Having another down day ~TJ41

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No idea what is going on with me the weight loss roller coaster seems to have infected my psyche, my emotions are all over the place. I am not liking this much at all.

am ok alive and physically well, not sleeping properly, stress levels quite high

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I’m so confused ~TJ29

Brain 1 2013-08-02_092340Lizzie here. I am the “notional” part of the brain that tries my best to keep things going on a stable and predictable basis. I shouldn’t really need to do a great deal – not with all the automation. The boffins call it “human homeostasis” but all those upgrades happened before my time.

Anyway if there is a famine I can arrange for the warehouse guys to “eventually” send over some fuel from the fat stores we accumulated during that week long “deep fried battered Snickers eating competition”, (I forget exactly where the fat stores came from) but there is still plenty in the warehouse. Those guys are not so quick or accurate at finding things as they once were though. So we don’t like change and a lot of the systems take me ages to recalibrate – so I’m not changing the settings just because you walk up a flight of stairs or eat an apple.

When we did the last survey. I also noticed an “unwelcome” change. Quite a bit of extra muscle. This is not welcome. It burns extra fuel and needs to be exercised. So where am I supposed to get the extra fuel from – we are in times of austerity and I can’t get the management to change the budgets at this stage in the “reptilian” year.

Then these new and unnecessary additional exercise sessions. So we got used to maintaining and providing the physical capability you required. You didn’t have a stamina or an endurance clause negotiated. We can’t be expected to change things overnight. Who needs to walk 5000 metres on a Saturday morning anyway. That hasn’t happened before – we assumed it was a mistake. Now I have had to get them back at weekend rates some of lower limb technicians. Guys who were pensioned off and were enjoying their retirement to try to keep them repaired. We are going to need smaller overalls and they are thinking of changing some of the extra bars, TV lounges and fast food joints into a gym.  The ladies want to start a football team they are bored with bingo.

You think your knees ache you should see the state of the staff working in maintenance. They are working round the clock in shifts and we are struggling to get the spare parts and the specialist tools required. The overtime budget is in tatters.

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The content of the site The Brain from Top to Bottom is under copyleft.
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The reptilian brain, the oldest of the three, controls the body’s vital functions such as heart rate, breathing, body temperature and balance. Our reptilian brain includes the main structures found in a reptile’s brain: the brainstem and the cerebellum. The reptilian brain is reliable but tends to be somewhat rigid and compulsive.

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The limbic brain .. can record memories of behaviours that produced agreeable and disagreeable experiences, so it is responsible for what are called emotions in human beings .. the seat of the value judgments that we make, often unconsciously, that exert such a strong influence on our behaviour.

The neocortex first assumed importance in primates and culminated in the human brain with its two large cerebral hemispheres that play such a dominant role. These hemispheres have been responsible for the development of human language, abstract thought, imagination, and consciousness.

brain 3 - 2013-08-02_101553This is the catch all “cop out” clause – These three parts of the brain do not operate independently of one another. They have established numerous interconnections through which they influence one another.

There are almost as many different theories as to the exact way our brain works as there are people in the world. The latest scanners can only detect electrical activity or changes in blood flow / temperature in the body or brain. They cannot determine how or why we do the things we do or how we think. As yet MRI scanners are not portable so are confined to research and medical facilities.

More conflicting information here – The limbic system (or paleomammalian brain) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbic_system

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The above note on Wikipedia made me smile. As no-one really has ANY better an idea than any other. The leading medical texts will differ in their interpretation and as each person is different and the human organism is capable of great change and adaptation – my advice is to go with what works for you!

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The guys in self esteem wanted me to give you this certificate because they are having a party.  One of them placed a bet a while ago – on the likely-hood of 30 minutes continuous exercise being completed and the bookie gave them amazing odds. So with their considerable payout they threw the longest office party in recorded history!

I'm so confused

They want to keep going but their whole department needs time to rest and recover.

Failure can be your friend ~ TJ21

I love failure – it produces all this:

            • analysis of the issues

            • re focus on the important things

            • renewed energy to carry on

            • stops complacency

            • better self understanding

            • determination to succeed


Any negative can be turned into a positive force if you look hard enough at it and why it happened.

Meet my friend Lizzie ~TJ15

Steve told me that all my basic body functions are driven by my lizard brain, there is a proper name that escapes me.

I got a picture in my head of my personal lizard, obviously called Lizzie, and I went about getting a physical representation of her to carry with me as a sort of physical reminder or even a mystical touchstone, a symbol to ground me when things were tough.

First port of call E bay, Lizzies 1, 2 and 3 were all from here. Lizzie 4 was already with me. These lizards are my saviours from time to time! Lizzie 1 is with me all the time, the others are on my desk and I have been known to talk to them.

When Steve explains things to me regarding internal changes to muscles etc I imagine loads of lizards inside me doing all the work. Some may find that icky but I love it, it helps me to visualise all the invisible things that are changing me.

She who looks over me at my desk

She who looks over me at my desk

My first lizard in my favourite colour
My first lizard in my favourite colour

Bling bling lizard pendant

Bling bling lizard penadant

Intertwined purple studded lizard bracelet

Intertwined purple studded lizard bracelet

So dear readers you have now met the whole team,
Steve the amazing and the Lizzie crew all batting
for me to win the battle against the flab!

Meeting my mentor ~TJ13

There I was chatting away on a social networking site and I came across Steve from Derby, he is an enthusiastic amateur fitness and nutrition person, a computer wizard and all round decent bloke. We chat for ages, as you do, he finds himself in my neck of the woods, we meet have a great time and continue to chat online.

An exhibition comes up in London that we both fancy so we go to see it. I’m a Londoner so I loved the experience of visiting old haunts and having ‘proper’ fish and chips! More online and phone chatting and in February I say I really must get back to dieting, I want the weight off. Next thing I know Steve turns into Superman and starts asking me loads of questions, what do I eat / drink / weigh, how much / little exercise do I do etc etc etc.

I was also trying to train for Race for Life in June.

The whirlwind of information and activity was formidable, training plans were made, food plans, trials of new foods and drinks, and here we are today following my dream together.

Thank you Steve for my new life, my new body, my new outlook on life and my renewed sense of worth and confidence.

I will leave it to him to describe his motivation for helping me so much, my motivation is simple get fitter and slimmer so I can enjoy my pension!

English: Fish and chips traditionally wrapped ...

English: Fish and chips traditionally wrapped in white paper (for hygiene) and then newspaper; frequently eaten with tartar sauce and ketchup; Stromness, Orkney. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Race For Life 2011 at Parker's Piece,...

English: Race For Life 2011 at Parker’s Piece, Cambridge, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)