exactly £40. It was a lovely family treat, but definitely not the healthiest activity, considering.

My first choice was National Trust membership. But this only included 1 adult! To then purchase an additional adult membership would have cost me an extra £43.50. If this had been a £50 voucher, as for eurostar, I could have used it to purchase a 2 adult family membership and only had to add £23.50.

So, I've opted for the Eurostar vouchers, which hopefully we'll be able to use to go to Paris. I'm always a bit wary of these kind of vouchers as they sometimes can only be used off the brochure price and I'm a bit of an Internet squirrel when it comes to booking holidays. I've had a few so called vouchers that really were not worth using as I was able to find the holiday cheaper elsewhere anyway. I hope these aren't like that.

I agree that the choice of partners does not seem geared to families, and I also agree that Centreparcs would be a good partner, or something like Parkdean or Forest Holidays.

telsa Mon 03-Mar-14 18:30:38

Non participant here

I would be motivated if I could find someone to do this with me. My partner is not interested (anyway, he cycles a lot and doesn't need to lose weight and get fit like I do>. But I don't have any friends hoo... To keep up my spirit and celebrate or lament with. So, how about establishing a database of friendly people who would like to hook up for exercise and mutual jollying?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WalkingThePlank Mon 03-Mar-14 19:35:18

And some of us have struggled with Sweatshop, Nectar and the cinema!

Sorry to hear Willem that you actually thought you had used the voucher but are now £50 down. Really frustrating. The response I've had from PruHealth has been that the problem is with third party providers but hopefully you'll get a better response.

So, on to week 7. I have opted for the £30 Merlin voucher (had been tempted by the NT membership but there aren't many houses in my area). We will go to Chessington when the weather is better AND since I have not been able to use the Nectar card at Sainsburys, I am going to try to use the Nectar card at Chessington too - worth a try I reckon.

Maiyakat Mon 03-Mar-14 21:33:52

Non-participant. Finding a group activity I could go to weekly would help, to have a social aspect as well as a fitness aspect. Need something that requires no co-ordination though!

sharond101 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:56:17

NOn-participant. Having a baby motivated me as I wanted to be a positive influence to them when they were growing up so now I eat healthier and exercise as often as I can, go out walks, spend time outdoors etc.

Kewcumber Mon 03-Mar-14 22:16:10

Maiyakat - you're on the adoption boards? Yes?

If you're feeling brave, pm me your address and I'll send you a present courtesy of Prudential (well kinda - you can have something of mine that Prudential gave me a different brand of and it'll take me ages to use).

If any of that made any sense! grin

AndHarry Mon 03-Mar-14 22:51:16

Non-participant. What would motivate me to take small steps to improve my health and well being?

Hmm. Not feeling bone tired all the time would be a good start. At the moment I'm lacking the motivation to so much as crawl into bed... Maybe also being given 'permission' somehow to take time to look after myself.

loopsngeorge Mon 03-Mar-14 23:08:56

We used the cinema vouchers yesterday and went to see Mr Peabody etc. Well the kids watched it and I and DH had a nice doze, as did many other adults in the cinema!! And as the family ticket was only £30 we let the kids go mad in the pick and mix afterwards.
I've chosen the NT membership for this week;s treat which is something I've often thought about buying. It will work for us as I envisage using it in the summer holidays when it's just me and the kids and we will be doing quite a lot of day trips. We're also planning a break in the Lake District and I think a big bonus will be that it entitles you to free parking at their sites.
I thought about the Eurostar discount, but I agree that often these discounts don't turn out to be worth anything because they're off an already inflated price. So not sure that any of these offers would motivate me particularly if I was a proper PruHealth member, but they are wonderful as a competition prize!

Audreyblue Tue 04-Mar-14 10:36:14

Willem - that's terrible. Hope it gets sorted. I agree with all the testers about the Lloyds Pharmacy incentive. I too think it's not the best option for partnering. The chemist was very poorly stocked. I think maybe a discount with Boots or Superdrug would be far more useful.

