Koi Pond Refreshed

Over a year after raising the salt level in our Koi pool to try and combat a white spot epidemic (which worked but killed all the vegetation in the pond) we’ve suffered with a huge amount of sludge in the pond. This led to a fortune being spent on filter membrane and 12 months on we were getting nowhere.

So on Friday the fish we caught and relocated to a temporary home while their pond was drained, scrubbed and refilled from scratch. We removed all the plants and washed them down before carefully placing everything back in the crystal clear water.

While emptying the pond we found a bonus of about 10 small Koi fry so hopefully in a year we’ll be back up to a healthy stocked pond.

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Fish holiday home 

Fitness for Summer 2016

OK, so a bit of deja vu – 2015 fitness campaign didnt actually happen so here I am in May of 16 at 108kg, with an aim of getting to 95 kg pretty rapidly. I’ve had  over two years off most forms of exercise with the exception of weekly football (which has just got painful), the FitBit is back out and calorie counting is making a come back in terms of the food diary, regular running sessions will complement the weekly five a side.

Fitness for 2015

After having over a year off most forms of exercise and gym going I’m ready to start it all off again. In this time I’ve managed to pile on some more weight and am now well above all normal ranges in most of the measurements, I need to loose about three stone – and I need to do it fairly quickly. To that end all the usual methods are being deployed, the FitBit is back out and Calorie counting is making a come back in terms of the food diary, regular running sessions will complement the weekly five a side and I need to get back to the gym to find some weights!

We bought a NutriNinja at Christmas so some meals are being replaced with Green Smoothies which so far taste a lot better than they look and are actually quite filling. The biggest challenge is going to be avoiding the binge snacking habit I’ve always had but with all the left over crisps and goodies from Christmas floating around are proving equally evil.

Breakfast yesterday was two Nairn Oatcakes, followed by a lovely lunch of avocado and poached egg on whole wheat, and for dinner a green devil

As a benchmark these are my figures as we stand: