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By accident he wrote he was a French speaking person looking only for an English speaking person

 

I hope he wrote this in French! Casting my mind back to GCSE French: "Je parlais Francais. Je voudrais un femme de parlais Anglais". That's probably awful........

 

To be honest, I'm a natural night owl (probably because I've hardly ever worked mornings). But being up early makes me feel really good. I love the feeling of having got loads done but it's still morning. Conversely, if I lie in too late, I feel pretty rubbish for having wasted a decent chunk of the day. But I find it incredibly difficult to make myself get out of bed on the first alarm.

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Thought I'd quickly update this. Nothing going on much in terms of dating. Georgie was wishy washy when it came to actually arranging to meet, so I left that. I met another woman, Rachael, off Bu

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By accident he wrote he was a French speaking person looking only for an English speaking person

 

I hope he wrote this in French! Casting my mind back to GCSE French: "Je parlais Francais. Je voudrais un femme de parlais Anglais". That's probably awful........

 

To be honest, I'm a natural night owl (probably because I've hardly ever worked mornings). But being up early makes me feel really good. I love the feeling of having got loads done but it's still morning. Conversely, if I lie in too late, I feel pretty rubbish for having wasted a decent chunk of the day. But I find it incredibly difficult to make myself get out of bed on the first alarm.

 

LOL nope! So what helps me is that I have my workout clothes on my nightstand all ready to go and I have really limited time to get my workout in before my son gets up/husband goes back to sleep. Prepping everything the night before helps me a lot.

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Yeah I try to prepare as much as possible the night before.

 

Had my first date / meet (whatever we want to call it) since rejoining Bumble yesterday and it went great. She was called Sarah and we went for a walk for an hour in the afternoon. Got on really well, she was attractive, we had a good natural vibe and she suggested meeting again this Saturday. So all good, will see where it goes. Maybe helped a bit that one of my best mates is a colleague of hers so I think because we had a mutual connection, it didn't feel quite so much like we were strangers off the internet.

 

Been keeping up the work on gradually getting up earlier. I've set myself a bit of a personal challenge to get out of bed literally 1 minute earlier each morning (gone from 8:42 to 8:38 so far!). The idea being that in 2 months time, I'll be getting up a full hour earlier each morning but I won't have noticed the change because it will have been so gradual.

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Couple quick dating updates:

Had a 2nd date with Sarah on Friday that (I thought!) went really well. Really good natural vibe, we kissed for a while at the end (we'd both had recent Covid tests done) and she texted me after to tell me what a great time she'd had. I was looking forward to seeing her again.

Fast forward to Sunday (yesterday) and I messaged her asking if she fancied meeting up again this week. She replied saying 'I don't think so, you're a great guy but I don't see any future in it'. I must say, I was quite taken aback. Not that somebody didn't want to see me again (that's happened loads throughout this journal) but that it was so incongruent with what had gone before. The whole vibe had been that we both liked one another and I thought it was a given that we both wanted to see each other again.

Anyway, hey ho, it's one of those things. One thing I've very much learned from dating is that it is incredibly unpredictable.

I also 'met' someone new on Saturday night in quite unusual circumstances. I was out with a few old schoolfriends for our annual Christmas do. As we were leaving at the end, we got engaged in some banter with a group of loud inebriated women that went on for a few minutes. One of them approached me and asked if her friend (who I hadn't actually spoken to) could have my phone number.

I made up an excuse to say no mainly because she hadn't pointed out which friend it was. I realised that if I asked 'which one?' and it turned out to be someone I wasn't attracted to, I could cause offence by then saying 'no thanks'!  

However, a while after I'd left, my friend John phoned me. He'd had to stop behind waiting for his girlfriend to come collect him and, while waiting, he'd got chatting to the woman (Georgie) who'd wanted my number and realised that she was actually really nice and attractive. Quite different to most the group - her group as a whole were in "festive spirits" (i.e. very very loud and drunk). So realising I'd maybe misjudged things a bit, he'd given Georgie my number.  

