Sunday, September 27, 2009

kettle bells!

Had the kettle bell workshop the previous week at the gym and what a great one it was. Looking at the guy swinging this weight around it seemed like a great way to do yourself an injury! However, after a good warm up and learning techniques I felt fantastic. I started out with an aching back ( having just been on a 7 hr shift which started at 5.45AM and meant I had to getup at 4.30AM!) and at the end I felt energised, flexible and strong! We ended up with a small circuit we had to do 5 times- 10 swings with each arm, 10 squats, 10 pushups and 10 crunches. When we got to the last round he said to do 30 of each. I beat my manager by about 5 secs! Yaaahhhh. The competitive spirit NEVER diminishes just the execution fades a bit as you get older-lol. I bought one of these kettle bells but haven't used it yet. Hubby is swinging it around in gay abandon and loving it! lol

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Yaaahhhh- I've finished! Not sure my waistline is enjoying the study but at least I've finished the first round! we're going away for the w/e so I really needed to get all this finished before we went. Assignments are due on Tues and then we will have more set for the next week. However it can't possibly as heavy a work load as this has been. We ultimately end up giving an hour training session to the group- half hour training and half hour assessment. I'm sure I can think of something to yap on about!! Off to work now and good to get some movement back in this body!

Monday, September 21, 2009


I've eaten 2 small cakes, half a pkt liquorice allsorts, numerous cups of tea and I'm still floundering under piles of paper, computers and folders! I'm getting desperate here- a bit like paddling upstream with only one paddle- going around in circles and getting nowhere fast! So what am I doing here leaving a blog???? Do any ostriches need company???

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It feels so good when you stop!

Just started a course that already I'm thinking will be great when it's over- if I survive it!! The amount of work is amazing- have to have a 14 page work book of short answer questions, 4 2 page assignments and a 5 min presentation- all due by Tues week! yikes!!! I'm finding it hard just understanding what I'm reading never mind actually using the info. I hate to be beaten by things though so that spurs me on!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A good time had by all

Had a great time at Clover Cottage- a lovely old house but hardly a cottage! The group ( ladies from my over 50's group at the gym) are such a nice lot of people I love spending time with them. I even ditched my jeans and trackky daks for them!!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Princess for the morning

Well.....I've spent the past hour primping, preening, plucking and dyeing, washing and polishing until I've scrubbed myself to within an inch of my life! Now I'm ready to have "lunch with girls" - at Clover Cottage! Apparently a lovely cottagy thing- as a fund raiser for breast cancer. I'm really not a sit down at lunch time and natter for hours type of person ( especially the 'dressing up' part) but I suspect it will be fun and it's good to do something different. I was instructed by my ladies that jeans were not on and nor were trackky daks! doesn't leave much left in the cupboard- but at least I'm clean and plucked and polished and buffed!!!

Saturday, September 05, 2009


kettleBELLS not KettleBALLS!!!!!

Friday, September 04, 2009


The 'ouch' on the previous post refers to my back and arm muscles!!!!

Boxercise- OUCH!

Did a boxercise class with Catherine ( daughter) on Thurs night- and good fun it was too! We shared a bag and took turns in doing the combo's. It was funny to see her foot appear left and right and then it was my turn! I took it easy with the hardness of punching cos I know I'll just end up hurting something. It was a good class actually- only small amounts of time on one combination, followed by a minute or so or cardio and stretching and then back to the boxing. Meant not too much consistent stress. I was pleased to see, that although I'm slow., I could out 'pushup' the two young girls near me! We were all doing 'girlie' pushups so it was pretty easy- and they were struggling!! Yahhhhh for 'nana power'!!!
\Next time I go to see catherine ( an hour away) we're going to do an army style circuit- with kettle balls etc. Looked a bit manic but lots of sweaty fun! I could so with having a good sweat-I'm a bit of a princess and don't really push myself all that hard- lol