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The bad week

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So a few weeks ago if you follow me on Twitter you would have seen me bitching about having a bad week; to be fair I bitch on Twitter about bad days/weeks/months rather more than I would like but mainly because I’m either extremely frustrated or angry with my personal work performance. Alas this particular bad week really had nothing to do with work.


  • my mum is potentially very ill – waiting on dr’s full diagnosis,
  • I am a diabetic – this will mean less booze and delicious food

I’ve got type 2 diabetes – meaning that it was largely preventable if I had taken a bit more care of myself and tried to live rather less excessively than I have been, but saying that it has been pointed out to me that I’ve at least done it the right way and ate all the good food opposed to crap but still, not the nicest thing to be told and for someone who likes to beat himself up over his poor choices rather a doozie.

I went to the doctor thinking that my lack of energy was down to me sleeping like shit because of stress/anxiety and while that might still be part of the case it was in fact being made much worse by diabetes.

So what does this mean?

The good news is that as it currently stands I don’t need any pills or injections and can keep things under control with a healthier life-style. Alas I’m now going to be diabetic for life but I’m pretty sure I can make this be just a fact rather than something that’s going to hinder me in any big way, indeed it’s not like I’ve felt at my best for a while now so I’m going to see if I can use this in a positive way.


It’s fair to say that I’ve let this slide rather. I was and never will be a long distance runner but I’ve dunked basketballs, taken life-guarding grade swimming classes and been a surprisingly fast mover when I need to be.

I’ve joined a gym, have swum for the first time in probably over 10 years (to amusingly bad results) but I’ll get there, just need a bit of time for my legs to get used to things.

I like gadgets so I have a fitbit to keep track of things, and to provide me with a bit of a push in regard to doing stuff. It’s not great viewing right now but my profile is here –, feel free to friend me if you want.


Along with doing bugger all exercise food is probably my Achilles heel, and indeed it’s one of very few ways I have to turn my brain off.

I still want to eat good food and I’m hoping I still can, just maybe a bit less of it. And those nights when I get home late and order take-away will not be happening again. If I get back to where I was before, where good meals out are a treat opposed to just something I do for the sake of it I’m hoping I should be good with this – the occasional burrito, home cooked goodness and less crap along with more activity should work out just fine.


Hmm yeah – I tracked the calories of the beers I was drinking at the last Pub Standards I was at, and it wasn’t a fun time; indeed I left before it even got dark because it wasn’t a pretty sight.

As someone who has made a bit of an alter-ego out of my enjoyment of beer this is going to be difficult but I’m going to have to drink less of the stuff, maybe drink other stuff instead and maybe go for water every now and then – which to be honest is a drink I enjoy anyways and already drink a fair bit of. Also teas feel like they’re having rather a renaissance – in place of wines flights they’ve started doing tea flights (one of which I’ve got a review waiting on Ross Eats) and while I’ve never really been patient enough for teas I might well give them a go.

So yeah – not the best of weeks but hopefully, at least for me, there are lots of things I can do to make things a lot better. I’ll keep you all posted.