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The Winner of the Tablet AND How Much Did We Raise For The ROYAL MARINES CHARITABLE TRUST?

Hi Everyone – Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported my mad annual fundraiser for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. For those of you that need a reminder of my mountain bike challenge.

We raised a staggering £764!!!!!

Well there are a few things to report following the bike ride on 13th September 2014

On the Saturday of the ride I managed only 90 miles across the South Downs before the dark made it too dangerous to finish the trails on to Winchester and the road stage finish of the 140 miles. Unfortunately on the Sunday injury to my back made it impossible for me to get back on the bike and finish off. Despite that everyone was really kind and paid up anyway.

The good news is that I have now had my knee operation and am recovering well, so it’s back to running soon. The bike is also back in tip top condition and being used for the daily commute!

Secondly, now that all the money has been collected, I am able to announce the winner of the TABLET

AND OUR WINNER IS

(really long pause as in the manner of X Factor, Strictly etc etc etc ….. Still pausing, unnecessarily, milking it …. still pausing)

JENNY ROGERS!!!

Congratulations Jenny – See you on Saturday for your presentation and photo call

Thank you again for supporting me and, of course, our brave Royal Marines. And of course a huge 350th birthday to my old corps

Duncan

P.S. Please comment with any crazy fund raising schemes and prospective charities for next year’s efforts!

P.P.S. If you still want to donate to raise the money even higher, feel free at Just Giving (and yes, our IT company will match it £ for £)

How hypnotherapy can help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Recent news has held a number of articles showing an increase of people, mainly servicemen, suffering from, and seeking help for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But what is PTSD? How would you know if you’re suffering from it? How can you help yourself? And how can you get help?

Before becoming a therapist I served in both the military and the police, so I’ve seen my fair share of traumatic events. I’ve suffered from a form of PTSD following a life-changing accident, and seen a number of others suffer from the symptoms of PTSD. I’ve helped a number of people suffering from this, often hidden, disease.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how can you help?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following any traumatic event that makes a person feel helpless or threatens their safety. In the main  PTSD is associated with battle-scarred soldiers (combat is the most common cause in men) but any life experience that overwhelms you can trigger PTSD, especially when a person feels out of control. Some examples would include: War, Natural disasters, Car or plane crashes, Terrorist attacks, Sudden death of a loved one, Rape, Kidnapping, Assault, Sexual or physical abuse, Childhood neglect or any other event that leaves a person feeling trapped or helpless.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and police officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.

Main types of PTSD symptoms:

  •  Re-experiencing the traumatic event
    • Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
    • Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
    • Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
    • Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
    • Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma
    • Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
    • Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
    • Loss of interest in activities and life in general
    • Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
    • Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
  • Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
    • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
    • Irritability or outbursts of anger
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Hyper vigilance (constant “red alert”)
    • Feeling jumpy and easily startled
  • Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Anger and irritability
    • Guilt, shame, or self-blame
    • Substance abuse
    • Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
    • Depression and hopelessness
    • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
    • Feeling alienated and alone
    • Physical aches and pains

PTSD shows differently from person to person and while the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.

How PTSD differs from a normal trauma response

Following any traumatic event almost everyone would show some symptoms of PTSD. It’s quite normal to feel stress, or numb, in, and following, a stressful situation. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events. In the majority of people these feelings are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but over time they ease. With PTSD the symptoms don’t improve, things don’t get better and they may even get worse. When a person gets stuck in a past event stress becomes PTSD and the sufferer remains in psychological shock. Their memory of what happened and feelings about it are disconnected.

How can I help myself if I’m suffering from PTSD?

Reach out to others for support

You may be tempted to withdraw from your loved ones or from society in general. But it’s important to stay connected to life and the people who care about you. Support from other people is vital to your recovery from PTSD, so ask your close friends and family members for their help.

Consider a support group, where you can share and help each other through this time. Support groups for PTSD can help you feel less isolated and alone. No local support group? Look for an online group.

Avoid alcohol and drugs

You may be tempted to turn to alcohol or drugs. But while they may temporarily make you feel better, they actually make things worse in the long run. Drug use worsens many symptoms of PTSD, such as emotional numbing, social isolation, anger, and depression. It also interferes with treatment and can add to problems at home and in your relationships.

Challenge your sense of helplessness

Overcoming your sense of helplessness is key to overcoming PTSD. Trauma leaves you feeling powerless and vulnerable so it’s important to remind yourself that you have strengths and coping skills that can get you through tough times. You could try volunteering your time, giving blood, reaching out to a friend in need, or donating to your favourite charity. Direct positive action empowers you and challenges any sense of helplessness.

Practice relaxation or meditation techniques

Find someone who can help with learning to meditate or can help you achieve a deeply relaxed state. There are many meditation teachers, and groups to help with this. Ananda Healing offers such services with Amanda Lund-Batchelor.

