FULFILL YOUR PASSION not what the others say!

Sometimes you have to do what is your passion. I started this blog just to see if I could do it, to see if I could write and someone would read. To see if people were interested in what I had to say.

My TRUE passion? It’s the world around us, it’s trying to make the world better for my children. At the moment I see a lot wrong with governments, wars, and how we are being treated as a nation, and it’s wrong. But, who is going to listen to little old me?

I haven’t posted on this blog for a while, I have been busy filming, videoing and trying to build a presence on you tube and getting my views out there. There are 1000s of blogs out there and I fell victim to the norm! I don’t like corporate giants and I don’t like what they stand for. I fell into the rut of:

Try this
Review this
publicize this and get more views and followers

And it just wasn’t me, i tried to do the same with you-tube some time ago, and i stopped as i just wasn’t happy with the content it was not who i was. There are more beauty bloggers out there than you can shake a stick at, are they REALLY passionate about the next big lipstick or eye shadow or is it for free stuff and popularity marks. I realize i may get shot down for these comments but i have to start saying what i feel. There is one YOUTUBER that i watch avidly although not for a few weeks now CASEY NIESTAT. He said “if you are doing what other people are doing you are doing it wrong”. And i think that is so true, BRAINFOOD almost became my baby, but was it really who i am? I look at it now and i say NO it really wasn’t!

I am so sorry to the people that have followed me on here with the content that  have produced so far, but i HAVE to produce content that i am passionate about and that is the world around us. I am far from what society would deem ACADEMIC but i am self educated in consciousness and the world. An now is the time that i have to produce that content as that is a what i am passionate about, someone nsaid to me once produce things that make you happy even if no one sees it.

Below is an “Episode” of my youtube channel show, and i am looking to change the name of this blog and th direction it is going. I am sorry if you still expect the content to be what i was but  HAVE TO do what makes ME happy and thanks to all those so far that have read my posts and subscribed to this blog and i hope you ill stay with me.

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Responsibility……..we are teaching them young!

We have two girls, we also have two boys. But they are big enough and (as they say) stupid enough to take care of themselves. But, our two girls……..dear oh dear oh dear!

Both my partner and I are avid believers that you create your own life, your own circumstances. We teach our girls that things have a place, and then you will find them every time you want what you have put down. We tell them to put money away, homework away, and now ITS MAKE UP!!! But shoes, shoes are my biggest bug bear. I wear glasses so my vision isn’t always the best. So tripping over shoes and sending myself flying across the living room or hallway, well let’s just say it isn’t on the list of the things I want to happen during the day.

I either tell our girls to put their shoes away or I do it! And when I do it, they get placed but maybe not in a delicate way. I put them in the porch out of the way. My daughter said to me last night ” dad can you bring my trainers round and my prom shoes please” she lives with her mum as we are not together. “Yes of course I will chick”. I looked for them last night IN THE PORCH and they weren’t there, I looked elsewhere and…….couldn’t find them! By this time she is in bed, so I called her the next morning.

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Now, another bug bear of mine ( I have a few) is mobile phones. Why is it when you call someone on a mobile phone they don’t answer? Granted they may be busy, but when you know where the person is and what they are doing aaarrrggghhhh!!!! I called my daughter on her new phone to find out what she did with her trainers 3 times and no answer! I had to leave for work at this point. I then sent a message to her with an explanation of why I won’t be dropping them off…..this is her reply…….

 

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Two words that are to a parent like having your heart ripped out and eyes poked at the same time……right whatever! Them two words put together can feel like having a smack in the mouth to a parent, Disney channel has a lot to answer for. Children seem to always say “well I put them [insert place of hiding here] and they are not there so someone must have moved them” it isn’t until either me or my Mrs. Go looking that we find it, albeit slightly and I mean slightly moved from where it was.

So the missing trainers to me are a mystery, if you put something down, unless someone has moved it, it should be there. With regards to shoes, rather than seeing a 13 stone 44 year old guy go flying across the room, the porch is where our shoes should be. But why do parents always get the blame? It a viscous circle, I have no doubt i did it to my mum and dad when I was younger. Out two girls though can be little divas, and something as simple as running out of juice can seem like a world wide drought!

So that’s what we are trying to teach our girls from early on, take responsibility for your actions. You create your own life from the decisions and the actions that you practice. Thankfully our girls are already thinking for themselves, and asking questions about the whys and wherefores of the world.

But as for lost trainers……..there is still work to be done!

Tony Martin brainfood

Protein, protein, protein? Is UFIT the answer?

