Sunday, 24 May 2009

Week Six - Alkalising Course

I've made it through to week six of the Alkalising Course and have kept a journal of each day so far, including the food I've eaten, exercise, weight loss and PH levels.

Here's what I've written in my journal today to summarise the journey so far.

I'm almost half way through the course and I can honestly say that I'm feeling better than I've felt in a very long time. It's weird but I feel cleansed, fresh and energised. It really is a fantastic exeperience. I feel truly alive.

An additional by-product of me feeling so good is that I've also managed to shed 8lbs in weight. I initially started out at 13 stone 9lbs and I'm now down to 13 stone 1 lbs.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Leonard Cohen

Have you heard of Leonard Cohen? I'm sure many of you have. If you haven't - I've been told that he's a gifted performer as well as being an outstanding songwriter.

If your not so familiar with his work, you might recognise the song Hallelujah which he originally sung himself, but was later covered by Jeff Buckley and more recently popularised by Alexandra Burke on X- Factor.

My son Jason and I, after our memorable trip to see Bob Dylan in Birmingham have also decided to go and see Leonard Cohen perform live at the Mercedes Centre in Weybridge, Surrey in July.

Jason thinks he's the bees-Knees being a singer songwriter himself and has listed him as one of the top performers/songwriters that he wishes to see live.

As for myself I have to say that I've listened to some of his other songs and have to admit that they sound a little dreary and depressing - but what do I know!

Didn't I think the same about Bob Dylan - now I'm playing his CD's in my car.

Master Training

After yesterday's five-hour training session with the Grandmasters eldest son Master Sung Jin Suh I'm now beginning to feel the effects.

Soreness and stiffness of my muscles are now beginning to materialise and simple tasks like walking up the stairs or sitting down on a chair require added care.

From past experience the only cure for this that I've found is to exercise a little bit more today, but at the moment I'm still trying to recover and am feeling slightly exhausted.

Despite this we had a wonderful time being taught by one of the World's top martial artist and of course it was great to be a student again.

During the session we covered high level weapons, empty handed forms, as well as learning different ways to practice self-defence techniques, which was all very interesting.

Overall it was a really great and inspiring session. I loved it!!

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Happy Birthday Rachey

Today it's my daughter Rachel's birthday. (16th May)

She is 23 and despite having a difficult (last) year she is returning back to her former self. Her boyfriend James has taken her to London to see the Lion King at the theatre. After that they're heading off to a special venue (it's a secret so I better not mention it yet) for an evening meal.

Tomorrow evening we shall be celebrating her birthday at the Westleton Crown near the Suffolk Coast with the family.

So have a wonderful birthday Rachey.

Kuk Sool Training For UK Masters

Tomorrow, I have the pleasure in training with the Grandmasters eldest son Master Sung Jin Suh - 8th degree Black Belt.

It is a special session for all of the UK Kuk Sool Masters and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it.
I already anticipate it being a rather physical session (because I've never trained with Master Sung Jing and found it anything but.)

Watch out for following posts if you want to find out what we got up too!

Thursday, 14 May 2009


What did you have for Breakfast today? Well you might have had a Full English or may have just settled for cereal, tea and toast.

I thought that you might be interested on how I'm getting on with my Alkalising health diet.

It's now week four - day three and here's what my breakfast consisted of this morning.

1 Carrot
1 Piece of Asparagus
1 large Apple
1 Celery stick
Slice of Cucumber

Now doesn't that sound appetising! Well it tastes better than it looks and of course it gives you a hit of your five portions of fruit and vegetables all in one shot.

A fantastic power drink to start the day with, giving you lots of energy and a great cleansing effect too.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Blakelow Farm Cottage - Derbyshire

We're back home after a very relaxing break in the Peak District - Derbyshire. We stayed at Cranberry Cottage, Blakelow Farm just outside Matlock.

Our main theme for our vacation was 'peace and relaxation', with a little bit of walking to keep us active.

The setting was absolutely perfect with our location high up in the hills, 1,000 ft above sea-level and well away from the mass population.

Although very quiet Alison did however make a few new friends, who kept us both amused during our stay.

I'm really pleased that I managed to stick to my new eating regime and I managed to take my new friend 'The Juicer' with me as well as the Saxophone.

I have to say what with the combination of the diet, rest and relaxation I'm now ready to take on the World again.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Peak District

My wife Ali and I are taking time-out to visit the Peak District next week.

We're leaving the kids Rachel and Jason home-alone. (Don't worry they're 23 and 20 years old so they can look after themselves.)

Ali and I have often talked about going to this region, but until now have never gotten round to it. So we've finally made time to do something that we've been meaning to do for along time.

We're staying in a small Cottage near Matlock. It looks truly idyllic with lots of rolling hills close by. We seaking a little peace and tranquillty and I think we'll discover it right here.

The one week holiday also continues on with my theme of me trying a variety of different 'new-things' this year as well as taking time out to 'smell the roses.'

I'm taking the camera and I'm looking to have some amazing pictures to show on our return.


One of my main ambitions for this year is to broaden my horizon in many aspects of my personal life.

Last Wednesday my son Jason and I went to see the legendary Bob Dylan at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham UK.

Now I have to be honest - I have never been a great fan of Bob Dylan, although I do appreciate that he has written and produced some really fantastic songs.

Over the last couple of years I have been exposed to Dylan through my son, who absolutely loves his music and writing style.

To get us in the mood for the evening we listened to endless amounts of Bob Dylan songs in the car during our 3 hour journey to Birmingham............... Talk about endurance.

Anyway getting back to the Gig in Birmingham - I have to say that I really enjoyed the evening, it was far better than I had anticipated and I even found myself buying a BD T-shirt and humming a few tunes to myself afterwards.

All-in-all it was a great evening for a father and son to spend together and I have to say it was money well worth spent, watching a legend and a genuis perform.

Rock On!!