Testimonials

Testimonials

When I first began copywriting, veteran writer, Valerio Puggioni, took the time to give me some valuable advice. And one of those pearls of wisdom included getting testimonials.  Which I've been highly remiss at doing in recent years. Often I was too shy to ask for a review and often I forget to bother.  But another conversation with an expert recruiter reminded me that I need to make sure I have plenty of social proof in my portfolio - as well as writing samples. Here are some lovely words past clients have said about my work. “Roz is a wonderful combination of the skilled and the inspired. Whether the project involved images or words, she always achieved tremendous results. Only the economic hammer-blow dealt to us by the pandemic caused her to be lost from my enterprise but she has achieved great things herself as we always knew she could. Anyone who’s ever worked with her will know her steely determination to achieve and that is standing her in good stead. Well done, Roz.” Fred Silver, Intermedia Services Managing Director. “It’s very rare for me to be impressed, I have woken to a dull morning and then I started to read the doc and WOW I love it and put a smile on my face and all of a sudden it’s not dull anymore. This writer is truly talented and love what she has created adding all the everyday details I have missed, I think this has made me realise for the first time it’s worth spending the money for good words.” Kal, Point Clair House owner. “I hired Roz to do a blog piece for my business that I was struggling with - she took the time to get to know what I needed and what it entailed - and hit the nail on the head! I was really impressed with the outcome and how it all worked out. Highly recommended!” Chris Evans, web designer. “Roz is a brilliant copywriter and, best of all, an absolute delight to work with.  I have worked with Roz on a number of projects and consider her to be ‘one of the team.'  I am delighted we have Roz’s creative talents and enthusiasm to rely on.” Peter, musician.  “We’d like the time to do everything ourselves.  Working with Roz allowed me the time to work on the other 101 things on my to-do-list whilst getting the business up and running.  Roz’s copy was delivered 100% to deadline.  Her hard work and input were much appreciated.” Kris, Evoo Fresh owner. “Trouble Is... first met Roz Macaskill on WhatsApp about a year ago.  She wrote an article on us for [award-winning news site] We Love Stornoway.  We all loved it!  She interviewed us all from her home on Skye and even listened in to our live practice session on the Isle of Lewis.  Shortly afterwards she set up Isle of Skye Copywriter and the rest is history.  We asked her to do some work for us in October 2020. We commissioned further work in November and December 2020. In February 2021 we approached Roz again with a view to her undertaking work on our forthcoming album. Enough said!  Roz is very good at what she does. She is reliable, professional, competent, affordable and an absolute joy with whom to work. Rock on Isle of Skye Copywriter. We wish you continued success." Phil, David and Ken, musicians.  “There is no doubt that Roz is a gifted writer. She infuses her writing with imagery that makes you feel as if you are there. Roz took my brief and ran with it, impressing my client immensely turning bland web copy into beautiful prose to entice the visitor to find out more. Nothing is too much trouble for Roz. She's professional and works to exacting and high standards. I'm hoping we can work on many more projects together.” Sonia Rosenblatt, Savvy SEO owner. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely words! For anyone struggling to ask for a testimonial or wondering why you should, I recommend this informative article over on Filthy Rich Writer.  I'll certainly try to pluck up the courage to ask for more recommendations. When I first began copywriting, veteran writer, Valerio Puggioni, took the time to give me some valuable advice. And one of those pearls of wisdom included getting testimonials.  Which I've been highly remiss at doing in recent years. Often I was too shy to ask for a review and often I forget to bother.  But another conversation with an expert recruiter reminded me that I need to make sure I have plenty of social proof in my portfolio - as well as writing samples. Here are some lovely words past clients have said about my work. “Roz is a wonderful combination of the skilled and the inspired. Whether the project involved images or words, she always achieved tremendous results. Only the economic hammer-blow dealt to us by the pandemic caused her to be lost from my enterprise but she has achieved great things herself as we always knew she could. Anyone who’s ever worked with her will know her steely determination to achieve and that is standing her in good stead. Well done, Roz.” Fred Silver, Intermedia Services Managing Director. “It’s very rare for me to be impressed.  I have woken to a dull morning and then I started to read the doc and WOW I love it and put a smile on my face and all of a sudden it’s not dull anymore.  This writer is truly talented and love what she has created adding all the everyday details I have missed, I think this has made me realise for the first time it’s worth spending the money for good words.” Kal, Point Clair House owner. “I hired Roz to do a blog piece for my business that I was struggling with - she took the time to get to know what I needed and what it entailed - and hit the nail on the head! I was really impressed with the outcome and how it all worked out. Highly recommended!” Chris Evans, web designer. “Roz is a brilliant copywriter and, best of all, an absolute delight to work with.  I have worked with Roz on a number of projects and consider her to be ‘one of the team.'  I am delighted we have Roz’s creative talents and enthusiasm to rely on.” Peter, musician.  “We’d like the time to do everything ourselves.  Working with Roz allowed me the time to work on the other 101 things on my to-do-list whilst getting the business up and running.  Roz’s copy was delivered 100% to deadline.  Her hard work and input were much appreciated.” Kris, Evoo Fresh owner. “Trouble Is... first met Roz Macaskill on WhatsApp about a year ago.  She wrote an article on us for [award-winning news site] We Love Stornoway.  We all loved it!  She interviewed us all from her home on Skye and even listened in to our live practice session on the Isle of Lewis.  Shortly afterwards she set up Isle of Skye Copywriter and the rest is history.  We asked her to do some work for us in October 2020. We commissioned further work in November and December 2020. In February 2021 we approached Roz again with a view to her undertaking work on our forthcoming album. Enough said!  Roz is very good at what she does. She is reliable, professional, competent, affordable and an absolute joy with whom to work. Rock on Isle of Skye Copywriter. We wish you continued success." Phil, David and Ken, musicians.  “There is no doubt that Roz is a gifted writer. She infuses her writing with imagery that makes you feel as if you are there. Roz took my brief and ran with it, impressing my client immensely turning bland web copy into beautiful prose to entice the visitor to find out more. Nothing is too much trouble for Roz. She's professional and works to exacting and high standards. I'm hoping we can work on many more projects together.” Sonia Rosenblatt, Savvy SEO owner. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely words! For anyone struggling to ask for a testimonial or wondering why you should, I recommend this informative article over on Filthy Rich Writer.  I'll certainly try to pluck up the courage to ask for more recommendations.

