Finally Succumbed to the Dreaded Flu Bug.

Some normality back today, back delivery parcels again and although I’ve only had 3 days off, it’s felt a lot longer.

I gradually got worse as last week went on and by Thursday morning I was ready to pack it in, but I soldiered on for another day. But when I got home Thursday night I was whacked. Fully bunged up, coughing and a banging headache to boot.

So Friday I took off. Which was tough to do knowing I’d not be earning any money for the day, but I had to think long-term and didn’t want to be ill for any longer than necessary.

And it turned out to be the right decision as I felt fine enough to go back to work today, I don’t feel as head fucked and I can think straight, plus my cough is nearly gone too. Still got a bunged up nose, but I can work with that fine.

Despite only having 3 days rest, which was mainly spent on the sofa, watching films and reading, in between severe bouts of coughing and sneezing, I feel like I’ve been off work for a week or more.

I’m not going to knock it, it’s not often in this job that I’ll get 3 straight days off.

Anyway, arrived at the depot for 6:45am today. 87 collections and deliveries throughout the day. Left the depot at 6:30pm, 11.75hrs, whoop.

Relatively quiet day on the delivery front, but yet still out for a full day. The deliveries were spread out, which meant a bit more driving, which was ok as I was happy to take it a little easier today.

I am pretty whacked tonight. My joints are aching and my chest is a little soar, I think from all the coughing the last few days.

Definitely not ready to get back to weight lifting pmsl. Think I’ll give my body until next week before pushing it through some weightlifting again, I might do some bodyweight stuff at the weekend, but I’ll just stick to lifting boxes all week.

Until next time…



Delivery Driving Whilst Bunged Up

It’s not been a great few days delivery driving. I’ve gone and got myself a bout of the flu.

I started to feel bunged up on Saturday afternoon, I could feel it in my ears and throat, then on Mothering Sunday I woke up fully bunged up and feeling like shit, perfect to go out delivery driving.

Thankfully because it was Mothering Sunday I mainly delivered flowers to happy, smiling mothers and it was a relatively easy day. But yesterday and today have been back to normal busy delivering and it’s not been great.

Maybe I pushed myself too hard the previous weeks, with weight lifting and the long hours delivery driving, but I didn’t feel overly whacked during the week, so I just think that I’ve been unlucky in catching someone’s bug.

Anyway, no exercise outside of carrying boxes all day since last Thursday, which has been annoying because I was really looking forward to this week and doing some squats and chin ups.

Hey ho, hopefully I’ll be better by the end of the week and can go again next week.

Until next time…


A Normal Delivery Driving Day and Bodyweight Push Ups

Arrived at the depot for 6.45am. 108 deliveries and collections, with 175 parcels handled.

Left the depot at 5:45pm, 11hr day, bosh.

Finally the snow backlogged parcels are no more, a normal delivery day at last this week.

Got home, food prepped and decided not to do any weight lifting again, will do some Barbell Squats at the weekend, but today just did some push ups.

25 x bodyweight push ups x 4 sets.

Chest was nice and pumped after these haha.

Shit, what to do with these extra few hours this evening, not used to this.

Think a bit of reading of one of the new books I’ve just got on the history of my club Manchester United, followed by some more footy on TV me thinks.

Until next time…


Busiest Delivery Day of the Year and Bodyweight Chin Ups

Arrived at the depot for 6:45am. 118 deliveries and collections, with 232 parcels handled. Left the depot at 6:45pm, 12hr day, meh.

I must’ve jinxed myself yesterday saying that it was the end of the snow backlog, because upon arrival at the depot this morning, we were faced with another load of parcels from the weekend.

By far my busiest day parcelwise of the year so far, nearly matched my Christmas deliveries.

Anyway, home food prepped and didn’t feel up to weight lifting so literally did one set of 15 x bodyweight chin ups.

I think my max from a few years ago is 17, so getting 15 is pretty good and I felt I probably could’ve squeezed a couple more out, but I like to get my chin well over the bar, so 15 is good enough for today.

