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What’s That Coming Over The Hill

I am a massive scaredy cat, I am frightened of everything. This admission follows me catching the opening 3 minutes of The Walking Dead on Channel 5 last night as Geordie lounged on the sofa stating ‘Hey that bloke out of Love Actually is in this, you’ll like it’. Needless to say even the delectable Andrew Lincoln wasn’t enough to make me sit through more than a few minutes of this particularly gruesome episode and I was sufficiently horrified to ask Geordie to turn it off even though I wasn’t in the room. Excessive you might think, yeah I’m that scared.

1959 Series Logo

1959 Series Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My ridiculous fear of well, most things started as a teenager when I used to watch X-Files and The Twilight Zone alone in my room, with the lights off and everything! I can still distinctly remember an episode of The X-Files where a guy got into people’s homes through teeny air conditioning vents, another man who chewed newspaper and made an underground den out of it, and one where a guy (see a theme appearing here, and women are said to be ‘weird’) locked his victims in an underground bunker and scared the living day lights out of them just staring at them through a small hatch. Pretty sure my friend Emma will know the finer details of each of those episodes, she’s a huge X-files fan still. I wonder why I didn’t find it so frightening back then, yet now when I walk my dog I rate everyone I see on how likely they are to abduct me?

Crime thrillers are my favourite type of fiction and I’ve read avidly since my late teens, I don’t suppose this has helped my poor nerves. I have read the books of many televised series but can’t watch it on tv. Wire In the Blood, Inspector Banks and Rebus have all held me captive during most of my pregnancy last year, but only in paper form. I think I trust my mind more than tv producers to conjure up less petrifying images that won’t have me sleeping with the light on, or making Geordie come to the toilet with me because I’m convinced there’s an alien/serial killer in our airing cupboard.

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Cover of Shaun of the Dead

The scariest film I have seen is Sleepy Hollow, go on….laugh. Christopher Walken is an absolutely amazing actor and I just about managed to get through that film by imagining him dancing like a loon in that Fat Boy Slim video. The best related story I can come up with is one my little sister has really enjoyed telling potential boyfriends in the past and involves a film that is billed as a comedy, not a horror. A few years ago we rented Shaun of the Dead on dvd, bought some Galaxy Minstrels to munch on and settled down to watch said ‘comedy’ Spoiler Alert!!! There is a brief part in the film where the main characters are in the pub trying to turn the lights back on at the fuse board, when the lights come back on there is an outline of ‘A LOT’ of zombies trying to get in against a glass panel door. This few moments of cinematography was enough to make me jump, much to the sheer delight of my sister who started wailing laughing on the sofa and pointing at my pyjama bottoms. At some point during the evening I had managed to miss my stupid big mouth with the Galaxy Minstrels which had then ended up down the cushion and ultimately melted against the heat of my bum on the sofa. So in short, it looked like I had crapped myself. I wasn’t THAT scared and it definitely was melted chocolate.

I’ve totally missed the boat on Dr Who, Twilight and dare I say it Harry Potter. It only took one look at the dementer’s and that was me channel hopping to find an episode of The Hairy Bikers cookery programme. Ah the safety of cake, everyone likes cake.

 

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What I Put In

I’ve always been very lucky with my weight and blessed with a fast metabolism, I was one of those teenagers who could eat whatever  I wanted and not put on weight, although my skin would erupt on spying of a piece of chocolate, swings and roundabouts I guess.

Unfortunately I seem to have passed my rapid metabolism on to my two young daughters who frustratingly eat me out of house and home on a daily basis and I have fallen into a terrible slump of doing the same. Now I’m really unhappy with my weight and general appearance. I eat junk food because it’s there and doesn’t need preparing and anytime I nip out for random groceries such as nappies or baby milk I pick up chocolate too. It’s definitely gotten out of control.

I have tried slimming tablets but the caffine hit almost gave me a heart attack, since I slipped a disc two months ago I’m unable to do a lot cardio wise, but now thanks to an inspiring Twitter account I am done with excuses, here’s what I’m going to do…

5×50 is a nationwide voluntary event starting on September 9th 2012. The aim of the challenge is to walk, jog, run or cycle 5k everyday for 50 days to incorporate sport into everyday life. What attracted me to this event is that it’s totally do-able. Ideally I’d like to cycle the distance each day however the challenge allows you the freedom to adapt a trip to the shops or the school run to count as your daily 5k, providing you leave the car at home of course!

So in an attempt to kind of bully myself into losing weight and getting fitter I am going to record my weight each week and post my results. Diet wise I’m going to make a start now on this random Thursday and with the help of My Fitness Pal App I am confident I can beat the flab.

If you’d like to get involved with the challenge click here to find out more register. Also www.myfitnesspal.com is a fantastic tool in watching what you eat, and you can add friends to compare you results!

Good Luck….here’s my shameful start.

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