Where can you find freelance copywriters?

Where can you find freelance copywriters?

Where can you find freelance copywriters? Everywhere, actually.  But with so many options to choose from how can you find one that's right for your agency?  And where's the best place to look? Maybe you're a resource manager looking to hire some freelance talent for an upcoming project.  Or maybe you want some extra copy support for your agency.  Either way, you don't want to spend all day hunting - and you want to find someone reliable. Here are my top suggestions on where you can find reliable copy support. LinkedIn It's worth noting that posts like "Where can I find a freelance copywriter?" will get you inundated with messages from dozens of potential writers.  If you post a specific enquiry, it helps target the kind of writers you're looking for.  Once you've narrowed the initial criteria, you'll find some top-notch writers on LinkedIn. YunoJuno If it's your first time hiring on YunoJuno, send me an email and I'll be able to give you a unique link, giving you 50% off the booking fee.  Otherwise, YunoJuno is an excellent place to source freelance writing talent. Google It may seem obvious but a Google search for "freelance copywriters near me" can yield good results.  If you're looking for copy within a particular niche, I would suggest including that as part of your search to narrow the field and save yourself time. So, you've found potential copywriters.  But how can decide who is the best fit for you and your agency? Where can you find freelance copywriters? Everywhere, actually.  Or so it seems.  But with so many options to choose from how can you find one that's right for your agency?  And where's the best place to look? Maybe you're a resource manager looking to hire some freelance talent for an upcoming project.  Or maybe you want some extra copy support for your agency.  Either way, you don't want to spend all day hunting - and you want to find someone reliable. Here are my top suggestions on where you can find reliable copy support. LinkedIn It's worth noting that posts like "Where can I find a freelance copywriter?" will get you inundated with messages from dozens of potential writers.  If you post a specific enquiry, it helps target the kind of writers you're looking for.  Once you've narrowed the initial criteria, you'll find some top-notch writers on LinkedIn. YunoJuno If it's your first time hiring on YunoJuno, send me an email and I'll be able to give you a unique link, giving you 50% off the booking fee.  Otherwise, YunoJuno is an excellent place to source freelance writing talent. Google It may seem obvious but a Google search for "freelance copywriters near me" can yield good results.  If you're looking for copy within a particular niche, I would suggest including that as part of your search to narrow the field and save yourself time. So, you've found potential copywriters.  But how can decide who is the best fit for you and your agency? sd Where can you find freelance copywriters? Everywhere, actually.  Or so it seems.  But with so many options to choose from how can you find one that's right for your agency?  And where's the best place to look? Maybe you're a resource manager looking to hire some freelance talent for an upcoming project.  Or maybe you want some extra copy support for your agency.  Either way, you don't want to spend all day hunting - and you want to find someone reliable. Here are my top suggestions on where you can find reliable copy support. LinkedIn It's worth noting that posts like "Where can I find a freelance copywriter?" will get you inundated with messages from dozens of potential writers.  If you post a specific enquiry, it helps target the kind of writers you're looking for.  Once you've narrowed the initial criteria, you'll find some top-notch writers on LinkedIn. YunoJuno If it's your first time hiring on YunoJuno, send me an email and I'll be able to give you a unique link, giving you 50% off the booking fee.  Otherwise, YunoJuno is an excellent place to source freelance writing talent. The Dots The Dots resembles LinkedIn in many ways and, so far, I've found it helpful in making connections and finding potential jobs.  It's easy to use and allows you to hone down exactly what you're looking for when it comes to finding what you want. Google It may seem obvious but a Google search for "freelance copywriters near me" can yield good results.  If you're looking for copy within a particular niche, I would suggest including that as part of your search to narrow the field and save yourself time. So, you've found potential copywriters.  But how can decide who is the best fit for you and your agency? sd
Freelance copywriter helping London agencies

Freelance copywriter helping London agencies

Love working in a busy agency – but don’t love being hunched over your desk past five o’clock, struggling to come up with copy in time for the deadline? I can solve your problem. I’m Roz, a freelance senior copywriter on the Isle of Skye, specialising in writing copy for creative digital marketing agencies.  Since 2020, I’ve helped agencies provide their clients with powerful UX, B2B and B2C copy.  Let me do the same for your agency – and you’ll be able to leave the office in time for dinner! Why hire a freelance copywriter for your agency? I’m here when you need me. Off the payroll when you don’t.  Working with me means you’ll benefit from a decade of professional writing experience, with my recent work used by Microsoft, Specsavers, Lexus, Samsung and the United Nations for COP26. Being remote also means I'm never stuck in traffic or late on the tube - but you get the same quality of work as if I was right there in the office.  I like the ability to get straight to work as soon as I have my morning cup of tea - and this means I'm able to provide an efficient service for you. What can I do for you? Email marketing campaign copy Social media copy Web content Case studies UX copy Articles and PDFs Scripts Press releases Blog posts Product descriptions Straplines and taglines Proofreading and editing Tone of voice guidelines Billboard adverts Magazine adverts Banners Direct mail Brochures  Scripts If you're looking for a service that's not listed, it might be worth sending me a message anyway.  Chances are, if I can't help, I know someone who does. What have I done for others? Since November 2020, I've been permalancing with an amazing global agency called Wunderman Thompson.  