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: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
: Buttonman 18 November, 2019, 09:40:35 AM
As of today, November 18th 2019 I am exactly 500 days away from turning 50 years old on April 1st 2021.

(https://i.imgur.com/wTh5MFh.jpg)

With this in mind I thought it was a good time to take stock and plan ahead for the big day. Of course it wouldn’t be me to do something worthwhile or philanthropic so let’s get into the minutiae of my exciting life.

I accept this is very self indulgent and you are of course more than welcome to ignore this thread. It would be fun though if anyone fancied joining me in this journey of self improvement and posted their progress also.

What are the challenges? Glad you asked…

Lose Weight : I bored people before about my yo-yo dieting but I need to be slim for my 50th portrait. The BMI calculator tells me that as a 5ft 10 inch male I should be 12 and a half stone or 175 lbs. I’m presently 16 stone or 224 lbs so that’s 49 lbs to lose before 50. This is well within my abilities as I previously went from 17st 8lbs to 12st 10 lbs which was a 68lb loss and I did that in about a year. This target will be attained through diet and exercise and possibly an amputation or two.

Update Blogs regularly : get The W Movie Blog (https://100wmovies.blogspot.com/)  to 350 (presently 261) and THE Definite Article Movie Blog (https://thedefinitearticlemovies.blogspot.com/) to 250 (presently 135) : Who doesn’t like reading ill informed and badly written blogs about films that start with a ’W’ or with a ‘The’? Most people, but never mind that. I have found myself spending a lot of time rewatching old sitcoms so this challenge will encourage me to watch crappy films instead. The targets demand 204 entries across both blogs. Can it be done? Well my planner and hard drive have enough films, so it’s just the time it takes to watch and write them up that will be the issue.

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44810.75) for each letters publication event : Another self indulgent one (aren’t they all?) but what the hell I like going into forensic detail on all matters Letters, and making poor puns about people’s names. Demanded by none and read by fewer this is the one for the masochists only!

Average 12,500 steps a day : easy one to monitor on the Fitbit, this one will be hard to fudge and it’s constant too. This will tie into challenge one - the more you walk the more weight you lose. Unless you are walking to the chippy. Working days will be tough but a few 30k hikes over the weekends will up the average.

Current total is 10,331 per day.

(https://i.imgur.com/dy1Hl3j.jpg)

Get 105 Letters Printed - I’ve been sat on 99 for too long. One every 83 days should be doable, especially as I plan to write in after every issue. My best year amounted to 14 printed, so this should be a shoo in.

Pass ACII : I restarted my insurance exams last year when the work introduced pay bumps for passing. I had left my efforts to gather dust for 25 years but managed to get the Diploma in a year after my past credits were allowed. I need 95 points to get the ACII and that needs 4 subjects or 11 papers. This timescale will be tight as our learning support people take a month to get the books out to you.

Get on TV Again : Everyone remembers my great appearances of ‘First Class’, ‘Weakest Link’, ‘15-1’ and ‘!mpossible’. Now whenever I meet anyone after time apart they ask ‘When are you going to be on TV again?’. Time to nail this ghost to the coffin. I will apply to a game show a month until I get on one.

Bag 50 Munros in total. Munros are Scottish mountains over 3000ft - about 1000m. There are 282 of them and I have climbed 39. This gets harder as I have done most in the Central belt and that means travelling further afield. My regular walking companion has also gone AWOL so I may have to cultivate new friends. 11 in 500 days should be doable - some folk mange that in a couple of outings!

So there you are - 8 steps to a full and wasted life! Anyone want to sign up to do something similar? I appreciate doing it privately has more dignity and leaves one open to less embarrassment and ridicule, but if you don't make it public it's too easy to let it drift.

I'll update once a month as close the the 1st as possible so that's only 17 scroll bys to go!

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: Frank 18 November, 2019, 01:12:08 PM
Bag 50 Munros in total ... some folk mange that in a couple of outings!

