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Tabata DVD

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


  1. Jean Pugh February 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    Have seen your blog about your exercise routine. It sounds pretty hard, but I am sure once you get in to it you should start feeling great. I am afraid I won’t be able to tell you if that is the case as I think I will stick to my exercise with my dogs. Please let me know how you get on with it. The skin supplements sound interesting. And your face is not ageing, you always look great. Love the crab, what beautiful colours, he seemed happy. You mentioned the floods, yes it must be awful for the people who have had their homes and land flooded, to have your home and belongings covered in water is terrible. And lots of animals have suffered as well. I just hope the Government keep their promise and help them all out, it will be a first. Anyway Jackie keep up the exercise routine.
    Take care and don’t work to hard.Love Jean XX

  2. Tania February 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    I dont think I have commented on yout blog before. I wanted to thank you for sharing the video of the beautiful crab! Such a sweet face which made me smile as I am having a down day. Thank you. Animals are amazing!!!
    Heard u say you would love a cat. Hope you get one. Mine is indoor and is sooooooo cuddly!!! My living teddy bear friend.
    All the best with the Tabata – sounds like a type of food like Ciabata. Please give us an update soon. Im doing Zumba, Bodyblade and walking at the mo. Building them up gradually. Now trying to tackle ny eating habits which is harder than getting into an exercise routine!
    Love random keep it coming. Lol.
    Tata x

  3. Jackie Kabler February 25, 2014 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Jean,
    Exercising with the dogs sounds great! Glad you liked my crab, I thought he was lovely. Have a great week.
    Love Jackie x

  4. Jackie Kabler February 25, 2014 at 12:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Tania,
    Thanks for getting in touch! Really glad you enjoyed the crab video, I am a bit animal obsessed and yes I would love a cat SO much but I can’t really have one at the moment as I am away from home so much for work. One day though! I have a Bodyblade too, I really like it and even my husband is doing it regularly now. Keep up the good work!
    Love Jackie x

  5. Susanne Fitzpatrick February 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello fellow Tabata devotee!!!
    I’m doing the same DVD and IT’S GRUELLING!!!! Perspiration literally cascades from you but it gets the heart pumping out of your chest which is when you burn fat – where’s yours by the way? I’ve not spotted any on you: on me, well ……
    I do all three ‘categories’ in one session (around 23 minutes worth) and feel as if I’ve climbed Everest afterwards, but I’ll persevere.
    Do let us know how you get on.
    PS You looked stunning in that Trinny & Susannah navy blue dress with the pink back which I know you ordered. Really suited you, colour-wise and shape too.

  6. Jackie Kabler March 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susanne,
    Wow, impressed, I can’t do all three in one go, you’re a tougher woman than me! Maybe I will with time! I thought I was quite fit as I run and cycle and do other DVD’s like Davina’s, but this is a whole other level. Enjoying it though, sort of!
    Yes that dress is one of the nicest I’ve tried on in ages, it’s just arrived so you’ll be seeing it on screen quite often I reckon!
    If you hear of any other new exercise regimes let me know, always keen to try new stuff. Thanks for getting in touch!
    Love Jackie x

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