Friday, May 25, 2012

Training Time


So I am about to start using the powder from Blackmores in conjunction with my sister's blog Suger Coat It. The original plan was for me to run the Gold Coast Marathon after completing the Half last year with only minimal training other then Hockey. Turns out we might being having our second child that weekend so plans have changed.

The thing is lately I have been struggling to stay on the hockey field thanks to a minor hamstring strain so I have decided to use the powder to train for hockey and the finals in September. I haven’t done gym training pretty much since I left Tafe where I did cert 4 in fitness. I have a home gym my wife gives me shit about not using. The truth is lately I have been feeling a bit tired and the weather has given me the perfect excuse not to go for a run in the morning but come 5 o’clock it is my Arleigh time…

So here’s the challenge/ “The plan”.

Train Monday & Wednesday mornings at home and hockey training Tuesday night and take the ProPower after each of these training runs. I will give you guys an update in a couple of weeks time. According to Blackmores “ProPower™ is a great tasting, nutritious protein powder ideal for sports people involved in regular exercise and looking to support their training performance and recovery.” 
   
I hope they're right as I need a boost.

Any suggestions for me? Wish me luck even. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Change Change Change


So did you hear…. Or read…? My post about Anzac Day made the local newspaper

I thought I was writing this sort of thing for about 10 followers and 4 page veiws a day then my sister linked my blog to her facebook and her blog and BAM….I’m in the paper, I’ve got extra followers & I had over 380 page veiws in a few days…..cheers Suger LOL

How quick things can change…

NOW I’m in the process of reviewing some stuff for my sister's blog for Blackmores. I am only new at this whole blogging thing so I’m a little worried about expectations etc. It seems I’ve peaked early and now I’m not sure I can live up to “The Hype”.

BUT

Then I read on facebook about CALL TO ARMS
One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85. 
It could be you. It could be your best mate.

Speaking of change this sort of thing would change anybodies life… I know my wife joked with me the other day about me having to get my prostate checked which I’m a little worried about doing. But I guess when I look at what females go through with the whole child birth thing etc. I better stop complaining.

I’m sure everyone has a million cancer stories and I do too but lets get on board this great fight against cancer particulaly in men. I have seen a lot of fundraising in relation to breast cancer but this is one of the only ones I can think of doing great things to get males to go and get checked out.  

ANYWAY, last weekend the NRL put it in the public areana a bit more then I can but what a great idea and I figure that plenty of you guys won’t like or watch the NRL.  (Note Hockey Queensland are also heavily involved LOL)

So what other great causes do you help, fund or back? Let me know…

Have a great week

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lest we forget.


Anzac day 2011 was the last time I saw Ash. We shared a beer at breakfast and a few too many at the RSL before we headed back to his olds place for a few (A LOT) more drinks.

My best mate Dale and his brother Ashley were heading to Afghanistan in the coming months.The best way to catch up before they left was showing my respect to them and the past service men and women was on ANZAC DAY. At the end of the day I wished them safe travels and headed home.

It wasn’t long later that I saw them on the news in their QLD State Of Origin jersey’s in the middle of the desert playing footy. The next thing I know Ash is being interviewed by Channel Ten (from memory) about being in Afghan with his brother and what it was like serving overseas together. 

Another few months went by with next to no contact. It was starting to get close to the time when the boys were due to return home… I was woken early one morning by a phone call. It was my best mates partner… She spoke to my wife and I could tell by the look on her face it wasn’t good. She was ringing to say Ash had been shot and killed in Afghanistan…

I will never forget that day for as long as I live. I have heard stories from my uncle who served in Vietnam, as well as on the news BUT you never think it will be someone you know.  

I have lost my fair share of people in my life but I cannot start to begin to understand how my best mate would have felt and still feels today having lost his brother and best mate. I don’t want to be a burden but I want him to know I’m always here and happy to help with ANYTHING. 

I was asked to speak at Ash’s funeral which was a huge honour. I had NO IDEA how I would but somehow I got through it. Somewhere from deep inside comes strength, a feeling that you have a job to do and you get it done. I saw the same determination on my cousin’s face when he spoke at his dad’s funeral. 

So 1 year on from my last catch up with Ash. Just a week after what would have been his 23rd birthday it is ANZAC DAY again. I will today attend the dawn service and I will give thanks to those who have served our country BUT today will never be the same again.

I am honored to have known Ash and to call him a mate. I am proud of all those men and women past and present who serve this great nation….and particularly grateful to those who fought and died in the service of this great country and to their families left behind. I raise a glass.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. 
This is now my ANZAC DAY storey…

Who are you proud of?
Who do you remember on this day?

Friday, April 20, 2012

So I'm Back


After what has been a very hectic almost 2 years since my last post I’m BACK…
I have been inspired to try again by my sister and her super popular blog suger coat it…(and the fact she is getting free sh#t to review LOL) 

SOOOOO
Here’s the run down….

Finished our house 

Moved in just in time for Jess to prepare the nursery before…
Arleigh Jade Walker was born on the 21/11/10



2011 was a massive year of study (now a qualified Financial Planner), work, sport, friends & family life really…. THEN BAM it’s 2012 and before you know it Jess is pregnant again, due in July (this time a boy I’m told). What a journey… So I’m back, all the worries of how good a parent I will be, what to buy and what not to buy etc. seems like a distant memory…Then we are about to do it all over again. 
I have been busy painting and getting Arleigh's room ready for her to move into a bed and get the nursery ready (AGAIN) for the new arrival. Now if you ask me we still have ages to do that but don’t dare tell a pregnant lady that…

So 

From now on in I've promised I will post every week for the rest of this year and see how it goes… As you can guess the year ahead is looking massive and is quickly disappearing so I’m hoping I can share the journey and have something to look back on at the end of this year (Unlike 2011).

Who’s with me?

What’s on your TO DO LIST this year…(I’ve even started writing a 100things list inspired by Seb and his journey at 100things.com.au 

Till next week…
See ya bye

Monday, May 24, 2010

SOOOOO EXCITED

I’m sure you already know what we are soooo excited about from the pictures but it’s crazy.

Our house which only started a few weeks ago has frames and in no time at all will be rendered and the fit out started.... ONLY “problem” is we have to sell where we live now (don’t stress I have the best agent in town onto that bit).

So between Jess and I this will be the 4th house we have built...

Some people (like Jess’ parents) don’t like the idea of building and say they will never build BUT Jess (my wife) was like that before she met ME and after ALOT of talking we started planning her first home.

It’s great that my Mum, Sister and I are in real estate because at least we know what to build, what not to build and even get a great price from the developers on a block.....

Now the block we got for Jess’ first home is magic and we would love to stay in it longer BUT we are a bundle better off selling it and moving into the new house (because of capital gains etc.).

WHERE IS THIS GOING YOU MIGHT ASK

Well the point is we decided that we would do a few different things in this house and as it’s getting closer we are getting more excited...

CAN’T WAIT FOR

1. The stone feature and huge timber post out the front

2. The skillion roof design

3. Red feature cupboards in our kitchen

4. A corner spa in our ensuite

And the list could go on....

So since everyone has different ideas WHAT IS A “MUST HAVE” IN YOUR NEW HOME.....???

HAVE YOU GOT A “VISION BOARD” (not sure how many people will know what this is) THAT HAS A PLAN OF YOUR NEW HOME ON IT...???

HOW MANY HOUSES HAVE YOU OWNED/BUILT???


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