Not one of the cool kids

I just remembered that I wrote this…I like it so I thought I’d share it with you πŸ™‚

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On the outside looking in
or forgotten?
Proffered hands of friendship
evaporate like smoke.
Always an afterthought.
Not one of the cool kids.

I don’t feel this a lot any more, but it was something I was thinking about yesterday. I felt like this a lot as a teenager, and it returns when my anxiety is at its worst.

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A splendid excuse for a feast!

I promise a real update soon, in the mean time, go and have a look at what the otters are up to, they have been having some absolutely marvellous shenanigans!

The Otter Chronicles

Good day chaps! I am extremely pleased to say we are back up and running around here! We have been in total chaos and I might even say uproar! Absolute uproar! It is unacceptable and that damned hamster is on his final warning! Any more of this sort of mishap and he’ll have to go!

I mean just because he is a rodent, and a wildcat turned up at the Holt without telling him in advance, that’s no reason to go around scampering behind things and upending experimental buckets into consoles and spreading chaos as he careered around in panic! No reason at all!! It simply won’t do! Panic is no sort of emotion for a UK Raft member, he needs to learn to control himself or his days are numbered I can tell you! We were without power for days, and the research throughout the Raft ground to a…

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2018- the first month…

Well.. you may have got the impression that I haven’t been *that* dedicated so far this year, well…this is in some ways true and in other ways not…

I haven’t spent as much time exercising as I intended but I have by no means don nothing. I haven’t spent as much time writing on this blog as I intended but I have been keeping up with 2 others (yeah I know that’s no excuse) so not quite as good as I thought…but not terrible.

I am not going to apologise because that puts me in far to negative a mindset and to be honest a lot of the difference between what I intended and what I did is down to negative mindset… so I am just going to tell you what I have been doing and what I am going to do. After all, you know me there is no reason to stop committing to things just because the last thing didn’t go according to plan!!

I have been going to the gym more and have rediscovered my love of lifting heavy weights 😊😊

I have been planning and setting goals on paper a lot…it has made me focus on the things I really need to get done…and realise that I sometimes have unrealistic expectations!

Also my bummer journal is all pretty which makes me happy…

And the very last thing I have done is gone back to absolute basics when it comes to getting movement into my day, I have reinstated lunchtime walks and have decided to complete some 30 day challenges which involve simple exercises which I can do throughout the work day…

Yes at work I will be getting up and doing squats and triceps dips and wall sits throughout the day…possibly in the looks but it’s the activity that counts not the location…

This is a cunning ploy to get my brain used to movement rather than chocolate…

Then I have to stop eating chocolate so much but that is a different challenge for a different day…

Janathon the last week…

Well…apparently I totally forgot to post any of my exercise stuff on here. Shame really as I have been doing lots 😊 my most notable achievement was a 95kg deadlift… did I already mention that…I can’t remember but I am super proud anyway because it is the heaviest I have lifted in a year at least!! I rediscovered lifting this week… I remembered how much I absolutely Love it!!

Lucky for you I took pictures of the things I have been doing so I am putting hem all in here πŸ™‚

Find your why!

This isn’t a Janathon exercise update because I thought I’d tell you some things I have been thinking about…they are relevant and interesting things I promise… not just musings about why dragons have such a bad reputation or why I only like the idea of a dog…

After all what’s the point of having an exercise blog if I can’t tell you all some stuff. Even if it might secretly be about dragons…

It isn’t about dragons I promise!




I have recently heard in real life and seen Β on social media, a lot of questions about motivation. More specifically questions about finding and maintaining motivation to exercise. I have thought a lot about the answer and the basic answer is that relying on motivation is not going to work. Motivation for everyone comes and goes. It is a fleeting thing that is impossible to quantify and impossible to really define as it is different for everyone. I am not going to tell you how to become motivated, or give you any “tips and tricks” because 9 times out of 10 those types of posts prove to be either a rehash of the same old stuff or patronising. What I am going to do is tell you what worked for me.

As I said, For me, there no point in relying on motivation. I can’t imagine anyone, not even Usain Bolt or Serena Williams can be motivated to work out and train 100% of the time! Even the most dedicated sportsmen and women must have days where they just can’t be bothered. The real question is how do you make yourself work out anyway, on those days where you just want to stay indoors and eat blue cake, how do you make yourself get out there and run or lift or yoga or anything!

