Monday, 15 August 2011

Do I need to blog?

Why do I blog?

Why did I start blogging?

Do I need to continue blogging?

Who benefits?

What else could I be doing with my time?

There are so many things that I want to do, and although blogging doesn't take up much of my time, it is still time that I could be using for other things... I like the blogging world and when I feel I have something interesting to share - I do. But mostly, its just me ranting/keeping an online non-private diary.

Maybe I should just start keeping a diary again - at least I wouldn't need to sensor it. : )

Perhaps its time for me to stop!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

My take on today's current affair: The riots aren't fair

London's burning
What are you doing?
Birmingham riots
What are you doing?
Everyone's fighting
Why are you doing what you're doing?
Free stuff?
Just doing what your mates do?
Just doing what the bbm said?


Why not, I suppose?
What have you to lose?
Sure, it's your local area, but does it feel like your community?
What did your local teachers ever do for you?
What did your local police ever do for you?
Do you feel like you belong?
Do you feel like anyone gives a damn?
If not,
Why not?


So what, you think you have
No options?
Nothing to lose?


So, loot why don't you?
Why not?


Nobody ever showed you what that means,
So how should you know, right?
Why should you care, right?
If no-one cares for you,
Why should you care them.
Plus, you don't even know 'them',
Do you?
They're just buildings, right?



I'm not excusing looting,
I don't condone your fighting,
Your mugging does not impress me,
And the Bible clearly told you not to thieve.

It's not right.
It's not OK.
And you know this.

It has to stop,
Lest the whole country burns to ashes.
Then who wins?
Not you!?
Not me!?

Now, Leeds.

Come on.

You will tire eventually,
So will everyone else.


It's getting silly now.

People will get hurt,
And when they do, please don't mug them,
That's just deep beyond comprehension.

This mess is gonna cost money to fix.

Just stop it.
Nothing lasts forever.

But, can't you just stop it now.
I've heard you.
I've seen you.
I almost get it.

But now, just stop.

So what if the clean up costs money.
It's not your money,
You don't pay tax,
No-one would give you a job, right?!

It would have cost money to invest in building your community
It would also cost money to invest in supporting you and your family
It would also cost money to invest in building your morals, aspirations and hope
Dammit, they didn't spend enough to help build your future, right?

Why don't I ask them, 'why? why not?'

I already know why.
That would only have reduced inequality,
Our 'society' doesn't like equality,
Not one bit.
It's fine for people with money, education and power to 'seize' opportunities,
God forbid you do it though,
That just renders you a thug, right?

Politicians know that this is not about poor angry people messing up their own lives.
They know its not about getting free stuff.
They know its not about thuggery,
They know its not about poverty,
Its not even about justice - at least it isn't anymore.

Its about inequality.
Its about things not being fair.

The policies aren't fair.
But you know that already don't you.

But here's a brainwave,
The riots aren't fair.

Our supposed society is not 'fair'...because what we want for society is not what we want for ourselves.
We're all selfish, some more than others.
We're all watching our own backs.

And so we continue....

Friday, 5 August 2011

Trainers or Running Shoes - that is the question?!

So, if I'm going to make the most of my gym membership, I need to be kitted out. Ok - fine, I don't need to be kitted out, BUT I will feel like I fit in with the rest of cute gym bunnies there and besides I need to reward myself for taking the big step towards membership!! : )p
I used to have some cute gym attire but for the life of me, I have no idea where it is now - and finding them, only to realise that they don't even fit anymore would just depress me into staying home!
So new gym gear it is!
I did look in my wardrobe for clothing that is suitable for the gym and my entire non-work wardrobe is (in every possible way) unsuitable for the gym or work out classes. I suppose I had it easy when I wore a vest top, leggings and heels to my burlesque class! 

I usually hate shopping (I must be the only woman to say that!), but when it comes to shopping for gym stuff, I'm really looking forward to I can even do it online on my lunch-break - gotta love a bit of multi-tasking...

