Thursday, 23 February 2012

Fitnut, Fit NUTS!

This is more of a personal post as opposed to Con-fused Arts but at the end of this, I should be fitter and more energetic which can only benefit Con-fused Arts!! This month I signed up to a 12wk Fitnut Charity Challenge.  At the beginning, you get an assessment which checks your weight, height, blood pressure, waist measurement, body composition, strength , flexibility and aerobic capacity.  To be honest, I wasn't actually TOO surprised with the results. Flexibility, BMI  and strength - fine, body composition could be improved a bit, aerobic capacity - abyssmal - back of the class, in fact go and stand outside the headmaster's office!

That's the bad bit, good bit is that apparently the aerobic capacity is one of the easier bits to improve on! So far this week, I have been marching on the outdoor steps like a lunatic, taking the stairs and not the lift! Still thinking of cake though! Oh and apparently I will get a pesonalised exercise plan via e-mail in the next few days so I am interested to see what they have in store for me. My young daughter may well come in handy as a weight!

Basically, this is a way of me passing on any useful tips that I discover along the way and also as I have now told you about it, there is NO backing out!!  ha ha!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Just like Christmas cards that we can re-cycle or pass on to others, we can also re-cycle used stamps that we receive on our mail.  Great if you already do this, but not everyone is aware of the good we can do.

It woudl just take a few minutes to cut out the stamps from envelopes and packages (I actually look forward to the therapeutic activity of neatly cutting round stamps), store them and after you have collected a few, they can be sent to various charities.

It obviously depends where your heart lies but there are animal charities such as, Hearing Dogs are taking used stamps CLICK HERE. Other animal charities include RNIB  and RSPB Save the Albatross.

Medical charities include Brittle Bone Society and Leukaemia Care. All these charities will ask you to separate UK stamps and foreign  stamps and send them separately.  As I have a lot more UK stamps, I send those ones away more often and then wait longer until I gather up enough foreign stamps to make it worthwhile sending!

Happy neat cutting (ha ha maybe I need help!)