Holy mackerel where does the time go?

I have to admit that I am not sure if this blog thing is going to continue. I don’t feel the urge to keep going right now, mostly because I don’t seem to have anything to write about that may even be remotely interesting for you all to read. Writing a blog of my life and the stuff in it needs to be interesting and quite frankly it isn’t.

Whilst I contemplate the whole blog thing I may as well provide an update on the Worldwich of Sam.

Flipping heck what has happened since February…… Well the summer holidays are upon us. for once the weather seems to be holding up. I am off for the next 2 weeks but there are no plans cos hubby has changed his job and is now a taxi driver. He loves this …. a lot. Maybe my blog can be full of the stories he comes home with… and maybe not! Because of this recent change in work there has been a slight impact on the finances and going away anywhere is off the cards. Thats 2 years on the trot as it happened last year when I changed my job and cocked up the holiday plans. Anyway we are staying at home. Yesterday was a trip to Wingham Wildlife park near Canterbury. Pleasantly surprised actually. Better than Howletts Zoo to be honest and many many more of the animals were actually visible. I guess that the anti caged animals lobby may argue that this is not a good thing and quite frankly I have no desire to get into the semantics of this but we had a good few hours watching the lemurs climb over people and the meerkats standing up on their hind legs and the otters who are quite simply so fricking gorgeous.

I have bought Savannah a sewing machine and am introducing her to the world of sewing but again I am struggling with mojo and don’t know what to sew. we are trying to learn the basics like threading up the machine and winding the bobbin on etc so its early days but she has made a fully lined tote bag with my support and seemed to enjoy it a lot.

Other plans include a maybe trip to London (finances pending), Broadstairs water gala next Wednesday oh and Pokemon hunting. I am not going to apologise for being one of “the masses” playing this game as I am thoroughly enjoying it. I get out of the house gets my steps up for my Fitbit and generally stay fit. I am not running at the moment due to potential arthritis in my big toe and I don’t really know how this is going to pan out but walking is good.

Anyway going to leave you with some pictures of bags and animals until next time TTFN xx


Fitbit activity trackers

Ok so some of you may know that in March last year I bought myself a Fitbit One activity tracker. The idea was to use it to track how may steps I took each day and to encourage me to begin to increase my activity levels. I had been going to the gym for a few months but wanted to have something that allowed me to see statistics on what i was doing each day.

I love my Fitbit One. It is inconspicuous as I clip it to my bra strap. In my day job I am supposed to be bare from the elbow down so wrist wear is not practical much of the time. I don’t use it to monitor my sleep but I do use it for counting calories, steps and stairs climbed. I have linked it to My Fitness Pal and I record my dietary intake and these 2 things have really helped me to increase my fitness levels and lose some weight. I have not missed  a day of recording my steps walked since I bought my One (except 3 days where I forgot to charge it).

Fast forward to Christmas 2014 and Fitbit announce the release of the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge. Now I am an Apple geek and am very excited about the Apple watch but the Surge looked like a strong contender in upgrading my One. So what do I do, stick to my One, upgrade to Surge or wait for Apple watch?

Sadly, I am not good at waiting but I did manage to have a really good think about what I wanted from my activity tracker. I want a device that does not need to be charged every single day. I want to see how many steps I have taken and how many flights of stairs I have managed to walk up. I want to see what this looks like from a calories point of view and use it to manage my weight. I also run a couple of times a week and I wanted to be able to use it to record my runs and the stats from these.

This discounted the Apple watch pretty much straight away. My husband practically fell over when I told him I don’t want an Apple watch. Want and need are 2 separate things and I simply don’t need an expensive watch that has to be charged every night when I have a perfectly good iPhone 5S. Also, I have no doubt that 12 months after buying the Apple watch it will be superseded by the next version and within 2 or 3 years will be obsolete. This left the Fitbit Surge or staying with my One.

