Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Elon Musk helped us get published

 It's been a year.


We have been on the bestseller list and now have book two almost ready for publication.


Finally, I looked up the story which allowed us to get published: the story of Elon Musk telling amazon to stop us from speaking about lockdown. 



This happened and then I had a huge number of messages asking, "Lou, is this you?" It wasn't me. But it likely propelled us onto Amazon and then the bestseller list,

Forever thankful.  

Find out more about the current book and what else might be new news here: https://www.louiseusher.co.uk/p/my-diary.html


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Monday, 14 June 2021

Keeping positive when we don't know what is happening.

Today, we will see another Government announcement from Boris. Will we be out of lockdown in a weeks time? It's rumoured not, but we don't know. How are we expected to plan our life during this time? It's so tricky to know what to think and how to keep positive. The reason is that we want to think rationally and logically and right now we have no idea what that looks like.


Remember, what you think about, you bring about: and keeping positive will help us get through these uncertain times. There is so much to be grateful for, always, even if it is hard to think of those things. Just try and remember how far we have all come and how far you have come yourself. Things will change, and they must change. But I know you can find some positive aspects to lockdown. And when you think of those positive things, more positive things seem to appear like magic. If you have never tried it, try it now. Honestly.

Try to stay in the NOW rather than looking forward and wondering. Now is all we have, and focusing on that is a fantastic anxiety reliever.

Sending you much love

Louise xoxo
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Thursday, 3 June 2021

YouTube want me to do this with my channel - I can’t BELIEVE IM TELLING YOU THIS

 Why did I start my Youtube channel? 

 






Ten years ago, when I discovered the power of the Law of Attraction, I was in a frenzy to make sure I spread the word to everyone. Why didn’t everyone know this?

 

Shock! They did. Well, not everyone but lots of people did. I was late to the party. But in that time, I have gathered a brilliant tribe together – all of you! And you have no idea how amazing it is to create videos for you.

 

Although, I have been on some journeys with this channel as it seems to have carried me along through a meandering river downstream with ease. We have enjoyed travel vlogs most of all on this channel and I love creating those. But it can be confusing when you are trying to create content for the masses. They often swing by, find out what they need to know and jog off again… which is completely fine but I want us to go deeper. Like, really deep. I have stories to share of inspiration and motivation and I would love you to be able to create a better life for yourself, like I have. 

 

I wrote in my notes: ‘Who is this channel now – I’m not sure’ but I am sure. We are a group of people who grow every day as we travel through life together in a metaphorical sense and a literal journey. Are you with me?



Love, as always


Louise xoxo




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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Do you want to go on holiday?

 Me too! I want to go away.



It's proving tricky right now, isn't it? All this talk of vaccine passports and quarantine. Now, I am looking at this beautiful possibility - a UK Cruise.

I'm a well-travelled woman but I have never been on a cruise. I'm sure I would love it, but I'm slightly nervous about looking out and seeing only water, so a tour of the UK is surely going to be close enough to quash that worry.  You think?

So, I have my eye on this cruise from Southhampton on August 14th 2021, it heads all the way up to the Orkney Islands and back again. How amazing. A few stop off's and some sightseeing along the way and just wow.... this new Tui Marella Cruise is a definite possibility to make you feel like you have enjoyed a true holiday. 


Have a look at the links here: These amazing Tui UK cruises could be exactly what you need and what you are looking for in Summer 2021 as we are discouraged from travelling to many parts of the world. 

 

My favourite is the 6 night Cruise to the Orkney Islands. At only £779, it’s great value as food and drinks are included alongside incredible entertainment. 

 

Have a look at all the details here: even if it is only to dream. 

 

Http://tui-uk.7cnq.net/kj4vqM











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Saturday, 22 May 2021

Reading blogs to you on Youtube (with captions) kind of like an audio blog?? What do you think?


 In this video we will chat about a new idea I've had.


