Category: General

A General catergory

Anybody out there?

Well it has been nearly 18 months since I last posted and I would not blame anybody if they had decided to move on. It was not the fact that I had not posted anything for a long time that brought me back to here, no it was the fact that I decided I needed to change. That what this blog started out as, the sub heading of this blog is “ramblings of an overweight old fart trying to get fit!” Well after starting ok all those years ago and making steady head way, I then started struggling and going backwards to the point I am at now today. As a consequence of this I have picked up Type2 Diabetes on the way which has added a large complication to my life, all this is my fault nobodies else’s.

But consider this, if I smoked cigarettes I would be accused of being addicted to smoking, if I drank to much (alcohol) I would be called an alcoholic, if I started taking illegal drugs, I would be a drug addict but because I eat to much food and don’t exercise I am a fattie. Yep hands up here, no argument, I eat to much, I eat the wrong food, I do not exercise at all. I know what I should be doing, I know what the consequence are if I don’t, so why do I continue on down this same path that is slowly killing me? Why is being overweight not considered an addiction?

There is no point continuing that argument as it will not help me do what I need to do which is loose weight. It is my problem and I am the only one who can do anything about it. So this is what I am going to do about it. I waited until the festive season was gone and I had had my birthday (which is early January) now I am setting of on a journey (or maybe restarting as I did start this journey many years ago), but rather than charging at it like a bull seeing a red flag, I am taking it at a slow walking pace, I am getting back to eating the right food and the right amounts, no additional extras (unless it is a party event, birthday etc.), I am going to start weighting myself on a weekly basis this is something I have rarely done myself, when I was at Slimming World it was weekly. I can’t remember the last time I was weighted, I think it was at the doctors sometime last year and it was not good news then and since then I have put more weight on. I need to dig the scales out and make sure they are still working, then starting using them on a weekly basis.

While I don’t want to call them promises (but I can’t think of another word at the moment), the only ‘promises’ I have made for now are as follows:

Eat the correct food and the correct amounts
Weight myself weekly

Eating the correct food and correct amount should help lower my weight and help keep my diabetes in check. Weighing myself will help keep me on track by knowing exactly where I am.

I won’t be getting back on my bike until a little later in the year when I have lost weight, how much……I don’t know, it will be when I feel ready to do so.

If you want to encourage and support me then leave a comment

A long chain of events and I ended up here writing this

Friday evening and my son was filling in his first job application form but had to wait for an email to come through because you have to sign up to the company web site before you can apply. Being a teenager he did not want go back up stairs to check his emails so I said I can do it for him (I host my own email domain and his has an email address on that domain). So I logged into the control panel and checked the email for him and passed on the information he was waiting for. It had been a while since I had logged into the control panel so I though I would have a look round just to make sure thing were all running OK. As the wife has started using her web site as she looks for a another job (redundant after 3 years) I checked the usage stats and the error log. I noticed quite a few errors “page not found” errors, so I thought I had better check her web site out for broken links. Fortunately her web site is OK no broken links. So then I decided to check this web site for broken links, after a long time checking, it tells me that it had checked over 2000 pages and and found over 500 broken links. I found the number a little hard to believe but the links it gave were broken, the majority of the links are for one link which no longer exists. Some of the other links are just links to picture that I have linked to which are no longer there. Rather than go through each link I though there must be a word press plug-in which could find and replace the broken link with a working link and there were several. Unfortunately the two I tried failed to work. After a bit of googling it turns out that my PHP (PHP is a scripting language) is to old and needs to be updated.

As PHP is part of my hosting package it was off to my hosting companies support page to ask them if they can upgrade my version of PHP. No can do was the reply, you will need to move to another hosting package to get a newer version of PHP. So started an afternoon of emails between myself and my hosting company, the end result is they are happy to move me to a new hosting package at no cost which is good seeing as I have just renewed my hosting with them, but (there always a but), I will possibly loose the hosting and email service’s for about 24hrs as my site moves from one IP address to another IP address. I understand this and losing the hosting is not to much of a problem the email. The email address my wife uses as her contact in all her job searching is one I host so that is a big problem. So as it stands now my moving hosting packages is on hold until the wife’s job searching ends and as consequences of this all my broken links are going to remain broken for a little longer. All this because my son could not be bothered to check his own emails!!

I decided to have a closer look at some of the broken links, some were quite simple as they only appeared on a couple of pages and were easy to correct, but it was while I was checking out these links that I noticed the last time I posted on this blog was the 28-02-16 “Spring is just around the corner”, so I thought it was time to post something again.