I’m training for a marathon, I have already completed a half marathon last year. Now, whilst I am far from an expert on matters of this nature. I will sit down, research and get to the bottom of something that I want to know.

Two crates are better than one

I had the privilege of being sent some protein drinks from UFIT, one batch of strawberry and one chocolate. I have tried more protein powders than you can shake a stick at. I used to have a cupboard full of protein powder shakers. But one thing I could never cure! A small amount of the powder used to sit at the bottom after the contents had been depleted. Aargh must have the full protein, must get it inside. Build, build, build, So when I had the chance to trial these drinks, my hand was first in the air.

 Where’s all my protein gone

I have come to realize (obviously) that you need protein to repair muscles. But I thought, you didn’t really need much replacement during cardiovascular training as well I was wrong! 

 

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The flavors I was sent were strawberry and chocolate. I love strawberries and I love chocolate so I was in my element. However, for me at least, the chocolate seemed a bit thinner in consistency compared to the strawberry. It was still nice, really nice. But if you like your protein shakes fairly thicker, it’s strawberry.

The science…..

In each shake there is packed 22 grams of protein. According to a study by the USDA we eat on average 69 grams of protein a day. But if you exercise more than an hour five or more days a week, increase intake by 0.75 grams per pound. Now I am definitely not one of those that measures, calculates everything I put in my body. Even when I was weight lifting (a long time ago) and got fairly big, I didn’t obsess about it. SO, the UFIT shakes are a sure-fire way of at least making sure you may be getting the right amount of protein.

The amount is your choice

The first week I was drinking them I did everyday. I run 3 times a week: 13 mile on a Monday…….6mile on a Wednesday….5 mile on a Friday. But, I drank UFIT everyday, I have to be honest it was a bit much for me. However, I did actually feel a difference. I was less achy, my legs didn’t feel as tight and I did actually feel a slight pump (very slight).

The second week I opted for every other day, and for me that felt better. The effects I mentioned above were still there but it gave me a chance to rest my stomach. I drank them in the morning straight after a run, now I can’t eat after a run it does me in. So these shakes were ideal for replacing nutrients without feeling the sick heaviness of solids. And they do say eating protein in the AM tends to curb your appetite…..win win. I am one for testing out the psychological impacts of what might be a placebo. So I went 2 weeks without the shakes, and after having them for the short time of the previous two weeks. I have to say I did feel better for having them…..I really did, and I didn’t think I would!

How much

These are marketed as £2 a shake, but I have found them (remarkably) in ‘ICELAND FREEZER STORES’ for £1.50. All in all, I will be going back on these. As you may know I am on SLIMMING WORLD, and if you are too, these shakes are 8 syns per shake. Below is the nutritional info for both:



I say give them a go, as for the chocolate I know I said it was slightly thinner than the strawberry. But, it’s chocolate flavor……come on! I’ll still be drinking it.

Let me know if you get these, and let me know how you get on with them. Running a marathon? Let’s exchange some tips.

Luv ya xxxx

Tony Martin brainfood

My birthday…..you got to love vinyl!

Every birthday as you get older become more subtle. It’s not about the presents anymore, but more about family and having them around you. I have actually thought like that for quite a while now.  The weekend before my birthday I was surrounded by family. It was my nieces birthday, her 25th and her house was packed. Way back when, I was out of touch with my family for a while  this will explain why It was really good to see people that I hadn’t seen in ages, and seeing how people had changed so much.

I’m now 44 but do I feel it? Do you know what I don’t. I am still very young at heart, and silly with it sometimes as well. There is the odd occasion where you’d think to yourself, can I get away with that at my age? Can I actually say that and post that on social Media at my age? And yes you can, and why not. I took a couple of days off work and went to stay at the in-laws, and I love that. It is very rare for me to take an unscheduled day off, eyes off the prize time. But every now and again you have to do it.

 

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Pale pastel blue, retro look and feel

That was the perfect chance too, to enjoy the prezzie  that my Mrs got for me. A Crosley  cruiser…..no not some big American land automobile…..a record player. My other half always buys the best presents. More often than not she hangs on every word I say when it comes to prezzies. There is a record shop near us that I have been meaning to go in for a while. This was my chance, they have 1000s in there. It was like going back to my teenage years. You name it they probably had it.