Spend time in nature

Fresh air and nature helps to bring about a sense of peace in many people. Studies have shown that an aimless walk in a quiet place can help to change the chemical balance of the brain and body, easing symptoms of PTSD and providing positive health benefits too. Focusing on strenuous outdoor activities can also help challenge your sense of helplessness and move on from the traumatic event. Evidence suggests that servicemen pursuing outdoor activities like hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing etc may help with PTSD symptoms and ease transition back into civilian life.

What help and treatment can I get with PTSD?

There are many different treatments that you can seek to help with PTSD. Being a master hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner I will focus on those. Especially when you take into account the following facts and figures. In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), different types of techniques were reviewed, the techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate)*:

  1. Hypnosis : 93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).
  2. Behaviour Therapy : 72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).
  3. Psychotherapy : 38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).

Early treatment is always going to be preferable, so if you, or a loved one, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, contact Duncan from Ananda Healing to find out how he can help. As an additional benefit of the therapy at Ananda Healing, Duncan will donate 25% of all treatment fees to the Help for Heroes charity.
* Figures taken from healmyptsd.com

Duncan’s weight loss and mud run challenge

Following on from my previous blog posts about my weight loss, and the benefits of the Body By Vi challenge, I took part in a new challenge over the weekend. I took part in a 6K mud run to raise money for my Scouts, 1st Burstow Scout Group, where I’m the Scout leader. The scouts did their part by helping me to raise sponsorship money and so far we’re totalling £560. A mud run sounds like fun so I’ll describe the challenges to give you more of an idea. As well as running across fields, woods, uphill and downhill we had to overcome other challenges such as; crawling under barbed wire through muddy cold and often stagnant water, swim about 40 metres across a 6 foot deep lake (so you couldn’t wade across), carry a car tyre up and down a hill, more wading through stagnant ponds, crawling through mud, jumping over fire pits, climbing through an electric lattice and of course a brilliant water slide! Anyway 48 minutes after starting I crossed the finish line and received my finishers medal!

Duncan before his weight loss challenge Duncan after hi weight loss challengeIf someone had told me 4 months ago that, having not run for about 17 years, I could complete such a task in a pretty good time I would have laughed at them and said no way. If you add to that the fact that all those 17 years ago I broke my back and had a load of metal screws fitted in my lower spine, it makes this task all the more improbable. Needless to say, I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved. I’m not writing this to brag though, I want to share with you how I did it, so you can do the same (it’s not compulsory to do the mud run bit, but you can if you like).

In May 2013 I weighed about 15 1/2 stone, had a 41″ waist and couldn’t run for more than 200 yards without gasping for breath. I started losing weight by using the Body By Vi Meal Replacement shakes, replacing 2 meals a day. Not only did I lose the weight I wanted, but I found I had more energy and was increasing my lean muscle mass. brilliant results on their own. Being the sort of person I am, a month later I decided to take things a step further and get fitter too. I started cycling to the station each day, a 7 mile round trip, and running to increase my endurance and weight loss.

In 4 months I’ve lost over 1 1/2 stone and lost 5-6 inches around my waist. I can now run at least 6 miles without stopping, and have increased my cycling to about 50 miles a week.

I can’t believe the difference between then and now, and Amanda’s pretty impressed too. See the difference in the pictures (sorry about the clown outfit, the fancy dress was part of the sponsorship deal with my scouts).

If you would like to speak to Duncan about your own Body By Vi weight loss challenge please email him or just give us a call.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 7 How did I do after 90 days? The results are in

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 7 How did I do after 90 days? The results are in

First of all an apology, it’s been a while since my last update on progress. This hasn’t been because I’ve been slipping, but more because I’ve been upping my training for my mud run challenge.

So, how did I do after the 90 days? Back when I started I set my goals as “by 19th September 2013 to be 14 st 10lbs or less and have a waist of 37 inches”. Did I make it? Yes. Did I do better than that? Oh yes, indeed. I weighed in Tuesday 24th September. I now weigh 14st 3lbs, and have a waist of 36″. That’s a 5″ loss around my waist and 1½st loss of weight, and I now weight the least I’ve been since I was 17 and in the Royal Marines! I believe I would have lost more weight, but I have been increasing my lean muscle by running and cycling.

How has the Body By Vi performed? Brilliant! The Vi has performed wonderfully, providing the needed proteins and sustenance, without too many calories. The weight loss and nutritional balance benefits of the Vi have allowed me to start exercising again, and my fitness levels have also increased dramatically!

On the exercise front, I’m cycling longer distance now (over 50 miles a week), and I can now run 5 miles without stopping! My training for my mud run is in full swing and I’m actually looking forward to it.

