Day two – prize twat

2 02 2010

Fetching!

The end of another day under the rules and I’m still here.

Today was much harder day though. First off I had to leave the office. I needed to walk 0.9 miles to Hanover Square. That would normally take me ten minutes but today it dragged out to 20. Most pedestrian crossings have no sense of urgency about them and the feeling of being constrained is massively frustrating. In addition it was raining. Not being able to duck and weave over a junction between dallying shoppers and gawping tourists left me sopping wet.

The second challenge was eating unpackaged food. With no easy information I had to estimate, research and then allot nutrients conservatively so as not to risk cheating. That made lunch calorie expensive but unfulfilling.

After work I went out to see the excellent Al Humphreys chair a Petcha Kucha night of adventurers. Hugely entertaining but as friends scanned a menu and tucked into venison burger and chips I made my excuses and rushed home to .25 of a Waitrose quiche and 13 cherry tomatoes. The big battle is sugars. Getting within the calorie limit is a piece of piss really, it’s just discipline but finding a way to hit five-a-day on fruit and veg and still stay within 70g of sugar is tough. I did find a govt. GDA of 120g but as per the rules I’m staying with 70g as it’s harder.

After I left the event I picked my way to the tube. My first tube journey since the project started in fact. I felt like a kid in a sweet shop. London Underground is a veritable giant bratwurst of rules and regulations. I can happily inform you that I waited for other passengers to get off the train first, I moved right down inside the car, I minded (surely mound?) the gap and kept to the right on the escalator. I even had time for my first live rule conflict. Brazen signs informed me that the stairs were only to be used in an emergency but the PA said one lift was broken and where possible to use the stairs. The harder option it was and up the 110 steps I went.

It’s been a weird day really. More difficult to live any kind of normal life but finding a way through it has been oddly satisfying. Particularly the inspired discovery that raw beetroot offered just enough nutrients at a relatively low sugar load. Special thanks today must go to friend and colleague James Cohen who sent me the transport regulations on pedestrian conspicuity. I now wear the fetching flouro band you see above when walking about town. Cheers James.

Here’s the stats for today:

Weight: 14st 4

Body fat: 18.2%

Frustration: 6 (I’m getting used to it)

Infractions: 2 (This is cumulative, I forgot the footcare regime last night)

Wellbeing: 7 (Sense of victory over sugar target and 3.2 units of beer probably helped)

New rules today:

  • Took a sexual health quiz (mostly c’s if you were wondering ladies)
  • Brought myself into line with pedestrian conspicuity guidelines
  • Checked my smoke alarm meets BS 5446 part 1 (it does)
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2 02 2010
James Cohen

Sorry, kind of.

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