She texted me later that night and we've been messaging back and to, just trying to find a mutually convenient night to set up a drink. Will see how it goes. 

 

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Thought I'd quickly update this.

Nothing going on much in terms of dating. Georgie was wishy washy when it came to actually arranging to meet, so I left that. I met another woman, Rachael, off Bumble for a walk last week. Had a good chat but she wasn't really my type in terms of attraction. And now here in the UK, we're in full on lockdown again! So dating isn't happening. I'm keeping some conversations going on Bumble until meeting is possible again. Only messaging once every day or 2 - my enthusiasm for messaging isn't high at the moment, I think mainly because there's no prospect of meeting for a while.

 

In non-dating news, I have now got a new furry friend! His name is Branco. He is big and adorable but not very well trained! Photo attached.

So been taking Branco for a good long walk most mornings and training hard on the running (making fantastic progress at the mo, fitness levels going through the roof) and I've still got a few hours work most days to keep me ticking over. Hope everyone's doing well

 

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Thankyou! That photo was taken when he was in the pound in Spain (I had him imported) but he is very happy here as well!

I met a woman, Caroline, while out walking him the other day. We exchanged numbers and have arranged to meet for a dog walk this Friday. Not a 'date' - there was no mention of that, I just suggested we meet because Branco got on well with her dog and I want him to socialise (he's had very little chance to so far - because he's big, most other dog walkers cross the street when they see him coming). But she was attractive and nice to chat to so will see how we get on. It's interesting (maybe because it's unusual nowadays) to meet someone through 'real life', rather than through an app.

 

By the way, how does this new Journal Club work? Trying to get my head around how it's different to the old journals forum.

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18 hours ago, Ian4996 said:

Thankyou! That photo was taken when he was in the pound in Spain (I had him imported) but he is very happy here as well!

I met a woman, Caroline, while out walking him the other day. We exchanged numbers and have arranged to meet for a dog walk this Friday. Not a 'date' - there was no mention of that, I just suggested we meet because Branco got on well with her dog and I want him to socialise (he's had very little chance to so far - because he's big, most other dog walkers cross the street when they see him coming). But she was attractive and nice to chat to so will see how we get on. It's interesting (maybe because it's unusual nowadays) to meet someone through 'real life', rather than through an app.

 

By the way, how does this new Journal Club work? Trying to get my head around how it's different to the old journals forum.


Good news on the 'dog walk', hope it goes well!

Must admit I'm not a fan of the new Journal Club, I feel like it has all become hidden away out of sight. If I was visiting the forum I'd never have found it.

I've pretty much given up on my journal now, find it hard enough to find it myself, let alone anyone else. 

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Haha. It is actually a dog walk! The apostrophes around the outside imply that it's something more untoward 😂

Are you still keeping up the good work that you were documenting in your journal? (i.e. with the weight loss and the mindset) 

I don't think there's any harm in not updating your journal so often (I only do mine every couple of weeks) so long as the lack of journal updates doesn't result in you letting the good work slide. Depends if you need the journal and the feedback to help keep you on track. 

 

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23 hours ago, Ian4996 said:

Haha. It is actually a dog walk! The apostrophes around the outside imply that it's something more untoward 😂

Are you still keeping up the good work that you were documenting in your journal? (i.e. with the weight loss and the mindset) 

I don't think there's any harm in not updating your journal so often (I only do mine every couple of weeks) so long as the lack of journal updates doesn't result in you letting the good work slide. Depends if you need the journal and the feedback to help keep you on track. 

 


Haha, well hope it goes well!

Yep, all is going well on that front. I've lost the weight I put on over Christmas (7 pounds) so my next target is 17 stone (2 less from where I am) by Easter, and hopefully I can get back on the Lakeland Fells. I've also set up a Facebook page documenting my journey, and I've started writing a book. All very positive, and it's helping my mental health during this lockdown.

Look forward to hearing how the dog walk goes.... (no inverted commas this time!)

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