Saturday, 1 December 2012

Musical Advent 2012: Day 1

Ok so I lost my blog lovin,  I may have got it back. For the past two years I have done a musical advent and thought it would be a shame not to do one this year.

Each day until Christmas Eve I will share one of my favourite Christmas Songs with you, simples.


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Review: Ladies Scarf from Lands End

I adore scarves; I have a huge collection at home. Some are expensive and some were 50p from the charity shop.  I love the way they can transform an outfit especially when you money is tight and you only have a few clothes in your wardrobe.

I was asked to choose a Ladies Scarf from Lands End and of course I jump at the chance.

I went for this Silk/Cashmere Ombre Scarf in Purple Heather £59.95 it’s 50% Silk and 50% Cashmere and is rather lovely.

It’s different from any scarf I already have and I love the different colours in it.  It brightens up my rather drab maternity collection and is really warm to wear which is ideal in this weather. It’s lovely to wear and really soft.

It’s a nice length so you can wear it in a few different ways, currently I have it wrapped about my neck because of the cold.

A nice addition to my collection.

Lands End have a great collection of scarves as well huge range of clothes and accessories.

Oh and there is a mid season sale on!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

I’ve Lost The Love

Recently I have fallen out of love with blogging. There was a time when I couldn’t wait to blog and had a billion of ideas but after 3 ½ years I feel burnt out and fed up of the whole thing.

 I fed up with the games and politics of it all, bloggers and blogging networks trying to outdo each other, bitching and the constant begging for freebies, that’s not what blogging is about.

I know I have been very lucky and have been able to make a living from blogging and yes I get great opportunities but I have worked hard for that, I don’t beg for things if I really want something I buy it or save for it (novel I know).

Blogging has gotten so nasty recently and there is no need for it at all, if you can’t say something nice shut the fuck up. Even worse are the ones that stir and stick their nose in where it’s not wanted, they love a bit of drama especially when it’s someone else.

So I find myself falling out of love with the one thing I had that was for ‘me’, this blog is so neglected but I think it will stay that way for a while I can’t think of anything else to write about.  I think personal blogging is over for me for the time being.

So I sticking to my blogging motto Live First, Blog Last.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Just Wait for the F*cking Green Man

There is one thing that annoys me more than anything and that’s people not waiting for the green man at crossings especially when I have BG with me.

From a very young age I have told BG we must wait for the green man, people gave me strange looks telling this to a newborn baby but at 3 years old she know to wait for the green man. She even tells people off that doesn't wait and warns them that they will go on the naughty list and get no presents!

There are two situations when it really, really annoys me.

  1. When BG is with at a crossing, I am trying to teach my child road safety and you just go and run across the road undermining everything I am trying to teach her. WAIT FOR THE GREEN MAN!
  2. Parents running across the road with their children and not waiting for the green man. What on earth are you teaching your children??? I don’t care how clear the road looks, cars whizz around corners all of the time. Do you want your child to get hurt or even killed? WAIT FOR THE GREEN MAN

You are probably wondering what set this rant off. On my way home from town today I was at the crossing (waiting for the green man) and two mothers with young children in buggies decided not to wait and were narrowly missed being hit by a car that was speeding around the corner.


Friday, 24 August 2012

Book Review – 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce

The Blurb:

Welcome to New York City, where the socialites are witches. Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When her boyfriend Malcolm proposes, Jane can't believe her luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job as a fledgling architect and make a new start with him in New York. But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them

What I thought:

I don’t normally read supernatural type books but this one was different. I was grabbed straight from the beginning and it only took me two days to read it all. It’s addictive you have to keep reading to find out what happens next.

It’s really well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.

This is part 1 of a trilogy so I can’t wait for the next one to see what happens next.

666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce is available from Amazon the paperback is £4.26 but the Kindle edition is only 99p so give it a try!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The One In Which I Make An Announcement

I have been a pretty useless blogger lately, in my defence I have been really busy, plus I couldn't think of anything interesting to write about until now.

Are you ready for my announcement?..................................................................................................


Those of you that read my last blog New Mummy know I swore I would never had another after my awful pregnancy and birth, a lady can change her mind!

Baby number 2 is due the beginning of February and we are very excited including BG who can't wait to be a big sister. Though she was bitterly disappointed when we found out I am only having one baby (phew).

