Friday, March 30, 2012

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Friday 30th March

Friday 30th March
The Morning Show with Declan Meehan



10- 11am

•The returned to the issue of the Household charge and we heard the main details of the latest census from CSO Statistician Declan Smith. We were also joined in studio by Local singer Rebecca Gresty for a chat and live performance ahead of her album launch tonight on Greystones.

11- 12pm

•We heard further reaction to the aspects of the census fromm Sandra Irwin-Gowran, Director of Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and were joined in studio by promoter, presenter and DJ Danny Hughes who talked about his life, his career and the Stardust tragedy.

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Niamh's Week 6 Questionnaire

How was this week?

This week was great thanks, back on track and giving all classes and workouts my very best :)


How are you feeling, are you still enjoying it?

Yes, feeling good, I enjoy going to the gym now as it's less of an effort. I feel great after going every day.


What's your favourite exercise at the moment?

My favourite exercise is, the different abs machines, they really have me working the abs. We had Zumba this week and I loved it. I'll be signing up for those classes.


Are you sore and if yes, where?

My legs are a bit sore today but that's only because I started on a new machine to work the legs and they feeling sore now.


Are you still missing certain foods?

No, not missing anything at the moment which is great.


Are you finding it hard to stick with it?

I found Paddy's weekend hard but I'm grand now this week.


What are the main changes you've seen in yourself?

Definitely clothes fitting better and way more energy, body changing shape too.


Do you still feel motivated?

Yes, very motivated and have my new routine for next two weeks which will work me more.


Do you feel confident of meeting your goal?

Yes, my goal was 2 stone but every week is great once your losing something :)


Have you any helpful tips for our listeners?

Not really, just to take it easy when your tired and give it your all when your full of beans :)

Jenny's Week 6 Questionnaire

How was this week?

Great, still in the zone!

How are you feeling, are you still enjoying it?

Yeah, really enjoyed this weeks training always looking forward to the next session with Cian.

What's your favourite exercise at the moment?

I enjoy circuit training because you feel so great after it and you can see the difference in your fitness levels.

Are you sore and if yes, where?

Not really any more.

Are you still missing certain foods?

Not really any more.

Are you finding it hard to stick with it?

No.

What are the main changes you've seen in yourself?

Much more energy and I can't believe that I look forward to doing exercises now ha-ha!!

Do you still feel motivated?

Yes!

Do you feel confident of meeting your goal?

Well, it’s a life change so I am determined to stick with it going forward.

Have you any helpful tips for our listeners?

I was chatting to Cian last night and haven’t really seen much weight loss we just went over my diet and he said that I am not having enough to eat through the day which means my body is storing it, so try and make sure that you eat little and often!

David's Week 6 Questionnaire

How was this week?

Fantastic, really going to miss the challenge when it ends. The results I've seen today are amazing.

How are you feeling, are you still enjoying it?

More then ever!

What's your favourite exercise at the moment?

Running, would you believe it. I hated and dreaded it when this challenge started.

Are you sore and if yes, where?

Have not felt pain since the second week.

Are you still missing certain foods?

Ice-cream. Had to deal with a mauds rep in Mrs. McGuire's yesterday and it was pure torture.

Are you finding it hard to stick with it?

Sometimes I can feel myself leaning towards the wrong option.

What are the main changes you've seen in yourself?

My trousers would fall off without a belt.

Do you still feel motivated?

With out doubt.

Do you feel confident of meeting your goal?

Only 2 pounds away with 2 weeks to go. No reason for failure.

Have you any helpful tips for our listeners?

It only take 5-10mins to cook a lean piece of meat and boil some frozen veg but it takes over 20 mins to cook a frozen pizza. Healther food take less time to cook.

Georgina's Week 6 Questionnaire

How was this week?

This week is going great for me. Went up Bray Head on Wednesday morning with the hubby and crawled back down it on all fours lol!

How are you feeling, are you still enjoying it?

I'm feeling much healthier and loads of energy. Happier in myself .

What's your favourite exercise at the moment?

I absolutely loved Zumba , it was a great work out and so much fun.

Are you sore and if yes, where?

My calfs were sore this week after doing a step and tone class.

Are you still missing certain foods?

I'm missing alot of foods and rubbish now.

Are you finding it hard to stick with it?

