A bit fit? #fitbit

So ..  it was my birthday last week.  My kids bought me a Fitbit Blaze   Basically a smart watch which monitors various aspects of your health and wellbeing.

I’ve got to tell you I was somewhat cynical to the claims made in its reviews of accuracy and functionality.

But hey I was born cynical!
However ..  I’m happy to report that after a week of wearing my device, it’s my new favourite toy.

I’ve found that it accurately monitors the number of steps, floors climbed, daily exercise routine or a lack of.

A personal highlight is that it produces an accurate assessment of my sleep pattern.  See screenshot above.

My sleep pattern is pretty awful, prior to starting this new job I’d be up until 1am most nights or sleeping at 10 then awake at 4.     That may still be the case as I need to start waking up at 630 and out at 730am and have been tired most nights.

But this records the sleep I’m getting.   Friday night and I’m out at 1030 and get over 7 hours sleep.  I’m amazed at that.

The best thing I’ve found though is that the Fitbit isn’t just a monitoring tool but is also a motivational tool.  Continue reading “A bit fit? #fitbit”

Perfectly Imperfect Progress? … #poetry #humour #health

Progress not perfection
That’s all I want to make
I don’t want to be a model
Get real for heavens sake. 

I’d like to get much fitter
Maybe lose a little weight
But it seems to take forever
Going at my current rate

I’ve tried some magic pills
And every miracle cure
Now I know that’s all rubbish
So let’s try a way thats sure

I’m going to cut the sugar
The french fries and the wine
And start going out walking
Just take one step at a time

By summer I’ll be slimmer 
And not worried about my gut
I’ll be feeling better about myself
Not stuck in such a rut

So join me on my journey
Lets see what we can do
We can make our progress together
And you’ll be perfectly imperfect too!


Right .. Confession time .. I am at my heaviest ever.

It’s more than I like or want to be and I’m feeling it.

All these journeys to Edinburgh for 3 hours a day and lots of good living are taking their toll and I’m feeling a bit sluggish.

Time to change that.

So putting some numbers on it, I want to lose 14 pounds by the start of August which is 8 weeks away. 

That’s just under 2 pounds a week and should be do-able with slow steady progress. 

Feel free to join me or kick my arse if I don’t. 🙂 

This Girl Can – Love It! #ThisGirlCan

Have you saw the new ad by Sport England to get more women exercising?

It’s not your typical fitness ad with lots of slim girls who don’t really need the exercise,  that hardly encourages your average woman to get up and out there.

In my opinion,  it probably has the opposite effect,  discouraging rather than encouraging.  People need to see a achievable goal,  not a perfect body that in their heart they know that they will never achieve and become disheartened because that day has passed.

This ad is full of ordinary woman of different sizes,  older,  younger, bigger,  slimmer,  curves, sweaty .. all doing different exercise and most importantly enjoying themselves.

Love the embedded phrases too .. I jiggle therefore I am.

You go girl!!

I’m currently listening to BBC Radio 2 discussing the ad and some feminist is calling it sexist … whit?

How the fuck can it be sexist?

The protagonist of this arguing that because t shows some women in sexy shots in then it’s sexist.

You can’t win .. can you?

An ad for real woman to go out there,  showing real woman,  hopefully encouraging them to make the most of themselves rather than your average gorgeous gym-bunny and some groups trying and trash it.

Personally I love it.

Maybe they should do a similar ad for men?

More info


Train Stories – Exercise?

She sits diagonally opposite me on the train,  this 60 year old woman,  grey cropped hair, small round features.

Not unpleasant but she does look her age.

She’s tall,  at least 5’10,  not fat but big-boned.  Size 16 and proportionate.

Her face is lined, her make-up obvious,  she’s making the effort today.

Her business clothes are wrapped in her expensive off-white Macintosh raincoat.  It’s classically cut and wasn’t bought yesterday but is stylish without being trendy.

She places her small black portfolio folder in front of her,  I can still smell that fresh leather newness.

She’s looks as if she going somewhere for the day,  an important business meeting perhaps?

She opens the folder,  half pulls out a document,  considering whether she should read it over,  then pushes it inside again.

She’s probably read this over a hundred times already.

I imagine that she’s going over the contents in her head,  practicing for the presentation ahead.

The ticket-person arrives and she asks for a return from Bellshill to Haymarket.

Her accent is undoubtedly posh,  educated,  there’s old money in there somewhere.

I’d guess that she’s a former teacher,  business person or civil servant?

The ticket-man tells her the price and she asks if this is the cheap day return.  Which it won’t be as these reduced rates don’t kick in until after the morning peak and its well before that time.

He explains that these aren’t available yet and she replies saying that it doesn’t matter as she’ll pay with her card and claim it back form The Scottish Executive.

Good for her I think,   playing her part,  taking her experience to whatever quango is looking for her viewpoint.

Part of me wishes that they’d ask more ordinary folk though.

At the same time I’m perplexed that this “posh” lady asked for a cheap day return,  money is clearly an issue for her.

The clothes,  the look,  the classiness of her attire,  it’s all a mask really,

I do think she is a classy lady, educated,  intelligent.   That doesn’t change.

But somewhere underneath that mask,  she is money conscious,  perhaps the pension isn’t paying what she thought?

I turn over the paper and there’s Rene Russo in some full page blurb for her new movie Nightcrawler.

A few pics of her looking particularly gorgeous and particularly when you consider that she has just turned sixty,  apparently she keeps her healthy look through exercise and living well.

Do you remember how she sizzled in The Thomas Crown Affair,  particularly that dance scene with Pierce Brosnan?

That was 1999, 15 years ago,  she’d be 45 and HOT.

In the pics today she’s still HOT.

But I can’t help but wonder, comparing these two sixty year old women,  is the difference in their appearance based on lifestyle choices or the finances that each has available?

Fact is,  you can live well cheaply,   it costs much more to party and live the Life Of Reilly.

So the difference .. apart from genetics .. is exercise.

Then I notice she’s had some laser work on her facial skin too,  hardly intrusive and she looks great.

Makes note to self ..  more exercise required.

But then it’s difficult to maintain an exercise routine working 9 hours a day and travelling for 3.

Something has to change!!


Just had a subtle hint dropped in my ear about not wearing jeans to the office except on Fridays.

I am so outta here.