Has it been hard? At times, yes. The lure of sweet smelling food has been tough to turn my back on at times, especially when it’s getting on to evening meal time, and there’s instant gratification available. Having said that it has shown me what’s important in my life, and getting slimmer & fitter again has been more important.

Has it been worth it? Most definitely. I’m pretty much ready for my mud run on October 19th, which wouldn’t have even been a consideration without the Vi. While I’m on that subject please sponsor me to help me raise money for my Scout Group at: http://www.burstowscouts.org.uk/mud-run/

If you want any more information about the challenge, and how you can join, email Duncan or check out the Body By Vi Challenge page.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

How to improve the appearance of your skin, what ever your age or skin type

Ananda Healing Luxurios Arbonne Anti Aging FacialHow to improve the appearance of your skin, what ever your age or skin type

A FACIAL!

They seem to have gone a little out of fashion of late.  Is it because the young think they are only for the mature? Is it because the more mature think they are only for young problem skin?  Maybe it is because there are so many over the counter products now available to use at home?  Whatever the reason, at Ananda Healing we are keen to bring back the facial and here is why –

  • It is beneficial to ALL SKIN TYPES
  • It is deep cleaning, refreshing and rejuvenating
  • It removes dead skin cells giving you a healthy glow
  • It improves elasticity of skin
  • It is very relaxing
  • It stimulates circulation
  • It increases lymphatic drainage, thus reducing puffiness

A good facial makes you feel good AND it will make your skin look and feel good

We have a facial that is perfect for you whether you are young or mature, whether your skin is problematic or sensitive.

AND FOR SEPTEMBER ONLY WE ARE OFFERING YOU A HALF PRICE EVE TAYLOR AROMATHERAPY FACIAL TO PROVE IT!

Call and book a facial today for just £17.50, or order online using the discount code: SEPT_FACIAL!

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 6 It’s not just about the weight

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 6 It’s not just about the weight

There’s been a short delay on writing the next blog as I’m wanting to make sure it has some content worthy of reading. The last couple of weeks have been a pretty normal time for me on this “diet”. I went to play golf at the weekend and I noticed 2 things. I could fit into a pair of size 36 trousers (over my stomach) and I managed an entire round without having to resort to pain killers! Both of these are real milestones for me as I’ve never been able to complete 18 holes without them. The trousers I bought by mistake a while ago, and I’ve never been able to wear them.

It got me thinking, what other effects have I noticed? I weighed in at the weekend so those results speak for themselves, I’ve now lost a stone in weight and lost 3 1/2″ around the waist. Those are the facts, and the feel. When I touch my stomach it’s getting quite hard, still some fat to lose but I can actually feel my abs. When I look in the mirror I actually have started to like what I see rather than being repulsed by my gut.

Fitness-wise I’m still running, I’m up to 2.2 miles without stopping and feeling like I can actually achieve a reasonable level of fitness. I’m going to complete my challenge of the 6K mud run in October, and for that the aim will be to be running 5-6 miles without needing to stop.

Pain-wise my back is feeling so much better. With the exercise I’m putting it under more strain than before and yet, because of the weight loss and balanced nutrition, I’m in less pain. I feel more and more able to go without the need for my painkillers which will be a massive bonus.

All in all I owe so much to my decision to take on the Body By Vi challenge. I’m generally a very positive guy, always looking for the good in things, but I have to admit since breaking my back in 1997 I have never felt that I could have any control over my fitness and health.

If you want any more information about the challenge, and how you can join, email Duncan or check out the Body By Vi Challenge page.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 5 The true cost of my challenge

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 5 The true cost of my challenge

People who’ve been showing interest in the Body By Vi weight loss challenge have been asking me about the cost. When I tell them it costs £91.00 per month for the 2 meal replacement per day challenge they tell me it’s too expensive, so I decided to break down my daily costs. Not every day is the same so I took a normal working day as a base.

I’ve based the figures on about a pint of milk per day for the shakes, and cost the shakes as (total monthly cost including postage / 60 meals) £91.00 / 60 = £1.52 per meal. I also add 3 bananas to mix in with them or eat between the meals. So here’s the breakdown;

Challenge Before
Breakfast mix £1.52
Skimmed milk £0.23 £0.45
Banana £0.19
Cereal £0.50
Morning banana £0.19 £0.19
Lunch mix £1.52
Skimmed milk £0.23
Meal deal £3.00
Afternoon banana £0.19 £0.19
Evening meal Same as before
£4.07 £4.33

So I’m saving about 26p per day, and losing weight at the same time!

Obviously it depends on what you eat during the day, but even if it cost me the weight loss would be worth it!

