Monday, 29 April 2013

Tysabri Week 3 Update

Been feeling crappy :(


Thursday, 18 April 2013

Simple Yummy Roast Chicken

There are a few things that I do quite well. Unfortunately since my MS has progressed I have had to say goodbye to a lot of my little hobbies. 
Luckily so I'm told, I can still cook. 
I've got all sorts of roast recipes, but this one is probably the most simple and the one that when I cook for others they always ask how I do it so I thought it's about time I shared!


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You'll need:
The Chicken (duh)
Olive Oil
1-2 Garlic Cloves (to taste)
A lemon
An Onion
Oregano
Salt 
Pepper


Whilst your oven is preheating (I usually have mine at gas mark 7 but everyone's oven is different) chop the garlic into chunks and insert them into the chicken, stabbing a little hole with a knife and pushing a chunk in. I usually use about 1 and 1/2 cloves and put the rest of the chunks up the chook's bum. 


Cut an onion in half and place it inside the chicken, and do the same with half a lemon so they're both side by side. Squeeze the left over half of the lemon all over the chicken.


Shower the whole chicken in olive oil. This is where most of my oil goes each week! Then season with salt and pepper before sprinkling the oregano all over it. 


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Shove it in the oven for an hour, baste it, and then depending on the size of the chicken put it in again for another 20-40 mins. 



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Taadaa! 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Review: The Beach Diaries 2012 - By Stuart Millard

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Anyone who has ever visited a beach has at some point seen something and wondered if what they're seeing is real. Or like me, those who live with beaches on our front doors see these sights daily. 
We've all gasped at the sight of grotesque woman and felt sorry for the bikini that's a million sizes too small and has clearly given up on it's miserable threadbare life. The old man with just Speedos disappearing up his hairy ass crack accompanied by sandals and socks pulled up to his knees. The stupid tourists picking up a piece of fossilised wood and shouting they've found a dinosaur bone (OK, that's more of an Isle of Wight problem I admit).
But have you ever actually stopped for a minute and just watched these sights? Ever seen something so mind boggling you immediately have to text your best friend and try to describe it, but fail to capture the bizarreness in text so your mate things you're a loony? Does no one understand when you want to talk about all the crazy things you've seen during the day?

** A guy in a fedora walks down to the sea with his girlfriend.
Within seconds, he's taken out a little Hawaiian guitar, and strums out the only two chords he knows while leaning on the breakwater, like some prick from a dating site commercial. I'd bet my life that he's got a didgeridoo he takes out at parties. “I'll just get the old didge...”

Well, a South Coast living man has answered your people watching prayers. Armed with a pen and a pad he sits and watches, never having to wait long before the socially challenged make their appearance.

Stuart Millard has been delighting the internet with his Beach Diaries since 2011, providing the perfect accessory to your summer.

** There's a sound of irritation from a passing man, 
a vocalised tut.

I was so looking forwards to that as well.” On the ground
behind him, a smashed chocolate ice-cream dies in the sun.

Delivering a daily dose of beach life on his blog with beautiful honestly and a sharp wit, he gives you a daily glimpse into the greasy, salt encrusted window of the Great British Beach.

** Two little girls animatedly point at the giant shark whose
head crashes through the sign at the top of the steps to the adventure golf.

Crazy golf! We have to play, we have to!”

I don't think I'll get up there,” says their dad from his
wheelchair.

Written in such a style that has you laughing out loud, you can relate to every sentence in The Beach Diaries 2012, building up a connection with the promenade atmosphere that leaves you desperately thristy for more.

It's a perfect way of exposing idiots too. The one's everyone has experienced and wished everyone else knew of the stupidity you just experienced.

** A lad passes, talking into a phone. At this stage, you're all
well enough up on their mating habits that I've no need to tell you just how shirtless he is.
Oi, Shay,” he says, “there's so much fuckin' gash down
here...” As if to prove a point, his gaze snags on a pair of girls in those shorts that are so tiny, the pockets hang loose against their thighs. 
“So. Much. Gash.”

The Beach Diaries 2012 is available to download here, and I cannot recommend them enough. Guaranteed to make you laugh and want to run to the nearest beach to see such sights for yourself, It is a must have for your Kindle or phone.

One word of warning though, like I said before, this will make you laugh. Out loud. So just be careful when reading in a public place, and think wisely on which bits you read out when an elderly person gets up in your business and asks what you're reading. 

Kook Chimp

Saturday, 13 April 2013

The Importance of Water


Everyone knows that it is recommended we drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but how many people actually know why?

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Our bodies are mostly water. Our skin is 70% water, Blood is 80%, Muscle is 75% and bone is 25%. Constant hydration is needed to insure that our bodies are working to their full potential. If your skin is effected when you're not drinking enough, such as dry skin, acne, generally unhappy skin, imagine what lack of enough water is doing to your insides? Whilst most people substitute with liquids like juices, energy drinks and other moist things, they are no match for the power of water. Do you really want your skin to be made up of artificial sweeteners and other nasties?

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Let's bullet point some benefits.

Water is crucial to cell renewal in your body. Skin, muscles, bone, everything.
Your brain functions properly when you are well hydrated.
Lack of fluids can be mistaken for hunger (thanks brain!)
Water is a great mood booster.
Fights off fatigue and even increases energy levels.
Improves temperature regulations.
Fights headaches and pains.
Aids digestion.
Flushes out toxins.
Helps concentration.
Helps  you exercise efficiently.
Weight loss.

Yes, weight loss. Your body works at it's best when it is hydrated and that includes fat burning as well as digestion. Also, when your body is dehydrated, it holds on to what little water it has. Anyone can suffer from water retention, even when they have a normal healthy diet. Sometimes illness can cause it and even, oddly, the weather. To fight water retention you must stay hydrated.

I have a little trick I found on the internet for when I'm retaining water.
In a regular 500ml bottle of water I put about 1/3 of a capsule of dandelion root, a few drops of unsweetened cranberry juice and a few drops of lemon juice. It really does help to shed the water weight!

If you drink right, you will be able to visibly see the benefits after just one week. Your skin will be healthier and can even glow, your hair will be healthier too along with your nails. You might even already see some inch loss! On a good day I drink at least 2l of water, on a bad day I'd say 1l, which really isn't enough! There's no trick here, you just have to kick your ass and get into the water habit. Perhaps setting yourself a reminder on your phone? Or, time mark your water bottle.

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Go and have a drink of water, NOW! 

I've Had My 1st Infusion!

It went great and I'm feeling awesome! 
Here's a vlog summing up how I'm feeling today :)




Bring on the rest of my treatment!!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Vlogging Again!

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I'm back up and vlogging again, so hop on over to my YouTube channel where I will now be regular with videos again! :)

Friday, 5 April 2013

Shiny New Gym!!!

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Beautiful isn't it??

We now have a proper gym. With equipment that works. And lots of it. 

I'm recovering from flu at the moment, still not 100% but the second I am I think I'll just move in to the gym. It officially opens Monday, but we got a tour to check out all the new equipment on Thursday. I honestly wanted to hug every single machine. 
It sounds pathetic, but when you've been putting up with the poor facilities that we have for years, this really is big news.