Blackpool

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One of my worst memories was when I went to Blackpool with some friends.  One of them got involved in some carny game throwing hoops over some sticks that probably didn’t fit.

I stood to one side and encouraged my friend in his futile quest to win some money.  I did not realise that he spent £180 on the pointless task on what was some carny bullshit con.

I felt terrible, worse than he ever did to be honest.

I could not sleep that night, so come 5:30am I decided to go for a walk on the beach.  It was nice listening to the sea and forgetting all the fake rubbish that the town was.

I only let go off this guilt towards my friend five months ago, when, after he had blown more money on worthless crap, I realised he was an adult who could make his own decisions and as such live with the consequences.

Go out and take more photographs

I set some post mid year resolutions because I wanted to get my self-improvement goals back on track after a slump.  I detail how I will go about achieving my goal using SMART objectives, with a contingency plan for if I am not able to do this

Why have I set this?

I like to take photographs.  I like the fact that 100 people can take a picture of the same thing, yet each shot can show something different.  But I have not made time to take pictures.

Specific

  • I will take my nice camera with me to nice places and take pictures
  • I will take my camera to events (like below)
  • I will develop my own photography project

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Measurable

  • An increase in photos taken
  • New photos uploaded on here, to my flickr and deviantart accounts.

Achievable

  • I have a great camera and I live in a beautiful world, what more do I need

Realistic

  • I have time to take pictures.  To inspire myself I need to go on more day trips and attend more events.

Time based

  • Take my camera with my on up coming day trips and weekends away in October and November.
  • Have the start of a photography project collection by the end of 2014.

Contingency

  • Use my camera phone to take photos.

Fix my bike and cycle more often

I set some post mid year resolutions because I wanted to get my self-improvement goals back on track after a slump. I detail how I will go about achieving my goal using SMART objectives, with a contingency plan for if I am not able to do this

Why have I set this?

Before I learnt to drive I used to cycle amongst my gym schedule.  It was really good and covered my cardio.  When I bought my car I stopped and then I kept having problems with punctures – due to my white-collar up bringing I am hopeless at any technical issues – I didn’t even realise bikes had different valves until I bought an inner tube that did not fit the valve.  Since then the bike has stayed in the garage unused.

Specific

  • I will replace the inner tube on my bike and get it working.
  • I will take time to have a 30 minute cycle every week.

Measurable

  • I will have bought a replacement inner tube.
  • I will time how much I cycle.

Achievable

  • I have a bike that needs fixing.
  • I am fit and able to ride a bike.

Realistic

  • A puncture is not a very difficult problem to fix that even someone as hopeless as me can fix it.

Time based

  • I will fix the puncture within a week of buying a new inner tube and start cycling the same day.

Contingency

  • If I am unable to fix the bike or I do not get use of the bike I will sell it and focus on other activities.

Do stuff with girlfriend that does not impact on my fitness goals

I set some post mid year resolutions because I wanted to get my self-improvement goals back on track after a slump. I detail how I will go about achieving my goal using SMART objectives, with a contingency plan for if I am not able to do this

Why have I set this?

I have recently made some poor lifestyle choices since getting a girlfriend.  I have spent more time eating out, drinking and having late nights that has had an impact on my fitness.  I don’t want to go to the gym early in the morning and when I do I feel sluggish and tired.  I know my recent choices are the reason behind this.

Specific

  • Research activities that does not involve going to pubs and restaurants.
  • Get girlfriend to take part in these alternatives.

Measurable

  • Will know this is done when I have alternative activities to do

Achievable

  • There are plenty of alternatives, it is just about a change of behaviour of what we do collectively

Realistic

  • I am a healthy person so will want to change.  My girlfriend is relatively healthy – I feel that she would be willing to do different things though.

Time based

  • Currently we are still doing a lot of things that are not helpful to my fitness goals.  I want to be implementing changes by the beginning of November.

Contingency

  • If this fails I will have to resist temptation – going for healthier meals on the menu, drinking water etc.
  • Do more fitness activity.