I'm a big fan of listening to peoples stories on video. Sometimes, reading makes me tired. But also, you might know, I'm also deaf. So, I am thinking of reading you some of my popular short stories, blog posts, and even parts of my books. These videos will be subtitled for Deaf/deaf people and there will be sound for those with visual impairments. what do you think? good idea? What stories would you like to see here? Here's an example of a fiction story I wrote and read but without any visuals: https://youtu.be/PY-ngU5kkHo I plan to mostly film me reading them but sometimes (guided visualisations for example) might have a still picture but some captions. This follows on from the amazing comments you guys left me in response to the motivational Monday videos which you can watch here: Is this the end for Motivational Monday?: https://youtu.be/lNo8XcehaNs We are keeping Motivational Mondays: https://youtu.be/xrBOISP0A1E



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Monday, 17 May 2021

Since when did blogs stop becoming blogs?

Years ago, when blogging became a thing, it used to be more than acceptable to write about one's lifestyle, thoughts and feelings. A kind of journal if you like. Then bloggers, like me, started to look at the numbers and realised that people wanted to learn something, be entertained or be interested in something you had to say.


I get that. Totally. 


Then, blogs started to be the new word for websites. Or part of a website. It's almost unacceptable to not have a blog section on a company website now. Great! I love that idea.  

But... if you know me, you'll know I DO love to journal every morning. And while the pages keep my secrets between me and them, I do love to share some thoughts online too. Here, on my blog and over on my Youtube channel.  it seems all about analytics these days.


We are blessed to be able to work online, earn while you sleep, automate, automate... 

Yes, we are. 

But where are all the blogs these days? I love to read about lives. We all do, otherwise, there would be no such thing as Instagram. True? Personally, I love a good blog. A bit of a brain dump. 

Sometimes, you have to strike while the iron is hot. Just the other day I had a wonderful idea for a blog when I took the dog to a pub overlooking the sea between Kent and France, sitting there, eating chips, not realising they tasted like curly fries, which are gluten covered. Ending up poorly and having to adjust to life for the next few hours. Seagulls ahead, my dog watching the passers-by, the scent of seaweed hanging in the air like fog...

I had this wonderful story. But it has escaped me now. I spent too long thinking about it and over-analysing the idea that a blog shouldn't be a blog, like that. But rather some over-thought thing. Well, no more. This blog is a blog. I will tell you about life, about trips, about the academic journey I find myself on. The fact that my fingers FLY over this keyboard when I write like this (in Starbucks, no less, hello 17th May 2021).





If you are up for all of that, say yeahhh and send me some details of other blogs (which are around), like this. Let's begin to journal more, share thoughts, create stories. If we don't, we leave a legacy untold. 

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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

We are going to Tui Blue Scheherazade

 Finally, it is almost time to travel. Want to see where I have chosen as my first place to fly?

Book it here!

 

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Jasmine and I are set to fly here in September. The place looks amazing.

An adult-only hotel is brilliant for us now that my children are grown up. We love the entertainment of an adult only. And while this hotel is known for the wonderful views of the beach (right next to the resort!), you can see the pool from most of the rooms too. 








 

 

We have booked a Junior Suite with Sea View and Balcony and I can’t wait! I love nothing more than waking up, pulling back the curtains and looking at the sea. The sun rises over this sea and the horizon takes your eye to the lush egg-shaped chairs and Balinese style beds which are waiting for us to come and relax on them!

Our room has a/c, a balcony, a double bed, a lounge area, and a sea view. An early riser, I’m likely to enjoy that view on the balcony while Jasmine gets herself ready for the day ahead.

 

This hotel used to be called the Tui Sensimar Scheherazade. 

 

Halfway between Sousse and Port el Kantaoui, we decided we might grab a taxi and visit the harbour town nearby. They always make for great people watching and a lovely backdrop to fill up that Instagram feed. Shops are only 100m away, so that’s handy. 

 

For information, there needs to be a tax paid on arrival. It’s 2 Tunisian Dinars PP PN for 3-star hotels and 3 Tunisian dinars PPPN for 4 and 5 stars. Under 12s don’t pay. The maximum charge is for 7 nights.