*Week 7 feedback:
please share on this thread what reward you picked and why? When do you think you'll use it? *

I have chosen the Eurostar reward as DH and I were planning to go to Paris in the summer (without DCs) as grandparents have kindly offered to babysit for three days so this is perfect for us. I am really looking forward to going as the last time I went was about 15 years ago and I loved it. Now need to save up to do some shopping there!

Do you think this reward would help motivate you to earn more Vitality points (and therefore access to even bigger discounts and rewards)?
Yes definitely. I've been to Brussels on the Eurostar before but this was pre-DCs and I think having a short break would be great. Would love to take them to Belgium or France sometime in the future.

What other partners would you like to see on the Vitality list?
I agree with the others - Centerparcs, Butlins or even companies like cottages4you would be a lot better. When DCs were younger we didn't want to venture out abroad and often booked UK short breaks, so these companies would be ideal. And I agree with Willem about a family-friendly hotel chain.

I also suggest ditching Lloyds (sorry!) and replace with discounts at Boots/Superdrug which would be far more appealing.

GwenStacy Tue 04-Mar-14 17:11:24

If people are having issues with the nectar points, you can cash them in on the website for vouchers to spend in sainsburys, so you could do it that way round maybe?

We've opted for the Eurostar vouchers, as we've been pondering a couple of days in Bruges this year, so this is good timing! I've done Eurostar before to Belgium, and it's so easy - especially considering we'll have the baby! The idea of trying to get her on a plane with a buggy and suitcases is terrifying, especially for such a short haul flight, so this will be good smile

I think this reward is much more about treating yourself, so I think the current partners are quite good! I think centreparcs would be a good one as well, especially with their focus on activity!

Kewcumber Tue 04-Mar-14 17:26:47

I've gone for Merlin vouchers as we live within driving distance of Lego land.

I also popped around to my local (high class) Lloyds today and it was so well stocked I came out with nothing! Now I have to research all the brand they have and decide what to buy...

Do you think this reward would help motivate you to earn more Vitality points (and therefore access to even bigger discounts and rewards)? - it might just becasue of the LEgoland issue but once DS is too old for that (which I guess won;t be long) I don;t think most of the rewards are very family orientated. Some of them like the NT membership might be nice to have but I don;t think it would motivate me like some of teh other rewards (cheap gym membership, free cinema tickets)

What other partners would you like to see on the Vitality list? agree with everyone else about more family friendly activities

KateOxford Tue 04-Mar-14 19:29:35

Non participant.
What would motivate me to improve my health and well being is if I could see and feel some results quickly or if there was some way of measuring my success. I am returning to work next month and have joined a gym in order to lose weight and get back into my work clothes. As I pay monthly for the gym I have to clock up a certain number of visits before I break even therefore financially this is my motivation - to make it cheaper than going on a pay as you go basis. I would love it if I received some kind of treat if I managed say 10 visits in a month like the gym could say I've got a free personal training session or similar. Something external which would encourage me to go frequently rather than relying on my own motivation which can be lacking at the moment as I am frequently up with baby in the night. Encouragement from my partner makes me more motivated to improve my health and well being and having more energy!

Wjjkl Tue 04-Mar-14 23:01:18

Non participant
Doing a regular group activity with a friend motivates me to try to improve my health - a set time & day helps with planning - getting bubs looked after and I know I have that couple of hours to myself rather than erratically trying to squeeze in exercise which is never as satisfying.

Also having a goal to meet and a little treat at the end of it is always motivating - maybe that new top in the size you're aiming for or a pamper session..! Nothing like a carrot at the end of a stick!

Bagtrainlady Wed 05-Mar-14 00:24:19

I went for the National Trust membership as this something we will use as a family in the summer with the dc's. Certainly the free NT parking will come in v handy at our local venue. Also my dmum is a member of NTS so we can go for trips when we visit Granny or she visits us.

