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

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 sequestration.an instance of this: An $80 billion sequestration would lead to massive layoffs.


definition derived from dictionary.com

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 :)

My Top 10 Chocolate Cake

  • Triple Chocolate sponge cake
  • Hot chocolate fudge cake
  • Chocolate cheesecake
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Chocolate buttermilk cake
  • Death by Chocolate
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Malteser Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Mud Cake
  • Black Magic Chocolate Cake

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

My Top 10 Staffordshire Oatcakes

  • Plain Cheese
  • Cheese and Onion
  • Cheese and Sausage
  • Cheese and Bacon
  • Mushroom, Cheese and Tomato
  • Sausage and Egg
  • Cheese and Beans
  • Cheese and Tomato
  • Sausage, Cheese and Beans
  • Cheese, Mushroom and Veggie Sausage

My temporary rules for the next 5 weeks


  • No Beer
  • No Cider
  • No Wine
  • No Chocolate
  • No Cheese
  • No Secret eating
  • No Excuses
  • Abs every day
  • Cardio every day
  • Weight program - 3 days on, 1 day off
  • Squats - 5 days on 1 day off
  • Circuit Training - every day
  • No big portions
  • No cheat days
  • Walk the dog every day
  • Double up the exercise - am and pm
  • Limit the alcohol at weekends
  • Be generally more active
  • Get up early
  • Drink more water
  • Drink green tea and Boo tea
  • No big bags of crisps
  • Always make time to exercise
  • No packet rice
  • No takeaways

Monday, 26 June 2017

My Top 10 Pies

  • Cheese & Onion Pie
  • Chicken & Mushroom Pie
  • Meat & Potato Pie
  • Cottage Pie
  • Chicken Balti Pie
  • Spinach and Cheese Filo Pie
  • Satay Chicken Pie
  • Chilli Pot Pie
  • Mexican beef and bean Pie
  • Leek, Cheese and Potato Pie

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bamboo Towels Review and Giveaway

Bamboo Towels Review and Giveaway

Gigs I have seen

Take That x 2
Robbie Williams x 3
U2 x 3
Michael Jackson
Madonna
REM
Coldplay
Pink
Kasabian
Muse
Foo Fighters
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Happy Mondays
James Brown
Faithless
Plan B
Ella Henderson
Olly Murs
Rudimental
Labrinth
The Beautiful South
Kodaline
Rod Stewart
Shed 7
Moby
Morcheeba
Paloma Faith
Taylor Swift
Kelly Osbourne
Gomez
Keane
Idlewild
The Zutons
Feeder
Vance Joy
The Darkness
Ash
Supergrass
Travis
Manic Street Preachers
The Levellers
Cast
Semisonic
Toploader
David Gray
Queens of the Stone Age
The Cardigans
Echo and the Bunnymen
Athlete
The Killers
Dido
Pixies
Snow Patrol
The Divine Comedy
Kosheen
Scissor Sisters
Massive Attack
Sting
ACDC
Kaiser Chiefs
The Who

Gran Canaria 2017 - Our Place in the Sun

This year we headed off to Gran Canaria for our fourth trip. Its become my favourite place ever, even more so than Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. There is just something about the area we visit that we love.

It always feel safe and friendly. The weather is great, the sea is powerful and amazing, the beach is out of this world. The food is great, you can eat for reasonable money, and the drinks are lovely. We have been all inclusive, bed and breakfast and most recently self catering, and its just fabulous.


This year we stayed in what was called a "bungalow". It was fab but it wasn't a bungalow - it was upstairs and downstairs! 


It was mega - our own private little terrace, a balcony upstairs too and right next the pool - heated too! 


The food and drink was amazing. First night - chinese chow mein. Yum. 


With wine of course - rude not to. 


We even found a turtle pool! Aren't they fab? Loved them. 


The sunsets in Gran Canaria are beautiful. It goes a little chilly at night due to the wind, but its lovely after a hot day. 


 Canarian potatoes at Tapas bars are a must. My favourite.


Accompanied by Long Island Ice Tea which is lush.



I just never get bored of this place. The palm trees, the lighthouse, the shops, the bars, the restaurants, the people - perfect place. 

Posh Pool Party :)

We headed off to our local Spa for a Posh Pool Party at the beginning of December. 


It was so lovely. Heated outdoor pool. 


Real log fire burning to keep us warm. 


Full use of the spa, including white robes.


Drinks of course!! 


Live music. 


Barbeque food. Yum! 


We had such a brilliant time. 


Right - now I just need to get us booked up again!! :) 

I want to be a salvage hunter :)

I would so love to do this for a living. Finding hidden gems, bagging a bargain. My absolute dream job.

I would do a Kirsty Allsop - checking out what's gone into skips for starters - vintage doors, mirror frames, stuff you can upcycle. Fabulous.

Then there's the bigger scale stuff that the proper salvage hunters do. Going to storage yards and stately homes to find items that you can do up and sell for £'s profit. Iron benches, church pews - you name it.

There is just something appealing about making something disregarded into something special.

The only issue is you need an income or a solid amount of savings to live off in case you don't find a bargain or you can't sell it on. I'm not quite there yet, but its where I want to be.

I want to be a salvage hunter!!

What I'm Watching this Week


  • Big Brother. Having been off on a short break, I've been watching by bulk on catch up, and seriously, having watched several episodes one after another I think I need counselling. Since when did everyone get so angry at each other over absolutely nothing? That Suki lady said a bag was over her head - er no, it was just about covering your hair. Celebs came in, celebs left. Friends fell out, enemies became close - its the most bonkers yet!! 

