Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Who wore it better?

I was transfixed watching the weather forecast this evening. No, it wasn't because of the arctic like weather that the weather girl was promising. Rather it was the dress she was wearing.
"Where have I seen it before?"

Then I had a flashback to my 50th birthday party.
B@#*$ stole my style!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Laughter is the best medicine.

One of the best presents from my niece Emma.



For relief from the symptoms of wrinkles and crow's feet.

Warning: May cause weight gain if used incorrectly.
Directions: Simply break off the desired dosage and consume. You should quickly be overcome by stress- releasing endorphins and no longer be concerned in the slightest about your wrinkles.

NOT TO BE TAKEN seriously.



Monday, January 16, 2017

You can't make old friends.

Our first friends are usually the result of Geography. We lived on the same road as the McKeoghs. We are roughly around the same age and so our first friendship was born. The McKeoghs would call in for us on the way to school. Those were the glorious, carefree days when it was possible to let your kids walk a mile to school, unaccompanied by any adult.It took us about half an hour to get there in the morning and about an hour and a half to get home in the afternoon. That was because it consisted of blackberry picking, chestnut gathering and bursting the bubbling tar with your toes.
Funnily enough I can't remember any rainy days only sunny ones.
That was when Martina and I became friends.

A few years later we were hiding behind Tess Fulham's pump house to spy on the guy we fancied as he made his way home.
Years passed and we went on our own pathways in life but still remained firm friends. We didn't need to be on the phone to each other every day or even every week. But when we did pick up the phone it was as if we had never been apart.
We celebrated Martina's 30th in Galway.

Don't judge us by our hairstyles. It was the 90's, the decade that taste forgot!

That only seemed like the other year so how was it that we were celebrating Martina's 50th this weekend?

All I can say is the years have been kind to us....and thank God for GHD's!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rock me Mama......

We set off on a roadtrip to Killarney for New Year's weekend. On the Friday night we found ourselves in a pub (surprise, surprise) to hear the band Ruaille Buaille.
During the evenings festivities we heard a bit of a commotion in the corner. There was a young man surrounded by women, all eager to get a selfie.
"Who's that?" I asked my colleagues.
They looked at me in horror.
"Don't you recognise Nathan Carter?"
Well I obviously didn't!
Of course I'd heard of him but I'm not a major fan of Country music so I wouldn't have been googling him at any stage!
Of course not wanting to be left out we made our way over to him and pestered him for a photo.

I may not have been a fan before, but I am now. He was genuinely a really nice fella. He must have been p***ed off being hassled on his night off when he was just trying to have a few drinks with his mates. But instead of being a diva, he stood in for every photo and chatted and laughed with his "admirers". Fair dues.

Today we were almost reunited again...on the cover of RSVP magazine.

Now if only Killian Byrne hadn't gotten in the way :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Operation Transformation 2017

The past few weeks have been very busy since the start of Operation Transformation 2017. I had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year but now my body and mind was looking forward to getting back on track. The new series was just what I needed to get me into the right frame of mind.
I was very surprised and chuffed to be asked by some Operation Transformation groups to come and talk to their members. I would never put myself forward as an expert on exercise and food. But what I can bring is an honest account of my "journey" to health and fitness and hopefully someone will get a bit of inspiration and motivation from it.
My first port of call was to Kilclonfert GAA in Co.Offaly where my cousin Jannette is organising the group again this year. After our talk we started the walk. However we were soon overtaken by the football team. Keep her lit lads!

The next evening I went to Moore in Co. Roscommon. It is being run by Laura Higgins who I met this year on the Great Dublin Bike Ride.

I came home from both events with a completely new respect for the work that these groups do all around the country. I was totally blown away by the lengths that these organisers are going to, to promote healthy living among their communities. Yes there are weekly weigh in and 5k walks. But on top of that both groups are measuring BMI, blood pressure, carrying out ECGs as well as coordinating aerobic, spinning and cycling classes. And all on a totally VOLUNTARY basis!
I came home humbled by the selflessness of people.
 I really hadn't realised the full impact that Operation Transformation has on the nation. Thankfully it is not just a case of watching five people on TV striving to lose weight. It actually does have a huge positive impact on the health of the nation. I am so proud to have been even a small part of it.