Archive for January, 2011

2 Weeks In To The Gym Experience

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment


It has been a while since I’ve updated this blog which is kinda stupid considering I made this blog to be a regular place for me to offer rants and ramblings…I must’ve been exceedingly happy the past few weeks in order to not have anything to rant about…but instead I think it’s just because I am a busy bee.

So as was mentioned in the last blog….I was to become a gym bunny and start a new diet and guess what….It’s actually lasted so far!!

I went to the gym four times last week and three times this week and have been eating according to the diet plan in 95% of meals, with the odd indulgence in there to remind me that it’s ok to be fit and to have fun with food too.

I have to say the feeling I’m getting is outstanding, my gym is awesome because it has a Swimming pool, a steam room, jacuzzis and the gym itself is clean and bright and welcoming (the fact there are hotties all over the place is a nice incentive too).

My friend offered me a program that is both demanding and yet alarmingly achievable. I am finding that unlike in previous efforts at getting fit etc, I usually cave after a few days because I run myself down and get sick and then slump back into my unhealthy routine.

I have actually found that when I do enjoy an indulgent meal that I actually didn’t miss it half as much as I thought I did. I have had problems with my stomach for the best part of 18 months, (most likely IBS, but tests are still getting done) and looks like it’ll be a chronic thing that’ll flare up for various reasons, and eating healthily has enabled me to have an almost normal day without the occasional agony and discomfort that comes with the stomach issue.

What my mate also said was to consider the exercise and diet as something fun and enjoyable and take to it with an optimistic attitude, which if anyone knows me will know is not hard to do as I am exceptionally chirpy, probably to the point of being annoying.

So back to the topic at hand…ah yes…the gym, so anyway I’m just letting you all know that I’m going to be continuing with this, with the plan being that I have a somewhat more awesome body in time for my trip to London in April where I’ll hopefully get to show off those guns haha. Let’s just hope I maintain this enthusiasm, for indeed what’s the alternative?

Categories: Gym Rantings

The Calm Before The Storm!

January 17, 2011 1 comment


Howdy all,

It is late at night and thus I should be in bed, but rather than that I am sitting typing away here to make an attempt at an interesting post, which when full of energy is tricky, but when your candle has not only burned itself at both ends but they’ve met in the middle, then all I can guarantee is that these ramblings will be even more incoherent than usual.

Though actually I do have something of note to add. Monday sees the start of my new fitness regime and diet. Now I know that I’m no Michelle McManus or anything so that when people hear I’m dieting and training (well going to) they always look at me with horror that I dare think that I need to diet, however my logic is simple….I wanna look better!

From the age of 1 (I was a chubby baby) I have been slim and slender, which during my teenage years I was bestowed a six-pack made entirely from God’s goodwill. I first went to the gym when Iwas 15, but then fell out of use after I realised that GCSEs and A-Levels (Big exams for those who don’t know) required study time.

Every now and then I would return to the gym but it mattered not as I was not able to put fat on anyway and then I hit… early 20s….by about 23/24 things seemed to start becoming a little less clear. My six pack appeared to get soaked up by my stomach and my definition waned as I started to fill out.

I have set myself on a path to looking body beautiful many times since that first realisation that my body wasn’t gonna play ball, that my metabolism was probably slowing and that I would likely have to exert effort to get my old body back, or indeed make a brand spanking new better body.

Monday 17th January is when I start a program designed by a friend of mine who is a personal trainer with his own body proof of his credentials, this time though the diet/training is different as I have….a gym buddy. A friend of mine has been roped in and so we will keep each other going….it’s gonna be an awful crappy miserable process….and that’s if we do everything right! So let’s hope it works out and that I can report to you at Easter that my cunning plan to have an awesome body at 26 have come to fruition!


Categories: Gym Rantings

Day 2 and already I’ve run out of catchy titles

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

So It’s almost midnight and nearly Day 3 but I couldn’t let the day pass without offering a second helping of the thoughts that go on in my head, albeit in slight abbreviated form as my priority at the min is to make the blog look decent, something i’m struggling with.

Today was a day like any other though extremely boring I have to say, I worked all day but happen to be born of a breed that I presumed was plentiful, till I actually entered the realm of employment over 10 years ago, that breed being ‘the worker who cares about their job’. Before I got my first job I always believed somewhat stupidly that everyone who had a job worked hard…clearly i’d never encountered retail before.

