Thursday, 29 June 2017

The world is your Swimming Pool

You've heard the phrase - The World is Your Oyster right? You've no doubt heard the world is your ocean? Well, lets be realistic for a moment shall we?

Unless you are a billionaire, entrepeneur, with a private jet, loads of time and loads of people (minions) around you to deal with the day to day stuff, then you probably don't have the whole ocean.

Its like this. When you are born, you have all the opportunities in front of you. Some people are born to be athletes, or brain surgeons, or astronauts. Those are the few. They have the whole ocean to explore. For most people, we are either restricted from such achievements physically or academically, or have no desire to spend our entire lives working for greatness.

No, for most of us, the world is our swimming pool. We can still have a good old travel, swim in any direction, and have a lot of space, to find ourselves, to be successful. Some of us may have a pool more the size of a sea, if we push ourselves that is.

Why is this? Well, when you were a child someone probably told you once that you weren't very good at something - maybe spelling, or running - choose your option. You were probably also told you were good at something - you may well have been. However, just think how much those views that were imposed upon you shaped who you became?

Were you actually good at tennis, or did your parents want you to play? Were you actually good at English, or did your teacher just want you to try harder? Were you no good at netball, or was it just that other people were a bit better than you, or that you just needed time to learn?

Who knows how our lives are changed by such nonsense, based on pure opinion. Its as if someone sees you swimming along, doing alright by yourself, and drops a big dollop of unpleasantness in front of you. So you don't swim that way anymore, you go a different way.

Don't get me wrong - there are absolutely genuine examples where kids shine and excel with natural ability. But that isn't most of us. So we forge ahead, bolstered by what we are told we are good at, held back by fear of what we think we can't do.

So our ocean of opportunity shrinks. It becomes a sea, then it gets landlocked and before we know it, we have a pool. Some people have just a puddle as so many people throw stuff in their way, they can barely move. But most of us get left with a pool.

So I say this - if you are so hemmed in by what other people think of you, or think you should do, or shouldn't do, then get the cleaners in. Get that rubbish cleaned our of your pool!! Give yourself control back. If you only have a puddle to paddle in, you need to. The world is your swimming pool, but it could still be a big one!!:)

Looking back - favourite pics

This is one of my favourite pictures of me (I usually hate photo's! )

This was taken 7 years ago in Egypt. I don't really know what's happening with my little finger there - randomly sticking out like a secret sign that I am an alien or something, but other than that, I love this pic. At the time, I remember feeling really frumpy. 

Now, looking back at this photo, I wish I could go back to that moment and have a word with myself!! 

Lesson learned - I need to appreciate things. Fast forward 7 years, and I may look older, but I am wiser :) (hmm - maybe not eh!)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Today's exercise efforts - I need a lie down now

  • 0.2 mile warm up walk on treadmill
  • Shoulders and Back day on weights:
    •  4 x around the world. 
    • 4 x 10 reps Arnold press. 
    • 4 x 10 reps 90 degree lateral raise. 
    • 4 x 10 reps dumbbell front lift. 
    • 4 x 10 reps military press. 
    • 4 x 10 reps per arm upright row. 
  • 66 skips with rope. 
  • 140 squats. 
  • 510 abs. 
  • 46 sumo squats. 
  • 30 kettle swings. 
  • 35 push ups. 
  • 35 triceps. 
  • 23 dog legs. 
  • 23 donkeys. 
  • 14 burpees. 
  • 18 star jumps. + 15 star jumps
  • 13 squat jumps. 
  • 50 punches. 
  • 0.4 mile treadmill – slow jog /walk. 
  • 16 inner leg pulse. 
  • 25 box burpees. 
  • 36 mountain climber. 
  • Double box knee ups – 11 per leg. 
  • 50 butt kicks. 
  • 50 knee lifts. 
  • 12 side kettle reach.  
  • 13 box jumps. + 12 box jumps
  • 22 front kicks per leg. 
  • 6 standing / kneeling lunge with weight. 
  • 15 armpit fat raises + 12 armpit fat raises
  • 8 side to side lunge + 6 side to side lunge.
  • 4 plank walks. 
  • 18 second plank. 15 second plank
  • 10 outer leg raise. 
  • 10 inner leg raise. 
  • 2.5 mile jog on treadmill

