Day 290 – Jan 2nd
This is a first for me, usually my 365 projects have ended on December 31st, but this year I am carrying it through well into the new year as I didn’t actually start this one until the middle of March 2017.
The day began with me jumping on the bathroom scales finally, to see what work has to be done over the next few months, and how much I’d neglected this temple of a body over the last 12 months.
The news wasn’t good… 208lbs is the heaviest I have ever been! It wouldn’t be so bad if I was six feet tall, but I picked up some slightly shorter genes from my mothers side of the family, and my height doesn’t carry that weight so well. There is plenty of work to be done here!
After the unsurprising weigh-in, I was able to take my mind of it with a trip out to the shops, time to get Olivia measured for some new shoes. It sounds like such a simple task, but little did we know how frustrated and annoyed we would be by the end of it. The go-to shop for kids shoes has always traditionally been Clarks’ for many years, due to their measuring service, skilled staff, range of shoes and more importantly the lack of competition. Its fair to say that we are in a different era now, kids clothing has come a long way in its price and availability, standards seem to have slipped in Clarks’ and there are many other shops selling lovely shoes for children at a fraction of the price. On this occasion the wife wanted Olivia’s feet measured as it had been a while since they were last done, I personally reckoned we could buy shoes without measuring the feet at this age, but the wife was fairly adamant she wanted them measured. As it happened, the assistant who attempted to help us in Clarks’ first actually measured Olivias feet wrong, then when she gave us a pair to try on we found she’d left the paper stuffed inside, which explained why they were such a bad fit… and then when we gave up on trusting the measurement and just asked her to bring out some in the size we thought we’d want any way there was only a pair of boys blue trainers and some boots… none of which we wanted. So, for each of the previously listed benefits of going to Clarks’ there wasn’t a single tick on this occasion. Pretty poor considering their shoes are some of the most expensive you’ll find for children! I can’t see us hurrying back anytime soon! Ironically the pair we want are online, in stock and on sale… with next day delivery!
Ironically, given my disappointment after stepping off the bathroom scales today, I was simply too tired to hit the gym in the afternoon. I do believe that if the body is not ready, there is no point pushing it. Rest is as important as working out. I’ll try and get a better nights sleep and go tomorrow instead.