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

Fixing My Life

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.. 

Thursday, 28 November 2019

That Sound Hurts

I am in actual, physical pain right now. I havnt had an accident or anything like that, I am in pain because of the noise that is going on at the moment, not the amount of noise but its pitch.

I lost about 80% of the hearing in my left ear in spring of this year, no idea how or why but I have. The thing is, the pitch of some sounds can cause me actual physical pain, kids screaming is a good one, shouting is another.

When there is a lot of noise going on at the same time I get what I can only describe as an audio over load, as my good ear tries to pick out and prioritise what I need to hear over the background hustle and bustle, sometimes my right ear just overloads and throws everything at me which basically deafens me, I am hearing almost nothing except white noise in my left ear and I am hearing every sound available in my other.

Anyway, we have workmen round at the moment removing the cavity wall insulation so we can get new (better) put in, its part of some kind of government scheme which we have qualified for, replacement insulation and a new boiler..

As you can imagine, there is lots of noise, there is a pump going, lots of drilling and banging and then there is Gizmo, our little Jack Russel who is barking, constantly barking, for the last hour.


Thing is, little Gizmo`s bark is one of those sounds which has a pitch that hurts, especially when he rolls out half a dozen barks, one after the other... Ouch..

I`m hoping that the workmen manage to get all the insulation out and the new back in today, better still, this morning, otherwise they say that they will have to come back tomorrow to put the new stuff in, which means, chances are that they will be here with their noise when I finish work.

On top of that, deep down I know that I am stressing out a bit about the damage that they will do to the new lawn I planted earlier this year. I am rather proud of it, but it is still in its infancy so is easily damaged.

Hang on, they have turned their pump down, they might be finished.

That`s it for this one, I`m going to make coffee and get some pain killers into me.


Sunday, 24 November 2019

Keep Britain British.

How often have you heard people complaining about refugees and people from other countries settling in England?

How often have you read a comment or heard someone saying "Keep Britain British"!, "Keep the foreigners out of England, England is for the English"!?

You have probably heard a lot more of this of late, more so over the last few years. I know I have.

The problem is that, what most people fail to realise is that the "British" people are of mixed race, each and every one of us.. We are an island of mutts, there is not a single 100% pure British person in this country, hell even the Queen of England is German.

The average resident of the UK is, at best 60.5% European a large percentage of this being Irish, and around 36% Anglo Saxon Source  (the Saxons hail from Northern Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark) with the remaining 3.5% or there about hailing from where ever people can hail from.


As a British person, you have an almost global gene pool, so when I hear people commenting about Keeping Britain British.. ehem.. but we are, we are a global country, so when people from other countries settle in England, they, and I know this is going to hit those of you with Neo Nazi beliefs the hardest, but people from other countries, are not muddying our gene pool, they are not diluting this great nation and making it "Less British", chances are their ancestors came here centuries ago and added to the "Average" UK residents DNA.


Sunday, 17 November 2019

Pyjama Mamma`s

What is this skulduggery?! Two posts in less than a week? Someone has hacked into iJim`s blog! Quick someone call who ever deals with this.

Nah, everything is ok, no one has hacked my blog, I had the need, the want to have a short rant.

Pyjama Mamma`s, people, usually female (sorry) who spend their days in their PJ`s.. Dont get me wrong, PJ days are OK, spending the day in front of the TV in Your pyjamas is fine, I have no problems with that.

I do however have problems with people who "just nip out to the shop" in their jammies, but whats worse than that is the people who take a trip into town and do a full shop in their pyjamas. If you are one of these people, someone who does a full shop around town in your night ware I have two words for you.

1: Why?!

2: Dignity (Get some)!!


So, why the mini rant? I can hear you think. Well boys, girls and those of you of mixed or no gender, I have had a bit of a bee in my bonnet about people just nipping to the shop in their pyjamas for a while now, it all came to a head yesterday, in case you didn't know, I work in a shop, a large store in town.

Yesterday, at about 4 in the afternoon two young lady's came into the shop I work in to get a few bits in, no problem, except.. they were both still in their pyjamas.
I'm actually shaking my head as I write this bit. Not because these two "lady's" decided to not bother putting clothes on but because the pyjamas they were wearing were dirty and by dirty I mean huge stains on them that had obviously been there for longer than a day.

Come on, is it so much work to throw on a pair of jeans and some shoes? Show some class..




Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Anywhere, any time.

When I first started writing a blog 13 years ago (March 8th 2006 to be exact) I had to sit in front of my computer to do it. If I wanted to add a photo to my post I would have to take the picture on a digital camera, upload that picture to my computer and then add it to my post.

Why am I telling you all this?

At the time of writing this post I am stood at the bus stop on my way to work. It's cold 1°c and my fingers are starting to get rather cold, making it rather hard to type this. If I want to add some audio to this post I can easily record it, upload it to a podcast host and add it to my post, pictures? Yeah, easy. I can take a photo using my phone and just insert it, Just like the one below

13 years ago I would have loved this kind of freedom, I can post what I want, when I want, where ever I am. 



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