Fingers crossed tomorrow doesn’t bring any more backlogged parcels, I could do with a normal day this week, only worked 37 hours in 3 days pmsl.

Until next time…


All Work and Snow Play

Wowzers, the last few days have been so bloody busy due to the snow last week.

Friday was a whiteout. My route was cancelled, which I thought meant I got a day at home, alas, that was not the case. I went out for a few hours and did a local route, so at least I earned something for the day.

But due to the snow, Saturday was also cancelled so I worked Sunday to try and catch up a little, but that didn’t really go to plan as a few of the trailers had got stuck in snow and couldn’t even get to the depot.

So yesterday was manic, as was today.

Yesterday I arrived at the depot for 6:45am. 105 deliveries and collections, with 235 parcels handled. Left the depot at 7:45pm. 13hr day, feck me.

The route was spread out everywhere and lots of parcels that weren’t delivered on Friday.

No weightlifting as I was well knackered when I got home last night.

Today I arrived at the depot for 6:45am again. 108 deliveries and collections today, with 205 parcels handled. Left the depot at 6:45pm, 12hr day, meh.

After thinking I’d cleared the backlog yesterday when I arrived today I was informed that another half a trailer load from last week had arrived and so it was manic again today.

Hey ho, my route should definitely be caught up by now, I hope anyway pmsl.

Again no weightlifting when I got home, just feeling mentally exhausted from today and yesterday. But I’m already getting itchy feet and want to do something, so the plan is to definitely do some tomorrow evening.

Until next time…


Delivery Driving whilst Freezing my Nuts Off

Arrived at the depot today for 6:45am. 104 deliveries and collections, with 180 parcels handled. Left the depot at 6pm, 11.25hr day.

Man today was freezing. The weather forecast was -6 with a wind chill of -11 and it felt every bloody degree of it. I had my thermals and hat on, but I still felt cold all day.

Even with the van heating on full, I couldn’t get warm very often as I was constantly in and out of the van. A few times during the day I had to drive a few miles to the next delivery, so I made the most of it and drove slower than normal so I could warm up.

Oh well, it is what it is. The snow didn’t settle again today, but the forecast is for worse tomorrow, we’ll see. Either way, I’m wearing an extra layer for sure tomorrow.

No weightlifting tonight. I feel tired and achy in my joints again today. Probably a combination of the chin-ups and overhead presses over the last few days and also being out in the cold all day.

Early to bed methinks.

Until next time…


Delivery Driving in Snow Showers and Barbell Overhead Presses

Arrived at the depot for 6:45am. 104 deliveries and collections, with 182 parcels handled.

Left the depot at 6pm. 11.25hr day, in the snow, feeling freezing cold all day, bosh.

I should have had another 20 or so drops, but my route was so busy today that the depot took them off me to make sure I finished at a decent time. Well, decent maybe not, but normal time lol.

Today was interesting delivering during the snow showers I had in my area. They were light for most of the day, but a few times it got pretty heavy and made it difficult to see to drive in and also get out of the van and take a parcel to a customer.

None of it really settled, as soon as it hit the ground it melted pretty much. Not that you’d have realised the way some people were complaining about it. But that’s what the stereotypical British person is like, a little snow and the world is coming to an end pmsl.

We are due some heavier snow as the week goes on apparently, so I’ll look forward to that. I don’t mind it myself. If it’s like last time, I’ll still be able to get around my route, albeit slower and having to get the van unstuck a few times most likely, but then I enjoy it, a bit of manual labour in the cold to keep me warm, sweet.

Home, food prepped and weighted lifting tonight consisted of the following:

5 x 52.5kg Barbell Overhead Shoulder Press

5 x 47.5kg Barbell Overhead Shoulder Press

10 x 42.5kg Barbell Overhead Shoulder Press

Whoop, got the 5th and final rep of the 1st set this week. It went up a lot easier than last week, so that’s good. 3rd and final set I was feeling strong so I pushed out 10 reps. Really felt my shoulders burning on the last few reps, nice.

Mmmmm sausages for dinner tonight mmmm.

Until next time…