Category Archives: health

Atkins so far…

Well I’ve been doing the Atkins diet for a couple of weeks now and I can already tell a huge difference in how I look and feel. I know you are only supposed to do #Induction #Phase1 for a couple of weeks but I’ve decided I’m going to continue for another couple of weeks before I go to #Ibiza.

I had a moment of weakness last night, I went out for a few drinks #CoorsLight with it only being 4 carbs per pint, I ended up having about 6, a cheeseburger and chips and a pizza come last night! It’s fair to say I am well and truly out of #Ketosis! I don’t mind though, It’s just what was needed and has given me the boost to do another 2 weeks really hardcore.

I’ll be glad when I get to the end of this, but I really do think it’s the best way to change your diet, eating habits and to lose weight quickly!

I’ve noticed a huge drop in my body fat (according to my #Withings WIFI scales) and also about 10lbs off what I weigh, so it’s worth it when you start seeing results like that! Hopefully I will lose just over a stone on the next couple of weeks!

Atkins Again!

Well the diet tomorrow starts again, this time I’m going to make sure I stick to it. I’ve done it a number of times but every time I get out of #PhaseOne I can never seen to stick at it, I always think because I’ve lost lots of weight it’s ok to just going back to my rubbish diet. This time I’m going to make sure I do it right and completely change the way I eat.

My diet at the moment is dreadful, It consists of lots of carbs, lots of sugar and basically I don’t look after myself. So this is it. The time to make a change. I know the #Atkins diet is drastic but if you follow it correctly it actually is a really good diet with great results.

Tomorrow I shall be partaking in bacon, bacon and six pork chops. I know this is frowned upon by some people but my food delivery isn’t getting delivered until tomorrow night. At that point I shall be having lots of different things including vegetables!

I’m not sure I’m ready to cut everything out at the moment but I will give it my all. I remember the last couple of times I did this and I found it really difficult. The hardest part was not wanting to eat bacon for months and months! I love bacon too but too much of something and it really makes you feel sick!

I’ve been building myself up for sometime now and it has come around really quickly. I’m looking to go on holiday at the end of the month so losing 1 or 2st may not be such a bad thing! Last time I lost a stone within a week. That was pretty hardcore though and not having anymore than 5 net carbs per day! I was basically just living off meat.

So here I am, cooking 6 pork chops, a full pack of bacon on a sunny afternoon! I have my #Ketostix at the ready and hoping I’m in #Ketosis real soon!

See you on the other side!


New beginning

Well after my last post “Stressed I think” I’ve had a lot of time to think about things and how I am going to continue! I’ve realised that it is work that is making me into someone I’m not, I’ve had lots of rants to people about how I would rather be out of work than unhappy but I won’t be doing anything silly like that. That was just because of how wound up I was about the situation and it seems to just be a downward spiral. I’m going to continue doing what I am doing in a hope that I can get the passion back for it and continue to do what I love doing.

I’ve loved every minute of working for the past 9 years and a little blip once in that time is something that is expected, it would be stupid for me to throw it all away for something so stupid. A simple chat could probably sort it all out.

So now that I am feeling better about the situation, a week away from the office and being back home has probably helped, along with lots of cuddles from my dogs too. I think I may have been feeling a little home sick and alone also which didn’t help the situation.

The only way I can explain how I feel is a cloud has been lifted from around me and I can see all the good things in my life whereas before I couldn’t.

I’m hoping that this continues, I have another week away from the office now so hoping that I feel refreshed when I have to go back. I’m also looking at booking a weeks sun holiday where I can completely shut off from everything and just recharge the batteries!

Sorry for the boring posts, this is just something I need to do so I can eventually read back when I am feeling rubbish again to bring me back to reality!

Stressed I think

So I’ve not been on here much lately and there is a good reason for that, I’m having a really hard time at the minute in and out of work. Everything is getting too much for me and I’m finding it really difficult to concentrate, be motivated and basically as I like to say “Gone into Self Destruct Mode”. I seem to be to put it nicely fucking everything up around me slowly and I don’t seem to care who I hurt in the process. I’m slowly turning into someone I don’t like and I’m not sure how to deal with it, some people have told me to go to the doctors but that even sounds like too much hard work. I seem to be wanting to suffer in silence at the minute and no matter what anyone says I’m just not listening, well I am but not taking any action or listening to what they say!

It seems that if I hear something it sends me off when I’m feeling calm into some kind of rage where I just moan, become tense and unhappy again! It’s never happened before.

I’m slowly turning into someone that I don’t know, I don’t like and I don’t want to be!

I’ve recently left work for nearly two weeks, 1 week working from home and 1 week annual leave. I can already see a difference in myself and no longer feeling like I’m someone I’m not! My old self is coming back out and people around me can also see it. I really have no idea what to do in this situation or to rectify it!