Rehab my injuries and get back my fitness/motivation

I set some post mid year resolutions because I wanted to get my self-improvement goals back on track after a slump.  I detail how I will go about achieving my goal using SMART objectives, with a contingency plan for if I am not able to do this

Why have I set this?

The last two months have been terrible for the gym.  As I now have a girlfriend I have indulged in poor lifestyle choices – eating sugary foods, drinking alcohol and having late nights.  My energy has feels and I have a few injuries – so what am I going to do?

Specific

  • Improve my diet.
  • Address my health.
  • Motivate myself back to the gym.

Measurable

  • Note what I am eating and monitor my body size/weight.
  • Seek medical support/see a sports physio.
  • Keep a record of my training, races and what motivates me.

Achievable

  • An improved body through diet and exercise and which can be maintained.
  • I have access to medical support.
  • There are lots of new challenges coming up next year that I can research.

Realistic

  • I have access to healthy food – it’s just my choices.
  • Professional support will help me through my problems
  • I am good at guilting myself to train and I always like training to meet a challenge

Time based

  • I will improve my diet now
  • I will seek medical support to discuss my lack of energy and see a sports therapist by 8th October
  • I will go back to the gym now and alter my training after the Spartan Yorkshire race (29th September), and have  a new regime sorted by the first week of October.

Contingency

  • If my diet does not improve I will review what is going wrong
  • If the professionals cannot help my injuries/lack of energy I will seek alternative options
  • If I am not able to do race next year, I will focus on activities that will not impact on my injuries such as swimming, cycling, kayaking.

My old home

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My parents finally sold up my old home 18 months ago.  I wasn’t too bothered, I didn’t live there and it was time for them to move on with their lives.

After the trains where cancelled the other day, I had to get the bus, which has a route that goes right past my old street.  For the first time since there move I really missed the place and it dawned on me that I would never set foot inside the house where I grew up.

Still, here’s to the memories…

 

The Post mid Year Resolutions

The Manifesto was inspired by New Years resolution goals, with the aim of making my hopes, dreams and targets a reality.  This blog was here to log my progress and keep me accountable.

Today I am being accountable – I have lost focus, with the pressure of work, the nights getting darker and time spent with the new girlfriend I have found my self-improvement goals have suffered

So I came up with a list of things I want to do:

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The NSFW Amsterdam story

During my second year at University, I went across to Amsterdam by ferry.  It was a tedious trip and I was glad to make it to land, where we went to are budget hotel.

As you can imagine a cheap hotel in Amsterdam is one of the most sleazy, grimy things imaginable – a sticky hotel , with an odor of cannabis and cum.

Instead of having a food menu like a normal hotel, the menu had a selection of escorts.  The TV was as liberated as I stereotyped the Dutch to be – no boundaries, with a channel that screened free pornography.  This was not like UK TV porn with topless girls on the end of the phone, but full hardcore.

As I was with a group of 10 lads, we spent most of our time at the red light district.

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Dreaming about the obstacles

I am running in the Spartan race.

My friend Tom is chasing strong.

I have been getting cocky because I have always been the stronger runner, but today he is keeping up with me.

The pressure comes on as he hits hard to get the lead over me.

I am not having that so I pick up the pace.  He goes faster.  So I copy.

We both repeat this several times until it is evident we are pushing through the pain barrier.

In our eagerness to out do each other, neither one of us notice we have run right off the course – are dreams of fast times and good finishes has gone because of this.

We are lost and desperately race are way back onto the course.  For some reason we are now on some rough estate full of youths.

The youths pull out knifes and try to mug us, which is stupid as we are carrying nothing of value except the fancy trail running shoes on are feet.

We are too fast for them, so they try to slow us down by slashing with their knifes.  We duck, dive and dodge, cutting us as we make are escape.

We are both bleeding badly, but find are way back on course – we cross the finish line.  Tom just beat me.

I can’t quite believe what happened

I look at him and say

“These obstacles get stupider every year”