We live too far from Merlin attractions for that discount to be a draw and the holiday options didn't feel like a great incentive. It would be great if there were more family friendly options with Vitality. I really like Audrey's idea of cottages4u or similar

aaliyahmacgo Wed 05-Mar-14 06:14:49

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CheeseTMouse Wed 05-Mar-14 11:44:02

What motivates me to improve my health is the fact that sport gives me the chance to clear my head - and I am far less grumpy if I can get exercise into my week. I can see that when I return to work this will be more challenging, so activities where I can include my daughter area bonus.

WowOoo Wed 05-Mar-14 13:12:41

Non participant:
What will start to motivate me soon is brighter mornings and warmer weather. I've been rubbish at running recently, but find it far easier to leap out of bed when it's light outside and there's no frost. Come on, Spring!

CointreauVersial Wed 05-Mar-14 13:23:06

Well, I ended up going for the Merlin discount. Actually, I think the DCs would have disowned me if I hadn't. We live very near Chessington and Thorpe Park, and last year trekked up to Alton Towers, so I'm sure another trip will be in the offing soon (Inset days are always good for this). DH and I both love a roller coaster and the DCs are all tall enough to do all the rides.

I did briefly consider the Mr&Mrs Smith discount, as DH and I do sometimes sneak a night away without the DCs, but the rooms were so expensive that even with the discount it would be way more than we'd pay (I'd rather stay in a Premier Inn and spend the spare cash on a posh dinner). NT would have been great when the DCs were younger, but they are less than enthused about the prospect of visiting a stately home nowadays.

Would I find this reward motivating? Well, yes, if it meant that the remainder of the cost were affordable. That's why the Mr&Mrs Smith option didn't work for me. Holiday discounts (Mark Warner etc) are all very well, if you are the package holiday sort, but we're not. A Eurostar discount won't go far if I'm lugging five of us across the channel! The UK Cottage idea is a good one, though, as it's something which appeals to families (international holidays are out of the picture for us for a few years yet).

Or how about other "days out" ideas, like Tesco Clubcard do - relatively small things which you could work towards, then you really feel like you are being rewarded. How about Meals Out vouchers? Store vouchers? Boden discount?? wink grin

SaltySeaBird Wed 05-Mar-14 20:00:49

What would motivate you to make small steps to improve your health and general well-being?

Interesting question as I'm at my most run down, unfit and heaviest in a five year period. I really want to take not just small but giant steps to improve my health and well-being but I'm struggling (and I used to be the most energetic, fitness health nut about!).

Time is the one thing I lack at the moment (18 month old toddler in the house). I gave up my gym membership as I'm working part-time now and my salary is gobbled up with childcare. It's easier to grab a biscuit when I come in starving as opposed to making something healthy. Not helped by the fact that pre-children I worked a brisk 20 minute walk away and now I work an hour and 20 train ride away.

If there was something that was quick, convenient and low cost that would help me improve my health and well-being that would help motivate me.

I think entering a race or signing up for some other sporting event would help motivate me. I'm going to Google that now actually ...

lottietiger Wed 05-Mar-14 20:13:57

Non participant: what would motivate you to make small steps to improve your health and general well-being?

mmm fruit on offer at the tills in supermarkets not sweets and individual items at reasonable prices in garages etc, not 75p for an apple. Our office is giving up chocolate for lent so im trying to use that to eat more fruit.
Excercise wise i keep saying im going to buy an fitness DVD, but my £12 keeps seeming to go elsewhere. I need to motivate myself to do exercise as soon as little one has gone to bed and not watch TV.

CMOTDibbler Wed 05-Mar-14 20:18:17

What has motivated me to make more steps towards improving health is doing things with ds. We swim together, cycle together (though riding on the road with a 7 year old does raise my heart rate effectively!), and he's starting to run with me.

So parent and child activities would be great - try canoeing/climbing/tennis or whatever

whattoWHO Wed 05-Mar-14 20:24:22

Non participant. What would motivate me? Someone to join me at the gym or have similar healthy eating goals.
Currently I'm motivated by my forthcoming wedding. And the feeling of having lost weight and started exercising is motivating in itself!

