So made it to the end of the week which is nice. The most appealing part has been that we’ve walked each day, and the milage has improved each day. Coffee switch made to Americano vs any milky coffee which is a step in the right direction. Next week sees the return to the sheep.
So this year, there is a motivation and a point. Not content with being huge this year, I’ve got a road trip planned in for later in the year which see’s me off to the USA. As part of this, it’s going to be hot hot hot, and there are also a number of roller coasters etc. As such, it won’t do me any harm to fix it. A few diet changes already filtering in, last huzzah tomorrow with food as part of a birthday and then we are done. Back on plan, to get on track
So I note that my last post was in September, and I’ve not needed to, nor had the time to post. Life just gets in the way sometime. However, as is the norm for this time of year, there is an element of reflection and planning. Now that is not my normal bag, but as I get older….
I’ve never been a fan of new year resolutions, as its easy to be glib, or not commit to actions. As such, no resolutions nothing silly, but at my time of life, and something I’ve said before, changes need to happen.
One of the drivers, is a drive, and a big spend holiday for later in the year. To survive heat and humidity I need to do something, and make a change. There will also be roller coasters a plenty to play with so fit into a dam thing, changes need to come.
It’s also fair to say healthwise, the family has faced some issues this year, and whilst I can plod on, its time to stop plodding. For the record, nothing bad for me, bar the plantar which isn’t ever going to go, and a dodgy tooth.
So then, onwards and next steps. Stop messing about Stephen and commit to the cause, and go do it. There is a number in my head, and thats the loss goal for September. Time to take the black sheep seriously and pull it all together as it should be. Stop spending at work, and back on the water etc. During this year, I’ve covered an extra 700 miles or so, its got to be the 1000 for next year too. Started well and then drifted off.
It can all only help.
I do find, writing this stuff down all helps to, so I will. Or at least, I say I will
So first things first, this is probably just a reaction to being tired and sore, and it probably isn’t as bad as my head is telling me, but for the first time in a gym session I felt exposed the other day. Just a regular session, nothing too much out of the ordinary with the usual kinds of activities. Now it was a longer session a 30 minute straight through, but have done that kind of thing before.
1 minute for set of exercises, finish them early then rest and be ready for the next set. So 10 burprees in a minute, then press ups, then kettle swings, then skip then plank for 30. Finish your reps and get a rest. Now for the pressups and kettle bells fine. The plank was an effort but better breathing helps here. Skips, I am just slow, but a minute wont kill. So that leaves the burpess. For a long time, not a specialty, but doing more of them. My action is slow so 10 in 60 is effort zapping and takes the minute. So that means no rest… the effect of repeated rounds slows you down.
But this is when the mind games come, and I realize that I am always the last to finish and people “might” be watching. Now in hindsight probably not as they don’t need to see me jiggle about, and they are recovering from their own efforts. But for the first time in a session I felt exposed and isolated. It wasnt a great place to be. Now this really is against the ethos and idea of the place, and in no way is it a reflection of then, its more my mind wandering off and racing into pain and tiredness.
I needed to write it down, draw a line and move on. So that’s it.
I realise its been a while since i really sat down and thought about what to write, and to be fair I am not sure I thought about it, words of just hitting the keyboard. Hopefully it may make sense, probably it wont and worst case will look like I am mashing the keyboard with my forehead again…… but hey ho…..
First up my and my knees. They’ve been sore for what seems like an age, but just plod on. However, I did myself a mischief with a fitness session and then touch rugby the same evening. It felt like a steam roller had hit me, and even walking became an issue. I know when i over extend, as the legs hit when even sitting still or worse still flat out in bed. Certainly looks like done a number this time. Stretching, rolling, tights… the whole tool kit applied. In the end, it was time to rest so a week of nothingness seems to have helped. Managed a blacksheep last night and made it to minute 17 before the pain kicked in. Not bad given the time i’ve had away. There was one “ouch” made it out loud, and a couple of times, I felt sick not with the exercise, but with the pain. Last few burpees didnt happen as i changed to stretch and extend, but that didnt really work. But, given time out I am positive.
Its been a tough few weeks at work with the ever growing demands placed upon everyone. Thats it no more comments, allowed or needed. Social or not.
A lot of music has been played of late, and enjoyed some music before work, at lunch and beyond. its been a nice change. I even managed some Matt Munro post recruitment last week. Indeed, as i type now spotify is playing a classic pop play list at me… https://play.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/1q5egxQKL7etdyhohqTS9S that doesnt look a great link but meh. Apparenlty i should trash the hotel and hit the mini bar. Sadly this week one of the panasonic wifi speakers died and needs repairing, but its proving to be harder than is necessary! need to find a local repairer to do it and awaiting an email from them.
Easter Sunday see’s us back at the Falcons for another round of the Avivia Premiership. Its just a shame to see its Mr Goodes last game, its been fun and certainly he has helped. He is also a reminder to people, that sporting excellence can come in all shapes and sizes! Perhaps the image there isnt the most appealing, but was amusing. I guess Barbour also liked the exposure!
Some interesting signings seems to be coming up for the future, and it seems like the Falcons coould be the home of players at end of careers seeing out the last years, and you know what I am cool with that….might be short of a yard of pace but if the skill is there…..
