The ongoing saga of running…

Well the saga of me running anyway. I am sure running itself doesn’t have any sagas, and if it does it is not really for me to say. Not even for me to speculate really. Consequently I am going to tell you the story of me and running.

If you have been here a while you will know this story, it is cyclic and somewhat repetitive…the basic saga goes like this:

I start running, I get better at running, I continue running and sign up for some races. I do races, I realise I hate races. I may or may not start hating running during this time. I realise running is hard and I am not getting better any more, I convince myself that this is because I am better at other things / i like other things more so I stop running.

then I don’t run for ages. I remember running makes me dance better, so I start running and the whole saga begins again.

In case you hadn’t guessed by this point, I have started runnign again. I am in the very beginning phase of the cycle, I have just gone through the bit where I notice that dancing is harder and I remember running makes me a better dancer…

So, I am running (a bit) again.

Despite running (well interval running) 12km in November, I have got so out of practice in the intervening months that I decided to start again. Right back at the beginning with short run intervals.

So what makes this different to the last x number of times? Well…nothing at all really. I am sure I will cycle back around to not running again at some point… I am not planning to, but I know how I work.


yes, I am nearly 10 years of of date in my slogonology… this is a 2009 advert! (yes slogonology is a word!)

I did, however find a new app to tell me how to train.

Of course I did, you must have noticed by now that I can’t do anything without looking for a new app to record/instruct/generally interact with me. It is either an app, or a notebook, or both.

In this case it is an app…although I am planing a notebook too.

THe app I found this time is the Zombies run 5k trainer. It is a standalone app that is not linked to the Zombies Run app. Although it is made by the same people and set in the same universe and suchlike. It works on the premise that a person (you the player/runner) is training to be a useful runner to the settlement in the zombie apocalypse. It is set before the Zombies run story starts. going back to the beginning is a little odd as I am up to season 3 but it is easy enough to ignore that πŸ˜€

1fd3a9c1-2802-4f67-b455-9e85e434c32bEach workout is framed like a training session with the Doctor/trainer at abel township and different characters come along to say hi and help you. It is more interesting by far than the normal C25K/C210K training apps which feel a bit like interval timers with words stuck on.

Not only is the interface more interesting, but I am finding the runnign more interesting too. I have been doing sprints in its 15s or 30s runs and the freeform run at the end is good because you just get to do as much or as little as you can. I like the approach.

You never know, just maybe I will stick to running this time πŸ˜€



Intermittent fasting experiment, initial thoughts…

Well…I have been doing this fasting thing for 10 days. It feels less to be honest, which is probably a good sign…

In general I haven’t been super hungry, and in general, what hungry I do have I can ward off with water and coffee.Β  There have been a couple of times when I have been really hungry but they balance out…

The first couple of days were challenging because I was thinking about it a lot, which made the whole thing worse. Generally it is not too bad because I am at work and doing things so get distracted until food time. I think this could be why people say they are more focused when fasting…they have to do more to distract themselves from food! I did spend the first couple of mornings checking my app to see how long i had left to wait before I could eat…

029c6419-374a-4a5f-a72a-5bb0b5b67adbYes, of course I have an app for this…I have an app for everything πŸ˜€ it is handy because it stops me having to remember times…

So, what are my findings so far, well…I have noticed a couple of things:

  • Working out in the morning is harder with no food in me! This is especially true when I have exercised the night before also within the fasting period.
  • I think about food a lot. I get the urge to eat a lot. Most of these times I am not really hungry, I am just looking for something to do.
  • Having no food in the mornings seems to make it more noticeable when I haven’t had enough sleep. Which is most of the time…
  • I am having to be much more organised in order to make sure I can get all food and exercise and suchlike dealt with in the allotted time.
  • It is not as hard as I thought it would be.

The other burning question is, does it work for fat / weight loss… well… It is pretty hard to tell in 10 days, but after 1 week I weighed myself again and I had lost 0.6kg and my fat % had gone down 0.3% which is not a lot…but it is a step in the right direction.

A step in the right direction that could be complete coincidence, I won’t know really until I have done this for a month (yes that is an arbitrary length of time…).


The main thing is I feel like I am more in control of what I am eating which is important. So it is definitely worth keeping going with it πŸ™‚ I have to now anyway…I have written it in my Bullet Journal!