I am feeling good the nausea and extreme tiredness has passed, however I do have gestational diabetes for the second time. It showed up really early this time and they think I already had a glucose intolerance. So its daily glucose tests and medication to keep my glucose levels low. I have to go to the hospital every fortnight and will need extra scans and consultant meetings.

Doubly exciting my youngest sister is also pregnant and is due 2 days after me, so lots of babies next year.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Getting Rid of Those Bingo Wings with Slendertone Arms

As I had such good results with the Slendertone Ab they have also sent me the Slendertone Arms £39 to try out.

Slendertone System Arms Female is a clinically proven arm toner that targets the tricep (triceps brachii) muscles in the upper arm

I have very flabby arms so was really excited about receiving them.

It comes with two arm sleeves (my term), 4 hydrogel electrodes, travel pouch and instructions.  It doesn’t come with the Systems Controller so if you haven’t got another Slendertone product you will need those as well.

It’s really easy to set up, just follow the instructions to add the hydrogel electrodes pads to the arm sleeves.  Connect to the Systems Controller and put the sleeves on. Points are marled on the sleeves to ensure you put them on correctly and away you go.

You start with beginner, then intermediate and then advanced. You control the intensity level; the aim is to increase this each time.

The instructional manual comes with a suggested 30 day plan which is great if you are new to Slendertone. You have to do 5 sessions a week for the first 4 weeks and then just 3 times a week after that.

 You can really feel your muscles working, though it does make my fingers twitch.

Results are promised after 6 weeks, I have high hopes for this!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Thinking Slimmer - Week 1

The fat bird slim challenge continues, I stopped Slimming World not that it wasn't working for me but we had about 3 months of sickness and I lost motivation. I think I have put on at least 1/2 stone of what I lost but I am ready to get going again. 

I am trying Thinking Slimmer Slimpod and Fitpod. (here comes the science part)

Slimpods are a series of unique voice recordings which help people to achieve effective weight loss, whether you want to lose 5lbs or 5 stones. Unlike other methods of losing weight, there are no diets, no calorie counting and no willpower required. Slimpods have been developed by Harley Street experts and use modern approaches to the science of unconscious persuasion to gently retune the mind and adjust the way slimmers think about the world, especially in relation to food, health and fitness. Because it's like having your own personal mind coach, weight loss becomes simple and effortless.

I have been listening every night for a week and I have started to notice a difference already. Not in actual weight loss but in my eating habits. I am snacking less, making healthier choices and finding ways to get moving more, which strangely has been housework which I hate! I really enjoy listening to the pods, I find Trevor's voice very soothing and I feel completely relaxed before I go to bed. I am not expecting overnight miracles but if I carry on the way I am I will be slimmer for my sisters wedding in November. 

As part of the Thinking Slimmer blogger programme I have been sent some XPG Jenni Falconer clothes from Debenhams to exercise in.

Dodgy picture I know!

They are really nice and I am looking forward to doing actual exercise in them, this week I am trying Zumba on the wii. 

I will keep you updated with my progress.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Through The Dark Times

This months Mental Health Carnival is being hosted at Touch & Tickle. The lovely Sheonad has come up with some prompts for anyone that is stuck.

I have chosen a prompt for my post: 

Do you have a mantra/quote/song that got you through a dark time?

I know you're shocked right I am going to write about Music and Mental Health!

I have written before about my 'theme tune' my latest is Dance Without Sleeping by Melissa Etheridge (hence the blog name if you didn't already know).

I use music to help me through the tough times, I like having something to escape into and find that music helps sooth my soul. I often find it hard to explain how I am feeling, especially while I am inside the darkness. 

In 2007 I had my worse bout of depression it was actually when I finally diagnosed as having depression. I had a lot of time off work and found myself alone at lot.  There were two tracks I listened too over and over again.

One was Grace Kelly by Mika and the other was How to Save a Life by The Fray. It was all over the radio and I suppose I was hoping would come and save me.  

It's funny what songs speak to you and provoke a reaction. You can always tell my mood from the music I am playing.

What track to do listen to when you're in need?

I shall leave you will How to Save a Life, oh and its not too late to submit a post!

Friday, 18 May 2012

Mental Health Carnival - March & April

The mental health carnival is still going strong I am pleased to say.

In March it was hosted at Liberal England which you can read here 

In April is was hosted at Slummy Single Mummy 

I want to say big thank you to them for hosting for me and to everyone that sent a post in.

