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BUTTERMILK BASTILLE BABY SOAP BAR

New Year, new start. I am just recovering from a bout of pneumonia and will resume soap making in a few days. I have been reading up on it and had a lot of help courtesy of the Soap Queen. Your feedback is important to me.

ALL MY LAST POST SEEMS TO HAVE DISAPPEARED. 

I posted this recipe for baby soap from the Soap Queen. The only thing I would probably change is adding the baby carrot and water. I am not  to keen on the colour. The baby soap is also good for people with dry skin and there is no added fragrances just pure oils. 

PLEASE ENSURE YOU USE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. CHECK MY PREVIOUS PAGES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURE IN SOAP MAKING. SOAP MAKING IS FUN BUT IT CAN ALSO BE DANGEROUS IF THE CORRECT PROCEDURES ARE NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH. 

Buttermilk Bastille Baby Bar Recipe:
https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/baby-soap-buttermilk-bastille-baby-bar/

 

Olive Oil – 27 oz
Coconut Oil – 5 oz
Buttermilk – 8 oz
Carrot Baby Food – 2.5 oz (make sure it says just carrots and water)
Lye – 4.3 oz

Melt Coconut Oil (hard oil) and add to Olive Oil 

I briefly stirred the oils and then remembered I had not prepared the lye and buttermilk……..The night before freeze buttermilk in ice-cube trays. You will need to mix the lye directly with the buttermilk.  REMEMBERED PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Fill a bowl with ice and place jug with weighed buttermilk cubes inside bowl. Then weigh lye and gradually spoon lye into cubes. This helps prevent lye scorching milk. It may take some time.

The lye and milk will eventually combine. Add to the lye the baby carrots (baby carrots and water) I purchased a small jar from pharmacy.

I was uneasy with this technique as I noticed white bits in my mixture. It wasn’t lye and it eventually cleared leaving a pale salmon colour

Mix until there is good trace. Not to thick. I found my trace could slightly pattern but it was smooth (too used to hot process soap).

I probably should have left out the baby carrots. I think a more natural colour would been better for this soap. I used small molds. I probably should have used the loaf mold as this is a little messy.

This will take six weeks to cure. I will put up more pictures once soap is cured. 

Lemongrass and Lavender Hot Process Soap SOAPY SATURDAY

UPDATE

The feedback on the Lemongrass and Lavender was positive. I promise to make the CP version soon. Soaps wrapped but I could do with some wrap training

 

SOAPY SATURDAY OUTCOME.
Well the Lemongrass and Lavender soap smells delicious. BUT it’s messy. As I said below probably better as a cold process soap. Or perhaps its just me who prefers CP to HP. CP is far less messy. I also tried my hand at some wrapping (see below). I have added a ink here for Soap Queen/Brambleberry lye calculator. It is helpful in measuring the right amount of oils and in my case a blessing to stop me either having too little or too much fragrance……https://www.brambleberry.com/Pages/Fragrance-Calculator.aspx

 

 

BEFORE I STARTED ON SOAP TODAY….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxTXwxbpzLM

Well it’s a been a few days since I last said anything. I am delighted that I have had two positive comments that are worth one million comments to me.

I have been unwell again for a few days and a little exhausted. My family visited me also over the past week so its been hectic with Christmas, putting up the tree and gift wrapping.

This morning is the first I’ve had any energy. I’m having a Christmas high tea tomorrow and needed something nice to wear. I felt a little exhausted on the bus to Marble Arch at the crack of dawn today. However, I found what I wanted by 10:am and took a nice walk through Hyde Park. It was busy with Winter Wonderland tourists even at that unearthly hour in the morning. But the park for all it was dull and misty was beautiful and chilly. The air was fresh and the squirrels ran around everywhere. Joggers and cyclists and me enjoyed the beautiful crisp morning.. I tried to capture some of the beauty below.