Hear all the news in this video.


 

There are 204 rooms over 4 floors and thankfully two lifts. 

Three restaurants to chose from and two of those are A la carte. One trip is free per holiday. The buffet-style restaurant has something for everyone. There is a dress code for the restaurant and everyone is rumoured to comply nicely with the request. 

 

Trip advisor reviews currently sit at an impressive 4.5stars. Those who have been have said wonderful things. One of my favourite comments is about the heated swimming pool. Good!

Also, the staff carry a great reputation for taking good care of visitors. And that includes the management. Security is said to be as tight as can be. 

I’m excited to have a quick go in the spa, and definitely in the gym. 

 

tui-uk.7cnq.net/P0OVNM




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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

How do you know what to post online?

 The blackout curtains usually spilled a little light through the gap at the top, just above the curtain rail, but it was still black as night. I turned to my right and tapped the phone screen with the tip of my index finger. Propped in the edge of my open drawer unit for ease, it lit up the screen instantly.  

 

04:03.

Black as night. 

 

I laid for a while, wondering. Might this be it for the night? Could I drift back to sleep? Even though I was already comfortable, I shifted between my bedsheets to get even more snuggled and ready for slumber. Then began the writing within my head. 




 

In the garden on Sunday, I’d been writing in my head, “I’m writing in my head again,” I called to my daughter as I tried hard to pull up a weed.

     “That’s a good thing.”

     “It is isn’t it, it’s been a while,” I said to her. 

 

I laid, writing in my head. Feeling the double French braids pricking the side of my cheek, knowing a cascade of waves would generate smiles in the coming day. It would be a busy one this week. Those thoughts consumed me. Within a short while until I was back to writing again. A swirl of thoughts joined in, this time the sounds were recurring about a blog post I will write about The Bold Type, a series from Netflix.

Awake-dreams about the milk tray man sat in my head for quite some time. I tapped the phone again.

 

04:45.

Coffee was calling.

 

Might as well get up, I thought and reached for the switch on the salt lamp. As the orange glow filled the room, I unfolded my glasses arms and put them on. Somehow, I ended up scrolling on Pinterest. What do people want? What should we be posting? I mean, I know what I like to post and want to post. Often, they want travel from me. Sometimes that feels like a waste of my academic brain as I was in that industry way before I knew what a periodic table was. But if that’s what they want….

Sometimes, I just want to write those stories which are in my head. 

My Instagram is fairly stuck. Youtube grows at a snail pace since the airports were grounded for non-essential travel. The books I write, do well to a specific audience. But how are we supposed to know? One platform favours the quick little reels, one favours 45-minute videos talking about the day.

 

Philosophy of life is consuming my workday at the moment. Of course, there is so much more to it but the experience of being a human is just my complete and utter obsession. What do people feel? How do they think? What makes them tick? How do they love? Have they been hurt? Writing about that might have a tiny audience, who knows, but what I do know is that it takes one person to touch one life and make a difference.

 

I’m over 50 now, with a belief that age is a number. I didn’t just start believing that because I'm over 50. I was more settled and grown-up before my first heartbreak at 18. Now, I probably float around 29 years old, with accompanying battle-scars and some clue into what makes life great.

Telling someone else how to make their life great, needs a little creative smocking. We can all do that, with some skill, but each of us is individual. What makes us click on a post, read it, love it, want more, digest and remember it: all different to the next person.

 

I lay awake in the dark of the night, writing in my head, hoping the sky turns to the blue of the ocean because the day is coming then, and I won’t be so afraid of going downstairs on my own. You might lay awake wondering what this year's crop will be like, or how Bitcoin is performing. You and I will be different.

 

Who knows what to post? Even the algorithm will change its mind one day to the next. There can only be one answer.  Post what you want to post. Think about what you would like to see or read. Post that. See what happens. 