It's getting so hard to stay away from the baddies.. But only couple more weeks then I can have a treat and then get stuck back in.

What are the main changes you've seen in yourself?

I have dropped 2 dress sizes and am thrilled with that. I've alot more energy and in much better form.

Do you still feel motivated?

This week I do feel motivated

Do you feel confident of meeting your goal?

Well not so sure about reaching the weight loss goal but to having lost 2 dress sizes is the best bonus for me.

Have you any helpful tips for our listeners?

Stick with it , you do feel great in yourself xxx

Irene's Week 6 Questionnaire

How was this week?

This week was really good, I am now down to 14 stone which is a massive achievement for me. I only have to lose around 10 lbs to reach my target weight now!

How are you feeling, are you still enjoying it?

I am now enjoying it more than ever. I love the feeling of satisfaction that I get when I finish a workout and know that it's really making a difference.

What's your favourite exercise at the moment?

I am loving the "Body Pumps" exercises, where we use a weights bar for strength training. It is very good for toning, especially my stomach and legs.

Where are you sore?

After we started the Kettlebell training, my legs were very painful, especially my outer thighs. I am happy about this though as it shows that the exercises are working!

Are you still missing certain foods?

No, I am finally used to my healthy diet! I don't think I would eat junk food now even if it was offered to me which is a huge breakthrough!

Are you finding it hard to stick to?

Not anymore. I feel that it has now become a way of life for me, and I am really enjoying my healthy lifestyle.

What are the main changes you have seen in yourself?

I can see that I have lost weight, my size 18 trousers are now loose on me. My shoes are too big now where the weight has come off my ankles and the tops of my feet. I have so much more energy now than I had 6 weeks ago, and I am sleeping so much better than I have in years.

Do you still feel motivated?

Yes, I am still very motivated.

Do you feel confident that you will meet your goal?

Yes, very confident.

Have you any helpful tips for listeners?

Just that if they want to lose weight, get healthy and fit and enjoy life again, they should just join a gym of fitness centre, get a fitness program and stick with it, it really will pay off.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Thursday 29th March

Thursday 29th March
The Morning Show with Declan Meehan



10- 11am

•The issue of the household charge continued to dominate the show, we heard comments from John Leahy, of Irishlandlord.com and further reaction from our listeners and we also spoke to. We also heard how you may be able to see Mars tonight from Astronomy Ireland’s David Moore and Dr Alison Donnelly from The Centre of the Environment at Trinity College told us why the warm spring may have upset the links between birds, insects and trees.

11- 12pm

•We heard tribute to late local footballer Billy Mc Kay and heard about his career with Bray Wanderers and Arklow Town FC amongst others from former football colleague Michael Morgan and club historian Brian Rees. We were also joined by Holiday doc Joe Supple who gave us tips on cheap weekend getaways to enjoy the good weather and Local Chef Siobhan Donnelly dropped in to give BBQ advice.




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Top Tips Tuesday with Freshly Squeezed!


Here are some of the 'Top Tips' we received from our listeners this week.

  • To keep cats from pooing in flower beds put orange peel on them (the flowerbeds) - John
  • Put chilli powder or pepper around flower beds will stop the cats and dogs - Anon
  • We put lollipop sticks in yogurt pots then freeze them. It makes great kids ice pops - Anon
  • Jeyes fluid is great for killing the smell of cats pee and it keeps them away. Also, mix vinegar, lemon juice and water into a spray bottle and keep spraying it around - Karen
  • To keep cats off your flower beds. Get some planting trays, line with tinfoil and fill with vinegar - Anon
  • Make tea in a basin, when it's good & strong, put in any bras that have gone off-white, leave to soak. Result, flesh coloured bras!. Use the same tea & pour over your hair several times. Leave for a few hours then shower. Do this a few times. Result, auburn hair! - Bridget, Kilcoole
  • Put two tablespoons of bread soda on sink plug then add three tbs of vinegar on top. This will unplug your sink - Anon
  • Ants love fizzy soft drinks. Put half a full can of drink outside at their point of entry. They enter the can and then drown... works every time! - Steve in Arklow


Don't forget to tune in to 'TOP TIP TUESDAY' every week between 9-10am on the FRESHLY SQUEEZED BREAKFAST SHOW with Rob & Laura for more amazing and equally bizarre tips!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

FEELING FANTASTIC IN FIVE!!

