How to spot fibs

I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that weather forecasts are a complete irrelevance – and that any accuracy they might randomly spurt out is as much by chance as it is design.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

It was supposed to be grim and rainy today (according to multiple sources) but instead it’s been pretty damn nice outside, and a planned walk with a friend has ended up being a refreshing and invigorating brisk stroll in the sunshine under blue skies instead of the hunkered down rain-fest I was expecting.

Let’s face it – four to five miles in the pouring rain is no-one’s idea of fun, so it’s always a plus when there’s a nice day to accompany exercise.

I’m feeling good at the moment partially because I had a nice twalk, drank lots of coffee and sat outside Starbucks in a chair with arms in total comfort, but also because I’m still on track for my Saturday weigh in. I’m determined to make it as stress free as humanly possible by being absolutely certain (before I get there) that there’s no way on earth I can have screwed it up two weeks in a row.

Yesterday’s food was again on plan, and whilst dinner was possibly larger than it should have been (I couldn’t resist eating the rest of the chicken in the pan) it was a really satisfying day food and exercise wise. Food eaten on Monday was:

Lunch

  • 2 medium microwave potatoes (approx 150kcal)
  • Cottage cheese with chives (88kcal)
  • Salad (all speed)

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Dinner

  • Swede mash (approx 40kcal)
  • Chicken breasts (approx 500kcal) fried (in fry light) with two cloves of garlic, 1/4 savoy cabbage, 1 red onion and mushrooms (with a ‘free’ Bisto chicken stock pot)
  • 2 Boiled carrots

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Dessert

  • 1 banana (90kcal)
  • 250ml fat free yogurt (145 kcal)
  • 30g rolled oats (118kcal)
  • Frozen fruit (grapes & blackberries + a few small cherries) (50-70kcal approx)
  • Cinnamon

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(approx 1200 kcal for the day)

You may notice that my oats, yogurt and fruit actually come at the end of the day rather than the beginning. I’m not much of a one for breakfast though, so I do it this way because it works for me. The evening is a danger zone in my experience, so having the flexibility to have a nice (healthy and filling) treat when my resolve is weakest is important.

In the spirit of trying something slightly new each day I decided to cube and mash some swede yesterday afternoon which was flipping delicious! 😋

If you don’t normally do this then I strongly suggest trying it. I used a seasoning grinder from Aldi and no butter or milk etc to mash with – just a tiny bit of the cooking water. The result was both sweet and savoury. Honestly the memory of the taste is making me drool as I type even now.

If you don’t have an Aldi close by or shop elsewhere I’ve added the contents from the label as they’re pretty easy to combine by hand.

Once again I managed to keep the calorie count roughly the same or lower than my active calories. My exercise for the day ended up around 200kcal less than the day before – but still equalled my intake – so I’m happy that it’s another notch on the giant redwood sized ‘good Davey’ post rather than on the diminished sliver of wood and pile of sawdust that contains the markers for ‘norty Davey’.

(spelling intentional. I love ‘norty’. It’s ace 😄)

In other job hunt related news I’m coming to the conclusion that the only way to determine whether lies are coming out of a recruitment consultant’s mouth is to ascertain whether or not they are speaking.

If they aren’t then you can be relatively certain that there are no outright fibs, half truths or convenient prosaic fictions being pushed in your direction.

Recently I’ve been gaining a more nuanced insight into their complex language of subtextual meanings. I now know from experience that:

  • ‘Your CV is still under consideration’ translates to ‘I haven’t actually sent it to the employer yet, but thanks for reminding me!’
  • ‘I’ll try and get you some feedback’ translates to ‘ I will be going to the pub soon because it’s past 3pm and it’s also my day off tomorrow. I have no intention of calling you back. Ever.’
  • ‘I’ll keep your CV in mind and let you know if any further roles with your skill set come up’ translates to ‘It’s highly unlikely that you’ll hear from me ever again as I have the attention span of a gnat and only ever look at the CV that’s at the top of my inbox.’
  • ‘We would like to act on your behalf and take the effort out of searching for a job’ translates to ‘We will stick your name into another giant database and send your details to loads of inappropriate employers for roles that you are either not qualified for or interested in and then try to charge you for what we laughingly call a service. We will also use your details to sell to external marketing companies who will contact you endlessly by e-mail with offers of overpriced training that will ‘lead to employment’, but that in reality is almost certainly not going to.’

However – there’s little point in taking any of this personally – and I guess it’s just the way of the world. Optimism in these circumstances is something that’s easy to loose, but crucial to maintain. I aim to make sure I keep doing things to ensure it doesn’t wane.

The trick is to get up early, do some exercise, look for work, drink lots of coffee, chase up previous applications, make more applications, keep in contact with friends, do more exercise, eat healthy food and dream a little bit (but not too much) about the future, eat more healthy food, and then go to bed at a reasonable time.

So, with that in mind internet I think it’s time to hop on my exercise bike for half an hour before I decide what to make for lunch. I always feel better when I’m out of breath.

Everything I eat after this point tastes just a little more virtuous than it otherwise would…

Davey

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5 comments

  1. I am so sorry that the job hunt isn’t going too great. I’ve gone (and am going) through the same thing with my fiance. Here in Holland there are some free job sites including one called monsterboards that are completely free to use. They will send you job offers that sometimes don’t really match your interest, but at least it is free. If I recall correctly you can also turn that service off :). So you can just check the site itself when you want to. Also lots of recruiters keep an eye on that page and get in touch with you if they like what they see. I just did a check and saw they have a UK equivalent, so perhaps that is worth a shot if you haven’t used it already?

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    1. There are loads of these in the UK and I’m signed up to masses of job sites. The problem is that a lot of them do keyword searches and send you results based on that. It’s really hit and miss – but usually within mails containing up to 30 thing you don’t want there may be something that’s of interest. This means that you have to go through each and every mail to be sure – as well as check the sites. You’ve also got to do it daily because the recruiters remove and re-add their jobs all the time to move them artificially to the top of the list. There’s a French speaking help desk supervisor role that’s been ‘brand new’ for about 6 weeks now and comes to my inbox daily!

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      1. Oh my gosh that’s super frustrating. With most of the job sites here they at least allow you to click what areas you are interested in and they subsequently send you at least somewhat relevant e-mails XD.

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