As well as all this eating experimentation, I have been doing my utmost to do activity every day. A couple of days this involved cleaning the house and pruning apple trees, but believe me these things are definitely active πŸ™‚

I have done exercise exercise too… I have even (believe it or not) done some running O_O I found a new running app (of course) I’ll tell you more about it when I have done more than 2 workouts from it πŸ™‚


I am starting again and trying a new thing.


Starting again…



I know I have restarted this 365 project over and over and failed…every time since the first time but I have to face the fact that I need to start agian

I could load up the excuses, from leg injuries, to bereavement, to brain scans, anxiety and depression, but I am not going to. It is time to let them go and move forward with new ventures and old ventures, and generally looking after myself better than I have been. All of these things boil down to one thing, I made a lot of really bad food choices, repeatedly and in a sustained way. Or to put it another way I have eaten my bodyweight in chocolate and sweets and ice cream and the like on top of not particularly great food choices for meals.

There is no excuse. I knew I was making bad choices, I knew where it would lead, yet I did it anyway and here I am, starting again, again…

I am not making any giant promises to run all the time and add yoga in, and gym every day and fly around the room because this isn’t how I work. I will be as active as I possibly can and commit to 30 mins of activity a day. activity can be walking or jumping up and down or kettlebells…no limits, no rules.

To be honest however, activity is not really the problem. I am active. I am less active than I was mid 365 y1 but I am still active. The problem is, as it always has been, food. I eat when I am angry, I eat when I am sad and I eat when I am bored. I have always done this, but recently I forgot to stop… I have eaten myself back to a weight which is close to where I started all those years ago.

I am not the same shape as I was then.

I am not the same size as I was then

I am not as unfit as I was then

I am sure my body composition is better than it was then (this is a guess because I didn’t measure it then)

me? a control freak?Β  well yes for a while…

But I am not close to where I want to be on any front. I am not sure I am really fit enough to dance in a mask, at least not as well or for as long as I’d like. All of this means that I must do something. Not just talk about doing something, not just write about it, but actually do it. It is OK I have done it before, and I can do it again.

So, what is this new thing I mentioned?

What is the thing I am doing now which is going to make me turn back around and run towards health and fitness and sensible eating?

It is Intermittent Fasting.

This is not me back tracking and falling back into the world of fad diets and diet industry tricks I promise! It is a way of me gaining control back over my eating habits. It seems, from what I have read, to be medically sound and a good way of gaining control over blood sugar and energy levels as well as calorie intake.

The basic schedule that I have decided to follow is 16:8 which is 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours where I can eat.

It sounds bad but it is really the equivalent of skipping breakfast and eating dinner at a sensible time in the evening coupled with no mid morning / late evening snacks / extra meals / staggeringly large amounts of chocolate.

As with everything it actually relies on people sticking to the plan and eating sensibly. After all, a cycle of fasting for 16 hours and then stuffing down 6 take away pizzas and 1kg of chocolate is not going to help weight loss or control of sugar levels or anything…

As I have said I am using it as a means of gaining back control of myself. After all, if I am going to keep training (which I am) I am going to need to think very carefully about what I eat when I am allowed to eat. It will have to be real healthy food with all of the required nutrients and suchlike or I am not going to be able to maintain the training and I am not going to be able to maintain the dancing.

And after all, If I can’t maintain the dancing this is all pointless anyway….
(which sounds quite dramatic, but it wasn’t meant to, I am sure you know what I mean)

There is a huge amount of information out there about how to do IF (as apparently it is referred to). There is a lot about the 16:8 schedule I have chosen but also a lot about a lot of other versions. If you want to know more about it I would suggest looking here:

Nerd Fitness

The Renegade Pharmacist

or, if you don’t want to read all of that here is a handy info graphic that I have “borrowed” from the Renegade Pharmacist site


I have been doing this for 3.5 days so far, and I do feel more in control but I am still in the adapting phase where my body has no idea what is going on. Consequently I am not feeling any of the benefits yet… but itΒ  has only been 3 days so this is hardly surprising!

I will, of course keep you posted, because part of my taking back control process involves me documenting more of what I do. In other words, I am going to stop neglecting this blog.


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™‚

Art Journal

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 😊)

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