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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/09 13:54:20 (permalink)
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Well done bud! Have a great weekend mate!

 
 
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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/09 14:08:28 (permalink)
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Good on you there mate. A basic strength is a good shout for xmas time and keep you going till new year.

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/09 15:02:41 (permalink)
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Once life kicks in there's never a good time to start a new anything, just got to roll with the punches, dude. Good to see you're well on the wagon now

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/12 11:12:28 (permalink)
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Saturdays catering event done, and as usual, I'm feeling like a broken man today.
 
I get very little sleep on these kind of weekends due to the nature of the food I cook. Running on adrenaline and stimulants helps, but I often end up with a form of hangover as a result.
 
I was up from 5 am on Friday to train, then straight into my normal day job, and from there directly into driving all over the town to pick up last bits to get the food prep started for Saturday mornings catering event. I finally went to sleep at 1:30 am, but my alarm was set for 2:30, 3:30, and then 5. From that point it was 100 mph to get everything finished, and packed up ready to be setup and serving from 10 Saturday morning.
 
The event went well, and a great comp run by my gym as always. From my own point of view, sales were ok but we didn't make much profit at all, as we had some other additional costs to the business that meant breaking even was a result. I did of course have leftovers which I take home to dispose of myself...
 
Saturday evening was spent packing away and tidying up post event, before trying to wash up some of the mountain of kit in my house. I went to bed at 9pm a broken man. 
 
I woke up Sunday morning after 9 hours of sleep with a terrible hangover despite only having 1 beer on Saturday evening. Sunday is not a day of rest in my house, as normal parental duties are full on, with my daughter and her mate needing dropping off at tennis, and my youngest son going to swimming lessons.
 
I spent most of Sunday in a haze, feeling tired and jaded from the weekend, and the thought of not really making any money hanging over me really gives me the hump... And with a mountain of kit to clean down and pack away at home, my fuse was a little short and I ate crap all day to keep me going, and try to cheer myself up. And as we know, eating crappy foods normally makes us feel worse too haha.
 
Now, this is not a sob story post in the slightest, and although I'm venting a fair bit here, I'm actually a very positive guy, and I am very lucky in many regards of life. My passion really is food, and the more I learn and mature as a person, the more I love food! I love all aspects of food, from the sourcing, the eating and cooking, and I absolutely love seeing people eat and enjoy my food. I had some amazing feedback again from very happy customers too, which is always appreciated. I just need to keep refining things from a business point of view, and learn from these events and experiences. 
 
My wife who runs the business along side me is immense, and without her I would be lost!! 
 
With all that going on at the weekend, I decided to get some extra sleep and skip the gym this morning. The plan being, a bit more sleep to help recovery, and avoiding training when feeling tired and crappy will help in the long run. I guess I'm justifying it by taking today off and using it as a recovery day. I'm also fasting today, and will have some sensible food choices tonight when I'm home that I know my body can cope with.
 
I'm intending to train Wednesday and Friday morning as normal, but to move Monday's missed session to Thursday morning instead. That will mean 3 back to back 6 am sessions, but I think I'll be ok by then.
 
This post has really rumbled on, and to take a positive from it all, I would say I'm aware that success in business comes from very hard work and learning from one experiences, be them positive and negative, and personally I'm trying to move my health and training forward slowly by being sensible by looking at the bigger picture.

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/12 11:43:54 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby The_Lone_Wolf 2018/11/12 14:49:55
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The problem with being a foodie is finding it very difficult to compromise. You want quality, the best, and for the most part you’re willing to sacrifice things for it! I’ve driven nearly 3 hours to Suffolk for a prized Suffolk Black Ham and a Christmas pudding before ffs! I drove an hour to a specialist cheese shop for some Stinking Bishop! I’ve lit a fire and whole bag of charcoal just for a couple of steaks! Did I need to? No. But to me it was so worth it! The extra expense I think is worth it on occasion, I just go without other things. TBH if I reigned the foodie in me in, we could probably go abroad a couple times a year!

The problem with being a foodie and a business owner is finding that balance! You need to make money first off. Profit is everything in a business but that means the extra costs for the quality, sourcing, and cooking will be a lot more then the kebab shop burger van! I’d have no problem paying £10 for a decent burger.. I think most wouldn’t though. And this is where you need to find that cost point balance. What sacrifices can you as a foodie make, to get your cost price down to get profit up? 95% of people would not notice the difference in cut of meat or sourcing of product if cooked well but you would know! It’s a tough thing to do mate, I would struggle with it.
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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/12 14:49:44 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby ANIMAL 2018/11/12 14:53:16
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The problem with being a foodie is finding it very difficult to compromise. You want quality, the best, and for the most part you’re willing to sacrifice things for it! I’ve driven nearly 3 hours to Suffolk for a prized Suffolk Black Ham and a Christmas pudding before ffs! I drove an hour to a specialist cheese shop for some Stinking Bishop! I’ve lit a fire and whole bag of charcoal just for a couple of steaks! Did I need to? No. But to me it was so worth it! The extra expense I think is worth it on occasion, I just go without other things. TBH if I reigned the foodie in me in, we could probably go abroad a couple times a year!