I've had the chance to work on copy for big names, such as Microsoft, Samsung, Lexus and Specsavers, covering a wide variety of projects.   Other London-based agencies also bring me in, as and when they need me, to proofread and edit their pitches and presentations - having an extra pair of eyes really helps make sure everything is perfect. Although I'm not restricted to one particular niche, I've written for and love sectors such as: Automobiles/cars Aquaculture Food and drink Tech Fashion  Hospitality  I also have a huge soft spot for companies that are trying to make a positive impact on the world, especially charities and not-for-profit organisations.   How much do I charge? I've written a detailed blog outlining my rates for working with agencies here. The person behind the pen I’m one of those irritating people who always knew what they wanted to do. When I was nine, I started a university course and studied for my BA in Creative Writing along with my schoolwork.  At seventeen, a chance meeting in a coffee shop led to work experience for a newspaper company – and I achieved my dream of becoming a journalist.  In 2020, I merged my journalistic skills as an interviewer and creative abilities as a storyteller to create my very own copywriting business, specialising in working with agencies who need freelance support. These days, you’ll find me (and my black and white cat, Rascal) at my desk doing exactly what I love. How do you book me? You can either book me through YunoJuno or simply send me an email to set things in motion.   Let's create copy that gets results! Love working in a busy agency – but don’t love being hunched over your desk past five o’clock, struggling to come up with copy in time for the deadline? I can solve your problem. I’m Roz, a freelance senior copywriter on the Isle of Skye, specialising in writing copy for creative digital marketing agencies.  Since 2020, I’ve helped agencies provide their clients with powerful UX, B2B and B2C copy.  Let me do the same for your agency – and you’ll be able to leave the office in time for dinner! Why hire a freelance copywriter for your agency? I’m here when you need me. Off the payroll when you don’t.  Working with me means you’ll benefit from a decade of professional writing experience, with my recent work used by Microsoft, Specsavers, Lexus, Samsung and the United Nations for COP26. Where on earth is the Isle of Skye? The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and sits between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides.  I was born in Glasgow and grew up on the island.  It's where I first started writing and began my career as a journalist. Understandably, many agencies prefer their employees or contractors can make it into the office every so often.  Unfortunately, for me, this isn't possible.  However, there are many upsides to considering a remote freelancer. Being remote means I'm never stuck in traffic or late on the tube - but you get the same quality of work as if I was right there in the office.  I like the ability to get straight to work as soon as I have my morning cup of tea - and this means I'm able to provide an efficient service for you. How long do I take to write copy? This is a very interesting question because I've never had anyone to compare my writing speed with.  I have a sneaky suspicion I'm pretty fast (mainly because a lot of people comment that I get the work back to them very quickly).  Once I get an idea of the work involved, I'll be able to estimate how long it will take me. If I finish the job quicker than estimated, I'll always tell you.  That way you can either give me another job or get a pleasant surprise when your bill is less than expected.  You might be thinking: "I don't believe you, Roz, why would you do that when you could just twiddle your thumbs for a bit and earn more money?"   Good question.  First of all, I never actually twiddle my thumbs.  Secondly, I'd rather build a good relationship with every agency I work with - and, for me, that starts with being honest and reliable.  Thirdly, I genuinely enjoy my job.  I'd rather get on and do it. What can I do for you? Email marketing campaign copy Social media copy Web content Case studies UX copy Articles and PDFs Scripts Press releases Blog posts Product descriptions Straplines and taglines Proofreading and editing Tone of voice guidelines Billboard adverts Magazine adverts Banners Direct mail Brochures  Scripts If you're looking for a service that's not listed, it might be worth sending me a message anyway.  Chances are, if I can't help, I know someone who does. What have I done for others? Since November 2020, I've been permalancing with an amazing global agency called Wunderman Thompson.  I've had the chance to work on copy for big names, such as Microsoft, Samsung, Lexus and Specsavers, covering a wide variety of projects.   Other London-based agencies also bring me in, as and when they need me, to proofread and edit their pitches and presentations - having an extra pair of eyes really helps make sure everything is perfect. Although I'm not restricted to one particular niche, I've written for and love sectors such as: Automobiles/cars Aquaculture Food and drink Tech Fashion  Hospitality  I also have a huge soft spot for companies that are trying to make a positive impact on the world, especially charities and not-for-profit organisations.   How much do I charge? I've written a detailed blog outlining my rates for working with agencies here. The person behind the pen I’m one of those irritating people who always knew what they wanted to do. When I was nine, I started a university course and studied for my BA in Creative Writing along with my schoolwork.  At seventeen, a chance meeting in a coffee shop led to work experience for a newspaper company – and I achieved my dream of becoming a journalist.  In 2020, I merged my journalistic skills as an interviewer and creative abilities as a storyteller to create my very own copywriting business, specialising in working with agencies who need freelance support. These days, you’ll find me (and my black and white cat, Rascal) at my desk doing exactly what I love. How do you book me? You can either book me through YunoJuno or simply send me an email to set things in motion.   