Monday, 22 February 2016

The Good, The Bad, and The Heavy

This weekend was really divided into a mix of good, bad, and heavy rather than ugly. Let's start with the good, which was also kinda a mix with bad. The good is that I earned about $100 or so. It was closer to $130 but the website I work for takes a 20% cut which is kinda dickish of them. It's one dollar in five which doesn't sound bad when it's actually one dollar in five, but when it's twenty dollars in a hundred it sucks.

Fiverr is nice if you aren't earning a lot I guess
The bad is that all the work nearly drove me insane and did actually make me sick. I had two days to get through three to four days of work. On Saturday I actually almost worked until I passed out. I did work my way into a cold though. See, unless I'm doing something with or for someone I have trouble putting off work and taking a break. I haven't been to the gym in two weeks because I just don't have two hours to cobble together without Paul telling me to go. That's where we get to the heavy.
I'll be surprised if I know how any of this stuff works. 
The heavy is, of course, me. But not just me. I decided "fuck it" and I ordered some dumbbells off of Amazon. They were the cheapest I could find and are a good 30KG worth of plates. That should keep me busy for a while. I can press a good 35-40 kilos but for some reason I can only curl around 15. I also found a cross trainer for less than £100 but I can't afford that just yet. See, I figure that if I'm going to be too busy to go to the gym I can just bring some of the gym home. I've already gotten it figured out. 

I use my new dumbbells to work my arms and legs (I believe I can put them on my feet and lift them that way), I use squats and sit ups to work my core, thighs, and glutes, and I use my mini exercise bike for cardio. Bam! Tiny home gym. I'm considering buying a new mini exercise bike too. The one I have is nice but the resistance setter is broken so it's not a workout at all. Well, it is, but not much of one. 

Bad diet + no exercise = weight gain. It's way passed time I got serious about both again. Especially now I have the money to do this kind of thing. Not to mention setting up a small home gym means I can save my dad some money seeing how he's the one paying for my gym membership. It does mean the end of my social life though. Going to the gym with Paul was the only time I interacted with other humans outside of volunteering. 

Looks like it's time to be a full term shut in again! YAY! 


  1. Bringing the gym home is a really good idea. You generally don't need super expensive equipment to do a workout routine. Good job on bringing all that into your house, can't wait for the follow-up post in five years showing pictures of your cellar-turned-gym.

  2. The home gym is a good idea if not the best social idea but good luck Mark!

  3. You can get dumbbells on Amazon?
    And here I thought they were all on Facebook.

  4. Well done on getting the dumbbells Mark, honestly I think you'll see some serious benefit from it in the long term. It might not seem like it yet but you'll see the positive effects and it'll save you from going to the gym so often too.

    Sorry the work made you sick, is that a good website for earning money? I could do with some spare cash so I might look it up myself.

    1. Fiverr is good. I've earned around $2000 there and it's practically a part time wage. It's just that I should be earning 20% more.

  5. Cheers to your new home gym setup! If it tells you anything, I'm an absolute workout freak and I've been doing nothing but home workouts for years now. You don't need to be an actual gym rat to look like one. Go get you some fitness, son!

    1. I don't know if you guys read replies but if you had any tips I'd really appreciate them.

  6. Sounds like you are getting on track with life!


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