Saturday, 23 January 2010

Alkalising Continued

As I recently mentioned I'm back to 'alkalising', again making the most of my juicing machine.

The thing that I find most difficult during the winter months is discovering the appropriate food to eat.

Eating salads etc. in the summer is fine, however in January it just doesn't seem to do the job and I often find myself just eating any old rubbish to help me keep warm.

Recently my wife Ali, made some good old-fashioned winter soups with plenty of seasonal vegetables, which certainly did the trick .

The essential rule to alkalising is this; Eat the things that you know are good for you and reduce or cut out the rubbish.

If you would like to know more about the energising course take a look at the following link.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Use It Or Lose It!!

The snow has gone and life is now getting back to normal.

It's amazing that just over a week ago the majority of the country came to a hault because of the bad weather. Many people like myself had been stuck indoors for several days or more.

I wasn't able to exercise to the extent that I usually do and my body soon became very stiff. I suppose it just goes to show how quickly the body can become less pliable without consistent movement.

I have a little saying that I use to remind myself as I grow older, 'Use it or lose it!' Just like the village post office - our bodies needs movement.

For me personally it's very important to exercise, stretch, and eat healthy on a regular basis. If I do divert from my usual regime even just for a few days my body soon lets me know.

For whatever reason, if I ignore the tell-tale signs and symptoms, then these messages become stronger in the way of pain and sickness.

This morning I'm about to set off and do some martial art training, which includes stretching kicking and practicing my pre-set forms. This should last for approx. 1-2 hours and will incorporate a total body workout and a great way for me to stay in condition.

P.S. Still no alcohol for this year.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Snow Joke!!

Probably like the rest of the country, I've now had enough of the 'white stuff'. It's really starting to cheese me off. (Although I do expect the kid's are loving it!)

I was just beginning to get back into the swing of things after the New Year holidays, when suddenly because of the extreme weather everything comes to an abrupt stand-still.

My family have noticed that I've become a little grouchy over the last few days, maybe its just because of my age, but I know it's because I'm unable to get on with my life. My psychiatrist says that it's because I'm a control freak. (I don't really have a psychiatrist - but I've got the next best thing.)

My wife says - that I should really look at it from a different perspective - "see it as an extra holiday, chill-out" she says - The only thing is - I don't want any more holiday and I'm already chilled-out due to the freezing weather - I've had enough - I just want warmer weather and to go back to my normal everyday routine.

The weather forecast today is for yet more snow over the weekend, especially here in the East. So I've taken my wife's advice - I've decided not to moan anymore, to stay indoors and try and do something positive, like play my Saxophone, or do some more writing for example, hence the reason for this post.

For anyone who does have to venture out - take care and wrap up warm !!!

Monday, 4 January 2010


As you may have already noticed the Fighting Fit blog has a fresh new look about it for 2010!

Thanks to my daughter Rachel, one of her gifts to me this Christmas was producing a stylish new look for my blog and I have to say - I love it.

Last year Rachel started her own new business called - Apparition Marketing & Design Ltd., which basically entails building websites, producing designs and providing marketing support for organisations and businesses.

Over the past seven or eight months Rachel has been working extremely hard to not only build up her portfolio, but to also establish herself in a very competitive industry.

Like most businesses the first three years are so crucial for survival. I'm not sure of the exact statistic but it's something like one in three of all business that start up will not reach their third year of trading.

Of course when most businesses initially start up there will always be teething problems. Through my own experience this is when business owners need guidance and support from whatever source it may arrive.

I know that Rachel has taken the time to affiliate herself with several local business groups. These have not only brought her lots of advice and needed support, but they have also provided her with connections to help her locate premises, as well as developing new sources of work.

I would like dedicate this post to not only thanking Rachel for producing me with a wonderful revamped blog-site, but also congratulating her on her first year in Business. "Well done Duckey." You've made ya old dad proud.

Incidentally, Rachel's drive and determination has subsequently brought her a nomination for the East Of England - Young Business Woman Of The Year'.

So good luck for that Rachey - Results will be announced at a special gala dinner ceremony at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Stanstead on the 4th February 2010.

Family Favourites 2009

I want to share with you some of my favourite family moments of 2009.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Alcohol Free Christmas

I am proud of the many achievements that I have obtained in my life so far, however I have another one to add to the list. Although this is only a small success it does mean a lot to me.

For as far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed a drink or two at Christmas and on some occasions it was more than just one or two.

Not so long back, after a few drinks I used to be the life and soul of the party, often making a complete fool of myself at the same time. The next day however I was usually like a bear with a sore head, miserable, unapproachable, a good-for-nothing so-in-so.

So this year I decided to have an 'alcohol free' Christmas/New year. The reason behind this was simple - I just didn't feel like drinking. Of course this wasn't as simple as you might think, with people indulging all around me, seemingly having a wonderful time.

I myself on the other hand found myself in a neutral mood, feeling neither happy nor sad. In fact it was interesting to observe the 'drinkers' and how they acted and re-acted in conversation. I have to say that this was enlightening experience in itself.

Although this might sound totally boring for many, and I can hear people saying "it's OK to let your hair down once in while." I just thought that this year I would test my resolve / will-power by staying alcohol-free.

So I've managed to get through the holiday period without having an alcoholic beverage. - Did I miss out, - no not really, I still had an enjoyable time going to the pub without incurring any feelings of missing out.

For those who do enjoy a drink at Christmas or any other time for that matter - 'Cheers to you all.' I just want you to know that I'm not trying to stand on any moral high-ground here by saying its not good to drink. - For me its just a personal thing

I'll probably have another drink at some point during the forthcoming year (as it's my big year) - On the other hand I might not - I'll just have to wait and see how I'm feeling

Happy New Year!