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    Foodage

    not the best 2 weeks I must admit. became a moody so and so and ate cr*p, biscuits, bread and pizza. I seem to have become lazy towards food and have not been planning as I usually do so end up eating canteen sandwiches. The 21 day challenge will hopefully get me back on track.

    Exercise

    The route 66 challenge started badly..I was the only one doing it! This week though more have signed up which will help. Currently leading the pack, no surprises there. A slight change in that I will sprint once a week and use the Bike or Rower on the other days. I am currently enjoying the 5/3/1 routines as it mixes things up,combined with the 30 minute cardio I still manage to get out the gym under 45 minutes.

    Life

    Things are busy at home and work. Lots of preparations for the garden and allotments getting me outside. Found a new skill in carpentry :-) when making up cold frames and other wood support items. Work is work, still the drive on getting more outa people for less. I have made a decision to work less from home as I end up working more, I found a spare desk in the local office so I'll use that twice a week instead, still get back home in under 20 minutes.

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    A good weekend with the family. Lots of free time mucking about, playing with kids and flying kites Some heavy liting was required at the alloment by shifting slabs for a path. Plenty photo opportunities which added to the fun and it kept me busy, plenty of sunshine as well which everyone enjoyed.

    Food
    Things have gone well over the week, nothing new tried as yet, but a few recipes have been read. The pumpkins on the plot are doing well and will ready for harvesting, soups or muffins.

    Exercise

    The route 66 gym challenge was completed today, so it will be back to evil8 for cardio and the odd sprint session along with the 5/3/1 weight training routine.

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    Things have been very hectic and stressful with work, as a lot of the "do more with less" is evident in all departments, which only adds to the pressure to achieve targets. I enjoy having something to aim for, but goals over targets any day.

    Exercise
    I am currently following a 5/3/1 routine and have finally broken through the 55kg barrier for the OHP. This was always a massive issue for me, for months I had tried to break it, but as i could not I stopped trying. Since picking up the 5/3/1 routine I can now manage 5x59 Kg, I must say I have been totally impressed by this routine. It is very easy to follow and the gains in strength have been good.

    Foodage

    I am no longer counting as I used to, filling in spreadsheets each day and getting annoyed if I had missed a couple, so what was the response I gave myself. Breakfast usually consists of eggs. Lunch is something protein based with olives\tomatoes. Dinner is protein based with a large tray of roasted veggies with Cajun spice.

    Leisure

    Most weekends are spent on the allotments or walking now as the days are shorter and I want to make the most of the daylight. I would not say I hate this time of year, I like the snow and cold as some excellent photo opportunities arise on walks. This time of year makes me feel alive. I hit the big 50 a few weeks back and well, what an anticlimax that was. I was expecting a sudden change in mood, thoughts, life. Perhaps as I had moved to being more primal had something to do with that sense of anticlimax, maybe it is the couch potatoes who suddenly wake up at 50.

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    Boy, I hate this time of year...dark going to work and dark coming home....whinge over

    Exercise

    This week has been a de load on the 5/3/1, so nothing to heavy being shifted. As I had some excess energy and the gym was empty, I picked up the boxing mitts. Some short 30 second sessions punching the bag was amazing, I did not realise how tiring it can be, but enjoyable. The 5/3/1 continues next week with a reduced loading as I've reached the max for the current weights, to keep the gains going this is the recommended route. I need to define the assistance exercises as I've been trying out a wide range and need to get the best fit into the 45 Min window, especially now that I have discovered the punch bag

    Foodage
    Yep, all still OK here. Had my delivery of grass fed beef and other cuts, lamb\pork and liver. I need to get more fish as I have been going through quite a bit these past few weeks. Roasted Mediterranean veggies are still my favourite accompaniment with most dishes. Things have been so mild here I may even uncover the BBQ again, the thought of smoked fish or flame grilled anything......

    Life

    Ah more changes at work, streamlining, improving business etc... all buzz words for " peeve of the staff" I will be happy when it settles in the New Year. Anyway the allotments are still on the go, my haven from the madness around me my shed is my cave, somewhere to retreat into and contemplate life....while making a brew. I've installed a new 2 burner cooker, so now have the option for frying\grilling etc... eggs from next mate next allotment and bacon mmmmmmh. The grand-kids will be with us at the weekend which is good, always on the go... thinking\playing keeps body and mind fit\healthy. OH is still going to the gym and is impressed at the muscles starting to develop, nothing major, just she can see improvements which can only be good......I just need to work on the food side with her

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    So begins another year and it starts off where the last one finished...wet, windy, grey skies. No chance of walking outdoors and it is beginning the get to me. I'm not asking for much, just the odd day with a bit of clear sky would be nice, and the sun come out :-) Feeling a bit lethargic and bloated which will be down to the lack of exercise and food choices. It did get me wondering though if I was fighting a natural process. Are humans designed to store fat and use is slowly over the winter period?