Let's create copy that gets results! Love working in a busy agency – but don’t love being hunched over your desk past five o’clock, struggling to come up with copy in time for the deadline? I can solve your problem. I’m Roz, a freelance senior copywriter on the Isle of Skye, specialising in writing copy for creative digital marketing agencies.  Since 2020, I’ve helped agencies provide their clients with powerful UX, B2B and B2C copy.  Let me do the same for your agency – and you’ll be able to leave the office in time for dinner! Why hire a freelance copywriter for your agency? I’m here when you need me. Off the payroll when you don’t.  Working with me means you’ll benefit from a decade of professional writing experience, with my recent work used by Microsoft, Specsavers, Lexus, Samsung and the United Nations for COP26. Where on earth is the Isle of Skye? The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and sits between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides.  I was born in Glasgow and grew up on the island.  It's where I first started writing and began my career as a journalist. Understandably, many agencies prefer their employees or contractors can make it into the office every so often.  Unfortunately, for me, this isn't possible.  However, there are many upsides to considering a remote freelancer. Being remote means I'm never stuck in traffic or late on the tube - but you get the same quality of work as if I was right there in the office.  I like the ability to get straight to work as soon as I have my morning cup of tea - and this means I'm able to provide an efficient service for you. How long do I take to write copy? This is a very interesting question because I've never had anyone to compare my writing speed with.  I have a sneaky suspicion I'm pretty fast (mainly because a lot of people comment that I get the work back to them very quickly).  Once I get an idea of the work involved, I'll be able to estimate how long it will take me. If I finish the job quicker than estimated, I'll always tell you.  That way you can either give me another job or get a pleasant surprise when your bill is less than expected.  You might be thinking: "I don't believe you, Roz, why would you do that when you could just twiddle your thumbs for a bit and earn more money?"   Good question.  First of all, I never actually twiddle my thumbs.  Secondly, I'd rather build a good relationship with every agency I work with - and, for me, that starts with being honest and reliable.  Thirdly, I genuinely enjoy my job.  I'd rather get on and do it. What can I do for you? Email marketing campaign copy Social media copy Web content Case studies UX copy Articles and PDFs Scripts Press releases Blog posts Product descriptions Straplines and taglines Proofreading and editing Tone of voice guidelines Billboard adverts Magazine adverts Banners Direct mail Brochures  Scripts Editorial content If you're looking for a service that's not listed, it might be worth sending me a message anyway.  Chances are, if I can't help, I know someone who does. What have I done for others? Since November 2020, I've been permalancing with an amazing global agency called Wunderman Thompson.  I've had the chance to work on copy for big names, such as Microsoft, Samsung, Lexus and Specsavers, covering a wide variety of projects.   Other London-based agencies also bring me in, as and when they need me, to proofread and edit their pitches and presentations - having an extra pair of eyes really helps make sure everything is perfect. Although I'm not restricted to one particular niche, I've written for and love sectors such as: Automobiles/cars Aquaculture Food and drink Tech Fashion  Hospitality  I also have a huge soft spot for companies that are trying to make a positive impact on the world, especially charities and not-for-profit organisations.   How much do I charge? I've written a detailed blog outlining my rates for working with agencies here. The person behind the pen I’m one of those irritating people who always knew what they wanted to do. When I was nine, I started a university course and studied for my BA in Creative Writing along with my schoolwork.  At seventeen, a chance meeting in a coffee shop led to work experience for a newspaper company – and I achieved my dream of becoming a journalist.  In 2020, I merged my journalistic skills as an interviewer and creative abilities as a storyteller to create my very own copywriting business, specialising in working with agencies who need freelance support. These days, you’ll find me (and my black and white cat, Rascal) at my desk doing exactly what I love. How do you book me? You can either book me through YunoJuno or simply send me an email to set things in motion.   Let's create copy that gets results! Love working in a busy agency – but don’t love being hunched over your desk past five o’clock, struggling to come up with copy in time for the deadline? I can solve your problem. I’m Roz, a freelance senior copywriter on the Isle of Skye, specialising in writing copy for creative digital marketing agencies.  Since 2020, I’ve helped agencies provide their clients with powerful UX, B2B and B2C copy.  Let me do the same for your agency – and you’ll be able to leave the office in time for dinner! Why hire a freelance copywriter for your agency? I’m here when you need me. Off the payroll when you don’t.  Working with me means you’ll benefit from a decade of professional writing experience, with my recent work used by Microsoft, Specsavers, Lexus, Samsung and the United Nations for COP26. Where on earth is the Isle of Skye? The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and sits between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides.  I was born in Glasgow and grew up on the island.  It's where I first started writing and began my career as a journalist. Understandably, many agencies prefer their employees or contractors can make it into the office every so often.  Unfortunately, for me, this isn't possible.  However, there are many upsides to considering a remote freelancer. Being remote means I'm never stuck in traffic or late on the tube - but you get the same quality of work as if I was right there in the office.  I like the ability to get straight to work as soon as I have my morning cup of tea - and this means I'm able to provide an efficient service for you. How long do I take to write copy? This is a very interesting question because I've never had anyone to compare my writing speed with.  