Showing posts with label Health and Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health and Fitness. Show all posts

Thursday, 16 January 2020

What Motivates Me?

I want to change the direction of iJim.co.uk.
For the most part my blog has been a personal blog of sorts, a place where I jotted down my thoughts and ideas.

Ok, maybe the words "change of direction" are the wrong words, let me put it s different way.

As you know I am a huge horror fan, I also love the outdoors, I have dabbled in prepping and have an interest in bushcraft.

For the past few month I have been working on my fitness, getting rid of the visceral fat and all the other fats which I have managed to build up after years of eating what I wanted while having the momentum of a slug with a bad foot.

So, here's what I want to do, here's my motivation.

I want to write more and do more things related to bushcraft and survival. I want to get into shape.

Why?

Here's why, let's go with the worst possible scenario, something which for the most part is unlikely to happen but, it's still there, in the back of your mind.


What if the world as we know it came to an end tomorrow? Alien invaders, zombie apocalypse, EMP, what ever you want.

Society as we know it has ended, world government's have collapsed, we have woken up to world without a rule of law.

You get where I'm going, I want to base my bushcraft skills, my urban and wilderness survival skills, my workouts and fitness on this idea.

Going back to when I was in the Army reserve's we would train for the worst possible scenario, anything less than that was thought of as easy or easier, because we had trained for much worse.

So if I were to base my fitness plans and my wilderness skill sets on the idea that I'm training or in the worst possible scenario..

The question is, "How is this going to be my motivation"?


It's pretty simple to be honest and something I have used a few times in the past when I honestly could not be arsed to do something or was so tired I did not have the energy to finish a task or do those last 25 push-ups.

If I was in the middle of a grid down situation or some sort of apocalypse, I couldn't just stop or not do this thing, I can't stay in my bed and think,

"Nah, I can't be bothered today"

I would have to do it

Problem is, we as a species have become lazy, for the most part we will naturally take the path if least resistance, we like our lives to be comfortable and we like to get things with a minimum of effort.

We shop on line, hell we can even have our tea cooked for us and delivered to our door, all we need to do is get up of the couch, go to the door, pay for it and take it from the delivery person.

I want to shake that up.

I want to be the hero in my own movie and the only way to do this is the hard way, I accept that it will not be comfortable,  at times I will ache, be so tired that I can hardly stand but still have half a day to get through. 

If I was in a grid down or post apocalyptic situation, I would not have the option to just sit for a while or leave that thing until later because I can't be bothered right now, so why not get used to "pushing through it" because it needs to be done now mentality today.

If I get used to it now, if I wake up to that worst case scenario tomorrow, it won't be a shine to my system because, well, it's what I am used to.

That is what I want..
Question is, What do you want?


Tuesday, 31 December 2019

2020 New Year Resolutions

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Even before I start writing this I cant help wonder how many blog posts are going to hit the internet in the next 24 hours with the same title.

Truth be told I am once again not making any resolutions for the next year/decade. The plans I have for the forthcoming 12 month I started on December 1st this year (2019),

My only resolution was to get in shape and 31 days later I am still sticking by it, I am eating a more healthy diet, no junk food at all, not even a sniff. I dont take sugar in my coffee now and have even cut the amount of that down as well.

On December 5th I started the 100 press ups a day for 30 days challenge and so far I have stuck to it.
I walk to work instead of taking the bus.

Instead of making more resolutions I am planning on upping the amount of press ups I am doing from 100 to 125 on the 7th January, I have a set of workouts I plan to start next month as well.

If anything I am drawing a lot of inspiration from a YouTube video I watched a few day ago were  guy called Joe Rogan talks about becoming the hero in your own movie.


There`s a line near the end which says something like 
"Pretend that you are the hero in your own movie, right now it is the beginning of the movie and you are a looser, you need to decide to stop being a looser"

Or something along those lines, When I heard those words, something connected in my head and I knew what needed to be done and that is what my plans are fr 2020.


Friday, 20 December 2019

Getting Fit At 50(+)



I have always been one to buck tradition, when I got married, I took my wife's surname, my four children have five letters in their first name (except one, sorry)and so on.

Last month I decided that I didnt want to wait until January 1st to kick start the changes I wanted to make in my life. Note: I dont like calling them "New Year Resolutions", in my eye just calling them that dooms them to failure.

I mean, why wait until a certain date to make life changes? I started my changes on December 1st, possibly the worst time of year to do this but hey.



So, what are these changes? 

Bit of a story first, for the past six or so month I have been watching what I eat in an effort to loose weight. I havnt been weighing my self every week in the hope of the scales telling me that I have shed a few ounces, in stead I have been using a belt to tell me that. 

If I have to make another hole in the belt which holds up my trousers then I have lost weight, after cutting three holes in a UK medium size belt, a few weeks ago I made the decision to buy a smaller belt. But here`s the twist to the story.. 

I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which means that there are certain things which I eat or drink that bloat me out to the point I look like I am in my 3rd trimester. 

I also have Ulcerative Colitis, which means that some foods that I eat or drink can cripple me to the point where I cant leave the house for days or even weeks on end (luckily I have that under control at the moment).

Moving on, on December 1st 2019 as I have already said I made a start on changing a few things in my life, I want to loose my belly fat, middle aged spread, muffin top, what ever you want to call it, I want to loose it.

I want to have a more toned body, eat healthy and just feel better about me.

Of course the big question is "why?"

First of all, no, I have not been brain washed or motivated by the media, you and I both know that most of the images we see of the body beautiful have been photo shopped within an inch of their lives, they are not real, I`m too old to fall for that kind of shenanigans any way.

I want to do it for me, I hate it when I look in the mirror or catch a glimpse of myself in a shop window, with my belly say there, it just looks horrible.

Second, I am 52 years old, 53 next month.. at the age I am now I want to show that you dont have to be some young gym bunny to be toned and in shape, on that note, I wont be going to any gym to do this for a couple of reasons.

I dont have the surplus money which I can justify spending on gym memberships, I want to use my own body weight in my exercises and finally, I dont need to go to a gym, I am the Jim (insert canned laughter here).