I know you like your scran, but this isn't going to help your weightloss challenge.


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: Trooper McFad 18 November, 2019, 01:40:10 PM
Good luck Buttonman👍🏻, I look forward to reading your updates. I too turn 50 in 2021 but don’t have inclination to make a wish list I’ll just keep wishing my list gets smaller before I pop ma clogs - so probably get very little done 🙄
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: sheridan 18 November, 2019, 08:19:42 PM
As of today, November 18th 2019 I am exactly 500 days away from turning 50 years old on April 1st 2021.

Uh, so you were born on the 1st of April?  I'll resist making any comment ;)

I'll just nick (and modify) your goals for myself, unless I think of anything original.  I don't have any significant birthdays coming up in the near future, so I'll just do general goals.

Lose Weight : I think a good proportion of the readers of 2000AD nowadays have that challenge - the demographics mainly being people in middle age or fast approaching... 

The NHS tells me this (https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/):
Healthy weight range for your height: 10st 4lb - 13st 13lb
Your health would really benefit from gradually losing just 5% of your current weight. The best way to lose weight is through a combination of diet and exercise.  Aim to lose 11lbs
Recommended daily calorie intake: 2051 - 2637 kcal.  To lose 1-2lbs a week stick to the lower end of the range.

Update Blogs regularly : as luck would have it, I also have a blog that I need to keep updating regularly.
prog slog hack (https://sheridanwilde.wordpress.com/) and prog slog hack forum thread (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=42158)

Get a Letter Printed - I've not had anything published yet (I think I've sent in a total of about 10 letters and/or emails over the past 35 years) so if I send a letter a week perhaps the constant drip, drip, drip will force Tharg to print one just to shut me up?

My original one: Draw or write something at least once a week : doing a blog commenting on other people's creativity makes me want to spend some time creating things of my own.  Especially when I see the clumsy world-building and art from some early appearances - they might be world-class creators now, but they leant by doing - and in the case of some people all the learning was on public display (I won't mention names, other than what I've already done in my blog).
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: sheridan 18 November, 2019, 08:21:08 PM
My original one: Draw or write something at least once a week :

I'll actually be aiming at every day or two, but knowing that life gets in the way, once a week means that I won't be totally dispirited if I don't manage anything during the work week.  I'll just have to be more on the ball at the weekends.
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: Buttonman 18 November, 2019, 09:33:02 PM
Get a Letter Printed - I've not had anything published yet (I think I've sent in a total of about 10 letters and/or emails over the past 35 years) so if I send a letter a week perhaps the constant drip, drip, drip will force Tharg to print one just to shut me up?


What a wonderful dream Stick with me and we can make it happen.

Tip #1 Say Stuff is great
Tip#2 Draw a childish picture of a Dredd/Middenface mash up and dine out on it for 35 years.
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: Funt Solo 18 November, 2019, 10:21:11 PM
Ben Wyvis is an easy one.
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: Buttonman 18 November, 2019, 10:28:28 PM
Ben Wyvis is an easy one.

This is my Munro map here - nothing north of Fort William. Good call there through looks findable and navigable which are the two main things I look for!

(https://i.imgur.com/h90NTSY.jpg)
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: Proudhuff 19 November, 2019, 06:11:04 PM
Ben Wyvis is an easy one.

Not if the newbies you're with decide to i) just go onto that next hill, ii) get off the hill by 'just going down there it will be quicker' totally against your recommendations and years of experience...


on the plus side there are a lot of dotterels up there.
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: Proudhuff 19 November, 2019, 06:15:49 PM
Good luck with the rest of it Butt'man, you could at least TRY and get a drawing in the Prog...
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: Funt Solo 19 November, 2019, 06:41:16 PM
Now, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich on the other hand...

