Thursday, August 29, 2019

10 things to remember or do to increase happiness


I know that at times things become difficult. You start to feel run down or like you're not achieving anything or have not achieved anything. The worst thing for this is Social Media, such as Facebook/Instagram. Because here, people only post the BEST parts of their life. When you scroll through Facebook and every single post is people going on expensive holidays (which they most likely worked overtime every week for the entire year to afford, but they won't ever say that) or buying a house or getting married etc. It gets very easy to feel down this way. Let me tell you, I have felt this myself on countless occasions. I'm going to list a few reasons why you should not feel undervalued and a few ways to hopefully increase your view on yourself.



Number 1 - You're still alive

It may sound simple. It may seem easy to say, yet think about it. You are still here! You have 1000s of days to get what you want in life. It may not come easy, it may not come quickly but for every day your are alive, you have a chance! When you wake up in the morning, don't think about what your have not achieved yet in life, wake up and smile and ask yourself HOW you're going to achieve these things. Life's unpredictable and it's not worth worrying about the lives of others who you think are doing better than you. Worry about your life and your goals. You are alive so go and live!

Number 2 - You have a home

You have a roof over your head. A warm place for you and your family. Could be your mum's basement, a council flat/house a bungalow or a giant great big stupidly oversized mansion. It doesn't matter. We are all made to believe that we NEED the big lovely houses, with loads of space. We don't. We NEED to keep the rain off of us, we NEED to keep warm and we NEED security. Never let anyone shame you for where you come from or what you live in. It's your home, your space, own it.
Even when you feel like you don't have a home, or you feel lost, there is help and believe me someone will come running if you ask for help. Never give up!

Number 3 - You still have dreams

Do you know why you get so upset when you look at people succeeding or having something you deem 'more' than you? You will be told it is jealously, it's not. It's longing its the knowledge that you have a dream in your head which you long for. When you see others with it your brain starts poking at you to tell you to get up and go get it. Then frustration and anxiety kick in as you try to figure out a way to go get what you want. It is never easy, don't get me wrong but for aslong as you still long for a dream in your head you can achieve it!

Number 4 - You have kids

Some of us do, some of us don't and almost all of us want to have atleast one, eventually. If you already have a kid then you have already achieved one of life's most incredible journeys and achievements! You may have days where you think you're doing it all wrong or days where it's all too much, there may even be days where you just want to scream at them, these are all okay. You're doing fine. Everyone loves to put their opinions forward, doesn't mean they are right. There is absolutely no definitive "right" way to bring up a child, aslong as you show them love and provide for their needs, you will be their hero, because that's what you are.

Number 5 - Smile

It's easy to fake a smile. Genuine smiles are a rarity. Although I find, even at my worst, I will always find a way to make myself smile, or laugh. It may not be the right way to do it, but I will get there eventually. Find something that will always make you smile or laugh. It's easy to say "there is nothing, I'm too sad" I promise you there is ALWAYS something. Be it a TV show or just a funny and happy memory. Sometimes a laugh or a smile is enough to bring your head above water even if just for a moment to catch your breath.

Number 6 - Money can't buy you happiness

While technically true, money can be ofcourse helpful. A lot of the reasons for being depressed or anxious comes from not having money to do things or afford bills/rent. Although there are ways of keeping these costs down. For one, on this blog I explain how to do a weekly shop for as cheap as possible while maintaining a very healthy diet. Let go of the idea that you need money to accomplish anything. I've never had money, still some of my best memories are wrapping up some ham sandwiches and a couple of bottles of water and heading down the beach for the day. Going to the park and joining in a game of football. Going to a free outdoor gym, community centres, drawing, Basketball etc. There are many activities that are free or cost next to nothing. You're happiness is not determined by how big and fancy your activities are. You are the only person that needs to be happy doing something.

Number 7 - Move if you need to

Do not stay in one place. If you're not happy where you are living, move. I moved from Brighton to Bristol, although I do love Brighton, the prices of rent and cost of living were just too much and made it unrealistic to live there with my wife so we decided to move to Nailsea where the cost of living is dramatically cheaper and I'm a lot happier here. It hurts leaving family and friends, but you can ways visit and vice versa. Don't be afraid to make this step, it may be the best thing you ever do!

Number 8 - Quit your job

As similar to number 7. If you're not happy where you work, quit. We spend most of our lives at work, so why waste your life in a job you hate? You wouldn't waste your time doing something you don't like outside of work would you? Don't let fear of rejection of sink to deep into your comfort zone. Never accept where you are as final. You can and deserve to be happy, go out there and achieve it!

Number 9 - Someone loves you

Someone out there loves you. I know when you're at your darkest hour and you honestly believe you're nothing and that you're just a burden to everyone. Although you can help this feeling as it's your incredible yet super complex brain sending the wrong chemicals. You need to use this knowledge that it's a biological issue that is going on in your mind and you must try to fight past it and know that there is someone that loves you, you mum, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, son, daughter, cousin, dog, cat, rat, fish, hamster, gerbil, a Twitter follower, a friend, someone at work, a complete stranger you have not met yet and most of all... You! You love yourself when your not feeling this way, so believe someone loves you and always will!

Number 10 - Have no regrets

My favourite quote of all time is "Never regret anything, because at one time it was exactly what you wanted" so if you dwell on past "mistakes" don't, at the time it was something you wanted to do, facing the same option today you may not make the same decision but that should only show how far you have come.

I hope this helps someone, somewhere. Please never feel inadequate or undeserving of happiness. You are amazing, continue being amazing.

Kieren x

Weight loss Update - Getting right back on the horse!

RIGHT!! I've said it once and I'll say it again...

It's time to get back on track!

I'm not going to lie, I have been a super slacker in my weightloss journey and i dread to step on the scales, however once you stray from your path you have to just get right back up again! With the release of WoW classic, it's been pretty much me sitting on my butt 15+ hours a day (while I've been off work) slaving away at the game... BUT NO MORE... Well, no more eating junk and not exercising, there will be MUCH more WoW classic, that stuffs more addictive than nicotine people!

