I have been doing intermittent fasting for a month now. Involves fasting for a min. of 16 hrs a day and eating then in an 8hr window. I am actually finding the results are very positive with stubborn belly fat and other health benefits as detailed in the diagram below.
Seeing as I had picked up a couple of leg injuries, I had not been training for the last 2 months and wanted to try fasting in order to counterbalance potential weight gain. I read up about this 16:8 fasting and though, heck, that’s easy, give it a go. No special kits, supplements, watching your calories etc, just good old will power
Sometimes I stretch it to 18:6 and everyday is a bit of a game. It slowly becomes very easy to maintain, as its just a time frame that you abstain from eating. A month down and I might check my fat % and see how it relates to a reading I got 3 months ago. Gotta bear in mind that I haven’t been training at all.
I would personally recommend this link for in-depth understanding of intermittent fasting.It’s an up-to-date 7,000-word guide on 15 health benefits of intermittent fasting according to science and includes carefully-researched suggested meal plans. Compiled by Jacky Miller.
Jacky Miller is a Registered Dietician based in New Zealand. She is deeply passionate about holistic health, yoga, meditation, nutrition and exercise. She specializes in chronic conditions and through diet and lifestyle changes helps her patients improve their health, and lead richer, more fulfilling lives. Through gentle and non-invasive treatments, she addresses the cause of illness and encourages the body to heal itself naturally. She also has extensive teaching experience having taught yoga, breathwork, and meditation for many years in New Zealand and in the United States. She writes regularly on health related topics for blogs including MindBodyGreen, https://www.jenreviews.com and The Huffington Post.
LINK TO ARTICLE https://www.jenreviews.com/intermittent-fasting/
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Having only started driving a car 9 months ago, having passed my test when I was 17 years young (I am now 40!), I was a bit wet behind the ears, when it came to matters involving cars.
We bought a £500 Blue Renault Clio 1.2 back in the early part of last year. It had to be taxed and insured, which was promptly done. I was on the road. My father-in-law dealt with the purchase of the car and reged it with the address that we were staying at the time Lisburn Road Belfast. So I was driving away after a series of 5 refreshed lessons. 23 years since behind a wheel and I was loving the freedom it granted me. That freedom was to be very much hampered in just 7 months down the line.
Phone call from my wife, Rebecca went pretty much like this. “Ah Paul, there’s a clamp on our car”, me “seriously”, “why would our car be clamped”? Let me tell you why and the drip feed processes, that the DVLA uses in order to scam monies from the unwitting public.
It turns out that the reminder was sent to our old address, on Lisburn Road, as that was the details on the V5C form, filled in by my kind Father-in-law. I, being the novice that I was, did not know that when I changed my address, that the car form needed to be resubmitted also. I innocently thought that the driving licence was all that was required. This was my first and only mistake, albeit a massively glaring one.
Well, the reminder for the TAX renewal, was sent to our old address and had run out on 01 SEPT 2015. Our car was clamped, outside our own door at 13:54hrs on 10/11/15. So 71 days approximately, after the TAX had lapsed. If I am being completely honest, my wife Rebecca did think in October that it was due for renewal. We decided to wait for the confirmation, that would never actually arrive. Bad move, an innocent one, yet a costly one.
Here is the leaflet we were left to gaze at in shock, with the car clamped outside. Oh the shame!
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You would think that buying a NutriBullet, from Amazon.co.uk would be a straight forward transaction. I was proved wrong!
Normally, when purchasing from Amazon, you expect reputable sellers, selling authentic products, from the UK.
What I got was a seller in China, masquerading as a UK seller, supplying “Counterfeit goods” to gullible consumers, thinking that they are getting a few pounds off, the normal £99.99 price tag.
So, let me furnish you with the history behind my purchase.
Thinking I was being smart and getting a couple of quid off, the £99.99 item, I purchased the fake Nutribullet from a seller called “summerland”, for £97.68 plus 50p delivery. Nowhere on its page did it state that they were shipping from China or that they were a Chinese company. The time period for delivery should have alerted me to a potential issue. It was going to take 7 – 28 days for delivery. Thought little of it, as I was getting a slightly discounted price.
Fast forward 20 days later, a box arrives wrapped in what I can only describe as a black bin liner. This must have been to waterproof the product, as it traveled on the slow boat from China.
Before even opening the box, I could tell that it was damaged. The box itself was dented and battered. To my surprise when removing the waterproof ectoplasm, the fake Nutri bullet box, in garish green was on display. The product had arrived with zero protection for its journey. Immediately I was concerned that the product itself was damaged. Later though after removing the product from the box, I decided that this device would never have its ignition lit. The reasoning for this will be discussed now.
Straight out of the box, a number of strange anomalies got my spidey senses tingling. I noticed the helpful recipe booklets were inside. Nice and helpful but wait, where’s the warranty? No matter how much I searched, none could be found. This point alone, had me thinking of a complete refund, no matter what else was discovered. With this in mind, I consciously decided to contact the seller and Amazon, once I had fully compiled my evidence, in order to be reimbursed.
