Ah, life.

Ah life, why must it happen to all of us.

You might have noticed that some time has passed between my last post (in which I talk about how I will provide updates here on how my 100 days of healthy is going) and this one. Not as much time as has passed between previous posts, but still we are approaching a good four weeks without a single update here on how everything is going.

The reason for that is two-fold, although perhaps they can be considered the same thing. The first being that I started a new project at work, and the second is that I completely lost sight of how to manage my time well.

The new project at work is still out of town, however rather than flying up to Edinburgh each week I will now get the train up to Birmingham – a shorter commute that means I can get up slightly later on a Monday and get home earlier on a Thursday. But it’s a much busier project, and the last three weeks (the first few of this project) have been a bit manic. I had one day to get to grips with the workstream I now own before the previous owner left, and I spent the first two weeks trying to put everything into some semblance of order and trying not to break down.

I’m one of the people working the fewest hours at the moment, and I get there before 9 and leave close to 7. I know this is normal for some, but the end of my last project was so quiet that I was doing a 9-5 with little to do for the last few weeks of it. Having a busy 9-7 is a very different thing, especially when you’re trying to get your head around completely new things with tight deadlines that are coming up very soon. It was stressful.

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100 Days of Healthy – Introduction

Issa Mee

From today, Tuesday 20th September 2016 (clearly not the date the above photo was taken), there are 103 days until January 1st.

I’ve been thinking recently about  how much I feel I’ve let myself go and got into bad, unhealthy habits. Yes, I’ve been walking more recently, but I don’t really have a good consistent exercise habit, and my food habits have become appalling. I’ve not gained weight noticeably on the scales – except I’m nearly half a stone heavier than I was this time last year and I’ve not lost anything in months at all and actually the scales say my average weight is slowly creeping up – not by much, but it’s moving up – but I’ve noticeably gained some weight on my face and my arms feel softer and bigger etc.

Just as I was thinking about this I saw that John Green is going to start a 100 days thing (https://www.youtube.com/100days) in which he and a friend see what it’s really like to live healthily for 100 days. The longest I’ve ever gone is a month, and I felt pretty good after that – at the moment I can hardly stick to half a day. I keep saying I’ll do this or that and then instantly not doing it.

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Healthy Kale and Quinoa Salad

Healthy Kale and Quinoa SaladInspired by the myriad salad bowls I’ve seen on various food blogs and tumblr over the years, I decided to see if I could turn my leftovers this week into one of my own.

I’m the sort of person who  collects grains, seeds and nuts in the cupboards like they’re going out of fashion. It’s not that I buy them all the time, more that I use half a packet of one thing and then move onto something completely different, and then I’ll go off grains (and pseudo-grains) for a good long while and nothing will get used at all.

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Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Vegan 'cheesy' broccoli soup

Sometimes the best way to get rid of the old is to create something new, and that’s exactly what happened when I first made this vegan cheesy broccoli soup. I’d bought a box of vegetables just over a week earlier, and my original plans for the purple sprouting broccoli had gone awry – mainly due to my own laziness. It was starting to look a little cheerless, if not downright despondent, so I decided to play around with some things I’d heard about vegan ‘cheesy-ness’ substitutes and chuck it into a soup.

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