I just got a promotion at work! Which has boosted my confidence enough to get me back in my weight loss mindset!

So today is Thursday! What are the aims for today? Want to do it with me? Starting today!? Do it! Or don't, up to you but let's do this together!

1) Drink LOADS of water - filling, flushes put the nasty stuff from your body AND you need a wee so much that if your bathroom is upstairs, you burn a monster amount of calories! Water is life people!




2) Have my shake for lunch as a meal replacement. Here is a link to the one I use!


This is a shake I use as a meal replacement. It is extremely filling and very tasty. Packed with protein and all the good vitamins! I'm not associated with this company, I'm just saying this is the one I use. Feel free to use a different one of not at all!

3) Have a Jacket Potato for dinner with Tuna and salad.

4) Try to get a full nights sleep!

Nice and simple check list for the day. I would have added some wort of workout but i am on an all day sleep in at work today.

I want to tell you my exact shopping list for this weeks food, to show you how cheap everything was this week and how a diet does not have to break the bank! Me and my wife are thinking of doing a few videos on this if people are interested?

First of all this is the menu we have been following for this week...

Monday
Vegetable Stir fry

Tesco have a meal deal on stir fry at the moment, one bag of prepared stir fry vegetables, one set of noodles and one stir fry sauce for £2.50! Me and my wife pay all shopping 50/50 so one meal of this is only £1.25!

Tuesday
Pasta Bolognese

Me and my wife allow for 2 days of the week where we eat meat (meat is just stupidly expensive)
1KG Bag of Fusilli pasta (Twist) from Tesco - £1 (we only used half so for 2 meals £0.50 or 1 meal £0.25)
2x Chopped Tomato (tinned) - £0.56
1x Onion - £0.10
3x Garlic Clove - £0.16 (That is the cost for an entire bulb)
Mushrooms - £0.95
Peppers - £1.29 (3pack, we only used 1 so £0.46)
Beef Mince - £2.50 (15% Fat mince 500g)

Total shopping cart cost = £6.56
Total cost of this meal for two = £4.77
Total cost of this meal for one = £2.39

With this meal, you have got yourself alot of ingredients that you need for other meals this week.

Wednesday
Mixed Bean Chilli

2x Tin of mixed beans = £1.30
1x Tin of Tomato = £0.28
2x Garlic Clove = (you already have that)
1kg Growers Harvest Rice = £0.45
Add whatever spices you like to make up flavor. Add onions or peppers however you see fit but we just have it very basic and cheap!

Total Shopping cart cost = £2.03
Total Cost of this meal = £1.80

Thursday
Jacket Potato with Tuna mayo

Jacket Potato = £0.33
Tin of Tuna = £0.59
Onion = £0.10
Lighter than light mayo = £0.85

Total Shopping cart cost = £1.87
Total cost of this meal = £1.07

Friday
Omelette

15 Eggs = £1.19
Onion = £0.10
Peppers = (already got them)
Mushroom = (already got them)
Cheese = £1.79
Cherry Tomato = £0.90
Ham = £1.50

Total shopping cart cost = £5.48
Total cost of this meal = £1.04 (ish, may be less)

Saturday
Layered Aubergine and Lentil Bake
This recipe actually serves 4!

2x Aubergine - £1.40
Puy Lentil - £1.50
2x Onion - £0.20
3x Garlic - Already Have
Butternut Squash - £1
1x Tinned Tomato - £0.28
Mozzarella - £0.45

Total shopping cart cost = £4.83
Total cost per serving = £1.20

Sunday
Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potato Mash and mixed veg

Chicken Thighs £1.65
Sweet Potato (Big) = £0.66
Frozen mixed veg = £0.92

Total Shopping Cart cost = £3.23
Total meal cost = £1.41

That is everything that i have eaten and will eat this week and the total price for this weeks shopping came to...

£26.50

That is only £13.25 when split 50/50 with your partner!
That's for a whole weeks dinner!

Well that is all from me today and i will let you know how i got on at the end of the week (i will post blogs in between but my weight loss blogs will be posted at beginning and end of the week from now on!

Kieren x

Friday, August 23, 2019

Surviving in your late 20's - Day 1

Hello fellow Baby Boomers/Millennial/Whatever the hell we are being called these days by Brexit voters!

Recently I have been struggling slightly with a few mental health issues *Thumbs Down* But now i've decided to not let it get to me and focus on the positive *Thumbs up*

So i got the drunkest i have ever been in my entire life 2 days ago... not proud. Yet, impressed i'm still alive, as after hearing some of the story of the night back that is absolutely stunning.
I was invited to my friends little brothers 18th birthday house party (Yes a little strange but whatever).



I arrive at this house already half a bottle of gin down and a fair amount of whiskey...and about 3 cans of Guinness... Oh GOD the memories... Why did i have this much to drink you ask? Well, it's a social event where you have to interact with other human beings! As a 27 years old male this is of course the most terrifying thing in the world, i don't even like answering the phone let alone ACTUALLY speaking to people!

Once in the house all the memories came flooding back, of when i attended my own house parties at the age of 15-18 and i immediately thought...ah i am home! Not really realising at this point i am pushing 30 and other than the parents who dutifully hid in the kitchen, my friends and my wife everyone else at the party was 17/18 (To any american readers, i'm based in the UK and you can drink at 18) meaning i am now the creepy old dude who still thinks he is young and cool...

I quickly sink more Gin while talking to all the adults and using my alcoholic force field I feign confidence and make everyone laugh. Winning. This blissful peace would not last...

I soon after found myself partaking in games of Beer Pong... Using Gin instead on Beer. I played alone vs a team of 18 year olds... I won with "Old man rules" Yep, that one stung. We played again with the new age beer pong rules (Which are terrible btw) and i won again. Although i was winning i still was drinking more than anyone there... this is where everything went dark for me and i had to be filled in by my friends what atrocities i had committed...

Start off small, a lad with dyed peroxide short blond hair called me Ed Sheeran (Because i'm ginger) to which i replied "Pipe down Ellen Degenerous" Literally all of his friends cheered like i had knocked him clear out with a spinning 360 roundhouse kick to the face... think that nickname may stick...