Two albums and a single and £10 later I was a happy boy. The sound you get from vinyl is like no other. I bought and was playing……

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I could actually feel the joy rising up, it made me happy. And that is what it is all about, spending time with family on a special day. The raspiness of the needle hitting the record, the lack of bass and tin like sound coming from the speakers. I have actually missed that, that sound of just what it was like in the studio. No gimmicks placed in the tune, no second hand natural disturbance taken out. It’s got character, and that feeds through to your whole body making it vibrate and twist whilst laughing at the same time.

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I shall be buying more and rebuilding my collection that was damaged. Now to buy a cabinet that I will restore to a retro feel. Look out for that post soon 😊


Sounds good doesn’t it! It was probebrly the best birthday day for a while. I have my family to thank for that.

It would be really interesting to find out what vinyl you have. And what was your best day for a birthday? Let me in on your moment by commenting below.

Luv ya xxxx

Tony Martin brainfood

Healthy eating…..We DO have time!

When you go to the supermarket, you walk through the Star Trek type doors and what is the first thing you see? Cakes, biscuits, and crisps on offer. More often than not they are cheap really cheap. Every authority in the land is telling us to eat healthier to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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This is what I have noticed over the last week. Now in our house we are busy, I mean really busy like 80% of the time. We went down to London for a birthday party and stayed a couple of days. We went shopping, visited family, debs was working prior the road trip till 4 in the morning, I worked till about 3. So basically we didn’t have a chance to catch a breath. This weekend we have to do it all over again! I keep banging on about the fact that we go Slimming World and have lost 3 stone 7. Every now and again you sometimes go off plan, it happens! We have been eating far far better than we used to.

Since starting  Slimming World last year I have had heartburn, indigestion and bloating once! So as they say eating healthier is better for you obviously. So back to last weekend, we went off plan and we knew we would. And that’s when the trouble started! Also as it was my birthday on Tuesday we went out for a meal.

Man I feel rough, I mean really rough! I went for a run on Wednesday and I barely managed 4 miles. I had indigestion, heartburn and a general feeling that something is wrong…..I went home after 4 mile. This is what bad food can do for you, I have noticed it with these symptoms because my body isn’t used to it. I’m not fuelled by crap food, what I put in, my body uses. I felt lethargic and I didn’t want to get up, I’ll go as far to say my brain hurt too! 

So I go back to the beginning, why are shops promoting the very food that does this, as soon as you walk in the shop? Me and Deb was talking about this and I was concerned. Obesity is obviously a problem now in our society. Yes I know we have a choice to eat like it, but as I have said many times the subconscious is very powerful. The marketing, labels and the general draw of these foods can have the pulling effect.
I’m not going to lull you into my beliefs, or what I think might be going on. But, eating crap made me docile (in a sense) ‘animals’ that become docile are easy to control! So why is it that only food that is often bad for you quite often is cheap? Some of it has to do with farmers, they are getting ripped off left right and centre by some of the big chains. And that’s a shame, we all know about the big milk scandal so they have to make their money somehow. The more people that eat fresh the prices will come down, it will take years but eventually it will happen.

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This is what your plate should contain at every meal

We are given the false impression that life is just too busy and it’s easy to get takeaway or throw a ready meal in the microwave. We do have time to cook fresh we really do. We make all our own sauces and it takes minutes. To be honest it probebrly takes longer to open a jar pour it in a pan, slightly fill the jar with water making sure you get the last bit. And despite what you think, if you shop sensibly it doesn’t cost that much more to cook fresh.

We don’t own a microwave, haven’t done for a long time and we don’t intend on getting one. Freshly cooked and prepared foods fire you up. It makes you more alert, more energetic and it really does help you to think straight. You don’t feel so bloated and lethargic. Look at the panels on bad food and there are more E’s in there than an illegal rave. Your body is not designed  to function on chemicals.

We won’t be eating like that again, never, nada! Being able to cook fresh is not about it taking to long, you don’t have enough time to do it. I guarantee if you manage your tasks rather than thinking about the time you have to fit in, you will find the time.

Manage your tasks and not your time. Write out a to do list the previous night and write down cooking a meal from fresh. Dissect it, write down everything you have to do and how long you think it will take. Put veg in the pan 3mins, brown the mince 10 mins. That’s just an example…..but go for it….you won’t regret it.

Let me know how you get on. Let me know how it makes you feel.

Tony Martin brainfood

The return of……me!

I have been poorly the last few weeks, aches and pains and with that comes the busyness of work. For taxi drivers the bank holiday weekend, any bank holiday calendar event is exceptionally busy. I haven’t posted for a while on this blog, yeah I know it’s only just over a week. But that can be considered, in this field at least, a long time.

