Rain, Rain, Go Away

The rain is absolutely pouring down here at work. I heard thunder too. AND I’ve to walk home. To top it all off, I’m wearing flip-flops. The morning loves tricking me by bringing out the sun… gets me every time! It looks like this right now:

 

I am going to be so mad if I get hit by lightning. I haven’t got time for these types of shenanigans!

Just another day of BeingBuckley…

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Home Workout

I have to break some terrible news. I’ve moved house and I’m no longer near a gym. Ahhhhhhhh! I feel so empty without it, what will I do now?? I’m determined to keep my motivation and stay fit and healthy, so I’ve made my own teeny weeny mini gym.

 

Isn’t it nice? I’m on a tight budget at the moment so I had to do some improvisation. My very light weights are milk bottles filled with water, maybe if I want them heavier I could fill them with sand? They’ll do for the moment. I’ve had this little side stepper for years and it pretty much does the same job as a cross trainer. As for the Swiss ball, I got that from my father’s garden shed, where it had been hiding out for years, hence the stains on it… And I bought the exercise mat for only €8.00, which I didn’t think was too bad. I did an hour long workout which involved this:

  • Four minutes on the side stepper
  • 20 sit ups
  • 20 side crunches
  • 20 modified press ups
  • 20 lunges with the ‘weights’
  • 20 weight lifts above my head while sitting on the Swiss ball
  • I got in the press up position and put my feet on the Swiss ball, I then slowly brought my knees in towards my stomach and outwards again. I did this 20 times.

I repeated this three times. I must say it went well and I felt like I got a proper workout, nearly as good as the gym! I hope this is helpful for anyone who’s doing home workouts too.

Happy sweating,

BeingBuckley

Simple, Scrumptious, Skinny Food

Since I became a born again health and fitness freak, I have constantly been looking for tasty, healthy, everyday meals. I’m sure that there are many other people who are on the same boat, so I wanted to share the things I whipped up today. I enjoyed them so hopefully you guys will too! Here we go…

Breakfast:

This was easy peesy and a great way to start the day. One banana chopped up on brown soda bread and one sliced apple. Great for the morning boost!

Lunch:

I had this quick little snack on my break. Pitta bread with chicken, a slice of ham, lettuce and spring onions with some chopped up onion on the side. To drink, I had diluted orange which is only three calories.

Dinner:

Now this one may not look so appealing but trust me it is AMAZING. This was my first time making it so cut me some slack : ). The recipe’s picture was a lot nicer than mine, mind you. This is just some onions, peppers, soy sauce, ginger and eggs slapped together. And only 208 calories. Check out the recipe on http://www.eggrecipes.co.uk/recipes/view/low-calorie-egg-and-vegetable-noodle-slice .

I hope these dishes are of some help to you. On forth to the quest of scrum-diddley-umptious delights!

Happy health,

BeingBuckley.

Man’s Best Friend?

Today I want to discuss something I adore. I needn’t say the word as judging from the title you probably already know what it is. However, I’ll say it anyway… Dogs. Big, slobbery, smiley, barky, squishy faced, chase my own tail dogs! My absolute favourite animal in existence. Growing up, there was always a big fluffy lovable friend by my side and since I can remember I have always treasured them as animals. I most definitely would say that they are Man’s best friend. What puzzles me and upsets me greatly is that there are cruel, horrible people that make me question this saying.

After thirteen beautiful years my gorgeous, lovable pooch Gus passed away and it devastated the whole family . The silence in the house was unbearable and we were eager to welcome another canine into the Buckley household. We searched the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website and came across a beautiful Staffie who looked horribly upset. She really had it tough. The picture we saw of the cruelty case was enough. She had a nasty skin infection on her face and she really looked like she had been through the wars. Fortunately she was found by a loving foster family who took care of her and she was put on a course of antibiotics to clear it up.

       Moochie when she was found.

When we met her, she was dangerously thin and had scars on her face but she was the most friendliest, caring little pooch ever. She gave us a big smile and we knew she was ours. We adopted her straight away and gave her plenty of love and hugs. She knew immediately that she had found her family and her home.

After further examination, it was obvious that she had been used for breeding. Our guess was she had about 3 litters. She has very few teeth so we assume that she was either kicked around or was trying to chew her way out of somewhere. She is a very affectionate dog and always make sure she is close to us. It’s very clear that she just wants to be loved. However, you can see that the past haunts her as if anyone makes a swift movement with their foot or if someone play fights she gets extremely nervous. It makes me so sad when I see her like that. I just can’t understand how someone could be so cruel to such a beautiful animal.

She has grown a lot since we got her, she now knows how much we love her and although she is very appreciative, she has a little cheeky side. Even though she is forbidden from sitting on the furniture, she will come over to give one of us a cuddle and slowly make her way on to the sofa. Before you know it, she’s wrapped up in your arms with a big smile on her face. No one can get mad at her and boy does she know it!

Mooch fast asleep!

Gimme fooood!

Today, I really wanted to outline the love and loyalty animals have for humans and how sometimes that can go wrong for them. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals do amazing work and I would like to give a big thanks to them for all they do for animals. Thanks for saving my little Moochie :).

‘Til next time,

BeingBuckley

Hi I’m Jim and I love the gym.

Well it’s been a while since my last post, I kind of got lazy over the Summer, but I’m back! Yay! I kept my word on the keeping fit thing and I must say it worked out great. I can’t deny that there are some difficulties involved. My problem is that I find it hard to motivate myself.

I did continue to do walks/jogs and my workouts at home but they were reduced bit by bit. I always knew that I wanted to join a gym and I felt that going to a place made solely for exercising would be enough to motivate me. And it was. I got a months membership and I made sure to go at least four days a week for two hours. I must say it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I LOVE the gym. I love everything about it. You go in and you exercise. All the facilities that you need are there. NO excuses.

Before joining the gym I never really thought about the food I ate. I never considered what would be healthier to eat. Now I’m not saying I ate junk food 24/7 but I never thought about what would benefit me more. I am one of the lucky ones who have fast metabolisms so I always thought I could eat what I wanted, when I wanted. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help with toning and that is what I yearned the most. So I cut out junk food, switched to eating brown bread, drank wayyy more water and ate more fruit and veg. I must say it really did help.

Fruit and veg are your friends!!

Eating healthy combined with going to the gym changed me. The gym instructor gave me fantastic exercise tips to help me tone up. So when I went in each day, I knew my workout and exactly what I had to do. Even though I only had a months membership, there was an astronomical change. I noticed a difference in my arms, my legs, my butt and my stomach. I was even getting lines on my stomach. LINES!! Believe me, it’s not rocket science to shape up, it’s really quite easy. Eat well and exercise. That’s all it takes. Give a few hours a week to exercise and you’ll never look back. Trust me.

Lots of love,

BeingBuckley