So it’s Saturday folks and the weekend is finally here.
What do you have planned? Something good I hope?
Myself? Well I imagine as ever I shall dance to the same tune of going to the gym, walking the dog and preparing meals that satisfy but don’t corrupt.
But then if you do what you always do, you will get what you always got.
That’s what they say isn’t it?
But what I would like to know is, is it such a bad thing to have routine?
Personally I don’t think so, unless of course it is a routine of unhealthy habits. For example going to the pub on the way home, having take away for a late evening meal and sofa surfing for the rest of the night followed up with some heavy duty relaxing, drinking and smoking at the weekend on a schedule that you could set your watch to; and that is certainly where the “do what you always do, get what you always got” proverb hits right home…
Yes there is a train of thought that say’s we musty experience new things because if we don’t we will fester and go stale. However I feel that this should be considered away from the fact that we humans need a routine for getting up in the morning and eating a certain thing, for going about our day with a certain amount of sameness and for coming home at night, maybe going to the gym or for a walk or a run before eating something healthy. I know it may sound boring but it is also stress free and we must avoid stress like the killer it can be. If we know what we are having when we get up in the morning, it takes the worry out of a decision, no matter how small. If we do our daily work and always get good results then why change it leading to worry if the results will be the same.
Life should be made simpler so that when we do get a break from the norm, we appreciate and enjoy it that much more because it is the new experience that we had sought and gained. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for new experiences but not at the expense of my status quo unnecessarily being torn apart so the activity affects my life, throwing my wellness out of whack and doing myself more harm than good.
Yes there is a fine line, but it is one that we should all know how and where to draw it before that cheeky little break from the norm becomes the norm.
After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
As an aside and I would have talked about this next piece yesterday but I didn’t think it was appropriate given the circumstance.
I was called early in the morning and asked if I would mind appearing on a “radio phone in” again to talk about obesity. It would appear that as time passes, I am becoming this radio stations “go to fat bloke” or at least I was, because although I got some of my opinions and thoughts across I was constantly thwarted by my telephone crashing and cutting me off continually and always mid sentence!
Arrgghh! is the only thing I can say about it because it never really happens, it’s just so annoying that it did today when I needed it most!
The story I was asked to comment on was one about the local authorities new take on obesity in the area. They believe that over 55% of people in Oxfordshire are actually obese. However, I would imagine that this is worked out on the old NHS height/weight BMI conversion chart, one we all know that believes that I will still be overweight once I have lost 11 stone taking me down to the weight I was when I left school, just under 14 stone and there wasn’t a pick of fat on me in those days! The NHS BMI scale is so out of date it is laughable. There are now specific measurements that are taken (wrists, forearm, chest, waist, hips, tops of legs etc) and these are all added into the equation. I think I may have said before, if my BMI had been calculated in this much more efficient way I would have been set at 38% but fortunately for me it was done using the NHS way and therefore gave a reading of over 50% which meant I qualified for the surgery, so I ain’t gonna complain on that score 😉
And don’t forget that the old BMI calculator cares not about your age and we all know that as humans age we are prone to becoming a little “broader in the beam” so these figures are sure to be taking older age people into account, yet as I said not measuring them accurately will most definitely give a kind of false positive of extreme proportions. Now did you know that on the old scale the only thing that changes between age is the amount of calories they say you should be consuming? No allowances for the simple fact that as we age we naturally increase in size, no allowances that we naturally become less active and no allowances that we naturally develop a smaller appetite.
So for me this 55% obesity in Oxfordshire is an almost laughable statement to make and one I was going to challenge myself on air until the bloody phone went on the fritz, meaning I have now given over to the medium of email and have contacted the show directly to see if they would like me to offer any local “Joe Public” point of view to discuss the issues that were raised yesterday along side other issues such as how some people are ignorant of what they feed themselves, why fat AND thin people are ignorant of Obesity, why Obesity cannot be compared to smoking and drinking to excess and why Obese people are some of the most reviled in todays media.
Anyway, rant over.
And onto happier things like my food diary.
FOOD DIARY:Thursday 25th June 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||1||50gms||Slice Seeded Wholemeal Toast||100||6||13||4|
|Lunch||1||Small Bowl||Shitake and Beef Sweet and Spicy Stew||205||22||16||5|
|Dinner||1||100gms||Quinoa and Greek Feta Salad||98.9||4.2||11||3.5|
|1||100gms||Garlic and Parsley Prawns||96||17.2||0||2.8|
|Snacks||1||175mls||Phd Diet Whey||91||17||2.75||1.4|
Food wise things are on track with healthy homemade foods taking president and I am happy with yesterday’s intake, but then I was smashing it at the gym (in my own little way of course 😉 ) and far exceeding what I could ever have imagined my walking would ever be at this stage of the game. So this means there is very little to change in the diet and very little to admonish myself for, in fact I should be patting myself on the back after attending the funeral wake as the Women’s Institute had gone into “British Bake Off” mode and produced cakes like they were going to be outlawed tomorrow. I have never seen so much cake in one place and I am happy to report I didn’t have a single slice 🙂
As yesterday was a rest day I have nothing to report for the gym and although I usually take the dog for a walk I was told to stand down as Archie the dog was given a special treat to go out with his pal Max and walk himself to oblivion helping Max chase the ball and showing him how to come when called!
Therefore no screenshots of Polar HR Monitors, Map My Walks or Jawbones as it was all put to one side and I was allowed to carry on about my day, collecting and delivering people to and from the train station, entertaining my son, having healthy meals (as I said, NO cake was imbibed by myself although my son showed his hoovering technique to be of great use at a W.I catered affair….
So as they say, tomorrow is another day and although yesterday was not a tearful day, it was still sad to say farewell to a friend.
Stay out of the fridge.