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y-IXmOzESbg/WW-onLCHWLI/AAAAAAAAOdc/YIxaXKcrY-E-PL1BepEzrYt81pwod6wmwCLcBGAs/s400/DSC04842.jpg)
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: Buttonman 19 November, 2019, 07:11:37 PM
Now, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich on the other hand...

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y-IXmOzESbg/WW-onLCHWLI/AAAAAAAAOdc/YIxaXKcrY-E-PL1BepEzrYt81pwod6wmwCLcBGAs/s400/DSC04842.jpg)

Ha ha - suicide was not on the list!

How many on your completed list Funt?
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: Tiplodocus 19 November, 2019, 07:40:33 PM
I tend to have to hit about 18k steps per day if I want to lose weight while still eating and drinking relatively well.
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: sheridan 22 November, 2019, 09:46:56 PM
I've come up with a fifth one Read all the undread comics and graphic novels I've got lying around.  In my defence, I've moved house a few times in the last couple of decades, and some issues have got misplaced with all the moves.  I'd hate to read the next issue without having read the preceding one.  It's only this year that I've managed to get all my reading material in one place and been able to start organising it.  Along with runs which are partially read I have three boxes of comics to read through...  I've made a start with Sandman: Overture (https://amzn.to/33idUCs), which had had a few issues in one place, one somewhere else and the rest in a third place since it was completed... er... four years ago!
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: sheridan 22 November, 2019, 09:47:44 PM
I've come up with a fifth one Read all the undread comics and graphic novels I've got lying around.  In my defence, I've moved house a few times in the last couple of decades, and some issues have got misplaced with all the moves.  I'd hate to read the next issue without having read the preceding one.  It's only this year that I've managed to get all my reading material in one place and been able to start organising it.  Along with runs which are partially read I have three boxes of comics to read through...  I've made a start with Sandman: Overture (https://amzn.to/33idUCs), which had had a few issues in one place, one somewhere else and the rest in a third place since it was completed... er... four years ago!

Next up - take it Indie with Redfox and/or Saga of the Man-Elf (think Jerry Cornelius).
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: Buttonman 01 December, 2019, 10:30:14 AM
Just a brief update (hoo-ray) for the first 1st of the challenge.

Lose Weight : Was 15st 8lbs this morning. That's 6lb down, so a good start. To be honest a lot of the starting figure was bloat following a Lads' weekend in Newcastle. Christmas to navigate so 4lb off in the next month would be great.

Update Blogs regularly :  I'm sure everyone already knows this one! 4 new reviews on The W Movies Blog (https://100wmovies.blogspot.com/) and  5 on The Definite Article Blog. (https://thedefinitearticlemovies.blogspot.com/)

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread for each letters publication event : There have been no letters published in this cycle. Boooo!

Average 12,500 steps a day : Have reset the totalisator and it's down to 6972 average for the last two weeks. Very poor but I have been starving myself and the weather is crappy! Best was a 17,169 day, so I will try to at least beat that in December.

Get 105 Letters Printed : - I have written in for each Prog and the Meg published in the last month.

Pass ACII : Finished 70% of the written paper of 'Insurance Practice' and have the exam part booked for 17/12/2019

Get on TV Again : Had a look but nothing much happening. Long standing applications to the usual suspects.

Bag 50 Munros in total : Parked until the Summer!

See you here in the New Year!
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: TordelBack 01 December, 2019, 11:26:29 AM
Get on TV Again : Had a look but nothing much happening.

The Ofcom blacklist in action!  Ironically it was you yourself who showed the viewing public the power of nuisance letter-writing campaigns.
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: Proudhuff 16 December, 2019, 02:23:23 PM
Bump! ;)
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: Buttonman 17 December, 2019, 08:26:31 PM
We're on it Tom!
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: Proudhuff 18 December, 2019, 01:28:40 PM
'Get on TV Again : Had a look but nothing much happening''.

Police 5? Crimewatch? Breaking the news? They appear to take anyone  :lol:
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: Buttonman 01 January, 2020, 08:09:06 PM
Happy New Year to all followers of this glorious thread! Mum, I'll be by for my washing later.

