A New Challenge – Every Month

Not too long ago, I wrote about the fact that I’m a few years off 40 and had set myself a list of 40 things I wanted to achieve before then.  You can read about it here.

I’m really enjoying working my way through the list.  I’m finding that having a list of 40 things to achieve in the space of 3-4 years is actually quite a challenge, but in a really good way in that it’s making me go out and plan things I would never have made the time to do.  What felt like a lot of time to do everything actually ends up being quite hard to schedule in to the usually weekly commitments, especially as some of them are quite big events that take up time or need quite a bit of planning ahead to make happen.

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OOPS…it happened again

There’s a well known saying that goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

Makes sense, right?  Yet many of us suffer from this when it comes to losing fat or improving our diet.  Our environment stays the same, our routine stays the same and then it seems so hard to not give in to the temptation of the cake at the office or to skip the gym session.

If you want to get out of a rut and achieve your goals, planning your week out in advance, especially meals and exercise is super important.

Here are five tips:

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40 things to do before hitting 40

I’m not getting old or having an early mide-life crisis, but I am heading towards the big 4 0 in the next few years and for no other reason than to get to write a list of cool stuff to do, I’ve decided to create a list of 40 things to do before I’m 40.  Attempting to complete 40 epically life changing activities in the time before I’m 40 is probably not going to happen, for various reasons due to annoying stuff like having to go to work and not owning an oil well to fund it all.  My aim therefore is to fill the list with ‘some’ stuff that costs money, but also a lot of things that challenge ‘me’ rather than my bank account. (more…)

What I learned by weighing myself everyday

If you read any fitness tips, blogs, articles and so on, you’ll no doubt pick up on a lot of people saying that you should ‘avoid the scales’ and ‘don’t judge your progress by your bathroom scales’, ‘don’t worry if the scales aren’t moving’.  Or in some cases the advice is to only weigh yourself at intervals such as weekly or monthly.  There’s lots of good theory behind this advice.  The body fluctuates significantly throughout short periods of time in terms of weight.  This can be down to many things like whether you have just eaten, been to the toilet and how well hydrated you are.  The idea is that if you weigh yourself infrequently, you avoid all of this ‘noise’ from day to day and get a better idea of any overall sustained changes.  I had read all of that advice…..and decided to ignore it.  I’ve been weighing myself pretty much daily for the last 2 years.

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Manchester Coffee Festival (Cupnorth)

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I first stumbled upon Cupnorth (or Manchester Coffee Festival as it’s now known) on Twitter in 2015.  I had been getting more interested in independent coffee producers and roasters and spending time hanging out in some of the superb independent coffee shops around Manchester.

Heading there for my second time in 2016 I was looking forward to learning more about the world of coffee production, finding some great produce and learning more about how to up my home brewing skills.  So on a wet and miserable Sunday in November I headed down to the Victoria Warehouse just next to the Old Trafford Football Ground in Manchester.
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5 Great Ideas for Blog Posts

Sometimes it’s a real struggle to think of the next thing to write about.

Here are five ideas to help break through blog writer’s block.

1 Question & Answer – Maybe you have thousands of engaged followers, in which case you can send out a social media post that you’re doing a Q&A and encourage them to ask questions.  Alternatively, if that wouldn’t quite work with the number of followers you have, simply write a set of, say, 10 questions and ask yourself.  It’s a great way to let your followers get to know you better, express your personality on the blog and engage with your audience when they comment and respond. (more…)

My Morning Routine – 10 Things – 3 Hours

Ten Things I do in the first 3 hours of my day.

It is said that if you start the day right you set yourself up for success.  I’m a strong believer of that but in a practical and realistic way, I do what really works for me and gets me in a frame of mind to get things done and feel good.  This isn’t a motivational quote on Instagram type of post – just real stuff that I’ve found useful.

1 – It all starts the night before.  I’ll always make sure I’ve got everything ready – gym bag, food prepped, alarm set (twice!). (more…)

2 to 4 Hour Party People – Big Fish Little Fish Manchester

One of the top UK Drum and Bass producers, lasers, licensed bar and a packed dance floor.  Sounds like a great night out doesn’t it?  Except this was a Sunday afternoon in South Manchester and the packed dance floor consisted of parents and babies, toddlers and young children dressed as superheroes.  A family rave! What a great idea!

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Hacienda Classical at the Bridgewater Hall

Early dance music is scattered with the epic sounds of strings, brass and heavy percussion – so why not recreate one of the world’s best known nightclubs by teaming up a classical orchestra with some of Manchester’s founding fathers of house music?  That’s exactly what Hacienda Classical at the Bridgewater Hall planned to do on Friday 5th February, and we were there to see it!  To say I was excited was an understatement. (more…)