I came up with a plan for the 10 minute press ups challenge.
See, I'm starting to take this fitness training seriously, working out training programmes for myself.
Anyway, I figured if I can do 147 press ups in 10 minutes, rounding up, that's 150, or 15 per minute. Rounding up again, that's 8 every 30 seconds, so that's what I aimed for.
Start the clock, do 8 press ups, wait 'til the second hand reaches 30 seconds, do another 8, and so on. Towards the end I was resting longer and longer and doing the 8 nearer the end of each 30 second segment than the start, but I made it. 160 press ups in 10 minutes.
Just when I thought I would get myself in to a routine of doing this every day, it all changed and I got the opportunity to do some unconventional weight training.
I was given some firewood. Free if I collect it, and some help with loading too.
Out with the Land Rover & trailer on Monday (this is no Chelsea Tractor, it's a cabbage coloured 110 with a good thick layer of mud, oil, sawdust and dog hair on all internal surfaces) and load up with about 1500kg of cedar.
Two more loads on Tuesday and another two on Wednesday.
The only problem is I am not supposed to churn the grass up outside my bungalow. With the ground being wet I had to do a sort of loop to come in down hill which left me about 5 yards from the gate.
Over the last 3 days I have carried or thrown about 7 tons of wood across those 5 yards.
Early this morning. Four loads on the ground, one ready to unload and two yet to collect.
I should have recovered by tomorrow. I'll go back to my 8 press ups every 30 seconds routine and see if I can work a few 9s in to get the total up. Then I can start thinking about getting that lot sawn, split and stacked.
I've noticed other people are listing what they eat in their training logs.
A fairly typical day for me today.
8am Reddy Brek with sultanas, demerara sugar and soya milk.
1pm Four of Moggy's sausage rolls. Made with Sosmix or Linda McCartney sausages, currently half price in Tesco, followed by a bar of Ritter Sport chocolate.
6pm Six slices of toast with Marmite or Marmalade.
11pm A tin of pears with a carton of Alpro soya custard.
A few bananas and clementines and orange juice or orange squash throughout the day.
I've got no idea how many calories are in all that or what sort of a combination of protein or carbohydrates are in there, but I've lived on that sort of food for about 25 years and I'm doing OK on it. I rarely eat anything cooked other than chips or toast.