1st of the month update.

Lose Weight : Parked for the holidays - I will be up but hopefully not to the starting point. Did over indulge somewhat but less so than usual.

Update Blogs regularly : There were, as I'm sure you are all aware, 6 additions to the W Movie Blog including the excellent Wake Wood (https://100wmovies.blogspot.com/2019/12/no266-wake-wood.html) and 8 to the Definite Article Blog including The Joker (https://thedefinitearticlemovies.blogspot.com/2019/12/no-146-joker.html) which wasn't a total cash in on a slightly better known film!

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread for each letters publication event : One letters page this month with  one fine Letterentertainyou (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44810.msg1019770#msg1019770) released. 350 reads! And only most of them were me.

Average 12,500 steps a day : A bit down with 9254 but not bad for a busy month with crappy weather.

(https://i.imgur.com/UqmVInv.jpg)


Get 105 Letters Printed : - I have written in a couple of times so hopefully the birds in the air will bring home number 100. And 101...

Pass ACII : SUCCESS or Progress, at any rate. I didn't manage to get a pass at 'Claims Practice'. Got a Distinction instead! Go me! Now onto Advanced Claims - 3 subjects to go with 9 papers in total.

(https://i.imgur.com/FGgwkPl.jpg)


Get on TV Again : SUCCESS! And I wasn't even trying! The screen grab below is a snap from the opening of 'Quizmaster' on ITV1. They used my Grand Final 15-1 appearance to profile Alisa who was on the show and who managed to beat me by only a modest 50 odd points.

(https://i.imgur.com/kSncrNY.png)

Bag 50 Munros in total : Parked until the Summer!

See you in the dark days of early February!
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: Fungus 02 January, 2020, 02:50:34 PM
Just noticed this thread — laudable!

The weight one, yup. I’ll treat this as a mini-spur to sort myself out too. Belly-wheels might be the height of fashion but I think that may be down to Ron Smith, he just makes everything look good  :) I’m adjusting myself to a new FitBit and it’s now or never...

Anyway, one thing I do know is that if I don’t set targets, things... drift. So seeing as it’s Jan 2nd I’ll have another go. Cheers! Main goals are comics (read/organise) and art stuff but you won’t find details on a public forum  :-X

Insurance exams?! I’ve been studiously avoiding tax and contractual nonsense recently, this place used to be a sanctuary from the Real World. Shame!!!

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: Proudhuff 03 January, 2020, 06:12:41 PM
Well done Buttman, just what we need a more pedantic insurance clerk.... :lol:

Fungus, best thing to do is announce targets to the world... embarrassment is a great motivator
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: Eamonn Clarke 18 January, 2020, 01:40:39 PM
100 not out!
The Paisley boy hits the ton in prog 2165
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: Buttonman 18 January, 2020, 02:34:32 PM
We're all over that! : https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44810.msg1021404#new (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44810.msg1021404#new)
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: Tiplodocus 20 January, 2020, 11:47:55 PM
So for me it was a realisation that I could use the Fitbit for more than just steps and measuring my resting, wanking and shifting heart beat rate (all remarkably close).

I started putting my food into it and took up running and that all added up to help me lose a fair bit of weight. I never went on a diet as such, just portion control and cut back on what was obviously extra crap. A month off the booze helped kick start it all.

I now use Myfitnesspal for putting food in (it will synch with fitbit app) as it has a better database.

Good luck to all trying to make themselves healthier!
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: Fungus 21 January, 2020, 12:43:22 AM
Good tips Tips.
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: Buttonman 23 January, 2020, 05:37:08 PM
Yet to find that wanking rate setting. Thinking I could trouble the record!
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: Tiplodocus 26 January, 2020, 11:41:13 AM
Just check your heart rate for times when you knew you were doing er... certain activities.
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: Tiplodocus 26 January, 2020, 11:47:08 AM
In other news, now that I can play the Switch on the telly again, I've restarted the Fitness Boxing.

