Category Archives: Exercise

Food on Friday ~ Snack Tax

don’t do as I do, do as I say

eat algae instead of traditional roast beef

Here in roast beef and Yorkshire pudding scoffing England, where a salad is something you feed to your pet rabbit, the woke government has come up with the brilliant idea that they should stop us from consuming so much sugar and salt.  So; the gluttonous, obtuse, lazy, deceitful, slothful, self-important, public school and Oxford educated Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked one of his old school chums to write a report justifying a new set of taxes on fat people.

The fat and self-important, Old Etonian Henry Dimbleby was appointed Government Food Advisor.  His National Food Strategy calls for a new tax of £6 a kilo on salt and £3 a kilo on sugar, (a kilo is 2.2 lbs in real money).  Lots of sugar and salt go into snacks, canned food, cakes, bread, biscuits, cookies, pizzas, prepared meals, burgers, candy, and junk food.  (Coincidentally Dimbleby owns the ultra woke incredibly green Leon fast food chain, which serves unhealthy very expensive very fashionable crap.)

These new taxes would cost the average English family an extra £250 a year on food.  For example, I don’t eat Nutella, but if I did a jar would go up from about £4.75 to about £6.00.  FFS!

A couple of fat Dimbleby’s other ideas are that we poor should eat algae-based foods and that exercise is a waste of time.

Unsurprisingly these ideas have not attracted much approval ~ in fact the popular press has been condemnatory in their derision.

Unsurprisingly fat Boris has distanced himself from the whole mess.

For the time being the idea of taxing the less well-off for wanting to eat tasty food has been kicked into the long grass.

But, given this left-liberal government’s rabid desire to interfere in the lives of everybody, I expect all of these taxes and regulations to sneak back by stealth.  In the not too distant future.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

no salt please, we’re English

Healing Myself

love yourself enough to set boundaries

drinking, smoking, and not exercising will kill you

Most of us have our fare share of problems, and some of us have long-term health issues that we struggle with on a daily basis.  Some call this having a dis-ease, meaning that we are not at rest, constantly worrying and fretting, in physical, mental, and / or spiritual pain.  Addiction, anxiety and depression, personality disorders, and in my case a touch of OCD, means that we are seldom at ease.

Whatever your problem is, whatever your health issues are, no matter what your ambitions, goals, dreams and desires are, I firmly believe there is a lot we can do to help ourselves, to heal ourselves from what plagues us, to make ourselves a better life.

For me, that means first of all knowing myself, admitting to myself just who and what I am, and accepting that I have some physical, mental, and spiritual health issues.  For example; I’m over my ideal weight, I’m no where near as fit as I’d like to be, and I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

Some would go to doctors, and take medication, or seek therapy and counselling, or just ignore the whole health thing altogether.

However, I am self-motivated to heal myself and make a better life for myself and those I care for.  I have a good daily routine, even if I don’t always stick to it.  I keep myself and the garret clean, tidy, and smart.  Getting enough rest and sleep is important, as is getting enough fresh air and exercise.  I eat pretty well and healthily, and I don’t binge eat or eat late at night.  Watching TV is not a big thing for me, instead I read and listen to music.  The key is not getting side-tracked, staying focused, and not getting discouraged when things aren’t perfect.  Most importantly for me ~ not drinking.

Some say that we need to live with a healthy mind in a healthy body.  And that having a positive outlook goes a long way.  All I know is that physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

torment is not a happy state

it will kill you

Songs on Saturday ~ Say What You Want

climbing over walls at my age is not a good idea

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I sprained my ankle climbing over a sea wall.  I got it strapped up at the walk in centre, but I’ve been only sitting with my feet up listening to music and taking pain medication.  I like this song from Texas, I must have played it a dozen times, dozing, trying to sleep.

Please listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the beaches here are not as nice as that one

Rethinking Life

without struggle success has no value

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Here in England normal life has been on hold for 438 days.  With varying degrees of severity we have been prohibited from doing most things that make life worth living; from meeting family and friends, to going to any and all places of business, entertainment, and worship, and even following our chosen trade or profession.  Face it ~ most of us have been locked down at home, suffering that most terrible of punishments; imprisonment and solitary confinement.

And personally, not much good has come from that.  On the upside I haven’t been sick with the coronavirus.  On the downside the list of bad and really bad things is long, pathetic, disturbing, injurious to my health, and life-threatening.  All in all, I would say that the policy of shutting down the entire country for over a year is the worst thing supposedly civilised and ‘liberal’ governments have done since 1914.

The worst of it is that I haven’t lifted myself above the morass, the slough of despond, and done something useful with my time.  I haven’t had a robust programme to improve my physical, mental, and spiritual health and fitness.  I haven’t written a book, taken up a new course of study, or routinely practiced something like meditation, tai chi, yoga, or even moon-walking.  Basically I’ve felt sorry for myself, put on weight, got myself a prison pallor, and spent lots of time aimlessly staring at the TV.  Some of the time I drank too much.  I was utterly unmotivated.

