Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Reflecting 2008

Reflecting back over the past year I was just thinking about some of my highlights - here are just a few.

  • Starting this blog (15th July)

  • Visited New York for the first time (March)

  • Improved my overall fitness considerably. (July - Sept)

  • Celebrated 28 years of my wife and I meeting (October)

  • Appreciated my kids even more (after my daughter left home in Feb - 'snivel-snivel tear drops on my pillow')

  • Watched my son play live music at 'gig in the park' (Aug)

  • Took part in the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Kuk Sool in Houston, USA (Oct)

  • Achieved my 6th Degree Black Belt (Oct)

  • Completed my 30th year in the martial arts (Kuk Sool Won) (Dec)

  • Two week vacation in Spain (Sept)

  • My daughter came back to live with us again 'hooray' (Oct)

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Happy New Year!!

I'm pleased to say that after taking some 'time-out' over Christmas I'm beginning to feel a little more rejuvenated and back into the land-of-the-living instead of walking around like a Zombie.

Although slightly tempted - I haven't been sitting about two much eating - I've actually made an effort to go cycling / walking and jogging (about a couple of miles each day) just to get my energy levels back to normal and to clear my head.

So now that my energy has almost fully returned I'm looking forward to celebrating in the New Year with lots of vigour and enthusiasm. I love to party (without going over the top of course!!)

For all of you good people out there who have taken the time to read my blog over the previous months - I wish you a very Happy New Year.

Fighting Fit At Fifty - 2009

Sunday, 21 December 2008


Yesterday was my last class of the year at Kuk Sool and I'm feeling totally burnt-out and exhausted. This however is quite normal for me to feel like this just before Christmas.

This morning I didn't wake up until 10.00am and I'm usually up out-of-bed around 7 - 7.30am. So I must have really needed the rest.

I now have two weeks off to recuperate and I'm looking forward to relaxing and taking life a little easier.

I don't know about 'fighting fit' Ive really felt like being 'fit-to-drop' or to put it bluntly - absolutely KNACKERED

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

It's Good To Talk

I've just sent an email to an old friend living in New Zealand, I haven't seen him for several years and have recently lost touch, which is a poor excuse I know, considering all the wonders of modern technology.

It's weird how we all get caught up in our day-to-day stuff and forget about the important things like friendships. We have variety of different ways to communicate with each other but we forget the most basic, that of talking.

So I'm going to make it my mission today to contact someone that I haven't spoken too in a while, why not do the same as I've already said "it's good to talk."

Have a great day!

Monday, 8 December 2008


Is it me or am I the only one that dislikes Christmas shopping?

Yesterday I was subject to a tough ordeal - No it wasn't a non-stop twelve hour martial art training session, but something even tougher than that. It was an all day shopping trip with my wife in Norwich.

Now don't get me wrong - I love spending time with my wife, however Christmas shopping really takes it out of me. Am I completely alone or do other men have a similar tale to tell?

As far as buying Xmas presents for people who don't really need anything at all - It actually turned out OK , we managed to get everything that we needed to get.

I've often been told by my wife and kids I have a definite likeness to Scrooge at this time of year.
Bah Humbug !! What do they know!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Im Back (almost)

Well once again I'm back in the 'land of the living' after my recent cold. As you may recall from my last post I was not 'fighting fit' for the most of last week.

At the weekend I had to attend the UK Kuk Sool Championships in Birmingham and it was a case of 'fake-it-till-you-make it' for me.

After performing in the Masters' Exhibition I can not recall a time that I felt so exhausted afterwards- I was completely Knackered.

Now this is not a case of not being at the top of my game, just a sign for me to look after myself a little better throughout the winter months, especially with diet and rest. (I just work to hard - that's it!)

For anyone suffering with flu - you have my sympathy. Get well soon.