I had long talks yesterday not with one but with a few people about what’s left behind when you lose a lot of weight. I don’t mean physically what you see in the mirror (although that’s certainly part of it) – I mean emotionally. When we have a significant problem in life like over eating … More Davey sat down to a meal for one
Today the light is decidedly odd. I’m not sure that I’ve ever been out and about on a day where everything has seemed so… opressively orange before. Whilst walking along the canal today an old man leaned over the rail on his barge and beckoned me to look at his iPhone. He showed me a … More Satsuma sky
One of the consequences of doing all of the walking that I do is that I tend to get through a lot of shoes. I’ve learned (particularly in the last year) that footwear is something that’s a difficult balancing act to pull off between quality and cost. If you skimp on the price purely because … More New and shiny
It’s 8am and as is customary for a Saturday morning I’ve not had much sleep. Today I’m doing another two motivational talks at Slimming World meetings – and rather nerve wrackingly one of them is my own group. I’m not entirely sure why this makes a difference – but it does, because whilst others see … More A truly wonderful thing
I started jotting down a list of non scale victories a couple of days ago. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while – but hadn’t gotten around to putting them all in one place. Then some of the people I spoke to during and after my talks in front of other Slimming World … More Non-scale victories – The complete list…
Today I’ve been exploring with a friend around Blockley, Bourton Wood and along part of the Heart of England Way surrounding Batsford Arboretum. My companion for the day and I have once again had some luck with the weather. It’s been a little overcast at times – but otherwise when we arrived in at our … More Whats that in the bushes?!
It’s been a blustery and cold day so far today – but thankfully for the most part the rain has been fleeting, and unusually well timed. It’s graciously let me and my companion for the day move from A to B and back again without intervening and spoiling any of our enjoyment. This has been … More Escape from the jaws of death
Compared to yesterday today has been an oasis of calm and tranquility. Last night was supposed to round my day off perfectly – and after lots of walking and talking I finally arrived at my local VUE cinema to watch Bladerunner 2049. Right… First things first. (no spoilers follow) The film is really REALLY good. … More You’re in my seat
I’ve got a busy day ahead, and it’s started early. I’m doing something a little out of my comfort zone today and next week. I’ve agreed to talk at six local Slimming World meetings as a motivational speaker. Even as I type those words this seems somewhat bizarre to me if I’m honest. It’s nice to … More Like everyone else
The world seems busier than usual today. Everyone appears to have somewhere to be or something to do. They all look like they’re concentrating and absorbed in their thoughts. There’s an autumnal feeling in the air and a chill on the wind but periodically the sun is shining. When it does the world seems to … More Obsessive Davey
It’s been a good week thanks to my #onplanoctober drive – and without further ado I’ll get the statty stuff out of the way first of all. I have other news, but that will have to wait for a minute. I do rather like my facts and figures currently! Friday totals 40g rolled oats 148 … More Club 50
It’s Friday – and compared to the last couple of weeks I’m amazed at how time has flown by. Perspective always has a habit of making things seem this way but this time it’s totally down to me and my improved attitude. It’s so easy to slip into a negative mindset and not realise just how … More The harder route. With nuts.
I’m currently sitting in my (increasingly ridiculous and baggy) jogging bottoms. I only wear these indoors lately as I feel they ‘billow’ a bit too much, and make me look like MC Hammer… This is annoying on several levels because I was planning to go for another walk today and I’m not sure that I … More Blue skies in Ilmington
When I sat down briefly yesterday evening to write my post I was on my way to making a large salad – and determined to make sure that I didn’t eat anything else that would de-rail me. Evenings have been a challenge for me over the past two weeks. I therefore proclaimed that I’d share … More #onplanoctober
Ok. My I think my mojo is returning. As with most things worth having though it’s not been easy to get back or hold onto – and it involves facing up to a few things – but if I’m going to practice what I’ve preached in the past I’m going to have to at least temporarily … More Giant cat
I feel better today. Much better in fact. Friday night I hadn’t slept very well and this hadn’t helped my stress levels when I woke up. I’d been worrying all week long and my small gain was clearly WAY bigger in my mind than it needed to be. That’s OK though. No-one is perfect – … More Onwards and downwards!
