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
There’s an advert I used to see on the television all the time for Disneyland in Florida. The children can’t sleep prior to their journey to the resort – and a little boy says ‘I’m SO excited!’ In such a way that it has stuck in my mind for years. It’s a clever commercial as … More A moment away from change
Normal service has been resumed in the UK it seems and sunny weather with soaring (indeed record breaking in some cases) temperatures have given way to more customary rain and cloud cover. This morning it’s been torrential. I’ve mixed feelings about this – and over the last few months my approach to the climate around … More Sharing my rings
I was up relatively early today for a walk around the park with a fellow Slimming World’er. 9am is not the time that we’d normally meet (we’re becoming ‘regulars’ now which is really nice) but for various reasons we’ve struggled to set a time that’s convenient for both of us this week. As it turned … More Diabetes WIN!
It’s sunny outside and I’ve just returned from a morning out. I’ve walked around the park, said hello to lots of ‘regulars’ and watched the world go by while talking with a friend. I’ve also been shopping at Aldi and filled my fridge with virtuous food of every description. The bank holiday has now passed … More Feeling vulnerable
The other day while we walked my friend said to me that the thing he enjoyed the most about exploring nature was the change of the seasons, and the subtle differences in colour or shade that resulted from the onset of Autumn or Winter. Truthfully I’m looking forward to this a lot. I can’t wait to … More St James The Great