BUT, now that there is a light at the end of the Stygian lockdown tunnel, I feel the need to get a hold of my life and make it better than it was before all this fucking coronavirus crap began.  So what to do?  Big, meaningful changes take a hell of a lot of effort.

Step One.  Cut out all the bad things I’ve been doing just to fill in the empty hours.

Step Two.  Get out of the garret into the fresh air and sunshine, lose the prison pallor, get some exercise.  Yesterday I walked 8 miles, and meditative walking is really good for the body and soul.

Step Three.  Make a plan, some lists, some aims, goals, targets, dreams and desires.  Use all the skills and techniques I’ve learned about project planning and start a project to make myself and my life better than ever it was before.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

travel and adventure are on the agenda

Exercise ~ Walking

walking is the most ancient exercise

Despite the manky weather, and the fact that I’m supposed to be in lockdown, I am back to taking a long daily walk.  Actually it’s illegal to walk along the railroad track here, but hell, it isn’t illegal to take a meditative walk by the tracks.

Only Marmaduke would want to have a rest sitting on the track.

Right now a long walk is about 3 miles, pretty soon I’ll work up to 5 miles a day.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

walking alone with your thoughts is cool

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Lionel Richie

sometimes only the original will do

Following the mashup video of Lionel Richie’s Dancing on the Ceiling I posted this morning, here is the original video.

Please don’t try to do this at karaoke if you can’t dance.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Ferrari Mondial Cabrio

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Dancing on the Ceiling

she makes me go round and round, turn upside down

I really like this Lionel Richie track, and the mashup video makes me smile.  It’s also great for aerobic exercise.

Just don’t break a leg, you’re not Fred Astaire.

But you can dance, everybody can dance.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Ginger did it all backwards

in high heels

Living Normally

All I want is to live a normal life

the beach at Cancun

As we gradually come out of lockdown, some normal things I haven’t been able to do for months have become possible ~ like getting my hair cut, or even booking a vacation.

One of the good things about having been in self-isolation for over a year is that I haven’t spent much money, so now I am almost out of lockdown I can afford to take my friend to anywhere we would like to go.

Should be fun.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

this might be the route to normality

New Age ~ New Me

you get nothing without hard work

hanging out in bars is self-destructive

It was my birthday a couple of days ago ~ another year older and deeper into lockdown.  Given the premise that this is a new age for me I’ve decided to give myself a complete makeover.  And I mean doing it all for myself because there’s nobody to do it for me ~ and anything someone else does for you never lasts.  Any real and beneficial change I want to make has to come from within.

This makeover will be directed at significant improvements of my body, mind, emotions, and spirit.  It’s also going to include looking better and having a much nicer, kinder, more effective, and more likable persona.

The truth is that I started this big self-improvement programme just after Christmas when I gave up alcohol.  If you drink, smoke, take drugs, gamble, or suffer from any of the other life-destroying addictions, then the first step on any self-improvement / self-development / makeover is to quit your addiction(s).  And trust me, if you do drink, smoke, take drugs, (including stuff like Xanax), or gamble ~ then you are addicted.  (The list of life-destroying things people can become addicted to is long and inclusive.)

My plan for becoming the very best version of Jack Collier that I can possibly be is very simple;

  1. stay away from alcohol
  2. have a good daily exercise routine
  3. eat and drink healthily, (mine is a Paleo / Mediterranean diet)
  4. get enough good sleep, retire and rise at the same time every day
  5. cut out a lot of mindless, time-wasting stuff; TV, internet, social media
  6. look as good as I can all the time; bathed, shaved, hair, decent clean clothes
  7. study and learn interesting challenging stuff, from proper books by real writers

It should be easy, given some self-discipline and determination.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

none of this crap

who could like that guy?

Avoiding Insanity During Lockdown

here in England it’s day 353 of complete lockdown
some ways I’ve been able to stay fairly sane

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stay away from booze, especially hard liquor, alcohol never helps anything

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get plenty of rest during the day and 6 to 8 hours of good sleep every night

if you need to, try herbal sleep aids

otherwise avoid street drugs and powerful medication

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eat in a healthy and nutritious way

take high-quality and  appropriate food supplements

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stay active, go outside, fresh air and exercise are important

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anger and resentment against the unfairness is futile

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even if you can’t meet anyone for a conversation

stay connected by phone and the internet

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take enforced self-isolation one day at a time

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personally, I found that prayer helps

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

remember, there is nothing whatsoever you can do except obey the stupid lockdown laws, regulations, and guidelines

 

 

 

 

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