Midsummer evening

Midsummer evening

Sunday, 2 July 2017

First week of 5:2 is over

My second starve day was on Thursday which was a tough day for it.  I was working from home but had a packed programme of tasks to do.  I also made myself take the dogs out for a run!  I wasn't sure how running on a starve day would pan out but it was fine.  I managed the same, hilly-ish route I started with last Saturday but a bit longer and a bit faster.  4.8km at 9.4km per hour rather than 4.1km at 10.35 per km.  So that is progress eh?

I had a nail appointment immediately after work; then a meeting about raising funds for the village Memorial Hall; and then straight up to the pub for a darts tournament.  I had not intended to play as I'm absolutely rubbish at darts.  However, they only had 15 entrants and needed a 16th to make the knock-out work so I was in.  It was extra hilarious as, instead of being drawn against one of the blokes who would thrash me in no time and put me out of my misery, I was drawn against Carolyn (Rich's stepmum) who, although better than me, is not much cop either.

We persuaded everyone to only play one leg and eventually, after throw after throw nowhere near a double, we also gave upon finishing on a double.  We were being heckled by half the pub by this stage which just made us laugh and then throw ever wilder darts.  They were everywhere!  Carolyn finally hit a 3 and I was defeated.....phew!!

A busy starve day is good though as you don't have time to focus on being hungry so that is a tip for future weeks.

Since then I've been busy too.  I was working on Friday morning and had a scratch golf match against Rotherham Golf Club in the afternoon.  I was handed a golf lesson by a doughty older lady.  She was good!!  Still, I look forward to facing her at home in a couple of weeks time.  Straight from golf to a surprise 50th birthday party complete with gin & tonics and curry....mmmmm

This was the view from the pub at High Bradfield.


Saturday was a dental operation in the morning (the second part of my implants) followed by what was meant to be a quiet day pootling round the house not upsetting my stitches.  That plan didn't really work as our neighbours gave me a load of plants so I had a busy time planting them out.  We then went over to Bamford for a walk and ended up going far longer than planned. Good for the steps...but me and the dogs were knackered.

The pics are from the end of our walk at the lovely Bamford Mill.





Today has been lovely.  We had a mixed exchange golf match at a course near Stockport (Bramhall). It was a swanky sort of course situated in a very chintzy suburb full of houses which look relatively ordinary but cost a fortune because of where they are.  All very nice but very definitely not the sort of place I would like to live in.

The golf was fun, lovely weather and a very manicured parkland course.  At one point a fox appeared out of the rough to the side of us.  Only about 20/30 yards from us.  It stood and looked at us in the full sunlight then retreated into the trees and bushes alongside the fairway and trotted down just ahead of us.  It was magical.  Totally relaxed.  It didn't start to run until it hit the end of the trees and had to cover some open ground.  I've seen urban foxes often but there is something special about a seeing a beautiful wild creature in it's natural habitat.

So, on the dieting front I have not been particularly good nor especially bad, lots of activity but a few drinks and decent meals.  Tomorrow's weigh-in will tell how it worked.

I think I'm going to do a starve day tomorrow.  We have tickets to see Green Day at Sheffield Arena so if I drive that should distract me from my hunger and desire to eat! That will leave the second starve day on either Wednesday or Thursday both of which are problematical at I'll be over at dad's. I think that is going to be the trick - prioritising the starve days and not letting busy life take overand push them out. We'll see.

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