The Brisker 25 Round Up #4

Episode 425/12/2020Brisker 25 Directory

I set off for a 10K walk this morning around 9.35am. I was debating whether to walk 10,000 steps or 12,000 as l should be doing. My OCD , exercise routines and me are at loggerheads constantly … the OCD demands that l do everything that my exercise routines demands whilst l sometimes look at them both and say ‘cut me some slack, l am tired!’ But l have motivationals all over the house you know? Those slogans of positivity …

… and at times they can be your nemesis equally as much as your motivator! Like the damn FitBit demanding that you complete 250 steps per hour and even if you are busy it’s buzzing on your wrist … like now … must feed it!! Be right back!!

I enjoy my walking, my exercising l really do – l enjoy watching the change in me physically – l am achy these last few days because my calf muscles are at a new exercise stage and this means that as the muscles develop and progress to a new fitness regime they feel the strain – so l will ache for a couple of days whilst they adjust.

I have also upped my indoor cycling time to 35 minutes a day broken into 2 sections – one of 10 minutes and the usual 25 minutes block. I am slowly introducing a further 35 minutes on top of the 25 to make for a total of 60 minutes daily cycling … so this means that my right knee ligaments and tendons feel the strain also … achy muscles , make you tired .. but cutting slack doesn’t get the job done, even with baby steps!

The stomach battle can be at times a little demotivational – considering l wasn’t an enormous weighted blob when l first started and further considering all the exercising l am physically doing and it literally is going to be the last thing to give up … but l enjoy the challenge …… what l don’t enjoy so much is ‘feeling guilty’ if l don’t exercise to my own targets and expectations … so l do, because l ‘have to’.

Those who understand the why ‘we have to’ know exactly what l mean … ‘no pains, no gains’, ‘can’t criticise the targets you set and didn’t make if you didn’t set to the work‘, those sorts of things. I have a long term goal of defeating my stomach fat and hopefully also a 25+ year gastrointenstinal disorder through diet and exercise. It can be hard being me or a person like me because we are at times our biggest enemies, we are our biggest motivators and also our biggest critics! We have buttons we press to make sure we implode if we don’t do what we said we are going to do.

Matters not what others say, so if you are thinking of saying ‘don’t be so hard on yourself’ – please don’t, because it matters not what you say because you are not … me, or us. We know already what you say is the truth .. BUT we have to complete our tasks before we allow ourselves to relax or chill out. Not doing it, simply means it doesn’t get done – it’s that simple – so l keep my long term goal in mind and l keep at it – through the obstacles, through the pain and so on – because in order to get it done, in order to achieve that long term goal l have to keep doing it.

This obsession styled personality of mine has cost me before … it’s a behaviour trait with me … hands up, l am the first to say it’s not a great attribute – but it’s the way l am made. I don’t do things in half meaures – l am either in it to win it or l am not in it at all.

It’s been a strange year for me – yes, l know, for you too .. but it’s been decidedly tough at times – tougher than l would like it. I am used to looking at myself reflectively, tearing my self into pieces, examining them closely, discarding what is not good and keeping the good bits as well as the bits that may have potential for adaption and evolving into something better.

The exercise and determination through at times gritted teeth is one of these ‘bits’. It’s also like a demon hunter or chaser or something – l am searching myself deeply when l challenge myself hard and l am looking for someone – it’s me .. but who am l going to be in 2021? 2020 has changed me without a shadow of doubt, l sensed the changes before the major changes began … Exercising as l am is almost like a snake shedding its skin through molting .. l am molting …

I saw an image at Fandangoโ€™s Flash Fiction Challenge #96 well over a week ago, and it stuck in my head and it’s been there for 11 days and l am determined to do something with it. I researched the image as well because it is so fascinating, and so people and also so Sandwich really in many ways and l have walking daily with that image in my head since l first saw it and trying to understand what captivates me about it.
Capturing a World of Emptiness

I decided to walk 10,000 steps this morning and achieved this with three Rampart circuits and some mix and match. The streets were so charmingly quiet to begin with at the half nine to ten o’clock marker, a little busier on circuit 2 and much busier by circuit 3 and eleven o’clock in the morning. More dog walkers were out enjoying the sun and the quiet as they knew it and thought it, but not my quiet of an hour earlier.

I took a total of 235 photos and l dwindled those down to 63 and then edited those or rather used a light filter to improve the shadows and cropped them to display the image more suitably and then l further cut them down to a total of 24 images only and discarded all the others, but these 24 l think are the best and show parts of Sandwich you don’t normally see due to the traffic – the buildings remind me of the Fandango image also.

Hope you enjoy them and thanks for reading.

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33 thoughts on “The Brisker 25 Round Up #4

  1. You have put me to shame here Rory. But maybe if I could walk more than a few steps at a time I would be taking long walks also. Mine would be trekking through the woods with camera in hand but I love your photos. Ten thousand steps! Fantastic. Ten is my max limit most days, and a fall is the price of trying to exceed that, but then I push myself in other ways, still sewing masks, making doll clothes and quilting even when my fingers are freezing into grotesque shapes. Use em or lose ’em, and I’m not ready to lose anything else.

    Last week I lost a brother. Even knowing it was close failed to lessen the pain of is loss but he is finally out of pain forever and in a bettter place. I love and mss him..


