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Radio silence

My poor neglected blog! Apologies (to my one remaining reader) for radio silence, it’s not that nothing’s been happening, just that work etc has been busy busy busy so nothing interesting is happening 🙂

Work is going well, I’m really enjoying it, but it is very full on (which is good) and I’ve had to do a fair few evening interviews recently. What is good is that I am building enough time in lieu to be able to leave an hour early a few times a week and go to the gym; this and the diet is (generally) going well and I only have another few pounds to go and I’ll have lost a stone from when I was at my heaviest earlier this year. So that’s good.

My two OU courses have started up again, so that’s all extra work, and they have asked me to consider taking on another one, just for one year while the regular tutor has a sabbatical, starting in February 2013. Good points would be: level 3 and public health course would look great on my CV, even if it is only a year; the money would be welcome of course; the course is interesting; and because it runs from Feb-Oct and my other courses are Oct-June it means that I would still have a bit of extra money coming in over the summer (I know I have my job so it’s not like I’m not paid at all for those three months, but I do notice each summer when I don’t get paid for the OU work). Less good points would be: I’m working full-time and doing two OU courses on top of that, and there would be 5 months where this one would overlap with those; I’m knackered and would like to have a bit of a life despite loving what I’m doing. I’m not sure which way I’ll choose yet – but anyway it was nice to be asked, it was a little bit of affirmation which never goes amiss.

I now have the week off work, but will mainly be trying to write an article (I have signed up to #acwrimo or academic writing month on twitter, to try and get myself into gear for getting myself published; this is really important to me both professionally and personally). So I’ll probably be going back to work for a break! But anyway it *is* nice to not have to get up at 6am and deal with Scotrail for a few days, and I will make sure I go out for a good brisk walk each day, weather permitting.

Weigh-in hiatus

I’m taking a break from the weekly weigh-ins – for the next few months I am going to be doing a ton of travelling, mostly for work, so regular weighing just isn’t very practical and will be a bit stressful. I’m still going to try to keep an eye on things, and given that the work relates to food awareness in the context of a particular medical condition, I will probably learn stuff which might also prompt me to eat more healthily (my colleagues who have observed the course that I will be observing in a couple of weeks say they’ve never been able to look at a pizza or curry in the same way since!).

Not much else going on worth reporting on, but I’m still here 🙂

Weekly weigh-in (8)

Weekly weight loss: 0.8kg
Running total lost: 2.4kg (5.3 lbs)
Amount to target: 27.5kg

Quite pleased with that. I am doing more walking (as I have walks to and from the station each work day so am walking well over an hour each day), but didn’t think I was gaining much benefit as by the time I get to work I’m so hungry I either have a 2nd breakfast, or eat my lunch by 10 and then need to buy more for lunch! So I’m pleased about that.

In other news, we are going to view a prospective allotment site this week. If we go for it it will need a lot of work, the site has been abandoned for about 30 years and not worked since then so it will probably need a year’s worth of digging before we can actually grow anything. But I’m quite excited at the prospect. We’ll see what it looks like – it might be that it’s far too much to take on and we just stay on the waiting list for a regular allotment. But I’m hopeful, it will be great exercise and great to get into growing our own. I have a few beans in a pot ready for the front garden, but it would be nice to have the space to grow more.

Weekly weigh-in (7)

Weekly weight loss: 0.2kg
Running total lost: 1.6kg (4lbs)
Amount to target: 28.3kg

I might make enquiries about the local tai chi class – we discovered when we went to vote in the local elections the other week that there is a class, using the tai chi form we already learnt, in the same venue. It is a really short walk from where we live, and the classes are at sensible times in the evening after work which means they should be doable for both of us. Although tai chi feels like quite a calm thing to do, according to MFP it counts as cardiovascular exercise (and when I’ve really concentrated on it before I have felt like I’ve really worked out). Plus it will be a good thing to do together.

Weekly weigh-in (6) and new job

I did weigh myself on Monday (as intended), but then had to run around all day on my last day health visiting before starting the new job on Tuesday, and by the evening I had forgotten how much I had weighed 😮 I know tomorrow is a bank holiday, but I am working a normal day (sigh, just like the NHS) so as I remembered to weigh today here it is. I have also decided to also add here how many kgs I still have to lose, as another incentive (hopefully):

Weekly (well a bit more) weight loss: 0.5kg
Running total lost: 1.5kg (though MFP, the monitoring site I use, says I have lost 1.4kg overall and I suspect they’re probably right).
Amount still to lose: 28.5kg (I know this sounds a lot, and it is, but if I can keep chipping away at it just a little bit each week that will be good).