  • Banshee. We have just started Series 4, which sadly is the last ever series of this amazing drama. It has it all - love, lust, sex and violence, loyalty, family, betrayal, feuds, murder, retribution - you name it. The main character Lucas Hood, who isn't really who he is, is amazing. His ex / love of his life is the coolest female ever - she kicks ass. As sidekicks go, job takes some beating. The actors, the script, the bad guys - absolutely slick and utterly shocking. Brilliant. 

  • Emmerdale. OMG - someone stabbed Harriet! What will Cain do and will she survive? Some serious nasties in the Dales of late. Those horrible school boys and what they did to Eric, now this? It was quite funny seeing Robert get his own back on Ross, but now this. Dangerous Dales it should be called. Oh and whilst I at it - will someone please sort Pierce out - he is the worst of the worst badies bar one. 

  • Corrie. All bar the baddiest baddie ever - Nathan. Finally Bethany sees it - thank god for Mary. Who'd have thought it would be her that finally got through to Bethany? The Barlows still don't know what Daniel did, and Robert is trying to help him - not sure about Robert. Noone can be all good. As for Aidan and Maria - it looks like the game is up - come on Eva - a woman scorned and all that! 

My baby is 1 year old tomorrow

My baby girl Coco the dog is one year old tomorrow. I can't believe where the time has gone.


She was so tiny - just 10 weeks old when we had her. 


Soon she was off to her first puppy party - complete with dapper outfit!


She soon found her voice though! 



She's grown into a beautiful girl - always finding the warmest spot to lay down. 


Coco comes everywhere with now - the seaside, to the pub, the park, family parties.



This girl is my best friend. I love her so much. We all do - she's changed our world. 

My Top 10 Chocolate Cakes




  • Triple Chocolate sponge cake
  • Hot chocolate fudge cake
  • Chocolate cheesecake
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Chocolate buttermilk cake
  • Death by Chocolate
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Malteser Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Mud Cake
  • Black Magic Chocolate Cake
  • Can you be fit past 40??

    I turned 40 last year. Yup, that number I had been so afraid of. It came, it went, and I am now 41!. I am back on the diet though, and a thought occurred to me.

    The thought I had was this - can you be fit and in your 40's? I know people who have always exercised can maintain it. I know that sometimes people can be late bloomers. But, for me, I have never quite managed it. Never got to goal weight - never got to peak fitness.

    I get close, don't get me wrong. I'm not obese, I'm not unfit. I'm just not where I want to be. And I am now 41. So can you be fit starting in your 40's? If you are someone who battles their weight, and finds exercise a chore?

    Well, one thing for sure - I can't get fit sitting on my ass!! At least I could be fitt-er if not fit eh? Got to give it a go. Lets see how far I can take this body!!

    Saturday, 24 June 2017

    My exercise challenge - today's program

    • 0.2 mile warm up walk. 
    • 54 skips with rope. 
    • 120 squats. 
    • 460 abs. 
    • 42 sumos. 
    • 22 kettle swings. 
    • 33 push ups. 
    • 33 triceps. 
    • 22 dog legs. 
    • 22 donkeys. 
    • 12 burpees. 
    • 12 star jumps. 
    • 12 squat jumps. 
    • 46 punches with weights. 
    • 1.3 mile treadmill – slow jog /walk. 
    • 16 inner leg pulse. 
    • 15 box burpees. 
    • 26 mountain climber. 
    • Double box knee ups – 10 per leg. 
    • 44 butt kicks. 
    • 44 knee lifts. 
    • 11 side kettle reach.  
    • 11 box jumps. 
    • 10 front kicks per leg. 
    • 5 standing / kneeling lunge with weight. 
    • 10 armpit fat raises. 
    • 6 side to side lunge. 
    • 0.5 mile jog on treadmill. 

    Learning Spanish - this week's learning

    This week's learning:
    • teeth - dientes
    • father - padre
    • suncream - crema solar

