So…. A year ago I wrote a blog post about getting healthy. It was called “My 12 Week Fitness Challenge”
The fact that it was actually written over 52 weeks ago should give you a bit of a clue as to how successful that entire endeavour was…
Well, I’ve been going to the gym for the last 8 weeks and it’s going well.
This isn’t going to be a blog post about what to do when you’re at the gym, nor is it about diet, macros, nutrition windows or anything like that. Simply because I have no idea what I’m talking about regarding all of that.
I have a rough idea for me. But I’m a very special animal and none of my advice is usable for the majority of people. I lose weight relatively easily. I eat irregularly to the point I was accidentally engaged in intermittent fasting for a month and I only started using protein shakes because they were on offer.
What I can offer is a little bit of advice for anyone who, like me, was concerned about heading back into the gym.
Hello there! Long time no see!
You see, that’s funny because I haven’t blogged in a while and I’m making it sound like I just nipped out for a bit.
The truth behind my lacklustre performance in the blogging department has been a multitude of problems, beset upon me from all sides
The main issue has been, simply, a lack of confidence. You see, I work as a bar supervisor. I recently turned 29. You can probably see where this is going. I had been applying for more grown up jobs and had been knocked back each and every time. Which, as it would, left me wondering… Do I even know what I’m doing?
For some reason, prior to my most recent trip, I had never entertained the idea of holidaying in Poland. Nothing against the place, it’s just not somewhere on my list of places to visit before I die.
I am aware that Poland is a place, it has a rich cultural history and I know plenty of people for whom it is home. It just always seemed to slip below the radar when I would look at holidays. This is also because I don’t really go on that many holidays.
That being said, after spending a few days in the city of Gdansk, I insist that you drop everything you are doing right now (unless it’s literally a matter of life and death, that you may continue) and figure out a way to get there.
Good Morning everyone and welcome to the best news you will get for a while. I recently started working at Wahaca (by the way, there’s a Wahaca opening in Edinburgh).
That’s not the good news. Well, it is for me. I’ve got a job and I get to eat award winning Mexican street food until I pass out.
The good news, as you may have already guessed, is that they are giving away free tacos.
Another amazing alcohol company has asked my humble opinion on their delicious elixir of fun, frivolity and fun times.
This time, it was from one of my favourite whiskies, Johnnie Walker. However, they were less concerned with my mixology prowess and more inquisitive about my thoughts on food pairings for their whisky.
I know that the title sounds a little bit vitriolic but trust me, they deserve it.
Also, I’m sorry to the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. I just didn’t have a picture which fits like the sentiment of this does.
As many of you may well know, I recently moved up to Edinburgh. I am not really a big plan thinker so I didn’t have a job upon my arrival.
Seeking to rectify this, I scoured job websites for days in search of gainful employment. I sent out CVs, made phone calls and just asked people whilst out.
My aim was to get back into Digital Marketing. It’s what I’ve been doing for the last 2 years so it kind of makes sense to not waste the experience, training and all that. I also looked into bar and kitchen work because:
A) I’ve been doing it for years so I’m pretty good at it
B) It’s so much fun. It can be stressful but it’s still something I think everyone should do.
Because I haven’t yet got my qualification, it’s a struggle to find work in Digital Marketing. I have, however, found an awesome restaurant/bar job I can’t wait to start.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is the mire of despicable, fake, cult-like miasma I had to wade through to put together this… it will probably turn out to be a list… so you don’t have to suffer like I did.
I’m not going to name the companies involved for 2 reasons:
- It’s a bit rude and I can’t afford a libel lawsuit right now
- These devious blackguards change their names so often it wouldn’t really matter. Getting investigated? Who cares!? Name switch!
As you may know, I recently had a leaving party at my mothers. There was Gin. Remember?
So, this is the reason for my leaving party. I have left Scunthorpe (the place I used to live), crossed the border and arrived, bags in tow, in Edinburgh. My home for the foreseeable future.
Before I… well, before I pad this out into an actual blog post, I would just like to thank a few people who made this possible.
That picture bears no relevance to this post. As I’ve said before, any and all pictures I have of myself are often not concomitant to the point I am trying to make, unless it involves food or beer.
When I was younger, I was a little bit on the plump side. Just a tad. Let’s just say I was slightly more cuddly than I am now. Actually, I was an exceptionally thin child up until around the age of 6. My nickname was Tin Ribs. After that age, I seemed to balloon to an unhealthy proportion.