London Marathon 2016

Well what can I say about the #LondonMarathon, this was my first time ever watching it, I’ve never watched it on TV before and I’d never been to watch it in person. I can only sum it up in one word…AMAZING. I got invited to go watch and not only go and watch I was in seats that you couldn’t even buy. #GrandStand seats at the finish line. It was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down so Saturday morning saw me travel to London ready for the #Marathon on Sunday. I wanted to make sure I got there with plenty of time and also so I could see some of the sights.

Nothing could have prepared me for how many people were actually going to be there on Sunday, not only running, but the spectators too. It really was something else, I usually get really annoyed when people stop in the road but somehow this was different. I just enjoyed the moment and especially with Virgin creating the hash tag #OneInAMillion.

I got to see #PrinceHarry giving out medals to the winners, I got to see the world record attempts being broken, just a shame that #EliudKipchoge didn’t beat the fastest time ever for a marathon. I could see the excitement in his face when he realised it was so close.

The only problem I had was that I didn’t know #JemimaSumgong had that terrible fall and still went on to win with such a good time for the women runners.

Overall an amazing day and such good fun to be a part of. My eyes are still seeing people move from watching all the finishes come in! Great fancy dress outfits.

So many people running and all doing it for something close to their hearts. #MillionMemories.

It’s definitely made me want to be part of it next year. That’s if I can get a place!


Elite female runners

1. Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) 2:22:58
2. Tigist Tufa (Ethiopia) 2:23:03
3. Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:23:39
4. Volha Mazuronak (Belarus) 2:23:54
5. Aselefech Mergia (Ethiopia) 2:23:57
6. Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:24:09
7. Feyse Tadese (Ethiopia) 2:25:03
8. Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) 2:27:27
9. Mary Keitany (Kenya) 2:28:30
10. Jessica Augusto (Portugal) 2:28:53

Elite male runners

1. Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2:03:05
2. Stanley Biwott (Kenya) 2:03:51
3. Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) 2:06:36
4. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (Eritrea) 2:07:46
5. Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:07:52
6. Tilahun Regassa (Ethiopia) 2:09:47
7. Sisay Lemma (Ethiopia) 2:10:45
8. Callum Hawkins (Britain) 2:10:52
9. Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:11:44
10. Ghebrezgiabhier Kibrom (Eritrea) 2:11:56

Breathing/Sinus/Snoring Problems!

For the past few years I appear to have had issues with snoring, now to me this isn’t a problem but for the person I am with it really does matter. Apparently It’s so loud my downstairs neighbours have heard it before. Now that is pretty good going.

Its been mentioned before that I also stop breathing when I’m asleep which all points to “Sleep Apnea” which would also explain why I am tired all the time, no motivation and basically a miserable bastard.

I’ve tried all sorts of gadgets to stop snoring:

  • Stop Snoring Rings
  • Electrocution gadget
  • Nostril plugs
  • Different pillows

Now I’m onto my latest gadget NeilMed Sinugator,


It’s a solution you mix with water and sends jets off water shooting up your nose. Now the problem with this is it has salt in the mixture… and when the water goes up your nose it comes back into my mouth (from the inside) which makes me cough all over. I’ve started to do this in the shower every night because it’s the safest place for me to do it! So far it seems to be doing some good but time will tell.

I still have a blocked nose in the morning and really dry mouth (due to breathing through it all night) but eventually I hope that will go! Snoring doesn’t seem to be bad from what I have heard on the sleep recording apps but still happening.

My first ever outdoor run

Well for those of you that know me… you will know this is not something I would normally do! So I’ll give myself a pat on the back.

And for those of you that don’t know me… here is a little bit about me. I’m not overweight, I’m not a fitness person at all, my diet is shocking and I have a massive weakness for fizzy drinks. Especially Coca Cola (full sugar) yeah I know a dentist worst nightmare, but my teeth aren’t that bad. I lived on takeaways for probably the best part of two years, not always but probably 90% of the time. I’ve never weighed more than 14st 3Ibs and I’m currently down to 13st 3Ibs. I’m not sure what my goal is going to be but I’m just going to keep going.

So back to the “My first ever outdoor run” it’s not my first ever, but my first ever since being an adult, I really wish I could go as much as I used to when I was a kid but hey ho, beer, girls, fast food and all the other good stuff had to be explored.

I went out and had all the thoughts going off in my head that I would get a stitch, be out of breath, curled up on the floor dying and an embarrassment, but this wasn’t the case. I ran the first mile before even needing to stop or have a drink, then I changed it to a quick 5 minute walk before starting again. I ran the next mile and had a 5 minute walk again. I had another two walking sessions on the way back but from start to finish my total time was…..wait for it….wait for it…. 37 minutes. Now to me that is really good to say I had all the fears and doubts about myself. Don’t get me wrong my legs were like jelly but I felt good after. The next two days were just me moaning about my legs.

So I decided to treat myself to a running coat, new shorts and man tights along with a nice running t-shirt.

Let’s see if it continues!