So armed with the above, I proceeded to directly message the seller, “summerland” as per Amazon’s recommendations.
“I did not receive a warranty with this item and suspect that it is a fake.
Where do I send the fake item back too and when do I get my refund.
I have attached evidence of your fraudulent product, I have more if required. Failure to respond will result in me notifying Amazon that you are selling illegal items. “
To which they replied.
“Thanks for your message, I’m sorry that you are not satisfied with the item. But how about we refund you £20 with no need to return it back, you can keep it or give your friend who like it, is it okay for you? Wait for your reply. Have a good day.
Not satisfied with the item. Seriously, you sold me a sub-standard counterfeit and expect me to pay you £80 for it. Looks like an email to Amazon is to be my next step.
Use this link to report directly to Amazon
May I add, that delivery to China, using ParcelForce recorded and signed for, came to just over £100. The same cost as the item itself. I was also expected to pay for it according to their returns agreement as it was an electrical item! Not a snowballs chance in hell of that happening!
So thankfully Amazon looks on this fraudulent behavior very negatively and proceeded to deal with my refund request.
They managed to turn this around within a day and the seller has refunded the total amount, without the need for me to send the piece of crap back to him.
Yet still they try and make it sound like I was not happy with their product, nothing to do with the fact it was counterfeit!
“Hello, I am contacting about your claim. I am very sorry to hear that you are not satisfied with this transaction. It is our goal to give our customers the best buying experience as possible and if for any reason our customers are dissatisfied we want to take this issue into account. We try to match a 100% satisfaction warranty and bring solutions in a timely and professional manner.
If you thought this transaction was a disappointment we respect your opinion and we would like to give you a full refund as an apology. I hope you would also agree to close the claim after that.
Please let me know if this arrangement would be acceptable.”
Yes, I was not satisfied, you mention a warranty.. I did not get one! 🙂
This is what they sold me… Nutrition Extractor Retailing at £38.99
This post is just a heads up to people who are buying products via Amazon, to be aware that fakes can be sold. Be on the look out and due to the lack of images and posts in relation to fake NutriBullets, I decided to post this. Just in case others are sold a suspect unit, they can check it off against my images etc.
Finally, I now have a cough NutriBullet for sale, if anyone is interested. 🙂
I joke. Best to buy via their official website.
Help fight the war against counterfeiters.
IMPORTANT: Check with the company/manufacturer to determine if the seller/distributor is approved/authorized.
This war affects us all and endangers the lives of many.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley
Having recently released the initial Temple image, on the LAShTAL.com, I have decided to release a few more views, on my personal blog, for those who are interested along with a brief update.
Firstly, I must thank a couple of people have been very generous with their time and resources. James Gosling & Richard T Cole (who sadly, I have not heard from in a while).
We now have rendered up the “shell” of the Abbey and have hit a bit of a stumbling block. The internal murals, painting and furniture proves to be illusive, in regards to information . We have gleamed partial insights into the furniture and the rooms the Abbey contained. This resulted in the floor plan being slightly altered and the room names being changed, to reflect those titles, the inhabitants gave the rooms. The updated plans can be found at this link. Latest revised Abbey of Thelema Plans -Rev C.
We retrieved information from various sources. For example the 100th Monkey Press has a invaluable resource, from which the THE
YORKSHIRE POST 13 APRIL 1934 INVITED TO “TRY MAGIC” IN COURT, article can be found. The Great Beast by John Symonds has a very detailed description of the Temple space. This totally went under my radar and I can thank a Brother for pointing me to this books pages. Also used the Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920 – 1923 from the College of Thelema for further insights.
Bill Hendrick also provided, via his website, the “Tourist Guide” Essay that Aleister Cowley penned for the Abbey of Thelema. Whilst this is purely a written description, it will prove useful as to identifying what murals go on what walls. Richard T Cole did have a illustrated adaptation of this on his website, though it has since been taken offline unfortunately.
We are awaiting a copy of Richard’s book, Thelema Revisited : In search of Aleister Crowley that is kindly being provided by James Gosling. As Richard is unavailable, via any of the means of contact I had for him, this will be my best point of reference. I do hope that he is well and safe.
A request for assistance was also submitted to the Ordo Templi Orientis, via their US Grand Lodge Website. It has yet to bear fruit.
Finally a massive thank you to Mr. William Pollock of Arcgraphics, without whom this 3D project would be dead on its feet.
Our next step is to take one room, one wall at a time and try and obtain the best images available to us, for inclusion in the render.
So If anyone knows of, or has high res images of the murals, in their best state, please let me know and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So here are some images! Kindest regards & 93’s.
We insist from the beginning on the individual character of the work, and upon the necessity of maintaining the objective and skeptical standpoint. You are explicitly warned against reliance upon “authority,” even that of the Order itself. Consider my own assets, personal, social, educational, experiential and the rest: don’t you see that all I had to do was to put out some brightly-coloured and mellifluous lie, and avoid treading on too many toes, to have had hundreds of thousands of idiots worshiping me?
