Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Online BootCamp Hub Jonathan Roche

Online BootCamp Hub

I share  an email address with my wife and she subscribed to Jonathan Roche and I saw this email this morning "6/11 Fit Mission How to spend your retirement". It had a  link to the Online Boot Camp Hub and from there there was a YouTube video about the Online BootCamp Hub. It says to be careful about sharing this, but for now I cannot see why this would be a problem. I am not an affiliate or associate of Jonathan Roche but am curious to find out more, from his emails, as his health and fitness content looks good!

I believe also, exercising and eating healthily should be easy and fun and so I support this message and idea!

On another topic, it has been a great summer of sport so far, even if the weather hasn't been great. Djokovic vs Murray at the French Open tennis with Djokovic winning after losing the first set. The Euro 2016 football competition started in France also and England drew their first game: England 1 Russia 1. The England Rugby Union side won the First test against the Aussies in Australia! England won the cricket against Sri Lanka (despite the rain!) and Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix F1 in somewhat damp overcast conditions!

Well done to all who are competing, both the hero's and the zeroes! Sport is a great way to keep fit and eat healthily. There is lots more to mention especially the prospect of the coming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (starts next month I think!).

So this is just a brief post to say I am still alive and kicking! I am still doing my daily exercises (physical and mental with my chess game play) and so far this summer I feel quite good! So I hope you are keeping well and healthy and if the sun ever comes out here in the East of England I look forward to plenty of ice cold refreshing water to drink! I can but but dream of the sun...if you see it, please send it to East Anglia UK! BFN :-)

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Sitting comfortably?

Comfort and discomfort

I've just done my morning exercise (late as it is now midday!). I also missed out my skips!
I am wondering, as usual, between the dislike of doing my exercises and the benefit of doing the exercises. If I really don't feel like exercising, I have to push myself to do some exercising and to make sure I do enough, as I take the view that doing something is better than nothing!  However even when I do a reduced exercise load it still should give me some discomfort to be of value.

Well, last night I watched a TV program about an overweight couple, trying to reduce their weight with expert help from dietiticians and behavioural and fitness experts. They had to be seperated as together, they were just too comfortable. She weighed 21 stones and he was over 15 stones and both were classified obese. They had obvious diet and fitness issues and set about changing their habits to lose weight. The program was very interesting, and I need to research it some more ( I do not know it's title or if it is a series and what the outcome might be). Overall, the wife was sticking to the plan better than the husband (he had a night out with 10-15 pints and a curry!). If I find follow up details I will post about them here.

I was interested to see that there were similar issues to myself, in that they both liked food high in carbohydrates. I need to stop having the extra cheese sandwiches and eat fruit and vegetables instead!
Still I enjoyed my jog this morning and while the temperature for late May is quite cool, there is plenty of blossom around and flowers, trees and plants in general are blooming and putting on a good show!

My running route 26/05/16

Finally, on comfort and discomfort, I briefly mention that 2 nights ago I could not sleep due to headache and toothache! I will need to drink more water and less tea and coffeee to reduce my headaches and try to get good dental treatment and look after my mouth and teeth better! I should also train myself to eat more fruit and vegetables instead of cheese sandwiches. A bit of a challenge!
Bring it on!

So if you are sitting comfortably, don't stay there too long but get up and get exercising! :-)

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The merry month of May!

May 2016

May is here! Today the weather is improving at home and many trees have leaves back now and many have blossom. The sun has also made a welcome appearance!

Here are my exercise stats today:
Press ups:60 Sit ups:41 Skips 70 approx Run 6 minute

Here is a picture of my local path run (steps & time recorded by my Fitbit with iphone app):

There is nothing extraordinary to blog about today, just a few random thoughts. Firstly I am trying to increase the reps of my daily warm up exercising. Secondly, I still am tending to eat too much! I need more inspiration and motivation to lose weight! Last week, I wrote a small eBook titled "Project Finish" and this I hope to release as a Kindle book with Amazon, soon. It briefly gave me some inspiration and motivation, as I find finishing projects hard and the eBook gives help on making it easier! I think I could easily adapt it to be an eBook to provide inspiration and motivation to lead a healthy and fit life.

Last week, I saw boxer Tyson Fury, proclaiming how fat he was and showing his fat belly to the world! He is an odd character! A world champion boxer, who is not in great shape and he has Vladimir Klitchko, as the deposed champion, desperate to beat him in their rematch. Tyson has admitted he is not a great role model of a world champion boxer, which is a bit of a shame, but I suppose he is trying to be true to his character!

Next, Suffolk have a new website to help lead a healthier life. A recent report recorded Suffolk as having the most obese people attending hospital!
Here is the link to the Suffolk "Healthy You" page with advice: Suffolk Healthy You
I haven't checked out the website fully yet but intend to take a closer look soon!

Finally, a reminder to say I keep my mind active with chess play and computer programming and general digital computer work.  I played my last over the board chess game badly and lost, because I did not spend enough time checking my position and made a wrong move that blundered the exchange. Never mind, I need to learn from it and play better next time! Even the great chess player Garry Kasparov has bad days! See this Video:

That is all for my post today! Goodluck with your exercising, physically and mentally and remember to eat healthily and get enough good rest! :-)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

London Marathon

London Marathon

Today is the London Marathon. It was started by Tim Peake from the ISS (International Space Station). I watched some of the BBC coverage with Gabby Logan and Dennis Lewis and Colin Jackson presenting the show.

