Where have the last two years gone!?

Just me, being whipped round the face by the tail of a cat balanced precariously on my left shoulder

Well... Somehow it's ended up being two years since I last posted (and that was a brief one about resetting your password via the command line) on the blog here - hopefully with the amount of stuff that's been going on from a techy perspective I'll be able to put pay to that for the forseeable future as there's plenty I have to write about in the .NET (Core), Dynamics 365 CRM and Azure space from both a work and non-work perspective.

Other than that, over the last two years I've:

  • Lost 2¾ stone (or just under 18kg in new money) in weight, primarily over the first 6 to 9 months of the pandemic - more through calorie deficit from food than from exercise
  • Got a lot better at reducing food waste - preparing three meals a day at home instead of 1 on most days has helped here, I think
  • Started running

It's the running that's the oddest one of the lot; I've always gone for a walk, however brief, at lunchtime to help me "reset" ready for the afternoon so I'm not someone tho whom exercise is an alien concept. I also spent a couple of years cycling to/from the train station before I finally bit the bullet and passed the driving test.

The first run I did was on June 15th 2020 where I managed ⅓ of a mile before deciding enough was enough and very nearly throwing up. Between then and now I've improved my pacing from about 10:20/mile to about 06:58/mile which I can sustain for a 10KM distance - I've even managed to push that as low as 06:28/mile over a 10KM distance. The biggest running achievement was probably managing a half-marathon (of distance, this was a solo endeavour) in late January this year in 01:38:14 even if my feet did hate me afterwards!

So lots of non-techy stuff which makes a refreshing change and is probably what's helped the last couple of years not seem quite as much of a shocker as they could've otherwise been.

About Rob

I've been interested in computing since the day my Dad purchased his first business PC (an Amstrad PC 1640 for anyone interested) which introduced me to MS-DOS batch programming and BASIC.

My skillset has matured somewhat since then, which you'll probably see from the posts here. You can read a bit more about me on the about page of the site, or check out some of the other posts on my areas of interest.

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