Shaping up for a new year

The curtains are about to come down on another year and we stand at the eve of a new year full of promise and opportunity.

As millions of people begin making New Year’s Resolutions you can be sure that many such resolutions will revolve around living healthier lives and increasing fitness. Someone who has maintained excellent fitness into his 40s is former Ironman Champion and this year’s Australian Celebrity Survivor winner, Guy Leech. At 42 he says that he has the same physique as when he was 21. He’s even been called one of the fittest men in the world.

Guy will be my special guest during my 98.5 Sonshine FM morning radio programme on Tuesday.

I recorded an interview with Guy Leech a couple of days back. We talked about setting health goals for the year ahead and persevering to ensure results. We discussed the need to eat right, exercise regularly and to give ourselves license to treat ourselves now and then.

At the heart of Guy’s message is a deep concern about the growing obesity statistics here in Australia and throughout much of the western world. We need to do something now to turn the health of our nation around and ensure a better future for the generations to come.

Guy doesn’t offer any magic formula to weight loss but he offers great encouragement suggesting that we can all improve our health. To prove the point he talks about how he’s been helping Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson lose weight and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

You can listen to our conversation using the media player below this post.

Have you set any health goals for 2007? Are you healthier at the end of 2006 than you were at the beginning? It’d be great to hear from you about your resolutions for the new year. Feel free to have your say by clicking the comments link below this post.



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Farewell Ingo and Iris

Ingo and Iris have been visiting Perth from Germany for the last few weeks. They began the long flight home yesterday afternoon. From left to right the photo shows Ingo, me and Iris. Click on the picture for a better look.

They managed to meet several local bloggers while they were in Perth. Dee invited them along to the last Perth Weblogger Meetup which I was unable to attend. (I’m determined to get to at least a couple of meetups in 2007.)

When I found out that Ingo and Iris were coming to Perth I couldn’t wait to arrange to meet. We got together for a tour of my workplace, 98.5 Sonshine FM, and a coffee before Christmas and yesterday was time to say farewell. Pauline, Emily, James and I drove out to Perth’s international airport to say our goodbyes. Saying goodbye was a little strange for the rest of the family seeing as it was the first time they’d met Ingo and Iris.

If it wasn’t such a busy time of year we would have spent more time together. I very much enjoyed the short time we enjoyed together and I only wish that it wasn’t at such a busy time of the year. I would have loved to enjoy a barbecue together or to show them some local tourist attractions.

Ingo and Iris, if you can ever make it back here for another holiday (or to stay) I look forward to spending a lot more time with you. Thank you for the opportunity to share your time while you were in our wonderful city.

I still find it amazing that I can get to know people half way around the world and that they can know all about me simply by sitting at a computer. I must admit that as great as it is to meet people online through blogging, there’s still nothing that can beat sitting down face to face with friends. That’s what made our short time together such a privilege.

I met quite a few bloggers face to face in 2006 and I’m hoping I’ll meet even more in 2007. If you’re ever in the Perth area and you want to catch up for a coffee and a look around a radio station, just let me know. (That goes for Perth locals too.)

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Almost history

We’re only a few days away from closing the book on 2006.

How will you view 2006 when you look back across the past twelve months? Has it been a good year for you? Is it a year you’d rather forget?

Life Skills Trainer, Jill Bonanno, joined me this morning on 98.5 Sonshine FM for our regular Friday morning radio segment, Simply Living.

We discussed the year that is rapidly drawing to a close and looked ahead to what 2007 might hold. We also opened the phones and chatted to a few listeners about what 2006 has meant for them.

How about taking a few moments to reflect on the year and leave a comment or two about how this year was for you. I’d really appreciate your input.

You can click here and listen our Simply Living segment while you continue to browse the internet.

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Mr Ray Charles

Pauline and I spent last night watching the 2004 movie Ray on DVD.

Actor Jamie Foxx put in an amazing performance as the remarkably talented Ray Charles. The movie follow Ray’s life story warts and all.

I saw the movie on a plane on the way to India early last year and I’ve been wanting to see it again ever since with a slightly larger screen, with a reasonable sound system, and without the drone of a jet engine for background noise.

Ray Charles attended a screening of the movie when it was first completed but died before it was released into cinemas.

I had the privilege of seeing Ray perform live at Leeuwin Estate with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra back in 1988. He was an amazingly talented man and it was truly a great show.

The movie paints him as a deeply flawed man who struggled to overcome a difficult upbringing, heroin addiction, racism and those who would take advantage of his blindness. He was also very much a womaniser. He married twice and fathered at least 12 children from 7 women.

At times throughout the movie you find it very difficult to like him as a person but I guess it’s a reminder that we don’t always make the right decisions ourselves.

More and more as I grow older I realise that I have no right to point the finger at someone elseโ€™s behaviour because I know that I fall so short of who I should be. Maybe I should dedicate 2007 to removing the plank from my eye before worrying about the speck in someone else’s.

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New Year's Resolutions

Are they a help or hindrance?

A new year is just a few days away and millions of people across the world will be coming up with resolutions in the hope of becoming a better person in 2007.

Do New Year’s Resolutions just set us up to be dissapointed or can they help us turn things around? Are they just wishes or goals that we can work towards? Will we be better men and women on December the 31st, 2007, if we create a list of New Year’s Resolutions on January the 1st?

Do you plan to get fitter, stop smoking, find love, become a better parent, embrace your faith, travel more, eat better, relax more, drink less or lose weight?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Today we tackled New Year’s Resolutions. Ross talked about their origins and suggested 5 areas of our lives that would benefit from resolutions. He also talked about ways to ensure that those resolutions come to fruition. If you’d like to listen to our discussion you can click here.

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