Things to do in June

  • Get your legs out
  • Get your shorts on
  • Dig out your bikinis
  • Shave or wax those pins!
  • Ditch the jumpers
  • Get the BBQ out
  • Spruce up your garden
  • Get some solar lights
  • Head to a festival - Glastonbury, Download
  • Paint those toe nails
  • Slip on the sandals
  • Ditch the foundation
  • Sunbath (with SPF obvs)
  • Go for a picnic
  • Go to the park
  • Go walking
  • Go running
  • Eat Al Fresco
  • Make cocktails
  • Pimms o'clock
  • Eat fruit salad
  • Have a garden party
  • Download some summer tunes
  • Plant your summer tubs and hanging baskets
  • Cut back your spring bulbs and spring foliage
  • Take your dog out for the day
  • Try a different style
  • Celebrate the summer solstice
  • Exfoliate your body
  • Slap on some SPF
  • Visit an outdoor pool
  • Go to the seaside and paddle
  • Try a new sport
  • Watch the sunset
  • Take ice in your drinks to keep them cool
  • Have an ice cream
  • Ramp up the squats and abs
  • Drink lots of water
  • Take showers instead of baths
  • Take part in the Race for Life

Word of the Week - Sequestration


  • removal or separation; banishment or exile.
  • a withdrawal into seclusion; retirement.
  • segregation from others; isolation: sequestration of jurors during a trial.
  • Law. the sequestering of property. confiscation or seizure.
  • Chemistry. the combining of metallic ions with a suitable reagent into a stable, soluble complex in order to prevent the ions from combining with a substance with which they would otherwise have formed an insoluble precipitate, from causing interference in a particular reaction, or from acting as undesirable catalysts.
  • the trapping of a chemical in the atmosphere or environment and its isolation in a natural or artificial storage area: Carbon sequestration can reduce global warming
  • the process of implementing an automatic cut in government spending across most departments, agencies, etc.: efforts to avoid or delay instance of this: An $80 billion sequestration would lead to massive layoffs.

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Weekly Weigh in - The Results are In!

I set myself a puffickly huh-uge target for my weight loss this week.Well, its week 1 and I always tend to get the best loss in the first week. So I went for it. Then I was a bit offside at the weekend - nothing serious, just dodgy tum - something I ate, didn't eat, should have eaten - who knows! So I thought it might have scuppered my chances, so it wasn't without trepidation that I dragged me feet towards the scales.

So what was the target loss I was aiming for? Well, a huh-uge 10lbs was the goal. So what was the result? I am astounded to say I actually managed it! Well, less about 0.2 of a pound. Wow!

So just 22 more pounds to shift now in exactly 5 weeks! Eek. Anyhoo - got to run - on the treadmill - right now. 5 pounds to lose this week :)

Single of the Week - Despacito - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

My single of the week is the very brilliant 'Despacito' and the version from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - not the Bieber one!

Both artists are from Puerto Rico, and this version is completely in Spanish, making it very unusual. Apparently, its the first mainly Spanish song to hit the top of the charts since the Macarena! Blimey.

What I love about this song, is that its totally summery. Its funky, its sexy, its sultry and despite being Spanish, you can sort of sing along to it, and you can most certainly dance to it. It has a seductive pulse to it, and it makes you feel good.

The video is beautiful - very low key - just a group of them hanging out, looking cool and happy singing away. The girl is stunning - cue making me actually get on the treadmill! Clearly never eaten a pie in her life, hence looking like that. No wonder they are singing to her!

I love the sort of reggae feel to it, though its still a pop song. Its just so different from anything else - I absolutely love it. It does kind of make me feel a bit like its a nod to Santana - who takes Latino cool to a new level. That is a compliment by the way.

Funky, sexy, catchy - what more do you want from a summer tune? I do like the Bieber version, but I prefer this one.

If you have somehow missed this version, go check it out. Let me know what you think. If you want more music then check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)