Getting My Nose Back To The Grindstone

So after a days well deserved rest I was back hard at it yesterday, getting on with my projects and doing some work at my mothers and one of her neighbours houses. No rest for the wicked I know but I met the challenges with relish and they were done before I knew it.

Now my projects are ones of fantasy and imagination. Some of you may know that I am attempting to write commercially along with writing this blog so I spend most of my days sat in front on this Mac screen and keyboard dreaming stuff up; and yesterday it was good to get back to an old project that I started a few years ago. For some reason I had let the idea fall by the wayside even though I have been told by numerous people that it is a brilliant idea and that I should get working at it, get it finished and get it out there. I suppose the reason for the lack of action with it was because I was perhaps starting to believe that my writing would not come to anything and that I should be out there trying to find work in another field. Today however, I watched a news snippet of Jim Carrey telling a story about his life; and in just one sentence he made me realise that I have to give my writing as much of an opportunity as I possibly can because his words of “you can fail at what you don’t love, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love” struck such a chord that today I meet the creative challenge with renewed vigour.

I figure that quote of his summed it up nicely. For me the thing I love is writing and if I succeed or fail I shall at least have lived my dream in some way because everyday I put time aside to write the stories I make up and dream up ideas for movie screenplays, novels and finally situational comedies of which I have three ideas but am struggling where to start to get those going. However, as in any walk of life I must take things one step at a time and if I am to succeed with any of them, then they must be given the chance to grow and flourish or wither and die by my own hand and not the time restraints that life surely dictates. A bit deep there, but I’m sure you get my drift.

Everything is in our own hands.

So alongside this thought process I must continue to follow my food and exercise diary to reinforce my ideal that I am changing and living the new healthy life I want to live.

FOOD DIARY: Tuesday 27th May 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast

Time :

 1  Biscuit  Weetabix  68  2.5  13  0.5
 1  Handful  Blueberry’s  30  0  0  0
 1  50gms  Rachels Yogurt  65  1.8  6  3.5
 1  100mls  Semi Skimmed Milk  49  3.6  1.8  4.7
Total (gr)
Lunch

Time :

 1 Small Bowl T.C’s Awesome Chicken Barley Soup  110  15  9  3
Total (gr)
Dinner

Time :

 1  110gms  Salmon Fillet  188  17  1.8  2.5
 1  50gms  Basmati Rice  72  1.3  11  2.5
Total (gr)
Snacks

Time :

 1  600mls  Tea  28  0  6  0
 1  400mls  Americano  36  2  0  0
 1  25gms  Apple Biscuits  115  2  17  3.8
Total (gr)
Water  1  500mls  Mineral Water  0  0  0  0

I think we can safely say this was a good food day to be honest but it was just as well because on the day in question I was sedentary unlike yesterday when I smashed it at the gym and had a very good walk, racking up some healthy miles for Andy’s Beat charity.

The gym session looked as ever like this:

  1. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Abductor machine
  2. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Adductor machine
  3. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 15 Reps 20kg Cable Row
  6. 3 x 15 Reps 10kg Shoulder Press
  7. 3 x 15 Reps 30Kg Chest Press
  8. 3 x 15 Reps 30Kg Pec Deck
  9. 3 x 15 Reps 20Kg Tricep Pull Down
  10. 3 x 15 Reps 5kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  11. 3 x 20 Standing Oblique Bar Twists

And by the end of an active day, the Jawbone UP24 gave me the very encouraging reading of:

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The thought process I started todays blog with can obviously follow into my weight loss and training and again I must reiterate to myself, my need to slow down on my expectations and not feel down hearted when I find my weight hasn’t dropped as much as I would like or if I don’t get to walk as far as I would have liked to. The reason we shouldn’t feel down about this is because the body is changing in so many ways it is not only weight that goes down. A couple of days ago I saw the sports therapist at my gym and we discussed my chronic back pain. He offered solutions for exercises and told me that when I do any form of exercise in future that I should “set my core” before I engage the exercise. By that he means to sit up straight and pull in my stomach muscles as this will improve my core strength in no time and thus help with the back pain. Anyway, what I was getting to was the fact that my weight hasn’t really changed in the past two weeks (maybe a pound or two) but when I removed my shirt for the therapist, he said unprompted that I look leaner than I did when he saw me two weeks before. Things like this are nice little boosts for the ego and we all enjoy being told we have achieved something and make you realise that not everything can be judged by the little box of numbers we keep on the floor in the corner of the bathroom.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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