I got the backslider blues…

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Unfortunately, it looks there was a bit of a time lag over the festive season. As much as I thought I had got away with it, the chocolate, carrots cooked in masses of butter, and totally excessive amounts of fried potato products have caught up with me. I have the backslider blues cause all my work and progress has been lost in wobbliness.

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Sigh. Nevertheless, the picture came out better because I took it in the front room instead of the bedroom. Better light, also warmer. It is now just too chilly to be getting dressed in the bedroom. Ahh, winter. How you try my patience.

The plus side is that I am back into a routine. Working a typical 8 hour day means I get several WorkRave motivated 10 minute ab workouts per day, I am walking the 2 kilometers to work every morning and another 2 to get back home, and I am in charge of my food again! Hooray!

Porridge breakfasts might change as well, since I found several recipes for overnight oatmeal on one of my favourite hipster-ish blogs. You didn’t think that my blog name was totally unrelated to my style, did you? Sucker.

To lend even more credence to my hipster credentials, I am considering ordering a few of these bad boys to give me some more healthy lunch and snack options. Today I did bring celery sticks with a little pot of peanut butter and dried cranberries (so delightful) but who wouldn’t want a coordinated bento set in a mason jar to tote all that about, eh? You know you do.

I am also considering buying a 24 hour fitness wearable, like the fitbit flex or the jawbone up. I already have a heart rate monitor that I used for intense exercise sessions, but I would be interested in a total day perspective, and maybe even sleep quality. I actually had the second worst dream ever in my life last night. Like the first worst that I can remember, it involves insects and my feet. I wonder what that is all about. I also have an android smartphone, so that rules out a few wanker (Oops, I mean Apple) based options. Anyone want to give me feedback on those? How do they work for you? What do you like or not like about them? What do you find useful or annoying?

Damn you, Cadbury!

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So, I skipped a week because… well… Xmas and all. My partner and I did two solid days of cooking and baking since the normal cook is undergoing chemo at the mo. But we pulled it off! Very successfully, in fact, with approval all around for the brined turkey, the two cakes, the Michelin star carrots and the traditional pate starter. Still, lots of work.

I did not get any running done at all, because of the health issues and such, but I did quite a few core exercises, and I tried out some little weights designed to slip over the feet so that leg raises and such are more difficult. I am so getting me some of those. I also controlled my intake as much as is reasonable, but to be honest, I could have been more restrictive. There was a tin of Roses that laid me low (I shake my fist at you Cadbury!) and there was several real ales that probably did me no favours. But that is the holidays for you.

Here is the newest photo! As you can see, I am wearing my newest pair of lucky underpants. My partner and I give each other a pair for Xmas every year and then wear them for the first time on nochevieja. Ahhh, traditions!

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It is not yet a six pack, but I have to say that I do not feel that the holidays and all the challenges that they typically present have slowed me down too much. We have a few more days of travel before heading home, and they are likely to be difficult because I am not sure how much opportunity I will have to cook for myself or to or how much control I will have over what I eat, but you never know. the problem with staying with the in-laws is that you have little choice at all, so maybe staying with a friend will be better.

And then! back home! Oh joy. We get our weekly veg delivery box again! I can cook what I like and limit the fat content that goes into it! I can go to the gym! I can go for a run without worrying if someone needs their pills or help getting to the toilet or company while the medication takes effect! I can go back to the office, with my exercise mat and my scheduled breaks and my huge bottle of water and my office buddy to encourage me to achieve my goals!

I know what you are thinking. That is some strange things to be excited about, but this holiday has been more of a change in the work I do than a break from work… and the PhD deadline looms… LOOMS! I am so looking forward to a proper vacation after it is done.