    and here is the rest:
    • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
    • crazy - loca
    • girl - niña
    • happy - contento
    • steak - filete
    • sunburn - bronceado
    • horse - cabello
    • cough - tos 
    • head - cabeza
    • Summer - el verano
    • February - febrero
    • Pillow - almohada
    • Nine - nueve
    • Eyes - ojos
    • June - junio
    • key - llave
    • dunes - dunas
    • home - casa
    • Stomach - estómago
    • Jump - saltar
    • May - mayo
    • October - octubre
    • Thirsty - sediento
    • Leg - piernav
    • Breakfast - desayuno
    • Six - seis
    • Hungry - hambriento
    • Moon - luna
    • Rice - arroz
    • Vegetarian - vegetariano
    • I don't know - no lo sé
    • Butter - mantequilla
    • Seven - siete
    • July - julio
    • Tired - cansado
    • Speak - hablar
    • Mirror - espejo
    • Small - pequeña
    • Amazing - asombroso
    • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
    • Toilet - inodoro
    • Excuse me - disculpe
    • Tasty - sabroso
    • Mountain - montaña
    • How far is - que tan lejos esta
    • Waves - olas
    • Sandwich - emparedado
    • Roof - techo
    • Blanket - cobija
    • Eight - ocho
    • Forgot - olvidó
    • Woman - mujer
    • Night - noche
    • Another - otro
    • September - septiembre
    • Hands - manos
    • Flight - vuelo
    • Laugh - risa
    • Sing - canta
    • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
    • Spoon - cuchara
    • Black - negro
    • Bread - pan de molde
    • April - abril
    • Five - cinco
    • Sand - arena
    • Hot - caliente
    • Ear - oreja
    • Dark - oscuro
    • Like - me gusta
    • Sick - enfermo
    • Spicy - picante
    • Kettle - tetera
    • Flowers - flores
    • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
    • Feet - pies
    • December - diciembre
    • Cake - pastel
    • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
    • Rain - lluvia
    • Dress - el vestido
    • Year - año
    • Door - puerta
    • My name is - me llamo
    • Cooking - cocina
    • Four - cuatro
    • August - agosto
    • Massage - el masaje
    • Back - espalda
    • Purple - púrpura
    • Fork - tenedor
    • Knife - cuchillo
    • Three - tres
    • Dog - perro
    • January - enero
    • Stars - estrellas
    • Dancing - bailando
    • Brown - marrón
    • Two - dos
    • Spring - primavera
    • Crisps - patatas fritas
    • Friday - viernes
    • The Menu -La carta 
    • Bed - cama
    • Strawberry - fresa
    • Windy - ventoso
    • Can I have? - puedo tener
    • Bottle - botella
    • Birthday - cumpleaños
    • Green - verde
    • Ten - diez
    • Thursday - jueves
    • March - marzo
    • Umbrella - paraguas
    • November - noviembre
    • Autumn - el otoño
    • One - uno
    • Soap - jabon
    • Wednesday - miércoles
    • Cold - frio
    • Boat - barco
    • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
    • Newspaper - periódico
    • Man - hombre
    • Walk - caminar
    • Shop - tienda
    • Running - corriendo
    • Cat - gato
    • Swim - nadar
    • What time is it? - que hora es?
    • Big - grande
    • Cloud - nube
    • Pink - rosa
    • Silver - plata
    • Pepper - pimienta
    • Omelette - tortilla
    • Shower - ducha
    • Tuesday - martes
    • Ice - hielo
    • Beautiful - hermosa
    • Awake - despierto
    • Love - amor
    • Shoes - zapatos
    • Money - dinero
    • Hat - sombrero
    • Monday - lunes
    • Glass - vaso
    • Water - agua
    • Sleep - dormir
    • Chicken - pollo
    • Sun - sol
    • Ice-cream - helado
    • Seat - asiento
    • Gold - oro
    • Sunday - domingo
    • Hair - cabello
    • Book - el libro
    • Garden - el gardin
    • Bathroom - el baño
    • Nude - desnudo
    • Towel - toalla
    • Sea - mar
    • What's your name? - Como se llama?
    • Cheers - Salud
    • Wine - el vino
    • Good - bueno
    • Beer - cerveza
    • Cheese - queso
    • Suitcase - maleta
    • Blue - azul
    • White - blanco
    • Where is? - dónde está?
    • Market - el mercado
    • Swimming Pool - la piscina
    • Saturday - sábado
    • Winter - invierno
    • English - inglés
    • I want one - Quiero uno
    • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
    • Tomorrow - mañana
    • Good evening - Buenas Noches
    • You're welcome - de nada
    • I'm sorry - lo siento
    • Please - Por favor
    • Thankyou - Gracias
    • Beach - La playa
    • Hello - Hola
    • Good morning - Buenos días
    • Goodbye - Adios

    Exercise program - Friday's efforts

    • Biceps and Triceps. 
      • 4 sets of tricep dips x 10 reps. 
      • Bicep curls – 4 x 10. 
      • 3 x 10 reps of bicep curls with big weights. 
      • 3 x 10 reps tricep raise skull crushers on bench. 
    • 53 skips with rope. 
    • 115 squats. 
    • 445 abs. 
    • 42 sumos. 
    • 20 kettle swings. 
    • 32 push ups. 
    • 32 triceps. 
    • 22 dog legs. 
    • 22 donkeys. 
    • 12 burpees. 
    • 12 star jumps. 
    • 12 squat jumps. 
    • 46 punches with weights. 
    • 1.3 mile treadmill – slow jog /walk. 
    • 16 inner leg pulse. 
    • 14 box burpees. 
    • 26 mountain climber. 
    • Double box knee ups – 10 per leg. 
    • 44 butt kicks. 
    • 44 knee lifts. 
    • 11 side kettle reach.  
    • 11 box jumps. 
    • 10 front kicks per leg. 
    • 5 standing / kneeling lunge with weight. 
    • 10 armpit fat raises. 
    • 6 side to side lunge.

    My Wedding - possible locations

    Possible Locations:
    • Cyprus
    • Greek Island
    • Caribbean
    • Mexico
    • South of France
    • Canary Islands
    • Kefalonia
    • Italy
    • Cuba
    • Santorini
    • Zante

    I am always amazed by what my body can do..........

    I don't have a gym body. I don't look like a Victoria's Secrets model. However, I am in "the zone" if you will at the moment. I hope it lasts, because I am suddenly seeing my body doing things I never thought it could.

    You see I already know what giving up feels like - I've trod that path a far few times. A lesser known route, at least to me, is what it feels like to succeed. I want to see what happens if I don't give up.

