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.
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! 🙂
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.
When you stop laughing I can continue. £20….. £20 for them failing to pay all your bills, not letting access your money via ATM’s, not accepting money being transfered into your account, causing your credit file to become effected due to non payments for bills, charging you for not having adequate funds when they did could not update balances, failure for the customer to monitor their cash flow and therefore leave them finically crippled earlier in the month, expecting the customer to personally run to the bank in order to get cash and then spend 2hrs waiting for it.
Then of course you have all the knock on effects. For example, not having food due to money being unavailable, unable to travel due, no petrol could be bought, heating the home could not be granted either, having to payback a months missed rent to the landlord in installments, on top of you usual outgoings, also, last weekend, taking a SO 4 days early leaving you with no money, stranded in a Bus terminal etc etc… I am sure the list goes on and on for each individual linked to this failed bank. The above where just issues that I personally had to endure as a consequence of their failure as a bank.May I add, not once did they offer any compensation over the phone, not once did they actually return a call via “Call back”. Spoke to managers, spoke to staff, sent in letters, nothing, zilch, not even a “sorry”.
How can this Bank justify that? This is one customer and they have allocated a massive £27 Million for compensation. Simple maths and a max of 20,000 customers equates to roughly £1,350 each. So where does all this cash go to. I understand that customers who complain can have 20% of their acknowledged hassles paid up to a titanic maximum of £95! Does big business get a windfall while the average customer yet again gets shit on from a great height? Maybe the bankers at the helm of Ulsterbank get to take that which is not given back to the public as a bonus? Something stinks, really stinks.
Talk about treating people like worthless feeders. How dare you. £95 is all you are worth to them.
Attached for download is their complaint/compensation document required for your application for this pathetic amount.
If you think it will be worth the hassle download, fill them in and send them off. I wouldn’t personally, I am leaving, on a jet plane, dont know when I will be back again. Tell you when…. NEVER!
PS The fee Waiver Period is from 19 June – 19 Sep 2012.
They are still screwing up my account 10 weeks after the first incident… so they will no doubt be charging me for anything they can.
Ulster bank to compensate customers – The Guardian
Ulster Bank redress scheme provokes response – BBC News NI
Bank Chief defends £20 compensation deal – Belfast telegraph
Looking forward to watching this when it is shown on BBC4, Sunday 18th of March.
Seeing as I used to live in the area as a child (Killough), it will be very interesting to see all the buildings I used to play in as a nipper! Having watched the trailer, it highlights the beauty in the area itself. Will reserve judgment on the acting after watching it of course! 🙂
Brief description taken from a website below.
“The Shore,” a 30-minute film about an expatriate Irishman returning home for the first time in 25 years, won the Academy Award for live-action short film on Sunday night.
The win marks the first Oscar for director-writer Terry George, who was nominated for two features: original screenplay for “Hotel Rwanda” and adapted screenplay for “In the Name of the Father.”
The latter feature is one of multiple films by George, including “The Shore,” about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Shot in the director’s native Belfast, the short stars Irish actor Ciarán Hinds as the man returning to the Emerald Isle.”
For more info check out The Shores official website.
Just finished watching Hammer Films new feature movie “The Woman in Black”.
Have to say that it was exceptional and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I did think wee Harry Potter was totally mis cast for the main role. He did manage to provide a decent bit of over reaction that was necessary in sections of the film. His extremely youthful looking face was far from the worldly wise and experienced middle aged man that should have been cast.
That aside, the film clearly had throw backs to the Hammer Horrors of yore as many scenes like the small village inn that warns away strangers and the hastily hurrying indoors of their children as Young Harry ambles past. Cinematography was excellent, long dark corridors and shifting shadows cleary reminded me of some of the old vampire flicks. The nostaliga was oozing from the film! Which was great to see.
As a seasoned horror veteran i was pleased to be actually shocked, which is rare these days. Some scenes where superbly scripted with shock after shock. At one stage I had a almost total body spasm as a sharp shaft of adrenalin seemingly went from my head to my toes!
All in all, I would definitely watch this again as the last horror I really enjoyed was quite some time ago. That was Insidious.
For a discussion on the ending of the film once you have seen it, please click on the link below.
Yes, seems like I took my MacBook Pro a step too far! With it being 5 years old and having served me relentlessly, I have taken it to the threshold and one of my dearest and loyal friends is gone….. I was running Lion and Windows 7 Ultimate by dual booting and Boot Camp. Maxxed out the graphics card and it crumpled. So I am looking to sell it for parts as I do not want to change the logic board but buy a new laptop instead. So anyone out there who is looking for a screen, touch pad, keyboard, or other internal parts I have placed it on eBay for sale.
Make an offer or Buy Now if you are interested. Doubtful many would be but at least I will advertise it in order to hopefully increase traffic and potential buyers.
All details for the eBay auction are at the link below.
After using a bruised and battered Sony Ericsson K810i for the last 4 months, due to my absentmindedly losing my HTC Desire in the back of a cab! I toyed with the idea of upgrading to a new iPhone 5 when my upgrade was available on the 12th of October…. though, it failed to appear…. a disappointing upgraded iPhone 4 emerged and straight away I contemplated going back to Android having being let down by Apple. Who may I add suck up quite a few wary souls by their excellent marketing and the art of selling phones with basic upgrades. 🙂
I went straight into research mode and looked at the competitors out there. Almost immediately i was taken by the superior spec and the tinker abilities of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Andriod 2.3.2. I was sold and due the the substantially better deals you could get from O2 in relation to the smartphone I negotiated a £31 a month contract with 1GB data, 500 anytime /network mins… plus unlimited O2 to O2 calls and unlimited texts and BT Openzone and Wi-Fi access. Not bad as the same deal on the substandard iPhone4S would cost you £15 more as its an Apple phone! Joke really aint it!
Considering that Android has has voice commands and the S2 also has a better camera and overall spec , I have not been disappointed in the least and am glad I have a S2 even tho its a 2 year deal. This will defo last me that length of time and fingers crossed the new Android 4 gets released and updated via O2, otherwise I may have to manually install it myself as it does look excellent! Oh did i mention it has facial recognition software…. Android is now leading the market not Apple as they would make you believe!