The problem with being a foodie and a business owner is finding that balance! You need to make money first off. Profit is everything in a business but that means the extra costs for the quality, sourcing, and cooking will be a lot more then the kebab shop burger van! I’d have no problem paying £10 for a decent burger.. I think most wouldn’t though. And this is where you need to find that cost point balance. What sacrifices can you as a foodie make, to get your cost price down to get profit up? 95% of people would not notice the difference in cut of meat or sourcing of product if cooked well but you would know! It’s a tough thing to do mate, I would struggle with it.



100% agree!
 
I love that you care about your food, and it is a passion we both share! 
 
The BIG thing that I have learned, and had hammered home to me, is that when it comes to food, not everyone cares about food as much as I do. I do of course respect that, and my job is to offer food that people enjoy, which at times is a challenge because I set my standards very high.
 
I am OCD in many ways, but as an aspiring chef, I want to have full control over my food and what goes into it. This is very time consuming, which also means it is more expensive, and ultimately stressful too. Making all our own rubs, marinades, sauces from scratch is enjoyable, but it all adds up. Some people are amazed when they hear this, while others simply don't care.
 
I try to just let people appreciate the food, and ask questions if they have them. Some take a big interest in it, while others don't. 
 
The business is my little baby, and in some ways my real passion, and I of course take a lot of pride in my work. I could cut corners in so many areas that would increase my profit, and make things easier... But I created an ethos at the start, and I will try my best to stick to it (Even if that means the overall profit is not as good).
 
I fully admire the white van burger shacks, the kebab men, the lay by greasy spoons etc... They all have a place, and they're making money which is good. I even use them myself at times too, and in no way do I see myself as above them. I do however believe that my food is different to what they offer, and a higher quality and standard too, which of course does often appeal to a different and often smaller market. 
 
This event just gone, is the first time I have served pulled pork... I had a huge internal dilemma too about this, because pulled pork is everywhere these days. You can get it in any restaurant, all supermarkets, and even in a can FFS! It is very popular, and very easy to make, and even easier to buy in in bulk cheaply and sell it on to customers who are happy to eat it drenched in super sweet bbq sauce. I of course sourced extremely good pork from my butcher, made my own rubs and mop juices, smoked it for 12 hours, made my own bbq sauce and my own unique slaw... The customers loved it, but to them it was just a really good pulled pork bun.
 
I'm waffling again, and I could talk about this all day haha. I've been fortunate to pick and choose my events, and today I've just been booked for a hopefully big local Christmas fete. It is a gamble, and hopefully it pays off. Time will tell. 

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/12 20:43:18 (permalink)
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Sounds massively busy weekend for you bud....you deserve to do well mate, you put your all in to it, wish you every success...I for one would bloody love to try your food out!

 
 
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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/13 08:45:51 (permalink)
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Sounds massively busy weekend for you bud....you deserve to do well mate, you put your all in to it, wish you every success...I for one would bloody love to try your food out!




Thanks mate.
 
You would like my food, plus I do proper portion sizes (One of my downfalls haha).
 
As you well know though, to build a business takes a lot of time and hard work. But if you do something that you enjoy and are passionate about, like both of us do, it really does help.

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/19 14:47:40 (permalink)
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I only managed to complete 2 sessions last week on Wednesday and Thursday at 6am due to a hefty bout of congestion and sinus issues invading my body.
 
As a result of said lung butter and super nasal pressure, I skipped this mornings session. I'm still suffering today, but I do feel like it's easing up slightly and by Wednesday I should be able to train.
 
Despite all of this, I've been thinking about some grand goals for next year and in what direction to take my training...
 
Maybe my brain fog and pressure filled head are to blame for this, but, I've had a bit of an urge... And that urge has turned into a goal, and it one that's been sounding quite exciting the more I think about it.
 
I want to squat 300kg next year!
 
Now I've said it, it actually just dawned on me that it's quite a feat, especially given that I've not squatted heavy for a very long time, and somewhat comically, it's 55kg off my current all time best in sleeves... Half of me thinks it is a great idea, while the other half thinks I should be more sensible and focus on something that will be better for me (Like getting leaner and healthier).
 
Maybe a little squatting cycle in the next 6 weeks will give me something to work from and build upon, and then maybe in the new year I focus on it fully and throw some resources at it. 
 
Let's see what happens...
 

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/21 11:42:17 (permalink)
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On the back of my bold words I posted yesterday, and feeling slightly better with my head feeling less likely to explode, I decided to wake up at 5am like a dick and go train.
 
Squats of course, because I'm hardcore like that.
 
