Always up for a challenge ...

In just under two months I'll be cycling 225 miles in 7 days from Cardiff to Caernarfon and riding up and down 5000m of ascent. (Find out why this is important to me here.)

I've been in training on my new bike for a few weeks now and being dragged around a fewer bigger and hillier rides to get me fit.

I'm taking on this challenge to raise money for Odyssey a small charity that helps those who have gone through or are going through cancer treatment.

Please help me to reach my target.  Any amount however small will go towards this great cause.

You can make a donation on my JustGiving page:

Thank you.

Sitting at your desk all day is bad for your health

We spend 65-75% of our day seated and stationary according to a recent survey.  Not just at work but again when we get home and collapse in-front of the TV for the evening.

Even as someone who works from home, I spend much of my day either on the phone or at the computer ... working with clients or writing blogs and articles.

It's one of the reasons, with a more sedentary and stressful lifestyle, obesity is increasing and all the diseases associated with lack of exercise and a poor diet are affecting people earlier and earlier in their lives.  We might be living longer but are we living into a healthy old age?

Now you have another reason to get up from your desk and move around.  It's important to take regular breaks at work - not just for health reasons but it will also improve your productivity and increase your energy.

While not all of us can invest in the new sit/stand desks, you can do something to ensure you get up more often and don't spend all your day seated.  As well as making sure your desk, chair and computer are positioned correctly:

- Go and get a glass of water or a drink every hour or after completing a task.  Consciously take a break.
- Don't spend your lunch hour at your desk - get up and take a walk outside (weather permitting).
- Get up from your desk and go and talk to a nearby colleague rather than send them an email.
- Stand up when you're on the phone.
- Use the stairs rather than the lift/elevator.
- Walk don't drive - walk or cycle to and from work or at least for those shorter journeys.
- Go for a walk or get some exercise after work to physically and mentally switch from
- Get yourself a pedometer and see how many steps you actually walk in a day and do what you can to increase it bit by bit.
- Start yoga, tai chi or pilates as a way to get the body gently moving if you're not

If you spend most of your working day seated in an office or in meetings.  Take what opportunities you can to balance the hours you spend seated with being more active and getting exercise - either in your lunch-time, evening or at the weekends.

Could offices change from sitting to standing? (BBC News)

What makes you happy?

It's the International Day of Happiness - so how happy are you and what makes you happy.

The sun has come out - that makes me happy.

  • A lovely bunch of flowers - freshly delivered or picked from the garden - that makes me happy.
  • Chocolate (good quality) - that always makes me happy.
  • Watching the birds in my garden - that makes me happy.
  • Listening to my favourite music or an upbeat song - that makes me happy.
  • Children and babies - they make me laugh and smile with their wonder at the world.

There's more of what makes me happy on my Facebook Page.

Whatever you do in life - be happy! :)