Hey all! I know you might be wondering WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED to all the blogging that used to go down here. Well, things have changed a whole hell of a lot for me recently and I have closed http://www.eightlife.co.uk and shut the doors on my nutritional practice to focus on a bigger picture.
The good news is that everything on the site, as well as this here blog, will be moving over to WWW.FAITHSHORNEY.COM in September because I’m starting an awesome new project.
In summer 2015 I will be taking on a momentous challenge to travel the 18,000 miles from London to Cape Town by human powered modes of transport (swim, bike, run, kayak, row etc) all in the name of humanity and sustainability. I will be attempting to break a few world records along the way and will be making an epic documentary about innovation and sustainability in Africa. In the mean time I will be taking on a bunch of smaller challenges and taking you all along for the ride, so please do come over, follow the journey and get involved.
So… keep your eyes peeled for awesome updates about what’s going down. You will be able to follow my journey from December when the website should go LIVE. I will be documenting my training right up until the day I leave and we’ll be running some pretty rad contests on the site too so don’t miss out! There will be heaps of nutrition and training information and you can track my movements next year and all the awesome programmes we’re putting together to get people healthier and more active; there will be daily blogs as well as a daily video log so you can all laugh at me or cry with me as I attempt to take on these crazy challenges. Hope it inspires, or least entertains.
If you want to get in touch in the mean time or you have questions about what I’m up to, just fill in this here form thingy and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
No, I’m not joking, I know it sounds completely absurd to even try to contemplate the idea of having a healthy Christmas, but just imagine it for a moment. If you managed a healthy Christmas holiday, would facing January be easier? I don’t know about you, but for me Christmas has always been the time of year I eat and drink more in a single month than I do across all other months of the year put together. By the time January rolls around I feel lethargic and heavy and the thought of exercise seems a million miles away, not least because January is by far the coldest month of the year and being outside in my running shoes sounds particularly painful in sub-zero temperatures. If I could be healthier at Christmas then perhaps and I could see my way through a super healthy January without the usual pain and discomfort? I suppose I’ll never know unless I try. I’ve decided that instead of setting over-optimistic goals, I will simply make time for exercise at least 3 times a week over December and I will try to limit the Christmas meals and drinking to weekends and special nights out – of which I’m hoping there won’t be too many. I realise it is the silly season and one should therefore plan for the unplanned events and super silly situations one invariable finds oneself in during this particularly silly and over indulgent time of year. One? I’m using silly language and making very little sense…. and so it begins.
I will be travelling a bit over the Christmas period which often makes this more difficult, so I have decided I will make it my mission to try some new and interesting classes at gyms in both New York and London in order to avoid getting stuck in holiday mode. The problem I have at Christmas is that it’s so bloody cold; I love running and I love exercising when I can be outside but I have always had a passionate dislike of gyms and gym goers (sorry to lump you all together but there are some real ego-maniacs in most gyms), but when it gets cold I simply DO NOT want to be outside in the pissing rain trying to keep warm by running harder and faster and being completely exhausted and miserable by the end of the run. It simply destroys my love of running. I was not built for cold climates but it seems I have made the decision to live in one and although London is a wonderful city, it does not make up for the fact that the winters here are quite inhospitable for Africans like me who enjoy the outdoors. I digress; my point is that there seems to be a movement occurring in London at the moment; all of sudden there are lots and lots of interesting and fun classes taking place in all sorts of nondescript locations and non-gym type establishments across the city in a battle to fight the mundane, and positively outdated, views of what exercise and going to the gym are all about. I, for one, absolutely LOVE the fact that this movement is taking place, and I will be making it my mission to try as many of them as humanly possible throughout 2013 in support of all the awesome people making this happen. For now I will just pick a few to get me going over Christmas. Oh, and if you are also looking for new and interesting classes in London, just check out FitnessFreak.com – they have hundreds of listings in all locations of London that cover all possible fitness personalities.
I couldn’t really write this last night due to the fact that I wanted to experience it all first before sitting down to review the effects. Last night I began a full liver cleanse which was interesting, to say the least, and which I am now in the process of completing. It involves drinking a lot of Epsom Salt water, which sounds terrible, and yes, it really is awful. I can’t think of anything worse than trying to drink salt water. I started day 6 with the usual hot water and lemon, followed a Kefir (probiotic) drink which was neither very nice nor particularly unpleasant. This was swiftly followed by the usual MORNING juice and some light yoga, a bit of work and then a MID-DAY juice. The instructions I was given informed me that there would be no more juice for the day and nothing was permitted past 2 pm, until I began the liver cleanse at 6pm. Very strict rules to follow, but nonetheless helpful to someone who would otherwise be completely in the dark without them. Yesterday was extremely productive and positive and I had a fantastic day all in all, that was of course until I got home at 6 and started drinking salt water.
There isn’t much in this world that I won’t try but this is definitely a first; I haven’t simply stuck to the rules of the cleanse, I’ve gone all out to try and get the most from my detox and ensure that I receive the maximum benefits from it. It’s been really good so far, and I may have exaggerated just a little about the salt water; yes it tastes pretty foul, but the effects it has on the body are well worth it. So, with my strict guidelines in hand, I meticulously executed my intake of salt water, my evening enema, and then finally, as instructed, drank a small bottle of Olive Oil and fresh pressed Grapefruit juice immediately before bed. I then had to lie down for 30 minutes and go to sleep – hence my not being able to write this post last night as I normally would have done. This morning I woke up and had to drink more salt water; lucky me! Today is in fact Day 7, the final day of the detox; it also just so happens to be my Birthday. I am feeling pretty good, despite the salt water, and am really excited about completing the final day of this cleanse. My only hope is that I don’t undo all this hard work in the next few days with all the Birthday celebrations we have planned.
Late start; hey it’s a Sunday, the day of rest right? So I get a free pass for being lazy this morning, especially since I have more than made up for it throughout the day. Started the day at 10am and worked non-stop on web stuff and writing till 10pm, and for some reason the entire day just seemed to slip away from me; before I could think about anything else I suddenly realised it was getting dark. Remembering that I had made a promise to myself to run today, I leapt up, dressed at light speed and dashed out the door for a quick spin as the sun went down. I don’t normally do this, running is a morning exercise for me, but with the lack of physical exertion I have been subjected to this week, my mind felt like it needed to escape into the cold and the quiet for a while. I have been feeling very off-balance today, not quite dizzy, but I have found it difficult to focus or maintain a straight line when walking; I have no idea if this was the juice cleanse or if I simply have a little inner ear problem today. Either way, it had no effect on my run, which was fantastic, even the rain couldn’t dampen my mood. My run was followed by a really long soak in an Epsom Salt Bath courtesy of PUREARTH, which is meant to draw out all the nasty toxins from the skin. It was heavenly, my skin felt great and my entire body seemed thankful for the chance to relax and unwind in peace and quiet. My eyes got their break from the computer screen and my mind finally had a chance to slow down into a clear space without a single thought. I felt at peace. Light and clean and somewhat tired but not exhausted; content. I wish more days were like this, productive and yet totally relaxing at the same time. I think this has been the perfect Sunday, and the perfect preparation for the week ahead, which as far as I can tell, is going to be a pretty full-on week. So, in preparation for Monday, I am now awaiting the last of my 3 Juice Box deliveries with nail-biting anticipation. I can’t wait; only two more days! I know that on Wednesday I will be able to eat again, but I’m not sure how I feel about that since I’m really quite enjoying this process. Going to make a more regular habit out of Juice Cleanses. The girls at PUREARTH should be proud, I am one tough nut to crack, and I am now totally convinced.