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I have a new collection where I'm posting all of the boring health and fitness stuff I'm doing. Recipes, runs, general bits and pieces.

I deliberatley didn't enable the option to have everyone who's circled me follow it as this stuff is fairly boring to most people. If you're interested, or want to cheer me on, you can follow along. Everyone else can rest easy knowing they don't have to see loads of fitness posts from me appearing in their feed!
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I need some inspiration to start eating better lol
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On the 17th of August I set out at around 2015 and ran to the local pub and back. It was about 2 miles, and took me 23m 04s (or about 11:17/mi).

This was the start of my fitness regime, and a desire to reduce my weight, and increase my general health and well-being. It's been started in conjunction with some diet and social changes (more in other posts).

I'd done some abortive attempts at the end of July / beginning of August. The same sort of run. 1.2 / 2 miles, slow pace, but it was easier to tail off. I went for the occasional cycle ride, but it wasn't working for me. My head was in the wrong place (and my bike is a mountain bike not really suited to distance road riding)

The 17th was when I committed. I was out again on the 19th, and did 3.8 miles in 43m 20s then knocked 20s off when I did it again on the 21st.

I did the distance again on the morning of the 23rd. By the evening, however, I was in a lot of pain. My ankle and heel were really painful. Even taking the weight off wasn't helping, and I took a few days off.

I was back out on the 30th, and knocked my time down to under 40 minutes. Pacing now at 10:35/mi.By the 1st of September that was down to 10:14/mi.

On Monday the 5th I pushed the distance to 4.2 miles, and maintained 1:45/mi over the distance, but Tuesday saw disaster!

I set off to run the 4.2 mile circuit again, but after 1.6 miles my calf muscle seized up completely and it was all I could do to hobble the 110 yards to railway station and get the wonderfully supportive +Laura Nixon to come and pick me up.

It was Sunday the 11th before the pain had settled enough to contemplate going out again, but I hit the circuit and made it round in 42m 25s. One of the strange things about tracking myself via Google Fit is that when I run the loop part of the circuit one way the distance come out as 4.2 miles, when I go the other it's 4.7! So the stats say I paced at 9:06/mi, but that time is spread over a longer distance. I've reproduced this more than once, but have no idea which stat is right.

I was straight back out on Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th. Then again on Thursday and Friday.

However, the Friday run saw a change in my schedule. School drop off now saw me parking away from home, and I took the opportunity to do a longer loop. I ran 5.2 miles in 53m 41s, pacing at 10:02/mi. And, for the first time, actually felt like a runner!

I parked a bit further away on yesterday, so added a little tail to the loop, and upped the distance to 5.9 miles whilst maintaining 10:01/mi pacing.

Having done 5.9 miles yesterday I thought I'd do something a little easier on the joints and muscles today, so went back to the 4.7 (4.2) circuit. Today it reported as 4.5! I paced it at 9:19/mi! It felt good!

Tomorrow is back to the 3.8 miles loop, and (hopefully) a shorter post!
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My cycles to and from work are the same. On Google Fit and Stava, apparently my route is 8.8 km in the morning but 9.4 in the evening!
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Wow, didn't have a spare minute to tweet yesterday! Obduction launched!!! More info at http://buff.ly/2bAVAgr #obduction #welcometohunrath
Obduction. “Stunning level of detail… amazing views combined with exploration and mystery…” - Tom's Hardware. Obduction. “Myst spiritual successor will blow your mind in virtual reality!” - PCWorld. Obduction. “The design of the environments was truly breathtaking at times.”.
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Awesome! Though I'll resist installing it until I have some spare time to properly appreciate it.
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Clearly the US House of Representatives has never played Ingress!!
 
FFS. 
Earlier today, we detailed the $3 billion value that Pokémon Go represents to Apple, while we also noted of the effects the game is having on distracted driving and calls placed to emergency offici…
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If Clinton had done that the GOP Congress would demand an FBI investigation.
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We've all been there. That first IT job doing tech support. 
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+PandoDaily take on our #Brexit car crash.

Link works for 48 hours.
Here they are, my five reasons why Brexit is a good thing.
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All of the diet changes and fitness regimes are a means to an end - weight loss.

When I started tracking my weight I weighed 100.75 kg! 28.61 kg of that was fat mass.

I'm not going to post all of the gradual weight drops, but I have a goal of 84 kg by the 14th of October, and I currently weight 92.95kg with 23.3kg of fat mass.

It's slow progress, with so many contributing variables, but the general trend is in the right direction. I'll make sure I only post highlights from now on! (+Laura Nixon doesn't want me to make it too much of a project!)
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this is from when i started 4 years ago, face pics are a great motivator, good luck and keep up the good work
https://plus.google.com/photos/103330047880371178870/albums/6332466720891544465/6332466721507857682
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Whilst running (https://plus.google.com/+SteveNixon/posts/gK7MQr4Wf4e) has been my primary exercise in my desire to get fit, diet has also played a part.

Strangely, living on chocolate and sweets washed down with fizzy drinks (mainly coke) doesn't really give you the sustenance you need to get through the day, nor leave you with a fit and lithe body!

I have re-evaluated my food choices, and finish all my runs / start off my days with a smoothie made up of:
1 banana
15 raspberries
10-12 strawberries
250ml of milk
2 tablespoons of ready brek

This is followed with a small handful of cashews to settle blood sugars.

This really sets me up for the day. By the time I've run, showered, and prepped the smoothie, I generally drink it at about 1100 and don't go hungry until the main meal of the day that evening.

For years (and years) I skipped breakfast, and it was doing me no favours. +Laura Nixon isn't happy that I have now swapped it to skipping lunch(!), but I've worked out the calories, and nutrition content, and (at the minute) this is working for me.

The main problem I have with diets is that they aren't sustainable. Last time I lost weight I went on the Dukan diet, but the restrictions placed on you to do that diet don't sit well once you've lost the weight. The plan has an end stage, but I couldn't follow it, and eventually gave up. I'm adamant that this time round there is no "diet", just a sustainable eating plan that I can continue to follow.

The evening meal varies by day. Occasionally there are "treats" like Chicken Kiev with salad, other days it's home-made chilli con carne or bolognese on a baked potato, or home-made carrot, apple and celery soup:

1 kg of peeled and chopped carrots
2 apples
3 sticks of celery
1 chopped onion
2 bay leaves
1 litre of chicken stock
A squirt of sundried tomato paste
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Simmer for 40 ish minutes
Blend to smooth

Other than these meals, I'm drinking cold water, or cold 50% juice squash (I find the squash more necessary on days that I've done a run as it helps restore my energy faster), and chewing chewing gum.

At the minute, the smoothie gives me consistency (which I need in a morning), and the evening meal is varied enough, that I can carry on doing this indefinitely.
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slow is good

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We’re giving away 3 iPhone Lucky Number Seven Bundles and offering Discounts on Accessories too! http://bit.ly/2bPpn6l
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The kids saw Empire for the first time tonight. Like a good Dad, the only Star Wars film they've seen to date is A New Hope. The pictured moment came up, the jaws hit the floor. Even the four year old got it, and hasn't stopped talking about it since.

Jedi next I think. Just before school goes back.
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Yeah, I think 3 is a bit brutal for a 4 yo. 
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Game of Thrones is more realistic. Unfortunately.
 
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A piece that could have easily been written by me, +Laura Nixon, or any one of dozens of people I know are feeling and seeing exactly the same things.
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We can only hope a more central leader can capture the anger of the leavers and turn it towards changing our society for the better before the hard right get hold of them. If not, our country could be in for a world of pain. 
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