The (micro) Me – Post Stroke
🥩 Eating –
Pre-stroke I was vegetarian. Healthy eating (or so I thought). Post-stroke, I’m very low carbohydrates (almost nil), in fact virtually carnivore – eating mainly red meat, fish, and eggs.
⏳ Fasting –
I don’t eat before 2 pm or after 8 pm. It’s a six-hour eating window. For eighteen hours I fast – just water & coffee.
☕ Coffee –
Wherever I go my French press follows. Strong black coffee is the order of the day. Lots of it. From when I rise to about 2 pm. Then just water, when needed.
🏋️♂️ Exercise –
I finally understand the importance of exercise, or to be more specific – strength training.
My weekly schedule consists of:-
- Tai Chi – for balance, co-ordination, leg strength.
- Resistance bands – Overall body strength & flexibility.
- Walking – stamina, cognitive conditioning.
- Qigong + standing meditation & mindfulness – Cognitive therapy.
🚬 Smoking –
I don’t smoke. I used to. I couldn’t function without inhaling on a hand-rolled Golden Virginia. My last one was 8.30 am on the 23rd of August 2018.
Life is easier now it’s gone. But I do miss it. If I get the opportunity, when my time’s up, I’ll have just one more.
🍺 Alcohol –
I’m as good as teetotal. I do drink. But I used to drink heavily. Today it’s an occasional red wine, a gin & tonic now and then and maybe a bottle of beer on holiday.
My annual consumption now would be a weekend back in the day. I consider myself teetotal.
👷 Work –
I’m not sure being the only man working alongside twenty-four+ women can be classed as work but as the caretaker for two nursery schools and 60+ children, that’s my job. I love it and wouldn’t swap it for anything.
🔨 Hobbies –
My passion is locking myself away in “Grandad’s Shed” – affectionately named by my granddaughter – and making things out of wood. Often that includes items for nursery schools, other times its things for the home.
I also enjoy building websites (like this one). I often think I should do it for a living. It’s being desk-bound that puts me off. But we’ll see. You never know.
📺 Entertainment –
I loathe the TV or the garbage that’s on it. I catch a film now & again and sometimes I tune into a drama series (House is a fav, Peaky Blinders is brilliant) but that’s usually it.
Reading is my ‘go to’ escapism – non-fiction Kindle primed.
Me in three words
having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline.
belonging or relating to a style in art, design, and theatre that uses the smallest range of materials and colours possible, and only very simple shapes or forms.
feed predominantly on other animals.
I have a list of tools I use, a page dedicated to my favourite articles by other writers, and one for what I’m working on right now.