My lower back is aching for sitting around a little too much and I do tend to lose my discipline and put on some extra pounds, which for me is slightly disappointing.
Sunday, 27 December 2009
My lower back is aching for sitting around a little too much and I do tend to lose my discipline and put on some extra pounds, which for me is slightly disappointing.
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Just as we were about to leave the house, quite unexpectedly it started to snow. I remember my eyes being transfixed to the dark sky, watching every single white snow flake fall effortlessly to the ground.
The memory was very simple, very personal, and one that I have to say will stay with me for the rest of my days.
Friday, 11 December 2009
And to you, my very special reader (as you maybe the only reader of this blog) I would sincerely like to wish you - like the card says - a very Merry Christmas and a
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Again spending a few days of restraint from eating over acidic foods and absolutely no alcohol, I'm once again feeling on top of the world and what a feeling it is. (I'd forgotten how good it feels)
It therefore just goes to show, that by paying a little attention to what we eat and drink what a difference it can have toward our overall mental and physical well-being.
I'm certainly not suggesting that everyone will think this is a miracle cure for the 'blues', but I honestly have to say - it's helped me.
P.S. The 'Juicer' is back!
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I'm just giving those of you who might be just remotely interested an update on my health & fitness regime.
Well, as I am an honest type of guy, I have to unfortunately admit that at present it's not good news.
Since my last reported weigh-in during the late summer, I've gained 6 - 7 pounds and my overall weight is now standing at 13stone 5lbs.
Although I'm not particularly concerned about my actual weight-gain, I am worried about the way I've been feeling just lately. Yes I'm back to being tired, sluggish and irritable, which I really, really detest.
So what's caused this downturn in my health regime? It's a question that I've recently been pondering over myself?
After returning home from Italy I've been craving 'high' carb food and alcohol, especially white wine and although I believe that one or two classes of wine and few slices of bread might not do an enormous amount of harm, it does stop me from wanting to exercise regularly.
So starting tomorrow I'm hoping to return to a more alkaline eating regime - like I did in the summer - (re-read post on alkalising) and I've also started running on the treadmill again.
Yes - I want to feel good!
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Yesterday, I started a post graduate course in Shiatsu & Oriental Medicine, in Norwich Norfolk.
I can't believe that it has been over seventeen years since I started my initial training in Shiatsu, eventually qualifying from the Shiatsu College (Norwich) in 1995.
The strangest thing I noticed after attending yesterdays all-day session, was it actually made me feel like only a month or two had passed since my very last lesson back in 1995, which I have to say was a very weird feeling indeed.
It was really nice because I just slotted back in where I had left off. This was probably due to the fact that my original teachers were still presenting the class in exactly the same format as they did all those years ago - relaxed but very informative.
So what did I learn yesterday? Well that's a good question....amongst a variety of subjects being taught, I specifically learnt how to give a very effective neck treatment, which rather paid off this morning as I've already had the pleasure in helping my wife, who was suffering with a rather stiff neck.
As a regular patient of mine, my wife Ali knows what my usual treatment is like, however after this particular session she commented on how different and somewhat refined my treatment seemed, which made me feel that what I had learnt yesterday was well worth all the time, effort and expense.
More important from my own perspective, I also realised how important it was for me to 'receive' Shiatsu myself. Being on the end of several other peoples 'treatments' yesterday, I had truly forgotten how good it actually feels to be a recipient.
So overall yesterday's training was really rewarding in many ways -and I aim to continue with the Post Graduate Course and can't wait for the next session in January 2010.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Well here it is - my favourite picture that I was talking about during my last post.
Of course it may not be everyones cup-of-tea, however I love it as it captures the essence of 'Paris In Autumn.'
What do you think? - Don't be shy, let me know your thoughts!
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Here they are;
- Strolling up and down the Champs Elysees on a sunny Autumn day
- Eating out at one of the many fabulous restaurants
- Having French Croissants for breakfast
- Watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night, lighting up like a jewel
- Looking at the Glass pyramid of the Louvre where the Da Vinci Code was filmed
- Watching the cruise boats float by, along the river Seine
- Listening to people speak and not understanding a word that they say
- Window shopping along the Avenue Montaigne (designer shops)
- Watching the leaves blowing off the trees along the many avenues
- The fantastic view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower
In addition -There is one more photograph that I'd like to share with you, but I feel it deserves a separate post of it's own. So look-out later on this week, when I will display this amazing photo, which was actually a fluke taken by myself.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Job well done!!