Next, i overheard a couple of lads talking about Cannabis, and i thought "Hey, i remember back in my day knowing a thing or two about the old Devils Lettuce" so i tried to engage in conversation with them... Long story short, if you have not touched Cannabis in over 10 years... it's over, it's moved on and the words they use, weight... all of it are not the same, they will just blink and laugh at you... repeatedly.

Onto drunken advice time of the night! I sat next to a lad on the sofa and asked him what his goals were for the future... I just want to eat myself... He said he was doing construction and what not, to which i slurred the most old man sentence in history... "Stick with it mate, School may seem boring and stuff but do good, i did not do great and wish i had a second chance. I know you're not listening to me as i am just some random old dude but just try your hardest" I am cringing so hard i don't think my fingers work anymore!!!!!!!!!

Now it gets really bad. At this point my friend described me as "Having a split personality" One part was rational and friendly... the other was a hell beast spawned from the armpit hair of Hades...
I have at this point, lost my wife and two of my other friends and have attempted to call my wife... Someone answered the phone and it was a voice i did not recognise. Hellbeast came to the forefront and became, errrrrrm slightly irrational and assumed someone had kidnapped my wife and began to unleash a torrent of abuse down the phone like liam niason in 'Taken'... It was only the next day that i found out the person i was hurling abuse at, was my friends mum, the persons who's house it was.... just shoot me! I feel awful about this one.

I vaguely remember laying on someones front garden laughing at the stars like Jared Leto Joker in 'Suicide Squad' when he is laying in the centre of all those knives...

I climbed a fence, don't know where it led or if i got to the other side because i was on my own and there was no one to fill me in on these little details...

And finally on my walk home with my wife i had a bottle of gin in my hand and tried to chug it thinking it was water and i spat it everywhere looking like triple H making an entrance to the WWE ring...

So yeah... That was my eventful night where i realised i am a dinosaur and a nightmare drunk at parties!

Until next time, I am out... I've still not recovered!

Kieren

Thursday, August 22, 2019

I NEED WoW Classic... NOW!

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to my latest YouTube video, it's not long and is funny as anything, if I do say so myself! 
If you don't laugh at the content, you will certainly laugh at my dismal attempt at editing, or my laughable acting! 
So please go and watch and I'll love you forever!

If you are struggling with waiting for WoW Classic, this video may be for you. 
Know that you are not alone in this struggle!

If you are getting your GCSE results today, good luck and remember, if you didn't get the grades you wanted, don't worry. You are more than a grade! 



Wednesday, August 21, 2019

My First Ever YouTube Video!!!

Hello everyone! With World of Warcraft Classic right around the corner! The hype train is full speed ahead! 

I would appreciate it if you gave my first ever YouTube video a view, like and subscribe! 

It is very basic as I just wanted to test the waters and get my personality across! 

Classic World of Warcraft Warrior Race Choice (Horde)



Thursday, July 25, 2019

League of Legends TFT - TOP 4 EVERYTIME

Hi all!

I have decided to make my weight loss blogs weekly and explain the week in one big juicy fat fighting blog! Reasons for this is, i really do enjoy blogging about my weightloss daily, but it is not THAT interesting to write and probably not all that interesting to read!

That being said i am going to do something slightly different today and write a blog about a game i currently really enjoy playing. Giving my tips and tricks on how to be better!

TFT - League of Legends

So, if you are an avid PC gamer as i am, i'm sure you have heard about League of Legends new game mode called TFT (Team Fight Tactics). It is being referred to as 'Auto Chess'. This is not a completely new concept at all, as DOTA (League of Legends biggest competitor) done this concept before them, and have a lovely mobile app called 'DOTA Underlords' (I highly recommend this app as its completely free and its mobile!) However, we are not here to talk about DOTA, back to TFT.

If you are completely new to this concept of gaming let me try to explain it for you.
At the start of the game there is a ring of champions (all familiar faces from the usual MOBA League of legends game mode) each one will be holding an item (also familiar to the the MOBA version) at this point you choose a champion and away you go. So once you have a champion you need to check what class/race/faction it is. There are so many factions, for handy use i will try to name them all now.

Glacial - Ashe, Volibear, Anivia, Lissandra, Sejuani, Braum

Bonus - Glacials have a chance on hit to stun for 2 seconds.
2x Glacial = 20% Chance
4x Glacial = 30% Chance
6x Glacial = 45% Chance

Tips and Tricks - Give Ashe a Spear of Shojin (BF Sword + Tears) With this Ashe can keep someone perma stunned for an entire round (granted she does not die)

Spatula + Giants belt = Frozen mallet (This can be equipped onto any champion to make them a Glacial)

Good Synergies - Elemental and Brawler and Ranger

Weakness - Currently the only real weakness i find is the RNG chance of the stun. If you get awful RNG, anyone can beat glacial.
Also, Rapid fire cannon on a stacked ADC hiding in the corner just popping off not getting stunned will win for sure.


Assassin - Zed, Akali, Pyke, Evelynn, Kha'zix, Rengar, Katarina

Bonus - Assassins gain massive increase to Critical strike damage and also jump to the furthest away unit on the opposing team, they are untargetable until they land.
3x Assassin = 125% Crit Damage
6x Assassin = 350% Crit Damage

Tips and Tricks - Get a stronk Akali! Plan ahead for that Akali and build items accordingly, i suggest, Spear of Shojin (BF Sword + Tears), Seraphs Embrace, (Tears + Tears), Deathcap (Needlessly Large Rod + Needlessly Large Rod) for damage and very quick ultimates!

Spatula + BF Sword = Youmu's Ghostblade (This can be equipped onto any champion to make them an Assassin)

Partnerships - Great partnerships are - Ninja or Void (More damage!)

Weakness - Phantom Dancer (Recurve Bow + Chain Vest) Phantom Dancer, makes the wearer immune to critical strikes, making the Assassin bonus completely obsolete! Yordles can be an issue too as you can miss them. Glacials, if they start popping off and akali is killed quick, GG.

