A Hobbit themed Guided Meditation!

I couldn't believe my luck when I found this on YouTube! Sit back, put those tired, hairy-toed hobbit feet up and listen to The Honest Guys' guided meditation practice: Party in the Shire...

Party in the Shire




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The ‘Skinny Bitch Diet’ Review, in Honour of that Girl from Species

Species movie poster

Click to watch 'Species' on Vudu.
'Sil' from Species: 'Skinniest Bitch' in Sci-Fi?

Could you resist a diet book called 'Skinny Bitch'? Not many people could, apparently, as it was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

"A no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!"
'Skinny Bitch', by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

So what's the skinny on the 'Skinny Bitch' diet?

The biggest change is that it's vegan, which makes me doubt the authors' 'bitch' credentials, as they're very concerned with animal welfare.

It does make sense for a diet though, including less animal fat and more plants for a start.

It's also a diet that tries to avoid artificial food additives and over-processed foods, in line with health recommendations, and has no faith in government agencies for food regulation, thereby neatly combining both political extremes of dieters 🙂

These recommendations are backed up by some shocking examples of animal cruelty in slaughterhouses and failures in oversight by government regulatory agencies, along with useful information about vegan nutrition.

In between, it's quite a fun book to read if you don't mind a bit of swearing and enjoy bluntness to the point of rudeness: Cigarettes are for losers, soda is liquid Satan, etc. I quite liked it, anyway.

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And why the girl from Species?

I try to pick a story or character for each diet, that will help motivate me to stick to it and succeed. So, for a start she has a figure I wouldn't cry about.

But am I being a bit mean to poor little lab-bred half-alien Sil?

Come on. I mean, I felt sorry for her at first too...
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How did Walking like a Hobbit work out for me?

The Hobbit: Map from AllPosters

The Hobbit: Map from AllPosters.com

How did Walking like a Hobbit work out for me?

I admit it: I really wanted my Hobbit diet week to work out. And it did! I mostly enjoyed the walking, managed five miles most days, and loved the bacon and mushroom sandwiches.

I'm not sure I'd have got to Mordor, but then they had more time, and Middle Earth to save, and Gollum. But with the road going ever on, I know I'd have made it 'There and Back Again' in the end 🙂

Beginning weight: 215lbs
Ending weight: 213.2lbs

A very nice week!
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They have nothing in common but mushrooms :)

Can't get out for a walk today? Perhaps hobbit week is the best week for bouncing around to Badger Badger Mushroom Mushroom!

Ok, at first glance it may not seem at all Tolkien-like, but hey, they like music, dancing and the countryside, so dancing badgers are probably good. And of course there are mushrooms 🙂

My 11 year old has great fun showing this to my toddler and now it's one of his favourite songs. Great. But at least it's made him eat his mushrooms this week!





Go on, have a bounce around...!
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Tolkien links and Hobbit Collectibles for Walkers

Here's everything you need for the 'Eat Like a Hobbit, Walk Like a Hobbit' diet!
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Hobbit Collectibles from Thinkgeek

Just what you need for Unexpected Journeys:
The Hobbit Map of Middle Earth

The Hobbit Map of Middle Earth - don't leave home without it!

Hobbit Feet Socks!

Hobbit Feet Socks! Keep those feet warm, and hairy-toed...

Hobbit Staff of Gandalf

Hobbit Staff of Gandalf - FX Replica with Light

Here they are, trying to act all Gandalf-like with that staff:

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Click to see more of their Tolkien and Hobbit collectibles...

 

 
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