I’m sitting at home – and my house is filled with the delicate aroma of a curried beef stew that’s bubbling away in my slow cooker. I made it with some spices that a lovely lady brought into the Slimming World food tasting session last week and I can’t wait to try it… I plan … More What happened when I shared
Amazingly – after being stuck in pretty much the same weight bracket since December – I’ve finally moved forward. Well – it’s more than just moving forward. I’ve actually leapt ahead in a way that I’ve not done since the early days of my weight loss journey. As I reported yesterday I’ve been essentially fasting … More Finally! A nineteen and a half stone certificate!!!
Now I’m close to my target weight I’ve noticed that my thoughts about getting there (and where ‘there’ actually is) are pretty much inescapable. I just can’t get the subject out of my head. I find that again and again I’m woken up in the middle of the night by dreams relating to this – … More Ultimate Accuracy or Ultimate Fallacy?
So far so good. My foot is holding up and I’m once again walking back and forth to work and getting my daily distance back up to my 20,000 step/10 mile average. I’ve just been out for an evening walk too – and whilst my heel still doesn’t feel quite right it’s not painful – just … More Trying to be good
I had a nice change of pace last night, and did something I don’t normally do – which is go to a live comedy gig at the Warwick Arts Centre near Coventry. I was there to see Paul Chowdhry on his ‘Live innit’ tour. Both the comedian and a trip to this particular venue are not … More Cufflinks and the arts
As a few people pointed out both in person and in the comments on my last blog it’s not my usual behaviour to happily take things easy and rest if I get ill or injure myself. However – after hurting the plantar tendon in my right foot last Sunday I’ve chosen a different course of … More Considering targets
Maybe unsurprisingly there has been a price to pay for my enthusiastic walking exploits on Sunday. I spent the first part of Monday morning hobbling around like a pensioner and it seemed like pretty much every muscle in the lower half of my body had seized up. On top of this sudden cramp and some … More The final frontier
Start the day as you mean to go on I say – and with that in mind blisters appear to be the current theme developing for Sunday. This morning I’d planned to meet up with a friend for a walk around Memorial Park in Coventry – but (as seems to regularly be the case with … More Warwick to Coventry AND BACK!!!
If there’s one thing thats remained irritatingly consistent throughout the last two years of weight loss its the fact that I really have no idea what’s going to happen when I stand on the Slimming World scales. I’ve refused to allow myself to buy a pair of my own (maybe I will when I reach … More Only eight pounds to go…
It’s Friday – and more than I have been for a while lately I find myself both preoccupied and a little concerned about my weigh in on Saturday. Although I don’t feel that I’ve lost my way in any significant sense I do have a lingering feeling that at the very least I’ve temporarily misplaced … More More weight loss psychology…
Idle hands make work for the erm… supermarket. I know that is isn’t quite how the mantra usually goes – but I’m having to face up to the fact that my tendency has been lately (largely thanks to the weather) to stay in at night and slump in front of the TV. When I do … More Filling evenings
I didn’t have a great night’s sleep last night. I had a lot on my mind and kept turning memories over and over. However – whilst I think it’s important to take time to feel and process what I was feeling I also think that there’s no mileage in disappearing into a sea of misery … More Chasing a sunrise
I can easily be accused of over thinking things at the best of times. Whilst this manifests itself as a benefit when it comes to writing it sometimes comes at a cost to myself, because I often have to get quite low before I come back up again. There are days like today where I … More Not my usual kind of post…
It’s December 31st 2010. Like many years that preceeded that one I’m indulging in a festive tradition, which involves drinking to excess. For some unknown reason on this occasion I take photos of me in my games room with my feet up on a footstool in front of the television. Both the bottle I’m drinking … More Two years sober today.
After the euphoria of adrenaline that my short attempts to run produced on Sunday (link) I’ve been dealing with the after effect – which is raging cramp in my quads. It’s not apocalyptically awful if I’m honest (I can still move) but it is surprising because it took a couple of days for the full … More Anniversaries on the horizon
Sometimes only expletives can describe how you feel. I like to think that at all times I can navigate successfully around profanity when talking or writing with a deft linguist flick of the wrist – but AT THIS VERY MOMENT the only phrase that seems to fit my mood is ‘I feel ••••ing AMAZING‘. Maybe … More ****ing amazing
It’s not happening. I just can’t sleep. Currently it’s 2.45am and I’m unable to clear my mind. It’s just continually racing from one topic to the next. I knew that I was preoccupied last night when my stomach started playing its ‘I bet you can’t fill me‘ game. In the end I showed it who’s … More Greek god or blueberry muffin
I’m a bit annoyed with myself if I’m honest. I’m not finding much long term enjoyment in doing press-ups, dumbell workouts or sit-ups at home every evening on my own. Frankly it’s been boring me stupid – and the more I think about why this is, the more I realise that I already know deep … More Willpower under threat
I’m going to hazard a guess and say that some retailers have suffered more than others over Christmas – and this is particularly evident in the January Sales that seem to still be ongoing absolutely everywhere. I’m not complaining mind you – because at the moment I’m trying to build a ‘forever wardrobe’. In many … More Forever wardrobe
There was a time when my weight loss horizon was a distant dream – and getting to it seemed like it would either take forever or at times simply never happen at all. Today I’m yet another step closer to where I want to be but oddly (for the moment at least) I don’t feel … More 271 pounds down and nine to go…