I have started a new YouTube channel so I can keep a record of my progress and as a diary, where I can give myself random updates of how I am going, if I ate that mars bar which is calling my name.

My inspiration in making this channel came from two people, two YouTubers, one who goes by the name of Crazy R0cky and Gary Vaynerchuck and his video "Document, Don`t Create". I want to document the changes and my thoughts as these changes are made, or not made.

When it comes to making my videos Im not going to stress about perfect lighting or my camera shaking a bit. I just want to document my journey.

I would love it if you joined me.. 

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Would You Let Your Kids Have Energy Drinks?


Tell me, what are your thoughts on Energy drinks?

I have a kind of love hate relationship with them

A few years ago I was at a point where I would be drinking the stuff regularly, almost daily I think.

I have stopped now, and hardly if ever touch the stuff

The reason why I want to talk about energy drinks again is because a few days ago I had just nipped out to the local shops and I passed a guy and his son, his son must have only been about 5 maybe 6 years old if that and this kid was clutching an open can of energy drink.

I swear I could not, I was in a state of shock,

I didnt say anything to the guy who was with this kid, Im assuming he was the kids Dad but he looked like the type who talks with his fists if you know what I mean.

Is it just be, My kids don't even get fizzy pop on a regular basis never mind energy drinks,

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What ever happened to getting your spawn a carton of juice or ribena if they started with the “Im Thirsty” routine, why a can of energy drink?

The little person drinking the can is a freaking kid, they have infinite amounts of energy, hell they dont need to have itheir energy levels topped up, they wake up on full tilt

Can you imagine the crash this kid will get when that can wears off?

I don't know, what do you think about this?

So right now I am trying to cut right back on all stimulants, you know, coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks so that my body can get used to getting its energy the natural way,

I eat a relatively healthy diet, I exercise and I drink plenty of water and try to go to bed early-ish

If we were to wake tomorrow to find our selves booby deep in a zombie apocalypse and we had to bug out and try to get to the safe location set up by whatever government organisation has been set up to handle the crisis,

You know that safe zone which is invariably either never there or has already been wiped out.

What are you going to do?

Grab your go bag some food then nip to the shop because energy drinks man, I need my caffeine hit just to get through the day,

Of course your not,

Youre going to grab a bag and throw a few things in it and youre going to leave, taking the backroads and side streets because we all know that the main roads and streets are going to be chock full of people in a mild state of freak out.

You know that the chances are high to.. Oh look there they are, that the zombies are already on their way because someone has laid on an all you can eat buffet

Meanwhile Mr Knuckle dragger and his tweaked out 5 year old son are looking for that half empty can or red bull that junior forgot about because something shiny

Lets put it like this

What are you going to do when you are making your way to that safe zone or the next one and the caffeine withdrawal headache hits you

BAM!

You're carrying a huge backpack, have a screaming kid in tow who is crashing because he hasn't had an energy drink today and a dozen flesh hungry zombies on your tail and now you get a caffeine headache!

Dont get me wrong, Im not saying that we need to quit drinking coffee, tea and energy drinks, hell i still have the occasional can of what ever energy drink is available when Im feeling run down and still have a good few hours to get through before I can rest.

What I am saying is that Kids, especially small kids are like little pocket rockets, they have an excess of energy, if we could plug those little buggers into a power grid we would have enough power to light up a small town.

They dont need energy drinks, its like buying a long haired German shepherd a false fur coat, you wouldnt do it, they dont need it.

I dont know, would ou let your young spawn drink energy drinks, if you would, leave me a message or a comment letting me know why, Im interested in your thoughts.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Plans For 2019

It's coming to the end of the 3rd week of January already and I'm wondering how many of us are still going strong with our New Year Resolutions, or have they kind of fallen by the way side a little bit?

I didn't make any resolutions this year, I haven't for a few years now, I think that to call something a "resolution" can set you up for a fail from the start. Instead I set some goals, things I want to achieve this year.

Getting my sergeant stripes and becoming a cadet instructor is way up there but, after a meeting with the company commander and the other instructors of A coy ACF I plan to be trained as an expedition instructor helping to teach army cadets wilderness survival and bushcrafting skills, I would honestly love to do this.

First things first though, I need to get past an interview with the company 2IC and finish my instructors training before I start on my Ex-ped training, as far as I am aware I should finish my instructors training by October this year.

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In the mean time I plan to work on my fitness, I need to build up my stamina and strength so that I can walk for longer while carrying everything I need for, say a week in the wilderness. I have no plans on joining a gym, instead I want to work on my fitness the old fashioned way by putting on a backpack and getting out there and just doing it. No fancy running trainers, just a pair of ild 1980`s army issue jungle boots, my thinking is.. I almost always wear boots so if something were to happen where I had to run, I am not going to be able to just pop my trainers on and start running, so being used to running in boots seems to be a no brainer.

I also plan to work on my bushcrafting and wilderness survival skills, including tree identification, wild foods, shelter construction and much more. I also want to become a dead shot with my slingshot, not for hunting. I still go by the rules that if I dont need to eat it as a matter of survival I will not kill it, so targets it is.



A couple of years ago my lifestyle and the things I did was impacted by my health, I am determined not to let that happen this year, I want to spend as much time as I can out doors practising my survival skills, saying that, at the moment everything is kind of stalled because of family things which are going on, which are stopping me from doing much of what I want to do. These things do happen..

Finally, I plan to turn part of my garden into a veg patch and start growing basic veggies, potatoes, carrots and the like.



Saturday, 29 September 2018

The Rule of 3`s


I admit it, of late most of my blog posts have been a little bit serious, this was intended. I have said it before and I will keep saying it until people realise that we are living in uncertain times, in my opinion it is absolute madness not to be prepared for an emergency, of any kind.

In my last post I talked a bit about how knowledge is key, you can have the best gear in the world but if you don't know how to use it, or you don't know how or what things you can use in a grid down urban or wilderness environment all the gear in the world won't help you unless you know what you're doing and have practised doing it.

That being said, one thing you will hear a lot of in emergency preparedness circles is "The rule of 3's". It occurs to me that there is some confusion with some aspects of these rules, so I thought it would be a good idea to talk about my take on them.