Needless to say my form is terrible but I do work up a sweat over a 25 minute daily exercise period. It's a nice addition for days when it is too cold and dark and wet to venture outside.

The other slightly stupid thing I do is clear a path through  the living room and pace up and down when way ning a film or tv show. I only do it when I'm on my own and when it is something I am watching for a second (or more) time but it's a great and easy way to kill two birds with one stone.

Another lb down this week. Looking back at my big weight loss of 2017, it took one month to lose the first stone, two months to lose the second stone and three months to lose the third.
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: Buttonman 01 February, 2020, 06:54:20 PM
The first of the month! Back from a week in Tenerife, all inclusive including beer. Not a great help to the diet but I was relatively good. Held back from the sweets including the biggest jar of Nutella you'll ever see. Pump action!

Lose Weight : Parked until the year to go mark on April 1st so we can get a good run at it. Wife has me on this wheat free diet - no bread for a month or chocolate either. Weight seems static but I'm more hungry.

Update Blogs regularly : Went gangbusters on this one with 5 'W' films critiqued as well as as a mighty 18 Definite Articles. Pick of the films, if not the blogs was sexy Dutch nihilism fest   Wij (https://100wmovies.blogspot.com/2020/01/no275-wij.html) and The Witch (https://thedefinitearticlemovies.blogspot.com/2020/01/no159-witch.html) starring Finchy from 'The Office'.

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread for each letters publication event : All letters events have been recorded for posterity - a Special edition (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44810.90) saw a scrotnig 297 reads! Join the party!

Average 12,500 steps a day : Hovering just under 10k a day on average and that includes a 32,655 step day on January 8th. Will boost this once the days lengthen.

Get 105 Letters Printed : - Letter 100 saw print this month!

Pass ACII : Passed assignment 1 of 'Advanced Claims' - assignment 2 in for marking and assignment 3 underway. Hope to have this subject licked and onto the next this month. I work in claims so this was always going to be the easiest of the 3. Still hard though!

Get on TV Again : Mainly researching Tipping Point at the moment.

Bag 50 Munros in total : Parked until the Summer!

Some progress, but not on all fronts. Learning that there are only so many hours in the day. The exams will see the focus for now and will hopefully be out of the way for the summer.

Happy diet sheets everyone!
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: Gary James 01 February, 2020, 09:46:13 PM
Lose Weight : Parked until the year to go mark on April 1st so we can get a good run at it.
Is it merely a coincidence that your diet resumes on April Fools' Day? :D

Get on TV Again : Mainly researching Tipping Point at the moment.
Good luck.
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: Buttonman 02 February, 2020, 08:49:37 AM
Lose Weight : Parked until the year to go mark on April 1st so we can get a good run at it.
Is it merely a coincidence that your diet resumes on April Fools' Day? :D

It doesn't start on April 1st, but will be documented from then. As it's my birthday it's a good staging point!
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: Proudhuff 03 February, 2020, 06:27:29 PM
You go girl, we're right behind you... by about a mile  :lol:
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: Buttonman 01 March, 2020, 12:01:45 AM
Another month goes by! Much poorer - thanks corona virus - but still kicking on despite the crappy weather. Last month’s self indulgent progress towards the goals is as follows:

Lose Weight : Been on a no chocolate, bread or Haribo diet since Tenerife and have only shifted about 3lbs. The wife has this book with lots of advice about changing your metabolism. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work with me as I’m on beta blockers for my heart. Going to go back to the fasting mimicking diet this month which worked for me in the past. We are moving house on the 10th so takeaways will need to be avoided.

I also joined a gym! Yes Puregym in Paisley has been my second home this month with <checks app> 21 visits this month. I am not a fitness addict but I am a cheapskate. The annual membership cost me £228 so my plan is to get it down to £1 a visit for the year. Started out OK and got to a 28 minute treadmill 5k after a few visits. Just need to ramp that up without dying!

