Exciting Stuff

Old Times and New Starts

It’s been ssssooooo long since I last blogged – this has turned out to be a long one but bare with, I do occasionally take a breath!

I had intended, now that I’ve finished Body Boss and developed a more ‘standard’ exercise regime – ok I admit, my husband and I now go to a personal trainer once a week, possibly not ‘ standard’ per se… but it is great for accountability and to be honest compared to a gym membership which would only be used for the first few months (there is no point in denying it) it is actually good value for money – there’s nothing like having someone being disappointed in you to get you doing at least three of their quick workouts a week!!! We get to learn all sorts of techniques which makes it easier to work out – basically you don’t realise you’re doing it, we can now do a Turkish Get Up WITH a kettlebell! Although I do always worry when he starts smiling at the start of the session…

Sorry, back to the sentence start… I had intended to Blog more regularly about ‘stuff’.

There have been several things that have sidetracked me, work, setting up a coaching business, being one of a team setting up a menu planning site for people with allergies/ dietary restrictions, my art business and, basically, life.

It also is tricky when you know you should ‘niche’ down to a specific audience, that’s great if you have one passion, but what if you have more?

What if you are an avid health person (currently working with kettlebells and trying a Keto Diet, which is quite easy when you’re gluten intolerant!), a passionate artist, an obsessive knitter (there’s a whole series just in that!), an old time actress (currently retired from the Flea Circus but will return on my return to the UK!) and wannabe comedienne – and that’s not counting the business side?? It gets tricky…

However this week I learnt that an old friend had passed away suddenly, she was only a year or so older than me, and although we hadn’t spoken for a number of years it really hit home. She was way too young. I remembered all the amazing times we had as a group – we were pretty wild back then, ok looking back if my daughter got up to half the things we were doing she’d be grounded until she was at least thirty, possibly older. It crossed my mind how we all survived it! But then we didn’t all survive it three of the group have passed away and two went into rehab… wellness awareness wasn’t a ‘thing’, we were living on the edge with little to no safety net…

I was always the one with a story, usually funny, usually something I’d done that had gone horribly wrong but somehow worked out ok, I’ve always loved telling stories, I love blogging (hard to imagine given how long it’s been!!).

It made me think how quickly time passes, I wanted to go on stage, I did for a bit but then I needed to pay rent etc., I became sensible (I quite like who I am) and now I’m too old being the wrong side of 45 (wrong side of 21 in my head!) and although I still have curves they’re now in the wrong places… My wonderful husband has pointed out that he disagrees with this statement, he may get banned from proof reading, but I do love that he believes that 🙂 I have also recently been diagnosed with primary Lymphoedema – I am overwhelmed to have this diagnosis, it is the biggest relief in ages!!! I literally cried!!! My doctor in the UK had told me that I had swollen ankles and legs (which hurt!) because I was F.A.T., honestly she actually said the letters rather than just saying I was fat, I was a UK size 14 at the time, it did nothing for my self esteem and although I never let it stop me, I’ve not felt comfortable in a dress for about 17 years and spent loads on water retention tablets which did nothing!! I honestly thought ankle bones were a myth… Thanks to my wonderful husband I now have unicorn slippers to fit over my bandages which are on for a few weeks whilst I undergo drainage therapy – Nya thinks they’re her new toy.

Sorry rambling again…

I really ought to stick to the point, but that is the point, what if you have more sides than a dodecahedron and just want to make people smile?

My wonderful husband has suggested a YouTube channel for my ‘monologues’, I was going to ask him what he meant but then realised he meant our conversations… He said he’d film it…

On plus side which is slightly of topic (you can decide which topic) I can now do a headstand – it’s taken over a year of trying, one of my BodyBoss posts has my first attempt! Please excuse the PJ’s nothing else fits over the bandages… and also my stomach, I couldn’t keep my top tucked in – I have stretch marks and I’m rather proud of them 🙂

Attempt number one 2017 – note, close to the wall and held for approximately half a nanosecond:

Attempt today (2018) – note, no where near a wall and held for about a minute while my wonderful husband phaffed!!!:

I think my original thing was to say I’m back, I may also be on a YouTube channel… If there is anything you’d like me to attempt to stay on subject for, let me know!

Body Boss

Bodyboss – week 11, I know, week 11!!!

