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Resolutions 2019

I’ve got quite a list of resolutions to try and get done in 2019. Although I’m not sure I like the idea of the word ‘resolution’, it sounds like a lot of pressure. But then I looked up its definition.

I like the sound of making a ‘firm decision’ to do something. That sounds like a lot less pressure. Some of my firm decisions for 2019 are a continuation of 2018, maybe they just need a bit more effort and focus. So, here we go, my list of firm decisions for 2019:

  • Going vegan – I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago so not about to bore you any further. Suffice to say, it will be the biggest of all the firm decisions.

  • Running – I’ve always done a lot of running, but was looking for a bit more of a challenge. So the plan for 2019 is twofold. Firstly, I’d like to focus on improving my Parkrun time. Secondly, do a proper ultra event, I’m thinking a 100K might be quite interesting.

  • RED January – I’ve always done Janathon (running every day in January) – but RED January is about empowering people to support their mental health by doing something active every single day.

  • Volunteering – I’ve been a volunteer for the Samaritans for about 5 years, and I’d like to try to do a bit more. I already produce the branch newsletter but I’d like to develop this to include the branch website and improve the online presence of the branch. Also, I’m definitely going to volunteer more at my local Parkrun.

  • Project365 – post one photo every day. This year I took part in 1SE – one second every day – which has been great, it’s interesting seeing the seconds ‘mashed’ together into the highlights of the month and year. I’ve done Project365 in the past so know exactly what to expect.

  • Blogging – do it more. I quite like process of writing blogs – they’re never anything amazing – I just like the process on reflecting on what has happened. Posting a picture every day should also encourage me to blog a little bit more.

  • Keep the allotment going – I’ve had an allotment for a couple of years and in that time I have learnt quite a lot. This third year I’m hoping to plan it all a bit better, try and spend a bit more time there and generally produce more stuff.

That’s about it. I have got a few more things I’d like to try and do in 2019, but I think that’s for another day. That is probably quite enough, and probably too much already.

Wish me luck.

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#juneathon day 13 – the one where I have too much to say about gym goers…

An early start and a busy morning, that included a lovely breakfast, meant that I found myself heading to the gym before noon. For some reason Saturday is the quietest day in the gym; today was no different. Only a few people pottering around doing a bit of this and a bit of that. It makes a nice change from the rather strange eclectic mix of gym goers you normally see:

  • There were no extreme body building types. The sort that look at their muscles as they lift 3000 tonnes whilst growling like a demonic bear. The sort who parade around barely able to move their arms. The sort who would crush me with one finger if they read this.
  • There were no 99 year old pensions shuffling on the treadmill at a speed of -2 in their 'leisure' shoes. Harsh I know, but equally as funny.
  • There were no ridiculous people who seem to go to the gym just to look at their phones – they have no time to actually workout – just stare at their phones for an hour and then depart.
  • There were no groups of 'workout bros' trying to beat eachother by doing 2 million bench press while they 'spot' eachother.
  • They were no small gatherings of women exercising only their mouths. The sort who rock up with a yoga mat, sit, gossip and stretch an arm every 15 mins, before going to the coffee shop for a 'chat'.
  • There were no personal trainers about. The gym that I attend must have won an award for the most personal trainers. Sometimes you can't swing a cat without hitting a personal trainer in the head. The sort who have the black t-shirt with 'personal trainer' on the back. I must get myself one of those.

So today's exercise: 10min on the cross-trainer; 10min on the rower; and 10min on the bike. Lovely jubbly.

Juneathon totals after day 13:

10.9 miles run

18.55 miles cross-training

171 press-ups

485 sec planks

8000m row

2.7 miles bike

10 extra walks between classroom and reception


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I’m feeling crackers! #juneathon #project365

Juneathon Day 11

This is probably my third Juneathon, and I'd be the first to admit the blog posts have been getting progressively worse. The first ten days of this year's Juneathon have been, all in all, pretty dire. I've not been able to go on my usual runs that would possibly have given me more to talk about. As if to prove the point, today I ventured to the gym, once again, to do exactly the same as what I usually do at the gym recently:

  • 15 min cross-training
  • 2000m row
  • 15 min cross-training

The never-ending calf muscle shenanigans that I'm sure you are all sick of hearing about, are continuing unabated. So the above session means I get to work hard without any dramas.

Project365 #162

Every now and then I am required to bake. Today is one of those days. Tomorrow is the weekly 'cakey bakey' at school – it works out that every 8 weeks or so you are required to bake something for everyone to pig out on. Over the course of the year we have pretty much eaten every kind of cake available to man. So just for a change tomorrow I will be offering up a savoury alternative: crackers. Actually biscuits may be a better description. Apparently they are 'easy' to make. They're not.