In our house we are pretty much positive 95% of the time, I have little habits and affirmations that keep me in the right mind set. However, sometimes they do fall by the wayside. Sometimes through being busy and sometimes……….and this did occur to me the other day. Sometimes through emmbarssment, yes embarrassment. Some of the things I do to keep me positive are very private, partly because of the peace and quiet I need to do them.

But that’s just it, why do we get embarrassed about things like that? If these little habits that you have in your life bring your family the life you think they deserve, the prosperity they deserve who cares what people think. When we have someone to answer to though its almost ingrained in us to uphold a habit. Going out in the morning and answering to your fitness instructor, your dietician or even your spouse when asked to do a daily chore. You need to put something in place that almost marches you from your bed, drags you by the scruff and makes sure you get it done. Vloggers are a prime example: churning out footage on a duly or weekly basis, keeping viewers happy and if you miss an upload they will let you know.

I have tried for a few months to get a routine going for my blog, there is always something that gets in the way, or is there? Part of what I believe in is, you create your own life depending on the decisions you make. My decision is not to manage my time better, it’s not managing the tasks its managing the time. But again when you have to answer to someone its easier to control and commit, even if that answer lays in the hands of social media. YouTube, Twitter and even Facebook, these are great tools if they are used properly. You wouldn’t use a spanner to hang a picture on the wall.

At this moment in time I don’t know what the answer is, I have a goal card I Carry with me and that does get some usage. I am on my second one now as I have worn the plastic away on the previous one. But the other habits? I just have to keep going…….and maybe come up with a driving force that gives my desire a little nudge sometimes. What that is? I’m sure the answer will be clear soon enough!

As with a scedule for my blog? It’s coming I’m sure, when? I don’t know. The other habits? Practice, plain old fashion practice.

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ARGUING OVER CLOTHES IS A PROBLEM! meet the cure MYNAMETAGS…………

They are my leggings”. “No they ‘ain’t they are mine we got them from Tesco”. “Yeah that’s where mum got mine, I wore them the other day. Look at the size, they are mine!”

Does this sound all to familiar? Quite often this was the scene of the battlefield in our house with our two girls Hannah (12) and Cerys (11). It got to the point where I was half cutting all labels on one girls clothes. Then being reprimanded by my other half for defacing the washing instructions.

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Then…..I came across these guys mynametags. Now I have dealt with name tags before, if I am honest: I don’t like them. Not because they are not practical but they are (for me at least) too much bother. You have the stitch in ones, yeah right! Then you have the iron on ones, these are…..kind of OK. But they take time especially if you have just brought a haul of new tops and skirts for the kids. You got to get the iron out, iron them on then pick slightly at the side to see if it’s stuck. And then go and run the top of your finger under hot water, after burning it on the molten lava hot label.

So…..as I was saying, I came across the company mynametags. The whole idea is a revelation, you could be right in assuming that they are just stick on labels, but I think they are more than that. I was asked to pick a design and type in the name that I want on the labels, this is dead easy by the way and there is a wealth of designs on the site. The delivery was really quick, so much so I was quite surprised to be honest. They come in a sheet of 56 and they look fantastic. It might just be me but, there is something very warming in seeing your child’s name printed in a product.

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I expected these to have a plastic type feel but they don’t, at least when you put them on the clothing. They advise you to put them on the wash label, so that’s what I did. Straight away they feel as though they are meant to be there. No sharp edges, no roughness and they do feel like part of the label. They also advise you to wait 24 hrs before washing. Well……me being me I thought, what would actually happen? They stayed in place! Although I would say, stick to the guidelines guys, they know best. What I am trying to say is they work.

I wanted to wait a few weeks before I posted the review, I wanted to give these little labels a hammering. They have been washed, spun, tumbled at really high temperatures and they are still standing.

I asked my daughter if she can feel them rubbing or if she knows they were there…a resounding “no dad” means that my angel is happy. She loves them! I gave her the sheet after I tagged her clothing “fill ya boots Cerys”. They are everywhere, inside her school boots, on her bag, her pencil-case and that’s just it they stick anywhere. Her pencil-case was one of the first things and some 3-4 weeks later it’s still stuck fast.

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And most important of all: “Cerys, these are your leggings, they got your label on them” “thanks Hannah“.

 

These are bang on! These ones were complimentary, our other daughter now wants some, so I will be purchasing another batch. Do your self a favor guys:

Peaceful wash day=a visit to mynametags.

If you get some come back and let me know how you got on. Would love to see what designs you got.

