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Travel plans

So we’ve got the trip for this year booked, and I can’t wait.
We’re off to Thailand. Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok, with 3 days in Dubai to break up the flight home.
I’ve been to Bangkok before for a couple of days on the way to Bali, and I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I really loved it. It’s a fantastic city. I’m looking forward to a three weeks of superb food and of course, there’s going to be yoga by the pool, and in the case of Phuket, on the beach. Can’t wait.

In the meantime, having done a reasonable dvd cull, I’ve moved onto cd’s. The downsizing continues. We have to avoid stuffication.

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Back update

I realised that the back pain coincided with us turning the mattress. So, not to go back to the way it was, we rotated it 180, and bingo! No back pain for either of us, and a great night’s sleep. Result.

On Saturday we took a wee wander through to Edinburgh, and for the first time avoided the old town.
Karen had never been to Ocean Terminal, so we jumped a bus down there so she could have a wander round. Result was I got an early Christmas present. A Lavazza coffee maker. They were doing an offer that included two extra boxes of pods, a Lavazza travel mug, and a tote bag from London Fashion week (apparently they were sponsoring the promotion). When it came to picking a colour, the guy told us that there was an off-white one, that had £39 off because it was price matched with a competitor. So, £39 off! Bit of a no-brainer.

Back in town we went to the portrait gallery and bumped into 2 old friends we’d lost touch with when they moved to Aberdeenshire. Rose and Karen met when Karen worked as Rose’s P.A. and they kept in touch for years after. So now we’re back in touch, and they’re moving to Edinburgh so it’ll be easy to meet up.

On Sunday we used the meal voucher that we won in the pub quiz, and had an amazing lunch in Loks in Shawlands – highly recommend it – before going to the Tramway to see an exhibition of sculpture and painting by inmates of Scottish prisons, secure hospitals and secure children’s homes. This is the second year we’ve gone to this, and it’s a great exhibition. There’s a lot of very talented individuals, locked up. It’s a real shame their lives went that road. Hopefully being in the exhibition will give them another path to follow.

Anyway, I’ll get some pics up from the weekend, soon. Watch this space.

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Busy few days coming up

Busy couple of days coming up. Tonight after yoga, I’ve got to rush home and get ready for the pub quiz Halloween night. I’m going as Freddy Kruger. (I love my horror movies).
Tomorrow we’ve got a leaving do for a colleague, but I’m having to slip away about 6.00pm as me and my wife are going to a spa she got a pass to, for a swim, jacuzzi, steam room session, so only a quick drink at the party.
Saturday is another Halloween party, at the home of one of the people who runs the quiz, so it’s I can’t repeat the costume. My plan is Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker, when he’s blowing up the hospital. I’ve got the nurses’ dress on order (thanks eBay) and it’s supposed to arrive tomorrow. If there’s a problem my plan B is old jeans/t-shirt, lots of fake blood and scabs, et voila, zombie.

I’ll get some pics up over the weekend hopefully.

The partner of the girl who’s having the party is coeliac, so last night I made him my famous (on my FB at least) coeliac friendly lemon drizzle cake.

Should be a good weekend.

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Great weekend

Just had a brlliant weekend.
It was my wife’s birthday, and I’d booked a meal and a hotel in Largs for her.
On the way there we stopped off in Ayr for a wander and some lunch, and then headed to Loch Doon castle (on the shores of Loch Doon), where we met Bob, who played the clarinet for Karen and recited some poetry.
Bob and his friends where doing a spot of wild camping and have been working the festival circuit. It was a fantastic surprise. He was a genuinely nice guy and Karen loved being serenaded.

Dinner in Largs was really nice. Tinto Tapas does great food, but like all tapas places in Scotland, missed the fact that tapas should be small cheap plates, not small expensive plates. £4 – £5 a plate is pretty standard for tapas here, and it’s not cheap when you consider the size of plate you get for that.
Tinto do 3 for £10 as long as you’re there before 7.00pm, which we were, so it worked out great value.

The hotel – Wood House Hotel – was really nice. Seriously comfy bed, and a really nice breakfast the next day.

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Wee bit of yoga on Ayr beach.

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Last day

So, last day of work before my trip. Off to Bali, with a 3 night stop in Bangkok on the way out.
I’ve never been to Thailand or Bali, and I’m really looking forward to this.
I’ve just missed the Bali Spirit Fest, which was a couple of weeks ago, so that’s a bit of a shame, but I’m taking a yoga mat with me, so I don’t have any excuses.
Bangkok is going to be a food-fest for me.  It’s great timing as I’ve just finished my diet today.  Lost 6 1/2 inches round my belly.  I need to make sure that I keep to sensible eating now and not get back into bad habits.
Weirdly though, not that I CAN eat bread and sweets if I want, I seem to have lost the craving.  That’s not a bad thing, so long may that continue.

 

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Winding down

As I type this, the last 3D print I’m doing this semester is currently being printed.  This afternoon I’ve got some sensors to start wiring up, and then I can breathe a sigh when that’s done, and just think about the trip I’m taking.

