Day 179 – Switching Over

And just like that, I’m into holiday mode. I didn’t get as much done today as I had intended, but I had a very good day relaxing.

First thing I did was half wake-up and cancel my 9:30 gym session to sleep in late, which was a very good investment, and Nikki wasn’t back from her own holiday yet, so she’ll never know I skipped out on my Cardio. I still went to a 10:30 class of Centergy (Yoga + Pilates) as a trial, and because I have a duty to support Holly’s fitness goals 😉 Also, she returned the cooler bag that the lethal Chocolate-Chilli had come in, so now she’s eligible for a re-fill of something when I make another few batches through my holidays.

And then I went home and did a bit of cleaning and washing.

I had hoped to take a bunch of pictures of some surplus-to-requirements computer gear, an amp and my last mobile phone to put them on eBay, but that got delayed to tomorrow sometime. As long as I get some of that out of the way in the first weekend, I’ll feel like I’ve done enough chores to have earned some fun.

Although, I think I’ll be taking an early dose in the form of some more Wet’n’Wild tomorrow morning. I’m really getting my value out of the season pass I bought. Been on almost all the slides so far, so I might be able to complete the set tomorrow.

Day 172 – Simplify

I’m not entirely sure what today was about. It had a number of the usual Saturday features, including a very demanding and tough and oh-so-worthwhile gym session in the morning, and an overwhelming desire to clean only overshadowed by an even more overwhelming desire not to.

Instead I spent a lot of time watching movies and TV, letting my mind wander for inspiration on what I want to achieve with 2014. I know, it sounds counter-productive to my stated aim, but a little reflection helps me work out what is most important to me… I think.

I’m not sure it worked yet so far.

I am strongly considering making “Simplify” the theme for the year. I’m sure I could get some mileage out of that one. Even though it sounds pretentious and vague to me too. But it just *feels* like the right theme, so I think I’m going to run with it for a while and see what I end up with.

So far, that makes my official list of resolutions for the coming year:

  • Simplify
  • Keep my gym routine challenging
  • Eat healthier
  • 3200×1800 … (sorry, nerdy joke, couldn’t resist)

Day 171 – Contemplating Holidays

Holidays have a habit of flying past.
I don’t like the sound that particular “deadline” makes as it whooshes by

And there are plenty of things I’d like to do (more) of over my 3 weeks off:

  • The projects in my sidebar
  • A trip down the coast at the beach
  • More photography
  • More/different gym classes
  • More Wet’n’Wild
  • More time with (new?) friends
  • More reading
  • More writing
  • … and then some

I don’t think I have enough time for all of it. But I should make sure I fit in a decent mix of everything. I want to avoid ending the holiday feeling there are too many things I completely didn’t touch on.

I think I should put together a “balanced diet” in my activities to neither end up with a sugary entertainment high and subsequent crash, nor an over-self-improvement hangover.

Day 164 – Manga

My hair apparently has done a Manga impression all day. I knew it was a bit unruly, but I had no idea what it was up to today!

Look Ma, No Gel
Look Ma, No Gel

I can only assume a combination of showering at the gym without a comb, and walking out into a blustery day has resulted in this hairdo. I wonder if anybody out there noticed… I didn’t get any weird looks as such… I think?

Maybe this is its way of telling me to get a haircut.

Be Prepared!
Be Prepared!

I also re-stocked on sun supplies today. I’m ready to go out and enjoy Wet’n’Wild some more without risk of burning. Provided I keep well lubricated that is. Lasts 4 hours… means I have to re-apply up to 2-3 times. Let’s see how that goes.

Day 160 – Almost There

Countdown to XMAS – 25.5 hours left… 33.5 if I count sleeping.

The lead-up hasn’t been too bad this year. Shopping misery kept to a minimum. No leave in the lead-up to XMAS, which has worked out well too.

Last-minute gingerbread baking might not have been the best plan I ever had, but the result was worth it. Even if it made the regular ice-cream run a bit more of a stretch in turn.

I’m one batch of ice cream short of complete, so that’ll easily be done tomorrow.

And then I can rest.

Also, no gym for a few days on account of “closed”. Last class before XMAS was a punishing Kinesis class in which I managed to get carpet-burn on my knee, and not even the fun kind. But worth it… it feels good to be able to do nothing but sit for a little while I think.

Bring on the festivities!

Day 139 – Squaffins and Stuff

I didn’t quite make 10k steps tonight, despite coming quite close. I’m blaming the class that didn’t show. Essentially I got a private class tonight because I was the only one there. On the upside I got personalised advice which was great.

I had warmed up quite extensively on the treadmill beforehand though, so I did get about 9k, which isn’t bad. And I got a squats challenge which I’m sure makes up for the remaining 1000 by the feel of it.

Cycle tomorrow.
I guess pacing myself is not a bad idea.

On the way home I discovered that it’s already December. The first I noticed is that everybody seems to be really into blue Christmas lights this year. I hope we get some nice decked out neighbourhoods so I can take the camera for a walk and capture the season in full glorious lighting.

Square Muffins apparently... isn't it obvious?
Square Muffins apparently… isn’t it obvious?

