Tonight’s Double Class

I did back-to-back exercise classes at the gym. Possibly not the best move in the world, but I felt the need! The new Body Step routine is fabby. I did ok, didn’t fall off the step (lol) and managed to do the advanced moves most of the way through. Body Balance was another matter…warm up – fine, sun salutations…woa! Eek – lack of blood to the head and I was seeing black spots, feeling rather uncomfortably dizzy and light-headed. Yuck. Rather than make a fuss (or look like a wuss) I carried on (at my own pace) until the feeling passed. An hour later, lying on the floor, (relaxation time) made me wonder again about my exercise routines and whether I really should be doing extremes like that…???

No, I haven’t taken the blood pressure since I got home – food was the priority. I’m also not going to take it…I know that it’s going to be a mere 80/55 (or thereabouts). Eek. Where’s the water bottle?

Ah, on another note, I really love the Body Balance release we’re currently doing – no it’s not the latest one (Release 40) but Release 28. It’s just fab.


Booking Holidays

One of the things that keeps me going through the year is having a holiday booked. This year, we just haven’t got around to doing it…so far. I am the not-so-fortunate owner of a timeshare (yes, I know it’s a mistake, but to explain why/how on here would take too long) and I’ve been looking at using up some of the weeks from the past three years (I haven’t been for a while). BF and I have been talking about going with his boys and so we’ve been looking at flights…

Not having a family, I never really appreciated the expense of travelling “avec les enfants” during the school hols…now I am beginning to see the problems I’ve heard others talk about:

  • Fly out of Gatwick – 5th July – to Paphos – one week then return = £760.00 inc taxes.
  • Fly out of Gatwick – 9th Aug – to Paphos – one week then return = £1600.00 inc taxes.

What’s the difference???
It’s the school holidays and the holiday companies/airlines etc. are cashing in.


Scouting for Girls

At the Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Oh my goodness, how many screaming girls??

I’ve been to a number of gigs over the years, but never have I felt so old or wanted ear plugs – as much as I did last night. The screams were soooo loud, ear plugs would have been nice! The way the girls screamed was unbelievable – the atmosphere reminded me of Bay City Rollers concerts or the screams around the Beatles when they played…

The band was good – the lead singer works a crowd really well…the music is happy music…

If you go to any of their gigs, be prepared for the screaming girls…be warned!

3bts – light, sunshine, buzz

1. Though it’s never great to chop a healthy tree down, today I had a tree taken down that was dangerously close to my house, my neighbour’s house and both houses bathroom windows. I discovered my bathroom is so much brighter now – and I’m glad I painted it white. It’s a light room.

2. Stepping out of the office at lunchtime to rush home (for the above tree issue) and finding the sunshine warm and bright. I’ve returned to the office feeling very sunny myself!

3. There’s a bit of a buzz going on today and it’s very different to the normal atmosphere at work. All very good and positive!

The Duchess in Hull

OK, so I’ve never really had an opinion on Sarah, or the way she’s handled things. For the most part I think the Royal family gets far too much scrutiny and criticism from everyone – some members of the family more than others. I sat down to watch the documentary about Sarah tackling obesity with an open mind.

The programmes themselves were well put together – very matter-of-fact, no rose-tinted view of how hard things can be for the family in question (and many other families in the UK) and no apologies either. Sarah was amazing. She came across as such a caring person, someone who wears her heart on her sleeve and most of all as one very determined lady. Her desire to aid a family in changing their habits in favour of a healthy lifestyle (emphasis on lifestyle, not on diet) is something I really admire and something I identify with. Her strength of character, her ability to put others at ease and to put her own experiences into such a public forum deserve nothing but praise.

I hope that other families in similar situations are able to learn from what the Sargersons went through, and how they are now living their lives. The gym memberships, the cooking lessons, the weight loss club and all the other things discussed in the programmes are available across the country, not just in Hull…something I think few of us are aware of.

Food for thought…

If you missed the episodes, you can catch up here: 

Low Blood Pressure

So, I blogged about how my low blood pressure was making me feel wobbly. The wobbles lasted about a week in total. I don’t know what caused it, and I haven’t been able to find a distinct pattern to the feeling, but my blood pressure has stablized at around 85/53.

I went to Hi-Lo last night for the first time since the wobbly episodes and it was great! I was very tired after it, but when it got to bedtime, I was buzzing…oh well.

The bad news is the instructor has to give up the class because of a back problem and they can’t find anyone to do free-style hi-lo, so the class becomes “Body Combat”…not my thing at all… Eek. The challenge now is to find some other class for a Tuesday evening.

3bts – prediction, a boy and oh wait, a girl

1. Debating with a friend over a lunch date…”You won’t be here on Monday, you’ll be delivering your baby” – I said confidently. My friend insisted she would be here at 12:30 to have lunch. When she didn’t get here I smiled and wished her the best for a safe delivery.

2. A little baby boy was born later that same day – he’s absolutely gorgeous! Baby H as he is currently known…

2a. Doing a ring-around the girls from WW, as requested, and hearing lots of excited ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ at the end of the phone.

3. I ‘facebooked’ another friend to let her know about Baby H’s safe arrival only to hear that she has delivered a baby girl a few days earlier than expected…!

Congratulations to both sets of parents!

3bts – Seamless, boutique, haze

1. Good customer service from the people I bought my car from and who also service it. A seamless process from making a service appointment, to dropping the car this morning, being driven to my office, picked up again, paying for the car and finding everything shiny, clean and tidy. Ah yes, you really do get what you pay for – but it’s so worth it not to have any hassle.

2. Finding a boutique hotel that panders to your desires.

3. This morning it rained, which when I first peeked through the windows disappointed me. Realising the rain had stopped and that there was a haze all around delighted me remembering my grandad saying “the sun will burn this off in no time at all”. I like the idea of the sun buring the haze away…

On golf…

and why it’s the most frustating game on earth!

First tee yesterday after work…picture the scene…audience of about six people watching from the clubhouse – I hit the ball cleanly and straight. Wow. Second shot and I’m on the edge of the bunker…it was all downhill from there.

Second tee – an iron shot and I’m just at side of the green…finish with a bogey.

Third tee – eek – rubbish all the way!

Fourth tee – bad, bad, bad

Fifth – repeat of fourth

Sixth – cracking tee shot with the trusty 5-wood straight down the fairway

Seventh – repeat of sixth but instead of straight down the fairway – I hit it out the back of the green

Eighth – really awful to the point where I take an “f-it” shot with a seven iron from the fairway and find the green…

Ninth – awful…I talked myself into hitting the same shot that one of my fellow players had just hit…

Will I give up? No, not a chance. I’ll be out there again as soon as possible.

Billy Bragg Gig

Saturday night at the Hexagon in Reading

Fantastic. He’s a great entertainer. His songs improve with age and as the years move on he tweaks the words to keep them current. The new album is really good, so hearing some of the songs live was great.

I will defintely see him again and can recommend the gigs. Yes, I know he’s quite political, but I’m not (at all) I went for the music and the entertainment factor.