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Losing Weight

January 17th, 2015

Well a week since I officially started my (I don’t like the word diet) weight loss program and at times over the last seven days it has been really hard to not just ram a load of food down my throat, especially at night but I managed it somehow. So today I went and weighed myself to find that I had lost 6lbs.

That does give me confidence that I can continue with this but will need to look at the amount of food that I am eating as I woke up at 4am this morning feeling like I was about to throw up – I actually think it was hunger and it was really uncomfortable (I was able to use the time I could not sleep productively doing some transcription work) and managed to drop off to sleep at 7am but when I work just after 9am the same sick feeling was there but soon subsided once I had eaten breakfast.

My energy levels seem to have remained the same which is something I’ve been keeping an eye on, dinner tonight I decided to treat myself and cooked steak, green beans and jacket potato washed down with a pint of Guinness – I did cut the steak in half and really should invest in some smaller plates so that less food actually fills them, maybe when I move.

Yes, I am looking to move out from this room that I have existed in for over the last ten years. It is amazing how quickly temporary become something safe and permanent. I have been looking at some rental agencies and getting an idea of what sort of place I could rent within my budget and feel very positive that I will be living elsewhere by the end of 2015.

Of course any move would be made considerably easier if I had less clutter and I have to admit that my sorting which started just before Christmas has slowed down recently so I will need to get back to that.

The Start

January 10th, 2015

So today I go along to Boots to use the weighing machine so that I have a print out of my current weight and have all the other statistics these machines pump out! I have gone since last Monday on a much reduced calorie intake and I am hoping that this is something I can take forward. Looking at NHS website it would suggest that I try to reduce my calorie intake to 1900kcal per day, the standard for an adult male would be 2500kcal.

Of course when you consider that a Mars bar is worth about 500kcal you realise that you certainly need to be aware of what you are eating. So here starts the calorie counting!!

I really will need to consider what I am going to be eating going forward and make a meal plan of sorts as I know in the past I have gotten home and not know what to eat and have just snacked. Breakfast has been pretty easy and I have been there measuring out the portion sizes and they are considerable smaller than I would normally have. Lunch in work has been okay so far with a combination of soups and pasta – I have managed to cut out the bread but even I know that this is not something I am likely to be able to maintain, but with bread come the temptation to have a slice while I am waiting for food to cook.

Hopefully as well as reducing my food intake I will be able to increase my activity levels and start to see and feel a difference. I have not listed my weight here but needless to say I am unable to weigh myself at home as standard scales will only weigh up to 20 stone.

2015 – A New Year

January 8th, 2015

As normal I don’t do resolutions but prefer to set myself goals that I normally fail to achieve. I do however intend during 2015 to actually –

* Visit the Harry Potter Studio tour
* Go on the London Eye
* Visit Beamish
* Visit Portmeirion

I would also like to
* Renew my passport
* Lose Weight

2015 is already likely to be an expensive year with me planning on replacing my car so some of these goals might be financially difficult. I have already started to consider losing weight and have been looking at the amount of calories I am eating in a day and looking to reduce this – hopefully I will also be able to increase my exercise and see some weight loss.

2014 – Year End

January 1st, 2015

And so we come to the end of 2014, this site really is becoming neglected, I have never been one for changing things around every few weeks but when you realise that I have only posted five entries over the last twelve months you need to start questioning why the site remains here.

Well it is that time of year again, has it really been 12 months, a lot has changed with how I use the internet and I am sure that for the few that will see this entry how you use the internet has also changed. Gone are the days of Fanlistings as most fans will ‘like’ the facebook page of a favourite tv show or actor.

Needless to say at the start of 2014 I made a list of six goals to achieve during the year

1. Renew my passport.
2. De-clutter my room.
3. Use my slow cooker to make a meal at least once a month.
4. Visit Beamish
5. Go see a show in a theatre.
6. Complete at least 10 years of transcriptions of Council records.

Overall I would say that like this site they have become neglected, my passport which would have been the easiest to achieve is still expired, I have as with previous years half heartedly started to de-clutter my room in fact have been doing little bits in the run up to Christmas – there is however still the tendency to keep hold of things just in case, the need to be more ruthless has never been so important. I spent New Years Eve clearing out and while the room still looks cluttered 5 bags were taken out for rubbish.

I do still use my slow cooker a lot, in fact once again I used it to cook my turkey crown but have not used it as far as I can remember to make a meal at least once a month. To clear up more space on my work top I am considering finding somewhere to keep the slow cooker when not in use, of course the danger is that it will get forgotten about and not used!

Beamish got put on the back burner as did going to the theatre, I suppose ultimately it was down to cost.