Demon - Varus, Evelynn, Morganna, Aatrox, Brand, Swain, Elise

Have a chance on hit to Mana Burn and deal True Damage equal to the amount of mana stolen.
2x Demon = 25% Chance to Mana Burn
4x Demon = 50% Chance to Mana Burn
6x Demon = 85% Chance to Mana Burn

Tips and Tricks - AATROX IS STRONK! Try for a level 3 Aatrox as soon as possible, even an early level 2 can carry you a long way in the early to mid game. Spear of Shojin (BF Sword + Tears) is his friend. You want him one shotting everything in site with his ultimate. Also, make a demon Volibear... more on that later!

Spatula + Tears = Demonkin (This can be equipped onto any champion to make them a Demon)

Good Synergies - Brawler + Elemental + Shapeshifter

Weakness - Demon is currently flying high as one of the best builds to go. Their ability to drain mana counters pretty much everyone. Though, Gunslinger and Blademasters are very strong against demon they do not need mana to utilize their bonus.

Brawler - Volibear, Cho'gath, Rek'sai, Warwick, Blitzcrank

Brawlers recieve bonus maximum health
2x Brawler = 300 Bonus Health
4x Brawler = 700 Bonus Health

Tips and Tricks - Volibear. Is. A. GOD. Brawlers are the go to meta right now as you only need 4 of them to get the maximum bonus and given the right items to a Volibear can make unstoppable. Volibears ultimate can hit and entire team with every attack, this counts as on hit, so items such as Cursed Blade (Recurve Bow + Negatron Cloak) and Hush (Negatron Cloak + Tears) and Swordbreaker (Negatron Cloak + Chain Vest) can all effect an entire team at once... OP. I highly recommend a Rapid Fire Cannon though as Volibear can sometimes be blocked from the fight as he is short range.

Good Synergies - Pretty much anyone! Best i would say are, Void, Demon, Wild, Glacial.

Weakness - Really needs items to be super effective and some luck in level 2/3 champs. You need a strong Volibear early or you need very strong synergising champs that have a tonne of damage as Brawlers are really just big old tanks until Volibear is god mode.

Noble - Garen, Vayne, Lucian, Kayle, Leona, Fiora

Gain 100 armor and 35 health per attack
3x Noble = 1 Random ally
6x Noble = All Allies

Tips and Tricks - If you can offered a Garen, Luician, Vayne and Fiora at the start of the game, take it. The early noble buff is almost impossible to beat and will keep you healthy through that early game phase. Even if Noble is not your desired route, it will give you enough time to Eco your gold while you look to buy your end game team. Also if you are going for a full noble comp, re roll early as the game loves to spit out Garen, Fiora and Vayne lick skittles as they are all 1x cost.

Good Synergies - No real standout synergy as they are pretty much a solo breed but i would say maybe Ranger/Glacial. Any 2-3x comp that offers a pretty strong bonus while being super tanky with the noble buff will suffice.

Weakness - Finding a damn Kayle! Kayle is a 5 star champ and therefore shows up very rarely.. I have spent 70+ gold in one turn trying to find her before... NOPE. 

Blademaster - Fiora, Draven, Aatrox, Shen, Yasou, Gangplank

Blademasters have a 35% chance to attack additional times with every attack
3x Blademaster = 1 Additional Strike
6x Blademaster = 2 Additional Strike

Tips and Tricks - Make a Blade of the Ruined King and stick it on a Gunslinger, i recommend Lucian. This means, if you get 6 Blademaster and 4 Gunslinger, the amount of attacks go through the roof. Stick a Hextech Gunblade (BF Sword + Needlessly Large Rod) and a Cursed Blade on Lucian along with the BOTRK and you have an unstoppable, level reducing monster on your hands.

Spatula + Recurve Bow = Blade of the Ruined King (Turns any champ equipped with this into a Blademaster)

Good Synergies - Gunslinger, others work, like Demon, but in the current meta, Gunslinger and Blademaster is super strong!

Weakness - Relies Heavily on getting items to make a BOTRK also Yordles can be a pain as they can dodge all attacks if RNG is against you. So if anyone is build Yordles, try to get a Rapid Fire Cannon as you no longer can miss.

Gunslinger - Gangplank, Miss Fortune, Tristana, Lucian, Graves

Gunslingers have a 50% chance to fire an additional attack after attacking.
2x Gunslinger = 1 additional enemy
4x Gunslinger - 3 additional enemies

Tips and Tricks - Same as Blademaster, Stick a BOTRK on one of these bad boys and go to town with 4x Gunslinger and 6x Blademaster buff.

Good Synergies - Blademaster, Pirate

Weakness - Same as Blademaster, Relies Heavily on getting a BOTRK. Can also be weak early game if you don't get level 2/3 early or any tank units as all are very squishy.

Pirate - Gangplank, Graves, Pyke, Miss Fortune, Twisted Fate

Earn up to 4 extra gold after combat with another player
3x Pirate = Earn the extra gold

Tips And Tricks - Pretty straight forward. Going for Pirates early game is a very good idea as it can put you and an early advantage in gold. Be warned however, sometimes the chest contains 0 gold!

Good Synergies - Anyone, its mainly used as a cash cow. Gunslinger would be the best as 3 of the pirates are already Gunslingers.

Weakness - Offers no damage or tank increase.

Yordle - Kennen, Tristana, Lulu, Veigar, Gnar, Poppy

Attacks against ally Yordles have a chance to miss
3x Yordle = 25% Chance to miss
6x Yordle = 60% Chance to miss

Tips and Tricks - If you go Yordle, everyone will hate you. Embrace it and cheese yourself up to top 4. Veigar level 3 is a god, as his ult will one shot, any champ lower level than him. DO NOT BUILD VEIGAR AP! You want him popping ults off as frequently as possible, Spear of Shojin, Spear of Shojin, Rapid fire cannon/Cursed Blade (This is OP if the other team has level 3s, Veigar can lower their level then one shot them with his ultimate)/Guinsu's Rageblade (Recurve Bow + Needlessly Large Rod).