    I have a choice each day. I can choose to eat crisps, dip them in houmous and drink wine. Then when it comes to holiday, or going to the pub or out for a meal, I get that horrible "what can I fit in" or "what will hide my bulging middle" feeling of dread. Or I can choose to get off my backside and workout, watch what I eat, cut out the crap and then feel if not perfect, then at least confident.

    I remember getting close to goal a few times, then stupidly celebrating that achievement by you guessed it, eating crisps and drinking wine and bang - goal slipped further away again. Damn it!

    This time, quitting is simply not acceptable. I might be aching everywhere. It might burn. I might be exhausted, tired, sore and ready to cry, but its better than quitting. I need to relish the feeling because its a step closer to where I want to be.

    I have started quite a challenging program, which builds in intensity and effort. It includes some exercises I love - abs mainly, weirdly, and some I hate with a vengeance - yes burpees, I mean you! They are the devil, seriously.

    Each time I incorporate a new exercise, or try a heavier weight or a higher jump, my body can actually, amazingly, accomplish it. Its quite fascinating because I never knew it could do that. Whether its skipping, jumping, running, weights, abs - you name it, my body is capable of it.

    That's the most frustrating part really - if I can do all that then why have I not been doing it all along? Beats me. Don't get me wrong, its damned hard work, and it hurts like hell, and I find myself making all manner of noises - grunts, squeals, what sounds a bit like I'm growling even! But the point is - I can do this.

    I have to make that choice. Every day. Do I want this body I see in the mirror forever? Or do I want it to be all it can be. Surely the best reward for how amazing my body is, is to treat it kindly, to cherish it, and to make the most of it.

    So this time, I am going to make my amazing body an actual amazing body inside and out. Trainers at the ready :)


    My Top 10 Pate

    • Brussels pate - smooth
    • Brussels pate with garlic
    • Duck and Port pate
    • Chicken Liver pate
    • Chickpea, tomato and basil pate
    • Mushroom and garlic pate
    • Wild Boar pate
    • Venison pate
    • Venison Liver with Penderyn Whisky pate
    • Pork & chicken with Penderyn Whisky & green peppercorns

    Im in Slytherin House!!

    Having just watched the top 50 Harry Potter moments, and fresh from visiting The Harry Potter Tour and despite being 41 I decided to pop onto the site JKR mentioned - Pottermore, to see what house the sorting hat would place me in.

    You have to register - it's straight forward enough, so no problem there. You have to let your wand pick you, and buy a pet ( I opted for a Siamese cat), then it off to the hall for the Sorting Hat to work its thing.

    It asks you a few questions - you have to answer honestly. I was thinking I would likely be Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, maybe even Gryffindor, but alas I was Slytherin!!! Yes, house of he that shall not be named, and Draco!! Damn it!!

    That said, who ever remembers the good guys? Much as we root for them, the baddies have more fun!! So I am a Slytherin. Maybe I am destined for greatness after all??

    Get yourself on there if you want a bit of fun and see what house you are. Drop me a comment if you do and let me know!! Here's the link http://www.pottermore.com

    Have fun - who doesn't enjoy a bit of magic?

    Larger than Life - reminder of why I don't eat like I used to!

    Here is me - larger than life!!


    Thankfully, I am much less large these days. Having said that, I am heading in that direction again, but I have started my health kick again. I will never get to this stage again!! :) 

    Friday, 23 June 2017

    My Favourite Places - Abroad


    • Gran Canaria
    • Barcelona
    • Mexico
    • New Zealand
    • Fuerteventura
    • Menorca
    • Crete
    • Marrakesh
    • New York
    • San Francisco
    • Majorca
    • Fiji
    • Egypt
    • Tunisia
    • LA
    • Lanzarote
    • Belgium
    • Brittany, France
    • Jersey
    • Rhodes
    • Zante
    • Banff and Lake Louise, Canada
    • Arizona
    • Las Vegas

    My Travels in Barcelona

    This year,  I decided to book my other half a romantic break. After perusing the reviews and travel sites, I decided on Barcelona. Now, whilst it is possible to be romantic - its a beautiful city, its so much more than that. We stayed on La Ramblas, next to the Gothic quarter, and it was amazing, in your face and totally authentic.

    We were more towards the middle of La Ramblas, so just a couple of minutes walk from the monument and the harbour.



    Of course no trip to Barcelona could be complete without the obligatory visit to the Nou Camp stadium or Camp Nou as the Spanish actually call it. When in Spain... 


    Then there is the Gaudi masterpiece, that is still being worked on, Sagrada Familiar - started in 1882. Crikey! How breathtaking though. 


    Our hotel being on La Ramblas, we tried some of the local Tapas - very nice. The actual area though is mega busy and bustling - exciting and a bit intimidating all at the same time. 



    The port is beautiful and catching it at sunset is a must. Some of the yachts further around are out of this world - how the other half live. 



    For our final night, as we had watched the sunset, we opted for pink mojitos. 


    We loved this city break - but its not for the faint hearted. Its one of those places that you remember forever. One off the bucket list for sure! 

    Make like the Seaside at home

    So the weather has been amazing this week in good old Blighty, but now, sadly, back to normal with rain and winds - in June!!

    Which got me to thinking - if we do happen to get another chance at summer, how can I recreate the seaside given that we live nowhere near it?

    Here is my plan to make our garden and home like being on a seaside break.

