What I’m thinking right now

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New goal: sleep in on the weekends

This might sound odd, given that I’m trying to be more productive. But my social life does cause me to go out late on Friday and Saturday nights and, though I don’t like staying out till dawn like I used to, I’m not ready to start going home from a party at midnight either. I’ve perfected the art of staying in during the week, and when the weekend comes I want to reward myself.

The problem is that I tend to wake up at 9.30am or so the next day, often leaving me with only 4-5hrs sleep. This leaves me grumpy and hungry all day. It’d be much better to sleep till noon, wake up rested, and still get things done in the afternoon.

So how to do it? My unscientific answer, for now, is: medicate. Nytol seems to ensure I sleep a good eight hours, even if I go to bed very late. In the long run, I’d like that to be unnecessary, and I think cutting down on caffeine when I’m out will help. But for now, that seems to work.


New goal: Go to bed at 11pm every weekday

I don’t have to get up till 8, so I needn’t go to bed that early. But right now I spend the 11-12 hour watching TV, and all too often that turns into the 12-1 hour. I want to regularise my schedule and stop working late, and that means locking in bedtime.

I don’t have to go to sleep right away; I can read. But no reading on the iPod touch or the computer, only paper, or i seem to get overstimulated and stay up.

(by “weekday”, for this, I mean Sunday-Thursday, by the way)

I’ve set the alarm on my watch to remind me. But I think it’ll be hard. Last week I did it on Monday, then on Tuesday, even though I had to get up at 7 the next day, I just stayed up till 1am watching BLOODY Flashforward.

New Goal: lose five stone

Not really a new goal, just a new, more organised approach to it. I know it’s a lot. But that’s what I need to lose to be a healthy BMI of around 22. Right now I’m at 33, to my horror.

In a way it shouldn’t be too hard – I know if I cycle to work, cut out snacks and eat sensible meals I do tend to lose weight. It’s just that doing that consistently is surprisingly difficult.

I’m considering starting going to Weight Watchers meetings again – the one I went to before was crap, but that might have been a one-off.

New Goal: swim every weekday

My current plan is to start swimming three times a week. This would normally be tuesday and thursday lunchtimes, and once at the weekend. if i’m going away at the weekend i’ll have to squeeze in another during the week, probably friday.

the good thing is my work is in camden, and i live in hackney, and both their pools are run by GLL, so I can have a shared membership.

Done! Go skinny dipping

Recommended. Especially on a Tuesday morning, when there are old people taking their dogs for a walk all around. Really!