So how about the nutritional side? I’m not a nutritionist by any stretch of the imagination so I’ve plagiarized the below from another blog about the Body By Vi meal replacement shakes.

Ananda Healing Body By Vi Challenge Nutrion Comparison

So, to summarise, it is no more expensive that what I would normally buy in the way of breakfast and lunch. Secondly, and more importantly, nutritionally, I would have to consume 8674 calories of food per meal (as listed above) to get the equivalent nutrients!

If you want any more information about the challenge, and how you can join, email Duncan or check out the Body By Vi Challenge page.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 4 Why they call it a challenge

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 4 Why they call it a challenge

So here we are 4 weeks into my Body By Vi challenge. I know I keep saying about the positive stuff and there is plenty of that, but for a minute I want to chat about getting disheartened with it all. There are times when I have become disheartened, times when it would be easier to just stop and be fatter rather than fitter, times when I start to question whether it’s worth it. Especially when I see friends and loved ones having wonderful food and I need to sit back and have my shake! I think we all have times where we doubt our actions as we change our habits. But then is the right road the easy one or the difficult one? More often than not the right road for us is the difficult one, and this has proved to be the case this last week. I spent some time struggling this week, feeling hungrier during the day and when I got home I was so hungry I just wanted to grab anything I could.

I didn’t completely fall off the wagon though, I made it through another week and weighed in at my usual time. Seeing the results has hardened my resolve, yes it is worth it! Yes, I do want to go through this as I’m feeling far more energetic, slimmer, enthusiastic about life and ready to take on the World. I have now lost approximately 12lbs in the 4 weeks, almost a stone. I’m very much on track to reach my goal, well ahead of schedule. My waistline has shrunk by 2 inches too. Result!

So what am I doing to keep the demons at bay? I’m stepping things up! I’ve signed up to do a 6k mud run in October, and I’ve started cycling from home to Gatwick Airport and back each workday when I’m catching the train (Something I had been doing but had stopped as it was hard on my back). I’ll be starting a training regime to get fit for this mud run, so I don’t embarrass myself totally come October. It’s gonna be tough, but then the best things in life make you stretch your limits!

I’m going to use the mud run as a chance to raise some money for my Scout Group, 1st Burstow, so if you want to sponsor me please feel free to visit my Just Giving page, when I’ve created it!

If you want to find out more about the Body By Vi Challenge, or fancy joining me on my journey to a fitter, and thinner life just give me a call on 07917 879052, or email me!

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 3 Feeling great after a fortnight

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 3 Feeling great after a fortnight

Firstly an apology for the late posting of this blog. It’s been a very busy time for us at Ananda Healing, but no excuses.

Here we are, 2 weeks into the challenge and the weight is still coming off. Despite a barbeque and family meal out in the last week I’ve lost another 2lbs (so a bit slower than last week), but I’ve also noticed that I’m toning up more. I’m not particularly exercising more but I have noticed that my stomach is tightening back up and my arms are firmer. More about that in a bit, but it is a great feeling to get out on the golf course and feel so full of energy and vitality.

Amanda has noticed how my face has started to look slimmer, which is always nice, and also noted that I look younger, which is even better! When I’m looking in the mirror now I’m starting to see some of the old me there, looking more fit than fat (or at least moving in the right direction).

I’ve now lost about half a stone, so over a third of the way to my target in just 2 weeks. Even though the weight loss slowed this week I’m still easily exceeding my weekly targets.

But of course the big question is; am I feeling hungry during the day? Absolutely not, over the weekend I forgot to have my lunchtime shake so by the time we went out to dinner I’d had 2 bananas and 1 shake during the day, and still hadn’t felt particularly hungry during the day. When you consider I’d been working in the garden, playing golf etc I’d had a full day too. This had been my main worry as I know some people who’d done other plans and been hungry most of the time, but not with the Body by Vi.

Going back to the firming up, I was reading about the Body by Vi range and they aren’t just for weight loss. Because of their ingredients they are providing the body with the nutrition it needs rather than the rubbish we usually shovel in, so the toning up becomes an added bonus.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

What makes a good therapist?

Someone asked me the other day,

“What makes a good therapist?”

“Passion” was my answer. A fair answer, I thought. I have never met anyone good at what they do who wasn’t passionate about it.

But, since, I have pondered – is that really all it takes?  Obviously, skill and knowledge have to be added to the mix.

Enough? No, continued learning, always keeping up with the latest research and techniques will always enhance the flavour.

What about practice? I hear you say.  Quite right, practice, practice, practice!

Is that it? Well I am not so sure.  Does it require that last secret ingredient?  You know! That “Thing”.  The French call it  ‘je ne sais quoi’ – that intangible quality that sets something apart.

What do you think?  Is this the perfect recipe? Or have I missed something out?

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