    1 - make a sand pit
    2 - get a paddling pool
    3 - get a cocktail kit
    4 - get some white fluffy towels
    5 - get some beach towels
    6 - pack a picnic
    7 - get some soft ice cream and cones
    8 - get the bbq out
    9 - get some sea shells
    10 - get a bucket and spade
    11 - get a vintage swimsuit
    12 - get some blackpool rock (doesn't have to be blackpool)
    13 - get some games - giant jenga, giant kerplunk, bat and ball
    14 - eat fish and chips in paper
    15 - get some deck chairs
    16 - make a "face in the hole" cardboard cut out of your choice!

    Now there are the ingredients so I just need to lay them out to make it like being away at the seaside.

    Obviously, once you have a sand pit, you can feel the sand between your bare toes and make sand castles! The paddling pool is clearly like dipping your toes in the sea - possibly a bit warmer though!

    Cocktails for the adults, alcohol free virgin cocktails for the kids. White fluffy towels for after you get showered - wherever you stay, the towels are always white and fluffy!

    Beach towels - of course. Plonk yourself down. Pack a picnic and eat Al Fresco. Ice cream in a cone - plus red sauce and sprinkles obvs. If in doubt, get the BBQ out - great if there are a load of you - bang on the burgers and the sausages, fry some onions - job done.

    Get some sea shells and listen to the sea. Bucket and spade are obligatory. Vintage swimsuit - the British seaside is not for bikinis. Get you chops around some sticky sweet seaside rock.

    Get silly with giant games, and make your own arcade games. For supper, fish and chips in paper is a must, with loads of vinegar, salt and pepper. Eat them sitting in a deck chair.

    Finally - get your face in the hole, get a picture snapped and you are almost certainly at the seaside!

    75 Singles of the Week

    #75 Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
    #74 Imagine Dragons - Believer
    #73 Kasabian - You're in Love with a Psycho
    #72 Coldplay and Chainsmokers - Something Just Like This
    #71 Rag 'n' Bone Man - Human
    #70 Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
    #69 Little Mix - Shout Out to My Ex
    #68 Christine and The Queens - Tilted
    #67 Calum Scott - Dancing on My Own
    #66 Chainsmokers Ft Daya - Don't Let Me Down
    #65 Kungs vs Cookin on 3 Burners - This Girl
    #64 Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out
    #63 Catfish & The Bottlemen - Soundcheck
    #62 Chase & Status ft Slaves - Control
    #61 Danny L Harle - Broken Flowers
    #60 The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits
    #59 Jonas Blue ft Dakota - Fast Car
    #58 Ex's and Oh's - Elle King
    #57 Grace ft G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me
    #56 Naughty Boy ft Beyonce and Benjamin Arrow - Runnin' (Lose it all)
    #55 Adele - Hello
    #54 The 1975 - Love Me
    #53 Fleur East - Sax
    #52 KDA ft Tinie Tempah and Katy B - Rumble
    #51 Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
    #50 Example - Whisky Story
    #49 Selena Gomez ft A$AP Rocky- Good for You
    #48 5SOS - She's Kinda Hot
    #47 Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne - Not Letting Go
    #46 A$AP Rocky - Everyday
    #45 Duke Dumont - The Giver (Reprise)
    #44 OMI Cheerleader
    #43 Florence & The Machine - Ship To Wreck
    #42 Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft Jennifer Hudson
    #41 Soak - Sea Creatures
    #40 The Avener - Fade Out Lines
    #39 Ed Sheeran & Rudimental - Bloodstream
    #38 Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
    #37 The Prodigy - Nasty
    #36 Hozier - Take me to Church
    #35 Jamie T - Rabbit Hole
    #34 Rae Morris - Under the Shadows
    #33 Echosmith - Cool Kids
    #32 Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
    #31 Take That - These Days
    #30 Tom Odell - Real Love
    #29 Parra for Cuva - Wicked Games
    #28 Ben Howard - I Forget Where we Were
    #27 Charli XCX - Break the Rules
    #26 DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding - Flashlight
    #25 The Magician - Sunlight (feat. Years and Years)
    #24 Meghan Trainor - all About That Bass
    #23 Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants
    #22 Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame
    #21 Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
    #20 David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun
    #19 Saint Motel - My Type
    #18 Zhu - Faded
    #17 Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
    #16 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart
    #15 Budapest - George Ezra
    #14 Little Mix - Salute
    #13 Lana Del Rey - West Coast
    #12 Indiana - Solo Dancing
    #11 Coldplay - Magic
    #10 Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
    #9 Katy Perry - Dark Horse
    #8 Will.i.am feat Miley Cyrus - Feelin Myself
    #7 Vance Joy - Riptide
    #6 Gorgon City - Ready for your love (feat MNEK)
    #5 Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat Jess Glynne)
    #4 Lorde - Royals - My Single of the Week
    #3 Happy - Pharell Williams
    #2 Wilkinson - Afterglow
    #1 Sail by Awolnation

    My New Single of the Week - Despacito by 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 :)

    It isn't just about the scales you know

    I get a bit obsessed with the scales when I am trying to lose weight. Perfectly understandable, but then I have to remember that its not just about the scales. There are lots of other ways to measure the changes I am making to my body as I progress.

    Such as:

    • my clothes getting bigger
    • my belly getting smaller
    • my face getting more shape
    • cheekbones reappearance
    • more energy
    • feeling stronger
    • seeing muscle tone
    • feeling my legs tighten
    • seeing my arms get leaner
    • being able to do a full push up
    • getting into a smaller clothes size
    • sleeping better
    • better endurance
    • clothes fitting properly
    • changing the clothes I wear
    • feeling healthier
    • losing inches
    • thinner fingers
    • smaller feet! 
    These things are so important. I need to remember that these things matter as much as if not more than the number on the scales. 