Friday, 16 October 2009
I've a couple of places in mind already, but if anyone has any further suggestions I would love to hear them.
My two places of choice so far;
1/ To walk along the great wall of China
2/ To take a train ride through the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
I know this all sounds a bit epic - never mind, hopefully there will be other ideas as well.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Alison, Jason and I went out for lunch yesterday to our local pub / retuarant, normally Alison and I order a large salad, which I must say is always well prepared and quite substantial.
However yesterday was different as Alison and I ordered good old fashioned 'Bangers & Mash' - what a delight to have something a little more traditional, just like when we were kid's.
Jason (my son) on the other hand ordered the ham salad - Youngsters today eating salads - whats the world coming too?
Monday, 12 October 2009
Isn't life good!!
Friday, 9 October 2009
It's good for me to be reminded of the discomfort and its a sure indication that I've been overdoing things since returning home from my holiday.
I do sympathise for anyone who is also currently suffering with back discomfort, at least I know that the cause of mine is stress related and I also know how to treat myself. -
With rest and relaxation!
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
After a rather busy weekend my body is now telling me to slow down. In fact I'm having too, as I'm experiencing pain in my lower back and the surrounding muscles.
In the past I have treated many people (with Shiatsu) who have suffered with lower back problems and there seems to be a definite connection between the onset of back pain due to extensive physical activity, as well as continuous mental stress.
Well I suppose I really need to address my own situation and take some rest. After looking what I had written in my last post it's not surprising that I'm suffering today.
If I rest and relax a little within a couple of days I know everything will be back to normal.
'Healer - Heal Thy Self''
Friday, 2 October 2009
It's been over a week since we've returned home from our holiday in Italy and it's back into the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
I always love coming back home again after a holiday, but my life seems to have returned to a pace of over a hundred miles an hour.
Thankfully my business is going well when so many others are discovering challenging times and my health and mental state are also in a good place.
However I can't just help reflecting back to the Tuscan Hills where I discovered peace and tranquility and literally had time to just stop and think.
Oh well I must go.......so much to do.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Great scenery, great romance, great food and wine, great people, great culture, well what more can I say - apart from an exceptionally great experience all round.
Check out some of our favourite Photo's that we took, which we believe encapulates our time spent in Rome, Florence, Seina, Pisa and not to forget our luxury Tuscany Villa set in the Chianti wine region.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
I really love trees - however over the last few weeks we have been faced with a dilemma, whether or not to take down a fir tree in the front of our garden. Although it was a lovely tree it did block out an enormous amount of light from the house and it required a lot of work maintaining it's shape and size.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Held at our local town park in the centre of Halesworth Suffolfk, musicians from all over country attended this years event.
The special thing about this particular event is the wealth of abilities that it attracts for such a small town and the abundance of local talent on offer too, including everything from the stage and light-shows, to the huge inflatables that surround the area, which gives it that festival feel.
There are three stages, the Main stage where most of the professional bands play, the Intermediate stage and of course the famous Jungle tent, which attracts a multitude of performers and bands.
For me personally it's also a great chance to meet up with my old buddies, many who are actually playing in bands themselves. So as well as having a beer or two it's a great chance to catch up and unwind.
Someone said to me yesterday that's the venue is like a mini version of the Latitude festival, however I personally believe because of it's shape size and the amount of local people it attracts, the 'Gig' has a totally unique feel and an occasion that is hard to repeat anywhere else.
Finally, to add the icing on the cake to a brilliant weekend, my son Jason performed his first major gig as a solo artist. In my opinion he gave it 'his all' and as a parent watching from the sidelines - you can't ask for more than that can you.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
We had over one hundred guests turn up, which was fantastic. The food and disco were superb and I believe that a great time was had by all,
Ali and I would sincerely like to thank everyone who bought us presents and cards, but truly the best gift was just having some really fantastic people around to help us celebrate the occasion.
Monday, 20 July 2009
Like many other people who've been married for this amount of time, we've had our 'ups and downs', but doesn't everyone. On the whole however we've had a pretty fantastic marriage.
This Saturday (25th July) we are having a party with all our family and friends to celebrate this milestone, then in September we are heading off to Italy for a romantic holiday - we can't wait.
As you've probably noticed I've included a nice picture of some Roses. My sister Bev bought us these from Hampton Court Palace. They're actually named the "25th Wedding Anniversary Rose" - How appropriate.
