Hello everyone

Yes, this blog. We’ve been working hard to bring the blog up to 21st Century standards re: data regulations. By the 25th May there will be a new page on the menu with our Privacy Policy and I’ll do a post, which will include a short summary of said policy.

Yes, the new General Data Protection Regulation, which I thought was only for the likes of Facebook, Instagram, big corporations and just possibly blogs that sell things, actually, affects us all. After an instant reaction of ‘gosh, are they not cracking a walnut with a sledgehammer’, I have reflected that no, we all need to look after our data and you, yes, you, have rights over this data. It’s only proper. I absolutely do believe that. But my word, Facebook and those big corporations will have back offices full of people working on this right now. On this blog it’s just me and Mr Frugalfashionshopper, so bear with, for this post and the next few, as behind the scenes me and Mr F are doing an awful lot of admin.

Also any bloggers out there, you’re probably totally up to speed (it was only last week when it dawned on me that this reg was for everyone including me) but do ask about how we ‘got up to speed’, because I got help and advice from Nicole Molders of High Latitude Style (and icon on the side) do have a look at her site.  Thank you so much Nicole for your advice, and also, I see I’m Top of the World’s OOTD Fav – wow and thanks again everyone!  Anyway, we bloggers need to stick together on this. But hey, while these things are sent to try us, actually, this is about the world we live in.  I’ve chosen at my age (what’s that got to do with it) to participate in the digital world and people, it’s OK, it’s a challenge, but around the world your data will be better served and protected – it’s all good.

So, on the same theme, how am I getting on with my fitness for the 21st Century? Well, it’s like two steps forward and one back. I was so enthusiastic after my first session with my Personal Trainer (PT) that on my next Couch to 5K run (actually a slow trot) I overdid it somewhat and ran (literally) out of energy, so decided to repeat the 1st week of that. And then, 10 days ago I got up in the middle of the night walked to the kitchen without turning the lights on and stubbed my little toe on a chair leg – ouch! The toe is not as bad as last year’s incidents when we had packing cases all around us, but even so I haven’t run for these past 10 days – so after nearly 4 weeks I’m still on week 1!

But the two sessions I’ve had with my personal trainer have been great and I’m concentrating on building up my strength and doing many different exercises with the aim of increased muscle and stamina.  Now that’s a very good aim and also eminently sensible. I hope my positive experience will also set some of you, who’ve been thinking about exercise, on the quest for a personal trainer, because I’ve tried to do it myself, and over the years have had those sessions you have with ‘personal trainers’ at various gyms.  But this experience is like nothing I’ve had before.  Everything is personally tailored to your needs and physique, and btw, all the exercises are done in my own home – there’s no joining a gym involved.  So, if you’re teetering on the edge of doing something about your fitness, I’d say go for it. But find the right personal trainer – that’s when it really works.

And another thing, this PT takes a Pilates class, and here I am getting ready for it.

Apologies, there has been no time to do any pics at home, so you’ve just got two selfies in the changing room for this post!  It’s amazing what your phone can do these days!

I’m very happy to say I dragged Mr Frugalfashionshopper along to the class and he liked it, so he’s going to do the class from now on – woo hoo!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


26 thoughts on “Fit for the 21st Century? I’m talking about this blog!

  • 11th May 2018 at 11:32 am

    Fantastic Penny! I’m just so impressed with your enthusiasm that it’s actually making me want to do more than sinking into a seat and binging on Netflix. I’ve been looking into Pilates classes and you’re efforts are definitely spurring me on. Good luck with your fitness regime! Cheers Doreen

    • 12th May 2018 at 8:52 am

      Yes, it’s all good. It took a long time to find the class and PT though, over a year, but it’s been worth the wait! Have a good weekend Doreen!

  • 11th May 2018 at 12:06 pm

    For my nocturnal wanderings, I have got motion sensor, battery-operated LED lights which I have stuck around the house in strategic places. They only come on in the dark, and go out again a few minutes later. I found them on Amazon. Turning on the top lights seems OTT, but then crashing about in the dark seemed like a disaster waiting to happen at my age.