    Stumbled upon inspiration

    I was just browsing through some tweets, when I found this quote "If you're not coming across any failures or setbacks in your life, then you're not working towards success". My gosh never a wiser word spoken!!

    I have derailed quite spectacularly, so this inspired me immensely. 

    Tomorrow is another day. :)

    I want rid of this tummy!!

    I've got this image in my head now of how I am going to look when I reach goal. That's a good thing.

    Its also frustrating me when I look at my tummy as I am totally impatient and I want it gone. I want rid of it sticking out when I'm losing weight and want to look and feel better.

    I'm sure it will go in time, but its my biggest body concern at the moment. I can't stand it. Probably largely because I look at it, and I can see all those things I've eaten and drunk and it makes me feel guilty.

    Once that's flattened out I will start to feel much more body confident. Bring on that day!!

    Wise words

    Can you be thin and drink wine?

    So this is the thought I'm mulling over. You see - I even reference wine without meaning to! Mulled wine - mulling over? Even my sub conscious rambling mind harks back to the same point of reference!!

    Back to the point. Can you be thin and drink wine? For me, its my nemesis. I just can't seem to lose weight if I drink the vino. Worse still, it weakens my willpower and resolve and makes me want to eat more as well, so in my case drinking wine makes me fat.

    This is not good news. Not at all. But I do so enjoy a glass of wine as there is nothing quite like it. I don't smoke, never done drugs of any sort, don't really have any vices of any sort really other than over eating of course. Unless you count coffee as a vice, I'm pretty good. Except for my love of wine.

    I like whiskey, but I can take it or leave it. I like a lovely chilled pint of Peroni on a hot summer afternoon. But nothing gets me craving like le vino.

    Can I lose weight though if I indulge myself? Maybe once I reach goal I might be able to have a few and stay slim but for now I think the answer is a resounding nope, no sirree, not a chance.

    I'm therefore finishing the remains of the last bottle in the fridge and then its no wine for me for the foreseeable. At least until the next holiday - or maybe birthday!!

    I shall cherish the fruit of the vine this evening. I have to live off the memory for quite some time so I had better enjoy every sip!! :(

    When things get bad, I remind myself of this:

    This is what its all for.  



    From this point on, whatever life throws at me, I come home to this. I love this house and nothing will ever change that. 


    My Top 10 Old Fashioned Sweets

    • Aniseed balls
    • Humbugs
    • Barley Sticks
    • Butterscotch
    • Chocolate limes
    • Kola cubes
    • Mint imperials
    • Pear drops
    • Sugared almonds
    • Chocolate eclairs

    A lion does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep

    I read this and thought hell yeah!! I have been so worried lately over what people think. Worried about letting people down, letting myself down, procrastinating everything and anything.

    Then I read this and I thought - why am I worrying what other people think? I know who I am, and I am good at what I do. I don't need to keep doubting myself. I am a lion.

    Lions roar. Lions rule their pride, and defend their own. They stand their ground. They don't have sleepless nights worrying what sheep think of them, or what sheep think, or even whether sheep even exist!!

    So, from this point forward I am a lion. I just need to roar!! :)

    Thursday, 22 June 2017

    Next Holiday Destination???

    We decided to book in advance for once for next year's hols. Usually, we book between 3 & 6 months ahead, but we thought we would get organised. Well, that was the plan anyway.

    Cue 2 months or so of us browsing holiday destinations and we are still nowhere even close to decided. It's starting to become annoying now.

    I love a beach holiday, but my other half only likes beach holidays. Whereas I would like to alternate. One beach hol, one exploring hol not necessarily somewhere hot. There is a huge world out there.

    So we almost agreed that we would go to America - New England, just the two of us. Then enter G into the equation. She wants to go to the USA too. Now, New England is Stephen King land, and I wanted to go in the fall when the trees are in their autumn colours. This is not a hol for a 11 year old.

    Then we started to consider Orlando. This would be with G. The first hurdle was the time away issue. As in you need two weeks not one. That was resolved quicker and easier than expected.

    There is a lot to do there so we looked at a twin break. Disney, Universal, Florida, Miami, Seaworld - crikey! But then there are other places in the USA that I want to go. Namely Washington, New York, Chicago to name but a few.

    Not to mention the Caribbean and Hawaii! So that got us onto cruises. We also want to go on a cruise. I want to go to the Caribbean. The Med is the destination of choice for my other half.

    But we also want to go to Greece. An all inclusive yes, but also an island hopping trip. Some just me and him, some the family. Depends when and where as to which is which.

    But then again we love the Canaries. We have been to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura together, and I have been to Lanzarote before, and I love them.

    So where do we go? Do we do the Med? If so, do we do all inclusive, island hopping or a cruise?

    Or do we go longhaul to the USA? Do we go to touristy Orlando or off the beaten track South America?

    There is so much world out there to see, its hard to pin it down. More research me thinks. Back to the drawing board!!