There were many amazing marathon stories, with many of the public runners, running to raise money for charity.
Ben Smith was there, doing 401 consecutive marathons!
Kelly Holmes finished the race in a great time too!

I just want to say well done to everyone running or taking part or just being there. For anyone to run a marathon takes heart and courage. In the East of England, we had the youngest runner, a runner from Manningtree, Essex and the oldest runner an 85 year old (both women!).
There were just so many inspiring stories and mad people running in mad costumes.
You must be mad to run 26 miles dressed as dinosaurs, Bears, Paddington Bear and in canoes etc etc!

 I salute you all! :-)

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Cakes are like London buses!

Cakes are like London buses!

How so? Well, you may not get a glimpse of a cake for ages and then suddenly, several appear at once (just like the buses)!

My last blog post mentioned cake and cake eating and when I returned home after work, I found my daughter had made a cake. I had to have a small piece and it was great!

No, I did not have a large piece! I showed great restraint and had a small piece, but it is amazing how cake can disappear as if by magic!

Now on to an x rated selfie! Yesterday as I went to have my shower, I caught a glimpse of myself and stomach in the bathroom mirror and it was an x rated sight! I took a selfie of my fat stomach and post it here, as a spur to me to fix this and get back to my normal non overweight non fat stomach! Look away if you are sensitive...
Shocking isn't it! What is worse, is I know I am fat and overweight but I have become comfortable being this way! I will have to change. It has taken me some guts to post this my fat stomach selfie...LOL! :-)

I remember well nearly 30 years ago my father and mother visited my wife and I in Cyprus, where we were working and we both noticed that my 60 year old father had become fat! Apparently, he had taken to drinking more wine at weekends and that was contributing greatly to his paunch. For those days, it was only a few glasses over the weekend but it had an effect. He recognised it and decided to reduce his alcohol content and the next time we saw him around a year later, he was back to his trim normal weight and had lost his excess fat! Now as I start to near 60 years old myself (in a few years), I feel I need to apply some discipline myself to lose my fat stomach and as soon as possible!

I wonder how long it will take for me to lose the paunch and slim back down? I have done my daily exercise today and my fat stomach did 35 situps. I need to work at this daily!

I only did 60 skips though (I usually aim to do 100) so I will try and add some more later today.
I enjoyed my 10 minute run though. It was a nice spring morning.

 When I briefly paused to take this photo, it seemed to upset my iphone fitbit app as it didn't record the usual route properly, but it did count my steps! back to work and I'm looking forward to lunch time..LOL! Have a great day all :-)

Monday, 11 April 2016

Challenges that can make or break (the cake!)

Just doing my daily exercise is a challenge for me at the moment! I used to be a good amateur athlete in my younger days and would play squash up to 6 days a week. Now, I really was never the fittest or quickest athlete around, but I used to do training sprints and squash court exercises to improve my endurance.

That was many years ago now, and after squash, I took up moderately competitive club tennis, but didn't really train for it. However since finishing my competitive squash days, I have tried to maintain a daily fitness routine, but I have not been strict about it at all. Now though, in a strange way, I am enjoying the challenge of trying to restart a daily basic fitness program for myself. While it does seem hard for me at the moment, I am feeling better and stronger, physically and mentally!

So, I feel it worthwhile to stick with trying to do my daily fitness plan and to try to eat and drink as healthily as possible. I do like cake though! However I do not eat much cake at the moment (the last cake was my wife's birthday cake). I have done this image "Make or Break (cake)" to highlight how challenges can test a person physically and mentally.

There are many ways to deal with challenges and I believe any life challenge should be tackled positively. There are various phrases which spring to my mind on this topic (eg "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!" and "Never give up!" and even "Have your cake and eat it!").

However, my final thought on this post is to:

So my final word is goodluck with your daily exercise healthy living plan and try your best to meet your fitness and health challenge goals, in a way that they make you better and stronger and healthier and do not break you!

Also, if you have risen to the challenge, why not treat youreslf with a small piece of cake ;-)

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Motiivation and progress

Motivation and progress

Today's post is a very short post, but on a very important topic, motivation.

What is your motivation to change any bad habits and replace them with better habits that lead to better health and fitness?

For me, I am overweight and not as fit as I should be. I know that losing some weight and getting physically and mentally fitter will make me feel better and allow me to work and play better. In general, I know this will give me more energy to improve my life in many aspects! That is quite a big motivational what and why for me!

My motivational what and why need to be big though. Today I did my morning exercises (push ups, sit ups, skips and 10 minute jog) and this felt hard! Some days exercising feels harder than others and I need motivation to push on through. The temptation was to do fewer exercises as it was feeling tough, but I resisted and did one or two more instead! This takes a bit of will power and I know it won't always be possible, but training myself to at least try my best is good!

So now, as a reward for digging in when the exercise felt tough, I can award myself a pat on the back!

Self belief is a very good thing. Whatever stage of life you are at, love yourself and believe in yourself. Remember we are all special!

So, I must keep pushing on with good exercise (physical & mental and by the way, I won a chess game for the chess club last night!), good diet and good rest.

How is your health and fitness progressing? If you have been trying to improve your fitness and health, then give yourself your own pat on the back award. Well done!

Onwards :-)