The next carnival is at Touch & Tickle on the 28th May please feel free to send in your post, they don't have to be new ones.

If you want to write about your Mental Health experiences and either don't have a blog or want to remain anonymous you are more than welcome to post on here as a guest post.  

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Is Your Blog Authentic?

Image from Tots100
The buzz word if the day at Cybher was ‘Authentic’, is your blog authentically you? It really got me thinking is my blog really reflective of me.

I have been blogging 3 years and I think my style and defiantly what I write about has changed over years. There have been period of time that I have written what I think people want to read or as a ‘mummy blogger’ I should be writing about.  

That was one of the reasons I stopped writing New Mummy after 2 years I couldn’t be completely me and still write the blog. I didn’t want to write about potty training and tantrums anymore (well at least on my personal blog), I need a blog that showed who I was as a whole person not just as a Mother.

This blog is just over a year old and even though I don’t write as much as I used to I am still really proud of my little bit of the internet. I get to come here I write about whatever it is that’s on my mind and I feel no pressure on what I should be writing or how I write it.

I like to think that out of any of the blogs I write or have written that this one is 100% authentically me that it represents who I am.  Of course only those that have met me can tell me if its 100% authentic.

What do you think? Do you think my blog is authentically me?

Is your blog really reflecting you?

4 Week Slendertone Challenge – Weeks 3 & 4

As I have been in a blogging break I have realised I have not updated you with my Slendertone Abs Challenge *slaps wrists*.

I have finished the 4 week challenge and lost 2 inches across my stomach or I had until I got lazy and stopped doing it for a few weeks. 

Like with any type of exercise or toning once you stop it started to go back to the way it is. So I will be starting it up again as I am really please with results I had.

I really like using the Slender Tone abs for several reasons:

  • It’s easy to use
  • You can do it at any time
  • You can do it with or without exercise
  • It actually works
  • You can feel it working
  • It’s easy to fit into your schedule

I will be carrying one with this and I now have the Slender Tone arms so I shall be nice and toned by the time Summer decides to show up!

I will give you an update soon on the arms and I have more weight lose news for you tomorrow.

The SlenderTone Abs is available online for £149.99

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

What I'm Wearing to #Cybher

Red Lips

My theory is if you are looking at my red lips you will not notice my bad dress sense!

See you Saturday. 

New Music Alert - Face to Face by Talk in Code

Every now and then I get sent tracks to listen to and review, I actually wish I got more as it would be my dream job. Anyway Chris from the band Talk in Code got in touch and asked if I would listen to there debut single Face to Face.

Talk in Code are a 5 piece Swindon band and their music is a mixture of indie with a bit of synth thrown in.  They actually remind a bit of The Editors though their sound isn't quite a smooth yet.

I listened to their single Face to Face and I like it but I don't love it, yet. Its a grower, every time I hear it I like it more. I just find in same places its a bit busy too many sounds going on.  The vocals are strong which really saves this track. 

I prefer their track Another Reason which you can listen to here

I do however love the video which was filmed on a budget of £100, my kind of band. 

I want to know what you think of the track and the video, let me know your opinions.

Face to Face is available to download on 21st May and you can learn more about Talk in Code on their website

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Tuneful Tuesday - Songs That Make Me Cry

Tuneful Tuesday is about those songs that are so beautiful and emotional that they can stop you in your tracks.  Songs that bring back memories or make you stop and think. 

There are some songs that no matter how much I listen to them they make me cry, which can really embarrassing when you hear them when you are out in public.  

What these songs all have in common (apart from making be bawl like a baby) is that they are full of emotions and can relate to them. They are not really sad songs but they make me emotional. 

So here are songs that make me cry:

Kelly Clarkson - Because of You

Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings 

Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice

Melissa Etheridge - I Run For Life 

Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares to You

What songs make you cry?

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Crash and Burn

I am ill again for the 5th time already this year. I have cystitis which I know is not serious or life threatening but after a virus two weeks ago were I lost my voice plus sinusitis a few months before that my body is ready to give up.

I am tired mentally and physically and in dire need of a holiday which thankfully is soon.  I have spent the last year working my butt off to make a success of my blogs and freelance work, travelled around the country and of course been a mum and all that entails.

I can feel myself slipping into the darkness and if I am not careful I am going to get sucked in and then we are in real trouble.

