Day 14

Still a vegetarian. Managed to resist a chicken kebab after my first Drinking session of the New Year with friends.

Total steps this week = 82418. Still managing at least 10K per day and still doing my 10K run training.

And finally, still got my new job. It’s all looking good.

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Day 7 – Vegetarian & New Years Resolutions

Day 7 and despite everyone around me eating meat including my favourites such as Pepperoni Pizza, I am still a vegetarian.

Started day 2 of my 10K run training today.

Total weekly steps has increased from around 40K if I don’t do any exercise and in my old job role, to78064 in the past week and I expect this to be higher this week.

 

New Year, New Job and Resolutions

December the 31st 2018 was my last day employed as an IT Lecturer after 19 years. As of the 2nd January 2019, I started my new role as a Senior IT Engineer at the College, looking after the systems, hardware and software over three sites at Windsor, Langley and Strodes.

Just to make things more interesting, I have also decided to go vegetarian. Not sure how I’m going to do with this one. I have strong reasons for wanting to go vegetarian but I’m already a fussy eater, so choosing meals without any meat is going to be a challenge.

I’ve set myself some reasonable resolutions around health & fitness. My daily minimum steps is 10,000. I calculated that on most work days I’m lucky if I clock up 5000 steps, so since the New year I have been taking steps (pun intended) to increase this:

Taking stairs rather than lifts.

Taking the long way to get anywhere at work.

Walks at lunchtime

Walks after work.

Usually I would look to walk to work which generated 12,000 steps each way but I’m not sure if the nature of my new job role will allow that as I need the flexibility to drive between sites when needed.

Time to review this at the end of the month. Currently at 3 days with no meat eaten and around 45,000 steps in 4 days since the 31st December. 3 days in new job – still got job so far.

 

Walk The Chalk

This was another Surrey Hills Walk that can be found on the iFootpath app. Its a linear walk of about 7.5 miles from Dorking railway station to Gomshall station.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/denbies-hillside/documents/walk-the-chalk-leaflet.pdf

We arrived at Dorking railway station as the guide suggests and parked in the station pay and display car park. The cost was £3.55 for the whole day and you can pay by app if you forget to bring any change.

We followed the guide and made our way down an underpass, past a school and to the start of the first footpath. One moment you’re walking down streets in a town and then the next you’re making your way into the countryside climbing the Denbies Hillside.

This was perhaps my favourite walk so far. Some spectacular views over the surrey countryside with the sun rising above the mist. There was plenty of wildlife including cattle and deer. You follow the line of the railway tracks for much of the walk and occasionally would see a train going past in the distance below you.

There were some short steep climbs in places to keep it interesting, an old carriage road, chalk footpaths, quite a few pillboxes and some benches to have a quick rest and take in the views.

At the end of the walk you arrive in the beautiful village of Gomshall. . There is a mill, a shop with some model dinosaurs at the front and a café for some refreshments. The station is a short walk but does not have a ticket office so you are expected to buy a ticket on the train or prepay online. We arrived at the station at about 11.55 and the train arrived at about 12.12 after a short delay. A few minutes later after looking back at the views of where you have just walked,  you arrive back at the other Dorking Station, Deepdene. A 2 minute walk sees you back at the Dorking station car park.

I’ve collected some more photos in an album again. Click on the link below:

Walk The Chalk 20.10.18

 

Scuba Dive No 2 Wraysbury Dive Centre

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Tuesday night was my second dive at the wraysbury Dive centre. I took advantage of their new diver package (£50 including equipment hire) to continue my diving practice.

I used my own BCD, regs, boots and this time my own weight belt with 12Kg. Felt more trim in the water than the last dive. Only used the dive centres wetsuit, mask and fins.

Met a very helpful diver, Les, who took me on a tour of the lake. Water temperature was about 20 degress and visibility was about 3 metres. Les assures me that at other times of the year/different weather the visibility is very good. Max depth was 6.7M according to my Suunto Vyper Dive computer. Used quite alot of air. Went from 220 PSi to about 75 in a short time but put this down to a little anxiety, the poor visibility and some poor finning.

Next step, may be some more practice dives at Wraysbury and then the advanced open water course including a deep dive.