The new job is going OK so far. I have been told (by a 1st year PhD student who is being supervised by my line manager) that I still had a bit of a ‘rabbit in headlights’ look, which pretty much sums up how I felt, although by Friday I did feel like I’m starting to get my head round it all a bit. My colleagues are very nice, but it is a very different working atmosphere – before I was in a large open-plan office with lots and lots of people and constant background noise (it was like a zoo to be honest), and now I am in an office with one other person. I am aware of other people around about, but they do their thing and I do mine, so although I am meeting a few people I really don’t know who they are for the most part, so that will take a bit of getting used to. In the last place, by the time I’d been there a couple of days I knew everybody’s business and they knew mine, it was just that kind of place, and most subjects were up for discussion, but I’ve really not had that kind of conversation at all. There have been a few frustrations (for example my contract which I signed and sent back a month ago had got lost, probably sitting in someone’s in-tray being ignored, and they only found it 3 days after I’d started, so that was all a bit irritating as it means I still don’t have a working email address and I was also beginning to wonder if I’d get hit with emergency tax as my P45 was with the contract), but mostly it is just going to be a case of getting my head down and reading round the subject in preparation for fieldwork – I will be travelling from next month for interviews and regularly thereafter for a good few months, I’m looking forward to the work though will need to get used to long train journeys and B&Bs for a while. I’m still feeling a bit of a novice as the research is in a subject I’m not an expert in, but overall I think it will be a really good experience, and come the end of the year/into next year it should be a lot less pressure and I can do more of the fun bits like writing (and trying to make a difference for clinical practice).

I am though going to need to sort out the diet and how it fits in with work. I have an epic commute every day, so eat my breakfast at stupid o’clock, and then by the time I get to work I’m ready for another breakfast. So that’s going to need a rethink – I might try just having a bit of fruit before I leave then bringing some cereal to work to have breakfast then to take me through to lunch time. On Friday I started thinking about lunch from the moment I walked into the office at 8.45 (and had eaten most of what I’d brought in for lunch by 10!), so that definitely needs some work. 🙂

Weekly weigh-in (5)

Weekly loss: -1.1kg (yes, I gained. But given the amount of eating out and lack of exercise last week while the various parentals were staying, this could have been a lot worse).
Running total: 1kg lost overall.

I’m back now though, full of good intentions 🙂

Weekly weigh-in (4)

Slightly late this week, so this loss is for a bit more than a week.

Weekly(and a bit) weight loss: 1.1kg
Running total: 2.1 kg (c.5 lbs)

I can’t quite get my head round this, given that this past week saw the end of Lent, and Easter eggs for breakfast. Mind you, I still have 3kg to go to get back to last year’s start weight, so it looks like I’m in it for the long haul.

Weekly weigh-in (3)

This week’s loss: 0.2kg
Total loss so far: 1kg

Not bad, considering we were away for the weekend for a surprise birthday party and so some cake may have been consumed. It was almost a shame to cut this up and eat it, it was such a work of art (birthday party for a train nerd):


I am in so much awe of people who can bake this creatively (or, in fact, at all). The baking gene pretty much passed me by.

Weekly weigh-in (2)

Lost this week – 0.2kg (not brilliant, but we did have a takeaway curry on Friday, and at least it’s still in the right direction).

Running total lost – 0.8kg (or 2lbs in old money).

Main thing noticed: oh my goodness I can’t believe how much I used to eat between meals! I’m still snacking a little bit, but counting it all and noting it all down has really made me cut down, I’m actually quite horrified, and amazed I’m not even bigger.

I have ordered a copy of 30 Day Shred, which is the latest fitness/exercise DVD thingy that everyone is apparently talking about. It will probably be 30 Day Torture, but given that gym membership at the moment isn’t practical (working in another city from May, so minimal time in the week, and the uni gym is a good way away from where I’ll be working, plus at least initially there’ll be quite a bit of travel with the job) I thought that a cheap DVD would probably be better value, and would at least get me doing *something*. I’m trying to walk a couple of miles most days at a reasonable speed, to burn off a bit too, which is good to get me out and about a bit more.

Weekly weigh-in

IMG_7604 I lost 0.6kg (just over a pound) from last week, so that’s going in the right direction.

I also had my first old lady afternoon nap since leaving work almost 3 weeks ago (I have been tempted every day since then!).

The flowers are what are left of my leaving bouquet. 3 weeks later, some of them are still going strong.