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Happy New Year


Welcome to 2017, I hope you all had a fantastic new years!  It is tradition in the COLPOW house for First Footing on new years day, and being the dark haired lucky charm I am ( cough ) this honour falls to me.

We as a family have a lot to achieve this year and have some big goals for 2017, and I look forward to sharing  them with you all.

So I am saying goodbye to 2016, it had some massive highs and bitter lows but what matters is that we go into 2017 positively and take each day as a new challenge.

Come join me on the mad life changing journey that is ahead.


Boxing Day Sales 2016

First things first,  I hope you all had a peaceful Christmas Day, whatever you did to celebrate.


Be Brave Be Bold – I am going into the Boxing Day Sales 2016, my first ever Boxing Day Sale shopping!

In my 30+ years I have never hit the shops on Boxing day and this year I have decided to brave it.


Well quite simple really, this year is the first year for a long time that due to my weight loss I need some new clothes urgently!  The rate I have been going I have been making do with Jeans which are pulled as tight as I can do the belt and tops that hang on me.  I said to my wife the other day that I look like i’m wearing oversized clown clothes!

I still have a while to go but I will be stepping up my training for Tough Mudder in January so my weight loss will accelerate so I don’t want to spend a fortune on clothes that wont last long.  This is a good problem to have, I am glad to be in this situation but I just need some bits to see me through this changing period.



This is still open to debate, we’re very lucky that the nearest big town has an excellent shopping centre and all the big department stores & High St shops.  I am however thinking maybe a trip to Westfields is on the cards, that might be a bit of a shock to the system though lol.



I am someone who likes a list, but on this occasion I think I will go with the flow, below are some things I will be on the look out for.






New Shoes / Boots

Drone 😉 Seeing if I can sneak this in

NAS – Sneaking this in as well lol


I could keep adding to this, I think lets just say I am going with an open mind, will be cool calm and collected and go with the flow.

I’ll update throughout the day on Twitter and Instagram as the chaos ensues..



Remembering Tradition

It was always tradition at Christmas when I was growing up that on Christmas Eve we would have a buffet.  I bet that sounds like something a nothing to some people, but to me it was always the sign that Christmas was here.

There are many things that I look back fondly on but the reason I have kept it going is my mum.  Sadly my mum is no longer with us but I am smiling and laughing now remembering her meticulous planning and fantastic spread she would put on.  The part that I remember the most is her nibbling of the food whilst cooking then declaring “Im not that hungry” when it was time to dive in.

The buffet is something that we managed to host in one of the final Christmases we had together but its one I am not going to give up and continue even today.

Christmas is a lot of things but I realise as I get older its the family memories and traditions that hold a special place in my heart.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas whatever you’re doing…




Its been a strange couple of weeks for the family a few challenges which has meant getting time to write anything has been hard..  I have some ideas for future blogs to come but here are some notable events over the past few weeks.


Weight Loss & Fitness


I missed a week of visiting my Cambridge consultant to a family issue which meant the weigh in last Wednesday was two weeks worth.  I lost another 10lbs, I am so happy with the result I cant tell you, this has really clicked with me, the Cambridge diet is a life changer.

I’ve been keeping active when I haven’t been able to get to the gym with regular badminton games and walks in my lunchtime, its amazing how many km’s you can rack up when you get out of the office in the day and go out for some fresh air.

I don’t know how I am going to approach Christmas just at the moment, I will enjoy myself but something people need to understand is that if I don’t eat “nice” food or drink alcohol it doesn’t necessarily mean im not enjoying myself.  This I know is hard for balancing act for my wife who has my best interests at heart, I do tend to punish /  prove to myself I can be strict, sometimes too strict which hampers enjoyment and its those close to you that see it.  My wife is just making sure I am not being too much of worry head which I do really appreciate.


Turkey Burning

Im sure some of you are already thinking about what you will be doing post Christmas / New Year celebrations to start a new health regime.  Here are some of my thoughts and experiences.


  1. ‘Small lasting changes are the key to success.Why wait till the new year?  If you aren’t happy or need to do something start now!
  2. Small lasting changes are the key to success.
  3. If you feel a guided diet like Cambridge would work then do your homework, I’m happy to answer any questions but from my experience the Cambridge diet clicked for me, for you it may be something different.  You can read more on the Cambridge diet here Cambridge Weight Plan and I also wrote a small blog on my Cambridge diet Cambridge & Me
  4. You don’t need a big expensive 12 month gym membership I wrote a post before See Here where I talk about the no frill gym I use.  I have to say thought you cant beat getting out in the fresh air and finding time to go for walk, its not going to set the world alight but keep active and walking every day will help keep your fire stoked and its the small changes which will have the longer term impact.
  5. Finally, don’t beat yourself up, make sure you’re ready and have the right focus and reason for embarking on any change, you will know if you’re ready and its OK if you need some more time to get your focus .



This probably warrants a blog post in its own right but I went to see a band called Walking On Cars at the 02 Academy in Oxford at the end of November.  I liked the band before I saw them live and I was blown away and a fan after.  If you have ever been to a live performance you know that nothing beats the atmosphere and loud live sound, they were excellent and I urge you to check them out…


Eating Out

Yes, I can eat out whilst dieting! Myself and my better half had the rare opportunity of a night out, which was very much needed after some recent events.  We had been told that the chain Miller & Carter was good and a new restaurant had opened nearby which we decided to check out.  WoW!  Superb steak and atmosphere which puts to shame some very well know chefs own steak restaurants!  I know steak is very subjective but I have tried many restaurants and this would make it onto the top 1o if not 5 for steak.



I’m looking into how I can share my Spotify playlists on here with you all, if anyone has any experience of doing this on WordPress please let me know 🙂


Christmas Shopping

Almost done, a very successful trip to Westfield and good old Amazon ( prime ) and I think its just about done.


Tech Reviews

I’m planning some reviews on tech items in the coming weeks the first are some Kit Sound wireless headphones.  I am looking to do some more reviews so if anyone can recommend or put me in the direction of suppliers of items you would like to see let me know..



I’ve added ads at the bottom of the page, it would be very helpful if you would click on anything that’s of interest to you..  If you find them too much please let me know as I don’t want them to take over the site.


So we are all caught up, I will try and write the planned blogs in advance and schedule them over this month.  Please let me know if you have any feedback or topics to cover.