Work on the transcriptions of council records have been coming along slowly, I don’t think I have managed to complete ten years during the year but have made a fair amount of progress with getting the records “web ready”. It was nice during 2014 that the National Library of Wales contacted me asking to archive my Llangunnor Network site as a resource for the future.

However I did manage to get out and about during 2014 which a trip down to London in February to the Who Do You Think You Are Live event where I spent a day at the show, a day exploring the National Archives and generally having a look around London. I was also able to get a photograph with Natasha Kaplinsky. lee

I was also given a years membership to the National Botanical Gardens in Wales and did make a few visits during the year to take some photos – I have had the renewal forms for 2015 but am undecided if I used the membership to maximum potential.

I also joined CADW which gets me free entry to castles in Wales and reduced entry to English Heritage sites, that expires in a few months and again a decision will need to be made as to whether to renew it. I have if I recall correctly used it a few times this year to visit Kidwelly Castle and when I went with a friend to Castell Coch.

Attended service of commemoration for the start of World War One in Carmarthen at the start of August, I had contributed towards the costs and can’t say I was very happy when I turn up to discover that to effectively take part you needed to purchase a programme – all very nicely put together but you would have thought that they could have printed out a few order of services for those not able to pay the £5.

September and I ventured in my car to the Eden Project for the weekend, now I had been reluctant to go along as the spaces were supposed to be for people who want to make a change in their communities, while I do want to get the community engaged and working together I did find while I was there that people from all over the country had ideas that were much bigger than mine. I should explain a lot of them had ideas to buy land/buildings or make use of facilities already about – what I want to do cannot really be measured with bricks and mortar.

Besides that it was a good weekend and it was nice to talk to people from different communities and to share ideas. It could have been better if everyone had been staying in the same hotel, not that there was a lot of time but most of the people that I have remained in contact with were not staying at the same hotel.

A month later I held my first quiz night, which was a failure both financially and on the community engagement front, obviously more needs to be done to engage with the local people.

Did organise a craft fair late November that was relatively successful, managed to get a wide range of craft stalls but still finding it hard to get the large local population to come along – I think years of nothing taking place in the community has not helped neither has the fact that the most convenient location for activities is a sheltered accommodation community room but the residents don’t like outsiders.

Hopefully a Big Lunch event can be held at the local school this year and that will help to promote community.

I am sure that I would have done more during 2014 but ultimately it was a good year.

Community

October 5th, 2014

My last entry just under a month ago saw me writing about me wanting to get more involved with the community, in particular with the community of Llangunnor. I am already a community councillor, a member of the parochial church council, litter champion and behind the Llangunnor Network web site.

I also mentioned in my last entry that I was going to be visiting the Eden Project with Big Lunch Extras – (I shall write more of this again) and while this did offer encouragement it also made me realise how lethargic the residents of Llangunnor have become.

A week of events last week had a very poor turn out, okay it could be that the events did not interest people but a talk on “Riotous Carmarthen” pulled in 14 people!

Of course my quiz took place last Tuesday with a first prize of £40 in vouchers and a consolation prize worth £5 to the team in last position it does not take a mathematical genius to work out how well it went with 15 people each paying £2 to take part.

It is not so much the loss that was made it was the apparent apathy of local residents, nothing goes on locally but when something does they would much rather stay in and watch television!

Four faces that I was not expecting to turn up did and I am grateful to the ladies from St Cynnwr Woman’s Institute for making the effort. Nice to see some of the members from Llangunnor Church turn up but I do wonder where the team from Babell Chapel were on that night – I have supported quiz nights that they have held in the past with my overgenerous donations of first prize (£40 for the last two quizzes they have held)

Even taking a loss I am still committed to driving ahead so I look at my next project to latch on to the annual Christmas Tree light switch on. This event is arranged by the community council and it does manage to bring a lot of people together all huddled on the pavement for the 15 minutes it takes to sing a carol or two and switch on the lights – everyone then disappears.

I suggested after the event last year that it would make more sense if we the council invited everyone back to the school for a mince pie and maybe more singing, to actually make more of the event. Members were all for the idea and discussion of speaking to the school PTA were to follow.

I’ve taken matters into my own hands, I have spoken to the local chapel and asked to use it on the evening and have gotten the council to agree to invite everyone there after the switch on – I shall fund the mince pies and drinks myself and am looking to form a lantern parade, something that will extend the event and make it something more than it is at the moment.

Of course there is only so much money I can personally use to support these activities and my hope is that engaging with the community like this would encourage greater participation in future events so that a profit is made and that profit can then go on to support further events.