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Mo Long Movember

4 Dec

Team Hackney Mo’s has reached £600! Thanks again so much to all those who have donated. Sadly all good things have to end and I have now shaved off the Mo.

I’ll be tweeting soon as to why I shaved it off, in my next blog on testing the EA Active 2 game on the XBox Kinect

Here’s a pic of me without a mo.

Ni

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Movember – the result!

30 Nov

Moustache season is nearly over and after 30 days of growing my mo and suffering the consequences, I can now announce that I have raised…

£255!!!

My team, The Hackney Mo’s have raised a total of £520.

All the money raised during Movember goes to help combat protate and other men’s cancers. What’s more you can still donate here http://mobro.co/TheEndIsNi

Here’s a picture of me pulling my best moustache face (it’s slightly picasso-esque)

Ni

 

Movember – 11 days in

11 Nov

 

IT’S already 11 days into Movember, the month in which men around the world grow moustaches to raise money and awareness of prostate cancer and other mens health issues.

Havinging lost my dad to cancer at the end of November last year, I decided to take on the challenge of growing a ‘Mo’, as they call it, to help the effort.

Finding out that my dad had cancer was a shock, though not all together suprising as he had smoked and drank for the majority of his life. However watching the man who brought me up slowly disappear into himself and lose all his ability was tough to say the least and the effect it had on my mother was hard. While as a family we are coping with his loss, it’s not something I would wish on anyone else, so while my efforts may not stop cancer, at least they’re helping in some way.

OK harrowing bit over. So from my usual babyfaced looks, I have managed to transorm into a moustacheod man (I know that isn’t a word… is it?) and have already raised nearly £150 in donations, thanks to a lot of kind people, including a massive £100 donation from @Clarioncomms.

I'm unconvinced on my Mo and have never before realised quite how big my nose is... i't's massive

While I haven’t inherited my dad’s ability to wear and suit a moustache, I am determined to keep it growing until the end of November. Who knows I may even come to like it.

If you are kind and able enough to make a donation, or even if you just want to keep up on my progress and poke fun, please visit my Mo Space here: http://mobro.co/TheEndIsNi

You’ll also be able to see the efforts of the rest of the 34 Kelshall Court Mo Bros as the whole flat is in on the team!

Every little helps and it will all be very much appreciated and don’t forget we’re looking to get mo’ money for no problems.

 

A new start

9 Oct

After a week from hell, in which I worked 40 hours by the end of Wednesday, I am ready to get back to the gym and a routine in which I can work out at least 3 times a week.

So I’m now aiming to spend the next six weeks completing a proper work out regime. To see how well I’ve done afterwards I’ll be comparing various measurements before and after the training period. These are listed below, along with my current readings. At the moment these are fairly average for my height (174cm or 5’8”).

 

MEASUREMENTS

Weight: 72.8 kg

Fat: 19.2%

Skeletal muscle: 40.5%

BMI: 24

My workout routine, as suggested by my gym instructor at LA Fitness, includes 20 minutes of aerobic work, 4 pin-loaded resistance and 4 free weight resistance exercises and core work. It’s also been suggested that I sporadically take a few classes, including spinning, to mix up my workout.

 

THE WORKOUT

WARM UP

Rower for 5 minutes

 

AEROBICS – any 2 of the following

Treadmill – 10 minutes

X-trainer – 10 minutes

Rower – 10 minutes

 

PIN LOADED EXERCISES – any 4 of the following at 3 sets of 10 reps on a challenging weight, making sure to mix upper and lower body exercises

Lat pulldown

Leg press

Leg curl

Shoulder press

Tricep pushdown

Chest press

 

FREE WEIGHT EXERCISES – as above, with the exception of 21s

Dumbell bench press

Flat flyes

Walking lunges

Lateral raise

Bicep curl

21s

 

CORE EXERCISES – I’ll be trying to fit this in around 5 times a week

Crunches – 4 sets of 20 reps

Plank – 4 sets of 30 seconds

Side bridge – 3 sets of 30 seconds on each side

cradles – 3 sets of 30 seconds

 

COOL DOWN

Recline bike – 5 minutes on no weight

 

To help me along I will also be taking creatine and protein supplements, with the aim of losing fat and increasing muscle mass, but that’s for another blog.

 

Wish me luck and I’ll let you know how I get on!

 

Ni the supplementer

My fastest run home! RESULT!

16 Aug

That’s right, I managed to cut my personal best for running home from work (5-6km) to 23 minutes. I’m really happy with this as it’s got me to the -25mins that I wanted to get to.

I also didn’t get any problems with my shins which is also great!

Ni, the Supplementer

Supplementer Challenge 1: Results

6 Aug

So it’s two weeks since I declared that I was going to run the 5-6km home from work every day (well except the weekends). The idea of the challenge was to supplement my lifestyle with a little exercise to get me back into running, having not kept to a regular running schedule for many months now. The second and most important role of this challenge was to help me get some sleep, having gone through a spell of bad sleep and more often plain old fashioned insomnia.

I’ve found out a few things about working exercise into your day from this challenge such as…

Life gets in the way

Life and more likely work, gets in the way. When you stay in he office until 9pm you can’t really run home and expect to achieve a good night’s sleep. Which brings me onto my next point

Be flexible

If you have to attend to social affairs after work, or at any time you have earmarked for exercise, improvise. I was caught out when I had to attend a friends leaving meal after work, so I popped into my gym on the way to the meal and knocked out a quick 20 minute run and 10 minute work out on the mats – some exercise is better than none. Even if you make time to walk to the event your attending you’ll be doing something.

It’s not as simple as lacing up your trainers and hitting the streets

Sadly it would appear that my legs were completely out of shape at the beggining of the challenge, which lead to shin splints as my calf muscles strained to keep up. I’ll be blogging shortly on how to combat this, but it’s definitely something to bear in mind if you try and pick up running after a long break.

So that’s the main things. Having finished the challenge I’m defintely getting back to the fitness I used to have and think that I look a lot more in shape than I did before. I’m also sleeping a lot better and am more enthused about fitness in general. I think I’ll keep this up, so expect more running blogs in future.

Now onto the next challenge…

Live long and prosper,

Ni, The Supplementer

Supplementer Challenge: Running out of time

28 Jul

Time to lace up my trainers and hit the streets!

So we’re only a few days into the challenge to run a minimum of 6k (the distance between my work and home) and we’ve already struck a snag, namely work.

My first few runs have been fine, if a little slower than they used to be. However, yesterday I was stuck at the office until 9pm, which is no time to be going for a run when your bed time is 10pm.

The only way around this was to walk home. I managed to do some exercise, while not giving my body any reason to stay awake. I also managed to pick up a few ingredients for my next healthy meal on the way. Not a bad compromise all in all… Back to the running today though!!

Ni

Running to bed

26 Jul

So you may have noticed by now that sleep is becoming a big theme on the blog. This is sadly because over here at The Health Supplement I’ve been having trouble sleeping.

Refusing to dwell on this, I’m turning my sleeplessness into healthy blogs! What’s more, following a visit to the doctors, it’s inspired the first Supplementer challenge!

I’ll be ditching the bus to run the 6k from my work to my flat for two weeks. Exercies is good for wearing you out ahead of bedtime, but should not be done directly before you go to bed. Around 4/5 hours before you want to sleep is a good rule.

I’m hoping this first challenge should be quite easy as I was quite a proficient runner (I even managed 30k on a hilly coastline once), but having not run for a while, time will tell.

I’ll keep you updated with my adventures and will be posting some running related blogs along the way (so you don’t have to hear me harping on about tiredness!)

Wish me luck!

Ni, the Supplementer