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The Rule of 3's
You can live 3 minutes without oxygen
You can live 3 hours without shelter in severe conditions.
You can live 3 days without water.
You can live 3 weeks without food.

It is not unusual to see the rule of 3's laid out in a list form, just giving the rules with little if any explanation as to why these apply.
For one, these rules are not hard and fast rules which must be adhered to, they are guidelines and as such are subject to an individual's abilities and needs at that moment in their lives. Let's start at the beginning.

You can live for 3 minutes without oxygen.

When you were a kid did you ever play the holding your breath game with your friends? The winner was the one who could hold their breath the longest. I could hold my breath up to around the one minute mark, today I can hold my breath for about a minute and a half. Pearl divers and free divers have trained them selves to be able to hold their breath for a lot longer, some for up to 10 minutes.
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With this in mind we need to look at the rule of 3's in a more personal level. I know that I could never hold my breath for more than 2 minutes, not without proper training.
The human brain can last up to 6 minutes without oxygen after the heart stops at which point it begins to die.

So we need to look at the first rule as a mean average and as most of us are average people with little if any super powers we can assume that most of us would be in trouble if we were to be without oxygen for 3 or more minutes, some of us could last longer then 3 minutes, some of us less.

You can last 3 hours without shelter.

This is the one which causes the most discussion among Preppers.
Have you ever spent all day at the beach, lay in the sun? Or have you ever spent the day at the park or out hiking?

When we say that you can not live for more than 3 hours without shelter, we are assuming that you will be in a severe environment, such as somewhere where the temperature has dropped way below sub zero or you're in a desert environment where the temperature can get way above 45°c and some.
In this case, yes, getting some kind of shelter would be way up there on your things to do list, but if you are in a rural or urban setting or in an environment where the weather is more "normal* to your day to day life then my priorities would be water, food, shelter, fire.

We should also consider what your intentions are at that point, if you are in an urban or rural/country side environment and you have a place to be, chances are you will want to keep moving, only setting up a makeshift shelter when you plan to stop and rest.

Again, living 3 hours without shelter is subjective in my opinion as there are a lot of things to be considered, such as environment, weather conditions, your intentions at that time.
It is worth mentioning that regardless of your intentions, rest is a priority, when you feel like to really need to rest, rest. Pushing yourself too hard can be dangerous and the last thing you need is an injury.

You can live 3 days without water.

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Water is life. That's absolute. I'd you are in a grid down situation and you are on the move with your Bug out bag you are going to sweat, in this situation you should be drinking at least 3 gallons of water a day, minimum. Dehydration can and will kill you and you will start to feel the effects of dehydration well before the third day.

Symptoms of dehydration in adults and children include:
feeling thirsty
dark yellow and strong smelling pee
feeling dizzy or lightheaded
feeling tired
dry mouth, lips and eyes
peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day

Dehydration can happen more easily if you have:
diabetes
vomiting or diarrhoea
been in the sun too long (heatstroke)
drunk too much alcohol
sweated too much after exercising
a high temperature of 38C or more
been taking medicines that make you pee more (diuretics)

These symptoms will get progressively worse as you become more dehydrated to the point where you can not think straight and start hallucinating.
It is also worth noting that these symptoms will start before three days have elapsed, possibly even on day one depending on the amount of exercise you are doing, weather conditions and the terrain you are covering.

There are a number of ways to check your hydration levels, a simple pinch test on the back of your hand to check the elasticity of your skin, putting pressure on your thumb nail to make it go red and checking the speed it returns to its natural colour are two methods.
The mindset you should have is, if you're thirsty, take a drink, bearing in mind the amount of water you have with you.

You can 3 weeks without food.

Again, this rule is subjective depending on your location and what you are doing.
A man needs around 10,500kJ (2,500kcal) a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 8,400kJ (2,000kcal) a day. However, if you are on the move and carrying your bug out bag you will burn more calories than you would if you are static and not carrying a heavy bag.

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The nonviolent activist Mahatma Gandhi survived for 21 days on total starvation, only allowing himself sips of water while some hunger strikers have lasted over 40 days without food, one up to 70 days.

Needless to say that these people would have been inactive during this time.
After around 5 days without food your body will start to eat its self to gain back needed calories, starting with your fat store, during this time concentration will become more difficult, as the days go on you will find it harder and harder to find the energy to do anything, you will want to sleep more and more.

Depending on where you are, will depend on what wild foods are available to replenish those needed nutrients. Remembering that not all wild plants are edible.
The idea that if an animal can eat it, so can we is a mistake, a lie and 100% not true. It is important to know what foods you can eat and how to prepare them. The last thing you want is to poison yourself or get diarrhoea, this will only make things worse as you loose valuable key tones, calories and water, thus compounding any dehydration effects you could be going through.

To end, I am not saying that the Rule of 3`s is incorrect or outdated, but I would and do use the time scales given as a baseline and time scale as to how I should prioritise my preps and organise the things I carry in my day bag and bug out bag.

Good luck
Jim

Friday, 7 September 2018

Your First Best Weapon

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brookes says that your first, best weapon in a zombie apocalypse is you, your body and how you use it to defend yourself.

Yes, we all know that the zombie apocalypse is for the most part a fantastic story which has an almost zero chance of happening, yet some Preppers view it as The Worst Possible Case Scenario, and a bit of an inside joke at times.



What ever your views on the zombie apocalypse, what Max Brookes says about your first best weapon in a SHTF situation being you is 100% accurate.

A well toned and trained body has the ability to get you out of all kinds of trouble. It can carry heavy loads over miles of rough ground, it can protect you from danger, both natural and man made, it can climb steep hills and it is waterproof.

Your body truly is your first best weapon in a SHTF situation.

With this in mind you should get your body into optimum condition, starting today, you should get to know your weaknesses and strengths, building on your strengths and working to fix your weaknesses.

These is no need for a special diet and training system, all you need to do initially is to use more calories in your exercise and daily routine than you are consuming, this way, once your body has exhausted all available calories it will start working on fatty tissue to sustain its self and give you the energy needed to do what you need to do.

