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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The First Real Day Out There

I'll say one thing, straight off the bat, it was freezing! Although I was well wrapped up in my coat, jumper and natural layers of insulation ( and it was about 6-7C, it felt a damn sight colder than that. I even made an observation to one of my colleagues as we passed a garden at about one o'clock this afternoon. There was a large-ish flower pot filled with water and there was ice on top of it, brrrrr...
Anyroads, had a quick look at the distance we had to walk today and it ended up approximately two miles of solid walking, plus pathways and driveways. My legs are feeling it now, I'll say.
It must have done me some degree of good, because I'd built up quite an appetite for when I got back home.
I have, however, noticed one negative of this weight loss thing I'm trying to do. As I shrink, my clothes feel bigger, so it means that at some point, pretty soon, I'm going to have to buy some new clothes and I hate having to do waste good money on clothes that could buy some new DVDs or go towards something far more important, like Boney?
Anyhow, until later, TTFN...

Monday, 16 January 2012

First Day Nerves

As mentioned yesterday, today I ventured into a whole new career direction. Mildly terrified kind of describes how I felt. There wasn't that much to worry about though. Turns out, that I'll be the only one in my neck of the woods doing the work that I'm starting out on, so it's a little bit daunting. The Reason for this, is because the company I'm now working for is a new start up. I just hope that the current economic situation doesn't catch up to them before they can get off the ground, as I hate having to start over yet again.
Today, I was a bit of a lazy toerag and didn't do my walk as I had planned. Tsk, tsk! Tomorrow however, I'll probably end up walking my legs off, as that is part of my new role.
On another note, a former colleague of mine phoned me today to say that her company is now hiring and she wants me on her team, so she's passing my details onto her manager. So I could end up actually finding myself on another career change, sooner than I planned. That might not be a bad thing, as the company she works for is a well established household name, who have been going for decades. Far less chance of them falling over, I'm now just waiting on the call. I'll let you know what's happening there.
Anyhow, until next time, TTFN...

Sunday, 15 January 2012


Today we went for another walk. Boring I know, but it's just a great way of doing exercise that gets us out of the house and burns those calories.
There are people in the world, who claim that no matter what they do, they can't lose weight. I know, I used to be one of them. I used to cut down what I ate, but I also used to cut down on my activity too and I have only just realised this incredible secret, if I INCREASE my activity level, I WILL lose my weight. It's not a revelation to many, I know. However, I used to think that going out and walking along would be boring as all hell, plus, I was always concerned that people would stare, make comments or just generally be nasty and negative. It all sounds like excuses and that's precisely what they were. The recent walks have been wonderful, bracing, due to the colder weather we've had recently, refreshing, because of the burn and, most of all, a great way of spending time with Boney.
The walk today was down a local bay, so we were right next to the sea, as the sun was setting with the wind in our faces, watching the seagulls wheeling about and the dogs running amok of their owners on the promenade. We have a certain walk we do down there. It goes from the parking spaces on the main road, down to a large sea defence and back again. We used to stroll it in the summer, taking about half an hour there and the same back again, today however, we got to the rocks in just under twelve minutes, rested for three minutes, then did the return in under thirteen minutes, so all told, it took us less than one way used to at a stroll. I've just worked that one out as I type
Anyroads, on a completely different note, tomorrow, I start a new job. Looking forward to it, but so very nervous. Hope I can do well here.
I'll let you know, one way or the other, tomorrow.
Till then, dear reader, TTFN...

Saturday, 14 January 2012

A Bad Day

Yesterday wasn't my best day for food, so far. I ate for too much and did far too little activity.
Today, however, has been a far better day, went out with Boney for a 1.1 mile walk over a few gradients. Took us about 20 minutes, all told, so wasn't to bad. Also, I've been a lot better on my intake of food, I've eaten far less than yesterday and I don't feel hungry, so I must be doing something right.
Ah well, off to do some housework now, just to burn a few more calories, plus also, it does get me in the good books if I do a
Till next time dear readers, TTFN...

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Week Two: Check In

So, here we are at the end of week two. I weighed myself today and was rather happy.I weighed in at 24 stone 5 and half pound, meaning that in the past two weeks, I have managed to lose a total of 14.5 lbs, so over a stone! I'm pretty chuffed with myself, really.
However, with the increase in exercise, I have begun to suffer issues with my right knee. I damaged it about 18 months ago, exercising, and since I have started on this new routine, I have been doing a lot of walking andI don't mean light walking and strolling, I mean full on power walking, pounding the pavement, getting a full on sweat on. Boney and I do around about a mile and half to two mile route, but yesterday, I decided to virtually jog the last 300 yards or so. Now my knee is swollen and painful and can hardly bend...grrrr, so angry at myself for pushing too hard too early. It's not going to be a good look to go into an interview tomorrow for a job that involves a load of walking and me limping, ah well.
Anyroads, rant over. Thanks for listening dear readers, any words of moral support, gratefully received...

Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year

Well, happy new year to everyone. Hope all is well for you and yours and that 2012 brings with it all your hopes and dreams.
2011 wasn't the worst of years for myself or Boney, but then again, it wasn't the best either, we both lost motivation and just let ourselves get bogged down with the negative energy that we both got caught up in. Now, with the beginning of 2012, we're going to pick ourselves up and get back to it. between Christmas and New Year, I actually managed to lose weight, a total of 5 lbs in the 4 days I was actually counting, so I intend to keep on going. I know that it's a big figure to lose in a short period, but I know things will begin to level out in the very near future and I'll have to work harder to move my weight.
I do find the evenings a tougher time regarding food at the moment, as by the time it gets to about half seven, I'm wanting to have something to eat, but now, I go for a bit of fruit or some carrot sticks, whereas before, I'd go for a bowl of cereal or even chocolate, so I know I'm making better decisions than I used to make regarding my food, however, I know eventually I'll have to cut these bits out as they don't do me that much good.
Today I feel wasn't too bad for food though, as I started the day the way I have been, with one of my meal replacement shakes, made with water (250ml), then I made sure I drank a couple of  pints of squash. We popped out around midday and by the time we'd gotten back home, it was around three in the afternoon, so settled on having dinner (admittedly it wasn't the healthiest of meals, as it was a Chicago Town individual pizza, a handful of oven chips and a half a garlic baguette), then around about half six I had a tortilla wrap filled with mix salad leaf and a small amount of mayo, just as a snack, but I also had a bag of crisps (151 kcal), so kind of undone some of the good work. Come half seven, I thought I'd better have my last meal replacement shake, again as above. Since then, till now (00.30) I've not eaten anything, however, I'm now starting to feel hungry and it's times like this I know will be my hardest times as I'm not a great sleeper, but for me boredom, stress and need of comfort are triggers for eating, however, I'm asking you, dear readers, to be my conscience and my sounding board, as and when I need you.
Thank you for listening and reading, till next time...