Bubbles85 Thu 06-Mar-14 02:10:49

Non participant - for me, I would like to find a gym that doesn't cost so much so I can start training.

smallinthesmoke Thu 06-Mar-14 21:52:41

I chose Merlin vouchers so I can take the kids on the London Eye. We're really excited and looking forward to this. DD1 has wanted to go on it for ages but we kept putting it off as it's so expensive for the four of us. The only decision now is whether to go in the day or evening... I think I'd love to see London at night all lit up, if we can get the timing right with DD2... thank you Mumsnet, thank you Pruhealth Vitality!
DH and I went on the London Eye on our first date more than 10 years ago... blimey. blush
I didn't choose the other benefits as we don't have a car and in the main things like theme parks or National Trust places need one. And we have no childcare for nights in hotels or trips on Eurostar and I'm very envy of those of you that do!
I think the benefits and discounts are nice to have but not make or break. Whereas the Virgin gym and (for some) the cinema tickets will really make you decide to choose Pruhealth Vitality over other providers. For that reason I'm not especially fussed about adding to them. I think that the Pru Health Vitality offer is already very wide-ranging and potentially confusing the bigger it gets.
We're hoping to go on the Eye this weekend and I'll try to video blog it if I can. I have several videos of me at the gym and they are all unspeakably awful! Who is this haggard old bag... oh yes, it's me....

daisybrown Thu 06-Mar-14 22:28:47

Looking at the kids helps me to look after myself, I want to still be here at least until they get to adulthood.
More free time and someone to exercise with would help too.

WalkingThePlank Thu 06-Mar-14 23:38:53

We chose the Merlin voucher but have received a cheque instead which is nice but I'd have preferred a ring-fenced voucher. Has anyone else received a cheque rather than a voucher?

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Fri 07-Mar-14 14:14:21

non tester, I would be motivated if someone could explain to me what exercise I could do to compliment my current weight loss regime (19lbs down many more to go!) as I have a knee and hip replacement and have been told I can't do impact exercise sad

Willemdefoeismine Fri 07-Mar-14 21:13:12

Glad to see, Smallinthesmoke, that we are not the only car-free family!

This weekend would be perfect for a trip to a National Trust property but not enough hours to fit it in. DH and DCs off to The Viking exhibition and then parties on Sunday!

Let's just hope the nice weather continues so we can use the NT membership over the Easter hols!

katyk81 Fri 07-Mar-14 23:06:20

Non participant.
I would really like an activity I could do with the children, without travelling miles and miles. We are in a quite rural area and the nearest gym is about 25 minutes drive away. As I work three long days from the office as well as some time from home each week I really don't want to be away from my children- especially for something I wasn't motivated about. I also struggle as my husband works quite late and most exercise classes seem to start around 7 so I have no chance to get there and by the time the kids are tucked up I am exhausted- excuses, excuses, I know but I need something to motivate me to get on and appeal to me to continue with and I think if the children were involved (age 6 and 2 and a half) they would not let me have the chance to get out of it! Now if someone can just come up with the perfect suggestion that would be great!

nerysw Sat 08-Mar-14 11:04:48

Non participant - the weather is a big factor for me. I love going out for walks in the woods with my kids but we are at the mercy of clear, dry days for this. I can't wait for summer when we can spend a lot more time outdoors being a bit more active.

sazzle82 Sat 08-Mar-14 17:08:59

Non participant. At the moment I'm on maternity leave with my first child. Having my child has been a huge motivator to be fit and healthy. Time to myself, or with my DH is precious at the moment, so I would need any changes and small steps to be easy and convenient and fit in with our lives as they are as I don't currently have the luxury of working to my own schedule.

smallinthesmoke Sat 08-Mar-14 21:34:12

Yes Walkingtheplank, I think mine is a cheque rather than a voucher. (I have a signed for letter waiting at the Post Office so I guess it is that). Spending it straight away is helping me ring fence it... Just booked tickets for tomorrow- woo hoo!
I am looking forward to seeing you all next week.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Sun 09-Mar-14 19:34:07

I'm motivated to improve my health and general well-being by wanting to be the best role model I can for my DDs. I want to show them how to be fit and healthy.