Good Synergies = Sorcerer, Elementalist and Shapeshifter

Weakness = This is pure RNG. Either the enemy team misses forever while you just whittle them down to nothing but shallow husks of their former selves or no one misses and you die in 3 seconds flat. Also anyone with strong abilities will smash Yordle and as their miss bonus is only effective against auto attacks.

Elementalist - Kennen, Lissandra, Anivia, Brand

Elementalists gain double mana from attacks, also at the start of combat you summon a golem with 2200 HP.

3x Elementalists = Gain a Golem with 2200 HP

Tips and Tricks - Your Golem will jump out into an open space around one of you Elementalists so try to block off two (surround them with other champs) then put one where you would like the Golum to pop out. Attack Speed on Elementalists is very strong due to their passive ability to gain double mana per attack.

Good Synergies - Demon, Sorcerer, Glacial, Yordle

Weakness - Poor placement of Golum. Also if Golum gets cursed bladed/Phantom your one bonus is gone making the elementalists useless.

Knight - Garen, Mordekaiser, Poppy, Darius, Kayle, Sejuani

Knights block damage from basic attacks
2x Knight = 20 damage blocked
4x Knight = 40 damage blocked
6x Knight = 80 damage blocked

Tips and Tricks - Knights are fantastic early game for allowing you to survive early rounds and start to build up some gold while you try to build your team. I do not recommend build full knights, the bonus end game is just simply not strong enough and there is just not enough damage. If you get a strong early Darius then consider building into Imperials (same for strong early Garen, consider noble)

Spatula + Chain Vest = Knights Vow (Makes any champ equipped with this a Knight)

Good Synergies - Anyone in the early game, just to be a meat shield. IF you get a strong Darius, Imperial is a good synergy. IF you get a strong Garen, Noble is a good synergy. IF you get a strong Poppy, Yordle is a good synergy. IF you get a strong Mordekaiser, Phantom is a good synergy.

Weakness - Fall off late game as their buff is not strong enough to withstand late game damage and they have very low late game damage output.

Ninja - Kennen, Shen, Akali, Zed

The Ninja buff is a little different to all the others, it is only activated if you have exactly 1 Ninja or exactly 4 Ninja. If you have 2/3 Ninja on the field you will not gain any Ninja buff until you have exactly 4.
1x Ninja = Ninja gains +40% Attack Damage
4x Ninja = Ninja gains +80% Attack Damage

Tips and Tricks - Only play ONE Ninja on your field until you have all 4. Playing more than one ninja loses the Ninja bonus and is a waste. 

Good Synergies - Assassin. Ninja Assassin is super strong right now, read Assassin section above to find out more.

Weakness - Long wait time to get 4 ninja (unless you are very lucky) meaning your reserve board can be very full while you try to gather your ninjas, ready for when you get them all.

Wild - Warwick, Nidalee, Rengar, Gnar, Ahri

Attacks Generate stacks for Fury (5 stacks MAX.) Each stack of Fury gives 10% Attack Speed.

2x Wild = Wild Allies only gain the Fury buff.
4x Wild = All allies gain the Fury buff.

Tips and Tricks - It is a good idea to re roll early with this as you want to get a very strong Nidalee and Warwick as fast as possible. Use Ahri until you find a Rengar. if you have Ahri, Rengar, Nidalee and Warwick as you 4 wilds, as soon as you find a Gnar, swap out Ahri.

Good Synergies - Brawler, Shapeshifter, Demon, Ranger

Weakness - It is very popular to go Wild early game, so you can end up gold starving yourself re rolling and not finding anything. Without a strong early game nidalee it can be a struggle to actually get into the game.

Shapeshifter - Nidalee, Gnar, Shyvanna, Elise, Swain

Shapeshifters gain bonus maximum health when they transform.
3x Shapeshifter = 60% Increased Health when they transform.

Tips and Tricks - Shapeshifter fit into any comp and make them a super solid go to choice when struggling for ideas. Make Elise strong and find a swain later with a Gnar that you turned into a demon you can have a full demon comp with 3 shapeshifters. Gnar and Nidalee already offer 2x Wild, leaving only 2 more to get for a 4x Wild bonus. This is a very strong and versatile build! Shyvanna is OP too, either make her a hyper carry or make her unkillable with an Aurellion Sol giving the Dragon Bonus then shove a Warmogs (Giants Belt + Giants Belt) and a Thornmail (Chain Vest + Chain Vest) Then any damage item you choose and boom, next to unkillable.

Good Synergy - Anyone! Strongest would be, Demon or Wild

Weakness - Elise can be very squishy, even at level 3, so early it can be a struggle to get going unless you managed to find a very strong Nidalee.

Dragon - Shyvana, Aurelion Sol

Dragons are immune to magic damage.
2x Dragon = Become immune to magic damage

Tips and Tricks - Pretty much speaks for itself. This is super strong if you can make it work in you team. As its not just magic damage they are immune to, they are immune to all abilities! So only auto attacks can actually harm them.

Good Synergy = Shapeshifter, Sorcerer 

Weakness - There are only two of them and it can be hard to find the pair. Also making them work in a team can be slightly difficult but not that bad. Also weak against Gunslinger, Blademaster comp as they do not use abilities/have to need to use abilities.

Sorcerer - Aurelion Sol, Ahri, Lulu, Veigar, Twisted Fate, Morganna, Karthus, Kassadin

Sorcerers gain double mana from attacking. Also allies get increased spell damage.
3x Sorcerer = 45% increased Spell Power
6x Sorcerer = 100% increased Spell Power

Tips and Tricks - Sorcerers are SUPER strong, if you can get the going. I find that its a very slow process getting Sorcerers, they either do not show up at all or you find 100000s of them. I advise building something like Noble/Knights while you try to establish strong sorcerers on your bench. Don't get suckered in to thinking you have to build AP items either, it is sometimes a good idea to build attack speed and mana items to get them to ult faster.
Also, if you are new... DO NOT PUT AP ITEMS ON KASSADIN... been there done that! He does not benefit from AP at all, build him pure attack speed.