Well now it is Mid September and it is Autumn, looks like Summer past this blog by, so what have I been up to……………… not a lot. I am still to fat, I still living with diabetes, I am still not going out on my bike enough……….yeah nothing has changed. Last time I went out on the bike was June, even went to Swinley Forest before that really enjoy when I get out there riding it is just the getting out there which is the issue. Works is just as manic as ever although I got a pay rise which is always a good thing.

As per-usual I have waffled on so I am going to get out of here for now. Hopefully I can soon start on all those broken links I have

I have had better days

One of the reason I stopped writing regular blogs was the fact that I seldom never felt I had good things to write about, I had hoped that taking a break life would sort itself out and I could start being cheery again………………………………how wrong I was. It really is surprising that one day can turn your life upside down.

In the course of 4 days I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, the wife was cleared to return to work (after shoulder OP) had a DVT scare and was diagnosed with Pleurisy and an over active Thyroid, the DVT proved to be negative. That is four day I would prefer not to have to go through again.

I am slowly getting my head around Type 2 Diabetes, I am ok with most of it except the food (no surprise there then).

I recently purchased a turbo trainer so I can try and do some riding to get me legs back into some form of working order. Now that seems even more important with my diabetes diagnosis. Soon as I get rid of the throat infection I will get back on the bike, nearly three week old this infection, about time it was gone.


not good

When the doctors says to you “good job your not a horse otherwise you would be glue by now” you know it is not going to be a good day. I was at the doctors again getting my calf muscle checked out a gain, and mentioned the pain in my left wrist when he came out with that comment. End result is I am waiting for an appointment for an ultra sound scan of my calf and I have tendinitis in my left wrist.

Well we are still here after the weather forecast of being blown away a week ago today. For some reason (apart from the howling wind) I was not able to sleep last Sunday night. Think it was about 4am by the time I got to sleep and I was woken by the alarm at 6am as I had to take the wife to work. A part from that it was a rather uneventful week off really, weather was wet and windy, not being able to walk anywhere or hold anything in with my left hand curtailed a lot of things I was planning to do. Most annoyingly the bike remained locked in the shed and my trainers never ventured in to the gym. One job that did get resolved was sorting out the Cisco VPN problem I mentioned in my last post. Wont go into detail but I did manage to get it working after a couple of days of on off playing with the PC and lots of googling (also involved wan mini-ports). Work really annoyed me last week, despite emailing everybody to tell them I was on a weeks holiday I had a steady stream of phone calls to my work mobile, by Wednesday the work mobile was turned off, I had had enough.

Well I think we will keep this short this week and move straight on to the music video, one of the rock stars that died to young, Thin Lizzy with Whiskey in the Jar

Death in the tank

It is nothing major but I could not come up with a better title.

One of my yellow labs in the fish tank has died, noticed one night last week I could only see 4 of the yellow labs, looked all around the tank and then started to take all the rock out, still could not find him, then suddenly I saw is dead body float up from behind the air stone, not sure what done the deed.

Despite the death the population count has gone up in the tank as I added three small cat fish Synodontis Petricola, Pygmy Leopard Catfish. They are only about an inch long and they race around the tank in and out of all the small rock crevices and holes in the rock. I love watching the fish tank, it is better than the TV some nights, ok most nights!!

No Gym this week, was totally wiped out Tuesday night. Went out riding with my son last Sunday and I was due to do the same today but when I checked it was drizzle with the threat of proper rain later (it actually started raining at midday). So we decided on a quick walk, so we set off for a walk along the edge of Poole harbour. About 100mtrs from where I parked and I felt that excruciating pain in my left calf, I tried to walk it off and kept going but I should of known better, had to turn round and go back. By the time I got back to the van my son had learnt a whole new vocabulary that I hope I never hear him use.

Back in April I did a charity ride for a member of the MBR magazine forum called Tazz (The Tazz Recovery Ride). The guy was quite seriously ill and it was decided that we would all meet up with Tazz upon his recovery and go for a celebratory ride. This was to give Tazz something to aim for as he went through his illness and recovery. It would not fair to say that at time we were expecting the worst new. His wife used to come on the forum and give us regularly updates, she pulled no punches when things got very rough. But thank fully the old boot neck (Royal Marine) pulled through. Well I have been a bit remiss in my duties and have only just got round to making a short video of the event, see the video below

Well that about raps it up for me I will spend the next few days hobbling, stretching and cursing my calf muscle, oh the fun……..