It is safe to say that I am blessed with some tremendous people to work with and talk to and some who are just lovely as people, not necessarily as workers, and then those who are neither good workers nor particularly pleasant people.

The reason I’m saying this is to the set the scene for what I imagine will be a blog that will soon be full of random posts bitching about person X/Y/Z and the utter insanity that seems to grip the retail industry and everyone within it, from the new start to the highest power, you think Eastenders or Corrie are soap operas…you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Night all!


Categories: Random Ramblings

Welcome To The Embassy

January 11, 2011 1 comment
11/1/11 Perfect Date To Start

Welcome to my new blog, quite why I’m actually making a blog I don’t really know, however I’m going to give it a go and see if my ramblings on here amuse either myself or anyone else for that matter. First things first I may as well talk a little about myself so that people know where I’m coming from.

I’m 26 years old, born in October 1984, thus a cool Libran (Libra being THE coolest star sign to be apparently) and live in Belfast, Northern Ireland. For those who may read this from lands other than the UK/Ireland, I’m of the ‘Belfast, Ireland’ persuasion, but to be honest I’ve bigger things in my life to worry about than the disaster zone that is Northern Irish politics….and yet lo and behold what is my greatest love in the world….politics!

Yes….spot the geek, I do love politics, in almost every country but my own, which is not to say that there’s nothing to be learnt from Northern Irish politics, but rather you could fall asleep in the 1970s and wake up in 2011 and many of the same faces would still be around….talking about the same things, alas thankfully dramatic progress has been made in that time, but I’m pretty sure there are glaciars that have formed, moved 100 miles and then melted in less time.

I do have a tendency to just go off on random tangents…it’s my mother’s fault, she does it all the time, so apparently tangentitis is hereditary, damn genes. Speaking of genes, not only did they inflict the dreaded tangentitis but they decided to have a field day by…making me attracted to the male form, ie…be a homosexual (pronounced Hom…not Home according to my Dad because of some latin where Homo means ‘man’ and thus should be pronounced hom like then…or is it the other way around). So yeah in conclusion…I’m gay, but not in the ‘OMG gurl you are fierce’ way more along the lines of ‘gay people annoy me’ kinda way….a blanket statement true…they’re not ALL abominations…just the ones I choose to dislike hehe.

I recently qualified as a New York Attorney and Counselor-At-Law *audience gasps in awe* but alas as it turns out, I still work in retail for apparently many different companies have yet to recognise my awesomeness…either that or the Cybermen have been controlling events from the other side of the universe, keeping me from achieving my goals for fear of the influence and power I would someday have…which brings me to Dr Who, big fan of the show, though less so now that Matt Smith is in charge, I don’t know what it is, but he’s just not clicking with me yet, not sure what the problem is…perhaps my own jealousy that he’s my age but has the coolest job ever and I um…don’t.

I’m sure there are plenty more things I could say in my first blog, but let’s be honest, you’ve probably all nodded off already before even getting to this line, if you haven’t then you will be rewarded with……..a hug from me if you ever meet me, and damn my hugs are awesome if I do say so myself.

Oh right yes, one final issue before I depart is the basis of the name for this blog. I could’ve gone with another name that has been linked to me since I created a hotmail account with it in 2000 but felt this more accurately suited me. I studied in Chicago in the academic year 2005-06 at Dominican University. I have never experienced a more fulfilling, happier or exciting year in my life both before and since and so thought a nickname from that time would be a good starting point for this blog.

As the foreigner in the land of Uncle Sam, I was considered an ambassador for my country, in fact the organisation that gave me the scholarship and sent me over said to me and my group that we would all be ambassadors while abroad. Thus when at DU, my room was called ‘The Embassy’ and I was ‘The Irish Ambassador’. Corny and cheesy…hell yeah but damnit I loved it so screw it, it’s my name now and will remain so until I can achieve my dream of moving to the US and becoming a success there.

OK now I will go this time…it’s been a pleasure talking to myself here and I would like to thank myself for taking the time to write this blog…go you James (I nod back to my screen in acknowledgement) have a great evening everyone on this the most unique of numeric events.


Categories: Random Ramblings
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