    Win a large handcrafted Sussex garden trug

    Win a large handcrafted Sussex garden trug

    Learning Spanish recap - Holidays

    Holidays:
    • Boat - barco
    • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
    • Newspaper - periódico
    • Shower - ducha
    • Swim - nadar
    • Bathroom el baño
    • Nude - desnudo
    • Towel - toalla
    • Sea - mar
    • Suitcase - maleta
    • Beach - La playa
    • Sunbathe - tomar el sol

    Green Tea - Not loving it!

    In my quest for slimness I have been willing up until this point to try most anything really (within reason - maybe!).

    I have read that Green Tea is very good for you - its a natural detox to flush out your system and apparently it revs up your metabolism. I tried some - oh dear lord it is gross.

    So not willing to give it up as a lost cause, I discovered there are different flavours. Thankfully they taste better than the plain one!! The one with lemon is close to being palatable!! The problem is that it looks horrible:

    All in all, I can't say I like it, but if it means I lose weight, that my skin looks clearer and that I am a bit healthier then I can tolerate it. Seriously though, I just can't understand how some people love the stuff. Do you? If you are one of those that loves it then tell me how you take it - I need to know!! :)

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    Acts I want to see or wish I had seen

    Acts I want to see / wish I had seen

    Oasis / Noel and Liam Gallagher
    Ed Sheeran
    Ellie Goulding
    Rihanna
    Beyonce
    Adele
    Maroon 5
    Elton John
    David Bowie
    Kylie

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    Win a luxury spa break for two at Harrogate’s beautiful Rudding Park hotel

    Win a luxury spa break for two at Harrogate’s beautiful Rudding Park hotel

    My Wedding - My Wishlist

    Wedding Wishlist:

    • The dress
    • The shoes
    • Jewellery
    • Luggage
    • The rings
    • Suits
    • Honeymoon
    • Spa treatments
    • The bikini body
    • Sparkly bling bikini
    • The nails

    Cocktail by the sea?

    Don't mind if I do! This was my (one of) cocktail by the sea. How good does this look?


    This was a margarita cocktail. I have to tell you it tasted every bit as it looked. We were on silver wristbands, as in we had the proper stuff not the local stuff in our drinks!

    I sampled most of them during our stay - well, it would have been rude not to!! Gran Canaria is a beautiful place, and our hotel, the Dunas Don Gregory was amazing. How blue is that sky!! 

    Today's efforts - less than 6 weeks to go

    • Shoulders and Back:
      •  4 x around the world. 
      • 3 x 10 reps Arnold press. 
      • 3 x 10 reps 90 degree lateral raise. 
      • 3 x 10 reps dumbbell front lift. 
      • 3 x 10 reps military press. 
      • 3 x 10 reps per arm upright row. 
    • 52 skips with rope. 
    • 110 squats. 
    • 430 abs. 
    • 41 sumo squats. 
    • 19 kettle swings. 
    • 32 push ups. 
    • 32 triceps. 
    • 21 dog legs. 
    • 21 donkeys. 
    • 11 burpees. 
    • 11 star jumps. 
    • 11 squat jumps. 
    • 50 punches. 
    • 1 mile treadmill –  jog /walk. 
    • 15 inner leg pulse. 
    • 15 box burpees. 
    • 22 mountain climber. 
    • Double box knee ups – 10 per leg. 
    • 42 butt kicks. 
    • 42 knee lifts. 
    • 11 side kettle reach.  
    • 11 box jumps. 
    • 6 side to side lunge. 
    • Freestyle heel digs and front kicks. 
    Plus I've stripped and dressed the bed and done a couple of hours of gardening. Phewf!! 

    This week's goal is to shift 6 pounds - giving it my all! 

    My Top 10 Chinese Takeaway

    • Chicken fried rice with curried sauce
    • Chicken chow mein
    • Prawn Crackers
    • Aromatic Crispy Duck
    • Chicken Curry
    • Beef with Black Bean Sauce
    • Sweet and sour chicken cantonese style
    • Lemon Chicken
    • Hong Kong Style Crispy Beef
    • Sweet and sour Chicken Balls

    Wednesday, 21 June 2017

    Word of the Week - Sequestration

    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 sequestration.an instance of this: An $80 billion sequestration would lead to massive layoffs.


    definition derived from dictionary.com

    My Travel Wishlist

    I want to go:
    • The Caribbean
    • Italy
    • Cuba
    • Med Cruise
    • Iceland
    • Denmark
    • Bruge
    • Switzerland
    • Australia
    • Hong Kong
    • Thailand
    • Peru
    • Brazil
    • Florida
    • New England
    • Chicago
    • Washington
    • Goa
    • Norway
    • Cape Verde


    Places I want to go with the other half

    My other half is not as well travelled as am I, but there are places I have already been, and a lot I haven't been, that I want to go with him.

    I have decided to come up with a list of the places I want to enjoy with my soul mate. Here goes:

    • Bath 
    • York
    • New York
    • Las Vegas
    • Chicago
    • Banff, Canada
    • South Island, New Zealand
    • Southport
    • South of France
    • Venice
    • South Africa
    • Cape Verde
    • Italian Riviera
    • San Francisco
    • Budapest

    Its all about the numbers:


    • I am Size 14
    • I want to be Size 12
    • 6 days since Barcelona
    • 41 days to Fuerteventura
    • 30 pounds to lose
    • 187 sleeps until Christmas
    • 415 abs per day
    • 105 squats per day
    • 29 pro points per day

    The best food and drink for a BBQ

    Summer has landed, so with than in mind, I thought I would come up with my top choices for entertaining BBQ style this weekend:

    • Chicken Satay
    • Beef Burger
    • Pork Sausages
    • Corn on the Cob
    • Jerk Chicken
    • Spicy Lamb Koftas
    • Vegetable skewers
    • Piri Piri Chicken
    • Mini meatballs
    • Chicken Tikka Steaks
    • BBQ naan breads
    • Raclette cheese grills (any cheese)
    • Fried onions
    • Fried mushrooms
    • Lots of sauces - BBQ, tomato, brown, chilli, mayo, mustard
    • Dips and crisps
    • Loads of baps - you can always freeze them! 
    So, onto the drink:
    • Pimms o'clock (orange, cucumber, lemonade, strawberries)
    • Vodka mango juice
    • Long Island Iced Tea
    • Chilled bottled beer - Sol or Corona ideally
    • Chilled white wine
    • Chilled rose wine
    • Room temp red wine
    • Whisky or bourbon on the rocks
    • Lots of ice required
    • Gin and tonic
    • Baileys and ice
    • Mojito (lots of mint) 
    • Tequila
    • Malibu
    • Lots of mixers - tonic, diet coke, lemonade, fruit juices
    Add music, light the BBQ and off you go. Enjoy :) 

    Work out like the world is watching - give it your all

    I read a quote that said dance like noone is watching. Great advice that - just let it go, let your hair down, shake it out.

    However, the same does not apply to the gym. My quote - work out like the world is watching - give it your all. What's the difference you may ask?

    I shall tell you. Dancing is more energetic when you do not care what you look like, whether you have rhythm or whether you have two left feet.

    The gym however, is where just going through the motions kidding yourself that a slow plod will work wonders is not going to get you results. Since having a PT, I now realise that you have to push yourself.

    So my advice is this - work out like you have your PT standing over you, and you are showing the world what you are made of. Don't spend your precious hour gossiping with your mate - you can go for a coffee, shopping or drinks to do that.

    I'm not saying that a brisk low impact walk is bad for you, but I am saying that you get out what you put in. You've done the hard bit getting to the gym in the first place, so workout like the world is watching once you are there!! Give it your all!! :)

    Hottest June day ever - how to keep cool

    As the temperatures have reached 30 and over, its time to think how to keep cool. Here is my round up of what you can do to be just like Fonzie:

    • Keep the windows open upstairs to keep air circulating
    • Wear loose clothing
    • Ditch the thick socks
    • Keep hydrated with water
    • Carry a spritz or cool spray with you
    • Keep your feet bare when you can 
    • Keep a hat on - stop that head getting burnt
    • Slap on the sun screen - hot is bad, burnt is worse
    • Turn on the fans
    • Stay in the shade
    • Keep your car windows down a jot
    • Pop your toes in cold water
    • Get your bikini out
    • Slip on your shorts
    • Sleep in the buff
    • Ditch the foundation and go for the tinted moisturiser
    • Put your umbrella up
    • Put your flip flops in the fridge
    • Make some ice cubes
    • Grab an ice lolly
    • Eat salads
    • Use cold flannels
    • Chill your drinks
    • Grab an iced tea

    Been Around the World - well, almost :)

    • Tunisia x 4 times (Sousse x2, Port El Kantoui x2)
    • Egypt x 5 times (Sharm El Sheikh x4 and Hurghada, Luxor and Cairo)
    • Canada - Banff, Jasper, Edmonton, Calgary, Lake Louise, The Rockies
    • New Zealand South Island - Queenstown, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Franz Josef
    • Fiji islands - South Pacific
    • Cyprus x 2 times
    • Gran Canaria x 4 times - San Augustin, Melanores & Maspalomas
    • Lanzarote x 3 times
    • Fuerteventura
    • Mallorca x over 10 times!
    • Menorca x 2 times
    • Ibiza
    • Zante
    • Rhodes x 4 times
    • Crete x 3 times incl 2015 to Hersonissos
    • Jersey
    • France - Brittany & Calais
    • France - St Malo, Rennes, Nantes, 
    • France - Normandy, Mont St Michel
    • Northern Ireland - Belfast, Giants Causeway
    • Dublin x 3 times
    • Cork - Republic of Ireland
    • Mexico x 3 times - Puerto Vallarta, Xcaret, Cancun & Riviera Maya
    • USA - New York via QM2
    • USA - California, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, Big Sur, San Diego, Las Vegas, LA, Colorado, Santa Barbara
    • Marrakesh - Morocco
    • Belgium x 3 times
    • Spain - Almeria
    • Turkey x 2 times - Kusadasi & Marmaris 
    • Mexico - Moon Palace, Cancun
    • Barcelona - La Ramblas

    36 Words of the Week

    Gregarious
    Symbiosis
    Incongruous
    Lascivious
    Negociant
    Propitious
    Commodious
    Veneration
    Pulchritudinous
    10 Pusillanimous
    11 Countervail
    12 Esemplastic
    13 Churrigueresque
    14 Inanity
    15 Anachronism
    16 Portmanteau
    17 Requiescence
    18 Phosphorescence
    19 Sycophant
    20 Obsequious
    21 Gasconade
    22 Convivial
    23 Archetype
    24 Pastiche
    25 Disquietude
    26 Rapacity
    27 Metamorphose
    28 Auspicious
    29 Salacious
    30 Chicanery
    31 Byzantine
    32 Capricious
    33 Peregrination
    34 Assemblage
    35 Indecorous
    36 Perturbation