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My State on Sunday 24/52

Weekly Rating: 8/10

Highlight: Going out again

Lowlight: going back to work

Felt: Knackered

Watched: Veep, The Fall

Heard: Magnetic by Goo Goo Dolls, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon by KT Tunstall, Don’t Forget Who You Are by Miles Kane, Hubcap Music by Seasick Steve, All the Little Lights by Passenger, Steal the Light by The Cat Empire, English Rain by Gabrielle Aplin, Golden by Lady Antebellum, Time by Rod Stewart, Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend, We Met At Sea by The Pigeon Detectives

Read: Soccernomics by Simon Kuper, Inferno by Dan Brown

Visited: Work, Pub, Physio, Doctors, Hospital, Bluewater Cinema, Friends, Family

Want: to find something new, somewhere fresh

Need: start to kick on with my knee rehab, oh the joy.

Miss: being at home all day

Learnt: Being off work is bliss


I have a new bracelet that can change the world

Now my rehab is in full flow I have become addicted to fuel points. I got a Nike+ Fuelband at the start of my rehab to record my steps and energy output, or whatever fuel points really are.


When I was looking at getting an exercise bike, above, I was trying to find the best bike with the best monitors. I worked out that I was looking at spending over £600 to get a really decent bit of kit, or £1,300 if I wanted to muck around on Google maps.

What I have settled for is a massive hodge bodge of kit, which I think gets me the best of everything. I got a racing style exercise bike without any techie bits, and with a £300 discount, a Nike Fuelband+ (£129) which can be used all the time, the latest iPod Nano(£108) which is paired to a polar heart rate Wearlink+ Nike (£46) so that plays music and monitors my fitness. All in all about the same price I would have paid for a techie bike but my rational was; I could use the different parts in multiple ways, not just with the bike and obviously MORE SHINY TECH STUFF.


Here is the interesting bit. Without any knowledge of wtf fuel points really are, they are very addictive. Each day that passes I am striving to beat the previous day or get my best day of the week or my best day ever or soak my goal (this is when you beat your goal by over 50%, over 100% you ice it). It also sets you milestones of reaching 25,000 fuel points, 50K and so on. The Fuelband is a great motivational tool, as with most things it can be cheated but if you are buying one, why cheat? Yes you can share the results with your friends and get competitive, but cheating them as well as yourself is even worse.


Nike has opened its APIs to third-party developers to bring greater health connection to the platform, which can only improve the users’ knowledge and assessment of the impact of any workout. The potential seems pretty endless for this little puppy but at some point it would be nice they told the public what on earth a fuel point is and how it is calculated. It uses an accelerometer to take the measurements but the points are not directly comparable, you don’t get the same amount of points for waving your arm in the air as you do for walking, and the same with running. I can’t imagine this is a perfect measurement but the key is that it is an motivational tool.

So the main point is a Fuelband is awesome but if you don’t have the heart, don’t buy the band. You should want to challenge and inspire yourself with your workouts and day to day activities, and for this it is the best thing ever.



My State on Sunday 6/52

Week 6

Weekly Rating: 7/10

Highlight: Kicking on with my rehab.

Lowlight: The distinctly average adverts from the Super Bowl, normal there are at least 3 that are awesome, but no luck this year.

Felt: Pain but its a good pain, the type of pain you have inflicted on yourself(not getting cutty I mean when you push yourself).

Watched: Utopia, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, J.Edgar and The Rum Diary. If you haven’t seen The Rum Diary, I completely forgot how hot Amber Heard is, apart from that the film is ok, but really she is gorgeous.

Read: The Lost Symbol and a paper by Cass Business School and the Pensions Institute called A Healthier Way to De-Risk, it was riveting as you could imagine.

Visited: Work, Physio Wembley and a Curry House. I saw England play for the first time and we beat Brazil, which was nice.

Want: A snow week, and a snow Birthday.

Need: to stop pushing to hard.

Miss: Being young and partying until 6 in the morning.

Learnt: Very little about the de-risking of pension schemes, far to high academia for me.


My State on Sunday 5/52

Week 5 

Weekly Rating: 6/10

Highlight: catching up with Friends.

Lowlight: Sunday service on South Eastern Trains.

Felt: Frustrated and Pain, my knee rehab is really getting old.

Watched: Detachment, a good Adrian Brody film, The Big Bang Theory, one of my favourite US TV shows, Six Nations and lots of NFL programmes ahead of the Super Bowl, I love this time of the year.

Read: The Lost Symbol, I have finally fallen into this book and now I can’t put it down.

Visited: Doctors, Work, the Pub and the Launch Party for a friends project.

Want: My bike to arrive, it gets here tomorrow and I can’t wait.

Need: to be more patient with my knee.

Miss: Getting a seat on my train.

Learnt: A lot about American Football.


My State on Sunday 3/52

Week 3 and it was time to go back to work.. 

Weekly Rating: 5/10

Felt: Knackered, returning to work has really taken it out of me. The commute has been ridiculously hard work, especially on Tuesday morning when the arseholes on my train decided I didn’t need a seat.

Watched: I have mainly been sleeping but I have watched some Grey’s Anatomy, Suits and squeezed in The Killing, the more I watch this, the greater my love for Sarah Lund’s Jumper is. No Films this week, there was far too much sport on; cricket, rugby and football and of course the ridiculous Lance Armstrong interviews. They were unbelievably overhyped and failed to add any information on the doping/cheating. Oprah failed to show any journalistic skills, which is unsurprising given she is a chat show host who pandered to a highly rehearsed Armstrong, who hit his lines and spotted his cues perfectly.

Read: Caught up on PR Week at work and then spent the weekend relaxing with GQ and the papers. Medical letters, ALL THE MEDICAL LETTERS, I have been sorting through all of my medical notes to try and put some order to my records

Visited: Work, Physio, Surgeon and my friends came to me.

Want: I want the snow to mean I get a day off, not that I will be slipping on ice with a recovering knee.

Need: More Sleep, going back to work has taken it out of me; my body is knackered after the commute. But hopefully if the snow allows I can get back to the gym this week.

Miss:Sunshine, for the past few days the sky has been covered in cloud day and night.

Learnt: Where to place my priorities and the Percy’s Pig Sty contains sweets in the shape of things that definitely wouldn’t be in a pig sty, like crowns and clocks.



My State on Sunday 2/52

Week 2 biatches. I have mainly been in bed.

Weekly Rating: 7/10

Felt: Pain, my knee is getting better but the more movement I get, the more pain when I rest it. Sleeping is still troublesome, which won’t help my return to work.

Watched: I have mainly been streaming films and watching episodes of The Killing (Danish version), Breaking Bad and The Phone Shop. The films have been Taking Chances and American Hot Babes (not what it sounds like) which are both truly awful films. In the average pile falls; Last Night, Twilight – Breaking Dawn Part 1, Sket and 4,3,2,1. This weeks gold stars have gone to; Goon, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version) and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Read: Lots of the coverage from CES, I love a new gadget but the show lacked the oomph of the big boys.

Visited: Physio, Friends and the Internet

Want: I want to be somewhere warm. 30c plus. White beaches and coconuts, not the current white frost.

Need: A static racing bike, only a couple of weeks until I can start full rehab.

Miss: Work. Surprisingly I want to go back to work.

Learnt: What a HAPIfork is and how it will change the world (IT WON’T)

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