After having been asked to attend the Graduation/Awards later this month, then my subsequent refusal. Can’t stand the over-hyped glorification it involves.The Belfast Metropolitan College sent out my certificate in the post. To the wrong address. They weren’t to know but I had moved house recently and I received the cert this morning.
Happy with my grade, Distinction overall, in Computing & Systems Analysis. It was a tough slog, between training first thing in the morning, working all day then college two nights a week.
Not too mention the long, intense weekends trying to perfect code, then write it all up. We all have our trials and tribulations, so no point complaining. It was a valuable experience, that I am thankful for my Father, for fronting the enrollment fees.
It was all worth it though, having a qualification for my 10+ years of practical experience. Making it a hell of a lot easier if I ever need to move on or start a new career. Luckily for me the hard part was not getting the experience but working on my own free time. Now it is all over, I had thought of starting an artwork course, possibly in oils. That will have to wait, on standby, as I am getting married next year! Too the beautiful Rebecca Mills! All my focus and cash is being funneled to that goal now. It and other projects are on ice! Cant wait until June 2014! 🙂
Do not let the government tell us what we can do with the gift if the internet. We are becoming akin to China!
Original graphic published at www.reachinglight.com.
Freedom is a two-edged sword of which one edge is liberty and the other, responsibility.
Both edges are exceedingly sharp and the weapon is not suited to casual, cowardly or
Since all tyrannies are based on dogma and since all dogmas are based on lies, it
behooves us to look beyond them for truth and freedom will both be far away. And yet
the Truth is that we know nothing…
Having been a massive fan of the original book, having read it over 7 times, I was very much looking forward to viewing the film last Saturday morning. The LOTR trilogy was excellent, watched the extended versions a few times over the years and enjoyed every minute of them. So when Jackson revealed that the short book the Hobbit was spanning over 3 feature length films I was bemused to say the least. How could a 300 page book span the same film time as the 1,200 paged LOTR? I was expecting long drawn out scenes and additional segments inserted to pad the movie out, though best to reserve judgement until viewing it first hand.
Saturday morning, 12:30pm, booked viewing when it is not so crowded and noisy so I could focus on the new 48HFR & 3D effects. Accompanied by a friend and then my brother and his son, sat down not knowing how the new x2 increase in frame rate would transfer to the big screen.
So, sat down with a bag of peanuts and bottle of water the show started. Straight into a bit of dialogue I was not familiar with and then into a violent visual description on how Eberron was destroyed. The 3D and the 48HFR kicked in at the same time as if I wasn’t confused enough of how much it had deviated from the book. I felt that the higher frame rate for these scenes was kind of hard to get accustomed too . It showed to much info. In-fact it reminded me of the “Zena Princess Warrior” Series. It being that it looked more “Real” but also tacky at the same time. Way too much detail took away from the CGI and the make up departments gargantuan efforts. It lost its “Movie” feel for me. Took a long while to get accustomed to and whilst it was excellent in most areas it did look awful in others. As for the 3D, if I had the choice I would not have bothered. For me, 3D has no place in a film unless its a hologram scene or something that you do not need glasses for. If you want 3D go to the theatre and watch a play. 48HFR in the Movie House Dublin road came with 3D as standard. Pointless.
On we trundled down this pre prequel and then ” In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” I thought that this would be the commencement of the actual movie. It was. Hell was it slow tho! Tedious, and I found myself saying, “Surely it can be this bad!”. It was, Freeman was totally unfunny and did not carrying the humor well at all. Don’t think the scenes where scripted well by Jackson. Forwards we lurched towards the exit from the Shire. Thankfully I was glad to see the back of it. Then in comes Radagast, the brown wizard.
Reminiscence of a scene from “Alice in Wonderland”. Radagast was another victim for padding out the movie. Pointless in my opinion to have wasted so much air time on the ex Doctor who, who should have remained in obscurity. Too make matters worse, all the way to this stage and until the end of the film, the soundtrack is familiar…. all to familiar. It’s unchanged almost from the LOTR scores. That disappointed me that Jackson did the minimum in order to make the movie a tad distant from its older and darker bother. Laziness maybe?
Anyways, fast forward until they hike up the mountain face from the elves and encounter the stone giants. Now finally it starts opening up into an excellent rendition of book in dramatic fashion from here on in. The action scenes are fast paced as they are chased through tunnels and when Bilbo falls down into the depths of the caves and meets Gollum for the “Riddles in the Dark” scene. Which is amazing. Tingles up the spine as they both throw riddles to deceive each other, really well written and set.
Jackson, now can do no wrong by me as he has conducted the best scene in the book to new heights!
In fact the rest of the film now goes on in this vein. Later a couple of annoyances kinda put my nose out of joint but nothing major. Like the fire balls the party threw at the Worgs when stranded in the trees and the fact it was on the edge of a cliff. Sure artistic licence is to be expected.
Was so glad that the second half of the film was epic when the first was lacklustre. Would definitely watch it again. Next time in normal 24frames per second and minus the 3D. Overall it was a success in my eyes and I hope that the rest do not fall foul to padding out like Jackson done with the Unexpected Journey.