Exercise and move more, the more you move the more calories you will burn, remember that the average human uses less than 40% of his or her potential, it might feel like you are at 90% or so in your workout but trust me, youre not, you still have a lot more you can give, when exercising, exercise until your sweating, then exercise more, if your not building up a good sweat then you should work harder.

Cut out junk food and candies, you dont need them and above all, as the Canadian Prepper would say, go to bed hungry. When you are sleeping, your body is hard at work repairing its self, this takes energy which your body takes from any calories and sugars still in your system. If you go to bed hungry your body will tap into your fat supply.

Actually, the Canadian Prepper can probably explain this part better than me, its the technique he uses and the technique I am starting to use. Watch the video below.


As well as the above, you should learn a martial art or some kind of self defence, learn how to fire and clean a fire arm or crossbow and learn what you can and can not eat if you are caught out in the wilds.

Learn as much as you can about first aid, Bushcraft, foraging, learn how to repair your gear.

Don't say you will try to loose weight and eat a healthy diet, you either do it or not do it.

Put your bug out bag on and go for a run or a long walk, get used to the weight on your back. I know, at first walking 10-15 miles with a 50 lb pack on your back will hurt, but in time it will feel like part of you, to the point where you can easily put another 10-20 lbs in it and not feel any difference.



The idea is to build up your strength and stamina, with strength you will be able to carry more, lift more and if you use a bow for hunting pull the bow string further back and for longer, building your stamina, will help you can walk, run or just move for longer, remember that 50 lb pack you have on your back, you will be able to walk or even run a greater distance while carrying it. 

There are probably a lot more you can do and learn while building up and maintaining your first, best weapon. 

Good luck.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Regrets..

Do have or have I ever fine anything which I have regretted? Yes, loads of things, some of them I regret more than others, one or two I don't even think about, if I did, I know that it would drive me up the wall and I would probably start to obsess about it.

One of those things I choose not to spend much or any time thinking about is my tattoos. If I were to count them individually, I would have over 113 of them, on my arms, legs, back, stomach and my hands.

If I am honest I would say that there quarters of them are, as my wife would say.. "shite", but, as I say, if I was to spend any time thinking about how "shite" my tattoos are, especially the ones on my back I would end up with a serious mental problem.

However something I have said for a while is, if I ever had a chance to get any of my tattoos covered up it would be the ones on my back, I love the idea of having a big pair of wings on my back, big enough to cover all of my back and if these wings could be bat wings, even better.



This week has been a rather hot and dry week so my wife and I took advantage of the weather and got out into the garden to get it tidied up.

Today I got so hot that until I my tee shirt off (something I rarely do) and this time my wife said something that I am sure she has bever said before, when she told me that the tattoos I have on my back are shite.



She went on to ask why i don't go to our local tattoo parlour and ask how much it would be to get a full tattoo on my back to cover up the mess I have there at the moment.

Needless to say I am going to jump at the chance and we, my wife and I are heading to be tattooist tomorrow to ask about pricing.

Problem is, my wife doesn't like the idea if bat wings, we will be looking at some back pieces tonight.

Of course I will let you guys know what happens, if anything.

Friday, 4 May 2018

I Only Sneezed

It's that time of year again, the time where once again I need to let everyone know that I am not patient Zero, as I get looks of abject fear from the people I share public transport with.

Last week I had to go to my son's school for a parent/Teacher meeting so we could see how he is doing at school and whether he is hitting his targets or needs more support from home.

While I was on the bus I sneezed, I sneezed about 4 or 5 times in a row and the looks I got...

You would think that I had sneezed and sprayed everyone in front of me with some deadly toxin or a huge glob of lung had shot out of my mouth and hit the guy in front of me on the back of the head.

I sat there, all red eyed and snotty nosed and looked round at everyone, looking at me as if I had just unleashed Novichok on them, their faces carrying a look of a cross between disguised and slight panic.

So to the people I shared that bus with, here's the deal.

It is spring time and I suffer from Hey fever. This is where tiny bits of pollen and flowery junk tickle the back of my nose and make me sneeze, you think you had it bad last night? You should see me in the morning when I have an hour long sneezing fit.



I do take antihistamines to help with my hay fever but, there are the occasional times when I do sneeze, a lot, when these tines do occur I sneeze into a tissue or my hand. My head does not spin around like some kind of demented fair ground clown as a spray toxic fluid over everyone, so you have nothing to fear.

Truth of the matter is, if there was a zombie apocalypse, chances are I would be one of the first to become a zombie banquet when I alert a zombie horde by sneezing whike hiding behind a wheelie bin.

Friday, 27 April 2018

How to put on a Gas mask.

"Taking you one stage further in your survival training".. as my old Territorial Army seargent used to say, We are going to look at how to put on a Gas mask or respirator.

Giving the current global climate, the new cold war we have looming on us, what is happening in Syria as well as the apocalypse, having a Gas mask and knowing how to put one in is going to be a required skill.

Not only will will this knowledge protect you from nuclear and biological/chemical warfare but it will also come in handy for those times when foofoo the dog drops one of his noxious farts on an unsuspecting room.

With this in mind, I will be showing you how to put on your gas mask, Let's move on.

In the event of any of the above scenarios taking place, take a deep breath and hold it.



Take hold of the gas mask by the straps with the face of the gas mask facing down and pull the mask over your face and head.

Check to make sure that the straps are not twisted and the mask is secure around your face.

(Note: That manly beard you have been growing could create gaps between the mask and your face, giving Foofoo's fart or any other toxin access to your face and lungs).

Once the gas mask is secure around your face, breath out fast, shouting "GAS, GAS, GAS" this will clear any toxins or dog fart out of your mask and will also serve to warn others in your area of the threat. If, however there is a possibility of Zombies, Aliens or gun toting apes hearing you, a sharp exhale will do the same job.

As with all survival techniques and training, practice makes perfect. The faster you can correctly put your gas mask on, the safer you will be in the event of a chemical attack or nasty pooch pump.