Willemdefoeismine Sun 09-Mar-14 19:39:14

Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone too. Haven't managed to get to the gym this week though blush. It's getting harder fitting everything in!

Have a good week everyone!

Willemdefoeismine Sun 09-Mar-14 20:24:01

Just tried to do the route with TFL and it's coming up with highly convoluted journeys involving multiple transport (and I'm talking 6 with 36 minute walk) changes.....Couldn't click on the link I was sent - could anyone PM me the URL!

A bit shock if it's going to take 3 1/2 hours!


Kewcumber Sun 09-Mar-14 22:03:58

I'm in hospital tomorrow being transfused so will be a chipper little bunny full of energy on Friday - which is a bit of a shame at the end of a 2 month health trial hmm

Will have to go bonkers on exercise this week to make the most of it!

zipzap Mon 10-Mar-14 01:17:40

Non-tester - what would motivate you to make small steps to improve your health and general well-being?

I like swimming and where I live there are very few public pools (my closest one burnt down whilst I had a temporary membership and had decided to turn it into a proper membership -it's now a Sainsburys!). There are quite a few gyms that have decent pools - but it's impossible to get a pool only membership - I don't want to (nor can I afford to) have to pay for lots of classes or equipment that I'm never going to use. Whereas there are plenty of gyms around that don't have pools, including a growing number of bargain gyms, so if I was into gym stuff rather than swimming I could pay £10-15/month. Instead to swim I would be looking at £40/month and more sad.

I've tried to be inspired by wanting to keep fit to be with my dc but they both like different active things and particularly love doing things I really hate (often involving running around outside in the cold, kicking balls etc) which I find very unmotivating as my heart sinks whenever they suggest it. So it would be nice to find some common ground and an activity which we all enjoyed.

Stripytop Mon 10-Mar-14 13:31:15

Good luck in hosp today Kew hope you feel better after it.

I got my Eurostar voucher today. Unfortunately you can't use it online, but it doesn't seem to have an expiry date which is good as we have holidays booked already for this year. I am hoping we can use it next year as part of a longer trip to France.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday - do we need to take anything? Swimming costume I presume?

Willemdefoeismine Mon 10-Mar-14 21:11:47

Hi, Kew, how did it go? Are you feeling full of energy now?

Stripytop, just as well you flagged that up! :-)

Transport not such a shock issue after dismissing TFL Journey Planner for being so London-centric that it devises routes so arduous as to put you off travelling beyond Zone 6 - EVER! Thankfully DS was extremely helpful and route-planned more straightforwardly!

CointreauVersial Mon 10-Mar-14 22:11:14

It's our last week of gym membership, and I'm struggling to find the time to even get there! Tonight, DS had athletics training, tomorrow night he and DH have a golf lesson, Thursday night I'm off to my mum's (who lives very near Tring), so it looks as if it will have to be Wednesday. I shall go for an early morning run tomorrow to compensate.

We are definitely going to look into family gym membership once this is all over, but probably somewhere closer to home than the Virgin Active gym.

GwenStacy Tue 11-Mar-14 13:13:41

I'm getting the train in - maybe see if we can coordinate to get the same train so we can share a cab? I'm ailing to get the one gets in to Tring at 9:39

Willemdefoeismine Tue 11-Mar-14 13:36:14

Ditto, CoinreauVersial - had a very busy week and this week I'm playing 'catch-up' - if I wasn't doing my two hour school run stint I would be able to justify the time-out for the gym but can't really...;-((

loopsngeorge Tue 11-Mar-14 21:20:01

Good plan about the cabs Gwen. Just looked on the Champney's website and it says the nearest station is Berkhamsted. The earliest I can get there is a train that arrives at about 9.50, so if anyone is arriving around that time let me know!

Bagtrainlady Tue 11-Mar-14 21:28:12

I'm struggling with travel plans as well. I will check my train times & see what train I will be on, it would be good to have someone to share with.