I have a sneaky suspicion I'm pretty fast (mainly because a lot of people comment that I get the work back to them very quickly).  Once I get an idea of the work involved, I'll be able to estimate how long it will take me. If I finish the job quicker than estimated, I'll always tell you.  That way you can either give me another job or get a pleasant surprise when your bill is less than expected.  You might be thinking: "I don't believe you, Roz, why would you do that when you could just twiddle your thumbs for a bit and earn more money?"   Good question.  First of all, I never actually twiddle my thumbs.  Secondly, I'd rather build a good relationship with every agency I work with - and, for me, that starts with being honest and reliable.  Thirdly, I genuinely enjoy my job.  I'd rather get on and do it. What can I do for you? Email marketing campaign copy Social media copy Web content Case studies UX copy Articles and PDFs Scripts Press releases Blog posts Product descriptions Straplines and taglines Proofreading and editing Tone of voice guidelines Billboard adverts Magazine adverts Banners Direct mail Brochures  Scripts Editorial content If you're looking for a service that's not listed, it might be worth sending me a message anyway.  Chances are, if I can't help, I know someone who does. What have I done for others? Since November 2020, I've been permalancing with an amazing global agency called Wunderman Thompson.  I've had the chance to work on copy for big names, such as Microsoft, Samsung, Lexus and Specsavers, covering a wide variety of projects.   Other London-based agencies also bring me in, as and when they need me, to proofread and edit their pitches and presentations - having an extra pair of eyes really helps make sure everything is perfect. Although I'm not restricted to one particular niche, I've written for and love sectors such as: Automobiles/cars Aquaculture Food and drink Tech Fashion  Hospitality  I also have a huge soft spot for companies that are trying to make a positive impact on the world, especially charities and not-for-profit organisations.   How much do I charge? I've written a detailed blog outlining my rates for working with agencies here. The person behind the pen I’m one of those irritating people who always knew what they wanted to do. When I was nine, I started a university course and studied for my BA in Creative Writing along with my schoolwork.  At seventeen, a chance meeting in a coffee shop led to work experience for a newspaper company – and I achieved my dream of becoming a journalist.  In 2020, I merged my journalistic skills as an interviewer and creative abilities as a storyteller to create my very own copywriting business, specialising in working with agencies who need freelance support. These days, you’ll find me (and my black and white cat, Rascal) at my desk doing exactly what I love. How do you book me? You can either book me through YunoJuno or simply send me an email to set things in motion.   Let's create copy that gets results!

Week eleven of my stupidity

Week eleven of my stupidity

I thought it might be helpful to explain exactly what exercises I do, rather than just vaguely referring to the workouts. The Weekend I wasn't particularly active this weekend, with only a few gentle walks and one 30-minute session on my exercise bike. Day Sixty-Four Mondays are always cardio sessions, although this week I had to skip my badminton since I needed to take my car to Inverness for a gearbox service.  Usually, however, I play social badminton for two hours and I may or may not go on my exercise bike for 20-30 minutes if I feel particularly motivated. Day Sixty-Five Tuesday's workouts are my favourite and they consist of: 5-minute warm up on the exercise bike Side Lying Clam - 3 sets of holding the knee up for 60 seconds (a peculiar exercise that I don't find stretches me very much) Glute Bridge - 2 sets of 15 (lying on my back and raising my hips/tummy 15 times) Hamstring Curl - 2 sets of 15 (attaching 30 pound resistance bands to my ankles and lifting my feet, pointing my toes to make sure the hamstrings are thoroughly exercised) Squat - 3 sets of 15 (using 22 pound dumbbells) Reverse Lunge - 3 sets of 15 (basically lunging by sticking your legs backwards and holding onto 22 pound dumbbells) Half Plank - 3 sets for a minute at a time (I used to hate these but lately I've become stronger and now look forward to lying still for a bit at the end of the session!) Day Sixty-Six 5-minute warm up on the exercise bike Wide Row - 3 sets of 15 (no idea what a "Wide Row" is but I basically hold the resistance bands and bring my arms back and forward) Half Push Up - 3 sets of 15 (I can actually do a normal push up but I haven't told my trainer this in case he makes me do them!) Shoulder Press - 3 sets of 15 (using the resistance bands and lifting them in a standard shoulder press) Side Raise - 3 sets of 15 (I'm absolutely hopeless at this one.  Basically, it involves raising your arms out to the side as high as you can while being weighed down by 25 pound resistance bands) Tricep Pushdown - 3 sets of 12 (I could do these all day.  I hook my resistance bands to the top of a door, making sure they're secure, and then raise them up and down) Half Side Plank - 3 sets for a minute at a time (I still hate these exercises.  Side planks seem harder than normal planks for some reason.) Day Sixty-Seven Thursday is dedicated to cardio, with either a 2-hour badminton lesson and/or 20-30 minutes on my exercise bike, depending on how energetic I feel.  I find the badminton lesson a real workout. Day Sixty-Eight 5-minute warm up on the exercise bike Hamstring Curl - 2 sets of 12 (same exercise as Tuesday) Reverse Lunges - 2 sets of 12 (same exercise as Tuesday) Wide Row - 2 sets of 12 (same exercise as Wednesday) Half Push Up - 2 sets of 15  Lateral Raise - 2 sets of 12 (for this I use 20 pound resistance bands and that's about the only weight I can actually do this exercise properly) Tricep Push Up - 2 sets of however many I can do until I break down and cry (not quite, but almost!) These exercises were tailored to my requirements, capabilities and schedule.  For something specific to you, I'd recommend getting in touch with Phil Agostino and asking for his help.  If I can do it, anyone can!
