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Closing a business isn’t failing, it’s a reason to celebrate

This year, both my wife and I have closed our businesses, and for very different reasons. My wife has closed her pet sitting business because COVID has negatively affected it. I closed mine because I don’t want to carry on as a contractor/freelancer. I’m going back to permanent work, and my wife was using hers as a side-hustle.

We both felt differently about closing up. I saw it as moving from one opportunity to another. Unfortunately, my wife saw hers as a failure. She felt as though she failed as a business, and she let all her clients down.

The thing is, neither of us have failed. Especially my wife. She kept a business going through thick and thin. She has dealt with a wide array of clients, and held it out all on her own. It was a success, and she did an amazing job at building relationships and gaining trust. If she restarted at any point, her client base would jump at the chance of having her back. To me, that’s a massive success that many people struggle with.

Running a business is always a huge learning experience. There’s many ups and downs, but the struggle is worth it. Even if you end up closing that business down, you would learn a lot from it. Learning from the business is what makes it a success. If you are closing down a business or have closed one in the past, please don’t see it as failure. See it as a success and just learn from what you did to get it to where it is or was.

Working out with sore muscles

When you’re working out, it’s obvious you will get sore muscles. Your muscles are generally more sore when you take a big break or you have never worked out before. It’s also easy to stop working out at the first sign of sore muscles. I’ve been guilty of doing this in the past, and I was close to not working out today.

Usually, you get what’s called delayed onset muscle soreness aka DOMS. This usually happens a day or two after a workout, and it’s when they are at the sorest point. My workout on Monday caused me to have DOMS which I really felt today.

I woke up and had second thoughts in going because of my soreness. However, I decided I will go to CrossFit, and I will force my muscle to work. Embracing the soreness can actually help create less soreness. While deciding not to work out due to sore muscles can actually make it worse. When I turned up to my workout, my coach said something similar. It is best to embrace as long as your body is able to complete full range of motion. If your muscle can’t complete the full range, then it’s definitely best to rest until you can.

People say the best form of recovery is rest. While this is true, it can also be false. You need to listen to your body, and ensure you don’t push it too hard. Especially if you’re trying to build a foundation for muscle growth and cardio build up. Sometimes your mind wants to rest more than your body, and when that happens, you need to push your mind. Push it and make sure it takes you to that workout so you can become a stronger person.

Being added to PHPNews

It’s kind of funny because when I started this blog, I was writing PHP tutorials. This is because I am a PHP developer. If there was something I was stuck on and I had to piece information together, I would bundle it up and turn it into a blog post. This was mainly so if I had the same issue again, I could go back and read what I wrote.

It was also nice to have other people read and find those posts useful. However, things changed, and I wanted to blog about more than just PHP. During my time of writing, my blog posts were added to PHPNews and were relevant. However, they are no longer relevant and I’m surprised to see my posts still appearing on the site. It is also nice to see them on there, and it does help with SEO. 😉

PHPNews has come a long way from what it was, and I do check in to see what other people are posting. It also looks like I’m the only irrelevant blogger on that site which does make me laugh.

Getting back in the game

If you’re a regular reader, then you probably already know what this post is about. Yup! It was my first day back at CrossFit! While it was a rocky start as I struggled to wake up and had to take my coffee to go. It needed up being a great first session back.

I didn’t go too heavy or too fast. It felt just right.

With an empty barbell

  • 5 high hang power-cleans
  • 5 hang power-cleans
  • 5 power-cleans

For 10 minutes start off light and gradually get to a mid to heavy weight.

  • 3 power-cleans

Then for the workout… For time (15 minutes) three rounds of…

  • 10 ground to overhead (GTOH)
  • 200 metre run

In the remaining time use any cardio equipment (run, row, bike).

For the GTOH, I kept it light (empty 20kg barbell) and went with snatches. I was able to go unbroken for the first two rounds, and on the last round I did two lots of fives. The runs were pretty consistent, and I paced myself really well. I can’t remember my time for the first part but it was definitely under ten minutes.

For the final part, I chose a rowing machine as it’s my favourite cardio machine. I stayed under 1,000 cal/hr which I don’t normally do. However, I haven’t been working for over three months and my body wouldn’t have managed a steady pace at anything over 1,000 cal/hr.

Before we went into this lockdown, my cal/hr was very close to the 2,000 mark, which I was really impressed by. Hopefully, I can get back to that level of fitness in a month or so.

Picture of me deadlifting a 65kg barbell. Going into a power-clean.

Things are opening up here in the UK

From tomorrow, we’ll be able to go back to the gym. Since the beginning of this lockdown, I haven’t been able to do many workouts. People say it’s easier to workout from home but to me it isn’t the same. My wife can see that I begin to withdraw from myself and become more depressed when I don’t go to CrossFit. To some, this may seem sad but it’s what I love doing. When you love that thing so much, and someone takes it away from you, then you would feel sad.

I love being coached and working out with a group of people. That’s where I thrive, and have accepted this reality. Once I get back into CrossFit tomorrow, my life will be able to begin a new. I want to keep pushing myself but I have to remember that I haven’t worked out for over three months. My body won’t be the same as it was, and I need to prepare for that.

