It’s twenty nine!

‘In all the years I’ve been a diabetic specialist,’ said the practice nurse sitting in front of me ‘I’ve never seen a diabetic patient with HbA1c levels like this. It’s twenty nine!‘ She looked at the screen again and shook her head a little from side to side. ‘When I first saw these results I thought … More It’s twenty nine!

Malvern Knees

In front of me as I start this post is an ice cold pint of Diet Coke and some rather nice looking daffodils. In all honesty I feel like today (more than most days) I really deserve this drink. This morning I was wide awake at 2am. I’m not sure if it was the neighbours … More Malvern Knees

Health victories

It’s been a good day for non-scale victories. This morning was my pre-testing session at my local surgery before my diabetic appointment in two weeks – and I had unexpectedly lost track of time whilst working on a little project. The surgery is a mile and a half from my house – and when I set … More Health victories

Productive weekend

I woke up today thinking about the overall theme of yesterday’s Slimming World meeting  – which was the importance of exercise. The message that all consultants had been mandated to give to their groups was that a sedentary lifestyle was something that was pretty much as big a killer as smoking and drinking. Simply being thin … More Productive weekend

Greatest Loser

It’s early on Saturday and I’ve had a lie in. I stayed in bed until 7.30 – which (to me at least) seems disgustingly decadent. The first thing I noticed when I decided to scrape myself off the pillow was a text from a friend asking if I would like to go for a walk … More Greatest Loser

Blustery days

Well it’s somehow March. I’m not really sure how that happened – but it did. Time sure seems to be flying all of a sudden! Traditionally in my post on the first of the month I’ve been counting my miles travelled and steps walked since I joined Slimming World, and although I thought last month might be … More Blustery days

Never going back

Due to feeling a mild panic that’s developed regarding things I’ve been putting off and my impending loss of liberty I’ve been trying in earnest to de-clutter my home again over the last few days.  If I’m honest I normally tend to do this in bits and drabs here and there rather than in one … More Never going back


I was driving home today – and going over a conversation I’d just had with someone in my head. I tend to do this a lot when I’ve met a person for the first time. Had I made a good impression? Did they like me? Did I say anything stupid? As I mulled over the memory of … More Disarmament


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

Comfy shoes

It’s often the case that when you can least afford it things fall apart and need replacing. I came to the conclusion this week that despite my attempts to prolong their life with new soles that my walking boots might have reached the end of their operational life. I’ve been worried that I’d started developing arthritis in … More Comfy shoes


I sometimes wonder where I would be if I had not decided to walk through the door to Slimming World back in April. I think things would probably be very different. I think that I would still have been losing weight (I can be quite determined at times) but that I would also have ended up … More Plateaus

Christmas Swanlings

Despite the dire weather warnings and promises of storm fronts ruining Christmas today has (so far) been quite nice! When I awoke this morning without a hangover (because I no longer drink) and without a sense that my trousers wouldn’t fit (because I’ve lost lots of weight) and without guilt (because I only ate virtuous … More Christmas Swanlings

Psychological victory

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

Feeling shirty

Well it’s the start of December – the run up to Christmas – and for almost everyone in the western world it’s something of a hurdle to overcome with regard to food and drink indulgence. For my own part I think my head is very much ‘in the game’ at the moment, and SO FAR I’m not … More Feeling shirty

Teeny tiny Chewie

I feel flipping wonderful. Apple Watch has been dutifully monitoring my activities so far today and it’s reporting that a little under seven miles has been walked. I’m back baby! I know. I know. I said I wasn’t going to walk on my shin splints for two weeks but it hasn’t hurt for a couple of … More Teeny tiny Chewie

Puppy love

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

Temporarily benched

I’m currently sitting in a blue fabric chair with fixed arms in the waiting room of my local doctor’s surgery. Chairs like this are one of my natural predators – worse even than the hateful little (but armless) red chairs at Slimming World meetings. I’m always wedged unceremoniously into their unflinching confines and I’m usually … More Temporarily benched

9 Months

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 can wear my coat!

There are some eclectic and upbeat tunes playing in the background, and as I type ‘Don’t stop believing’ by Journey is just finishing and turning into ‘Labour of love’ by Hue and Cry. I’m in an excellent mood and so are the people around me. Today I have finally managed to get into my jacket … More I can wear my coat!

Counting the pile

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

Buzzard trail

Today I’ve been tramping around woodlands with Freckles – who was kind enough to bring my long standing friend along with her. Freckles had directed her pet human to invite me (after our last walk in Warwick) to a longer woodland walk in the Wyre Forest – a lively hot spot for her fellow dogs … More Buzzard trail

Duracell bunnies

‘I’ll swap you my biscuits for your chicken nuggets’ said my friend’s daughter to her younger sister. The smaller sibling thought about the offer for a moment. She clearly wasn’t enjoying the nuggets or the chips, and had picked up and put down a test one several times without so much as a sniff of interest. It … More Duracell bunnies

Taking my own advice

A friend said to me tonight that they were struggling to look at the future in a positive light – and for a while we talked about all the good things that they had either currently happening or that could happen to them in the coming months and years. Hopefully after we chatted this person’s … More Taking my own advice