Recently the French artisan bakery and patisserie Paul opened it’s doors locally. There had been such a fuss because it was opening directly next door to Greggs.  I thought whilst on the bus after walk through the misty Hyde Park I’d stay on a couple more stops for the sake of stopping outside Paul’s. I am a secret baker and love making bread so I was optimistic to treat myself at Paul’s. I sat on the bus hungry having only eaten breakfast just after 6.am. I envisaged a delicious chicken or tuna baguette or a delicious sandwich. My tummy rumbled and the hunger pangs made the fifteen minute journey seem like an hour. Then I was there at Paul’s.  The fabulous cakes on display suggested I was in for a real treat. Greggs looked a little drab.

BUT I was met with a long queue  AND as I wondered along the counter I was met with NOTHING but flat bread rolls and flat looking sandwiches. The window display was about the only thing at Paul’s worth looking at. As a keen bread maker and  from watching countless Paul Holliwood youtube videos and reading his books. I learned the art of kneading and know what freshly baked bread looks life when kneaded to perfection. I also have had several failed attempts with bread and the bread in Paul’s looked exactly the like the countless baguettes I have thrown into the bin.  Fresh bread must also look scrumptious to eat and unfortunately. One batch of baguettes I attempted was intended to copy one I liked in Subway. They were a tad on the large side but soft and  scrumptious. I made a hasty retreat to Greggs and had the perfect Tuna and red onion baguette. I doubt Paul’s will last long.

 

 

SOAPY, SATURDAY….Lemongrass and Lavender Hot Process Soap

I will upload pictures tomorrow but from the Soap Queen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxTXwxbpzLM   I gave this soap a try tonight. However, I did not have the right size mold. I will see tomorrow how it worked out.

2.1 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
1 oz. Avocado Butter
4.2 oz. Coconut Oil
8.4 oz. Olive Oil
4.2 oz. Palm Oil
1 oz. Shea Butter
2.9 oz. Sodium Hydroxide
6.9 oz. Distilled Water
0.6 oz. Sodium Lactate

1 tsp. Spirulina Powder
1 tsp. Green Zeolite Clay
1 tbsp. Lavender Buds

0.8 oz. Lemongrass Essential Oil
0.6 oz. Lavender 40/42 Essential

Crinkle Cutter
2 lb Wood Loaf Mold
Silicone Liner for 2 lb Wood Mold
pH Strips

If you make this project I’d love to see it!

 

 

 

 

Soapy Saturday

https://www.facebook.com/SafffaSoaps-Kensington-and-Chelsea-1527836953900319/
UPDATE……
My orange passion fruit scented soap turned out good. BUT some of it was a bit messy. I made too much and needed to use a flat soap mold. A flat soap mold I find is not good for hot process soap. I will put these into my shower bag and use them at the gym. At least they are soapy and lathery and smell almost good enough to eat. 

The tidy batch

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The messy batch 

I would recommend NOT using a flat square mold when making Hot Process soap. it is messy and doesn’t even out well and difficult to smooth over.

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Yesterday I tried a recipe meant for cold process soap. Somehow I don’t think it worked. However, the smell is good even my neighbour commented on it as she passed the door. It looks too messy to take pics. I will post the finished product when I cut the soap.

The hot process method is what I began with and preferred until now that is. But only time will tell

 

Soap making basics

Such a tough week but I have been busy purchasing my oils and fragrances. I can’t believe that I’m now spending less on goodies to sit and eat all day. The most yummy smells coming from kitchen are fragrances and oils. There was a time it baked apple pie and triple chocolate layers.

SOAP., SOAP, SOAP……………if you are getting into soap there is no need to spend a fortunate on equipment. I will set out here all you need.

EQUIPMENT health and safety first

  • WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, LONG SLEEVED SHIRT, JEANS,  GOGGLES TO PROTECT EYES AND MASK TO PROTECT FROM FUMES FROM LYE
  • i wear an old shirt and a pair of washed out jeans. I cover my feet with a pair of slippers. They were given to me as a Christmas present in the office. I assumed someone wanted to dispose of them. I was planning to do just until I found use for them. I also purchased a pair of goggles below for £6.99. They are adjustable too

safety-goggles-galactic-deluxCLOTHING….i wear an old shirt and jeans and a pair of work slippers that cover my feet.

