As I write this it seems to have finally stopped raining – fingers crossed! Hasn't it been awful? My heart goes out to all the poor people who have had their homes flooded. As a news reporter I covered floods many times, and I still remember the smell and the devastation in the houses, particularly when sewage came in with the water. It's been a horrible time for so many people, but hopefully the end is in sight now. One of the newspapers last week was predicting one of the hottest summers on record this year – let's hope so!
Now, you might remember my New Year resolution was to try as many new things as possible this year. I'm trying to shake up my exercise routine and I started hula hooping in January (loving it!). Now I'm trying a Japanese exercise regime called Tabata – anyone else tried it?
It's high intensity interval training, involving a ten minute warm up, a ten minute cool down and in between just FOUR minutes of high intensity exercise. During those four minutes you exercise like a demon for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, exercise again for 20 seconds and so on.
Sounds quite easy. But oh my goodness, those four minutes are EXHAUSTING. I'm reasonably fit but I am on the floor afterwards!There are classes but I can't commit to them because I work such irregular hours, so I'm using a great Tabata DVD.
It's supposed to rapidly improve fitness, raise your metabolism, burn fat and improve mental toughness (because it's so darn hard!). I dread doing it but I feel great afterwards so I will persevere. Definitely worth a try if you don't have a lot of time and want to try something new.
I'm also trying some skin supplements to tackle the signs of ageing from the inside!
Imdeen was developed in Scandinavia in 1991 but has recently launched on QVC. It contains lots of ingredients which support skin health and collagen formation and is said to help improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
I've heard lots of good things about it, and it is as simple as popping two little pills a day with a meal, so I'm excited to see if it works on my ageing face! I'll let you know how I get on.
Now for something rather random. I was sorting through my holiday photos from Mozambique and got distracted by some photos and videos from last year's big holiday in Barbados. I wanted to share this video with you because I think it's adorable (you may or may not agree – I worked as a zoologist before my career change to journalism and TV so sometimes I like things that others don't in the animal world!).
From early evening, the beaches in Barbados become covered with these gorgeous colourful red land crabs (also known as moon crabs because they're nocturnal). This one seemed quite happy to be filmed by my mobile phone as he munched on some grass. I thought he had the cutest little face, and it was fascinating watching him eat. Enjoy!
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That's it for now. Do keep in touch, either by leaving a comment on this blog (see below) or on Twitter (@jackiekabler). See you soon, have a great week.
Love Jackie x