    Exercise

    First day at the gym yesterday in about a week. Strangely enough the gym was empty, which is how I like it. I managed to pick up where I'd left off from the 5/3/1 routine - Bench Press. Santa brought some sparring mitt and these were used with much vigour :-) The planned exercises while at home did not happen, gym\garage became overflow storage area due to decorating the house and the weather did not help.

    Foodage

    Today was an IF day, last meal was at 6pm and next planned was 11am, this is something I will carry on with.

    Watching the TV, a news story about taxing fat food caught my attention. The usual responses came in from viewers " lower the price of fresh goods" and more people can afford to eat healthier.... well no, as it cost x to produce. I have some experience from growing my own veggies, once seeds, compost, time\effort are all factored in there is the cost. I can't see farmers reducing things lower. Putting the processed food up would make fresh seem cheaper. If people are weaned off the sugary stuff then perhaps they might notice they do not need to eat such vast amounts. It may cost more for fresh, but it could be balanced out by not eating the same quantities of fresh compared to sugary...if that makes sense.

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    Well it is winter and the time for "man flu" I have succumbed to the bug and as my 4 year old grand daughter says " I've got snots" Training is not happening this week due to me not being able to breathe and the interruption to sleep, 2 hours per night if lucky. Food is tasteless, even the home grown, home-made spicy pumpkin soup I made.

    Today is the quarterly check up with the dental hospital to see if the cleaning regime is helping. Over a period of time I have lost about 40% of the bone around my teeth, either through smoking (stopped 20 years ago) or not doing "proper cleans. Surgery was the route to have 3 impacted wisdom teeth removed and now it seems I may have to lose a molar as it has no gum protection around it. On a regular basis gum around the molar becomes infected and was treated with a mouthwash and anti biotic's. Interestingly enough since attending the dental hospital, the dentist told me to stop using mouthwash as this could be allowing plague to gain a hold and lead to the molar becoming infected, three months later and he may be correct as plague is not an issue now.

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    Right then, feeling better and raring to get on with it. The week off training provided some time for reflection and what the 5/3/1 routine had achieved and could further improve. I have reached a point were the weights need to be reduced as the maximum reps I'm completing has dropped from 10 to around 5, I feel strength training is OK to get strong, however I seem to have increased the belly area, no abs showing yet. With this in mind I will go onto a fat burning routine, something which pushes me and makes me feel like I have worked.

    Food wise things are good. With the Christmas period over and all the temptation removed, i can concentrate on the healthy stuff. It was very frustrating going into the pantry only to be confronted with shelves of crisps, sweets and pop to opening the freezer to find party snack food...eugh! Luckily I managed to make some pumpkin soups and puree which has replaced the space were snack food was..... Next will be a large meat order to fill the remaining space, before OH fills up freezer with junk

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    Yesterday's exercise routine was leg based which was intense. Jump tucks, Jumping lunges and various squats which really hit the spot. Left the gym feeling exhilarated with all the movement now being incorporated into the exercises.

    Tomorrow will be a variety of Pull-ups, Chins and incline rows providing the arms are OK as I've noticed my arms are still feeling the effects from Monday's push-upfest.

    Today was another dull wet day weather wise, so not the time for taking a lunch time stroll....ah well.

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    So I've been checking out sites to help me sort this dental problem. So far I have been having 2 appointments a year to have things checked and cleaned, which is not cheap and will only become more expensive. I have tried those inter-dental brushes, floss (gag) and water piks. Used mouthwash (all types) not used mouthwash (dentist recommendation). Used manual toothbrushes, sonic toothbrushes and small headed electric ones.... being told I am damaging the gums and then being told to brush the gums ( 2 different dentists), tickle the gum line with the brush....sigh. The dental specialist has concluded he can do no more and I will keep getting the infection unless he pulls a few teeth.

    So the latest thing I have found is "oil pulling" I have tried this for a week now and was sceptical. I used some disclosing tablets during the week and have noticed the staining has reduced.

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    So 2 weeks of oil pulling and there is no noticeable difference. I have been using coconut oil twice a day. After doing some further research, there may be some value in adding magnesium oil as a rinse or while brushing. I will try adding the coconut and magnesium as a rinse.

    Food has been great with lots of meat, OH complained that we were eating too much Well tonight it is Tuna for tea. We had a good BBQ on Saturday, sun was up and no rain.

    Exercise is going well, still making it to the gym 3 times a week, still feeling the effects the day after which I have not had for ages.

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