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The Bird Box Solution

I do not think that the idea I am about to present is new. I am sure someone else has come up with it at some point. I wish I knew its name but my Googling Skills are insufficient to the task. So without that I am just going to use my own name. I present to you ‘The Bird Box Solution’.

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Some time ago my parents were looking for a leaflet holder. They wanted something simple, probably plastic, that would sit on a counter. The type of thing that might hold the menus in a takeaway.

What they found was that these things are rather expensive. This is probably a consequence of a rather limited market. So they decided to think outside the box – ironically that was a box.

They bought a bird box, more square than then one in the picture, took the top off and had the perfect place for leaflets to sit in.

This happened a few years ago but recently it got me thinking about how we approach problems. Sometimes we have to come at things from a new angle. Our resources, money, time, or manpower might not allow for doing things in the most obvious way.

When you need a hammer and you don’t have one, use a pipe!”

Kira Nerys (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Return to Grace)

So I ask you what problem are you trying to resolve in your life at the moment? Could it be resolved by looking at it in a different way?

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Ironically things have changed since I began writing this post.

When I started I thought I had found a ‘birdbox solution’ to my productivity woes. (Again, again…)

This solution was to use an app designed for tracking housework to track all my to-do list stuff. It seemed to work for a while but then I became disheartened with it!

I bought a diary instead, a paper diary, which might help.

Nevertheless I still stand by the idea presented here. One thing I still want is a standing desk but I have never found one that is quite right for me. Maybe I just need a table at the right height!

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.


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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