Spatula + Needlessly Large Rod = Yummi (Turns any champ equipped with this into a sorcerer)

Good Synergies - Yordle, Elementalits, Pirate, Phantom, Dragon

Weakness - Can be a struggle to build. Demons beat them pretty easy as they drain mana stopping them from being able to use their abilities. Dragons, it is almost impossible for a sorcerer team to beat dragon bonus. Dragons claw (2x Negatron Cloak) counters sorcerer also.

Imperial - Darius, Draven, Katarina, Swain

Imperial deal double damage.
2x Imperial = One random Imperial
4x Imperial = All Imperials

Tips and Tricks - This is a very hard comp to get, due to how ridiculously strong the bonus is. You should only really seek this comp if you get a very early Draven and an early level 3 Darius. That being said, early game Darius with a Katarina/Draven is very strong, so don't be afraid if going for an early 2x bonus.

Good Synergies = Wild, Shapeshifters, Demon, Assassin, Blademaster

Weakness - High cost champions and low % chance of pulling them, could leave you in a spot of bother. 

Rangers - Ashe, Varus, Vayne, Kindred

Rangers have a chance to double their attack speed for 3 seconds.
2x ranger = 25% Chance
4x Ranger = 65% Chance

Tips and Tricks - When going rangers, always make sure you have some beefy units protecting them. Early game, you may have 4 rangers ready to go but if you don't have a tank then you will get squashed. Rangers are not as strong as they were at the release of TFT but are still a very viable option. Pairing Rangers up with Spatula items such as, Demonkin, Frozen Mallet makes them alot stronger.

Good Synergies - Glacial, Demon, Wild, Elementalists, Brawler

Weakness - Very squishy. Relies on Spatula items, and good synergy with another bonus comp.

Phantom - Kindred, Mordekaiser, Karthus

Sets a random enemy units Health to 100 at the start of battle.
2x Phantom = Set random enemy health to 100

Tips and tricks - Getting a really beefy Mordekaiser early makes for a great gameplan. Although Kindred and Karthus are high cost and low chance of pulling, they still can show up very early. Although it is RNG which enemy the Phantom curse attacks, it could take out their level 3 monster Draven, or a level 1 Darius who is only there to get the synergy bonus. Either way it tips the balance in your favor.

Good Synergies - Sorcerer, Ranger, Knight

Weakness - Other than Karthus, these units are not very strong outside of offering the Phantom bonus. Although that being said a level 2/3 Kindred with a full ranger bonus can be clutch with her ultimate. Relies heavily on having a strong useable Mordekaiser until finding Kindred and Karthus.

Void - Cho'Gath, Rek'Sai, Kassadin, Kha'zix

Basic attacks ignore 50% of the target armor
3x Void = Basic attacks ignore 50% armor

Tips and Tricks - Void is super strong early and late game as it offers level 1 and level 2 champs. This means you have high likelihood of getting level 2/3 units very early on. It also offers 3 different routes to go with them, Brawlers, Sorcerer and Assassin. Replace Rek'Sai with Cho'Gath ASAP.

Good Synergies - Assassin, Brawler 

Weakness - Rek'Sai is kind of useless unless hes level 3 and kitted out (please never do this) so it can be a frustrating wait hoping for Cho'Gath to come and save the day. Also reliant on getting early synergies with another comp as their is not much damage in the void section unless you get a level 3 Kassadin/Kha'zix and kit them out!

Guardian - Braum, Leona

At the start of combat, all Guardians and adjacent Allies receive +40 armor
2x Guardian = Guardians and adjacent allies gain +40 armor

Tips and Tricks - Try not to aim for this, although this can be super strong with a 6 noble team as it synergies with everyone getting +100 armor for the Noble buff then and extra +40 armor from the Guardian bonus. This is also strong if you get early game and is mixed with Knights/Noble. You can even get a Glacial bonus.

Good Synergies - Glacial, Noble, Knight, Phantom

Weakness - Pretty basic buff, very situational for its usefullness.

Robot - Blitzcrank

Robots start the fight with full mana
1x Robot - Start the fight with full mana

Tips and tricks - Starting with full mana means that Blitzcrank ban pull the furthest away champion straight away, this is usually the enemy teams strongest hero. You must position your Blitzcrank accordingly to ensure you pull a strong hero. An early level 2 Blitzcrank pretty much works as a one punch man, the rocket grab will kill pretty much any level one in one hit, or two. I like sticking a ludens echo on Blitzcrank early as the grab is stronger and deals loads of damage to all around the unit hit with the grab.

Good synergies - Literally anyone, a Blitzcrank can be used anywhere, anytime. Most effective with Brawlers though.

Weakness - Enemy team, arranging their squad so you end up grabbing a tank or something useless.

Exile - Yasou

If an Exile has no adjacent allies, they gain a shield equal to 100% of their HP
1x Exile - With no adjacent allies, gain a shield equal to 100% of their HP

Tips and tricks - Yasou needs to not have any unit within one square of him in any direction for him to gain the shield. You have a choice of building super tank (good idea if you have 6 blademaster) Or hyper carry (also good with 6 Blademaster)

Good Synergy - Great in any comp if you get him early, hes very strong early game even with no other synergy. Brawler, Blademaster, Wild

Weakness - Hard to get, even harder to get level 3

I REALLY hope you find the above information helpful, as that has taken me WAY longer than i intended it too!

Now i will tell you the comp i have been using...

I have just reached Platinum 4 on EU West, and have seen every build you can possibly think of! Some that have landed me in 8th, some that have sailed me through to the top spot with ease. I am going to tell you my build which has guaranteed me a top 4 finish EVERY SINGLE GAME for the past 12 games in a row, not kidding.

You have probably seen it, it is the main Meta right now but i will tell you anyway!

Void + Brawler/Brawler + Demon

This is my step by step process of how i went top 4, 12 times in a row with 6 wins.

I start the game looking for a Blitzcrank/Rek'Sai in the opening circle.
If you fail to get either then look for a Recurve bow, failing that, settle for a Negatron Cloak, If the world hates you with a burning passion and you somehow get none of these things, get a demon/tears/spatula.

