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  1. People who've never had an issue with weight genuinely don't understand the mental battles that people who do might go through. Every meal is something that is thought about, whether you are dieting or not. There is no guilt-free meal. It's hard to imagine the psychology involved if you've spent a lifetime of dieting. The example I used on this thread was eating something bad I really didn't feel like eating because I knew I wouldn't be able to after I start a diet. At the time I wasn't consciously doing this, it's only in hindsight that I can see it. I'm still pretty much the same weight I was when I was last posting on here. Historically, at times I'd have been mortified to be this weight but now I'm happy enough as I've been bigger and also because looking at it in the wider perspective I'm pretty average sized really.
  2. Thanks for this. I think I was demoralised mostly because I felt like I was out for such a short period of time. It's probably only the thought that in a couple of months I'd be back to square one completely that stopped me from quitting. My last couple of runs have felt a bit more normal mentally, albeit still slower. I think I am missing that focus of a big run to aim for and also the stopping of things like Parkrun and my school running club. I will plough on and try and book something big for early next year.
  3. I've been carrying on the running steady for about a year now, and at around mid-July finally set a new PB for 10k (49:10) which I was pleased with and meant I could start to focus on a half marathon. However, at the end of July I was ill with a stomach bug and had to stop the running. I didn't run for about 16 days in all. I was ill for about a week and still didn't feel up to it for another week. I've been on about 9 runs since and can't believe how much I've lost for not running for just over 2 weeks. My average km speed for July until I got ill was 5:06 per km, it has been 5:26 per km since. That doesn't sound much but it's pretty much all I've gained over the last year. Must say, it's been pretty demoralising to the point where I've considered jacking it in.
  4. I know that, but the claim has been made about Caesar and the whole world.
  5. I've seen this rephrased as all living humans are descended from Julius Caesar. Whilst I can easily accept this for all Europeans and even Asians/Africans, I find it harder to accept for relatively cut off groups like Aboriginal Australians or Native Americans.
  6. It is in fact just the natural way that language changes. Written language is actually what complicates matters: had written language never been invented, I doubt anybody in England would even know that it is supposed to be have anymore. Another example is 'do you know what I mean.' A lot of people already say something like 'dyanarmeen;' without writing within a few generations it would have changed into a single word that is unrecognisable from what it originally was.
  7. Just like how fair dinkum is what English people used to say.
  8. This reminds me of the word hyperbole, it's quite rarely used to the point that even many adults would read it as hyper-bowl.
  9. Always say to people if you're not sure look at advice/advise. Same rule but much more obvious.
  10. As I said, I held off DNA for a long time and only justified it to see if it could help me with some dead-ends that I've reached with my Irish ancestry and potentially help me find living relatives in America. It has done the second of these but not the first yet. I suppose it comes down to how certain you are about your ancestry. Ancestry records don't often record milkmen!
  11. I would caution against this line of thinking. It seems very appealing, and in many ways seems like common sense, however we're talking about events that happened well over 1000 years ago. To put that into perspective, if you were to take your family tree back 1000 years you would have over a billion ancestors. I doubt there's a white person in the UK who doesn't have hundreds of Vikings in their family tree.
  12. I wouldn't call that drawing a line on a map, more a case of splitting one country into two along existing county borders.
  13. I fluctuated between two bets, Whyte to win by KO and Povetkin to win. I thought Whyte would win but the odds weren't appealing. Whyte to win by KO was decent enough odds but then only AJ has actually knocked Povetkin out. I went for Povetkin to win because I felt that even though he is older, he was a much better boxer than anyone Whyte had faced; 4-1 seemed decent odds. As good a record as Whyte has, his chin is relatively suspect (he was saved by the bell against Parker) and his power has got him out of some situations where he was struggling - most notably Chisora 2. At the end of round 4 I was proper kicking myself: Povetkin looked old and like he was missing by a mile and Whyte was in total control looking like he was on the verge of stopping him . Ended up being my first ever boxing win!
  14. I had money on Povetkin. Dillian was bossing it so much (he'd knocked him down twice in round 4) that Paddy Power weren't offering me any money to cash out. Totally out of the blue and gutted for him. At least he has a rematch clause.
  15. So I finally took the plunge and decided to try this. I mainly did it to see if I could find any more information out about my ancestry through living relatives. I actually managed to find a white paper ancestry.com released explaining their methods. They take a group of people from a certain area, say Ireland or England, and only include people who can confidently trace their ancestry back to that area for the last 4 generations I think. They then compare your DNA to this group's DNA. Unsurprisingly, I came out as 78% Irish and 22% English/British. They were able to pinpoint my Irish connections to two regions I already knew, but I'm a bit suspicious that they used data from my family tree to do so. There's a couple of lines in the white paper that suggests they use a mixture of DNA and evidence from family trees. I'm still uncomfortable with it for some of the reasons I initially outlined: I know it's talking about DNA but I think it has potential to be used in a divisive and misleading way. My mum still makes little comments about not really being English whenever she sees something she doesn't like over here. Also, in the current climate how useful is it to say someone like Anthony Joshua has 0% British DNA? When 13/14 of my most recent direct ancestors were born and lived their whole lives in England, it seems ridiculous to be told I have mostly Irish DNA. That said, I hit the jackpot when it came to living relatives and found exactly what I was hoping for. 3rd on my list of closest matches was an American woman with the same surname as my nan. I was soon able to confirm that she was my mum's second cousin. Her grandad was my great-grandad's younger brother. I can't for the life of me figure out why he emigrated to New York after his older brother's had emigrated to Widnes. I'm slowly in the process of seeing if there are any rich American relatives who might be able to invite me over...
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