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|>>|| No. 433243
Any plans for next year lads?
I had a really bad year 2018 to 2019. Pretty much being a lump of depressed unmotivated habitually drunk piece of lard. In January it got to a point where I was on a precipice. People close to me knew I wasn't well mentally or physically but I was too much of an unapproachable person for them to show concern. Blackout drunk was my friend too many times.
In January I decided to change. I couldn't be who I was anymore. Looking back to who I was 12 months ago I am in a much better place. Some mornings I'm now like a kid at Christmas rather than thinking stupidly about death. I don't do resolutions, but these changes helped me to be a better person. It's what I wrote 01/01/2019
Change yourself before looking for change in others.
Do not let fear hold you back.
Allow for mistakes.
Make time for others.
Learn something new as often as you can.
Incorporate exercise into your lifestyle.
Don't let others mould you.
|>>|| No. 433248
Thanks. Yeah - it's upsetting me enough, and I have a very big birthday this year, so I have the motivation to do it.
|>>|| No. 433249
Get fitter, find a woman. Starting with a bit of walking. Been doing a t least a few miles everyday since christmas. Did 6 with the local ramblers today. Might join even though it seems mostly old people. Maybe the weekend ones have a younger crowd.
|>>|| No. 433250
>Maybe the weekend ones have a younger crowd
If my mum's Sunday rambling group are anything to go by then don't expect too much.
|>>|| No. 433251
I got friendly with a RM Colour Sergeant whilst staying in a hostel in Keswick last December, we had a shared interest in mountain biking. He'd left the military and was working as a firefighter up in Scotland near Elgin from what I remember. Lived in a cottage with a wood burner. He was a sniper. I was in a bad state at that time with drinking. He had a drink problem, told me he gave up drinking 2 years earlier, if he had a drink he didn't stop. I don't think it was anything to do with killing people as a sniper, more the loneliness and depression that sinks in, the sense of losing being switched on 24/7 and the excitement of the unknown. He inspired me tremendously over the couple of days I got to speak to him.
|>>|| No. 433254
Going from easiest to hardest changes:
Get a promotion at work.
Eat less sweets - no more getting a pack of donuts when I go shopping.
Stop getting into relationships with women I feel nothing for and work on finding someone to settle down with.
Give up smoking.
I'd suggest getting audible, listening to podcasts or music. Walks are a great chance to refresh with some alone time in my experience.
|>>|| No. 433255
> I'd suggest getting audible, listening to podcasts or music.
Way ahead of you. Bought myself a bluetooth beanie and everything.
|>>|| No. 433256
Other than the drinking my behaviour this year has been better for my mental health and general interpersonal relationships than it has been for almost a decade so I reckon I'll just give "Dry January" a shot but otherwise just keep striving same as I have done the past twelve months.
|>>|| No. 433270
Last year my resolution was to drop fizzy drinks.
This year it will be run a half marathon (even if unofficially on my own).
I also want to be a much better person this year and spend less time worrying about choices.
|>>|| No. 433273
>I also want to be a much better person this year and spend less time worrying about choices.
Have you really thought about choosing to do that?
|>>|| No. 433275
All I want to do to resolve to do is eat better. Not necessarily lose weight, though that won't hurt, just to stop eating shit that makes me feel like I've got a hangover an hour after I eat it.
It seems overly restrictive to say "I'm not going to eat crisps all year" but I probably should stop considering four bags of crisps as lunch.
|>>|| No. 433276
I don't know where the science is on it but I've found that I am fine with evening meals and making them healthy but get very lazy when it comes to lunch.
I don't want to lobby for big Huel but Huel has been great in this regard. You can buy it powdered but I don't, I buy the £3.50 ready made bottles.
It's a meal in a bottle, loads of essential nutrients and barely any sugar. Down that at lunch when feeling hungry and it's filling and tasty. Job done.
|>>|| No. 433285
I've used Huel before and it's not bad at all, the main hassle was ordering and storing big bags of powder off the internet. It was only really cost effective to order a LOT of it back in the day when they were relatively new. Do they sell these bottles in shops or is it an online only thing still?
Lunch is usually not a problem for me, as I get excellent discounts at work so can get a Boots or Naked Deli salad thing for half price. Being able to grab a bottle of Huel from a fridge would be lovely, though.
|>>|| No. 433286
My resolution is to quit uni and get a proper job, and start putting away a couple hundred pounds a month.
|>>|| No. 433287
I should really start losing some weight. I gained about a stone in 2019 due to a number of things like back problems and being constantly overworked, so I hope I will get the chance to lose most of it again and maybe a little more.
|>>|| No. 433289
This lad from big Huel convinced me to buy a vanilla one. It was actually quite nice, did we have a thread on meal replacements already?
|>>|| No. 433290
We did, I made the accusation that someone here is shilling for huel given I've never seen another brand mentioned on here before or since.
