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Christchurch earthquake – 5 days on – the small stuff

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I have been living without power or water in the Christchurch suburb of Sumner for 5 days now.  As I said in my earlier post on the quake, I am fine, but I have some thoughts to share from the experience thus far.

In no particular order:

  • Christchurch West and East are like two different cities: In the west quite normal (supermarkets and petrol stations all go, I even saw a cafe with people in it).  In the east not so (no power or water; basics is the name of the game here).
  • A dishwasher is a great place to dry dishes when you run out of bench space
  • Sumner is like a ghost town: I figure less than 20% of residents are left at the moment
  • This is gonna take AGES to fix – so much destruction
  • I think Ferry road was the worst hit road (not saying buildings, I mean the actual road surface)
  • Some people drive too fast, but most people drive WAY too slow when traveling around.  20km/h is annoying (and yes, they are rubber necking looking at damage and taking photos from their cars)
  • The sense of comradeship is amazing.  From people being polite to one-another to neighbours checking in to see everyone is OK, to mates offering showers, rooms, food to their friends (and strangers) on FaceBook.  Since I have power via a generator, I have thrown an extension cord over the fence for the neighbour – like me, they have a dog, so leaving isn’t that easy, and a fridge and freezer needs power! (Again like me, they have gas for cooking, and it’s summer, so heating isn’t an issue either).  I figure it is the least I can do.  They keep offering me water, and food and even bones for my dog.  I am well stocked already though.
  • Everyone copes with this in different ways; I remember seeing people crying outside the gym just after it happened – they were unhurt, but that was their way of coping I guess.  Some cope by escaping.   I think I cope by trying to do normal things – like walking the dog, or putting the rubbish out.  Oh I also seem to cope by shopping (mind you I have so much broken stuff, I need to shop!).  Yep, that’s me!
  • Lots of people in Christchurch are drinking their best wine.
  • It’s surprising the number of people who say I am out of here, and don’t plan to live in Christchurch again.
  • Every now and again I feel guilty when I am sitting down and not fixing something or doing something (a new feeling)
  • I want to go to the gym soon.
  • Having a shower is one of life’s simple pleasures.  When you haven’t had one for a day (or more), having one makes me feel human again
  • Seeing portaloos dropped of by the dozen around your suburb means (1) I’ll have somewhere to go and (2) it’s gonna be a while b4 sewerage is back on
  • I never realised how much water washing dishes takes (you notice it when you have bottled water from the supermarket as your only water!)

I have said it before, but I will say it again.  Broken STUFF doesn’t matter.  People do.

Stay safe, tell those you care for that you do.

Stay safe, tell those you care for that you do.  Kia kaha Christchurch.

Black and White Version: Life isn’t returning to normal very quickly, but I am trying to speed it up a tad where I can.

PS: Big thanks to Glen T for proofreading this.  You are a star!




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Exercise and nutrition tips for exercisers

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Due to popular request (or more correctly, continual hinting by my mate Rhys in Sydney) here is the first in the series of detailed posts on exercise and nutrition.  This post is written for what I call the middle group, people who exercise a bit already, but want better results, people who kinda are aware of what they eat, but know deep down they probably need to do better.

While this post is NOT intended for someone who doesn’t exercise, some of the tips still apply.  I will do separate posts for the great unwashed (ie non exercisers) later.  It’s also not written for those after elite hyper performance, and for who cutting 0.03 seconds of their 100m time matters, or who need to train for 4 hours+ a day to get the performance they need. 

This IS written for most people that currently go to a gym, or do some other form of structured exercise for the purpose of health/looking good and feeling better.

I need to start with a brief disclaimer: Although I work in the exercise industry (and have done for for 20+ years), and owned gyms for most of that time, I am NOT an exercise professional.  I am fortunate in that I regular present at and attend fitness/exercise conferences around the world each year and get to hang out with the worlds best exercise gurus, and pick their brains for the very best ideas.   I also work out myself and have done for 20+ years,  and I am simply sharing my experience from this about what works (for me, and others I have observed), what doesn’t, and how to get the best bang for your buck in terms of effort in and results out.

If you are in NZ, the best way to get great exercise advice for you is to use the services of a Registered exercise professional (the link takes you to a search engine so you can find one!), so go on, do that now.

OK .. so … on with the show.  This turned into one BIG post, with LOTS of stuff, so read on …. (more…)

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Gym Memberships Sale

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Thought about joining a gym but still coming up with an excuse (kinda like the same ones for quitting smoking I guess, or the diet starts tomorrow stuff)?

Anyway .. here’s your chance to get in now and get your gym membership subsidised by AT LEAST 40%.  The offer starts on 1 August 2010, so if you are reading this before then, get in now before the rush!

Click on the image below to be taken to the web site of FitnessNZ, who is offering subsidised memberships at over 100 exercise facilities (gyms) around New Zealand.

There are some terms and conditions (which are all listed on the FitnessNZ web site), but the key ones are:

  • This is designed to encourage NEW people into exercise, so current members (and certain past members) are not eligible
  • There is a VERY limited number at each facility available – and this depends on the facility, so if you are interested get in now!
  • You CAN buy this for someone else if you like, but they need to meet the criteria (i.e. a new member).

Black and White Version: Subsidised gym memberships available for a limited time – get one now!

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Free tools for fitness businesses

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I have started to build some tools for those interested in starting or running a fitness business (fitness centre, PT stuido etc).

My first one is a cash flow template which I have put on my free tools page of my RichardBeddie.co.nz web site.  This template calculates the forward cash-flow of a fitness business based on the constraints and values entered by the user.  Variables include staff costs, lease costs (including any rent free periods), sales (with an allowance for higher initial sales), retention rate, pricing, staffing levels, costs of borrowing, initial set up costs etc.   Instructions all on the 1st tab.

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