It’s been a while but today I’m back (just) in the fourteen stone bracket.
I’ll be honest – given the work I’ve done to lose the pound and a half represented in this picture I do feel a little dispirited.
I genuinely feel like I deserved to lose more – but when I break it down there is probably a very good reason that things are only just beginning to recover for me on the scales.
The last month – actually the last TWO – have been anything but ‘normal’ (if there is such a thing) and it has taken a while for new routines to bed in.
My house and my life are slowly becoming our house and our life together – and I’m continually amazed at how easy all this has been.
I’m sure that one day (when I stand on a Lego brick or slip in a mysterious puddle of tea) an apocalyptic argument or disagreement will arrive – but it hasn’t happened yet and I can’t see it on the horizon – even with the stress of unpacking.
All of the boxes are now gone but I’d be lying if I said I knew where half of my stuff was – and that’s not my usual norm.
I’m pretty sure that whilst all of the drawers and doors on our respective wardrobes and cupboards are closed neither of us has the foggiest where around 50% of our belongings are.
I completely forgot that there was a telescope under the dining room table.
There is a semblance of routine edging in now though.
Meals, snacking and exercise seem to be all reassuringly under control once more and since my partner in crime recently obtained her gym and swim membership we’ve been to the leisure centre every day except for the bank holiday.
My other half also been investigating the classes and is once more getting her yoga fix – which made for a beamingly happy and bendy demeanour throughout the day.
Consequently our mutual results for for calorie burning this week have been very much improved and we both got a positive result on the scales.
Mine personal stats are definitely on the up now we’re into a routine that’s being carried out together.
Although this screenshot might not seem like a stratospheric amount of exercise I am now eating much less than I was previously.
Also the week before it without so much swimming was noticeably more sedate.
The ones before that were even less stellar…
The problem is that it’s always easy to eat the same amount that you normally do – but maintaining consistency when it comes to being active requires a more focused approach – and sometimes life just doesn’t promote it.
In my case I’ve only swum 12 times this month – and that has had a big impact.
Not getting into the pool represents 400-600 extra calories that usually get burned but simply haven’t been.
This has been a combination of injury (my shoulder is thankfully finally getting better!) and the process of combining two lives – but whatever the causes are I think I’ve conclusively proven that less exercise when combined with the same amount of (or more) food equals weight gain.
On the bright side being a little bit more porky doesn’t stop people wanting to impersonate me.
If there was ever a form of backhanded flattery it’s when the internet considers you interesting (or good looking) enough to use for catfishing some poor souls.
This week – once again my open online social media presence was used to create a fake Davey.
This probably should worry or annoy me but that’s never going to do me any good – so I’m looking upon it as a bonus.
No one would have wanted to impersonate me when I was 35st – so it’s a tick in the ‘win’ column from my perspective.
Whilst walking and swimming many many people contacted me to alert me to a scam account using my image.
I got out of the swimming pool and whilst changing unexpectedly met Kiril Valdez – my new alter ego.
Kiril (who I’m sure you’ll agree is a very handsome fellow with a rather dashing and debonair flair about him) had been sending everyone on my Instagram list friend requests until an eagle eyed person reported him and got the Instagram account banned.
Amazingly it seems 11 people responded to and accepted the friend request!
Regular reader may remember the first time this happened (link).
Incredibly is was almost a year ago when my image was last used to create a fake online persona – and on that occasion some evil sausage lured an unsuspecting woman into an internet tryst.
I was apparently in a committed relationship without my knowledge for three months before I was made aware that I had been horribly injured in an accident.
Shortly after this photo was sent to her the catfished lady in question was convinced to part with her savings. This was apparently to help me fictitious Davey out with hospital bills – so I was rather relieved to see that another similarly sorry saga had ended before it had begun!
Other than despicable fake me rearing his (rather handsome) head this week it’s otherwise been a rather blissful few days where we’ve been walking, talking, and doing things like gathering apples and blackberries from bushes and local trees.
You really can’t beat free food – and there’s rarely something that tastes better than when you’ve literally just pulled it from the branch or stem.
We’ve been using the (rather large) stash of now frozen berries that we brought home to make both breakfast (porridge) and desserts with.
Coupled with a yogurt maker (natural yogurt made with skimmed UHT milk is ace!) have been eating extremely cost effective and healthy meals.
I’m slowly working through the duplicate items in the cupboard too – and have been making use of rice, pasta and noodles way more than I normally would.
Although you can barely see it this naked chicken fajita was accompanied by some basmati and wild long grain rice.
Whilst this haddock and prawn stair fry had some Chinese dry noodles thrown in to soak up the stock in the wok.
I like using up things like this because not only does it cheaply bulk up a meal but I really want to recover a little shelf.
In other areas not so long ago it rapidly diminished…
My coffee storage cupboard – previously a place of highly caffeinated ‘Daveyness’ – suddenly became increasingly tricky to fill with packs of coffee machine pods.
This sudden lack of available shelving is a total mystery to me and I’m still trying to figure out precisely how it happened.
Thankfully very little gets past me and one day soon I’m convinced I’ll get to the bottom of it.
There isn’t a mystery out there that I can’t eventually solve.
Anyway internet. That’s my day so far. The rest of my evening will almost certainly be spent attempting to bring order to my study and resurrect an ageing PC that I built a long time ago. I’m currently kitting it out (on a tight budget) with some relatively new components.
It turns out that if you’ve been using a Mac for a decade though (instead of Windows) that things have moved on considerably in the land of Bill Gates.
To put it bluntly I have a lot to (re)learn.
Windows 10 seems almost as alien now as it did when I first turned on a PC with Windows 95 – although thankfully I still know my way around a bios.
On the bright side my 2nd hand (bargain) small form factor Geforce 1050ti arrived as expected this morning from eBay and despite all of my expectations worked first time when I installed it and it’s drivers!!’
I can only hope that the extra memory (which is still in transit from the internet) is recognised by my motherboard just as easily.
The online manual for it (an ASUS P6T) irritatingly contradicts itself on the topic of exactly what the maximum RAM is that I can put in the slots (intel’s XMS3 protocol in DDR3 is not a simple standard to understand or manage) and I’m fully expecting to be frustrated and thwarted by the experience when my new (old) modules arrive.
On the bright side all of my Steam games appear to have a new lease of life and a (frankly astonishing) frame rate boost in almost all cases.
Right. Geek update over. I’m off to the man cave.
P.S. Please try to refrain from pretending to be me.