>This lad from big Huel convinced me
You can't avoid that accusation just by lampshading it.
|>>|| No. 433293
My missus has a big bag of the unflavoured huel and it tastes absolutely rancid. I don't find the texture too palatable either.
Are the flavoured ones better? And is there anything that can be done so that the texture doesn't make me want to gag?
I've been interested in it for a while because I'd like to eat better, but I'm too lazy, and I just simply don't like the majority of healthy, veg-y food. Like the other lad said earlier, I think I'm alright for evening meals, I eat a lot of pasta, bolognese type stuff that I usually make from scratch, which might not be the peak of healthy eating but I'm reasonably confident it's better than ready meals. I just struggle not to get my lunch every day from Greggs or Maccies; I usually can't even drag myself out of bed early enough to make a ham sarnie for a pack up.
I mean I'm nowhere near fat, but I can tell my metabolism slowing down as I hit my 30s and I need to do something before I end up the worst kind of beer-gut skinnyfat.
|>>|| No. 433294
Gosh you are right. If there is one thing viral marketing doesn't do it is bring up the brand name repeatedly.
|>>|| No. 433295
A company like Huel likely doesn't place their products next to weed grinders in squalid kitchens to promote their brand, but I could be wrong. Pretty sure it was me who started the lengthy discussion about them.
And you're full of shite to say no other brands are mentioned here.
|>>|| No. 433297
Are you the same person who told me 'netflix and chill' couldn't be created by netflix because the last thing people would want is their product associated with people getting to have sex?
>Pretty sure it was me who started the lengthy discussion about them.
Then why have you done it as was pointed out, for a forth time? is your life really that boring that you have to share the gruel you eat instead of food every 3 months, that's probably the worse thing I've ever heard.
|>>|| No. 433298
No I'm not, not least because the origin of that phrase is documented as spreading without any sexual connotation at all.
A fourth time? I admitted starting a discussion in one thread. And in this one I only responded to your conspiracy theory; I didn't introduce the brand to the thread. Maybe you're the shill?
If an astroturfer managed a godly conversion rate it'd still be a waste of god damn time posting on this site.
|>>|| No. 433301
>given I've never seen another brand mentioned on here before or since.
I'm not really surprised you haven't heard any other brand of meal replacement goop mentioned, because I'm not sure there really is that many available in the UK, other than maybe SlimFast, Huel is the only one I think you can get here, or at least that was the case the last time we
peddled it talked about it here.
Soylent is the only other one I've heard of, and AFAIK you can't buy it here.
I had the "standard" flavour which was mild vanilla, and it was fine. Not delicious, but not offensive. Literally just what I imagine gruel to taste like. Maybe that's where they got the name. I bought some of the flavour packets and they helped, but it was really only enjoyable when made into a fruity smoothie. And at that point the convenience factor goes out of the window, and you might as well just be making an oat-based smoothie with some fruit and protien powder in it, which is likely significantly cheaper.
|>>|| No. 433302
In this thread we have mentioned :
I really find it ludicrous that you'd think britfa was anywhere near big enough or visited enough to warrant astroturfing, and I don't understand why you've picked Huel specifically to make this claim with.
We have an entire DIY board named after a brand of glue, a lengthy post about why BMW Minis are good cars to buy, frequent posts about Steam sales and games people should buy, and a decade long running joke where someone says "I'm off to the shops, anyone want anything?" and we all reply with requests for brand name groceries. We have about five threads on Thinkpads and why you should buy them, and rave reviews of Aukey mechanical keyboards. Why is this the one brand name that sticks out to you as suspicious?
Don't buy Huel, it's shit and expensive and made of dried peas. Does that help?
|>>|| No. 433303
Are you the same person who tried to tell us that "Netflix and chill" must have been a viral campaign run by Netflix because it couldn't possibly have started organically?
|>>|| No. 433308
You can get Jimmy Joy (used to be caled Joylent before they got
sued kindly asked not to) and few even more niche others. Huel's UK based which probably helps and managed to get their premix bottles into some supermarkets. Quite a few "breakfast in a drink" things that fit roughly the same mould also appeared over the last year or two, usually in the cereal section. We've moved on from the days of corner shop cans of Nurishment.
|>>|| No. 433310
So looking into it, I would probably need about £350's worth of the stuff for all my work lunches in a year, and last year I spent about a grand or more on lunches. I might give this a go, thanks big huel lad!
