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I’ve been to my first class ever!

It was Frank Quinn’s Kettlercise Class.

We spent an hour swinging around a weight with a handle on it.

The time went quick because each exercise is done to music and only lasts about a minute.

As it was my first time, I’m proud about how I kept up with the others, who have all been doing it for a while.

Frank introduced me and they all made me welcome, and laughed after the warm-up exercises when I said, ‘Is that it then? It wasn’t too bad at all!’

By the afternoon I had begun to stiffen up, and I was in bed asleep by nine! I had a good night’s sleep too, which is a rarity for me.

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I woke up early to go to the gym, but I felt a bit stiff, so I went back to sleep.


Up the gym nice and early.

I found it a lot easier on the incline on the treadmill, and I didn’t get so out of breath, which is a great relief.

I’ve had lots of tests lately as I’ve been worried that there’s something wrong with me. I might have a mild form of colitis. Going up hills has been a struggle.

OK, some of the hills I go up aren’t normal hills, like walking to the top of an Italian mountain in the heat to zipwire across to another mountain, or inside a Chinese cave, walking up 720 (I counted them) steps.

But even so, I have been struggling a bit uphill in general. So keeping fit is definitely the answer – the only answer!


I went to a travel show in London, and I must have walked for miles during the day!

My friend and I were having a rest, sitting down and two lovely old ladies joined us.

After chatting for a while, they got up to carry on walking round the show, and one of them complained about getting old and her aches and pains. So I told her that she ought to go to the gym instead of taking medication.

She looked surprised and said, ‘Oh, I’m too old for that now, Dear.’

I explained that there’s no age limit, and there’s lots of equipment that she could use to work out while sitting down.

She really was genuinely interested, and said she might give it a try.

I felt quite proud of myself. I’ve decided that throughout 2015 I’m going to be an Exercise Ambassador, encouraging everyone to use their local gym at least once a week.

Most people don’t realise that their doctor can give them a referral to their gym. But a lot of doctors prefer to dish out prescriptions and get the commission.

(Ooh, don’t get me started on that!)

Pain killers do just that; they hide the pain, so you can do things that you shouldn’t be doing as you can’t feel the pain properly. Pain is a warning sign.

My doctor’s excellent. He’s easy to talk to and he doesn’t write a prescription when it’s not necessary. He’s sent me to the gym several times through the years.

Let me tell you something now, Dear Readers.

About seven years ago I reached the top of a steep flight of stairs, tripped and fell backwards.

Luckily I blacked out or I’d probably be in a wheelchair now.

But I’d broken my back in three places. I can’t describe the agony I was in.

My doctor gave me painkillers, but they had an adverse effect on me. I couldn’t stop crying. I was so depressed that I thought my life was over. I really considered jumping (slowly) off a cliff!

I went to my doctor and sobbed that I just couldn’t live like this and I wouldn’t/couldn’t take any medication.

He wrote me a gym referral, and then waggled his finger at me and said,  ‘-but you promise me that you won’t go on the rowing machine. You’re not ready yet.’

‘OK, I promise,’ I replied.

Everyone who works at the Leisure Centre is trained in various things, like physiotherapy, first aid, and much more.

I was given a programme that I could do every time I went there, and there’s always someone there if I need help or advice.

The greatest help for me was a piece of equipment that I hung from and it took my whole weight, stretching my spine. I thank that machine for giving me a normal life.

And the treadmill was great too.

Mother Nature can be so cruel, and as soon as I’d stopped moving about at my normal pace, I started to put on weight, which increased the pain. So as I worked through the pain, I lost weight and got stronger.

And do you know, I’ve never had backache since! I’m fitter and healthier than I was before my fall!

Tomorrow I’ve got a one-to-one training session with Frank in the gym and he’s going to explain the benefits of having a Personal Trainer.

See you all next week!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.