And then when I started writing this post, I learned that I’d never shared the above image from the gym. It really deserves its own post, but it’s too overdue for that now.

I felt really stupid when the response was “They are Square Muffins”. But I’m not entirely sure I should have been able to guess. It seems both obvious and insane at the same time. Which is all the more reason I should have gotten it myself.

PP Cardio

How bad could it possibly be?

I mean, it’s only a 30 minute class.

And I do quite a bit of cardio already; it’s never easy, but it’s no longer actually hard either. I’m sure I can do this.

As a matter of fact, I’ll do two 30 minute classes back-to-back to fill the usual hour I spend at the gym.

Oh, how wrong I was.

The instructor was very nice about it, but what it comes down to is, this is definitely a solid step up from Attack or Cycle in the cardio-department. And today I was glad to be sitting most of the day.

Even so…

The stubborn voice in the back of my head is saying I just need to keep going to this class till I make it all the way through. And I think I agree. Let’s see how next week goes.

Day 126 – Cycle Brain

I’ve been totally disinterested in doing anything other than sit at my desk watching videos tonight. There are a whole bunch of things I could/should be doing, but my brain just doesn’t want to kick into gear.

Usually after a good strength or cardio class I’m afflicted by something I call gym-brain. About half way through an Attack class I’ll start having trouble hearing the verbal instructions because my brain just sits inside a haze that sensory input travels through at about half speed.

Which is awkward for new routines and can cause some minor crashes in a full class when I think I have to go left when everybody else correctly hears right.

It’s never this bad though. I think I’ll have to call this cycle brain.

It comes about when I foolishly let the instructor of the class goad me into excessive exercise. Tonight the resistance dial went up a few notches beyond where it should have, and she made me stand on the pedals for longer than I should have.

I think she was grinning.
I bet she knew I would be immobilized for the rest of the evening.

Ah well, time to catch up on some shows.
I’ll try again tomorrow.

Day 108 – Cycling, Bad with Pizza

Today felt very slow at work; I think my brain just wasn’t really in it. Luckily, I had a task that matched that level of mental energy sufficiently that it wasn’t a complete waste of a day. PowerPoint was my friend.

I decided to have a coffee before going to the gym to try and perk up a bit. I’m not sure if it worked, but I also hear that it does good things for circulation and makes cardio exercise more intense when had before. (Similarly, it apparently aids recovery afterwards… so ideally you should have two coffees surrounding your cardio class. Note: not medical advice!)

Then on the way home I went via Crust to pick up some dinner.

If you have never had Crust before, you really should try it sometime.

Tonight I had the chilli/basil squares for starters, which were tangy and zesty in just the perfect proportions to entice me to eat more than I should. And the every-meat-under-the-sun pizza was similarly leading to over-indulgence. I’m sure the scales will tell me the damage tomorrow.

And then… Breaking Bad.
To the end of Season 4.
Gus… just… you know.

I love the visual qualities of the show, and the theatre of it all. It has a very strong cartoon/Batman/western vibe about it. The way the bad guys get shot (in all senses of the word), the colours, the composition of the scenes. It all has a larger-than-life quality to it, whilst at the same time seeming so grounded and plausible.

It’s a magnificent work of art so far.

And now I’m just sitting at my PC… semi-comatose from food and entertainment. I think I might go read shortly. Or at least, stare at my Kindle and pretend I’m doing more than staring through the words.

Day 105 – Just Fatigued

I was hunting around for something interesting to write about today.

But I think I’m going to have to admit that today was just a dull day overall.

I had my usual morning coffee on the way into work. Had a chat with the barista, who joked I should have a double shot if I was going to be in a meeting all day long.

Which brings me to the management meeting from 9:30am till 4:00pm that constituted my work day today. Peter got himself nominated in his capacity as 2IC to attend the meeting as well. I’m not sure if he’ll count it as experience or torture. Maybe a bit of both?

Luckily there were some catered breaks in the meeting, and someone took coffee orders early on. Which was good, because I’m not sure I would have made it through the whole day with that extra shot of coffee after all.

Then after that meeting I went to the gym early to zone out, because my brain just wasn’t working any more. I thought my cycle class was at 5:30pm, but that turned out to be 5:45pm instead, so I spent 40-odd minutes on the treadmills first. It’s good for the views, but perhaps not the best way to prime my legs for a 45 minute cycle class.

I felt like a slacker in the class, not standing up as much as I should. And I wasn’t sure if I had taken my allergy medication, because my nostrils felt smaller than they ought to be in that way I associate with unmedicated inhalation of grass seeds.

I was glad to be home by 7pm, ready to crash on the lounge.

After a shower.

And “cooking”, which in air-quotes is my euphemistic way of saying I went down the road to buy burgers and fries, only to return with fish and chips instead. I always forget the burger place closes at 7pm on weekdays.

Anyway, then I spent some time watching TV, and then, up until around 11pm I sat procrastinating on the internet, reading about Knockout.js wondering what I might possibly write about.

But in reality, the most interesting thing about my day is probably how tired my legs and brains feel. Better luck tomorrow?