Achilles repair - The boot is off!

Had my last appointment with the consultant this afternoon.  All looked well and he was happy with the scar and the movement in my ankle and the amount of pressure I could put through the ball of my foot.

So that's it from him!  The tendon is nicely fixed and now I just need to make sure I don't snap it again (10% chance of a previously ruptured Achilles going again) and regaining the strength I've lost over the last (nearly) 3 months.


More Weight Management classes in Skipton

Healthy eating and nutrition

The Craven district council are starting a couple of new Healthy Lifestyle courses and I'm running them!  Woo Hoo!

These courses are great, even if I do say so myself.  They help people take control of their eating habits and weight for the long term.  No short term supplements and over reliance on expensive and dodgy potions.  One goal is to educate people on what they should/shouldn't be eating.  But most importantly, how they can do it.


The hardest exercise known to man...

Walking through the door is hard...…

We know what we need to do.  But we don't always know how to do it.  And sometimes it's just really difficult to do.  


Achilles repair - Day 53. Physio #1

Went for my first physio appointment this morning.  It was just a routine check in to see who I am, what happened to me and what my condition is at the moment.  So here goes...

My homework is:


Achilles repair - Day 46, no more pot!

Latest update...I don't have a pot on my leg any more!


Online virtual training classroom

Online personal training

What is the virtual classroom?

The virtual classroom is something Google developed to help school teachers teach their classes.  It is a way for a "teacher" (or coach) to educate, encourage, set homework and interact with "pupils" (or clients) online.  I'm obviously more than happy to steal anyones good idea, so I'm using their classroom and school model/tools to help people with their health, fitness and eating.


Achilles repair - day 32

Back in the hospital today for regular checkup and change of plaster.  Apparently healing very well and my ankle is now back in a new pot with a nearly 90 degree bend on it.  So in another 2 weeks time I should be in with final new plaster or maybe a boot.  So still hobbling on crutches for at least another 2 weeks.


Returning to exercise after injury or surgery


When it comes to your health and wellbeing, first and foremost you should listen to the medical experts. Also, because there are so many variables here, I will only be able to give general guidelines. You cannot and should not think of anything I say here to be specific advice to you personally.

That being said, my experience of helping people return from injury or surgery has taught me a thing or two. And I actually snapped my achilles tendon at the start of July, so am having some first hand experience of this!


You don't have to do EVERYTHING all at once...but you must do SOMETHING.

If we need to change our activity levels, or if we need to change our eating/drinking habits, it can be a bit daunting.  We see and hear so many things we should be doing.  We look at ourselves and at those people in the magazines and think there is so much we need to change!  Where do we even start?

Well, don't worry.  Do me a favour and don't try to change everything.  You shouldn't try to change it all in one go.  That will almost certainly lead to failure.

However, there is a saying a wise man once said:


The difference between knowing, and doing.

We all know how to get fitter:

  • Move more
  • Move more often
  • Get the blood pumping
  • Get the breathing up

We all know how to get stronger:

  • Lift weights
  • Do resistance exercises
  • Do it more often

We all know how to eat healthier: