Competition : Win a copy of The Lazy Runner by Laura Fountain

To celebrate reaching seven days of the Zero Calorie Advent Calendar we’ve decided its time for another competition!

Laura Fountain - who writes Lazy Girl Running - has very generously given us a copy of her eBook The Lazy Runner to give away to one lucky winner.



The Lazy Runner follows Laura Fountain from starting out as a novice runner – unfit, clueless about running, and incredibly lazy – to finishing her first marathon, and beyond. At first unable to run 400 metres without stopping, Laura has now completed five marathons, the most recent in under four hours. Along the way, Laura learns countless lessons about running, most of them the hard way. But most importantly this self-confessed couch potato learns to love running. As well as offering inspiration and motivation to get out there and run, her book offers tips on how to make running easier and more enjoyable. Offering practical information on buying the right kit, choosing the best race and what to do on race day, it also tackles the important running questions you might be embarrassed to ask – like when will it get easier? And what happens if I need the toilet?

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tweet the second half of this sentence to @ZeroCalAdvent and @LazyGirlRunning

“I need a copy of The Lazy Runner because … “

Good luck!


The competition will run from 11am GMT on 7th December 2013 and close at 11am GMT on 14th December 2013. The winner will be chosen and announced at 6pm GMT on 14th December 2013 


Festive Yoga at Good Vibes


On 5th December, the Zero Calorie Advent Calendar hosted our first in-person event of 2013.  We were lucky to have Good Vibes have us over for 2 yoga classes.  We also had Gymluxe on hand to show us just how fabulous their diamond cut legging are in person.  Liforme was kind enough to gift one of the yoga teachers a mat, as well as give one away (congrats Amanda!).

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Fizz was flowing and class participants enjoyed goody bags with Creative Nature bars and Arbonne protein shakes (thanks Lesley Leggett). We even had a visit from Santa Paws!



You call that a downward dog?

Festive music was playing as fans of the Zero Calorie Advent Calendar talked about some of the fabulous Christmas deals that had featured in the first five days of Advent  (Gymluxe and nuun were hot topics). 

Once again, it was fantastic to meet the people behind the Twitter handles and blog addresses.

We are hosting our next event at Powertone Studios in Mayfair on Thursday 12 December.  Mollie will also be leading a 5K run club at 6.45pm.  Powertone is offering 1 free spot per class all day Thursday, and our event starts at 5pm. For a place  You can book in by emailing and quoting ZERO CAL ADVENT in the subject line, please note that class places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Powertone is also featured on Day 6 of the calendar with a  fantastic membership deal.

Mollie will also be leading a 5k Festive Run Club on 12th December, leaving from Powertone Studios. To book a place please email and quote FAT FREE XMAS 5K in the subject line. We look forward to seeing you in Mayfair on Thursday!
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Sweaty Selfie Competition Results!

We were really impressed with the entries for our Sweaty Selfie competition to win a SmartShake protein shaker and a week’s supply of Arbonne protein powder from Lesley Leggett.

The standard of entry was very high - you lot have certainly embraced our #FatFreeXmas philosophy and have been working up a sweat in the run up to Advent! After much deliberation, the winner is ……


Sweaty Selfie Coach Bethan

We love this happy, smiley, sweaty selfie that Bethan took after a surprise 60th birthday rowing session with her mum! Well done, Bethan (and mum!) - we hope you’re planning to share that prize!

We are also giving an honourable mention to STEVIE who sent us this fantastic photo. Stevie, we have a little runner-up prize to send you!

Sweaty Selfie Steve Steak

Thank you to everyone who entered - keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds as we have many more fabulous competitions for you!

You can check out our other entrants here - you are all champs in our eyes!