Before you start reading it’s probably a good idea that you recap on Part One (here) Part Two (here) Part Three (here) and Part Four (here). By now you know the drill. This time it’s gonna be a really long post. Get your cup of tea ready. By the way – if you’re still reading after all those … More Part Five: The road not yet walked
Before you start reading it’s probably a good idea that you recap on Part One (here) Part Two (here) and Part Three (here). By now you know the drill. It’s gonna be a long post. Get your cup of tea ready. (As before my ‘lightbulb moments’ will be in red.) It’s now 16th April 2016. I’ve been … More Part Four: Group love
Before you start reading it’s probably a good idea that you recap on Part One (here) and Part Two (here). By now you know the drill. It’s gonna be a long post. Get your cup of tea ready. (As before my ‘lightbulb moments’ will be in red. Time will also skip forward as we go on – because … More Part three: Suppression
Before you start reading it’s probably a good idea that you recap on Part One (here). If you’ve already done that (and you have a cup of tea or coffee ready to go) then let me continue… (note – bits highlighted in red are things I feel are important. In this ongoing little series they’re the … More Part two: The beginnings of honesty
It’s a nice morning for a walk – and at least temporarily there is a blue sky to be found if you look upwards. If you keep your eyes focused in this direction things seem very pleasant – however if you adjust your gaze downward then things on the ground aren’t quite so rosy. I … More The truth
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
Although I’m used to filling my day with things to do, sometimes it hits me just how much I can fit in now that I’m no longer wiped out after just waddling to my car and back. After my less than stellar result on the scales yesterday I decided to go for it today and … More Productive Sunday
I don’t like the ‘P’ word. Not one little bit. I refuse to think about it most of the time because I’m now convinced it’s just a state of mind and that like anything in life it can be overcome with enough effort and perseverance. The ‘P’ word in question is of course ‘Plateau‘. This … More It’s not a plateau
Well, for a Saturday this is a late posting. Normally I’d have done this ages ago – but today I’ve had to make a straight choice between squeezing the pips out of life and writing about it – and sadly my blog chicken cannot come before my escapades egg. To be truthful when I awoke … More Peeky
Something that I (shamefully) used to say to close friends and relatives was that I fully expected to die in the very near future, and that I was resigned to never reaching a pensionable age. The odds related to my weight seemed to support my often bleak approach to life and I was in retrospect … More Falling pianos
Well my week’s experiment has concluded. After a somewhat disappointing 1/2 a pound loss last week I had been looking at what I’d been eating and also what I’d been doing for exercise. Since the 22nd May I’ve been gardening in earnest – and because of the time involved there has been less walking in … More In the teens!
I do love a chilli. Probably too much actually. I tend to eat more of it than I really should (it tastes soooooooo nice though!) and yesterday was unfortunately no exception. The trick with chilli (I realised only within the last few months after a friend pointed it out) is to start cooking the spices immediately upon starting … More What I eat now vs what I ate before
The 26th and 28th of January are a big days for me – but for very different reasons. Whilst one is cause for celebration the other is not, and both have been playing on my mind for weeks. I need to get my thoughts about these out of my head and onto the page, despite their anniversary still being a few … More Anniversaries
Last night it was raining and as per usual I was worried about the scales. I was stressing (too much) about a lot of things – last night and I really wanted to go for a walk. Irritatingly many of the things on my mind I can change – so I’m not just focusing silly … More Stats, graphs and deviant cyclists
I can’t believe that it’s Wednesday already. I’m honestly not sure where the hell time is going at the moment. I’ve been ‘twalking’ with a friend around the park today and it’s been absolutely perfect weather for it. Whilst the breeze was undeniably cold the sun has been warm and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. … More Wait, what? Wednesday?!
A psychological victory is sometimes way more important than a physical result. To feel that you’ve done something that you believed not so long ago couldn’t be achieved or crossed a threshold that previously seemed insurmountable is a moment to be savoured. People who have known me for a long time will know that I often avoided … More Psychological victory
Back when I started writing my blog I had the twin objectives of getting myself a dog and getting fit. The latter has very much become the focus of my life but the former is like a niggling itch that for whatever reason I just can’t scratch. I talked myself out of it at the time for … More Puppy love
I woke up this morning with some real surprise when I looked at my calendar. It’s the 26th of October – and time has been moving fast lately. This week has been a little odd in terms of personal motivation. Saturday was a big day. The picture taken of me with a fridge freezer honestly … More 9 Months
I’m having a day of ‘rest’ today. Well at least from walking – it’s not really a day of chilling – but time to tidy my house. It’s become a bit of a mess in my recent prolonged outdoor absences. It’s no excuse I know but I have been trying not to sit indoors at all … More Counting the pile