The answer for me is to find my why. The reason I am doing all of this. The thing that when I do it makes all the hard work and grumpy workouts worthwhile! This thing should be a positive thing. Negative whys never stick for the long term. Working out through fear of being fat/bad/whatever is not going to put you in a good frame of mind and will reinforce negative thought patterns and eventually behaviour patterns.

In case you didn’t already know, my why is dancing. I think the whole “Project Fit Enough to Dance in a Mask” title may have given that away…but I am telling you anyway :-p

I am telling you because by extension that means I am telling me. the more i exercise, the better I dance. When I do cardio, I dance better. When I run, I dance better. The better I dance the happier I am so why wouldn’t I work towards being better at it πŸ˜€

My other why, is that lifting heavy things makes me feel like a superhero. Feeling like a superhero is awesome and there is really no downside to feeling awesome! that and feeling like a superhero is one step closer to becoming a superhero, which is my ultimate goal. After all, why wait for some other superhero to come along and rescue you when you can be one yourself… that way there is always one around when you need one. πŸ˜€

So, if you think you want to do exercise then find a “why” that inspires you!! Whether it is “Because I want to run/swim/etc in the Olympics” or “because I want to be able to run about after my idea dog, or my dragon!”


This is my idea dog, he is great, he lives in my head and is always cute and I never have to pick up any poo!


Janathon day 14

This was yesterday…

I did exercise but I forgot to tell you about it… so here it is…

I went to he gym…again πŸ™‚ and I have come to the conclusion that Sunday evening is my least favourite time in the gym so far. It is full of chatters and gigglers which is fine for them but off putting (to say the least) for everyone else!

Luckily I ignored them and got in with a pretty awesome upper body workout 😊😊

Benchpress/ incline benchpress/ chest flys/barbell row/ seated row/ assisted pull up… not too shabby really!

Janathon day 13

95kg 95kg 95kg

Woohoo woohoo woohoo woohoo 😁😁😁😁

In case you didn’t guess from that I am happy… I did a 95kg deadlift this afternoon 😊😊😊 I haven’t lifted this heavy in over a year and I lived it so much!! Total superhero lifting day 😊😊

I danced in the gym after I lifted it…which confused a couple of people… the Saturday evening people in the gym don’t know me as well as the weekday morning people πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

(Yoga will be later 😊)

Janathon day 10

Today I gymmed…(yes I know that isn’t a verb…but I am going with it) I went before work with my friend Sarah and we lifted stuf op and put it down and I actually went on a treadmill and did an inclined walk…

Yes…voluntarily on a treadmill… this is very rare!!

Somewhat later there was dancing… at which I forgot quite a few dances but then remembered them and took no photos…

Still lots of fun 😊 and awesome comic book leggings put in an appearance!!

I didn’t dance in my fluffy slippers by the way… just took the photo to show you my awesome leggings 😊😊

Janathon day 9

Day 9 started as is customary for a Tuesday, with an early morning PT session πŸ™‚ it was pretty awesome…I got to do squats which is always good!!

Janathon day 9 finished with day 8 Of Yoga True from Yoga with Adriene 😊which was lovely and stretchy and completed before midnight!!

Mia cat wasn’t involved…she just looked very sweet!!

Here are some more cats, I don’t want the other two to feel left out after all!

Temporal Experimentation Expedition 1 (pt 2)

for any of you worried about Peter and Zofia’s encounter with Otter security, here is the conclusion of their report!

The Otter Chronicles

β€œYou There!! Stop!! What are you two doing out after curfew!?!

Zsofia and I exchanged startled glances. Security Otters? Curfews? What was going on here! It would certainly explain the darness and quietness of the Holt but raised far more questions. However, even I could see that stopping to ask this fellow what was going on was probably a bad idea and we would be better off attempting to talk our way out of it.

I was desperately trying to come up with a plausible excuse that didn’t involve starting a sentence with, β€œhi, we are from the past…” or β€œSo, when is this and who are you?” I’ll be honest, I was failing. Luckily Zsofia was somewhat quicker on the uptake. She was suddenly a whole lot closer than I expected and lent her head against mine, she started to explain that we were on an assignation. I don’t…

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