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  • MAKING SOAP IS ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY. THE PROCESS IS NOT FOR THE FASHION OR MAKE-UP CONSCIOUS

I refer to Vinegar as an necessary piece of equipment. In the event of burning apply white vinegar to the skin. I always keep a bottle on the counter. It has remained full thanks to the protective clothing.

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You probably have the following items in your kitchen. Kitchen items is are the tools you need. Pleases do not ever reuse the items used for soap making to prepare food.  I checked out what cooking utensils needed to be renewed in my kitchen. I used the older utensils for my soap making, I store them in plastic storage units that I have squeezed into a corner in my kitchen. You should not go out and spend too much money. The tools required allow for thriftiness. The plastic see through boxes were used from bay cost £5 each. They were sold locally and I saved on postage and packaging. 

soap-utensil-box

I am interested in making both cold process and hot process soap. A crock pot is recommended for hot process soap. I started off this hobby to save money so I raided my kitchen utensil storage space. I found a deep fat fryer that I had no use for. I couldn’t believe I had two. One my mother purchased for me and one  a friend gave to me. I sold one on ebay for half price as it was nearly new. I was able to purchase a nearly new crock pot for less than what I sold the fryer. It was in excellent condition.

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YOU ALSO NEED 

  • A large stainless steel spook and plastic spatulas. The spook is to stir in the lye and the spatula to mix the oils. These can purchased at your nearest pound or poundland stores. Also you need rubber gloves. I purchased mine from ebay at £3 for a box of forty.  plastic spoon — for stirring the lye solution.

spatula

  • A soap mold — to pour your raw soap into
  • silicon-mould
  • many different options here – from a commercial soap mold to yogurt cups, or Tupperware container – basically any leak-proof container made of plastic, glass or stainless steel. Wood or cardboard molds can be used too if they are first lined with freezer paper.
  • A large Pyrex pitcher to measure hard and soft oils. In the case of CP soap the Pyrex can also be used for mixing ingredients. Do not use the glass pitcher to mix lye. The temperature from the lye will crack the glass. 

glass-pitcher

  • Lye must be measured accurately.
  • I use a regular sized Salter scale for measuring oils and a mini scale for fragrances.

scale-and-mini-scale

  • I find it easier using a Pipette to extract fragrances

pippetts

  • temperature of cold process ingredients (the oils and lye solution) can greatly affect the final product. Measurements therefore must be accurate. The temperature of your soaping area also affects your results. If you were to ask advanced soapers, “What is the perfect soaping temperature?” you would receive a wide range of answers. This is because it depends greatly on the particular recipe and design. For most soapers, the preferred temperature of soaping lye and oils are 120-130 ° F. In addition, many soapers and books believe it is helpful to have the lye and oil within 10 degrees of each other.
  • Check out this oil chart link…….http://www.lovinsoap.com/oils-chart/
  • Lye  can be measured in a glass pitcher but should only be mixed with distilled water in a plastic pitcher
  • Always wear eye protection and face mask to protect from the temperatures and fumes.
  • lye-to-water

Distilled or rain water must be used in soap making. Tap water crystallizes the soap. Distilled is the recommended fluid for soap. I have never used bottled water.  I purchased 2×5 liters on ebay for £13. I shopped around and found suppliers willing to sell two bottles for the price of three.

distelled-jug

ALWAYS add lye to distilled water. NEVER add water to lye.it is DANGEROUS and can be FATAL.  

lye-to-water

  • Adding lye to room temperature water can cause the water to reach temperatures up to 200 ° F. The mixture also creates fumes, which should not be inhaled (ensure you wear your mask)
  • TIP, TIP, TIP  (I froze half my distilled water quantity and added the remainder at room temperature. The temperatures was just under 100 ° F). Always ensure you get your temperature in accordance with your recipe. 

frozen-lye frozen-combined-lye

  • The lye will be misty until it sets

lye

The lie must be cool and clear before it can be applied to the oils. I used this time to prepare my oil, fragrance and colouring

clear-lye

  • NOTE TO THE SELF……Some soap makers say soap can be made without lye. NOTE TO SELF after extensive research and expensive soap making classes with expert soap maker and successful business woman Linda Cross stresses……NO LYE NO SOAP. That goes for hot or cold process.
  •     ALWAYS LYE FOR HOT OR COLD PROCESS SOAPS.soaps

 

 

OTHER TOOLS

  • A Stick blender — to blend the oils with the lye mixture and start the saponification process. The stick blender is essential for hot and cold process soap. The food mixer better used for mixing colours in hot processing soap.

