Sunday, 30 September 2007
The key to fighting a cold or to general well being is eating good stuff. Sid and I like to go to farm shops and buy fresh local produce and we ventured out today with nowhere particular in mind, We saw a sign for a dog show so we thought it might be fun to drop in and see what was going on, we pulled into a non-descript field and saw 6 dogs being heavily criticised by a short man in wellies with a gruff voice. A small girl of about 10 years old won best in her show for her poodle and everyone seemed happy, It all seemed a bit surreal. We could see a sign for a farm shop but the place did not look open, however, we decided to have a look anyway, as we entered the corrugated iron and plastic shed we were greeted by a vast array of fresh home grown vegetables, milk and eggs. We had found Vincent's Farm shop and Vincent was there, he was happy to chat about his shop and apologise for its modesty but he needn't apologise as it was amazing. We spent £9 and came back with bags full of produce.
Vincent pointed out that his son, Richard, normally runs the shop but Vincent had just been on holiday and had flown for the first time in his life. His farm shop is well worth a visit. When you are buying locally it is easy to be conned. It is only a few weeks since Sid & I went to the new 'farm shop' adjacent to Endsleigh Garden Centre and we were really disappointed. It is easy for companies to cash in on the drive to do your bit for the environment.
Anyway, the farm shop at Collard Lane was great, the dinner I am cooking will hopefully be equally great, Next time you are shopping bare Vincents in mind and if you have time don't forget to ask about Vincents 'educational time' in Gran Canaria! There are loads of little farms out there that just need finding.
One more point for discussion - Last night I rediscovered St Peter's Brewery in Suffolk via a beautiful glass of Honey Porter, now if you are going to drink then you might as well drink something made from pure spring water and the finest organic hops. Even the Queen has recognised how fantastic this little company is and gave them an award to coincide with her 80th Birthday celebrations. As usual I have to remind you to drink sensibly and if you are going to drink then please drink lots of water the day after! Oh and thanks to moor and more beer for helping me rediscover St Peters!
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Some more good news is that I have sponsored a talented young 14 year old to help her pursue her Thai boxing career. Christi Campbell (pictured above left) has been fighting for several years now and after beating most of the juniors in her weight division she is now fighting adults. She is a great role model for kids her age as she points out 'Most of my friends spend their evenings and weekends at the park smoking and getting into trouble. I spend my time training and hope to one day become world champion'. My sponsorship will help Christi to train in Thailand ready to undergo her bid for a world title. Click here to download her recent fight with Natasha Gold.
Apologies again for such a short blog, Will try to write something inspiring tomorrow. I do have some advice I have been meaning to share for a while on healthy eating so will endeavour to find time tomorrow. For the moment you can stay healthy by avoiding me! (sorry students - you have to put up with me regardless!)
Monday, 24 September 2007
Saturday, 22 September 2007
Aside from my days pole jamming, one of the fighters from our gym - Saints - is fighting in Birmingham today. Omar has been a student at the gym for several years and despite showing signs of being a great fighter he always seems to draw when in the ring - fingers crossed that today will provide him with a much deserved win -I will keep you posted.
As some of you may have read - Jo has been updating her gymnastic skills at the Swallows gym in Plymouth, it all sounded very painful and as Jo's stepson put it "I think I have broken Jo!"
This week sees the launch of this years Sports personality of the year for local people - the event looks set to be a good one.
Here are a few bits of feedback from previous blogs - firstly the milk experiment, Can milk hydrate you better than water? The answer is that it seems to work, well at least with milk you spend less time on the Loo. I am unsure whether I would recommend drinking too much milk but a half pint after training seems to help my general fitness and well being. I still drink lots of water too. The dandelion tea seems to be helping me sweat less but it has been cooler in the gym and some of the effects may be psychosomatic so I can't say for sure.
Anyway -it is Saturday night and I am accompanied by a delightful bottle of Leffe brun, a fine Belgian beer, not generally recommended for a health and fitness regime but very nice nonetheless.
Well it is good bye from me and goodbye from the Leffe,
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
I managed to get to a yoga session with my favourite yoga teacher Lesley Bishop, she teaches on a Tuesday night at Clearbrook Village Hall on Dartmoor. The yoga really helps my fitness particularly my flexibility. Lesley had a few moves up her sleeve to really work my shoulders. It was a good session.
If any of you heard Radio Devon yesterday evening you would have heard myself and Jo putting Paul Moxham through his paces on the pole. Paul is a radio presenter with real talent, he put us all at ease and the interview went really well. I have a copy of it so will find out if I am allowed to add it to my blog. Watch out Gordon- you have competition!!!
I mentioned in a previous blog that a fat gene should not be blamed for obesity but I would like to mention that our body shape is dictated by our genetic shape, there are three basic shapes: Endomorph, Ectomorph and Mesomorph. The body shape is not an excuse for being out of shape but does dictate how you should train to achieve your desired body shape. If you are an endomorph then you need to control your diet more seriously as you are less likely to burn fat, if you are a mesomorph then you have the body that others dream of, you appear to be able to eat more but that is cause you burn it faster, Anyway enough boring fact. If you want more info click onto this men's fitness report.