It’s fair to say that this week and last have been ones where I feel I’ve really struggled to remain on course. I mean this from both an emotional and dietary perspective – and I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t been thinking about eating pretty much everything around me during pretty much … More Security blanket
Tinker wouldn’t stop wagging his tail or licking me. He similarly refused to stop climbing up to shoulder height and playfully nuzzling my face. As time went on it also seemed he didn’t have any immediate plans to stop sticking his tongue in my ear, and appeared completely unrepentant about finally flopping onto his back … More Alcester to Wixford with Tinker
One of my Slimming World consultant’s favourite phrases is ‘if you do what you always did then you get what you always got.’ It’s been going around and around in my head today (although not necessarily in terms of weight loss) and I’m consciously trying to not repeat old behaviours – and instead to channel … More Start as I mean to go on
Technology is wonderful. Until it isn’t. When you put your trust in something and then it ceases to do what you expect of it then (if like me you develop a relationship of sorts with a device) there are few things that can put you in a worse mood. Honestly my frame of mind hasn’t … More Damaged or incomplete
Yesterday was something of a personal triumph for me. Nothing particularly amazing happened in the great scheme of things, but what did take place probably wouldn’t have been possible even this time last year. There are moments when for me everyone else’s normal still happens to be my amazing and this event is a significant non-scale victory. … More EGX Non-Scale Victory!
Currently (despite my willingness to do so) the furniture and pillows remain uneaten in my house, and there are almost no rabid bite marks on anything. Ever since Monday afternoon I’ve swung between having no appetite at all and then suddenly feeling like I could chew my own arm off and stuff my face until … More Feature wall
I’m feeling rather low today and I’ve had hardly any sleep. I’ve been walking around and drinking coffee for hours and hours and if I’m brutally honest I wish I had something a lot stronger to quench my thirst. This is one of those times where I question why I’m writing about myself. I don’t … More Mirror images
After I wrote yesterday’s blog I started thinking about my early posts. As I’ve said a few times before here, although I love that people enjoy reading my blogs I do (maybe somewhat selfishly) write them primarily for myself. Lately I’ve also realised that I’ve started to use writing like other people use sudoku – … More Boiling the ocean
It’s 8am and I’m lying in bed at the moment. It’s cold in my room and the duvet is warm. I don’t really want to get up yet and I’m a little stumped as to what to do with my day currently. This is mostly because I’m trying to slowly bring my bank balance back … More On the bank of the Rubicon
I’ve been twalking with a friend after work today and I feel as if most of the conversation has been about me. I don’t like monopolising time with people and banging on and on just about myself but I’ve been struggling to work though how I feel over the last week. All day long because of … More Pumpkins
Time seems to be accelerating at the moment. With the benefit of hindsight I guess it always passes at a frantic rate, but over the last few weeks it’s seemed like a total blur – and now I’m working once again it’s becoming an increasingly precious commodity. The days are also getting noticeably shorter – … More Cold hands
I slipped off the wagon a little last night, and over indulged a bit. Let’s just say that where there whereas there were previously four boxes of Aldi Harvest Morn Benefit Cereal Bars (5 in a pack) in my cupboard yesterday morning there are now none. 😳 These are effectively cheap Slimming World hi-fi bars. … More Impostor
I made an early start today. I’ve a lot to pack into two days now if I want to get everything done. This working for a living lark doesn’t make fitting things in easy at all. However – so far I’m making it happen, and as I was up early to get my shopping done … More New teen
Earlier in the week I wrote a rather long post about plateaus. A couple of people I know wondered why at this stage in the game I was even thinking about such a thing – after all I’ve come a long way along the path I’m on. However – while travelling this route I’ve had … More Windy days