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  • A good range of oils particularly coconut oil,, butters and fragrances. Fragrances are not essential.

palm-oil

fragrances

 

 

 

A basic soap recipe

The following procedures are vital when preparing and making soap.

HEALTH AND SAFETY FIRST. MAKING SOAP IS ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY. THE PROCESS IS NOT FOR THE FASHION OR MAKE-UP CONSCIOUS

FOR PERSONAL SAFETY: 

  • WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING 
  • EYE WEAR 
  • MASK TO PROTECT FROM  LYE FUMES

I purchased Galactic Delux Safety Goggles from ebay £6.99, adjustable and safe. NOSE and Mouth…..You should also protect your mouth and nose from the fumes of the lye. (I will explain ways to reduce the temperature during soap making).
CLOTHING….i wear an old shirt and jeans and an old pair of toe covered slippers that cover my feet.
safety-goggles-galactic-delux long-sleeves-protective-clothing-old-clothes scart-lol

WORKING WITH LYE.  The above protective clothing is essential when working with lye. Lye  is dangerous. Spillage from lye can burn through clothes onto skin. It can be fatal if not handled appropriately.

lye-tub

  • Lye mixes with oil and spoonifies, or becomes soap. At first, you have lye, water, and oil. Then the curing process begins and after a few days the lye, water, and oil is transformed into soap. At the end of the curing process, perhaps 3-4 weeks (sometimes more), there is no lye left in the soap, no oil, and no water. What is left behind is pure soap with nothing of the original ingredients left behind.
  • in the event of lye burning. Apply white vinegar to the spot of skin. I always keep a bottle on the counter during soap making.

vinigar

THE RECIPE 

NEW soap makers. Always follow a recipe from professional soap makers. It is important not to second guess the measurements and hard and soft oils and lye. Oils whether hard or soft have different affects on soap.
For example two hard soaps may come from the same plant but they don’t go together. Oils are combined with the Lye that makes the soap. Lye is a dangerous substance and must be used appropriately. A good recipe is also about health and safety which I will discuss in detail.
The following recipe consists of two main ingredients. I chose it because it is simple but mainly because I had ran out of coconut oil. I emailed ‘making soap in your own kitchen’ and asked if I could replace coconut oil with palm oil. According to the oil chart I can replace hard oil with hard oil. But ‘making soap in your own kitchen’ advised me not to replace any recipe as it is made to suit the measurements of oils and lye. https://www.facebook.com/makingsoap/

INGREDIENTS 

  1. Olive Oil
  2. Lye
  3. Distilled Water
  4. Jasmine scented fragrance (optional)
  5. Mica Lemon Drop  colouring (beautiful colour but did not work well in this recipe. I should leave colouring out in future)

Olive Oil (regular). Soap made from a high percentages of olive oil is soft upon un-molding but will cure to be a really hard bar of soap. Hard oils , fats and butters that are solid but scoopable at room temperature such as palm oil, lard, tallow, coconut oil, mango butter and shea butter. … Brittle oils make a hard bar of soaptesco

 

 

 

 

 

 

LYE

 lye-tub

Lye mixes with oil and saponifies, or becomes soap. At first, you have lye, water, and oil. Then the curing process begins and after a few days the lye, water, and oil is transformed into soap. At the end of the curing process, perhaps 3-4 weeks (sometimes more), there is no lye left in the soap, no oil, and no water. What is left behind is pure soap with nothing of the original ingredients left behind.