Lastly, Happy Birthday to my Nan who celebrated her 85th Birthday today. My Nan is one of the best Nan's and has been a great influence on my life (and sometimes a bad influence to in a cheeky way!). Only last\week my Nan feel whilst shopping in town, a kind lady offered to help but my Nan said she was ok and could get up on her own. Then a young gentleman of 19 walked past and my Nan decided she could do with a hand - Nice one Nan!
Off to put my feet up on the sofa!
Monday, 17 September 2007
My performance on Saturday has given me the boost I needed to get in serious training for the nationals and to keep fit I need to eat well so a good shop was called for. Yesterday my husband and I visited the little farm shop at Roborough Village Recreation Hall and purchased some goodies including organic veg for a Sunday roast and nice things for the week including Gravadlax from Mikes Smokehouse - yummy! I also have prepared some balanced meals for the week including smoked mackerel Kedgeree, Mushroom Risotto and Seafood linguine.
I found a nice little website that featured lots of local farms where you can buy food direct from them, click here for more info.
To boost my diet yet further I have some probiotic organic yoghurt drinks from Rachel's Farm and a plentiful supply of mineral water (Thanks to my husband!). Now if I am going to get extra fit then I want the rest of you to make an effort too!
Now to a slightly different vein - healthy living and fashion. for those of you who are not aware of the term EDW you only need to visit glamour puss's blog to understand it! EDW or elegantly dressed Wednesday is all about style so I thought I would add a slant to it and think about EEDW - Ethically and Elegantly dressed Wednesday - think high fashion but without your fashion coming from an Indian sweat shop. (What, you may be wondering, does this have to do with health and fitness - well apart from the fact that looking good can make you feel happier I like to think about benefiting the health and fitness of others and if I buy ethically then I know I am contributing to the health and fitness of another individual somewhere in the world)
So what exactly is Ethical fashion? Ethical fashion is about trying to buy fair trade items, organic fabrics and about buying from sustainable sources. Many high street stores including M & S and New look have introduced fairtrade, organic ranges and hopefully many more stores will follow suit. So we can look better without feeling guilty! Here is a nice article on Ethical fashion.
Well it must be time for me to return to work, my desk is full of stuff that needs attention and my search for a new premises continues. I will leave you with a clickable link for George bush's new workout regime! Enjoy.
Friday, 14 September 2007
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
To all those who knew Ashley - lets remember all the good times and lets think of his kids & family at this difficult time. I will write tomorrow about all the nice ideas I had in my head for health and fitness stuff but today I need to submerge myself in work and beast that pole.
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Now we all know that good diet is essential for good health so why most of todays children eat so badly. I am aware that some schools are trying to improve theri menus but are cafes and restaurants doing the same or are kids only able to access fish fingers and chips or chicken nuggets and chips. Unfortunately this limited diet is extending to us adults. I was perusing a pub menu only yesterday and despite the promise of rel home cooked food I was offered a serving of sauted potatoes (dry, crispy and obviously from a frozen packet)and limp boring salad, the only saving grace was the customer service which was brilliant.
Sunday, 2 September 2007
So what has this got to do with health and fitness you may be asking, Burlesque is about pose, posture and presence and this involves great body awareness. Georginas balance was perfect and she showed her physical health as well as stimulating the mind. The performance also evoked confidence, an essential part of good physical and mental well being.
The bit if this blog that really does not relate to health and fitness is my hangover, which i blame on the poor cleaning fluids used to clean the pipes at a local hotel, had I stuck to a few glasses of bottle conditioned ale I think I would be ok! I am also not used to such a late night and am not a very nice person to deal with if I haven't had enough sleep.
I will write more tomorrow and try to give some expert health and fitness advice when I am actually feeling a bit more human. Oh and my practice yesterday went well in the fact that I lasted for 45 mins on the pole but less well in the fact that I was trying a spinning shoulder climb which involves bouncing around on your collar bone and it seems that my body is now protesting against such a move - Ouch. No pain, no gain!
Fish and broccoli for tea and lots of peppermint and green tea throughout the day to aid the detox process.
Also Thanks to all our students who turned up to support Georgina last night - it was much appreciated.
Saturday, 1 September 2007
The aforementioned coffee was particularly enjoyable as I knew that I shouldn't really be drinking it. The last of the three coffee sins occurred only yesterday when I bumped into a friend at the Coffee Shack on the Hoe and enjoyed a naughty Latte overlooking the beautiful natural amphitheatre that is Plymouth Sound. Bliss!
On Thursday I was persuaded to take on a extra piece of work - I have to help one of my instructor's find 2 men with six packs to dance at the T2 Halloween party, it is a terrible chore as I have had to study all the men entering the gym to see if they have a six pack (click here to find out how to get one!) There are some aspects of my job that are definitely more desirable than others.
Now I am rambling again - probably in an attempt to avoid my planned hour of training hell. But I must do it, I cannot write a health and fitness blog without trying to be fit and healthy myself. Wish me luck - will report back later when the bruises start to show.
Oh and if any of you are passing Annabel's this evening then be sure to stop by and watch the art of dance' Burlesque Beauty Georgina Gale strut her stuff. Entry costs £5 and the show starts at 10pm. Definitely one to watch.