One More Round …

So with my “BIG 40″ birthday coming up, I’ve decided that it has to be time for me to shift some timber!  My cardiologist has been telling me for a while to lose weight and has recently given me some advise on the gentle exercise I should be able to do in order to facilitate it.  I attended Cardiac Rehab earlier in the year but had to stop it after just 2 weeks due to starting a new job (Couldn’t start a new job and take a day off each week could I!?!)  I have to admit it’s been somewhat of a struggle to get anything done since then.  Cardiac rehab (gentle exercise under supervision of the cardiac nurses etc) was a real confidence booster as it gave me the confidence to get my heart rate up without fear of collapsing / having an Angina attack.  It’s a shame I couldn’t carry it on but needs must.

As mentioned previously, I was very fit around 10 years ago.  I was certainly much slimmer!  Here I am in London back in 2009.  Great days!

Fit and Healthy - 2009

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If you were a Vegetable …

So, in a workshop earlier today we were given the following “Icebreaker” question … “If you were a Vegetable, what Vegetable would you be; and why?”  We had 60 seconds to come up with our answer.

I said I would be a Carrot.  My reasoning?

  • I am quite straight (in the sense of getting to the point)
  • I have a firm root and grounding (I have a solid family foundation and belief system)
  • I can be added to many different situations and add value (think Carrot Cake or adding Carrot to various savoury dishes etc.)
  • I do, occasionally, show some imperfections (like all of us – nobody is perfect!)

Finally, and confirming that I used to own an allotment and therefore am a bit of a Gardening fan! I also said that like the Carrot I am a good “Companion Plant.

Let me explain that a little …  

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Coronary Microvascular Disease

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while but never had the guts – well, that needs to change.  That changes today …

Coronary Microvascular Disease has robbed me of many opportunities since I was first diagnosed back in 2013.  Suffice to say it has changed my life forever.  Coronary Microvascular Disease does not, however, define me!  I’m still able to do many things and despite all I’ve lost I do feel blessed that I was diagnosed early and am undergoing lifelong treatment.

Being relatively fit and healthy up to the point of diagnosis, and being obsessively fit for the 20+ years before that, my diagnosis was a bolt out of the blue.  A real shock.  When I catch up with people who I’ve not seen in the last few years they are often very shocked to hear about my condition.  One friend said “Steve Tolcher and Heart Disease just wouldn’t be two things I’d put together!”  That stuck with me that.

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Creative Flare!

My creative flare is something I really miss!!!

I’ve promised myself that 2017 is going to be the year that I’ll get out with what little camera gear I have left (literally just a cropped frame dSLR and a few light lenses to be honest!) and start capturing again.  No stress, no pressure, no deadlines, just getting out and about for the love of it.

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