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About Moriarty

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  1. Another mortgage question. Keep me right here? Salary = £30000 rising to £35000 in a couple of years, most likely rising to £40,000 further down the line. Deposit = £25000 3.5 x 35000 = £122500 borrow £122500 borrow + £25000 deposit = £147500 property. Haven't factored in interest yet, but roughly..... too cautious, sensible, pushing it?
  2. Would echo this. In the first 9 months of last year, I lost about 25 pounds by stepping up the exercise and eating a bit more sensibly. Through the winter I didn't do anything like as much exercise, but continued to eat pretty well and lost another 4 pounds. Hovering around my ideal weight now. Doing exercise to get the weight off in the first place is really important, but just as important in my opinion is a decent diet because there will be times in everyone's life when the exercise lessens and that's when the weight can go back on.
  3. Congrats! That's a great effort. Fewer fillings I'd imagine as well after a litre of bru a day! Not been talked about much in this thread, but I think self-discipline is very important when it comes to keeping fit and losing weight. 'Going for a couple of pints' being just that and resisting the chip shop afterwards; choosing a healthier option when eating out; dragging yourself out for a game of fives, cycle or whatever when the weather's not great and you can't really be arsed. That's something I've struggled with in the past and I guess it's psychological more than anything else. Just got to dig in and what seemed difficult before will gradually become easier and part of your lifestyle.
  4. Since the start of the year I've also been losing weight and getting fitter. Exercise mostly did it for me as my diet was already reasonable. Also found the scientific approach really helpful & motivating: measured my weight at Boots pretty much every week for 6 months and recorded my progress. I've lost 24 pounds in the 6 months. Pretty happy where I am now, but am now targeting another 7 pounds away by the end of the year. From now on am just going to weigh myself at the end of the month and adjust the following month's activity / diet according to that. Plan to do that indefinitely. As I've got closer to my target, the weight's been a bit harder to shift, so am going to mix up my exercise routine a bit for the remainder of the year. Few more exercise classes and less cycling I think.
  5. Totally agree. It's meant to be something you enjoy doing in your spare time. Human beings love stories, whether it's soaps, computer games, books, etc. Books are the most rewarding in my opinion, but if I was trying to encourage someone to start reading I'd hand them a page-turner before Wuthering Heights. It would put you off forever! One thing I would say about reading though is that there is a progression as you get older if you're reading consistently. Your vocabulary increases, your knowledge of certain areas increases and you end up reading books you never though you would when you were younger. Book I'm reading just now I'm looking up a word every few pages, but I don't see it as a bad thing.
  6. I must be getting auld as I hardly ever see 'I was so drunk last night' posts. However, loads of pics of new weans and....... A woman I used to work with is having her kitchen done and I've had daily photo updates of that this week. Just so you know, the tiling is done and the work surfaces. Electrician has been in, and now the last thing to do is a flooring. Got a 'taster' of the new flooring this morning. What possessed her....
  7. Weighed myself today, and that's me dropped 10 kilos / 22 pounds since the start of the year. Haven't measured my % body fat, but most of the fat appears to have gone and my BMI is down from 27 to 23.5. Sensible eating and drinking, circuit training once a week, cycling twice a week and walking places did the trick. Looking in the mirror, feel like I could still do with losing maybe another half a stone, but I'm hopeful that'll come off I keep exercising every week as I have been.
  8. Will be interested to see what happens with Weatherston anyway. Been following him since his Queen's Park days. Because he knew David was local to Paisley, Billy Stark phoned up Gus MacPherson to see if he'd like to take him from being amateur at QP. MacPherson said he wasn't interested. After that, he was actually offered a deal at Dundee Utd by Craig Levein, but was persuaded by Derek McInnes to sign for St Johnstone when they were in the 1st. Thought that first team football there was a better option than United's reserves. Ended up he never got a decent run in the team at McDiarmid. At Queens, from what I've read, his best run of form and goals was just before Chisholm left the club? Then Brannigan comes in and his career seems to have stalled again. Probably should have signed for United 4 years ago!
  9. As a St Mirren fan, just came to this thread to have a wee read about Paul Burns, but while I'm here.... David Weatherston's parents are pally with my aunt and uncle. Last I'd heard (must have been last year sometime) he wasn't happy at all. Wasn't getting a game, but more than that, Brannigan was picking on him. Referred to him as 'the Clarkston boy' and didn't seem to think that someone of his background (university education, etc) should be playing football. Couldn't believe it when I was told; Brannigan sounds hideous. Don't know if David ended up going to the board about it, but he did receive support from some of the more senior players; "Don't let him get to you, etc, etc". As I said, it was awhile ago I heard about that, but unless there's been a drastic change I don't think David will accept a new contract at Queens if Brannigan stays.
  10. I was 12st 3 at the start of the year, and am now down to 11st. Chuffed! 14 weeks in a row now I've been to midweek circuits class, and I think maintaining that has been key. Beyond that I'll get out for a brisk walk a few times a week, cycle for an hour a couple days a week, and do some strength/toning exercises at home. Definitely much fitter and stronger now. At the circuits at the start of the year, I was struggling with some of the exercises (press-ups on my knees, etc), but now I'm not too far away from some of the fittest guys I'd say. Amazing the progress that can be made if you stick at it. As for diet, I was just fairly sensible really. Have got into the habit of having porridge every morning with a banana chopped up in it; often soup with bread / sandwich for lunch; normal dinner; satsuma/grapes mixed in with a 100 calorie yogurt at about 8/9 o'clock. Weekends I'll let it go a wee bit and allow myself some crisps, a few beers, etc but what's the point in sinking 10 pints and making it difficult for yourself at the start of the next week? Feel like I still need to lose maybe another half a stone or so, but hopefully that'll happen in the next 6 months or so. Now I've got into the habit of regular exercise I can't imagine stopping, especially in the short term with a few months of better weather ahead of us.
  11. Been following this thread for a wee while, and my take on it FWIW.... Couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to get fitter, basically become someone who exercises habitually. For the best part of a year, I ran on and off, interrupted by lack of discipline, niggly injuries, put off by the weather, etc, etc. In other times in my life, I've played fives, gone to the gym, usual stuff. After being frustrated at not being able to keep the running going, along with the other attempts at exercising regularly, I decided to have a rethink about how to approach the whole thing. I'm 30 this year, and I came to the conclusion that I had to try and find a routine that I could maintain not just for months, but for years, maybe until I'm pension age! Done it myself, and seen it so many times with others where they blitz it, go to the gym four times a week Jan-March, then slip and by the end of the year they're back at square one, then do it all over again! Seems to be so common to have a positive attitude for a few months, and have the discipline to exercise very regularly, and then slowly slipping to doing very little. "Get fit" isn't so difficult (can get reasonably fit within months), it's the long term "stay fit" that's tough. What has worked for me is going to a weekly circuits class with a friend at the council gym. Same night every week, get to know people, inside so you don't chuck it during the winter, instructor who pushes you (though you can work at your own speed), cardiovascular exercise and you utilise all the muscle groups. Also, you don't have to be a member of the gym to go: just pay for the class evry week. A few months later, I'm fitter, stronger, lost some weight, and enjoy it. It's become an important part of my life, and I now can't imagine not going. I really hope I can maintain it for years, if not decades. The class is the core of my exercising I'd say, and then at home I'll try and do maybe 5/10 minutes of weights, sit-ups, press-ups, etc every day. For cardiovascular, at the moment I'm doing 12 miles cycling twice a week, but also mix it up with brisk walking, the occasional run. It might seem quite modest, but at least for me, I feel it has to be to stick at it. I don't want to be a muscle man or a long distant runner, just to look quite trim, and be fairly strong and fit. One tip I have is that it's really helped me to keep a diary of what I do. Every Sunday night, I'll put together what I'm going to do for the following week (circuits / home exercises / other cardio). I'll even check the weather forecast to find the best days to run/cycle.
  12. I've been back out a couple of times now. Pretty sure it is DOMS, as you said. Cheers for the heads up. Running after a week off.... the day after I was sore in both calves to the hirpling a bit stage. Sorest I'd been since I'd started running again. Makes me think that, rather than resting, I do need to keep at it rather than waiting for the pain to go away. Out again two days later... sore the next day, but in better nick than before. Weird how I didn't feel that much pain when I started jogging again. Took about a month to kick in. Must be something to do with the muscle building up after repeated exercise.
  13. Hmmm cheers. Sounds like it could well be that. At first, I though it was a strain in one of my legs, but it's actual just a general kind of soreness in both of them. Reading a couple of websites there, they seem to suggest just to continue doing the activity until the muscles adapt. Is that what you did? Did you take painkillers for a couple of weeks or just grin and bear it?
  14. I'm still troubled by my calves. No pain when I'm walking, uncomfortable at the start of the run, but tend to loosen up after a couple of minutes and aren't much of a problem. I have fitted running shoes and do stretch after every run. However, I only just starting out running properly a month ago, so am wondering if it's just a case of my calf muscles having to build up and getting used to what I'm doing. Perhaps my heart and lungs can do the distance okay, but physically I'm not quite up to it yet. Having run about 70km in September, I haven't done anything in October yet. At the moment, I'm thinking I'll just stretch them every day and see how they're feeling this time next week. Any thoughts from guys who have been running for awhile? Is it something that is to be expected when you're just beginning and will go away after 2 or 3 months?
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