3 nights in Bangkok, 11 in Bali and 3 in Dubai.  I’ve got a couple of trips and a surf lesson booked for Bali.  My recently replaced yoga mat is coming with me so I can get each day off to a good start, and I’m coming off the diet which has seen me lose just under 7″ from my belly, and the sensible eating regime (not going back to eating processed foods packed full of sugar, and continuing to eat salads, which I never used to.  Increasing the amount of excercise (I cut back due to lack of carbs) should keep me from returning to my previously comfortably padded belly.
I’m not deluding myself, I know I’ll put a bit back on, but I need to stick to sensible eating, and only eat junk once a month on games night.

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Unexpected side effect

So, since the New Year, the good news is that my gut is well and truly getting kicked into touch.  I’m looking more the shape I should look, and my stomach no longer resembles what someone referred to it as, “a knot in a bit of string”.
This is good.  I feel better, I’ve more energy, and I’m generally happier.
There is however an unexpected downside.

Downside (a) – who knew you could lose weight from your fingers?  It never crossed my mind that would happen.  I now need to get my wedding ring re-sized, as I’m currently using sticking plaster to “fatten” my finger and stop it falling off.

Downside (b) – the increased intake of salad, has resulted in fartage.  I know it’s jsut my body re-adjusing to the change in diet, and it’ll calm down.  I’ve also noticed some veg causes it more than others.  You don’t get this problem with meat/bread/cakes/chocolate…

Downside (c) – my made to measure kilt was made to measure when I measured a fair bit lardier than I currently am.  Even tightening it as much as I can, I have to stick what’s left of my gut out, and over-tighten the belt so it doesn’t end up round my ankles and scare the horses!  This could mean investing in another at some point.  (If I’m doing this I’ll go for a different tartan, as two identical kilts is a bit daft.

Culzean

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Food hangover

Since the New Year, I’ve been (sort of) on the Atkins diet.  I’ve not cut out carbs, but I have limited their intake.  The result to date is, about 6 inches off my gut, that I was more than able to lose.  I’ve (almost) got a flat stomach now.  I’ve been going to the gym again and doing some core sessions – I really need to do some upper body as well, as I’ve never been great in the upper body strength stakes.
I’m also doing a yoga class – vinyasa flow – once a week, and I’m doing more yoga on my own most days (I’m doing the men’s 30 day yoga challenge on Do You Yoga)
I’m probably in better shape at 50 than I was at 25!

Now I said above that I’m “sort of” doing Atkins.  Once a month we have a games night (boardgames like Pandemic, Zombies, Robo Rally, Cards Against Humanity) and I drop the diet for that day.  So it’s pizza, beer, etc for me 🙂  The downside to this is what I can only describe as a “food hangover” the following day.  It’s almost as if my body reaslises that I’ve been eating “clean” food for ages, and suddenly isn’t all that impressed when sugary rubbish suddenly gets introduced to the mix.
I have to admit that weirdly for someone who had a sweet tooth, I don’t really miss the sweet stuff now.

Anyway, I’ve done my yoga for the day.  Did it first thing this morning, and lunchtime, I’m off to the gym to give my abs a hard time of it.

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Back to it.

So I’m getting the bit between my teeth again after having a pretty lazy week. Kicking off tonight with yoga straight after work.
At the weekend I’ll go inline skating on Sunday.
Three gym sessions planned for Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with my regular gym buddy and casual sadist, Audrey (she comes up with workouts that don’t let me slack).
Also on Monday I’ve got karate, and Thursday as usual will be yoga.

I came across a recipe for a vegan cheesecake, which I might be able to actually have while I’m on this diet (the honey might be a bit of a no-no but I can offset if I have to).  It’s on the Cooking Without Limits blog and the recipe can be found here.  I’ve never tried a vegan cheesecake, so I’m open to giving it a go.

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Had a reasonably relaxing weekend.
Went for a curry on Saturday to a place we’d not eaten in before. Saffron in Barrhead.  We’d got one of these Groupon deals, but I’d be more than happy to go back there and pay the full price.  The food was excellent.
The deal was for a buffet for two, and a sizzle platter to share.  Really nice it was too.

Afterwards, we headed to Paisley for a wander and a quick drink.  I was happy to see the pub had Old Rosie in the fridge, but unfortunately, it was obvious that the box was almost done, as the bag containing the cider was hanging out, and it looked like the box was prolapsing.  Now, it’s a rough, cloudy cider, but I’d hazard a guess that the amount of cloud in what was visible, would have led to explosive skitters in my near future, had I drunk it.  I thought better off it and had a pint of draught instead.

Sunday we went in-line skating in the morning, and followed it up with chilling out and watching episodes of Vikings, Outlander (last few episodes) and Lucifer.  Later we watched The Devil’s Double, based on Saddam Husain’s son and the man who was forced into being his double.  (Great film btw).

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