(more about lye later)

DISTILLED WATER 

Distilled water is highly recommended by professional soap makers.

distelled-jug

Is softer water than tap water. Applying tap (hard water) to a recipe risks crystallization of the soap. Tap water can cause soap “scum” to form –(more information about the chemistry of soap scum here), but you’re going to have that problem with any real bar of soap. (Less so with detergent bars.) Your water would have to be really hard to cause so much trouble as to not be able to use it in your soap recipes – and the rinsing problem comes with really soft water, not hard.

Fragrance and colouring

My initial plan was to add scented lemon  to the recipe. But I ran out of Lemon fragrance and opted for Jasmine. As Jasmine has a pale yellow I applied a touch of the Lemon drop. I am happy with the scent but unhappy with the outcome of the colour. i would recommend when making Olive Oil soap to stick to natural colour and add a fragrance if preferred.
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Tools
Accurate measurement of weight and temperature is vital for a successful soap. For this CP soap I only had the temperature of the lye to worry about. I used Salta weighing scales for the oils and a smaller scale for the fragrances. I froze half of the distilled water and added the rest at room temperature. This reduced the fumes of the Lye
scale-and-mini-scale frozen-lye oilive-oil

Utensils

Stick Blender.

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The blender brings soap to trace more quickly than stirring by hand. What is trace? Simply put, trace is a point in the soap making process when oils and lye water have emulsified. Once the soap has reached thin trace, it will continue to thicken over time. The picture below shows when the liquid thickens a trace can be made. In CP soap it often resembles custard.

trace

I used a large pot to mix my trace. The outcome was still the same

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ADDING LYLE TO OIL

IMPORTANT

  • Dry powered lye can be measured in a glass pitcher AND should only be mixed with distilled water in a plastic pitcher. The temperature of the lye could break the glass pitcher. Lye must always be added to water DO not add water to lyeAdding water to lye will lead to an explosion and it can be fatal. 

lye-to-water

  • Adding lye to room temperature water results in high  temperatures up to 200 ° F. This creates fumes that should not be inhaled (ensure you wear your mask)
  • TIP, TIP, TIP  (I froze half my distilled water quantity and added the remainder at room temperature. The temperatures was just under 100 ° F). Always ensure you get your temperature in accordance with your recipe. 

frozen-lye frozen-combined-lye

  • The lye will be misty until it sets. The added ice quickens the cooling clearing stage.

lye

The lie must be cool and clear before it can be applied to the oils. I used this time to prepare my oil, fragrance and colouring

clear-lye

METHOD

  1. Prepare soup silicon soup mold. You can use a water proof carton or container. I have only used the soap mold.silicon-mould
  2. Place the stick blender into the liquid and swoosh it around before switching on mixer
  3. Turn on stick blender and blend towards a trace
  4. custard-level
  5. When liquid reaches the appearance of a custard you know you are the trace stage.
  6. Use a plastic spatula to empty the liquid into the mold spatula
  7. Tap on mold onto kitchen counter for smoothness.
  8. Apply alcohol spray on liquid to clear bubbles
    alchol-spray
  9. Place a piece of cling film on the inside of the mold on top of the liquid. This helps to set and keep the liquid smooth.
    soap-hardening
  10.   In the above example I forgot the alcohol spray. I removed the cling film and applied the spray and made a mess.
  11. Place the mold in a cool area for twenty-four hours. I placed the soap in a cool store cupboard. I later transferred it to underneath my kitchen window. My window is always open and at night kitchen is cold as the temperature drops.
  12. After 24 hours remove the soap from the mold. it should be cut into cubes or blocks and allowed three to five weeks to set.
  13. Store the soap in a dark cool area.  In the past I covered a tray with baking paper and allowed the soap to sit for another twenty-four hours. (I will update with photos later)
  14. On the one occasion I made CP soap the next day I placed the soap in a small box covered with baking paper and stored it inside a dark cupboard.
  15. Allow CP soap 4-6 weeks to cure. This is how long it takes for the water to completely evaporate, resulting in a harder, longer lasting bar of soap. One misconception about CP cure time is that the soap is unsafe to use within the 4-6 week time frame because the lye has not had time to saponify”.