    I went to a health farm in America once where we were taught that exercise before the age of 65 is optional, but after that it’s compulsory (!!) So good luck to you with your efforts, Penny. If a personal trainer would blow the budget for others, then there are free classes in everything on YouTube. Those who are used to working out will be able to pick and choose according to their level, and for those who aren’t, then Walk at Home is good. For those who can’t walk, then there are seated exercises.

    • 12th May 2018 at 8:59 am

      Actually what a great idea with the motion LED lights. I can think of exactly where they should go in our flat – will investigate, thanks so much!

      I agree that the personal trainer would be too much for some. I used to think that, and rejected the idea altogether for years, but this winter I felt that I was at a crossroads down which one of those roads was a certain frailty that I wasn’t ready for. I felt this really was a kind of a last chance, and while that might have been the remnants of the two winter virus I had, I do agree that once you reach a certain age, more exercise rather than less is absolutely essential. I also agree that YouTube exercises would definitely do the trick. It’s whatever gets you going really. Thanks so much Christine x

  • 11th May 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for continuing with the updates on your fitness journey. I am pleased to hear that you have setbacks as well. Sometimes one feels that everyone else continues on as laid out in the manual. Anyway good for you to keep up the regime and you do look great on it all.

    Good luck to both you and Mr F as you put the legislation in place on your blog.

    • 12th May 2018 at 9:06 am

      Oh definitely, I’m not going at a fast pace at all! It really is and, actually, should be a slow and sensible progress. And I’m constantly being urged by my PT to take it steady! As for the running, that’s not gone out of the window, but I’m still on week 1, but week 1 is still exercise, so I’m good with that!

      Thanks re: the admin we have to do. Despite the work I believe that the regulation is a good thing. Some of these large institutions have been quite careless with our data – that has to stop.

  • 11th May 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Yes, Nicole is always very helpful. And how good you are looking in gym clothing, and how fantastic that the Mr. is joining you too! Have a great weekend!

    • 12th May 2018 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Nancy, you too xxx

  • 11th May 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Well you certainly look the part Penny! always important i think, then the rest just follows…hopefully!!

    • 12th May 2018 at 9:27 am

      It’s kind of I’ve started – so I’m going to finish! Actually I just need that kick-start from a PT and off I go – thanks for the comment!!

  • 11th May 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Had absolutely no idea the data thingy would effect private blogging – if that’s not an oxymoron. Must look into it.

    I’m so pleased MrFFS is going to Pilates with you – that must be a very good motivator. Also well done on your personal fitness aims and I hope your toe is recovering!

    • 12th May 2018 at 8:42 am

      Vronni Here’s a link (below) to something that’s really, really helpful. Thing is, anyone who has a mailing list, and commenters, is affected and must comply. But actually after an initial panic I realise this is Ok and all we have to do is a bit of admin, well, quite a lot, as it’s just us doing it. Minimum is to have a Privacy Policy which leads to you basically understanding what you’re doing with peoples’ data, all of which is good. Here’s the link, which is reassuring and sets out what you have to do plus what you don’t have to do.


  • 12th May 2018 at 8:54 am

    But how do you find the right personal trainer?? I’ve got advanced osteoporosis so I need someone who understands this. I tried the NOS but no joy. I’m ready for the challenge but I don’t know what I can do safely.

    Has anyone any ideas – I live in Winchester?

    • 12th May 2018 at 9:23 am

      Oh yes, be careful, Lynda, and don’t overdo it with anyone let alone a personal trainer. But I’m sorry to hear the NOS didn’t have more info, because you need an expert. The thing is Brighton is full of personal trainers and I might be wrong but I just had the idea that they’re mostly young, fit buff men. My criteria included the idea that I wanted a woman and one that wasn’t young. And although we could now debate what is age, I knew what I wanted. Here’s my personal trainer’s website so you can see she has huge experience in life and that also she specialises in certain areas. But note I spent a long time thinking I’d like a personal trainer and not doing very much about it. Then after I moved to Brighton I went to one gym after another putting my toes in and thinking, nah, not for me. Then this gym (Alive, Brighton) was so friendly and nice and, and inexpensive too. But I took four different classes, and only on the fourth did I find Sarah.