Happy sticking readers

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My must have phone apps that motivate me

We all have apps on our smartphones, we have all blogged about them and how good they are. My top 5 apps, 5 apps you must have, 5 apps that means you are sad if you don’t have them! You get the idea, for me……

These are 5 apps that motivate me, help keep me focused and moving towards the target. They are not your typical life changing, lifestyle apps. Just ones that I use the most and I think they are pretty damn great.

So here we go……..

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For me  this app is a god send, it has allowed me to see where my improvements are. I know what distance I am running, there is no excuse to stop short on a run. It gives you feedback and you can set it to motivate you by message.

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This app as well as the brand, has basically changed my life. This brand has reprogrammed my thinking about food and health, for all our family. It has enabled me to lose over 3 stone in weight. The app has a food search function and has 1000s of different foods on there, as well as recipes. I can’t say enough good things about this app.

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I love apps that help you focus, and this has done just that. I deal with cash all day and sometimes it can be hard to keep a track of your earnings. Until I got this 4 weeks ago (suggested by my daughter who is 11 no less, she is also on the verge of becoming a blogger) I didn’t know to the penny how much I was earning. This app has shocked me and shown me, how much I actually have left. So much so we are actually going on holiday soon.

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Another money app, I am so happy now that we are in a technological climate that we can keep in touch with our finances. This has made it possible to keep on top of everything and stay in control, and lessen the worry. Apps like these can actually help you to have more in your pocket, keeping the charges at bay and the arrears of any payments. I for one am certainly learning this fact.

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I may well be a self employed taxi driver, but with some things i do have a bad memory (ask the other half with regards to shopping lists). That’s where this app comes in, this has the ability to store passwords, bank card number and such like. This app has been  god send to me in the past. All details are encrypted, and you can back up its content.

These apps make my life easy and motivate me to keep going-believe it or not-they keep me on track with financial goals and give me a sense of focus. So these are my apps that keep me focused, and motivated.

What apps motivate you? What apps keep you focused? Lets have some ideas in the comments for apps that make our life simple’

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WHAT’S IN MY (man) BAG?

DON’T LET YOUR WIFE BECOME A CIRCUS ACT

Imagine if you will a day out with the family. Let’s say a theme park, what have you got in your pockets guys? Keys? Money? Phone? Maybe other sorts of Nick knacks that put holes in your pockets! Get on a ride with the kids, give all your stuff to the Mrs. watch her turn into a circus act as she tries to juggle all the stuff you just chucked in her hands in a bid to make it to the ride before the kids.
This is something i used to do, I experienced all that and more. As a taxi driver I have to carry something to put all that in anyway. I don’t know a taxi driver that don’t. That’s why it’s OK guys to carry ( as my other half would indicate) a MAN BAG! It’s OK to carry one, not a handbag that’s all pink and fluffy and screaming that you may or may not be in touch with your feminine side. But a bag that says ‘yeah I got stuff and I’m comfortable keeping it all together, I’m not bothered what people think’.

So below you will find a picture of what’s in my bag. This stuff goes with me everywhere, and guess what? No holes in my pockets fellas, the big blue square by the way is my battery back up. Let me tell you that has helped me out a few times and probably was the best £25 i have spent in a long time. 4 full charges on an iPhone, you can’t go wrong, there is also a camera that i keep in my bag a simple point and shoot. Obviously that’s what took the picture, so that’s not IN the picture……(i think you get the picture!…….don’t ya?

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Various items of clutter, i just can not do without.

 

THINKING LIKE INDIANA JONES

Some of this stuff I don’t need every day, like the earplugs but we all have a CRAP draw don’t we? And you have to start thinking like INDIANA JONES to be able to find anything in there. So I just keep them in my bag then I know exactly where they are. The earplugs by the way, they are for me on a Sunday after a night shift. When you have a house that has 3 other females in, getting it quiet on a Sunday morning is a near impossibility.

STYLE IS THE WAY TO GO

There are so many designer bags out there now aimed at men. Mine is quite small, but then I have to have at my side in a taxi. There are so, so many bags out there that have more room than a case. For me, I just don’t have that much STUFF. I must admit I do like the thought of a messenger bag, but it has to be completely right. I do like carry notebooks but trying to find one, and find one that fits in the bag I have now is a near impossibility.

So go for it guys and don’t be shy. Once you start using a bag and keeping all your stuff in it, trust me you will never be without it.

Any guys out there have one? Lets get together and comment and compare STUFF. Don’t be shy guys

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