Mental Health wise I have been good for a while now but if I am not careful and don’t look after myself it’s really easy for me to slip into depression without even realising it.  I have to look after my mental health as well as my physical health. It’s actually taken me a long time to realise that!

I have a habit of working, working, working and then I crash and burn and as I get older it gets harder to recover.  It started when I went back to college at 21 and at times had 3 jobs plus classes!!  I did that for almost 5 years as I moved on a degree and I got to the point where something had to give and I had to drop some work, tighten my budget and give myself some time. Working 7 days a week is not good for you.

So from Friday I am taking a 3 week break from my blogs, I am going to schedule some posts in and then switch off the emails.  I still have other work to do and then I am actually away on holiday for a little while and will (try to) take a social media break for at least a week and recharge.

I am holding on for dear life trying not to slip into the abyss. 

Image: winnond /

Friday, 6 April 2012

Meet and Greet

I am off to Blog Camp and Cybher this year and they both have meet and greets. I am cheating slightly as I can’t be bothered to write two so I merging them!

Name: Carol

Twitter: @caroljs

My Blog’s About:  Depends which one you read! Music, Mental Health, Parenting, Food
Likes:  Chocolate, Coffee and Cupcakes (My 3 C’s)

Dislikes:  Rudeness, mayonnaise, soaps (apart from Hollyoaks)

Height : 5'3"

Hair : Shortish, redish brown with flecks of grey (though they will be hidden for the conferences

Five things you should know about me...

1. I am obsessed with Bon Jovi (I flew to Washington DC to see them)
2. I have 4 tattoos and a nose stud
3. I have a beautiful daughter who is 3 years old
4. I’m a hugger
5. I’m actually quite shy so please say hello

You can find the Blog Camp meet and greet here and the Cybher meet and greet here

Monday, 2 April 2012

Music Monday - Baby Love

I feel like I haven't done a proper music post in forever. Its mainly because work takes precedent at the moment and I just don't seem to find the time to write here any more.  Plus I am losing inspiration, I really need a holiday.

Anyway on Sunday we were watching Top of The Pops 2 and BG started dancing along in front of the TV just like I did when I was little. It really made me happy to see her bopping along trying to the dance moves.

This was the first one she danced to so this what we are starting the week with.

Sunday, 1 April 2012


I've been blogging 3 years now and for the most part I love it. I finally found something that I enjoy doing and I am quite good at but every now and then I get the urge to delete it all and run away.

I currently have 4 of my own and I have to admit its getting hard to work on them all and my freelance work. I only work about 20 hours a week and priority goes to me freelance we some weeks leave me little time for the others. The issues I have is that I actually make money from my blogs so I don't want to give it up but sometimes it gets overwhelming and I get a little head in sand like.

I keep thinking to myself that this could all end tomorrow and people will stop reading what I write and forget all about me. Can you tell I have abandonment issues!

Would people really miss me if I wasn't here in the bloggosphere? Would someone else just take my place?

I have really lost my confidence and inspiration at the moment and I'm not sure where to find it.

If you see it send it back please. 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

When the Darkness Comes

This really a cheating post as its been posted on my old blog before. However I am poorly with a virus and a need a post for this months Mental Health Carnival.

This is a poem I wrote about how depression feels for me.

When the Darkness comes I can't breath,
My head pounds and my moth goes dry.

When the Darkness comes I just want to hide,
Loneliness is my friend.

When the Darkness comes  I cry and cry,
I don't always know why.

When the Darkness comes I am scared,
Panic rises inside me.

When the Darkness comes I am paralysed,
I wish I could run away.

When the Darkness is gone I am free,
Until the next time it appears.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

This Week I Am Mainly Listening To....

Echoes by Will Young

Sssh don't tell anyone but I voted for him to win Pop Idol. I have always been a fan and I am really enjoying his new album. 

Its easy to listen to and rather catchy, I suggest you all run out a buy it now!

Monday, 19 March 2012

The 10th Ending to 99 Reasons Why by Caroline Smailes.

99 Reasons Why is Caroline Smailes new book and has been released today. It’s not any old book it’s a book with a difference!

It is only being realised as a ebook and comes with 9 different endings which I personally find quite exciting. I frequently find endings to books disappointing.

Readers navigate the different endings by answering multi choice questions on the kindle or the spinning wheel on the ipad or iphone.