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Saturday, 20 March 2021

World sleep day is here

 


Oh yes, definitely is a need for three candles today.


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The last week has been difficult. Concentrating has escaped me. With a poorly daughter, and a mum taken into hospital (who I usually care for) things have been very different around here.



Yesterday, while trying to fix things in the house, some pretty hefty stuff fell on top of my head. I know that sounds comical, and I do have the bump that you would see in Tom and Jerry, but it made me feel a little less dynamic.

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So today, we journal, we Potter, and we take an easy road where possible. Sometimes it’s not always about being kind to others but also kind to yourself too. It is also world  sleep day today. So before we change the clocks next weekend, why don’t you get yourself an extra bit of rest tonight.

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My research has shown that it’s so incredibly important for health to get the right amount of sleep. It’s not too much or too little, it’s just the right amount. Just like Goldilocks. I wish you an amazing day, And a wonderful weekend.

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Sunday, 14 March 2021

Bluewater is empty during lockdown

 Apple Genius bar is still open. Thank goodness.






My desktop Mac is having some difficulty with waking up to enough speed to keep up with it's younger version of the laptop. Well, since starting my Doctorate, I've realised, a couple of screens is essential. 

I was excited to drive, to wear my sunglasses, to sing loudly and to feel like a little bit of 'normal' life was going to be a part of my day. Since my daughter has been unwell (see the story here) I have not left her side. But I made sure she was comfortable and not going to leave her room in the duration I was away at the huge, beautifully designed shopping centre called Bluewater. 



Walking through the centre, I was shocked. it was completely empty. silent. I could hear my footsteps. 


as I snapped photos to share with you here, I was thinking. I sent a silent voice from within my head to the shops, the upturned chairs, the darkened rooms, "it won't be long."


The plan to open is April 12th. Let's hope that is the case. 

This was the best day ever. Started full of love, the sun shone, the music was amazing, I lost my voice with singing (always a good sign), the Apple staff were amazing as always, and I did grab a takeaway Starbucks too. Perfect.  Life is good. It's coming back to us in Kent. 










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Monday, 22 February 2021

How to stop feeling so anxious

Have you ever really tried to change things in your life and can’t? All you end up doing is getting yourself frustrated with  it. But you might not realise, is that it’s all in your programming. And there is a way that you can change this programming for the better. Making your life more rich and positive in lots of ways. 



This is not your fault. 






You might not know this up until now, but your subconscious brain is in charge of the show. 95% of the brain is run by subconscious thoughts. So when you try to change things, you are trying to change them with only 5%, which is the conscious brain. Did you know this? If not, then chances are you don’t know how to change things either. In this video, we will go through the process of teaching you how to change things so that you are able to reprogram your old beliefs and mindsets. Making life better for yourself is so much easier than you actually would’ve thought. I wish you lots of luck with this, do let me know how you get on! And if you want me to share my story with you and the things that I’m working on, just leave me a message and I will get back to you.








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Thursday, 18 February 2021

A day in the life of a writer - illuminating people to your dreams.

A day in the life of a writer - illuminating people to your dreams.


See how things went a little wrong with this video.... just shows you never to take anything for granted,



On this day, I planned to just share a day in the life vlog, you know, usual morning routine and all that normal stuff. Yet, strange as it is (or maybe not, in my life) I woke up today and decided I need to be way more clear. You guys need to know who I am and what I can offer you.... this was my thinking during my journaling time and I decided that if there was only one thing I could label myself as it wouldn't be:

Travel Vlogger Renovation expert Property developer Influencer but it would simply be Life Writer. Sometimes I like to share works of fiction. But more often than not, I speak about life experiences and the inspiration that comes from living as a human being. Just as this got crystal clear this morning, I edit this video which is exactly what it says - a day in the life of a writer - I'm a writer it seems haha. I do make myself laugh! 

See the video here: and let me know what you think!



PS subscribe to the channel and keep an eye on this website as there is big news and loads of videos coming up which will benefit you in your manifestations.