Had my Tuesday swim whilst dd was at brownies - really going to miss that. However I did ask at reception & my card is valid until 30th March unless Pruhealth inform them otherwise, so I am hoping this is true! I am still going to try & squeeze something in on Thursday though not sure how!

Audreyblue Wed 12-Mar-14 10:02:18

I too have been struggling to find time for the gym this week. Had DD's birthday yesterday and my dad's tomorrow plus lots of running around with other stuff. I did enquire at Virgin Active reception and they said that my membership expires at the end of March. That would be great if that's the case.

Stripytop - if I were you, I'd book my Eurostar trip this week. On top of the £50 voucher, we can also get an extra 25% off as we are temporary Pruvitality members. I booked my trip for August yesterday and got my return journey to Paris for the grand price of....wait for it....£1.75!!! How fantastic is that!? The lady on the phone said I would have to send the voucher to her by recorded delivery as the voucher is treated like cash.

Kew - hope you are feeling ok. Really lookinging forward to a day of relaxation on Friday. See you all then.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Mar-14 10:04:44

Apologies for the delayed announcement but the winner for week 7 is Maiyakat - they win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card. Congrats!

CointreauVersial Wed 12-Mar-14 23:16:32

Ooh, interesting about the gym membership continuing to the end of the month - I'll phone them and check.

Predictably I didn't make it to the gym this evening - too many other things requiring my attention. angry

Really looking forward to Friday! I might treat myself to something.

WalkingThePlank Wed 12-Mar-14 23:22:30

Cointreau - I'm at the same gym as you. Be careful how you phrase your questioning. Apparently my membership has no expiry date!!! Let me know what they say though.

Kewcumber Wed 12-Mar-14 23:26:21

I asked about my expiry date and they promptly cancelled it effective 1 March!!! Pru did manage to get it extended to 15th March again but it was a bit embarassing going in this morning to be told my membership had been cancelled!

CointreauVersial Thu 13-Mar-14 13:13:49

Hmmm....interesting. Maybe I'll just keep turning up and wait until the turnstile refuses me.

Kewcumber Thu 13-Mar-14 13:55:51

PS. In case you hadn't spotted it I survived the transfusion with only minor problems - hope to be fully on form again by tomorrow

GwenStacy Thu 13-Mar-14 16:38:08

yay Kew, hope you're feeling okay smile I can get trains that get in to Berkhamsted at 9.33 or 9.42 if anyone will be on those trains smile

WalkingThePlank Thu 13-Mar-14 17:02:15

Has anyone received anything to say where we should report to tomorrow?

Willemdefoeismine Thu 13-Mar-14 18:47:58

No - Reception would make sense though!

Willemdefoeismine Thu 13-Mar-14 18:50:11

Just realised - have we lost someone by the way - Ann says 8 participants upthread but weren't there 9 of us???

Kewcumber Thu 13-Mar-14 18:56:35

it wasn't me... I did survive the bad reaction to the drugs on Monday - honest!

smallinthesmoke Thu 13-Mar-14 20:57:51

Hello! Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. I'm so excited, haven't had a facial in years, what a treat! I'm aiming for a train from Euston which gets in at 0923 so will look around for anyone else on that train who might like to share a taxi.
Glad you are feeling better Kewcumber, think you deserve a spa trip this week.

Willemdefoeismine Thu 13-Mar-14 21:43:10

Glad to hear you're feeling good Kew....

A bientot!

telsa Thu 13-Mar-14 22:58:08

So come on ladies, are you feeling fit, fabulous, trim, healthy. Have you shed weight, toned your bits Tec.... I want to know!

WalkingThePlank Thu 13-Mar-14 23:20:32

Willem I was asking in case there were separate entrances for Spa, Hotel etc. I thought there were more than 8 of us too. I thought there were 10 actually.

Telsa To my shame, I actually feel less fit now than I have for several years. Oh dear. How embarrassing.

CointreauVersial Thu 13-Mar-14 23:51:04

There were ten of us at the start, for sure (I counted...).

Well, I'm currently snuggled in my childhood bed, a mere 6 miles from Champneys, so I hope I'll be there in good time. See you tomorrow.