Update Blogs regularly : A poor month with only one upload to each to keep them ticking over - my reader was most upset. The ‘W‘ blog saw only the terrible Wine Country (https://100wmovies.blogspot.com/2020/02/no277-wine-country.html)  . And the definite article enjoyed only the Netflix series The Spy (https://thedefinitearticlemovies.blogspot.com/2020/02/no166-spy-tv.html)

I did half watch the remake of 'Whisky Galore' and 'Wrong is Right' but haven't gotten round to finishing either.

This has been down to me going to the gym every day and focusing on my exams. Clearly multi tasking is beyond me.

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread for each letters publication event : No letters published in February. Several complaint letters have been sent (and not printed)

Average 12,500 steps a day : Showing at 9111 steps a day but that seems low - made 10k a day for nearly 2 weeks straight with the gym obviously helping. Will go more hikes once this bloody weather clears up.

Get 105 Letters Printed : - Several have been sent. Raffle tickets bought, so to speak.

Pass ACII : Passed  'Advanced Claims' - 2 assignments in a month! Good effort me - didn’t knock it out the park marks wise but the win’s the thing.

(https://i.imgur.com/PscU8E1.jpg)

I have now started’ Strategic Claims Management’ and have read the book. Writing up Assignment One starts today as the wife is away to Arbroath.

Get on TV Again : Still researching Tipping Point at the moment.

Bag 50 Munros in total : Parked until the Summer but likely sherpas have been identified!

So a mixed month but some progress made. Main target is to get the exams done and then I can watch all the rubbish films I want whilst eating calorie free snacks.

Hope those that signed the pledge are sticking to it!

Let us know your failures - it's liberating!
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: Gary James 01 March, 2020, 12:26:55 AM
Been on a no chocolate, bread or Haribo diet since Tenerife and have only shifted about 3lbs.
Cutting certain foods from your diet is no guarantee that you will see immediate results - don't focus too much on the specific amount of weight, and concentrate more on how you feel overall. It really isn't the foods themselves that can cause problems, but the garnish which is added without a second thought. Snipping back salt intake (which can be more difficult than it sounds) and getting rid of extra sugar in a diet is more important than depriving yourself of anything you like. And all that will accomplish is you getting a craving for what is on the banned list. Everything in moderation.  :)

We are moving house on the 10th so takeaways will need to be avoided.
Sultanas. You can laugh all you want, but if I didn't have a big 1lb bag of the damned things beside me at all times I would be munching on chocolate. All. Day. Long. Works out far cheaper in the long run as well, so it is worth buying a couple of bags a week. There are some, uh... side effects.

I did half watch the remake of 'Whisky Galore' and 'Wrong is Right' but haven't gotten round to finishing either.
There's a remake of Wisky Galore?  :o ...why? Actually, I think I'm going to deliberately miss out on that as it'll merely provoke a few thousand words of ranting at the state of modern cinema.

Bag 50 Munros in total : Parked until the Summer but likely sherpas have been identified!
Any Munro in particular taking your fancy?

If you see any of my workouts outlined, please - given that you have a heart condition - sail straight past them. Don't even read them. As soon as I mention that I'm going out for a run you should zip straight onto the next subject.
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: Buttonman 01 March, 2020, 04:53:07 PM
Thanks for your notes Gary - all very interesting.

I've always seen diets as an exercise in denial but you make good points. Everything in moderation I guess.

The Whisky Galore remake starred Gregor Fisher and was as crappy as you anticipate.I can see it living on my planner for evermore, unwatched.