The Fitbit Surge looks like it may be quite big for my skinny little wrists and I am not supposed to have wrist wear on for my day job, so something this large would be impractical. What I like about the Surge is that it has GPS tracking for my runs. I then took a look at the Charge HR. Having heart rate monitoring interests me and was what attracted me to the Surge. This means no chest strap. So now the Charge HR is in the running as a contender for me to upgrade to.

Now I really really want the coloured straps (particularly tangerine or purple) and not the black one so I decided to wait until the coloured straps have been released before making my final decision, but then (as I so frequently do) I gave up waiting.

I finally decided on the Charge HR and the reasons for this are as follows. I am serious about my fitness but have apps on my iPhone that can do the work of some of the stuff the Surge does. I have Map my Fitness that has the GPS for my runs. It also gives me my splits etc so do I really need the Surge? My iPhone always comes on runs with me for my music so I can track my running routes using Map my Fitness. I have slim wrists and I think that the Surge will simply look to silly, The Charge HR will look better and is more acceptable for work. Charging is only around every 5 days and it gives me all the data I am after. So yesterday I became the proud owner of a new Fitbit Charge HR.

First impressions: I like a lot. I like that I can see all the stuff I have become used to over the past year with my One but now I have the added interest of seeing my heart rate. It has predefined heart rate zones based on 220 beat per min minus my age and for the moment I am not changing these. I like that my calorie burn increases in response to doing activity that increases my heart rate. I haven’t worked out yet if this will impact on my recording using other apps such as Map my Fitness. I wonder if I will end up recording something twice but I will see how things go. I am going to wear my One and my Charge HR together for a couple of weeks to compare steps but I don’t anticipate much difference. I do wave my arms around quite a bit when talking so it will be interesting to see if this makes a difference.

If I was a serious serious runner then I would be more likely to invest in a chest strap for proper heart rate monitoring but for me the Charge HR should be exactly what I need. I will let you all know how I get on over the next few weeks.


Mercury in retrograde

And boy don’t I know it. To say that June has been awful is an understatement. The only highlights have been my 2 girls birthdays; 1 at the beginning of June and the other at the end. The rest of this month can go do one quite frankly. Bring on July.

I hope the rest of you have had a good June. I managed to keep up with my running until this week. So far my personal best is 35:59, I hope to be able to knock another minute off that time but I am currently having a brief break from running as the physical symptoms of my stresses are very much present and I am in significant pain. This makes running very difficult so I am hoping a few days off will settle everything down.

Anyway that’s enough of that for now.



The running bug!

I have a confession. My name is Sam and I am addicted to running!!! There was a moment back there when I thought I would not be able to run as my hips and knees hurt so much but I stopped running for 6 weeks and just concentrated on walking and then 2 weeks ago I thought I would run for a couple of minutes to see how I went. 2 weeks later I have managed to run constantly for 33 minutes and have done my first 5K in 38:44 mins. 5 of them were at the beginning to warm up.

Now I have the running bug and I want to go out for a run all the time!

In 35 days I am doing Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research. My aim is to run the whole distance. I would like to do it in 30 mins. Not sure if that is doable but I have a goal. 35 mins would be good 30 would be awesome.

If you would like to sponsor me please go here

Thank you


So what am I up to at the moment?

Good evening everyone. I thought I should try to get some words down as it has been so long. Christmas has been and gone and can you believe that it is nearly the end of January. 

I think I mentioned a while ago that we had all joined the gym. Well, after a little Christmas break i have started back and have a goal for the summer. I have signed up to run the Race for Life for Cancer Research. This is a 5k race and I have done it before but walked it with a little jog at the end. This year I plan to run the whole 5k. I have downloaded an app on my phone (this one here if you are interested) and I am now on week 2 day 1. When I started this i thought it would be a struggle to stay motivated but nooooo that is so far from the truth. I think I may be slightly addicted! 

Stay tuned for updates and once the better weather arrives I will start street running. If you want to donate to this cause then you can find my Just Giving page here and thank you