Week five- just over half way there. Thank God I've made it this far, I remember thinking two weeks in that it was too much hard work, I was too tired and that food (bad food) tasted too good. I'd recently lost a stone over four or five months, didn't seem to be losing any more and was starting to think that 10''12 was 'my weight'. My trainer from The Raven Ian kept telling me to stop weighing myself (repeatedly) and eventually I started listening to him. Week 4 and I really started noticing a difference in my body, as did friends and family which always feels good. I won't lie about the fact I have gone a little downhill at the weekends on occasion since the challenge has started, red wine and eating out or unhealthy takeaways being the main culprits but after Patrick's weekend I said enough is enough- what's the point of working my asse off (literally) Monday to Thursday and then undoing all the good work on Friday to Sunday?! SO I've sort of stopped, I've become much more restrained anyway!

When I go to The Raven Monday to Thursday I try to work as hard as I can. This week I managed to shave 2 minutes 46 seconds off a circuit where I run 5k and do 54 reps of Kettlebell swings, burpies (the spawn of the devil) and shoulder presses. I was absolutely delighted with that and proved to myself (and Ian) that my fitness levels are really improving which is great. I am also running 5K in a quicker time- I limped over the finish line in the Flora Mini Marathon last year and would love to do it without the ambulance being involved this year so that's a goal I'm working towards. I haven't weighed myself in ages but my clothes feel so much more comfortable on me- no more red lines around my stomach from where they were that little bit too snug. I have loads of energy and challenge myself constantly when I'm in the gym or out cycling with Roddy (he's on the back of the bike not trying to catch up) and I'm hopefully three or four weeks from getting into 'those jeans', the ones I've tried on countless times and hardly been able to do up.

I suppose my message to anyone following Rob and I and the five team leaders (who are all doing brilliantly) is stick at it. I know Kate Moss got into trouble for saying 'nothing feels as good as skinny feels' but my version of that is 'nothing feels as good as fit and healthy feels (with hopefully a few inches lost along the way)'. Stick with it, it really is just a case of changing bad habits and making yourself more active and when you start noticing results you won't be able to stop! Good luck! L x

WHAT ROB'S BEEN EATING!!

As you know Rob has done really well so far in the challenge losing over two stone in five weeks (this weeks measurements and weight will be announced during the challenge on Friday morning). He has been training 4/5 times a week with Alan in The Raven Gym and this is what he has been eating if you need some inspiration...


The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Wednesday 28th March

Wednesday 28th March
The Morning Show with Declan Meehan



10- 11am
•We returned to the controversial subject of the household charge with more of our listeners and Chair of Wicklow County Council Sylvestour Bourke. We also heard about the positive and sometime negative impact celebrity endorsements can have on high street fashion from Greystones Boutique Owner, Sorcha Murphy.

11- 12pm
•Former Green Party Leader Trevor Sargent dropped in to talk about his book “Trevor’s Kitchen Garden” and give his thoughts on the Mahon Tribunal Report and we heard more on the household charge. We were also joined in studio by Wicklow Drama Group PRO Miriam Coppola and Chairperson Shay Brennan who chatted about their Play “Drinking Habits” on at the Grand Hotel on the 29th, 30th and 31st March.





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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Tuesday 27th March

Tuesday 27th March
The Morning Show with Declan Meehan


10-11am

•We discussed the household charge and how it can be payed with Lorraine Lynch, Head of Finance, Wicklow County Council and the penalties that will be incurred for non-payment with Local Solicitor Mark Felton. We also heard reaction to potential employers looking for Facebook passwords at interview stages from Career Coach and Consultant Brian McIvor and heard about a potential loss of staff for local schools; St Ernans and St Josephs National Schools in Rathnew.

11- 12pm

•Child protection Worker Shane Dunphy joined us in studio to talk about his latest book “The Girl Who Couldn’t Smile” and we heard why chocolate could be slimming and smelly food can help you diet from Easy Food Editor Dee Laffin and Easy Health Editor Emma Parkin. We also heard how at home work stations can lead to back and neck pain and problems.