I know my limits with exercise - Munros are fine - lots of time for a breather. It's the high impact stuff I'm best avoiding. Currently getting my 5k treadmill time down to 25 mins - little and often!
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: Tiplodocus 02 March, 2020, 10:08:53 PM
Good points. I find that merely measuring my food intake (using Myfitnesspal) is enough to change my behaviour for the better. It identifies just how much I get through on unnecessary snacks.
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: Buttonman 01 April, 2020, 03:06:43 PM
Well that's that ruined! God laughs when men make plans. Bit of a holding pattern this month but that will change from now - well tomorrow! 1 year today until I hit the half century.

Lose Weight : Moved house last month and have yet to unpack the scales. I think I'll be static - lack of takeaways and Greggs offset by more wine and comfort eating. Gym shut and lack of steps not helping either. Will make changes from tomorrow!


Update Blogs regularly : Backburner. Concentrated on exams and the overtime. Have been watching old TV shows like 'Sports Night' and 'Britain's Got The Pop Factor'. I'm putting that down to comfort in a time of crisis rather than being lazy.

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread : Success! One letters page saw one review completed and wasn't it a cracker?

Average 12,500 steps a day : The lockdown has kept me at the 5-6000 range for much of the month. The average will suffer after cresting 10k for 13 days in a row.

Get 105 Letters Printed : - Sat at 101 - I imagine letters won't be a priority for a homeworking Tharg even when they should be for National morale!

Pass ACII : Submitted all 3 assignments for 'Strategic Claims Management' a month ago and results are awaited. Should be here by next entry. Already looking at 'Marketing Insurance Products and Services'.

Get on TV Again : Strangely no one is recruiting!

Bag 50 Munros in total : Had a farewell trip to the non Munro status 'The Cobbler' - didn't summit due to snow and laziness.!
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: Proudhuff 02 April, 2020, 04:33:48 PM
Any excuse...
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: sheridan 02 April, 2020, 05:46:59 PM
Any excuse...

Failing on resolutions is one thing, but creating a global pandemic...
: Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
: Funt Solo 04 April, 2020, 04:29:26 AM
Bag 50 Munros in total : Had a farewell trip to the non Munro status 'The Cobbler' - didn't summit due to snow and laziness.!

I'm not saying anything, but there's this story: The climber who bagged all 282 Munros in one winter (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-52155378). Just, y'know...
: Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
: Buttonman 01 May, 2020, 07:02:40 PM
Bah! Did you ever start a pointless, self-indulgent thread and then have your weak plans of glory scuppered by a global pandemic? Me too.

Lose Weight : No chances Frances. Resolved to do a 6 month boot camp once I am freed from this bondage. And the lock down. No gym and the snacking, drinking and takeaways are off the scale. Managed to convince myself it's for the good of the nation, so that's good

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread : Done! Well there have been no letters since Prog 2172. I know Tharg is in lock down but has his letterbox been sealed shut too?!

Average 12,500 steps a day : Naw. Getting about 5k in. Only beat 10k once in a month. Do go for a walk most days but probably 3-4 miles at best. Used to walk to this pub in Kilmacolm which was 10 miles away - hardly worth the effort now!

Get 105 Letters Printed : - In a previous (possibly drunken) post I was claiming 101. Sadly it's only 100. I have written in a couple but, as has been recorded, Tharg ain't printing nuffin.

Pass ACII : Hurrah! Passed Strategic Claims Management :

(https://i.imgur.com/HhtxQ2L.jpg)

That sucker was budgeted for a year but I saw it off in a month. Good old lock down. Now on 'Marketing Insurance Products' for the prize. I've already completed the three assignments so hopefully this one will be crossed off next month.

Get on TV Again : Nothing happening although quite fancy this 'Beat the Chasers' show - £20k for 40 seconds looks a total gimmie!

Bag 50 Munros in total : No Munros within 1 mile of my house unfortunately.

Well a mixed and largely depressing bag. See you all on June 1st for hopefully the end of lock down, some meaningful progress and maybe even Buttonman ACII.

Stay safe!
: Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
: Tiplodocus 03 May, 2020, 02:08:09 PM
I kept up my training and completed a half marathon even though the proper event was cancelled.