    1. Hey Angela, l am so sorry for your heavy loss. Time heals, they say …………. l don’t always hold with that, time just deadens the pain slowly – but it never heals you… however the fact that he is now out of pain, is a good thing.

      My philosophy is we all do what we can, because every little bit is still a bit better than nothing.

  2. Merry Christmas Rory. Great photos. These show a lovely serene place. I wonโ€™t tell you to go easy on yourself. I think getting fit and staying fit is a duty we owe to ourself. Good for your targets judiciously. All the best.

  3. I love your Village and I love how empty the streets are!

    You’d never know we are on “Stay at home” lockdown orders. I can hear cars and people out on the streets. On Christmas Day even. No wonder the hospitals are full, and people are waiting for beds to be available.

    Own worst critics… yes indeed. Like Horton and the egg right?! “I meant what I said & I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, 100 percent”… We make a commitment, we stick to it. That’s why I rarely say I’m definitely gonna do something unless I know I can.

    I will say… pay attention and know the difference between added work and injury. Aches from adding more are expected and generally loosen… injury on the other hand… okay๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿคdone๐Ÿ˜˜


  4. โ€˜We have toโ€™…but is all worth it in the end โ˜บ๏ธ
    235 photos โ˜บ๏ธ thatโ€™s hard work too โ˜บ๏ธ
    Merry Christmas Rory! ๐ŸŽ„

  5. Coming from the deep South (where procrastination is a way of life ๐Ÿ˜ ) I admire your determination and fortitude to follow through, Rory! You’re doing a great job and I’m excited for you.

    Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful photos of your quaint, lovely little town. I bet the energy there is amazing! I’m so happy for you to have found such a place to start life anew.

    Wishing you well. Have a wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿ’ž

      1. We are in middle Georgia, near Atlanta. Personally, I consider the deep south to run East/West across Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas – but, that’s just my opinion.

        I’ve lived for some years each up North, on the East and West coasts, as well as in the South. Being the kind of curious person that tends to compare and evaluate everything as to the whys and wherefores, I’ve determined that the reason people in the old South tended to procrastinate (put things off until a future time) was simply a survival mechanism. It’s not so bad now, with air conditioning and all, but I remember staying with my Grandmother as a child how the heat and high humidity just drained the energy right out of a person. Most people in the country didn’t even have electricity, so no electric fans even. Of course, it’s not so bad now and by the time my generation dies out the stigmas will probably be gone.

        Well, I guess it’s afternoon there by now since it’s just about lunchtime here. Haven’t opened your Hello post yet and The Featherlies are complaining at the delay. Like, you’re in the kitchen, Mom, where’s our Jam Session? ๐Ÿ˜Š

        Have a wonderful weekend, Rory!

        1. Oh right, I am no expert, but l would have to agree with you .. when l think of deep, deep south l don’t tend to stop in Atlanta – but .. do you have a drawl or a sing song accent Betty? ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. Lol! ๐Ÿ˜„ I really couldn’t say. Everyone around here talks like I do, so no comparison. Just kidding! ๐Ÿ˜Š My relatives up North say I do have A Southern drawl again. Since I moved back South from North Dakota, my relatives down here say I have a Yankee accent. Do you still have your Australian accent, Rory, or is it now British? ๐Ÿ™‚

        3. Hey Betty, well l have a funny kind of cosmopolitan accent in truth – l have a natural trait to mimic accents and over the years, typically autistically some might say .. l had adopted several accents into my own accent.

          The result is officially clased as a soft Bostonian accent apparently – meaning a mixture of Australian, Americanisms and British ๐Ÿ™‚

        4. It’s so nice that you’ve been able to do that, Rory! To choose what kind of accent you like best. My Aspie Grandson has done that, too, I guess. His accent is rather British – more proper English than American. His paternal Grandmother was British, but she had passed before his birth. Could the trait have been hereditary? Hard to say, but I like his way of speaking and his sense of humor, too. Very dry.

  6. Fandangoโ€™s image looks like a still frame from a film Iโ€™ve seen but I canโ€™t remember which one. Itโ€™s dystopian. I donโ€™t like the idea of people living in little cells. It also reminds me of bee larvae in hives and those rows of cabinets which store cadavers at a mortuary. When I worked in Bristol, on a lunchtime walk I found a path on a level with a block of flats, facing it square on. Each unit was a different colour supposedly to cheer it up but I thought it made them look worse. And I took a photo of it, donโ€™t know where that is though.
    I used to like to wander around my town taking pictures too. I havenโ€™t used my cameras for many years, I donโ€™t know if they still work! Maybe something to do in the new year.

    Yes, Rory, cut some slack, be determined to do nothing for at least one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Ian ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s funny, l think that is a film l might have seen, but can’t remember it .. but the moment l first saw the image l thought of a couple of films … little pockets of people.

      It is very dystopian and l find myself thinking of that term a lot of recent months…. next to Logan’s Run, Minority Report, The Hunger Games, the original Total Recall … funny how our sci-fi is not becoming a reality but an actuality , isn’t it?

      1. I did a reverse image search and itโ€™s a real event. A caption reads,

        Around the world, people spent far more time at home this year than usual. In Sรฃo Paulo, Brazil, residents gathered at their windows in March to protest the governmentโ€™s pandemic response.โ€

        I think the film Iโ€™m thinking of was French but I donโ€™t know.

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