Let me know how you get on

iJim 😊

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

I`m Going Dairy Free

Last year I found out that I have Ulcerative colitis, in a nutshell, the auto immune system in my gut, the system which attacks foods or substances which it deems to be a poison or a threat has decided to attack random pieces of food which are not a threat, like that bit of lettuce or that chunk of cucumber. Because of this I have to be very aware if what I eat and drink, which leads me onto why I am doing what I am doing now.

For the past few months I have noticed that I am feeling very bloated and gassy after I eat certain foods, mainly dairy products. When I have researched the possible reasons for my bloated fartiness the possible causes could be one of the following.



  • My small intestines are having problems breaking down the A1 protein found in most dairy product's (Thanks small intestines)

  • As part of my UC I have developed an intolerance to the sugars found in dairy products (lactose) where they can not break the lactose down into its separate sugars.

  • Or.. My Ulcerative colitis has been upgraded to Crohn's disease. Needless to say that I am hoping that it is not the last one. I can do without dairy, even if it does mean that my usual cheese sandwiches and pizza with have to stop, hell come the apocalypse my chances of snagging a deep pan pizza with mushrooms or a cheese sandwich are going to be almost zero.

The Zombie Survival Guide mentions that the first and best weapon to master is your self. Know your strengths and your weaknesses, then work on fixing your weaknesses and for the next few weeks this is what I am doing.

On Monday I stopped eating all dairy products by way of seeing of my fat bloated belly goes away. If it does then I will know that I have issues with one or more of the above. After a couple of weeks I will maybe drink a glass of milk and if my bloated belly comes back then I know that I have issues with either lactose or the A1 protein found in it and I go dairy free for good. Well it's either that or I get bloated and alert that horde of Zombies just round the corner by farting.

Question: If you had to give up dairy what would be the one thing you would miss the most, or if you are already dairy free what was the one thing you found hardest to do without?

Monday, 16 April 2018

It`s Time To Nut Up, Or Shut Up.

20 points if you can guess which movie the title of this post came from. I will tell you later which one in a little while.

Easter has come and gone, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake and my kids loved it, all those chocolate eggs, sweets and candies. Not forgetting The Easter Ice-Cream Desert Idea that I shared with everyone. This Easter was every kids dream come true!



It turned out to be a bit of a bad dream for some of us as we walked through a house littered with chocolate goodies that had been left unattended. For some of us the temptation became a little too much as we buckled under chocolate coated pressure, or maybe that was just me.

I admit it, the Easter holidays have not been the easiest of holidays for me to get through, many a time I caught myself popping something sweet and covered in chocolate into my mouth. I have to say that I am not impressed with what I have eaten over the last couple of weeks. Let me put that another way, I am not impressed, not with what I have eaten rather, the amount I have eaten. My diet has been loaded full to the brim with junk food, calories and sugar.



Trust me, if I keep going the way I am, I guarantee that when the Zombie apocalypse comes I will be one of the first people to become a human happy meal for any hungry zombie that happens by, hell they wont even need to put that much effort into chasing me down. Yep, I am not at all impressed with my eating habits and what they have become.

Part of the problem is that I have a rather bad relationship with food. I have noticed that I turn to it in times of stress, and boredom. It has always been there for me and nearly always made me feel better. Of course I know this is a destructive relationship and it needs to end, easier said than done it seems.

Last month I posted an article where I talked about Getting Fit At 50, I said, and I quote..
My main pitfall is my eating habits. I am a creature of habit and find it ever so easy to form new ones, especially where food is concerned. Chocolate, biscuits, cookies, cake and most types of junk and fast food will have to go. I know that the only thing stopping me is me, I just need to keep reminding myself of the benefits. I will look and feel a lot better, both physically and mentally.



As Tallahassee from ZombieLand said, "Its time to Nut up or Shut up", I do not want to be that Human Happy Meal. It is time to put away those ever so tasty custard cream biscuits and start eating healthy like my life depends on it.

At the time of writing this it is Friday 13th April 2018, my three son`s go back to school and college on Monday so I have no excuses for eating junk and sitting round the house watching reruns of Dr.Who with my youngest son.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

What is ADHD Exactly?

There are some people out there who still think that people who have ADHD are bouncing off the walls or can't sit still for more than a minute and as for having kids with ADHD? Geez what a nightmare, after all, they are so naughty...
Approximately 9.4% of children 2-17 years of age (6.1 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to parent report to CDC.gov in 2016. Source

One of my children has ADHD, he was diagnosed when he was around 7 years old after one of his teachers recommended that we took him to a specialist for an assessment because he didn't seem to get social queues and seemed to "obsess" on things which the other children either did not see or were so small and unimportant that the others didn't even notice. I myself rank very high on the ADHD spectrum, and I can confirm that kids with ADHD are just naughty, hyperactive kids who are always on the go, could not be further from the truth.

One of the main problems as I see it, is that there is a lot of stigma and misunderstanding about what ADHD is. It is a common misconception when people think that if you have ADHD you are hyperactive and talk as though they have had way too much sugar and caffeine, when in reality, this is not the case.



So What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit And Hyperactivity Disorder

Let me explain it in the way a specialist explained it to my son and I when he was first diagnosed.

Society as we know it requires that people concentrate on one thing at a time, "The task in hand", which for the average person is difficult enough, see, we all have this thing which I like to call "The Butterfly Mentality" where, as well as concentrating on the task in hand, people usually have at least two or three other things that they are thinking about.

Did I turn the TV off this morning? I wonder what I should have for tea... as well as the task in hand.

Now, take a person with ADHD, as well as the task in hand and the above thoughts, they can also have up to 20 or more different things going on inside their heads, all at the same time. Each of these things having the same priority and all need doing as a matter of urgency.

Example
Put a person with ADHD in a classroom or in a work environment with 20 other people and tell them to work solely on the task in hand. While everyone else will work on the task quite happily (taking into consideration the butterfly mentality). The person with ADHD will find this painfully difficult.

Now, if we put the same group of people in the middle of a jungle without a map and tell them to find their way out.

While everyone is thinking about what they should do next and which way they should go, the person with ADHD has already noticed the tiger hiding behind the bush to the left, figured out two routes of escape, found some food and noticed that Billy is wearing odd socks. This is ADHD.