It's the second Rose bush that we've received as a gift, (maybe someones trying to tell me something?) See my post titled 'contemplating'.
Today I'm shopping with my wife in Norwich (why change habits of a lifetime.) I'm looking to buy her a little gift for putting up with me for all those years, so it's got to be something pretty special.
I'll post later what I came up with!
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Just to remind anyone else who may be reading, the main reasons for me starting this blog 12 months ago, was because I was feeling very down in the dumps, overweight, tired and very sluggish.
Of course much of the above was down to a string of events that had previously happened to me, such as the passing away of my father, my daughter leaving home and my wife suffering with the 'empty nest syndrome' my whole life had taken a considerable down-turn.
So, one year ago I decided to try to do something about it. So I started writing, exercising and dieting as a kind of therapeutic outlet and I have to say that over the past year it has helped me tremendously.
Thankfully my head has now emerged from those dark clouds and a new 'MD' has emerged. Here's the picture to prove it. (Minus 15lbs in weight)
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Watch this space................
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
These are specific breathing patterns that are performed in combination with holding certain positions.
These exercises have derived from the Buddhist aspect of Kuk Sool Won and have been practiced for thousands of years by monks and martial artists.
There are many benefits that arise from making deep breathing a part of your daily routine, most of which are due to the fact that deep, cleansing breaths also give your lymph system a helping hand in clearing out the toxins from your body.
By breathing we can encourage the flow of the energy (ki) throughout the body. Deep breathing does not only stimulate and regulate this flow of energy, but it also has a powerful cleansing effect on the entire body.
Of course it is only after a continued period of practice that the benefits can be recognised, these benefits include increased strength and vitality and an overall feeling of well-being.
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Has anyone been watching Glastonbury on TV. I just caught the last song of Bruce Springsteen last night, what an incredible performance and as for Tom Jones, Kasabian, Neil Young, Florence and the Machine, all magic.
My son Jason is actually attending the festival himself. I sent him a text last night asking him if he was enjoying himself and his reply was... It's smashing here. Make sure you tape it for me again! J..... All-in-all sounds like he's having a good time.
Maybe next year I'll have to attend? However the only problem is that I don't like the mud or large crowds. So that's me out, but it still looks like fantastic fun.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
One of the by-products, so to speak, of doing the Alkalising course is weight-loss and although many people have said that they didn't think that I needed to lose weight, I knew in myself that I was carrying a few extra pounds. More than a few in fact.
I've just completed week nine of the course and the results of my of Alkalising, apart from myself feeling outstandingly good, it has also allowed me to lose 10lbs in weight. I am now weighing in at under 13 stone, in fact to be precise I'm 12stone 13lbs. (A big round of applause, thank you)
Last Sunday I treated myself into buying a brand new suit for my 25th Wedding Anniversary. I was really pleased to have the option of purchasing a really expensive one that I liked, however the best thing, the suit had also lost some pounds - the price had been dramatically slashed in the sales
Apart from the streamline price, it was also the perfect fit, 34" waist 40" chest, however what makes these measurements quite interesting is this....... they are very similar to the measurements that I had when I bought my suit to get married in almost twenty-five years ago.
Well of course I came away from the shop feeling amazingly pleased with myself and it just goes to show that following a moderate alkalising diet can really help turn back time.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Last night my son Jason and I were talking about our all time top songs ever produced. He mentioned that I should create my own top ten favourites to put on my blog.........Which got me thinking.
Because I'm learning to play the Saxophone and forgive me if I'm biased but I personally think that the Saxophone is the coolest instrument out there (sorry to all you guitar players.) I thought that I would compile my all-time top ten pop songs which have Saxophone Solo's in them.. so here they are.
Let me know what you think or if you have any other suggestions.
10/ Year Of The Cat - Al Stewart
9/ Spandua Ballet - True
8/ Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
7/ Born To Run - Bruce Sprinsteen
6/ One Step Beyond - Madness
5/ Careless Whisper - George Michael
4/ Us And Them - Pink Floyd
3/ Young Americans - David Bowie
2/ You Belong To The City - Glen Frey
1/ Gerry Raffety - Baker Street
Yeah... I know they're all mostly eighties hits - but there you have it my all time favourites.. albeit 'Golden Oldies'
Monday, 1 June 2009
P.S. The picture above shows my daughter Rachel and wife Ali, pictured with Kuk Sool Grandmaster, In Hyuk Suh, directly after the Master Exhibition on Saturday night - Rachel was also promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt the same evening.