Thursday, 15 December 2016

A Christmas message from the planet Skaro

I would like to wish all my MyCam Studio Network and also Cystic Fibrosis followers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2017.

I hope you have a fantastic year.

It will certainly be a special one with loads of new life adventures coming up.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Chrome film goes to Longshot Film Festival

The film short, Chrome, will be shown at Long Shot Film Festival 2016, which is taking place on Friday, 4 November.

Doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm start.

Ticket price £2 - £3 (booking fee applies).

Book your ticket whilst you can.

Funds raised will go towards the YMCA.

To purchase yout tickets for the event, visit

For more information about Longshot Film Festival, visit

Major update of MyCam Studio Network website

You've probably seen by now from visiting MyCam Studio Network's website that it's seen major changes.

The main being the news page and also the photo galleries for the Dalek project, TARDIS project and the Doctor Who Convention at Longleat event.

The website is now PC and Smartphone friendly.

I hope you continue to enjoy visiting MyCam Studio Network for latest developments as I will working on them.

Visit to see what it's about.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Cystic Fibrosis & Fitness: Part 5

Up until now I always thought a high fat diet in CF and fitness was important.

An article I read on suggested the best diet for fitness is high carbs and protein. The carbs are easier to turn into energy than fat during a workout, which makes sense given that you see carb drinks, not fat drinks in the vending machines at Pure, DW or whatever gym you attend.

Plus protein foods post workout boost recovery and muscle repair.

In order of easiest to hardest for breaking down, carbs comes first, then fat and then protein.

This article The Facts About Protein, Carbs & Fat is something I found interesting for understanding how diet and fitness work together.

It's amazing that when you look into this how you see how easy it is to make small adjustments to your diet to get what you want from fitness.

I once discussed with my dietician what effect going on a low fat diet would have on a person with CF.

The answer was long as you can maintain your weight by the calorie intake i.e. be able to take around 3000 calories per day on a low fat diet, which means eating more food to get the target, then go ahead and do that.

So basically, low fat loads of food OR high fat and small meals can both amount to the same number of calories per day.

The funny thing about all this is I do reasonably well to record what I'm eating using the Carbs and Cals app on my phone. As part of the setup of the app I inputted my height, weight and DOB, my daily activity level and what I would like to gain from my diet in terms of whether I'd like to lose, maintain or gain weight.

This then gives me guidance as to how much carbs, cals, fat and protein I should intake.

For me (5 foot 8 inches, 10.5 stone, high level activity and wishing to gain a little weight), my daily nutrition goals are:

  • Carbs - 408g
  • Cals - 3262
  • Fat - 127g
  • Protein - 122g
And without even trying I do often manage to reach these targets.

The main thing about all this is if you're willing, strong minded and really want to reach your goals, you will always find a way of doing so.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Cystic Fibrosis & Fitness: Part 4

If there's one thing I love about fitness is to see what other people do and take on board any tips they have towards a good workout routine, diet and any supplements that contribute not just towards a healthy life style, but also to keep in good shape too.

I'm not one for walking into something without first knowing what I'm about to step into.

I've asked dieticians, personal trainers, and the odd fellow gym goer about their thoughts on certain things before making up my mind what I think is best for me.

I've tried things diet and fitness wise and although it has taken a little time, I've found what works for me. However I'm aware what I do may or may not work for others.

Over the last 4 years I've tried a couple of brands in the protein/whey powder shakes, creatine and more recently BCAA.

Plus I've tried a few techniques as shown by various gym instructors for getting a good workout.

However what has helped me the most is taking on a Personal Trainer (PT).

Since taking on my latest PT, he has taught me ways of making the most of my workouts and advised me on what he thinks is the best supplements as mentioned above.

As a result, I've learned this year to make all this work, I feel you have to include all the ingredients, not just pick and mix.

Employment wise I work 25 hours a week as a House Keeper.

In the past I've worked retail, admin work in the Council and was an Activities Coordinator at a Care Home.

I've found my current job a huge boost to my fitness as it is very very active.

Plus this part time post means I've more time to myself where I can focus on what I love best - fitness, film making and spending more time with my dogs.

Anyway, a typical routine I have for a workout day is (and this includes taking into account Personal Training sessions and employment):

Workout day:-
  • Breakfast drink (2x forstisip mixed with 300ml milk) with breakfast biscuits and creatine
  • 5 hour shift
  • Carbs build-up (1x fortisip, 300ml milk, 1x banana, 25g oats blended) and creatine
  • 1 hour workout (10 mins cardio, 40 mins weight training, 10 mins cardio)
  • Whey powder mixed with 300ml milk plus BCAA
  • High carb & protein lunch
  • High carb & protein dinner
Non-workout day:-
  • Breakfast drink (2x forstisip mixed with 300ml milk) with breakfast biscuits and creatine
  • 5 hour shift
  • High carb & protein lunch and creatine
  • High carb & protein dinner
Usually nutrition wise I reach all my daily targets.

Due to not really liking the effects red meat has due to high fat content having a slight uncomfortable effect on me, my diet mainly consists of poutlry, fish, salad, veg, fruit, dairy.

I'm not a sweets and cake type of person.

Cereal wise I love porridge, weetabix, shredded wheat. Anything sugary like frosties, sugar puffs, crunchy nut are a big no for me. Mainly because the amount of sugar leaves a sweet sickly taste.

It would be nice to hear what you get up to with your fitness and any tips you may have that may help improve what I do too.