So minion round, assuming you got a brawler of some kind (Blitz or Rek'Sai) with a useable item (if it has Needlessly Large Rod and you get a Chain Vest, make a Locket, Locket OP.) You want to aim for a Cursed Blade, A Rapid Fire Canon, A Locket, A Hush, A Swordbreaker (In that order). In your picks over the next few minion rounds, buy all Kassadin, Kha'zix, Rek'Sai, Wariwick and Blitzcrank, lock your champs if you need to wait for more gold. Your aim is to have atleast one level 2 damage champ by the time all the minion rounds are over. Buy Volibear as soon as he appears. Make sure you have 4 champs out before heading into the fights against real opponents. This will mean leveling up once, so make sure you save 4 gold.

1st Set of rounds

Hopefully you have, Blitzcrank, Warwick, Kassadin, Kha'zix. In and ideal world, Kassadin/Kha'Zix are level 2, no worries if they are not. if they are level 2 and if Warwick/Blitz is also there will be no need to reroll until after the first circle. If you are losing heavy, or don't have any level 2 yet, roll for them. 

1st Circle

After the first sets of rounds, you should be either 100HP or in the mid to high 90s, perfect. Unfortunately that means last or second last pick in the circle. What you are looking for here is Volibear, even if you found one already, you want a level 2/3 bear asap. if no Volibear see what items you have and see if you can make any of the one listed above, i will lay them out more clearly now...

In priority order...

1. Cursed Blade (Recurve Bow + Negatron Cloak)
2. Rapid Fire Cannon (Recurve Bow + Recurve Bow)
3. Locket (Needlessly Large Rod + Chain Vest)
4. Titanic Hydra (Giants Belt + Recurve Bow)
5. Hush (Negatron Cloak + Tears)
6. Swordbreaker (Negatron Cloak + Chain Vest)

Realistically, if you don't have the items for a Cursed Blade, do not waste a Recurve Bow or a Negatron Cloak (Unless you have multiple Cloaks) Making a Locket if you have not done so already is a solid move if all else fails.

2nd set of rounds

Level up to 5, you should now be able to put out 5 champs. If all has gone to plan, your team should look something like this...

Blitzcrank in the corner
Kha'Zix next to him
Kassadin on the other side of Blitzcrank
Warwick in front of Blitzcrank
Volibear to the left of Warwick

This will give you...

3x Void = 50% Armor ignored
3x Brawler = 300HP increase to all brawlers
1x Robot = Starts fight with max mana

Now is time to eco, even if you start losing. Operation, get to Krugs is a go! So no matter how tempted you are to hit the level up button or the darn re roll button, RESIST! Obviously still buy every Volibear, Kassadin, Kha'Zix, Rek'Sai, Blitzcrank, Warwick that you see, aswell as keeping an extra eye out for Cho'Gath! That forms the basis of your team, on top of this you should also be looking for Ashe and Sejuani and Anivia/Braum/Lissandra (in that order) Thinking ahead to once you've completed your core build.

Krugs

Krugs are notoriusly awful at giving me anything useful so hopefully they serve you alot better!
Again, just looking for those items listed above.

3rd Set of rounds

Same thing again, eco and buy if they are on screen. If you are losing heavily (not beating a single opposition unit) re roll until you get a couple more level 2s.
Once your XP bar says 10/18, level up twice (This will cost 8 gold) then you can have 6 units! This means, aslong as you got everything like i said, you should have 4x Brawler, 3x Void and 1 Robot.

2nd Circle

Exactly the same as the first, unless you got INCREDIBLY lucky and Volibear is sitting there with a Cursed Blade, Rapid Fire Cannon and a Titanic Hydra. If you did get mega lucky, you can choose if you want to make Kassadin god mode DPS or make Warwick/Blitz and ultra tank beast. I sometimes make Blitz and beefy AP Carry also, choice is yours, mildly situational, all three are strong options...

Mega tank route
Dragons Claw (Negatron Cloak + Negatron Cloak)
Thornmail (Chain Vest + Chain Vest)
Warmog's (Giants Belt + Giants Belt)
Phantom Dancer (Recurve Bow + Chain Vest)

God mode Kassadin
Guinsu's Rageblade (Recurve Bow + Needlessly Large Rod)
Phantom Dancer (Recurve Bow + Chain Vest)
BloodThirster (B.F. Sword + Negatron Cloak)
Cursed Blade (Recurve Bow + Negatron Cloak)

AP Carry Blitzcrank
2x Ludens Echo (Needlessly Large Rod + Tears)
Deathcap (Needlessly Large Rod + Needlessly Large Rod)

4th Set of rounds

Eco until after Wolves! If you are somehow in danger of loosing obviously go for broke, use any saved items and make somewhat useable things and spam reroll to find what you need. You should never be in this situation this early though.

Wolves

This is where you get what you need, or you don't. After wolves use all your items, regardless of if they are not quite the items i suggested. 

5th Set of rounds

Now is the time to re roll, try not to ever go under 30 gold, if you are somehow on 60+ at this point then try not to go under 50. You need to start pushing for level 3s if you don't have some already. Usually by this point i have a level 3 Kassadin and Kha'Zix, Level 2 Volibear, Level 2/3 Warwick, Level 2 Blitzcrank, Level 1/2 Cho'Gath. On my bench should be a level 2 Ashe and ATLEAST a level 1 Sejuani and a Level 2 Lissandra (or level 1 Anivia if super lucky) 

Circle 3

Look at an item that is incomplete on your team and find an item that completes it well.
Or if there is a champ that will give you a level 2/3 get it... if you can!

6th Set of rounds

You need to start working towards level 7 ASAP (If you have not done so already) Once level 7, it is up to you what you do. If you are lacking in DPS then put Ashe on, you will now have 2 Glacial. If you need more CC, or your damage is okay currently then get Sejuani out (Obviously if one is higher level than the other then choose them)

Raptors

Absolute last chance for decent items! So if you are STILL hording your stuff like some creepy treasure goblin, NOW. IS. THE. TIME. TO. USE. ALL. THE. ITEMS!

