Went to the local spice and imports shop.
Took note of various nuts and seeds, dried fruits, rice products and others that I usually got at LiDL or the local shop (HungryPlanet, I miss you already).
Found a good coconut cream, a good coconut milk, slightly overpriced rice starch, but well-priced noodles, as well as good nori, miso, mealworms and pork scratchings. Nuts and dried fruit may be cheaper and more varied at the local dried-goods store. It amazes me how upper-class this place is: in a population of 55.6k we have a dried-goods store, M&S, several branded clothes stores and tailors, but not a LiDL around and just a single Tesco.
Started my Army Fitness regime.
Basically I'll focus on alternating frequency method (x sets of 3-5 spread throughout the day) with high-intensity bursts (deathmarches). I'll have one upper-body/arm exercise and one lower-body/leg exercise I'll focus on. I'll start at a level I can hardly manage and scale it up quickly until I can do the exercises indefinitely. Then I'll pick another one to replace it, having a "recap" day once a week to ensure I can still do former activities to a high standard. Any breaks I feel like, because the human body isn't a machine that runs and rests at set intervals.
Starting exercises are pushups and squats. Starting pushups at standard and squats at squat jumps. Today was set-deathmarches. Aka: doing sets with minimal breaks until I can't complete a set. Starting small: 3.5x10 pushups, 5x10 knee-pushups, 1x10 (pathetic) inclines; 4x20 jumping squats.
A bit achey, but it's mostly supporting muscles, not primary ones.
Food today was GOOD. Chicken, raw bacon and banana for breakfast, coffee break when out and about, peanuts (yes, they're back) and pork scratchings for snacks and a succulent roast NZ lamb with potatoes, carrots and Mediterranean veg for dinner.
Going to do some protein sparring sometime soon, to boost efficiency. After the lamb leg is consumed, of course. Maybe a 2-7 days of vegetarianism.
Haven't read more of The Vitamin Bible, sadly. More from that tomorrow. Or Machiavelli. One or the other.
Thoughts of the day:
-I wonder if I've ever actually followed a recipe correctly. The food is always fab, but I tend to mess around with the instructions, no matter what I'm doing.
-Living in a flat really limits the exercises you can do. Thudding, collapsing and clanking are strictly not allowed. I may have to dig out my old "Tai-Chi for Small Spaces" book after Army Fitness, to see how much I can do in my room.
-I spend far too much time "people-watching" online. I need to read and write more.
-My arms are very mismatched. The aches in my right side are primarily in the pectoral, tricep and middle-to-little-finger muscles. The ones in the left are primarily in the pectoral, bicep and index-finger muscles. In other words: my right arm is a lifting and manipulating arm and the left one is a carrying arm with the divide seeming pretty clear. Fuck me and my habits.
-Having sat down to a McDonald's coffee with Dad, I realized how little most people know about the food they eat. My first thought was that commercial coffees had been found to be unnaturally high in caffeine in many cases, so I wondered if it was still true for Mickey-D's or if they had changed the way they made their coffee. And that's a black coffee. It's odd to think how many people take sweeteners without considering what it's made of (and that it may still have sugar) or milk without considering its origin, fat content and processing level. Never mind the true "meals". Does anybody really think about food anymore? I mean REALLY think. Then again, I don't think anyone ever used to. We went from not having to, to not caring to, to not having the intellect to. I guess thinking about food must be something reserved for those of us who are interested in it.