If you have managed to get back to the gym or a more normal routine, how has that been for you? I would love to know in the comments. ☺️

Screenshot of Tam’s Kitchen website

Tam’s Kitchen Vegan Takeaway Review

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Tam’s kitchen is a vegan takeaway based in Torbay. She does theme takeaway days, and my wife and I initially used her for takeaway roast dinners. It’s such a unique and awesome experience, and Tam is a lovely person. Her delivery drivers are also lovely and are always very happy.

We have also tried her burgers and chickpea flour fries which are amazing! My mother-in-law doesn’t like chickpeas but she enjoys the chickpea flour fries. Her food is as good as Li’l Mama yet very, very different. Torbay is getting an outstanding reputation for delicious vegan takeaway meals.

The deliveries are mostly on time, and if they are late, they are only ever late by 5 – 10 minutes. Even if they were an hour late, it would 100% be worth it. Her roast dinners taste incredible, and I absolutely love her Yorkies.

Tam’s Kitchen has a great variety!

She also does burgers, curries, cakes and tarts. Honestly, every dish we’ve had has been superb, and we love going back to her for more food. If you’re in the Torbay area, be sure to check out her Facebook or Instagram, where she posts regularly. She’s also more than happy to be sent a message if you have any queries/problemns.

Li’l Mama’s Vegan Kitchen

Li’l Mama’s Vegan Kitchen Review

Li’l Mama’s vegan kitchen is an amazing vegan takeaway. They really know how to cook their food, and although they are often late, the food is definitely worth the wait.

Truly authentic Caribbean vegan food

The food is absolutely fabulous, from their mac and cheese pizza to their moving mountains burgers. Each one is unique and tastes amazing.

My wife and I have been ordering from them for almost a year. Their estimated times have improved, but they are still late. However, you can’t rush perfection, which their food is. Everything is freshly cooked and always mouth-wateringly delicious!

We order from them again and again, and their family-run business is amazing. Dirty and filthy fries are a must-have alongside their mac & cheese. Usually, we pair both of them with some pizza, wraps or burgers. All of the dishes are superb, and I recommend people try each one of them out!

Li’l Mama’s Vegan Kitchen is the best vegan takeaway in Torbay!

Honestly, they are one of the best vegan takeaways we have ever tried. I know they are very far and few between at the minute, but they are definitely onto a winner! If you’re in or around the Torbay area, check out their menu. I’m certain you will not be disappointed!

Selling merchandise on spreadshirt

I’ve been selling my “Fitness for mental health” Merch on spreadshirt for a while now, and I’ve decided to add more variety. I’m currently testing and seeing how my sales go before I make a big commitment. So far, I have a few designs up, and I’d love it if my readers could check them out.

Ten percent of profits from the “fitness for mental health” merchandise will go to Mind charity. They’re a great mental health charity who has helped me in the past. Any other merchandise is there purely for myself.

Forcing yourself to write

I’ve read a couple of blog posts recently that try to do away with the motivation and inspiration. The premise is that you don’t need motivation or inspiration to write. You need to be organised and persistent. Persistence can’t work on motivation alone. If it were the case, then everyone would be posting irregularly.

I used to use motivation alone, and it led to sporadic posts. One week, I would be posting every day, then the next, my motivation would dwindle and there would be zero posts. Today, I don’t feel motivated, and yesterday, I didn’t either. Some days you just have to sit down and force yourself to write.

I want to get into the habit of writing and scheduling multiple posts in a day in case there is a day when I don’t write a single thing. Today, I didn’t know what to write about. The same thing happened yesterday. It wasn’t until I actually sat down with the iPad on my lap where I began to write.

This is because I felt like I had to write something. Anything. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will complete the Personal Challenge: 100 Posts in 100 Days.

To be or not to be found

A lot of people choose to be found. This can be on social networks, their own website or networking in groups. So many people try so hard to be found and noticed. People rush to the next social networking website hoping it’s the “next big thing” and they can work it and gain a big following.

Personally, I’m trying to find my network of people using Twitter. I’m also trying to get my blog up in the search ranks so my posts and website can get noticed by more people. I’ve had this strange pull by audio social networks such as Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces. That’s where I feel I’ve finally found my people.

What if you don’t want to be found?

Many people never speak about not wanting to be found. Because you’ll never hear from the people that don’t want to be found. Which is obvious when you think about it. They use social networks and keep it private. You’ll only be able to connect with them if you have a genuine in-person connection.

They won’t be found by social networks because they want to remain hidden. In order to follow them, you’ll send them a request, and they’ll approve/deny that request.

For them, privacy is very important. Most of the time, they haven’t got anything to hide. They just want to stay private and keep their personal life personal. Many of us parade around and make so much of our personal’s lives public. Most of us are picky or more particular on what we share while others will share everything. From what they had for breakfast to their sleeping patterns.

The most important thing about being or not being found

The most important thing is that all of these are okay. We should do what we feel is comfortable. While also not being negative about what other’s share. It’s a completely personal preference, and that’s okay.