Monday, 22 March 2010

Good Monday to you!

Eh, who am I kidding, even in the world of unemployment Mondays suck.  We did have a mostly dry morning here, and a little sunshine this afternoon, but in between, lots of lots of rain – noisy, grey, cold and depressing rain, and a real disappointment it was after yesterday!

I still got out in the fresh air for a Vitamin D fix though. I half walked, half ran into town before the rain started this morning, although the running portion was less fun and harder work than it was the last time I tried it, several weeks ago before getting sidetracked by carrying well loaded rucksacks on my walks. Ever tried to run with a rucksack full of bottles / root vegetables bouncing on your spine? Me neither, and I’ve no plans to try it!

This afternoon I was feeling energetic – no, that’s a lie, I was feeling weirdly sleep-deprivedly hyper, and also wanted to eat a lot – so I cycled 10 miles on an exercise bike. Once again felt the discomfort in the nether regions, but it made a nice change to do something different!

I’ve come to the conclusion that just because I’m rubbish at being consistent at any form of exercise except walking, it doesn’t mean I should avoid doing anything except walking! So I plan to do whatever appeals when it appeals, and hope that, however gradually, it does shock my body into becoming a bit fitter. I know its not scientific and doesn’t approach being a real exercise plan, but I just can’t feel motivated enough right now. I’m suffering from a well-known problem for people out of work for a while – the ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ syndrome, and its making me lazy.

Food today:

Breakfast: All bran with strawberries and a mini omelette consisting of one whole egg, some mushrooms and some onion.


Lunch: Vegetable soup and a toasted LC and ham sandwich followed by a melon medley fruit salad and a sugar free jelly made with frozen summer berries in the bottom



Dinner: A chicken and mushroom lasagne portion from the freezer (made with my home-made pasta, if you remember!) with a big salad and s0me red pepper and onion slowly sauteed in olive oil a la The Hungry Yogini. Delicious!


Snacks: A protein smoothie, some Greek Yoghurt with honey & grapenuts, a couple of No-No crackers or 3 and a small number of bite-size Dr Karg seeded spelt crackers.

Weight today: 10st 3.4 lbs.


  1. Hey, I've been known to back my way into a fitness routine. Sometimes I have to "trick" myself and say "just for today" I'm going to do this thing. If I thought about having to do it for a long time, or made some sort of pact or plan and didn't follow through, then I would feel like I'd failed. Sometimes you just have to find a different way to frame it.

    Maybe your plan is "whatever new and different thing, other than walking, that feels fun, interesting and filled with non-dread". I could live with a plan like that. This whole self-care things has got to have an element of enjoyment in it or it becomes something else entirely, right?

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