Caroline has written an extra 2 endings, one hand written one which will be auctioned off for charity and one that I (and some other bloggers) have to host.

99 Reasons which is just £2.99 and is available from Amazon for the Kindle and from itunes.
I have a copy to read so once I have I shall do a little review for you.

If you haven’t read the book and plan to then don’t read on as the 10th ending is below!

The 10th Ending 

99: the reason why I was only worth ninety-nine quid
It’s been six days since the little girl in the pink coat went missing and me Uncle Phil’s in me bedroom.
We’ve been watching the little girl in the pink coat’s mam on the news. She was appealing to the public for witnesses.
‘Didn’t realise she had a mam,’ I says, looking at me telly.
‘Everyone’s got a mam, pet,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
‘She sold her story to The Sun,’ I says, looking at me telly.
‘Got a few quid,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
I nod.
‘She wanted nowt to do with that bairn before all this,’ me Uncle Phil says, looking at me telly.
‘Do you know where she is?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.
‘Belle?’ me Uncle Phil asks me.
I nod.
‘She’s safe,’ me Uncle Phil says to me. ‘Your mam’s keeping an eye on her.’
‘Can I be her mam?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.
‘No, pet, you’re a filthy whore,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
I nod.
‘Can you make Andy Douglas come back, Uncle Phil?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.
Me Uncle Phil shakes his head.
‘I love him,’ I tell me Uncle Phil.
‘Andy Douglas is your brother, pet. You didn’t seriously think Princess Di was your mam, did you?’ me Uncle Phil asks me.
I nod.
‘You’re a cradle snatcher just like your mam,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
I nod.
‘Your mam miscarried when she found out I’d been banging Betty Douglas. Betty was expecting you,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
I don’t speak.
‘When you was born, your mam went mad and I ended up buying you from Betty Douglas for ninety-nine quid,’ me Uncle Phil says.
‘Ninety-nine quid?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.
‘I paid a hundred but got a quid change for some chips for your mam and dad’s tea,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
‘You bought me?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.
I’m a little bit sick in me mouth.
‘It was the right thing to do,’ me Uncle Phil says to me. ‘I got Betty Douglas pregnant straight away with Andy.’
‘I’m pregnant,’ I says to me Uncle Phil. ‘I’m pregnant with me brother’s baby,’ I says, and then I throws up on me purple carpet.
‘You’re a filthy whore,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
‘What am I going to do?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.
‘You’re going to have the baby,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
‘Have me brother’s baby?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.
‘Then I’m giving it to Betty Douglas to bring up,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
‘You what?’ I says to me Uncle Phil.
‘It’s the right thing to do,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
‘I can’t—’ I says to me Uncle Phil.
‘It’s either that or I’ll make you disappear,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.
I don’t speak.
I’m thinking, they’re all a bunch of nutters.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Best Gift Ever!

As a blogger that write reviews I get send quite a lot of goodies and presents. I actually had to explain to the UPS guy that has been to my house everyday this week that I don't spend my days shopping I write a review blog.

There have been some great parcels this week including Jaffa Cakes but the best gift I got this week was this...

BG made them at pre-school and she was so exited to give them to me. I very impressed she managed to keep it a secret as well.

I am one happy mummy. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Mental Health Carnival - January and February

When I started the mental health carnival last year, it was originally just going to be a one off but so many people wanted to be involved that now its a monthly feature.

A new blogger hosts it every month and so far its been really successful. The purpose of the carnival is to share our stories to show 1) you are not alone and 2) its nothing to be ashamed off.

January's carnival was hosted at In A Bun Dance and you can read it here .

February's carnival was hosted at Mrs Shorties Mind and you can read that here

The next carnival is being hosted at Liberal England on 26th March and you can email him your posts to

If you want to host a carnival then leave a message on the Mental Health Carnival Page

Thursday, 23 February 2012

3rd Birthday Giveaway!

Earlier today I told you it’s my 3rd Blogging birthday well to celebrate I have a giveaway!!
There are three prizes so I will choose 3 winners to win a prize each.

As I mentioned earlier today I freelance as a blogger and VA and two of my fabulous clients ACEinspire and Kids One Stop Shop have donated a prize each as well as a prize from Little Creative Days.