I decided to put a little bit of weight on the bar and see how I got on, with the intention of keeping each lift tight and form good. I've changed my setup a little, and I now squat a bit slower, but feel tighter as a result.
 
I worked up to a smooth and steady 160kg x 1 squat, but after watching the video back I noticed my depth was borderline and it was a good time to stop being greedy.
 
Time to drop down for a bit of 5x5 action and get some light squats in to try and bed in my tech. A mere 100kg on the bar just to finish off...
 
Set 3, rep 3, I had a sharp shooting pain in my left knee. I re-racked, walked around and felt nothing...
 
Set 4, rep 1, ZING... Same again as my left knee had a shooting pain out of nowhere. Re-rack and retire.
 
Did some shoulders to finish off.
 
If I can find a new left knee, and 140kg on my squat, I'll piss 300 next year, Woooooooooooooooooo!
 
 

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/21 17:23:37 (permalink)
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 I decided to wake up at 5am like a dick and go train.
 

 
You mean you woke up stiff as a board and dribbling
 

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/22 09:32:40 (permalink)
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When was the last time you did 160 before this recent attempt mate? Too much too soon?

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/11/22 13:05:41 (permalink)
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How is the knee after? Could be as Brett said slightly to much to soon

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/12/06 11:58:40 (permalink)
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Merry Christmas one and all, well, Happy December I should say.
 
Update shocker... I've not trained since my last post on here when I felt some knee pain. The honest answer however is that my knee is not to blame, I simply couldn't be arsed and had no desire to train again. Life in all it's wonderful ways has got in the way again, but as stated, my genuine honest answer is that I lost all motivation, desire and general drive to actually put some work in.
 
I've had a few patches of feeling low recently, and I don't want to jump on the mental health wagon, but there is probably a link there somewhere. Some days I've just felt totally drained with a general feeling of just feeling like crap. No actual reason, but days of feeling down. I've had a few financial concerns recently, but they're not bad at all and it's probably not the reason why I've been feeling low.
 
I have a very simplified way of thinking, and dealing with problems or situations in life, and I can often self reassure that I'm ok and to just get on with things and accept that one day is a bad day, and the next a good one. I guess at times I've considered myself emotionally stunted in some ways, as I can get over things quite quickly, which is just my own thought process really. I don't actually talk to people about it however, because I don't feel like I need too.
 
Anyway, I'm starting to think it is probably linked to a low test situation, and that starting my own TRT protocol will actually help... Not saying it is the cure, but I think it will certainly help. Well jumping into a proper cycle next year will give me something to look forward to haha.

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/12/06 17:18:12 (permalink)
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Have you sent off some bloods just to see what test levels are at

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/12/06 20:40:11 (permalink)
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Sounds like you are having a few issues too mate, a few of us on here similar I think.
 
Test will help no doubt but its not a cure in anyway mate, unless low test is causing the issue in the first place which bloods will reveal.
 
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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/12/07 08:29:28 (permalink)
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Have you sent off some bloods just to see what test levels are at




Nope... I've not gone down that route yet as my funds are tight, especially at this time of year. I know they're not exactly expensive on medichecks ( https://www.medichecks.com/hormones ), but Christmas! 
 
I've never had it tested, so it is something on my to do list. Having read the hassle a lot of men have gone through on here, and in general trying to get TRT, I'm just tempted to avoid it all and self medicate.

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/12/07 08:35:23 (permalink)
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Sounds like you are having a few issues too mate, a few of us on here similar I think.
 
Test will help no doubt but its not a cure in anyway mate, unless low test is causing the issue in the first place which bloods will reveal.
 
All the best buddy.




I guess it is more common than it seems.
 
Let's be honest, there are a few of us long standing guys on here in a similar age bracket and we all face similar life problems. Family life, parental roles, relationships, jobs, finances... We all have multiple things to worry about or cause us stress. Plus with natural test levels going downhill too, it is a common thing to have episodes of feeling stress, worried, anxious etc.
 
That is me not trying to play it down either, but I think it is more common than most people think.
 
I will get bloods at some point, but as I said to DV, I don't know if I can be arsed going through the whole TRT on the NHS merry go round. 

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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/12/07 08:39:40 (permalink)
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Thats what I did mate, not much point in trying to get it prescribed as it sounds like a ballache, which no doubt cause more stress. Test is so cheap anyway I really don't see the point in getting it on the NHS.
 
Definitely worth getting the bloods done first though to confirm. Apparently Optimale is cheaper than medichecks, and they specialise in TRT.

 
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Re: The Lone Wolf - Factory Reset! 2018/12/07 08:55:20 (permalink)
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Thats what I did mate, not much point in trying to get it prescribed as it sounds like a ballache, which no doubt cause more stress. Test is so cheap anyway I really don't see the point in getting it on the NHS.
 
Definitely worth getting the bloods done first though to confirm. Apparently Optimale is cheaper than medichecks, and they specialise in TRT.




Did you get yours done first? 

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