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Beginning

It is 0611 on Monday as I begin this post. Today is my day off but I woke up at 0500 and decided to just wake up. That is perhaps weird of me but I very rarely like the idea of having a lie in.

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Monday is often seen as the beginning of the week, in my head it is the beginning of the week – my place of work says otherwise! As such it can feel like new possibilities can start. I can throw off the mistakes and the bad feelings of last week and begin again.

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On my yesterday, and hopefully not on your yesterday, I had a takeaway (again) it was delicious but that isn’t the point. The point is that there is plenty of food in my fridge so why then would I eat out?

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Well it is always more exciting isn’t it? Maybe I am just lazy – or perhaps after I had cleaned the kitchen I didn’t feel like messing it up again!

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Ostensibly I am supposed to be dieting. That is obviously not working out – I am so frequently over my calories – why is it that the nicest foods are also the most unhealthy?

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It is probably evolution’s fault isn’t it!

I eat sometimes because of tumultuous emotions. Unfortunately eating poorly makes me bigger, which makes me unhappy, which means I eat more – you can see the problem.

I think that bad feelings do have a way of fuelling themselves.

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It is now (checking phone) Wednesday and I have about fifteen minutes before I should think about stopping doing stuff and getting ready for work! So I suppose I should come to the point.

Monday being the beginning of the week means, in the eyes of many, it is a good time to start a new thing. Oh course something new can start any day but human nature would suggest that Thursday, for example, would be an odd day for the start – I think of Thursday’s like Arthur Dent does.

The new thing I have begun is writing everyday – which is an ironic thing to say as I didn’t know that at 0611 when I started writing. Let me explain…

It is now Saturday. This post has obviously been written in little chunks but hopefully I will be able to wrestle it into some sort of order where was I? Ah yes writing…

Writing is very important to me. However I am not completely sold on the idea of calling it fun. I know I would greatly miss it if I didn’t do it – actually scratch that I cannot imagine not doing it – but it still has a vague ‘work’ feel to it.

Sometimes I don’t get around to it in a day. I get other stuff done instead, like housework, but the new plan is simple write first. Well almost first since my computer, Majal, takes a bit of time to boot so I have to at least wait for that.

My parents made me realise how important the slow build is. 500 words a day is all that is needed – I was wanting to do more and ended up doing less – little and often is the way of the future and I should have known that – and now I do.

And then it was Sunday….

Unfortunately I am less good at the ‘little’ part of that when it comes to food. Food is always tempting… he said as he grabbed a second bar of chocolate…oh well.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Body

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My work week runs from Tuesday-Saturday this was a decision I made a little while back. (I’m not sure when. Time has lost all meaning this year) I made it to have more structure and so that I could always be able to guarantee being around for events such as family gatherings. It would save my parents the annoyance of working out if it was my week with a weekend off or not.

Having two days off together is a good way to reboot and to feel refreshed – at least that is the plan. What tends to happen though is that on a Sunday I tend to crash and crash hard.

This happens in the afternoon. I end up with no energy and need to try and take a nap. It is a frustrating for me as I like to be doing stuff and even though I have no energy it feels like a waste of a day off.

This is going to sound bad – but there have been times when being with family I have fallen asleep in the afternoon – pre-covid of course. My mum always says that if that happened then I must need the rest.

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I am rather slow on the uptake but I am dumbly starting to realise how much of a delicate balance the human body is. From sleep, to nutrition, to exercise it all contributes to how we feel day-to-day and I don’t think I am doing well in any of those catagries.

I now have a date for moving into my new place – a one bedroom flat as opposed to a studio flat. Once again I am pinning my hopes on this bringing about a change. This is a common mistake but maybe something will change.

One piece of advice I have seen repeated again and again is to switch off electrical devices an hour before bed. Will this be easier when I have a living room to leave them in?

I will have a proper sized freezer allowing for meal prep. Will this mean that I cook more and rely on simpler food less?

I will be able to have a bike again – so getting home from work will be twice as fast and it is less likely I will be tempted by food on the way home.

I will also have a back patio meaning I can get some air without having to go anywhere.

And I will be able to exercise at home without having to worry about the person living below me as it is a ground floor place.

It is my hope that all of these factors will contribute to better well being. I fear that may not be true.

I may have been too much for introspection here lately. Is that what a blog is for? My mind feels blocked lately like I am devoid of energy – and I need to come up with a fix for how I feel but I don’t know what that fix is.

The internet can be a wonderful place for finding things out but there is so much information it can be very confusing figuring out what is best for each individual – although no one would argue that more vegetables is a good thing – he said while thinking that dinner will probably be pizza.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Today is a Good Day to Diet.

