Week 52 – 01/09/2019

A full year of weeknotes. Well done me.

Started a new job. I am looking after product at Qualsys. A firm that makes Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) software. The first four days have been brilliant. Really great people and a very good culture. Great feeling too it all. Just need to get to grips with the product and how it is made, sold, supported and what needs doing to it to make it even better.

Got weighed this week after a lazy unhealthy summer. I was expecting to be just over 17 stone but I was actually only just under 18 stone. Looking back at week note 2 I was in a similar post summer state last year so bad that I started week notes and wedid make some big life changes so hopefully can get back to them quickly.

This week has been a much healthier week. Massively reduced calorie intake, no booze, first run in ages, a pedestrian 5k that hurt but still better than this time last year when I managed about 2.5k, some kettle bells and hiit workouts. Lost 6.5lbs in just under a week so far.

Booked a holiday to Marrakech on the 26th of October. I have set myself a few goals to achieve by then.

Lose 21lbs
Run 3 times per week
Be able to touch my toes – This one is the least likely to be achieve, I am so inflexible
A different exercise two times per week e.g. Running and something else like Kettles, Hiit or Spinning
Less than two hours per day mobile screen time – another tough one when I currently do between 4-5 hours per day….Christ
Read at least 4 books
Run to my new place of work by the end of September – It is about 9.5k away so should be doable. Took me until November last year to run to work and that was only 8.2k.

A decent start made on all the above. Just need to maintain it to return so some semblance of health. I have been thinkingabout some larger long term goals around health that I really should make a commitment to.

New reading. Finished Joe Country by Mick Herron a couple of weeks ago in Filey. Not finished much else this year though. Got a few half finished books all on the go, Tim Maughan’s Infinite Detail, Stupid Arbitrary Goal by Tamara Shopsin. In a bid to tackle my screentime issues I have removed the phone charger by my bed and got some books on an old Kindle Paperwhite. The upshot of this is that this week I have polished off those two books and a short story by Stephen King called Elevation. Now it is time to elevate myself with some arbitrary stupid goals and stop being a lazy fat shit.