7th Set of rounds

You must now start using your levels to reach 8 then 9 (all while looking for level 3s ofcourse)
If you have a Spatula spare (the only think you should have spare UNLESS you made a Frozen Mallet!) you can get another Spatula and only need to level to 8. 

Once level 8/9 you should have...

4x Brawler
Cho'Gath
Volibear
Blitzcrank
Warwick

3x Void
Cho'Gath
Kha'Zix
Kassadin

4x Glacial
Ashe
Lissadra/Anivia
Sejuani
Volibear

1x Robot
Blitzcrank

And that comp will get you top 4 EVERY SINGLE TIME! 

Wow that was a long blog, i really really hope people read it and enjoy and it helps them on their climb in the TFT ladders!

Much love

Kieren
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Right, Time to get back on track!

Hello!

So, i have not posted in a really long time... this is because i was in a show called 'The Wiz' and it required me to not lose anymore weight as i was recorded for a scene early in the rehearsal process and i had to look the same in the recording as i did on show day!

That show is now OVER! It was a fantastic show and i miss it terribly, however! It is time to get back on track and shed some more fat! Oh, and i have just been cast as one of the ugly sisters (the Dame) in Cinderella with Nailsea Musicals. Tickets are on sale now for January performances. If this is somehow read by someone local or just want to come see me in panto dressed as a fabulous dame please do let me know and i will try to get tickets sorted for you!



RIGHT! As of today, i am weighing in at 17 stone/107.9kg/238lbs exactly! Which is a 1.9 stone/12kg/26.5lbs loss from my start weight! Which i am incredibly happy with as i managed to maintain that over a period of time where i kind of stopped dieting.

Sunday 21/07/2019 I begin again!

If you have not followed my previous blog posts then you may be unaware of how my diet works and how i approach it. It will not be for everyone, i understand that, at it may not the BEST way, but it is a way that works for me and that is the best advice i can offer anyone in the same situation as me. Find something that works, and stick to it! Ketogenic, Slimming World, SlimFast, Atkins, Vegetarian, Vegan etc etc. If it works for you, and you are seeing positive results, stick to it, and don't let anyone change your mind, unless YOU want to try it.

So, my diet consists of using a Protein shake called Stripfast and it works as a meal replacement...


The link to the shake i use should be above. I think the chocolate flavor is the best personally, but i am still yet to try the banana, so if you order the banana please let me know if it is good or not!

I normally do not eat breakfast, never have done. I know a lot of people say that to not eat breakfast is a bad thing as your body stores fat because its hungry, this is a myth. Think about it, the reason you lose weight is because you burn more calories than you consume and then your body breaks down its fat reserves... so yeah.

In the morning i will drink water (or squash) i try for a litre before lunchtime. Alternatively, if you are really hungry in the mornings, you can have a shake for breakfast. I will normally have a shake around 12pm (or after i finish in the gym). For dinner i will have usually a pasta dish or rice dish. Sometimes with meat, sometimes just fully vegetarian. I am currently writting an e-book with all my cheap recipes and calories in each meal etc. I will link you to that once completed if you are interested! All throughout the day i ensure i am drinking plenty of water!

Here is a very rough example day to follow...

9am - Drink 500ml Water
10am - 500ml Water
12pm - 1x Shake (in 300ml water)
2pm - 500ml water
4pm - 500ml water
6pm - Pasta, diced chicken, chopped tomato, vegetables
8pm - Glass of water
10pm - Glass of water 

Obviously some days you are not going to drink that much water, but it really works for me and makes me feel so much better since i have started!

The basic idea i follow with this diet also is a basic calorie counting method, its tried and tested and when you have a shake everyday its easy to know how many calories you have had and only really need to work out what your dinner is. This is great because, if you want to have something a bit more calorific or want to have a bit of a booze up, you can! you just calculate your calories and aim for a lighter meal, like a salad for dinner/pre dinner then you can go out and have your big dinner later as you will have probably only consumed 500calories up until this point! So it is flexible also!

I do exorcise with this, though it is not essential, you will lose weight regardless aslong as you are following the diet effectively you will lose weight. If you do want to exercise though i will now show you the basic workouts i follow, it do a push, pull, leg day rotation.

Push day

30min Cardio
Barbell Front Raises, superset with Upright Rows - 3x10

This is quite a long one and i have been adding to it a lot as i have gotten fitter so if you are just starting out, feel free to remove some of the workouts/do less sets, until you are comfortable doing the whole thing, but do push yourself, it took me ages to tell myself i was not going to die and to just push through it!

Pull day

30min cardio
Deadlifts - 5x5 (as heavy as you can lift)
Chin up/pull up (until fail)
Lat pull down - 3x12 (Do these if, like me, are currently unable to do a chin up/pull up)
Bicep Curls - 3x12
Plate Curls - 3x12
Face Pulls - 3x15

Again feel free to remove and change set amounts to suit you. Obviously if you already have a workout that works for you, stick to that one, try this one, whatever you want! I am not trying to tell you these are the best workouts possible for what you want to achieve, just showing you an option and something that has been working for me.

Leg day

30min Cardio
Wall sit - 45 seconds
Leg Press - 3x15
One leg, leg press - 3x10 (on each leg)

I have included all the links to the exercise being performed by a professional on Youtube and he is the person i have been following to make sure i do my lifts correctly. So bookmark this blog for easy access to all workouts!

So yeah, that is pretty much all the information i have to give at this time. I will be back tomorrow to record how well my first day back has gone and will let you all know!

I am also thinking of trying to do two blogs a day, or two blogs every other day. A weight loss blog everyday as standard and maybe a more entertaining blog to go along with it, so something to do with gaming which is a passion of mine, a life update, talking about things that are happening in my life that are not weight loss related. Random thoughts etc etc. See how it goes!

Thankyou for taking the time to read! 
I hope you can join me on this journey and this way of life helps you as much as it has helped me!

See you tomorrow

Kieren

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