ADHD Broken Down

Attention Deficit: People with ADHD find it very difficult to focus their attention on one particular subject (The task in hand).

Hyperactivity: The hyperactivity part is because people with ADHD are hyper aware of their surroundings and what is going on around them, which is probably why they have so much difficulty on concentrating on one given thing.

Disorder: I don't like the word "disorder", this is societies way of saying that there is something wrong and there is nothing wrong, we just don't fit in with what society deems to be the norm.



Technical part

ADHD refers to the part of the brain which deals with social interaction, as well as the ability to focus on a set number of tasks in a certain sequence has not developed at the rate that society deems to be the norm.

Sensory Overload

There are times when someone with ADHD may suffer from sensory overload. This is when there are too many things going on at the same time and, because you are hyper aware of everything which is happening around you, you become overloaded. My eldest son DT1 hates going shopping because of the amount of people, chatter, movement, the noise that the lights make as well as everything else. To an onlooker it would seem as though he is in a bad mood and to a greater or lesser extent he is. For my son, things are either black or white, there is no in between, a person is either in a good mood or a bad mood, a friend or not a friend.

Some people with ADHD will need to have a task broken down for them. I can not tell my son to go tidy his bedroom, that is too much of an open request, I will usually get the reply "My room is tidy", because to him, it is, he knows where everything is therefore it is tidy. Instead I need to break down the task.

  1. Pick the rubbish off the floor and put it in the bin.

  2. Empty your bin.

  3. Bring your dirty cloths down stairs and put them by the washing machine.

  4. Make your bed.

  5. Bring plates and cups down stairs and put them in the kitchen.

  6. Dust all the surfaces.

  7. Vacuum the floor.

  8. Open your curtains.

I also need to be aware that I will have to poke my head round his bedroom door from time to time to get him back on task because I guarantee that he will become distracted and has ended up sat in front of his computer playing World if Warcraft.

The next time you are out shopping and you see someone struggling with their stroppy child who is shouting and behaving in an "inappropriate" way, spare a thought, there might be a reason for the "bad" behaviour. Not all disabilities are visible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this
iJim

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Ghost in your coffee

Have you ever drank so much coffee that you are sure that you saw a ghost, or even something else, that wasn't there?

Some time ago, Radio 1 news reported that research done by Durham University stated that you may have a chance of hallucinations if you drink seven or more cups of coffee a day.


Of course when I heard this I got in touch with a friend about conducting our own test to see if this theory held water.

We both agreed that throughout the day we would drink more than seven cups of coffee to see what the effects were, I think my friend, Tony must have drank the equivalent of eight cups of coffee and I drank about the same.

By 3:30 we met to see how we were feeling, and the result was no difference in our psychological feelings, neither of us could report any changes in our vision and no hallucinations.



When I got home, once I had done a few jobs around the house I tried to find the news report on this theory before starting to make this post, what I did find was this little gem from the NHS.co.uk website.

Coffee 'wakes the dead'
Is there a ghost in your morning roast?

“Too much coffee can make you hallucinate and sense dead people,” says the Daily Express. This bizarre claim is based on research into 219 students who answered questionnaires on caffeine intake, hallucinations and feelings of persecution. Various other news sources have reported the study, including the Daily Mail, which says that “drinking cup after cup of coffee dramatically increases the risk of hallucinating”.

The study itself was investigating a theory that caffeine might heighten the body’s response to a hormone released during times of stress. Researchers found that caffeine intake was linked to both stress and being prone to hallucinating. When results were adjusted to discount stress levels, caffeine intake alone predicted tendencies towards hallucination. Source

I can confirm that after eight cups of strong black coffee I have not sensed anything otherworldly and have not seen any ghosts.



Of course with this new information coming to light from NHS.co.uk/news we will need to look further into this and of course our findings on this matter will be reported as soon as possible.

I origin wrote this post about 9 years ago and can confirm that I still have not seen any ghosts or had any hallucinations which have been brought on by drinking too much coffee. These days I try to limit my caffeine intake to around one or two cups a day.

So come on, your turn. Have you ever drank so much coffee that you were convinced that you saw or even heard something that wasn't there?

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Cleaning My Stretched Ear Lobes

About 15 years ago I decided to stretch my ear lobes for no other reason than I could. I have always had small to non existent lobes and, I dont know, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

It took about 12 month for me to stretch my lobes to the size I wanted, 00 gauge or 10 mm. I didnt want to go any bigger than that.



Of course, me being me, I did little if any research into stretching my ear lobes and I certainly didnt look into how to clean them. I thought you would clean them the same way as you do the rest of your body.

I could not have been ore wrong..

If you dont clean your tunnels and lobes at least every other day, they start to itch and smell. I have 10mm surgical steal tunnels in my ears which I need to take out and clean every two to three days. The outside of the tunnel can get a build up of what I can only assume is sweat and skin which needs to be cleaned regularly to stop infection and the smell.

[caption id="attachment_2102" align="aligncenter" width="499"] 10 mm Surgical Steal Tunnels[/caption]

How I Clean My Tunnels And Ear Lobes. 

Every few days I take my tunnels out and clean them down with baby wipes for sensitive skin (I am a Dad so having wet wipes around the house is as natural as sun in the desert).

I make double sure that I have managed to clean all the dirt from them so that they look brand new again

Once I have cleaned my tunnels I leave them to soak in some disinfectant for a while, while I start cleaning my lobes. Again I use baby wipes to do this, cleaning the outside of my lobe and the inside. I pay more attention to the inside.



Once my ear lobes are all nice and clean again I rinse my tunnels under warm water and pop them back in, its that easy.

I have heard some people say that you should use baby oil or moisturiser on your ears as well, but to date I havnt. People say that you should use baby oil or moisturiser on your tattoos as well but I have never done that either (unless I wanted my tattoos to look sharp and bright).

Would I advise someone to stretch their lobes? hell yeah, go for it as long as you know for sure that they will not get ripped and that your Mom, Dad, Boss and/or teachers are cool about it. All I would say is dont rush it, take it slowly or risk having a blowout where your lobe rips which, will probably require a trip to the hospital.



