Swimming the Channel

Have you ever bitten off a bit more than you could chew?  Taken on a challenge that perhaps was a bit more challenging than you thought?  Well a few weeks ago I decided that what I needed to do was get fitter.  And to do that, I needed a goal.  Not a little goal, or even a middle size goal, but a huge great kick-ass goal – so I signed up for a sponsored Channel Swim.  Fortunately this doesn’t involve me caking myself in fat and swimming the actual English Channel, however it does involve me getting to my swimming pool several times a week and swimming the whole 22 mile channel distance in 12 weeks or less.  In my 25 metre pool, that means a minimum of 118 lengths every week.  A month later, and I must admit I’m flagging a little, I’m 27% done, and my motivation is beginning to sag.  Luckily my teenage daughter is doing the swim with me so we keep eachother going, most of the time.

So, how do you keep yourself motivated with a long term challenge?  I think the key to it is to set mini challenges.  So instead of thinking about getting to the end, I look at how much I’ve swum this week, plan out when we can go, and do it.  No excuses.  And if I’m in the pool at 25 lengths and wanting to stop, I might swim a length using my arms only – this reminds me what I’m swimming for.  I’m fund-raising for Aspire – a UK charity that helps people with life-changing spinal injuries to lead independent lives.  It’s not a big charity, or particularly well known, but what it [...]

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Wonderoos save money!

Someone asked asked me recently how much money you can save by switching to Wonderoos.  It’s kind of a how-long-is-a-piece-of-string question, so I thought of a way to help you work out your potential savings.  How much you save depends on lots of factors.  Stuff like how many nappy changes you do, which disposables you buy, whether you use a nappy wrapper and disposable wipes.  We can help you to make it a bit easier to work out, because what we have calculated is how many disposables you can cut out by switching to Wonderoos.

Go Real reckon that the average UK baby goes through 4,500 nappy changes every year.  Others use different numbers, but that one is fine.  If you buy a full time kit of 15 Wonderoos, you won’t have to use any disposables.  One size fits most babies from 8-35lbs.  So, if you divide 4,500 nappy changes, by 15 Wonderoos, you are saving 300 disposables for every Wonderoo nappy you buy.  Cool huh?  So you could buy one Wonderoo, use it regularly, and cut out 300 disposables from your budget, from your waste, from your life!  Ah-ha, you say, but what about wipes and a nappy bucket?  Well this is the super cool thing about Wonderoos.  The full time kit comes with 15 reusable wipes – so you won’t need to buy those either.  And it all comes packaged in a strong, reusable wet nappy bag.  This is big enough to be used instead of a nappy bucket, and as it has a drawstring, you can just hang it on the back of the door, fling the used nappies and wipes in, and on wash day, just wash it with the nappies.

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