(yes, Tesla, I'm feeling the benefits.....certainly fitter and maybe a pound or two lighter).

Bagtrainlady Fri 14-Mar-14 00:01:34

All ready for tomorrow - I think! I'm driving as it was too tricky to do the train. No idea what one wears to a spa day so any suggestions gratefully received. I feel fitter & a bit more toned but the weight isn't exactly melting off (could be those chips I had earlier - though I am eating so much healthier than I was.) I do also feel more energetic & I can plank for over a minute easy which I certainly couldn't when I started.

Looking forward to seeing you all - pretty sure we are all still here - who did we lose?

Bagtrainlady Fri 14-Mar-14 00:06:26

In fact I'm so sad I've just gone & checked Gwenstacey's list from the original meet up & all 10 of us are still posting!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 14-Mar-14 08:14:20

See you all (again) shortly! grin

Kewcumber Fri 14-Mar-14 08:26:18

I'm driving after school drop off so hope to be there by 10am M25 willing

CointreauVersial Fri 14-Mar-14 23:37:33

What a perfect day! I didn't leave until 5.50pm - I could have happily stayed for the weekend. It was lovely to catch up with the "Vitality Ten" (we so need our own quiche once this is all finished smile ).

Willemdefoeismine Sat 15-Mar-14 08:22:39

Such a perfect day. Fabulous to see everyone and catch up.

Have a chilled weekend - I still feel as if I'm floating on air after the massage - and yes, would be good to have our own quiche (now I know what it is in the Mumsnet vernacular!wink).

Stripytop Tue 18-Mar-14 09:44:06

Sorry didn't get to say goodbye to you all. Decided to leave early in case of traffic, but it still took me 5 hours to get home! Nearly undid all the benefits of that glorious massage. Champneys was lovely tho, Can i live there please?

Would be good to stay in touch and keep motivated. I lost half a stone during the last 2 months, so am going to try to keep at it.

Kewcumber Tue 18-Mar-14 11:18:30

I suggest that we have an annual reunion at CHampneys. Or quarterly. OR maybe once a month.

Can you fix that AnnMumsnet?

Willemdefoeismine Tue 18-Mar-14 20:29:40

What a hideous trip home for you Stripytop....well done for losing 1/2 a stone! Good on you!

Nice try, Kew! Yes an annual one would be good!

What's happened to the final feedback???? Alas poor gym membership I knew it well.....missing it already!

Bagtrainlady Thu 20-Mar-14 06:38:53

I can sympathize Stripey - felt like I was parked on the M1 for a lot of the journey home - but it doesn't sound as epic a journey as yours!

My shoulder & back still feel amazing after my massage, so a very big thank you to the lovely Pauline at Champneys. It feels almost normal - I wholeheartedly agree with Kew that we should have regular revisits!

I am still eaking(sp?) out my gym membership though I have now caught ds's cold so not really in the mood to exercisesad. On the plus side I will be able to take dd for her birthday swim as promised.

I am missing my updates & hearing what you all have to say. It's been an amazing 8 weeks

Willemdefoeismine Thu 20-Mar-14 07:46:59

Yes, it all seems to have gone very quiet since Friday....

Aren't we supposed to do one more lot of feedback....???

CointreauVersial Thu 20-Mar-14 22:37:12

Still going with the gym - did a killer Body Pump class this evening, and can feel myself seizing up. What I wouldn't give for a massage right now....grin

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Mar-14 08:11:46

Hi - yep one more lot of feedback to come - just finalising the questions - will email when it's ready (will be a new thread)

Audreyblue Fri 21-Mar-14 10:03:36

Hello all - sorry I too had to rush off without saying goodbye as I had to do the school run. Only just made it in time! Thank you to Mumsnet and Pruvitality for an amazing massage and a lovely lunch. These two months have been great and a real eye-opening experience.

I am still taking advantage of my few extra days in the gym and pool and have been twice this week. I will really miss going sad

It was lovely to meet you all again and would be up for another get together!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Mar-14 12:41:45

Hello - final thread is now live here thanks

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