Only one more week to go and I will have completed the Bodyboss program!!!

I feel like the end is in sight, it’s been so hard but I know I can make this last step – I don’t have a flat stomach, I can’t do push-ups but my goodness I feel better!

We’re going back to the U.K. for a week next week, which is perfect timing as I’ll be able to do Friday’s final power up before heading to the airport and writing this blog on the plane 😊

I will be having a week off the exercises while we’re there – I would start something new but it’s going to be such a busy week as we’ll be visiting family and friends not to mention working – so it will be back to a regime when we get back as I don’t want all this hard work to vanish – it’s taken too much effort.

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone, especially my little ones, I know they’re coming out here in the summer but I do miss them so much. I’m also really looking forward to seeing my best friends, my aunt and my very special Dad – there’s not going to be a moment spare!!
Even less as it turns out there is a festival in town on the Saturday (there’s always a festival in Ulverston – google it, it’s an amazing town!) this week it’s the Retro Rendezvous festival and so my Dad will be out performing the Flea Circus (an amazing street theatre act from the amazing town!) and Daisy – yes that’s me – will be making a guest appearance! How well this will go bearing in mind I will have been up for about 30 hours by then, is anyone’s guess… I just hope Dad has some coffee on the go! 


Feel free to check the Flea Circus out on Facebook – the new website is currently under construction – Uncle Tim’s Flea Circus

But I am back to my procrastination! On with the Bodyboss!!

Monday – Legs and Booty

My goodness I am tired today… this was a real struggle… lots and lots of jumping, I’m officially rubbish at jumping! I used to think Frog Jumps were my worst, but today it was definitely the Squat Cross Jumps, simply zero energy. But, I carry on…

And Single Leg Glute Bridges?! I mean really that’s just mean! I’m supposed to do 50 three times… I do 30 of the proper ones and 20 straight glute bridges…

Thank goodness for the cool down and an opportunity to jump into the pool for a few lengths to cool off, we are so fortunate to be living here, ok it’s only temporary but it feels like we’re on holiday every day!

As tomorrow is the 4th of July it’s a day off work, which means a well needed lie in!!!

Tuesday – happy Independence Day to all Americans!! 

Tuesday is normally yoga day but as I have a day off we decided instead to take little Nya and go for a walk to Bluff Point – such a lovely place, Nya was a little tired after the first mile and so we had to stop every hundred yards for her to have a sit down! We keep forgetting she’s only six months old!

      
I wish I had taken extra holiday now… but on the plus side most of the office did and so it will be nice and quiet and I can get some work done undisturbed!

Wednesday – Arms, Abs and Core…

It’s the last push so I knew this was going to be tough but good grief!!!

Aeroplane Push Ups, or just Aeroplanes as I like to do them – even without the push up bit they’re still rock hard!! One exercise in and I’m already my delightful shade of puce…

Jack Knives – yep these still elude me so I modify to ‘v’ sit-ups and hope they’ll do!

Power Plank, Spider Plank (minus the push-up element – well, I do a bit of a dip down but to be honest not on all of them) and Down Dog V Press not pleasant but done – not only am I a delicate shade of puce but I am literally dripping – nice!

Side Plank Lifts – I really feel I should be able to do these, they don’t look as if they should be that difficult but my goodness they are I still only manage 20 out of the 40,

We won’t mention the minute skipping, a five year old would’ve been ashamed of my attempt…

Thursday – Cardio Day!

I’m really looking forward to today, I’m starting a new audio book – Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (it seemed appropriate given that it was Independence Day this week!) I love Neil’s books, there aren’t many authors who can write across the genres with the success he has, and we’re going to see him talk next week, I’m more than a little excited!!

If you’ve never read any of his books I would totally recommend ‘Neverwhere’ or his collaboration novel with Terry Prattchet ‘Good Omens’, and then go from there…

40 minutes flew by and I can’t wait for next weeks session! 

Friday – Power Up!!

Oh great lots of jumping and jack knives – or rather ‘v’ sit-ups!

Well now I am completely shattered!!! But week 11 is done, tick, completed, only one more week to go!


I’m doing pretty good on the headstand too… 😊

Now for a weekend of jobs to get ready for next week, including a trip to New York to get presents for my beautiful Goddaughter and her lovely sister, happy days!