Draw A Line Through

What a week.

Well, I’ve not been the gym nearly as much as I wanted too. I’ve not blogged nearly as much as I could have. Plus my eating hasn’t been great. This is one of those weeks were I’m really glad I only weigh once a month 🙂 I’ve got two to three weeks to redress the balance and make sure I’ve accomplished my goal for the month, which is, dropping to ‘Severely Obese’ from ‘Morbidly Obese’. Haha.

What went wrong?

I’ve been on the late start in work this week (9am) which should mean I can go to the gym before work. Unfortunately that only happened once. Not because I decided not to go the other four mornings. No, it was just circumstance which meant I didn’t go. Here’s the breakdown.

Monday – Didn’t go :-(. Reason: Okay, so when I’m going the gym early it means I’m going to shower in work (which I’ve told you all about). I needed to buy a few ‘bits and bobs’ which I couldn’t sort at the weekend, so it meant I couldn’t go Monday, but, instead I went shopping after work ready for Tuesday.

Tuesday – Did go :-). A fantastic start to the day. Gym then work, mega!

Wednesday – Didn’t go :-(. Reason: It was Lois’ sweet 16th Birthday and we have a family tradition of the whole of the rest of the family getting up early and all entering the Birthday persons room singing Happy Birthday. So, no early gym session.

Thursday – Didn’t go :-(. Reason: I had to swap to the early shift in work as I had a meeting at 4.30pm I needed to attend.

Friday – Didn’t go :-(. Jan is on nights at work so I needed to be in and make sure the sprogs were up and nearly ready before I left for work.

The question is, could I have gone in the evening, or, sorted out some other alternative? I think the answer is yes and yes to both of those questions and that’s what I need to sort out.

Look, I know it’s about lifestyle and balance, so I don’t need to beat myself up about it, but, it’s a slippery slope and I don’t want to be exercising less and less. It’s important that I draw a line through this week, but, I shouldn’t get complacent and I need to plan. I’ve come too far.

Food has not been great this week either. I’ve not been really bad, but, I have been worse than usual, so, as of right now, I’m back in the saddle. What is interesting about that last sentence is that I nearly said, “as of tomorrow,” but, what use is that? Give myself license to fill myself with crap tonight? No peeps. AS OF RIGHT NOW!!!

The thing that is also really ‘doing my head in’ is my blogging and my reading of other blogs. I’ve seriously let this slip this week, so, as of right now 🙂 that is going to change as well. Get on my case people. Give me a hard time. This blog is so good for me. Both writing it and being an active member of the community of bloggers.

Thanks for reading. It’s still all good in the Bentley hood.

Adios amigos,

Paul (Kracker)

“I Can Do It…!”


About paulbentley

My name is Paul Bentley and I started my blog in May 2011. I live in Liverpool in the North West of England, UK – I have always had ‘issues’ with my weight! When I got to 27st 13lbs (177kgs or 391lbs) I finally decided that ‘enough is enough’ and I need to make changes. As part of the process I decided I need to make myself accountable, so I’ve decided to be accountable to you. Thanks for offering ;-)
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13 Responses to Draw A Line Through

  1. Cory B says:

    I just finished a week kind of like that Paul. I didn’t FEEL like I was copping out of anything, but I just wasn’t getting the vibe on if you follow? I ate pretty good, exercised more than I did when I was heading in the other direction, but not enough to make me go, man, that was an amazing week. I feel at this point of the journey, I need amazing weeks. Ditto on the blog, just not getting inspired to talk about much of anything… hopefully its a wee funk. The wife suggests I write about anything, no matter how mundane, and see where that leads. Could be a disjointed and surreal week at my blog lol….

    Gratz on having the mental toughness to know that a week does not a journey make of break, good on ya mate!

  2. J. says:

    takes a while for a new routine to get sorted out. just don’t fall off the wagon totally and be honest like you are and it’ll sort itself out soon.

    • paulbentley says:

      So true. I thought I’d be well and truly ‘sorted’ with the new routine by now as it’s over a month already, but, it’s tough. Not expecting much of a loss next week, but, you’re right, staying honest, staying open, that’s the key for me I’m sure.

  3. Sometimes life just gets in the way. What’s important is that you catch yourself and reset quickly. You already know not to fall into the “tomorrow” trap because “tomorrow” usually comes several days later. I’m confident that you’ll be back on track when you wake this morning.

  4. Learn but never beat yourself up too much.

    Bad weeks happen. You just need to make sure one bad week doesn’t become two. It is very very very easy for us to slip right back to the old mentality which got us here in the first place.

    I’ve lost a pile of weight but I’ll always have to fight the cookie monster side of my brain. That cookie monster is always trying to convince me of the healthy benefits of ice cream and tacos. 😀

    You’ve done great so I have no doubt you can shake off the bad week and get back on track.

  5. FatGirlUSA says:

    Hi Paul… don’t beat yourself up to much, it’s hard to go to the gym before work. You will find the right time to get that workout in. I know after all your weight loss success that you will not stray to far from the path. Bridgette

    • paulbentley says:

      Thanks for this Bridgette. Sometimes you can’t help but beat yourself. I think it just comes natural haha. I’m determined to go the distance, but, trying to be realistic to the fact I’m gonna have good months and bad months.

      Thanks for the support x

  6. MrsO says:

    Hi Kracker,
    Mel said I should read this blog..so glad I did! Its incredible what you’ve achieved so far. So proud of you! You CAN do it!
    Sarah Olushonde X
    PS Lush to see the pics of the kids, you must be so proud.

    • paulbentley says:

      Saz!!!! Great to hear from you. Thanks for the encouragement and yes I am SO proud of the sprogs 😀 We must get together. Btw, Joel is considering a career in Primary Education 🙂 How cool would that be. If you have any advice for him, please get in touch.


      • MrsO says:

        Joel will be a fantastic teacher. He has all the qualities you need. Perhaps he’d like to come into my class for a day? I’m sure I could sort that out with my headteacher. I teach year 1 now so let me know if he’d be interested and when and I can arrange something at school. The school is Halsnead if he wants to google it…

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