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Wednesday, 10 February 2021

The Ring - a law of attraction story

 The most incredible thing happened the other day which saw me floating with joy.

 

You know that place your mind goes to just before you sleep and just after you wake, theta state?

“Theta is the intriguing border between the conscious and the subconscious worlds. ... While in a theta state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing and growth.” Huffington Post.

 

I was falling asleep and felt an epiphany moment. Twenty minutes before, despite being very comfortable in my cosy bedding, I was unusually awake. My phone was already on aeroplane mode, so I chose to listen to a guided meditation which was already downloaded on my phone. There were parts of it which I found super frightening. The man’s voice was echoing certain words and I could visualise a gargoyle reaching its ugly head out to me. Which posed the question, why isn’t this meditation more relaxing than I was experiencing? Of course, me being me, being an inquisitive mind, lead me to a place of wanting to create more guided meditations, as I have successfully done in the past. Yet, being a creative writer, I also could make some of those very simple bedtime stories.  The feeling that coupled with this was sheer joy -this was the right thing.

 

Mike Dooley, from The Secret, had just hosted an amazing course which got us participants thinking about our next big manifestation. What did we want? Simple as that. I knew my one big want. It was to achieve even more success with my Youtube channel. And somehow, I felt that creating a new channel with the bedtime stories on them would be the way. It was a knowing. Of course, it will take more work. But this will provide a great service for those who need a little extra guidance to get to sleep or to meditate these days. A few days later, the name of Absolutely Mesmerizing came to me as if by magic. 

 

That was all before I slept. 

 

I had vivid dreams. Big ones which didn’t always make sense. I had broken a lucky 8 ball and there were intricate details around that. A little girl, about five years old, with a very soft and tiny hand was holding my left hand as I tried to push another, older girl, in a wheelchair. We walked through a door into a faceless wedding party where a bride and groom were taking their first dance. I could hear the song as clear as day, “All my life, I pray for someone like you…” and as I woke, I knew that bride was me.

The shock which ran through my body was incredible.

Would I have said I was closed to that idea? No. But I hadn’t realised I wasn’t open to the idea at all, once I’d ‘felt’ the dream. 




 

So, to my shock, I sense he is coming and suddenly my left hand felt empty. It was almost like a craving as if my finger was calling out to have something placed upon it. Total coincidence (there are no such things) my amazing friend was showing us on Instagram the rings she has recently started designing and having made. I had seen these before. One gemstone caught my eye but it was set in gold. I like gold. But for some reason, I had thought, ‘if I was to have that gemstone in a ring, I would like it in silver,’ and magic happened on this day. She was showing that particular ring in silver. Instantly I messaged her, asking for a price. Thinking it would be over my current budget but perhaps I could sort something later on. 

Sally and I had a wonderful conversation around this ring and she said, “Lou, this is made for you. It’s Marine Quartz which means it stimulates your creativity. And its chakra is the heart. You do know, it’s the only one I ordered in silver.”

Wow.

Stimulates creativity = bedtime stories

Heart chakra = love

 

Sally was right. The ring was made for me. And this was a sample model, so it was affordable and I asked her to mark it as SOLD.  It’s all on its way and while I’m nervous, I’m so excited. 






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Thursday, 4 February 2021

No-one has it perfectly sorted - it's not just you!

You might think that people you admire and look up to have everything sorted out. Well, I can tell you, they don't. We are all human and none of us has that skill or ability. We all have our down moments and I wanted to give you this quick reminder that all of us have confusing times, moments of wonder and simply crazy thoughts.

That's ok. Really. How you react to them will determine if this is okay or not. We know this is a blessed life. We also know it has challenges. Recognising those is perfectly fine too! It doesn't mean we won't have a blip in the brain which fills our eyes with tears.




This video might help make things clearer:







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Naturally phenomenologically thinking...?




Studying phenomenology is proving quite a natural thing for me. Aside from the big words I’m having to learn, somebody once told me that I seem to look for the meaning in absolutely everything. Is this something you do? Because I don’t necessarily think it’s always a bad thing, although maybe it can drive you crazy at times.