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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, Monday 26th March

Monday 26th March
The Morning Show with Declan Meehan



10- 11am

•Former Mayor of Limerick John Gilligan talked to us about the relocation of the Collins family and we heard about the great weather we are expecting in the coming days. We also discussed the potential threat to famers and others if the plan to change the means test goes ahead with Arklow Farmer Daragh Kavanagh, FG TD Andrew Doyle and IFA County Chairman James Hill.

11- 12pm

•Parenting Coach Marian Byrne dropped in to talk about the importance of reading with children and to give her reaction to a call for a ban on children in restaurants after 6pm and we caught up with Wicklow singer Kim Hayden about getting through to the next round of the Voice of Ireland.




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Sunday, March 25, 2012

3 WEEKS TO GO!

Well the past five weeks have been totally different to what I'm normally used to! This Get Fit Challenge wasn't just a case of going to the gym and going on a diet, it was a complete lifestyle change for me. For example before all of this started my alarm would go off (or is it on) at 5am everyday I would get up have a shower a coffee and a smoke before making my way to the East Coast FM studios to be on air for 6am without any breakfast in my stomach. I'm in the office until around Midday everyday and it would be then that I'd feel hungry and head to the nearest garage for a roll of some description a packet of crisps, bar of chocolate and something fizzy to drink for my lunch EVERYDAY. I wouldn't eat again until around 7pm in the evening for what would be a fairly big dinner. During the gap between lunch and dinner snack would be whatever was in the house at the time, crisps, and biscuits whatever I could get my hands on, most of the time I would go without and just wait for dinner. I was doing this all wrong!

Alan, my trainer in The Raven Gym pointed out the obvious flaws in my eating habits and came up with a "plan" I feared the worst and was expecting to be eating like a rabbit for the rest of my life, but believe it or not I am eating MORE now than I did before. Sounds odd right? But yes it's true, the difference is I am eating properly. Alan wanted me to eat breakfast for a start but cut out all the crap I was eating. It seemed it bit harsh at first but he didn't want me eating carbohydrates so no bread. pasta, dairy, grains and so on. You are probably thinking what I was thinking at the time "What can I eat"? Protein, protein, protein was drilled into me. So I have to eat eggs, fish, and plenty of meat and veg, the greener the veg the better! To be honest it's a manageable regime. I would have scrambled eggs or maybe an omelette for breakfast,, a nice chicken salad for lunch, and perhaps a stir fry for dinner (extra virgin olive oil all the way) That's not to bad is it? I snack on nuts and fruit most of the time, no fruit until after my training though and unsalted nuts too by the way not the usual lovely ones. All of this combined with exercise has made me feel a lot better in myself. It's easier to wake up at silly O' Clock and I have a lot more energy too. In 5 weeks I'll say that again, in 5 WEEKS I have lost an amazing 2 stone ;) Eat properly and exercise, it all seems so obvious doesn't it? Doing it is the hard part but if I can so can you. The first couple of weeks were tough and it still is tough in the gym BUT here's the thing I'm enjoying it! I NEVER thought I would say that. It took a couple of weeks but I'm really loving it ;)

Being overweight is not easy. I'm a confident guy regardless of my appearance I wasn't just hiding behind a "bubbly" personality "bubbly" by the way is a word I have grown to despise as overweight people always seem to be lumbered with it! I'm not going to tell you I was depressed about my weight and that inside me there was a skinny man screaming to get out. It was something I was used to and I just dealt with it. People’s attitudes I do find a bit odd though. Now I'm not going to tar everyone with the one brush here but the next person that refers to me as "Big Man" or "Big Fella" will probably get my "Big” fist rammed down their "Big" mouth. ANYWAY (Rob calms himself) I remember losing a lot of weight some years ago and I was disappointed to find that I was treated differently. It was still me, same Rob just 6 stone lighter. There was a time when I hated eating in front of people and going to functions and meeting people but it doesn't bother me much unless I meet the before mentioned muppets. Luckily I'm surrounded by people in my life who love, respect and value me and my friendship whether I'm 13 or 23 stone. I'm losing weight for me, my family and my Wife. I want to be healthy and I want to have children I can run around with and see grow up too. And I will continue with this programme even when our Get Fit Challenge is finished. I'll look different by Christmas!

Thanks for reading this, hope some of you can get on board, as Nike say "Just do it"

Cheers

Rob (don't call him Big Man) G