Bits & Bobs

I’ve had a lot of disjointed things I wanted to blog about lately, but none of them actually significant enough to write about on their own.  So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the dreaded “list of random crap” blog post!  You know you love it.

I made granola yesterday.  I’ve only ever had granola bars in the past, and while they’re very tasty they’re incredibly hard to eat.  As soon as you take a bit the whole thing seems to shatter into a million pieces, which duly scatter themselves over everything in your immediate vicinity.  Granola down the cleavage is an itchy experience, let me tell you.  The homemade variety however is a different kettle of fish, as it turns out more like a breakfast cereal – and indeed me and the OH both had it for breakfast this morning with a big blob of natural yoghurt.  It was absolutely yummy, and packed full of good things.  Apart from the basic oats/honey/maple syrup, we added sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseeds, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries.

I didn’t get the job I applied for last week, which really bummed me out at the time but is totally cool with me now.  I emailed for feedback and was told that I’m fabulous, wonderful, almost godess-like (well, not quite), but they went for a guy who had more experience.  I was second choice, and given that it was my first job interview in about 5 years, I’m pretty happy with that.

I’ve applied for a few more since then, and one of them has really dug its way into my brain and won’t leave.  It’s well paid, locally based, uses my degree (I’m a biological scientist by training), and takes advantage of my ability to totally lose track of time while messing with spreadsheets, databases, and anything similar.  Not that I know much about them you understand, but something about messing on with them engages the “time has no meaning” part of my brain, and I forget to eat and sleep.  Applications closed on the 10th, so I’m hoping I’ll hear pretty soon if I’ve got an interview.

My friend had a baby last week.  His name is Finlay James, and he’s the most gorgeous baby – and I’m not just saying that!  Must find job quickly – need one years’ service somewhere so I can get full maternity pay and start pumping out sprogs 😉


I’m officially a doofus

So, I was browsing through the NROL4W last night, looking forward to finishing stage 1 & starting stage 2.  Then it hit me.

I’m an idiot.

I totally misread the sets/reps for stage 1, and I’ve been doing the workouts in completely the wrong order.

Le sigh.

Now that I’ve realised, I really don’t know why I thought it made sense to do 2 x 15, 2 x 12, 3 x 10, 3 x8, then go back to the beginning.  Of course, you’re meant to do 2 x 15 twice, then 2 x 12 twice, and so on.  What an idiot!  I have 2 each of workouts A and B left to do before I finish stage 1, so I’ll do them as it actually says in the book – not according to my crazy weird version.

Other than that, training has been going well; NROL4W work0uts every other day, with the occasional spin class and kettlebell workout thrown in.  I’m REALLY looking forward to stage 2 when I can use kettlebells for the interval training portions of the workouts; I think swings or even light snatches could work really well.


Wow, how did it get to be a week since I last posted?  What a week – busy busy.

I spent the weekend in London at a Killers concert in Hyde Park.  Fantastic time!  It also forced me to have 2 whole rest days in a row (unless driving counts as training, it’s certainly tiring enough), which can only be a good thing.  My weights are still increasing slowly but surely, and I’m starting to feel really confident in all the exercises.

I’m now almost exactly half way through stage 1 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women, and enjoying it hugely. My latest workout looked like this:

  • Squats: 3×8, 50kg, 52.5, 52.5.
  • Push up: 3×8.  Finding it hard to progress my pushups, though I’m using a lower box for short sets now, probably more like 20 degrees than 30.
  • Seated row: 3×8 50kg, 55, 60.
  • Step up: 3×8/8. 10kg dumbbells.
  • Jacknives: 3×15. Actual reps: 8, 7, 9+6

Although I didn’t actually manage all my reps with the jacknives, that’s the exercise I’m proudest of.  I’ve struggled with them since I started this program, so to do that many feels GREAT!  Next time I do this workout it’ll be back to 2 sets of 8 reps, and I’m hoping to do every rep, every time from now on.  I have to be honest and say that I had to modify them slightly; the swiss ball was next to a wall for extra stability, and there was a lot more shin resting on it than I’d strictly like.  But I’m still stupidly proud!  There’s plenty time to work on getting my form exactly where I want it to be.

Things are looking up in other areas of life too – I have a job interview next Thursday for a role that sounds pretty great for me; 3 days a week of reception and admin work.  It’s a world away from what I’m trained to do (I’m really a biologist!) but I’ve struggled for so long now with depression and anxiety that the chance to ease myself back into the working world with something that’s challenging in a different way is a welcome one.  Taking control of my training was step one in acheiving a more balanced me, this is step two.  Wish me luck 🙂