Well. It’s only been 15-16 months or so since I last typed anything up for this. And the reason it’s been so long is that pretty much everything I was using this blog to waffle on about fell by the wayside, so there really didn’t seem much point.
I started smoking again.
All the weight I lost got piled back on, every last fucking gram just about.
I stopped cycling.
I’ve not touched the camera in months, & have no idea when I’m going to make a plan to dust it off again.
Work also got very frustrating and aggravating around the time I stopped updating this, & I damn near killed my boss a few times because he was demonstrating some truly fucking spectacularly bad judgement; hence the starting smoking again, actually, it was have a smoke or kneecap the fucker; and I really didn’t want this to turn into me just whining and bitching and sulking and so on. You get the picture, I’m sure….
I’ve stopped smoking again, for around 6 weeks now, I’ve started cycling again, and I’ll be chatting with one or two friends about reviving our little camera club so that we can start taking photos again.
I have no idea if I’ve started losing weight again yet since I’ve resumed cycling, as it seems my scale decided to give up the ghost on me after months of neglect, but even if I’ve not lost any weight, I’m rapidly improving my fitness. Though the ride I went for this afternoon damn near killed me, I don’t mind admitting. I first got back on the bike again 2 weeks ago, & managed a little under 8km in around half an hour, and I really didn’t feel very happy with life by the time I was finished.
Today I did just under 19km in 90minutes, and while I again could really feel that I’m horribly unfit, I’ve made some pretty decent progress pretty quickly.
My attitude towards the cycling seems to have changed a fair bit too, & I’m feeling rather more committed to it these last few weeks than I was last year, which cannot be a bad thing. Now just to see if I can maintain it……
Speaking of maintaining things, the next thing for me to pay some attention to is the diet. As much as the cycling is a great thing, and can only be beneficial for me, it’s not going to do a whole lot for me in terms of losing the fat ass, not now that I’m in that “wrong side of 40” middle-aged bracket. Evidently as you get older, exercise will *help* you lose weight certainly, but far less so than when you were younger, and diet plays an increasingly important role in weight management. The challenge though, is that I’m terrible when it comes to following a diet.
I pretty much live on sandwiches & other convenience foods, stuff that I can chuck in the frying pan & stir together for 5-10min, which is about as much as my miniscule attention span can manage. I just lack the interest, the inclination, & the patience to learn how to cook properly, so this part is going to be one hell of an uphill struggle for me.
Step one is fairly simple though. I currently go through a bottle of scotch, sometimes two, pretty much every single weekend. And that has got to stop.
just your average Friday evening…..
It’s fattening. It’s expensive. And it’s really not a smart or healthy way to drink. I really do enjoy my whiskey, and it’s not something I want to give up, but the amount I’m sucking down has got to change. Like, maybe a bottle or two per month, rather than per weekend
Step 2 though? Eh, this is where it’s going to get tricky, namely getting a proper diet on the go. I have access to dietician services through work, so that’s definitely an easy place to start, but the diet they gave me last time I had a go at this didn’t do a damn thing for me so it really didn’t last long. I had a go at that LCHF diet last year, for a while at least, and it actually worked pretty damn well, at least initially. The problem is that it’s even more of a ballache to follow, and seems to involve even more preparation and hard to source ingredients, than a “regular” diet. It also doesn’t seem to be a very Kosher-friendly diet, with lots of mixed meat & dairy meals, but I can’t claim that I’ve ever been very good at keeping Kosher anyway, so I’m not sure how big a deal that is really lol.
But, like I say, I definitely saw results with it when I tried it before, so I’m inclined to have another go at it. I just wish it didn’t involve so much effort. The lazy ADD bastard that I am, basically I want somebody to write me out a very specific meal plan, that tells me how much of what ingredients to buy, which shop to buy them at, and how to make something edible out of them in 10 minutes or less that tastes decent. Though on that last point, given I lived on barracks & deployment food for years, my standards are pretty low, so I’ll manage fine so long as the food doesn’t flat out taste like crap. There’s an old joke about army cooks being known as “fitters and turners”, in that they fit whatever they’ve got into a pot, & turn it into shit, and it really isn’t much of an exaggeration…… Anyway, I’ve got a low carb recipe book at least, so now it’s just a case of picking a few of the quicker & simpler meals in that, & finding where to buy the ingredients I need to make them. And that has to be getting easier, as it’s becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle, so I imagine there has to be an industry growing up around it. “Niche” things like this tend to be expensive though, which I’m not crazy about at all……
Anyway, I think I’m going to end this off for now, & scare up something probably very fattening & unhealthy for supper. Hopefully it’s not going to be quite so long between updates in future, though that shouldn’t be too hard to manage. Till then though