There are many factors behind my portly posterior, and anterior for that matter. One is the terrible state of school dinners. This was a pre-Jamie Oliver time. Things were darker then; not to mention greasier.
I remember, the closest thing we had to a healthy school dinner was a salad which consisted of pickled beetroot, egg, heavily buttered bread and crisps. Which would be followed by a dessert of something drenched in custard or a massive bowl of Angel Delight. Quite frankly, I didn’t stand a chance.
Hello all, and welcome to what is sure to be an absolute highlight of your day.
My experienced based guide to dealing with depression.
The picture up there isn’t some sort of artistic representation of my depression. It was the first picture I found which didn’t involve food or beer…
Quick disclaimer… I am not, nor have I ever been, a medical or psychological professional. Please don’t take this as gospel, merely as a friendly guide from this guy who has been there and apparently set up camp for a while.
After my post about the importance of music in the kitchen (if you didn’t see it, just click here) I thought I would let you all know what I’ve been grooving to while whipping up a storm.
- Midway – Bad Bad Hats: I’m pretty sure that I first heard this on my Discovery Playlist. It’s one of those songs that as soon as the vocals kick in you have to immediately find out who is singing. A slow, lingering verse with a thumping chorus is everything you need to get the party started.
- She Burns – Foy Vance: Imagine if early Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison had a baby. Then the baby was left to fend for himself in Ireland with nothing but a guitar and a fantastic moustache. That, my friends, is Foy Vance. She Burns is a slow number about being incredibly attracted to someone, if you’re looking for a more upbeat tune, just hit Shuffle Play on his profile and one will turn up.
- An Evening I Will Not Forget – Dermot Kennedy: Just ridiculously good. Dermot Kennedy has one of those voices that sounds like it is always performing live. You can hear tiny imperfections which enhance the subject and delivery of the few songs of his currently available on Spotify. I am very much looking forward to hearing more of his music and, if I get the chance, seeing him live.
- Devil Like Me – Rainbow Kitten Surprise: Don’t let the name fool you… actually let it fool you. You know when you go into a film and expect it to be crap and it turns out to be amazing. In fact, your pessimism made you enjoy it more? That’s what I had with this band. A sort of acoustic/blues Miike Snow mixed with The Flaming Lips, I now think the name is amazing and the music is even better.
- Chocolate – Jesse Mann: A cover of The 1975’s song that somehow manages to completely change the tone of the entire song. Stripped of all instruments except one guitar and a fantastic voice, it goes from a jaunty tune about the folly of youth and becomes almost like a love song.
- XO – Eden Project: I think these guys changed their name to just “Eden” but you can still find this song under this name. Starting off with a very 90’s acoustic guitar riff over a very English sounding voice (think Bastille) it soon delves into more of an electronic sound which actually brings a lot to the song. It’s used sparingly to emphasise the lyrics instead of trying to sound like an EDM song (thank God!).
- Ready 2 Wear – Geographer: This band has not made enough music, as far as I’m concerned. They have 2 EPs and, quite frankly, I want more. Mike Deni’s voice is the stuff that dreams are made of and the way he describes emotions is free from hyperbole. It’s honest, simple and bloody gorgeous.
- Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepson: What? Don’t look at me like that! This is an amazing song. It’s upbeat, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not like I said “Call Me Maybe”. Although that song is pretty awesome too.
- Without You – Oh Wonder: Good Lord this band is amazing. I’m very excited about seeing them at Latitude Festival with the Noodle. I could have chosen any of the songs from their self-titled album, but this one just seems to crop up the most.
- Lou Lou – Albin Lee Meldau: Honestly, the only thing wrong with this song is that it’s too short. While it does accomplish everything it needs to in just over 2 minutes, when a song is this good it should last about 10 minutes. Albin Lee Meldau sounds like Hozier covering a Nina Simone song and it’s as good as that too. Speaking of Nina Simone
- Sinnerman – Nina Simone: If I have to explain who Nina Simone is or why I would listen to this song, we need a long conversation about life.
There are more, but if I were to produce an exhaustive list I would be here all day and I wouldn’t have another blog post to offer further down the line.
If I get the chance/figure it out I will start including Spotify playlists with these posts. For now, find the songs and enjoy.