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I don’t do well with food. I am obese. According to Wii fit, yes I am using a game that came out 12 years ago, I am just on the cusp of obese and occasionally I drop down into the overweight section. As far as I am aware I have never been an ideal weight – well maybe once as a baby.

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When I think of the word ‘obese’ I imagine someone a lot bigger than I am. When I was in the USA many years ago I remember seeing trousers (pants) that were large enough that I could fit into one leg. Being obese though is a much broader spectrum. Also just because I have a few too many kilograms doesn’t mean I am not active.

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We have been fortunate with the weather where I live and I have managed to go for a walk, and hit my step target, for the last 24 days and I want to continue doing that. Nothing like a streak of success to motivate you.

I have spoken on this blog before about dieting and exercise and I have, once again, decided to embark on changing my diet and trying to be better about what I eat while also not completely denying myself nice foods.

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There is no way I am giving up pizza. I can’t have it that often but I can have it sometimes. If I count calories, as I am starting to do again, I can have pizza and stay within my limits. It just means cutting back on food for the rest of the day.

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I am trying intermittent fasting. As well as that I feel it is important to get away from the idea that food should be eaten just because the clock has clicked round to a specific time. This is easier while not in work – I can eat when hungry – at work it is more complicated. If you don’t eat when on break then it could be hours till the next one.

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Normal life, or the new normal, is fast approaching as the UK starts to open up. It is not yet known exactly what that will look like but when it happens everyone will have to make an adjustment one way or another.

I know there will be good days and bad days. If I am to stick to intermittent fasting then today (Friday) dinner needs to happen by 1830. However I am also counting calories and as long as I stay under that threshold I will get smaller. When work starts that will be harder. At home I can be tempted by the chips in the freezer – but eating them means cooking – at work they are always available with zero effort. I am not exactly lazy but the extra effort can be enough to go for something else – or nothing.

So I am going to measure everything right down to the square or two of chocolate. I have failed to stick with a diet before, it does get tedious logging it all, but hopefully this time will be different. And no I don’t know why it would be!

I hope you are all doing well where ever you are in the world. Stay safe and I will see you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The Finishing Line

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In the background, behind what you see, I have a secret. And it is a shameful secret. I’m talking about the unfinished blog posts. The drafts.

You will notice the plural form ‘posts’ yes I have a couple of blog posts, one of which has been in draft for… lets just say a while. Will you let me get away with that? Thank you.

It is one of the problems when you don’t have a set deadline. I have though, for sixteen weeks, posted here consistently and I am quite proud of that. I can’t technically say it is a success of my resolution, as I missed three weeks at the beginning of the year, but it is still a good thing. And that post will see the light of day sooner or later.

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We can only do so much. And there is a self-imposed deadline of Sunday at 1800. The only thing to do with longer posts is to nibble at it until it is finished.

And now for the awkeard segue part of the post from nibble-to-food-to-diet.

I am attempting intermittent fasting. The idea is to only give yourself an eight hour feeding window. And no that does not mean that you get to eat constantly for those eight hours.

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What it means is that you skip one of your meals. So as I write this it is 1201 and I have been up since 0600. Since I last ate last night at 2020 I can’t eat again until after 1220.

I’m choosing to skip breakfast because it is not that special to me and I can save the calories for later. Not all the calories. Doing that would rather defeat the purpose. However, for me, there is certainly merit to the idea of waiting till I am really hungry before eating.

Everyone’s body is different, and I know less about dieting than I do about football, but I like this idea. There is another version of the diet, The warrior diet, in which only one meal a day is consumed. This would be too inflexible for me. I would want to eat in the evening and when in work I only have twenty minutes for dinner. And trying to eat my one hearty meal in that time would be bad for the stomach I’m sure.

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I haven’t been doing this for long enough to see results but, so far, I want to keep with it. Even if I am checking the clock every so often to see if I can eat yet.

The thing with diets is that the common wisdom seems to be that the best strategy is to make a lifestyle change. I was calorie counting before but didn’t have the will power to stop when I hit the limit. I would try to balance food intake with exercise though. Also it is not always clear what calories to write down. I can’t take a weighing scales into the staff canteen and weigh all my food. All that counting calories is tedious in any case.

There is not finishing line when it comes to diets. The body requires constant upkeep. The time just crossed into feeding time but I have just under thirty minutes on my pomodoro left so no food yet. Soon though, grumbling belly, soon. And now I will go away and nibble at one of those longer blog posts.

I hope you have had a wonderful Sunday.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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