The prizes are:

Access to ACEInspire’s Advanced Blogging Library worth £29

A bottle of Champagne from Kids One Stop Shop

A kit of your choice from Little Creative Days 

I am testing out rafflecopter so hopefully this works! (Read the instructions properly especially the tweet one there is a tweet button to press)

 Good Luck

My 3rd Blogging Birthday!

3 years ago today I started blogging and oh my what a 3 years it has been.  I wrote a blog called New Mummy for two years before I decided I had outgrown it and started Dance Without Sleeping a year today. It was a huge risk to start a new blog, New Mummy was reasonably successful. It had a large following, ranked quite highly in tables and was even one the Independents Top 50 Parenting Blogs!  (If you don’t like bragging I would stop reading now, it’s only going to get worse)

I don’t regret for one minute starting this blog and ending New Mummy, I feel much freer now to write what I want. Before I felt I had to write about being a mum and I set myself silly rules like no reviews etc and it was oppressive. Now I don’t feel the pressure to write and if you read New Mummy you see I post a lot less but I’m ok with that. I write when I want to not when I think I should. 

The last 12 months has been amazing for me, I’m not saying there haven’t been some bad times. There is failed business idea and bouts of depression but on the whole it’s been really positive.

I won the MAD Blog Award for Post of the Year with my post Hello My Name Is Carol and I have Depression and yesterday I was notified I have been nominated for a Mums Clubs Business Award!!

Work has gone from strength to strength for me this year and in the last 6 months it has really taken off. For those of you that don’t know what I do, I making money from blogging and offering Professional Blogging Services which include VA Services.  I know some people scoff when I say I make money from blogging but I really do! My blogs New Mummy’s Tips, Parent Panel and Make it, Bake it make up part of my business and I run them as one they are not personal blogs and bring in half of my income. The other half of my business is my freelance blogging and VA services.

I love what I do and I am so fortunate that blogging has brought me so many amazing experiences and the opportunity to make a living doing something I really enjoy on my own terms!

So what will the next year bring me? Who knows but I have a feeling it’s going to be good!
(PS I have a little blogging birthday giveaway coming up later!)

I will leave you with my favourite track from the last year.

Monday, 20 February 2012

4 Week Slender Tone Challenge - Weeks 1 & 2

I have been slightly useless of keeping you up to date weekly about my progress so I thought I would do weeks 1 &2 together and then weeks 3 & 4.

Week 1

The first thing you I had to do was work out how to use the Slender Tone Abs which is actually quite simple.

You have a belt that goes around your tummy.

You attach gel pads to in the inside of the belt so they charge can be applied to area.

You then attach the unit to the belt

Then choose your intensity level!

I started low on my first session and only went up to an intensity 30 which is what they recommend for the first one. You then increase the strength as you progress.

You also work through the different programmes; you start with Initiation and work through the 7 programmes. The unit will do this for you.

It is recommended for the first 4 weeks you do 5 sessions a week and the  you drop to 3 sessions.  Don’t do all 5 in a row make sure you have rest days. There is a sample plan in the instruction booklet which I have been following.

By the end of week one I got up to an intensity of 80, I over did it when I went from 55 one day to 75 the next and my abs did ache a lot. You can feel it working while you wear it and you can feel it afterwards.
I haven’t really noticed a difference after 1 week but I wasn’t expecting to.

Week 2

This week have a increased my intensity more slowly as the programmes increase in length and strength. I got up to 100 which I am happy with.

I measured my stomach at the end of week 2 and have lost an inch which I am over the moon with. Especially as I have had a bad diet week. I wasn’t expecting a result so quickly.

Let’s hope the rest of the challenge goes as well!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Dear Film Makers

Last night I went to see The Woman in Black is was good, I spent half the time jumping and the other half whispering “that’s not in the book”, “the story has been changed”.

I get very annoyed when you change to story; I don’t mean the little bits to make it screen friendly I mean totally change the ending type changes. It really pisses me off and makes me not want to see book adaptations. Please stop messing with the original story so much, the reason it’s a good book is the story line when you change it for me the story loses something. That something that makes it special.

While I have your attention please stop remaking old movies, the reason that they are popular classics is that people like them the way they are.  When Footloose was recently remade I as so angry I almost had a tantrum like a toddler. It is a fantastic film with a great cast that works together mixed with an amazing 80’s soundtrack why mess with that? Why?

Please put your energy into finding original ideas and stop wasting time remaking films that don’t need remaking.

Thank You

A very grumpy Carol. 

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