Therefore I decided that I need to do more of the things where I go somewhere peaceful and don’t think about things all of the time. 

Watching a bird fly past, 
feeling the sand underneath my feet, 
waves lapping, these are all things I just allowed to happen without thinking too much about the meaning behind it.
But sometimes being somebody that’s trying to morph into a lusher life does need an element of thinking about things sometimes. Let me know if you resonate, and do leave comments in the bottom.


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Sunday, 31 January 2021

My IVF twins 21st Birthday in lockdown




21 years ago my twins were born. We could have never imagined there would be no parties! So I planned the best I could thanks to amazon! And you can see my preparation video here:

https://youtu.be/GUJj2jmr3Uk We actually ended up having a wonderful day, filled with joy, pride and total love. I am so proud of the people they have become... They are the muse to my upcoming book Happiness In Vitro (see an extract here:) I was only half awake due to the morphine when they got me in a wheelchair to move me from the delivery suite to the ward. A state of confusion and concern, I tried to look behind me to see where my babies were, like a mother to ducklings. But the operation caused too much pain for that level of movement. The midwife assured me they were being wheeled behind me in their cot and soon after, we were all taken to a bed by the window in a ward which smelt like the other new mums had been outside, smoking. The midwives moved quickly, and my drug-induced state lost track of what was going on. But the babies were by the window, on the left of my bed, and so was all of our stuff. Dumped on the visitor's chair in a mess. Bags were in the seat, on the floor, on the back of the chair and the windowsill. The disorganised sight brought tears to my eyes and I knew I needed some help. A small bag of 10p pieces was somewhere in a plastic money bag which I’d saved from my last job when I left six months previously. the pregnancy magazines advised packing your change for making phone calls, back in 1999. The staff brought me the payphone and plugged it into the line next to my bed so I could phone Mum and Dad. My inaudible sounds left a tearful, sobbing message on their answerphone, asking for help. I didn’t know where they were and stopped even thinking about it the instant I hung up the phone. I winced and cradled my stomach as I began trying to move the cot aside so I could reach the big bag with all of our important things in it. I had to organise this chaos, pain or no pain. I zipped open the blue sports bag and noticed an envelope, with my name written on it, on top of our things, in neat handwriting which looked like it was from a girl. I sat quietly and opened it. He had put it there the night before when he came to see the babies. It was from Jen.... Did she have no limits?
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Monday, 11 January 2021

How to get people to pay you attention.

 In this video we go through the details of why you must believe in yourself and have the details figured out, otherwise others are going to lose interest in what you are saying.




Imagine trying to cook something and say to someone; I've no idea what the ingredients are or how long this might take and I definitely can't fathom how it might turn out. They would lose interest in what you are saying wouldn't they. So, make it clear. Get to know yourself, your creed, your tribe. Then they will listen and the right people will show up.


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Sunday, 10 January 2021

Acceptance softens expectations - Couch to 5k FAIL

My knees began to get painful while running the couch to 5K which you can see in this video: https://youtu.be/UtT2wd1IzJ8

I decided I might have to start walking but still do the couch to 5k. Can you still do that? How will it work?



In this vlog

you will see we are at Center parcs for a family break away and yet still we did the couch to 5k all together. It's about taking in the beauty of the surroundings and making sure you are appreciating what you can do while embracing the negative emotions of not ending up where you thought you might.
Acceptance softens expectations. Back in the summer, I decided to start the Couch to 5K challenge to get fitter and lower my blood glucose levels. Did I manage it? Did it work for me? A big shout out to my couch to 5k bud and total inspiration, Jools. See her on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jools_my_surrey_reno_life/ Find the couch to 5k app here: NHS couch to 5k information: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/ BBC Couch to 5k website with links: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/43501261 Couch to 5k playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwf5UN3J86KJ4bpu0-5Y77Hnrh91k95Vb

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