  • One more thing, if you do stretch your lobes, or already have and you`re thinking about letting them heal or getting rid of them all together (depending on how big you have stretched them), you will have 2 options.

  • Get the loose, stretched skin cut away and the wound stitched up. This will require surgery.


If your hole is small, say 10mm or less just stop wearing your tunnels or plugs, but, your lobe will never fully heal to the point where no one will know and you stand a very good chance of your lobe looking a lot like a cats butt.

Regards iJim :)


 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Fighting Temptation

At the time of writing this post it is 6.50 am on a Friday morning, why is this important? My wife has had to go into work early today which meant a 5am wake up call, we`re usually up for around 6 in the morning on a week day, but that extra hour is turning out to be a killer.

I have had two cups of coffee already, made breakfast for my wife, prepared everyone's pack lunches and I am fighting to stay awake, I didnt have a good nights sleep last night and I am starting to feel it. In the next 10 minutes I will be waking everyone else up and will fall head long into the school run routine.



The problem is, I dont eat breakfast, just the thought of putting food into my mouth first thing in the morning makes me want to throw up. This means that as the day goes on I will start to get hungry and given that I am tired now, unless I get a second wind or some kind of miracle energy boost, I will only become more tired which means that I wont want to make lunch or tea later on today or I will be so tired that I will make silly, meal spoiling mistakes.

This is where the temptation will start, I could grab a burger for lunch or even just open a packet of biscuits (cookies) and call that a meal (I have done this in the past, dont judge me), then later tonight I could go to the fish and chip shop or order in a take away. That would be so easy and require minimum effort from me. I cant expect my wife to start cooking when she gets in as she is in exactly the same boat as me, except she will have spent nearly all day in a classroom full of under 10`s.



Don`t get me wrong, I know I am going to have off days and times when I will eat that burger, I dont plan to stick to a rigid routine of healthy eating and exercise, if I do that then I am dooming myself to failing in a very big and unfluffy way. I want to give myself a fighting chance and succumbing to temptation this early is not something I want to do, saying that, I dont plan to have a day where all I eat is junk, while justify my 3rd packet of biscuits by telling myself that it is just an off day and I can get back to a healthy lifestyle tomorrow.



I have Plantar Fasciitis which has already made improving my health and fitness levels that bit more difficult as going for a run to burn off that lovely salted caramel muffin is not an option, instead, I plan to cycle at least two to three times a week. I want to get a pannier rack and bag set for my bike like the one pictured above, for those times when I need to go into the town to pick up a few bits. I dont want to be making all these plans and spend money on things that I end up not using because I am too busy saying that I will start my healthy eating tomorrow or on Monday.

Update: Its just coming up to 1 in the afternoon now, I have had three large mugs of coffee and I`m feeling bloated and fat. The good news is, so far I have not succumb to temptation in the form of chocolate, biscuits or any junky non healthy foods and I am pretty proud of that fact, although earlier today I did realise that one quick way to boost my energy levels was to have an energy drink, the good news is I resisted.

I have also come across a podcast about Health, nutrition and fitness called Scientific, Nutrition Update by Bennett Tomlin which I am gong to have a look at or at least bookmark until my concentration levels are back to normal, which, is a good time to end this post as tiredness is starting to take over. I`m going to have tidy up while listening to the above podcast and then try and lay down for half an hour.
Regards iJim

Thursday, 22 March 2018

I Don`t Want To Commit That Crime.

There is so much corruption in the world at the moment, injustice is happening just about everywhere, and I know, that I have been focusing a lot on the bad in our world of late, but I don't want to paint the world grey It is certainly not the direction I want my blog to take. Looking for the next case of injustice or abuse of power is not a healthy way to spend my days, especially when you consider my mental health and how, always searching for the next piece of injustice or corporate ineptness is starting to bring me down.

The world is an amazing and beautiful place, passing up any opportunity to see and share this is a crime in its self and I don't want to be accused of such a crime.


It was officially Spring a few days ago and as if by magic the weather started to feel a lot more springy? If that is a word. Plants are starting to poke their heads out of the ground, some flowers are starting to bud and flower, even the trees and bushes are starting to show signs of life after what has been a cold winter. At least this is what it is like in my little part of the world. Everything is starting to feel nice and I want to be a part of that instead of trolling through news articles looking for corruption and wrongdoing.

Don't get me wrong, I still intend to bring to light injustices where I see it, but I don't want that to be, the be all and end all and what I am all about because it's not, I have other things that I am doing, I have already started getting back into shape, my bike has been dusted off and my legs are aching after yesterday's bike ride, yes it was a bit cold but I thoroughly enjoyed myself, it felt good to be out in the fresh air.

I have my middle-aged spring wardrobe to create, I'm tired of wearing the same old stuff, boots jeans and a tee-shirt and my old green Parker when it gets a bit cold.

In short, I don't want iJim.co.uk to be a place where people come to, and leave feeling like the world is going to come to an end. I want people to come here and feel inspired or at least a bit happier, so with that in mind I believe that it is time for a change of attitude.

So, here is the plan:

  • There will be a new blog post at least once a week, on a Friday, if I feel the need to post more than once a week all the better.

  • I will continue to make posts about news articles, where I believe that the full story has not been told but, that is not going to be the main focus of my blog.

  • During the time I spent on YouTube I bought a few cameras to make my videos that little bit better, now that this is not a priority, I want to use them to start taking photographs which I want to post here.

There you have it, it is now spring and an ideal time to grow.
iJim

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

41 States Of Shame

Gay Conversion Therapy



Flicking through Twitter this morning I found a tweet by Daniel Newman which really shook me up, not because I have been through this, but because this is still a thing, this is still an acceptable practice. Daniels tweet linked to an article in the NYTimes which gave an account of someone who had been through Gay Conversion Therapy by way of curing his Bisexuality. Link to Article.

[caption id="attachment_1855" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Gay Conversion Therapy, Gay, Gay Cure, NYTimes Article[/caption]

The article talks about how someone who had recently came out as Bisexual had over two years of "counselling" where he was told that his faith community rejected and did not recognise his sexuality, how he was the abomination that was talked about in Sunday school and that he would end up getting H.I.V and AIDS.
that I was the only gay person in the world; that it was inevitable I would get H.I.V. and AIDS.