Week ten of my stupidity

Week ten of my stupidity

Remember two weeks ago when I took "improvement" photographs and wasn't very happy? That didn't happen this week.  This week, I was thrilled.  The difference in the before and after images is incredible.  The Weekend As always, Phil's instructions for the weekend are to "be active."   I've taken to trying to be active by walking places when I would normally drive (although this is more out of concern for my car's dislike of short journeys) but it does feel better to have walked more. We have a lovely little nature walk in Portree, with offshoots leading in multiple different directions.  One of them takes me very close to the Fingal Centre (which my phone loves to autocorrect as "the Fungal Centre" - yuck!) where I play badminton on Mondays.   Day Forty-Four After my badminton lesson on Thursday, I wrote down notes of everything I needed to do - but I dreamed I forgot it all and stood there like a statue.   Fortunately, this was not the case on Monday night.  The lesson really helped and I was able to return shots I couldn't have reached before!   Day Forty-Five Seeing my progress really motivates me to keep going - and my lower body workout was actually quite enjoyable today.   Day Forty-Six Everything fell by the wayside today. I'd had a slight sore throat yesterday afternoon but, by today, I was being sick every half hour and running a very high temperature.  I'm afraid I chickened out of my exercises. Day Forty-Seven After a three-hour afternoon nap, I felt slightly better and actually managed to eat something.  Still no exercises, not even my bike. Day Forty-Eight I'm never quite sure how hard to push myself, whether I'm just being lazy or genuinely need a break.  I'm going to aim for at least ten minutes on my bike today and see how I get on.  I just hope I haven't lost any progress. Remember two weeks ago when I took "improvement" photographs and wasn't very happy? That didn't happen this week.  This week, I was thrilled.  The difference in the before and after images is incredible.  The Weekend As always, Phil's instructions for the weekend are to "be active."   I've taken to trying to be active by walking places when I would normally drive (although this is more out of concern for my car's dislike of short journeys) but it does feel better to have walked more. We have a lovely little nature walk in Portree, with offshoots leading in multiple different directions.  One of them takes me very close to the Fingal Centre (which my phone loves to autocorrect as "the Fungal Centre" - yuck!) where I play badminton on Mondays.   Day Forty-Four After my badminton lesson on Thursday, I wrote down notes of everything I needed to do - but I dreamed I forgot it all and stood there like a statue.   Fortunately, this was not the case on Monday night.  The lesson really helped and I was able to return shots I couldn't have reached before!   Day Forty-Five Seeing my progress really motivates me to keep going - and my lower body workout was actually quite enjoyable today.   Day Forty-Six Everything fell by the wayside today. I'd had a slight sore throat yesterday afternoon but, by today, I was being sick every half hour and running a very high temperature.  I'm afraid I chickened out of my exercises. Day Forty-Seven After a three-hour afternoon nap, I felt slightly better and actually managed to eat something.  Still no exercises, not even my bike. Day Forty-Eight I'm never quite sure how hard to push myself, whether I'm just being lazy or genuinely need a break.  I'm going to aim for at least ten minutes on my bike today and see how I get on.  I just hope I haven't lost any progress. "Missing workouts in the short-term won't make a huge difference.  It can't be helped if you're unwell.  And you can't make up for it.  The best thing to do is get back to the plan once you are better.  So no need to be anxious." Not my words of wisdom.  Phil Agostino's.   It always seems to feel like you're getting there and then some unexpected event happens and you go right back to where you started.  I'm still not 100% better from whatever was wrong with me.  My throat doesn't feel right and I tire out very easily.  But I'm hoping this week I can get back into my normal routine and keep up the progress.  The Weekend I wasn't particularly active this weekend, with only a few gentle walks and 20 minutes on my exercise bike. Day Fifty-One After my badminton lesson on Thursday, I wrote down notes of everything I needed to do - but I dreamed I forgot it all and stood there like a statue.   Fortunately, this was not the case on Monday night.  The lesson really helped and I was able to return shots I couldn't have reached before!   Day Fifty-Two Seeing my progress really motivates me to keep going - and my lower body workout was actually quite enjoyable today.   Day Fifty-Three Everything fell by the wayside today. I'd had a slight sore throat yesterday afternoon but, by today, I was being sick every half hour and running a very high temperature.  I'm afraid I chickened out of my exercises. Day Fifty-Four After a three-hour afternoon nap, I felt slightly better and actually managed to eat something.  Still no exercises, not even my bike. Day Fifty-Five I'm never quite sure how hard to push myself, whether I'm just being lazy or genuinely need a break.  I'm going to aim for at least ten minutes on my bike today and see how I get on.  I just hope I haven't lost any progress. "Missing workouts in the short-term won't make a huge difference.  It can't be helped if you're unwell.  And you can't make up for it.  The best thing to do is get back to the plan once you are better.  So no need to be anxious." Not my words of wisdom.  Phil Agostino's.   It always seems to feel like you're getting there and then some unexpected event happens and you go right back to where you started.  I'm still not 100% better from whatever was wrong with me.  My throat doesn't feel right and I tire out very easily.  