      So, it took time to find the right person. Here’s the link to my personal trainer – note her qualifications and experience. You need to find someone like her


  • 12th May 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I had no idea about the new blog ‘regulations’ but thanks so much for the update and the link to find out more. I’ve been thinking about updating my blog for some time, so maybe now’s the moment!
    You look fab in your exercise gear, by the way! June x

    • 14th May 2018 at 8:52 am

      Can you see Gail’s link below. That is the best summary of what-to-do I’ve seen so far. All the best with it. There’s a bit of work to do but it really isn’t as scary as I thought 🙂

    • 14th May 2018 at 8:45 am

      Thanks Gail twice over! The hair looks sleek because it’s done up in a bun for the class! I do think about cutting the mop, but hanging on there for a bit. Don’t want to look ‘old lady with unkempt hair’ but do like the idea of long grey hair but sometimes…..

      And that list of to-do’s for the GDPR is excellent – the best I’ve seen so far as I do admit to a bit of panic at first. Thanks ever so for that, Gail – really appreciate it.

  • 15th May 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I was thinking how nice your hair looked and thought you had had it styled in that way.You look very fit in the photo. I have just started going to a chair Yoga class which is quite good.

    • 16th May 2018 at 1:05 pm

      That’s great Pauline – go for it. I’ve done some chair Pilates in the past and it was really good and quite taxing. Any exercise is good. And actually I have been thinking about a trim for my hair. Hmm, not sure, but I just might 🙂

  • 16th May 2018 at 3:30 am

    Good on you keeping fit on so many levels! I still teach some yoga, and so I do it too – but not that hard stretch style, most mornings, and I’ve added 3 weight sessions per week with some dreaded yoga stretch poses after, and need to up the ole walking.

    • 16th May 2018 at 10:31 am

      That sounds really, really good. For me it’s slow progress as I have issues that sometimes impact on the fitness programme. But I’ve started and that’s the main thing.

  • 16th May 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Wonderful as usual and always timely. Thank you for all your musings and helpful advice. Penny have you thought about ballet – I have just started at a mature class locally in Ashford, Kent. I am finding it extremely enjoyable but exhausting! Great work out though – I’ve only been a few times but seem to look forward to it every week! Must bone up on some YouTube videos in the week so that I don’t feel a complete failure. It will get easier I know but it definitely hasn’t come flooding back when I last did it in my youth!!! All the very best and look forward to reading all your inspiring news. Regards

  • 23rd May 2018 at 11:53 pm

    HEY PENNY! I RESUBSCRIBED–WTF IS GOING ON WITH THE GDPR? Sorry for yelling. I wanted to grab your attention.

    Will you still get my blog? Will I still get yours? Why didn’t WordPress let me know about this before?


    • 24th May 2018 at 7:43 am

      I’ve put a very long response on your latest blog – no, honestly Cath, don’t worry and no need to re-subscribe to me as it’s the ones with a Mailchimp email list that have to ask for you to re-confirm or re-subscribe. What the regs are after are the email lists that have been bought or use those teeny tiny boxes. We’ve all opted IN by signing up so no need to ask anyone again.

      However, unlike you, I’m a self-hosted blogger (WordPress.org) and with that autonomy comes responsibilities. I do have data (email addresses) and therefore I must have a Privacy Policy and it will go up today (UK afternoon time).

      What WordPress has been really naughty about is only yesterday they released a plug-in for accessing and deleting subscribers data. We spent hours trawling the net to find out how to do that, and only 2 days before the deadline WordPress releases something for that…..???????!!!!!!!!

      So, the reg won’t block your EU subscribers, and it’s really after all those banks and corporations that have been lax with our data, but it has caught up little tiny people like recently I heard about a gardening society with 14 people on its email list – it had to comply with the regs!!!! Hope this helps xxxxxxxx

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