The counselling sessions did not stop there, he was also bound to a table and had ice, heat and electricity applied to his body while being forced to watch gay people holding hands, kissing and having intercourse.

The above is only one persons story. With 41 states still allowing this barbaric and medieval practice to exist there are literally thousands of people every year are being tortured by way of curing their gay.



What really burns my arse is that, it is 2018, we are able to talk to people on the other side of the planet using a small box in our pockets, we have self driving, intelligent cars and drones. We put a man on the moon and a vehicle on Mars and yet there are still people out there who think that being gay is a lifestyle choice, a disease which can be cured.

For those of you who do think this, let me set the records straight. Being gay, bisexual, homosexual, lesbian, gender fluid, Intersex and all the rest.. are not diseases, this is not something which can be cured, being gay is not a lifestyle choice, how many times do I have to say that a person does not wake up one morning, pour their coffee and decide, I am gay or I am going to put my blue cardigan on today and I think I will be gender fluid, no, I want to be non binary.

These are not choices, being gay is genetically coded into our DNA and can not be cured. A gay man can not become heterosexual after a couple of years of therapy and if this is how you think, or you think that I am wrong then please, set me up with a therapist who can change me from being a white hetro male to a black hetro male. See, it is not possible, what I am asking is beyond the realms of therapy because I am genetically white, it is what I am, just as being gay, bi or what ever else is beyond the realms of therapy as gay people are genetically gay and no amount of conversion therapy will change that. Ever. It is 2018, wake up.

To end I would like to point out that being gay is not a crime in Europe, the UK or America. let me repeat that, being gay is not a crime in Europe, the UK or America. It is not an abomination and is not against gods will and if you want to quote the bible to prove your point I suggest you look a little closer to home, and the the amount of openly gay or closeted gay priests there are in our churches.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Russian Involvement II Still No Proof

As the British government continues to shout about Russia's involvement in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on March 4th 2018, a large portion on the British people are now asking where the governments evidence for these accusations are.



Over two weeks have passed and the evidence is coming in and it is damning. The problem is that the evidence is pointing a little closer to home than Teresa May would like.

Russia is still adamant that it had nothing to do with the poisoning where as the small Animal virus research lab who first confirmed that the nerve agent used was Novichok has gone very quiet, very quiet, even when asked if they had access to this agent. Of course I am talking about The Pirbright labs in Surrey. The same laboratory who had absolutely nothing to do with the outbreak of Foot and Mouth in August 2007 and never sold off 300,000 units of antidote for the same virus only months before the outbreak. Nope, I remember the post I wrote about how they had nothing to do with that.

[caption id="attachment_1838" align="alignleft" width="300"]Pirbright, labs, Animal Testing, Virus,

Pirbright Labs[/caption]

Of course it does not look at all suspicious that not even two weeks after the Skripal was poisoned PirBright just happened to get notification of a £48 million cash injection to "further their research" Source

It is also not at all suspicious how a doctor who helped treat Skripal and his daughter has not been infected by one of the worlds most deadly nerve agents or that two weeks later and we still dont know how Mr. Skripal is getting on. Hey, I want to send some flowers and a bunch of grapes, make him feel better.

When I was searching for evidence or a word on the condition of Mr. Skripal I found an article by The Guardian News Paper who were commenting on how 21 people to date have been treat by medics as well as this statement from the Home secretary
Earlier, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, described the use of a nerve agent in a busy city centre as “attempted murder in the most cruel and public way” as pressure on the government and police for answers continued to grow.

One of the most deadly nerve agents in the world is used in a busy city centre and only 21 people are effected. Oh, by the way Guardian News Paper, Novichok is not a gas, it is an ultra-fine powder.

OK, I know I am going all conspiracy theory on you guys but to date this is what has happened. Pirbright labs refuse to comment on any questions asked, except was Russia involved? Then they get a £48 Million deal. considering the type of weapon used we dont have a lot of victims and no casualties.



No one has considered the fact that since the creation of Novickok, a lot of former soviet states have broken away from Russia or that it is possible that someone, working against the Russians could have brought the recipe for the agent to England or even carried it out of Russia or one of its break away countries in its non binary state. The problem is, no one knows or, if someone does know, they are not saying.

I know it is all speculation, but at this time my speculation is holding more water than Teresa May pointing the finger and saying They did it because they do stuff like this, this is how they work.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Getting Fit at 50?

I know I have said that I am gong to do this a million times and a million times I have started doing it, and stopped. But, after last nights tea of a small doner kabab, no salad and plenty of garlic and chilli sauce I was made to suffer. Feeling bloated and over weight is a day to day thing for me these days, but this morning was the last straw. I felt sick and by sick I mean ill. All I could taste was last nights tea and it took all my time to not throw up while I was making pack lunches for my wife and kids. even now at nearly 1pm in the afternoon I am still not feeling 100%.



This is it, this time I am going to start loosing weight, or at the very least my belly and I am going to start getting fit. Now I am not talking Jim is Ripped, though I do want to get toned, I know that there is a six pack under that flab somewhere I just need to find it. Whats more I know it can be done as there are blogs and videos all over the internet proving that it can be done.

I have every reason to do this and no reason at all not to do it. Now I dont plan on joining a gym, I am Jim, iJim. I plan to use my own body weight instead of going out and buying expensive dumb bells. I know that at the moment I can not run if my life depended on it, so I have dusted off my bike and plan to cycle everywhere. If I go to the shops or into town I will cycle there. No more getting the bus. I am not a heavy drinker so cutting back on alcohol wont be an issue and I dont smoke.

My main pitfall is my eating habits. I am a creature of habit and find it ever so easy to form new ones, especially where food is concerned. Chocolate, biscuits, cookies, cake and most types of junk and fast food will have to go. I know that the only thing stopping me is me, I just need to keep reminding myself of the benefits. I will look and feel a lot better, both physically and mentally.

All that being said, being 50+ and ripped would be kind of cool...

Are We Moving Into A Dystopian World?

It has come to my attention that the British government as well as other works government's are talking about something which has been d...