Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Like forgetting the clocks went forward, only bigger....

Well I just got myself a new car, because I though my old one was due to go back on the 6th of August.

Nope. 6/9/2018 is the 6th of September, not the 6th of August.

D'oh. Out of pocket to the tune of one months car lease, and one months extra insurance.

Also several weeks of walking a few hundred yards. Space is limited. One car per flat.
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Monday, 30 July 2018

Moderation in all things

You may notice that I've changed the settings on this blog so that comments are now moderated, and anonymous replies to my post are no longer permitted.

The reason is that for the past couple of weeks, I've been getting a steady trickle of inane and childish comments. I've just deleted them but they're still happening, so for now, comments will be pre-moderated.

I have a fairly good idea of who the inane and childish poster is, but since he or she has bravely hidden behind the cloak of anonymity, I can't prove it.

I think it all stems from an incident last September. I went to Wales with someone, and we climbed a mountain together. Well actually we only climbed a bit of it together. After this trip, I severed my ties, moved on, drew a line under things, and got on with life.

Here's a series of videos I made during our trip.

And at that point, the battery on my phone died. I started walking towards Llanberis, was kindly given a lift by a passing climber, and completed my journey back to the car by taxi. Then I drove us home. Pete, if you happen to read this, I apologise for not keeping the pace you wanted to set, but I did not understand your behaviour at the time, and I still don't now. When I eventually made it back to the car park, and met you there, you talked at length about how you were planning to get to a train station so that you could make your way home. I wonder if at any point you thought about the fact that I had not come down from the mountain. If I'd chosen to behave the same way, I'd have got in my car, and left you at the car park.

If it is you that's posting abuse on my blog, perhaps as some socially fucked up way of trying to re-establish contact, you're wasting your time. There's good and bad in everyone. You've made me laugh. You've annoyed the shit out of me. The events of last year tipped the scales, and you probably still don't get why.

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

The Five Two Diet

I found myself tipping the scales at around 15 stone. Before I became an instructor I was more like about 11.5 stone. That's what you get for eating crap and sitting on your arse all day. And when I got home from a long day's seat warming, I'd be too tired to do much.

But I said to myself, "When I hit 15 stone, I will do something about this."

There are other reasons too, but that's another story.

Anyway, I'm doing the five two diet. You eat normally (or better still,  sensibly) five days a week, then limit your calorific intake to around 500-600 calories two days a week. These days should not be consecutive.

So I started on Tuesday. My next "two" day is tomorrow, so I'm preparing this evening by gathering up the ingredients I will eat tomorrow.

When I try to look stuff up online, it seems mainly to tell me how many calories I would need to gain, maintain or lose weight, but doesn't really allow me to input a food and a weight and to find out how many calories that contains. I'm sure there are such sites and apps out there but I haven't come across one yet.

Instead, I am looking at what ingredients I have, asking the  internet about these specific foods, and collating the results on this post, so that I have an easy reference.

Per 100g                                            Calories

Carrot                                                     41.35
Onion                                                     40.00
Mushroom                                              22.00
Beetroot                                                  46.64
Celery                                                     16.01
Hot Chilli                                                40.00
Potato                                                      77.00
Capsicum                                                40.00

That's what I have at the moment, although I might get some more things this evening after I finish teaching. Weigh out stuff so that it adds up to 600 calories, chop it up and throw it in a pan with some water for half an hour then whizz it into soup with a whizzer. Then tomorrow whenever I feel like eating, I will have a bowl of the stuff, reheated. When it's gone it's gone.

I wonder if hot food contains more calories than cold food?

Answer: Yes, but only to a negligible degree.

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