This is my second attempt at CP soap. Some say it’s difficult. I believe it was easy because I only had two ingredients. I will attempt bigger batches of CP soap later in the week. I find HP soap easier. I use a crock pot and that saponifies the soap within twenty-four hours. I prefer to leave HP soap for a week before using. I will make some later in the week. 

UPDATE: The outcome of the soap was better than I expected for this first cold process attempt. The only trouble was that it was a bit rough around the top because I disturbed the wrapping with the alcohols spray. But there are no bubbles just a few crumbs. I was unhappy with the colour but now cut it is a pale yellow the colour of Jasmine

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Get out there!

This is the first blog I’ve attempted to write. Through chronic disability my life is restricted. It took three years for me learn that I had to put my limitations to use and so I began writing a diary. It was only a few months ago I was advised that blogging was also a good way to get out there and learn from others and share their experiences to help others. Blogging is now becoming a hobby and helps one to think of good coping skills and strategies even if it is only me blogging to myself. I know chronic disability is hard and it effects everyone differently which is why I have opted out of mentioning my type of chronic disease. However, my disability affected my ability to cope with my hectic but well paid job and also restricted my social life that included daily physical exercise.

Living became impossible until I was forced to make changes that I began by writing a list.  At the top of that list was my physic and health and I knew that until I worked on this my creativity would be gone forever. I have a lot of ideas and plans to start up a business so when I get well again I will not have to return to my stressful job. I have no idea how to blog and set up this website that will also be my business website one. However, I want to thank the Daily Mail for telling us about Natasha Courtney-Smith’s story http://natashacourtenaysmith.com as this has enabled me to take the plunge although I am terrified. 

Natasha encourages people in her blog to get out there and that is what I will try to do.  After a consultation with the dietician that I will discuss in a later post I knew the only option in my situation was to sink or swim. The prospect of swimming was a difficult because at that time I was unable to swim. I made this my first step to positivism and change and booked swimming lessons with Virgin Active https://www.virginactive.co.uk/active-matters/articles/swim-to-supercharge-your-fitness.  My lovely swimming instructor Magda encouraged me to move ahead with my physic and learn how to make my limitations work for me. I will be blogging and writing a kindle book on getting back to fitness through a combination of swimming and walking. The walking urge returned during the swimming lessons because my adrenaline was up after the lesson.  

Swimming helps you to improve heart rate and blood flow and maintain a healthy weight. What most people don’t know are the little benefits of swimming that separate it from other forms of exercise. Swimming not only helps with general physical fitness, but it encompasses a host of other benefits such as muscle toning, breath control, and meditative qualities. With so many peripheral benefits in one workout, you can kill two birds (or should I say six birds!) with one stone. Here are the little known benefits of swimming:
Swimming helps you to improve heart rate and blood flow and maintain a healthy weight. What most people don’t know are the little benefits of swimming that separate it from other forms of exercise.
Swimming not only helps with general physical fitness, but it encompasses a host of other benefits such as muscle toning, breath control, and meditative qualities. With so many peripheral benefits in one workout, you can kill two birds (or should I say six birds!) with one stone. Here are the little known benefits of swimming:

WALKING

Walking can be done almost anywhere, at any time, and in any weather. It's a great way to get from A to B, which means you can fit walking into your daily routine. Walking is classed as a moderate-intensity activity and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. If you walk 10,000 steps a day, you will probably do more than 150 minutes and that's great: research suggests that the more activity you do the better, as there are numerous benefits of exercise.
Walking can be done almost anywhere, at any time, and in any weather. It’s a great way to get from A to B, which means you can fit walking into your daily routine. Walking is classed as a moderate-intensity activity and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. If you walk 10,000 steps a day, you will probably do more than 150 minutes and that’s great: research suggests that the more activity you do the better, as there are numerous benefits of exercise.

Walking the steps recommended seems daunting andI will explain this more in later posts how to conquer the fear and walk back into fitness.