Interestingly enough, I cook my own breakfast each morning and take an extra portion into work for 10-11am, but the idea of making my own sandwich to take with me is just impossible, for some reason.
|>>|| No. 433311
>but the idea of making my own sandwich to take with me is just impossible, for some reason.
I know what you mean, I think it's because Big Sandwich has ruined us with exciting fillings. You can't really make a BLT for your lunch every day so the prospect of ham n cheese pales in comparison.
Have you considered wraps? They always feel easier to make.
|>>|| No. 433313
Gonna try planting garlic and a couple of varieties of chillies this year. Someone on my street threw out half a dozen orange buckets (Halloween leftovers?) that'll make for decent size pots.
|>>|| No. 433314
Does the song go
"Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we"
"Wombles of Wimbledon, common are we"
|>>|| No. 433317
>Gonna try planting garlic and a couple of varieties of chillies this year
Start early with the chili peppers. Right now is the best time to germinate the seeds, so they will get enough sun and warmth in our climate to be fully ripe by September or October. A lot of people make the mistake of sowing them in March or April, but you will never be able to make up for the fact that your plants missed three months of growth early in the year. Get one of those little miniature greenhouses from B&Q for the window sill, your seedlings will appreciate the extra warmth.
Chili peppers tend to be easy and fun for beginners, because there really isn't a lot that you can do wrong. They need good drainage, so you're looking at tomato soil or similar, and they require a good amount of fertiliser, so it's best to use some liquid NPK all-purpose fertiliser about every ten days when you water them.
Chili peppers, like all members of the nightshade family, are vulnerable to aphids, so when they start showing, you will have to get a spray bottle of Bug Clear Ultra just in case.
|>>|| No. 433318
I'll sow them soon as they arrive. Aphids on my wisteria drove me mad last year, I must have killed thousands. Hopefully having the chilli plants in the house will keep them better protected and easier to pinch the aphids off without having to go outside to check.
|>>|| No. 433321
It's mainly the ladybird larvae that eat them so you have to get the life-cycle timing right for that to work.
|>>|| No. 433322
> Hopefully having the chilli plants in the house will keep them better protected and easier to pinch the aphids off without having to go outside to check.
Maybe you misunderstood. Your chili plants aren't going to keep the aphids away, on the contrary, they are very susceptible to them. So you are definitely going to have to buy a bottle of Bug Clear Ultra just for the chilis, and it's of course also a good idea for your other plants.
|>>|| No. 433328
As a 27 year old perhaps this should be the year I sort my self out and become a proper adult.
Get new normie hobbies (thinking of trying rock climbing first)
Cut out social media
Try getting therapy
Learn to cook and meal prep
Try getting a relationship that lasts for more than 3 dates
Any advice on how to achieve any of them welcome. I'm not feeling particularly confident about my chances of success (except for cutting out social media because I'm already too demoralised by the state of everything to scroll through Twitter).
|>>|| No. 433334
Fuck, my week or so of feeling positive and making changes has suddenly hit a bit of a wall. I feel I need a day bed with the laptop for a anti-social semi-depressive introverted autism session. Not sure if it's the thought of going back to work on Monday or just the new year vibe fading and my normal procastinating self coming back. Perhaps both.
|>>|| No. 433337
The only specific advice I can offer is to not try fixing it all at once. Pick one (e.g. be tidier, or cooking) and try to stick to that for a while until it becomes a habit. Then move on to the next. And just because you didn't achieve what you set out one day, or one week, or one month does not mean you failed and should give up; pick up where you left off and continue.
To quote sad horse show: "It gets easier. Everyday it gets a little easier. But you've got to do it everyday, that's the hard part. But it does get easier.
|>>|| No. 433340
>I feel I need a day bed with the laptop for a anti-social semi-depressive introverted autism session.
No need to mock your own need to be alone, mate. Totally healthy thing.
Personally, I'm never more social than when I feel I've had a proper block of time to myself. I need to at least have a chance to feel the absence of others before I really appreciate company.
|>>|| No. 433341
I didn't eat a single biscuit or leftover chocolate from Christmas at work today. Tiny steps.
|>>|| No. 433383
>Eat less sweets - no more getting a pack of donuts when I go shopping.
34p for a pack of 4 at Sainsbury's and this is on top of all the ridiculously discounted chocolate they've been doing. Lord give me strength, how do you lads resist temptation?
|>>|| No. 433386
Is 34p really the value of an uncomfortably full belly and the effort required to work the energy off? The manufacturers are laughing at you. Their product doesn't even cost 30p to make yet people lap it up. It's baked bullshit - most cheap cakes don't even taste nice, they're just loaded with sugar/salt alternatives to trick you into eating more.