Now the the title sounds grander than the post may actually suggest, but sometimes in writing its hard to sound even more dull than I am or the mundaneness of what I am about to post, but hey. As its some time out of work, I am completing as rearrangement of some finance work I did before I went on my holidays. Thankfully my holiday was paid for from a sharesave and money I had in the bank so no need for any debt.
However, as I was checking through where I was at, I “rediscovered” the amount of plastic I had sitting in a wallet, in a drawer, just around the house. In the main they all had zero balances are small (and I mean tiny) balances. As such I’ve been making an effort to clear down and more importantly closing down accounts. For some easy I had all details for others, didnt have the card in question which makes it difficult.
As part of my review, I’ve been going through APR’s to see whats cheap and expensive. My go to card is a Barclaycard at 6.9% which isnt too bad in fairness. I’ve just closed a Tesco @12.9% as they wouldnt move me to the 7% card and I need to leave, wait 6 months and reapply…. A Natwest at 20+ has gone and a MBNA is almost gone (but its currently 0%) In terms of revolving credit through cards, there was scope for 30k+ of debt, thank god I am not completely mental.
Fair to say though not just about the APR rate I’ve kept a nationwide highish % as its a fee free no load european card so worth having if abroad.
Next up is the biannual trip to the bank as the mortgage is about to drop off its 2 year fixed deal and interest rate would revert to base. Now that’s not great in the current state of play so I need to go back and revisit. In all fairness last time, no issue, I went with all the details which confused the lady and we had an offer done in less than 20 minutes and it all concluded in a month or so. There was also an incentive cashback payment last time. I wonder what they will offer this time?
A quick look suggests on a 2 year jobbie:
Borrowing between 60% and 75% of your home’s value
No product or mortgage account fee.
2.09% fixed until 31 October 2017
Homeowner Variable Rate, currently 3.99%
For loans between £0 and £149,999.
Or 5 years:
Borrowing between 65% and 75% of your home’s value
No product or mortgage account fee.
2.89% fixed until 31 October 2020
Homeowner Variable Rate, currently 3.99%
For loans between £0 and £149,999.
Decisions….. but not until next week…. or even looking further afield….
Sometimes its difficult to do the right thing, sometimes you do the right thing and its not the right thing, sometimes you just get flabbergasted by the approach and the outcome but then what can you do.
When I look back I’ve been quite good (well by my standards) at keeping the blog up-to-date. Of course, there are gaps but its not too bad. However, I got a question asking why I wasn’t blogging, and in fairness, I’d been busy, tired, and a bit meh. However, it is good to write things down from time to time. So in no particular order:
I am just back from a truly great holiday in Madeira. Quinta Do Lorde if you are interested a lovely recent resort built around a marina. All inclusive wasn’t cheap but it was worth every penny in all fairness. 3 meals a day, plus some snacks, and drink between 11 and midnight. Being on my own, the idea was rest and peace and quiet. Mission achieved. It was so good the main pool over three levels was often quiet so no one went up there so it was a bit like having my own pool.
I’ve posted some random pictures in the post below (if it works!)
I would go back at the drop of a hat, and indeed a sun hat was needed.
The return from holiday leads us nicely onto Fitness Academy (or boot camp if you prefer). The plan here was to stop for this cycle enjoy my holiday then come back. However, a change in the schedule meant I wasnt going to miss many sessions rather than the week and a half I had anticipated. As such I’ve re-signed up again for another cycle. Sadly I did miss the fitness test (yeeeee haaa) but I decided to give it my all this. Lets see what happens. [Note I missed Friday as I slept in!] This mornings session was really busy for a saturday with 29 people there I believe – partner workout – Swing when you are winning. One person kettle bell (20kg) whilst the other did get up, burpee, plan builder. 6 rounds each….
The finisher was a 5 minute AMRAP for 10 slams 20 pressup 30 slams. Ouch
Next up is the new gym – xercise4less which is newly opened in North shields. Having joined up in April (!) and it finally opens now…. A big former warehouse as it were converted to 400 stations of gym work. I tweeted the picture on the left, as I was about to go in to battle with the ropes. My god do they hurt. Its not a replacement for the fitness academy, but when I am stuck at work, it allows an alternative location to maintain stuff.
I did my induction which also had no hard sell which was greart and then did a quick round of exercise trying out some bits and pieces.
Not HAL no its the Tefal Optigril. Having replaced George Foreman the new grill is working out well. I’ve been adventurous with marinated chicken, then burger, then pork loin…. its been a great purchase. To help out care of amazon, a new sponge and spatula arrived today as I dont want to ruin the surface.
Well worth a look if you need a grill or are thinking about upgrading from a GF Grill.
Tomorrow is return to the Gym for Kickboxercise which is a technique based class rather than jump around. Cross between boxing, thai boxing and MMA. Its good fun. I do however keep skinning my knuckles so I need some extra padding there.
I don’t think we will comment on work other than back to it, recruitment in flow and changes are coming.
Hey well done if you’ve made it this far! and i wonder how bad the formatting will look, but I am too tired to fix it.
If you did make it this far, lets end on a song…..