I love the just-seen pink socks and nails!

So, here's my list so far...

- a couple of cute little flannels to mop sweat from my neck (ewww!), if I don't sweat, I feel like I am not really working out but just at the gym for the sake of saying that I go. Basically, I have to sweat it out whilst I work it out!
- gym top(s) that cover my U.G.L.Y sports bra - my shock absorber is great for reducing bounce BUT it really is about function and not fashion - thus I need something cute to cover it!
- gym bottoms - tight fitting so I don't get stuck in a machine and also sweat-wicking!!!
- a functional and more visually appealing sports bra...I'm going for bonus points girls... 
- running shoes/trainers (what's the difference even?!)
- new ear phones so I can get in the zone and work it!
- a reusable water bottle - its not about buying bottled water guys - unless its 'One' water and then I can forgive you!
- gym bag : )p - because I am not a bag lady and refuse to carry my clothes in plastic carrier bags! : )P

I feel like my list is quite comprehensive, but am I missing anything?! Do I really need all these things to go to the gym...?

Until next time...


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Body armour, CSI and gym shoes... : )

Ok - so a close buddy of mine told me off for not updating this here blog with the news that I have graduated...

So there it is - I have graduated!!! : ) Woo hoo!

I had a lovely few weeks off work to celebrate my success and unwind... much needed, I tell you..and during that time, I made a decision..

The time to step up my fitness regime is now. 

Currently, my exercise schedule revolves around pushing baby girl on the swing, swimming under water with my hand on my back, pretending to be a 'shark', running round parks, and trying to squeeze myself through all kinds of  soft play equipment at jungle gyms. It also includes running up and down the stairs, hoovering almost daily and bending over to pick up toys and one burlesque class per week (very good fun, but not enough to boost my fitness levels!)..

In short - I need to step up my game - literally. The 'excuse' - I just had a baby, simply wont cut it after 3 years - well not to me. Every-time I go out in the evening in a figure hugging number, I rely on magic knickers! If you have never worn these, let me tell you they can get really hot! I have even been known to wear two pairs of said knickers at the same time - one for bum lift and one for tummy flattening (thanks to a certain bff for that tip!) tehehe....

Must I rely on such 'body armour'?!

Pre-baby, I'd party - a lot - dancing the calories away and tone up by going to the gym every couple of days. Darn it, I had a fitness plan. But now things have changed. I drive EVERYWHERE, I have a lovely husband who carries anything heavy that might otherwise help tone my arms. It's not all about appearance though, I am ashamed to say that I am really really unfit! It's not good - at all!

Now, I know that I am lucky that I didn't actually gain any weight during pregnancy - just on the chest! I just gained stretch marks, the characteristic mummy 'pouch', an extra back size  and a couple of extra cup sizes!! But, all in all, whilst I am comfortable with my Mummy shape, I do feel like I could feel even better and it's all about being the best version of myself possible.

I'm not into hard work and no play anymore, so, I'm exploring gym options where I can work out, have fun at the same time, de-stress, and sweat it out in the sauna and steam room or just sit in the jacuzzi on the occasional day I feel lazy!

Gone are my old  excuses  reasons:

'I'm pregnant' - ummm  had I not heard of Pregnancy yoga?!

'I just had a baby' - ummm why was Baby Yoga on my mind but not Mum and Baby yoga?

'I should spend the time with baby girl' - I can go when she is sleeping!

'I should spend the time on my PhD' - I've now got it!

'I should spend the time with Mr O' - In all honesty, he'd much rather have the couple of hours at home alone watching CSI (which I don't really like), drinking cider (which I don't drink!) and eating nuts without me saying 'did you just drop one, you know baby girl is allergic', before proceeding to hoover during the ad-break of CSI!

Really, its a win win situation...

So, if I am uber-efficient with my time, then the only excuse I have left is

'I don't even own gym shoes anymore...'

Until next time...

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