Go 2 weeks without a cheap cake or chocolate then try one again, you'll see just how much of the taste is in the branding and your own mind. If you're gonna eat a cake find a reasonable quality one at a reasonable price - go to a local bakery if need be, the kind of place that requires a good relation with regular customers.
On a side note, check out McDonalds 'thick shakes', they're not legally allowed o call them milkshakes because the primary ingredient is pig fat. That saline taste isn't the flavouring. Try it yourself, take a little sip and actually analyse the taste and identify the banana or whatever flavour you've got. Get high if you need to.
|>>|| No. 433391
Huh, well i must be full of shit then. I'll try one again (for the first time in at least 5 years) and see if they've changed. Thanks for proving me wrong.
|>>|| No. 433396
I (>>433341) have managed two days at work without eating a single biscuit or chocolate when last month I'd be somewhere around double figures for the day. I've just decided "I'm not having them" and for some reason all temptation has gone when I usually have very weak willpower.
|>>|| No. 433397
Willpower is misunderstood by most people.
Eating zero is a much easier achievement, than trying to eat just one and not touching any more. And that's why the vast majority of people fail at dieting.
|>>|| No. 433398
>Willpower is misunderstood by most people.
>Eating zero is a much easier achievement
I think that's a very salient point when thinking about dieting or some other kind of abstinence; see also, a "quick pint after work".
|>>|| No. 433400
They smell terrible though.
I do like the idea of introducing extra fat into my diet to help me feel filled me up - sort of jealous of those people who stick butter into their coffee, but I can't have that.
|>>|| No. 433403
This post has made me realise that out of the last 100 days, I've eaten Pizza about 75 of those.
|>>|| No. 433423
Pretty sure I took four tabs of "250μg LSD" last night as my first intro to psychedelics and unexpectedly seeing my bank statement from nine years ago was quite the weird experience. At least I was coming down by that point but I had to confirm what decade I was in a good four or five times.
Here's something more recent for you. I'm a bit disappointed it doesn't better show far I've come from eating Pizza Hut every day nor how degenerate I can still be. I reckon this is fairly tame in today's world. I used to be a 1%er.
|>>|| No. 433424
I put Sichuan salt (Sichuan pepper dry fried until they start to smoke, ground in a pestle and mortar with salt and a little MSG) on them. It's really good. Citrusy and tingly.
At least you're varying it up a bit.
|>>|| No. 433440
>>433310 here, my huel arrived and I had my first one. It's pretty good, I ordered two bags of the stuff (buy one get one free) and got three, and a free t-shirt and mixer.
I went for 'huel black' as it's higher in protein and I'm deluded like that.
|>>|| No. 433442
These Huel posts are making me laugh so much I've genuinely can't tell which ones are sincere.
Big Huel strikes again.
|>>|| No. 433443
They give you that bonus stuff with your first order, though they weren't doing buy one get one free when I ordered.
What if the lunatic that accused us of shilling was the only actual shill, Machiavellian style?
|>>|| No. 433444
It's genius really, a t shirt and mixer so you constantly drink and remind yourself of their brand and when you're out remind others and a shirt that you'll probably wear to the gym so advertise it again too.
If you've had the bottles can you tell me if the powder is near as nice? I want to buy some Huel but I don't mind keeping buying the expensive bottles if it won't be.
|>>|| No. 433446
The powder is the same stuff, but you really need to mix it in a blender to actually get all the lumps out. If you just take powder to work and add water there and shake by hand, you're going to end up with a load of clumps.
At least, that was my experience with the v1.2 formula. They keep changing it.
|>>|| No. 433457
I have those minus the connecting bar. Combined with bodyweight exercises I reached a point where people were asking to feel my muscles at parties.
They're not ineffective.
|>>|| No. 433458
I bought some similarly priced weights a while ago and they're perfectly sturdy. I was half expecting them to be sliding off and landing on my feet after a week, but they seem to be holding up alright.
|>>|| No. 433469
Had my second huel today, this time at work instead of going out and getting a crap sandwich. Naturally, I got a few questions and looks, but people seemed quite intrigued.
It was from their website and I was not expecting a third pack for free.
|>>|| No. 433484
Today I've had two people compliment me on my new shirt and one person tell me I smell nice.
|>>|| No. 433490
Absolute mirth at this thread.
I've only gone and ordered some Huel and got the free mixer and t shirt with it. I wish I was joking.
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