But I'm hoping this week I can get back into my normal routine and keep up the progress.  The Weekend I wasn't particularly active this weekend, with only a few gentle walks and 20 minutes on my exercise bike. Day Fifty-One The air conditioning appears to be broken at the sports centre, where I play badminton every Monday.  It felt like I was playing badminton in the middle of a scirocco.  I'm usually a cold person, but the heat was almost unbearable and I felt like I was going to faint at one point.  We all powered through, though.  Day Fifty-Two I dragged myself through my lower body workout.  I'm still not 100% and tire very easily.   Day Fifty-Three Everything fell by the wayside today. I'd had a slight sore throat yesterday afternoon but, by today, I was being sick every half hour and running a very high temperature.  I'm afraid I chickened out of my exercises. Day Fifty-Four After a three-hour afternoon nap, I felt slightly better and actually managed to eat something.  Still no exercises, not even my bike. Day Fifty-Five I'm never quite sure how hard to push myself, whether I'm just being lazy or genuinely need a break.  I'm going to aim for at least ten minutes on my bike today and see how I get on.  I just hope I haven't lost any progress. "Missing workouts in the short-term won't make a huge difference.  It can't be helped if you're unwell.  And you can't make up for it.  The best thing to do is get back to the plan once you are better.  So no need to be anxious." Not my words of wisdom.  Phil Agostino's.   It always seems to feel like you're getting there and then some unexpected event happens and you go right back to where you started.  I'm still not 100% better from whatever was wrong with me.  My throat doesn't feel right and I tire out very easily.  But I'm hoping this week I can get back into my normal routine and keep up the progress.  The Weekend I wasn't particularly active this weekend, with only a few gentle walks and 20 minutes on my exercise bike. Day Fifty-One The air conditioning appears to be broken at the sports centre, where I play badminton every Monday.  It felt like I was playing badminton in the middle of a scirocco.  I'm usually a cold person, but the heat was almost unbearable and I felt like I was going to faint at one point.  We all powered through, though.  Day Fifty-Two I dragged myself through my lower body workout.  I'm still not 100% and tire very easily.   Day Fifty-Three I took a day off work today, but ended up having a rather emotional day.  Tired, not feeling very well and with a deep sadness, I decided not to do my workout. Later in the evening, I changed my mind and took Phil's advice to just do a little bit and see where I ended up.  I didn't finish the entire workout, but I did so much more than if I'd just taken the evening off.   Day Fifty-Four After a three-hour afternoon nap, I felt slightly better and actually managed to eat something.  Still no exercises, not even my bike. Day Fifty-Five I'm never quite sure how hard to push myself, whether I'm just being lazy or genuinely need a break.  I'm going to aim for at least ten minutes on my bike today and see how I get on.  I just hope I haven't lost any progress. "Missing workouts in the short-term won't make a huge difference.  It can't be helped if you're unwell.  And you can't make up for it.  The best thing to do is get back to the plan once you are better.  So no need to be anxious." Not my words of wisdom.  Phil Agostino's.   It always seems to feel like you're getting there and then some unexpected event happens and you go right back to where you started.  I'm still not 100% better from whatever was wrong with me.  My throat doesn't feel right and I tire out very easily.  But I'm hoping this week I can get back into my normal routine and keep up the progress.  The Weekend I wasn't particularly active this weekend, with only a few gentle walks and 20 minutes on my exercise bike. Day Fifty-One The air conditioning appears to be broken at the sports centre, where I play badminton every Monday.  It felt like I was playing badminton in the middle of a scirocco.  I'm usually a cold person, but the heat was almost unbearable and I felt like I was going to faint at one point.  We all powered through, though.  Day Fifty-Two I dragged myself through my lower body workout.  I'm still not 100% and tire very easily.   Day Fifty-Three I took a day off work today, but ended up having a rather emotional day.  Tired, not feeling very well and with a deep sadness, I decided not to do my workout. Later in the evening, I changed my mind and took Phil's advice to just do a little bit and see where I ended up.  I didn't finish the entire workout, but I did so much more than if I'd just taken the evening off.   Day Fifty-Four Instead of going on my bike today, I opted for a two-hour badminton lesson.  This may not sound very active, but I always end up exhausted and with pleasantly sore legs.   Coach Jay helped me with my backhand (which needed all the help it can get).  My main take away from the lesson was that I need to relax, not attack everything with the ferocity of an angry T-Rex. Day Fifty-Five Friday is a full-body workout.  My energy levels are still very low from whatever germ I had, so it's a struggle to work up the motivation.   Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you have a lovely time.  What are your tips for when motivation is low, but you want to do something? "Missing workouts in the short-term won't make a huge difference.  It can't be helped if you're unwell.  And you can't make up for it.  The best thing to do is get back to the plan once you are better.  So no need to be anxious." Not my words of wisdom.  Phil Agostino's.   It always seems to feel like you're getting there and then some unexpected event happens and you go right back to where you started.  I'm still not 100% better from whatever was wrong with me.  My throat doesn't feel right and I tire out very easily.  But I'm hoping this week I can get back into my normal routine and keep up the progress.  The Weekend I wasn't particularly active this weekend, with only a few gentle walks and 20 minutes on my exercise bike. Day Fifty-One The air conditioning appears to be broken at the sports centre, where I play badminton every Monday.  It felt like I was playing badminton in the middle of a scirocco.  I'm usually a cold person, but the heat was almost unbearable and I felt like I was going to faint at one point.  We all powered through, though.  Day Fifty-Two I dragged myself through my lower body workout.  I'm still not 100% and tire very easily.   Day Fifty-Three I took a day off work today, but ended up having a rather emotional day.  Tired, not feeling very well and with a deep sadness, I decided not to do my workout. Later in the evening, I changed my mind and took Phil's advice to just do a little bit and see where I ended up.  I didn't finish the entire workout, but I did so much more than if I'd just taken the evening off.   Day Fifty-Four Instead of going on my bike today, I opted for a two-hour badminton lesson.  This may not sound very active, but I always end up exhausted and with pleasantly sore legs.   Coach Jay helped me with my backhand (which needed all the help it can get).  My main take away from the lesson was that I need to relax, not attack everything with the ferocity of an angry T-Rex. Day Fifty-Five Friday is a full-body workout.  My energy levels are still very low from whatever germ I had, so it's a struggle to work up the motivation.   Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you have a lovely time.  What are your tips for when motivation is low, but you want to do something? "Missing workouts in the short-term won't make a huge difference.  It can't be helped if you're unwell.  And you can't make up for it.  The best thing to do is get back to the plan once you are better.  So no need to be anxious." Not my words of wisdom.  Phil Agostino's.   It always seems to feel like you're getting there and then some unexpected event happens and you go right back to where you started.  I'm still not 100% better from whatever was wrong with me.  My throat doesn't feel right and I tire out very easily.  But I'm hoping this week I can get back into my normal routine and keep up the progress.  The Weekend I wasn't particularly active this weekend, with only a few gentle walks and 20 minutes on my exercise bike. Day Fifty-Eight The air conditioning appears to be broken at the sports centre, where I play badminton every Monday.  It felt like I was playing badminton in the middle of a scirocco.  I'm usually a cold person, but the heat was almost unbearable and I felt like I was going to faint at one point.  We all powered through, though.  Day Fifty-Nine I dragged myself through my lower body workout.  I'm still not 100% and tire very easily.   Day Sixty I took a day off work today, but ended up having a rather emotional day.  Tired, not feeling very well and with a deep sadness, I decided not to do my workout. Later in the evening, I changed my mind and took Phil's advice to just do a little bit and see where I ended up.  I didn't finish the entire workout, but I did so much more than if I'd just taken the evening off.   Day Sixty-One Instead of going on my bike today, I opted for a two-hour badminton lesson.  This may not sound very active, but I always end up exhausted and with pleasantly sore legs.   Coach Jay helped me with my backhand (which needed all the help it can get).  My main take away from the lesson was that I need to relax, not attack everything with the ferocity of an angry T-Rex. Day Sixty-Two Friday is a full-body workout.  My energy levels are still very low from whatever germ I had, so it's a struggle to work up the motivation.   Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you have a lovely time.  What are your tips for when motivation is low, but you want to do something? "Missing workouts in the short-term won't make a huge difference.  It can't be helped if you're unwell.  And you can't make up for it.  The best thing to do is get back to the plan once you are better.  So no need to be anxious." Not my words of wisdom.  Phil Agostino's.   It always seems to feel like you're getting there and then some unexpected event happens and you go right back to where you started.  I'm still not 100% better from whatever was wrong with me.  My throat doesn't feel right and I tire out very easily.  But I'm hoping this week I can get back into my normal routine and keep up the progress.  The Weekend I wasn't particularly active this weekend, with only a few gentle walks and one 30-minute session on my exercise bike. Day Fifty-Eight I had a good cardio session at badminton tonight, with lots of running around and dramatic leaps.  Coach Jay tells me I need to relax more - I'm not sure I know how to do that! Day Fifty-Nine I dragged myself through my lower body workout.  I'm still not 100% and tire very easily.   Day Sixty I took a day off work today, but ended up having a rather emotional day.  Tired, not feeling very well and with a deep sadness, I decided not to do my workout. Later in the evening, I changed my mind and took Phil's advice to just do a little bit and see where I ended up.  I didn't finish the entire workout, but I did so much more than if I'd just taken the evening off.   Day Sixty-One Instead of going on my bike today, I opted for a two-hour badminton lesson.  This may not sound very active, but I always end up exhausted and with pleasantly sore legs.   Coach Jay helped me with my backhand (which needed all the help it can get).  My main take away from the lesson was that I need to relax, not attack everything with the ferocity of an angry T-Rex. Day Sixty-Two Friday is a full-body workout.  My energy levels are still very low from whatever germ I had, so it's a struggle to work up the motivation.   Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you have a lovely time.  What are your tips for when motivation is low, but you want to do something?