Wow. It’s been a cathartic week in blogland for me. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so driven to tell people how I arrived at where I currently am in life. Mentally it’s been a little exhausting though and truthfully at times a little upsetting. Although much of it has been shared before I’ve never … More What else happened this week?
Normally I’m a creature of habit on a Saturday morning but today I’m more akin to a cat on a hot tin roof. I’d generally go out shopping first thing and run errands but my stomach is turning cartwheels and I’m insanely nervous. I’m lying in bed instead trying not to think – which is … More 20st lost – I’m now a Slimming World Target Member!!
This evening I’ve whiled away my time in a comfortable dream world – and have been snuggled up in the cinema watching the ‘The Shape of Water’. It’s rare that something so odd, so obscure, so unusual feels so familiar and so wonderful. There’s a truly magical world inside the fairy tale confines of this … More Flamingo
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
I’m gonna get right out in front and just say it. ‘Star Wars was flipping awesome!!!‘ There. I’ve got it out of my system. (No spoilers follow) I have to hand it to J.J. Abrams (even though he only produced this time rather than directed) because not only does he know how to fill every … More Canal walking via Packwood House
Today is a decidedly odd day – but in a really good way. My morning at work started with my manager walking into the small office that I currently sit and saying ‘David – are you in the local paper?’ Just like that there I was (link)! In the news! Truthfully I’ve known this might … More May the 4th
Atomic Blonde is an awesome movie. I’m just going to get that out of the way from the word go. If you like your action slick and stylish with a pumping, and totally authentic soundtrack that completely evokes memories of the period (1989) then this is the film for you. I went to see it late last … More Grasshoppers and Atomic Blondes
It”s 9.50am on Saturday and I’m listening to Classic FM. I have my feet up on my POÄNG footstool and I’m in my POÄNG armchair, feeling very Swedish. I’m also feeling very frugal as – thanks to some patient bargain hunting – I managed to get both 2nd hand for a total of £14. This compares … More Swedishly frugal
It’s the early morning (just after midnight) and I feel wide awake! Although admittedly I had a coffee a couple of hours ago this time it’s got more to do with an invigorating brisk walk home in the pouring rain. When I arrived home and closed the front door behind me I stood quietly in my hallway … More Gold bra
In space no one can hear you scream. However in the cinema people can definitely hear you s**t yourself – and given that I’m usually the world’s biggest scaredy cat (who famously threw his popcorn all over the place in Jurassic Park and could only watch Scream from behind a pillow) I was expecting the … More Good result
My arms are still killing me after my inaugural attempts to do press-ups. I just looked in my cupboard and I’m 100% sure that anything currently contained within a jam jar is safe and secure from my lascivious culinary appetites. It’s annoying because I’d really like a gherkin – but they’re just gonna have to … More Moobs, bingo wings & duck sauce
I’ve rather enjoyed this week – and as well as my walk to Balsall Common and trip to Oxford on I treated myself to a first showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 at 12.01am yesterday. In retrospect, this ridiculously late showing (I got home at 3am) was probably a teensy bit past my bedtime … More Thirteen and a half stone later…
I had an inkling that things may be on the right track this morning when I put a recently purchased shirt on and could sit down in it without the waist tugging for the very first time. It’s a really really comfey top – and one that I bought in a sale at Debenhams for … More Sayonara 13 Stone
I’m waiting for 5.20. It’s almost 4pm. It’s been almost 4pm for about three or four hours. Or thereabouts. Maybe that’s just me being impatient. 5.20 is taking its time but it will (probably) arrive eventually. I don’t normally sit around drumming my fingers waiting for things – but I’m excited. When 5.20 finally arrives I’m … More No songs or Northerners
Something that’s surprised me lately is how I have begun to react to disappointment. I could easily have been criticised in the past for using failure as an excuse to give up. I also actively shied away from competition of any kind because I knew how I felt when I lost. It left me feeling diminished … More Determined
Day two of ‘operation salad’ is in effect and so far things are going very nicely, although last night I found myself to be incredibly peckish which was annoying. As well as trying to eat significantly less calories this week I’m also trying to eat less in terms of portion sizes. Usually this makes me … More Sixteen inches smaller
Today is a complete first. Since April 16th I’ve not slept properly on a Friday due to worrying about weighing in on a Saturday – but last night I had Primo Grade A Five Star Excelsior Class Luxury sleep (with bells on)! I woke up this morning feeling absolutely smashing and have been dancing around the … More Nine and a half stone gone
Although it’s a bit of an extravagance sometimes a film is sooooo good that it’s worth seeing a second time. Star Wars: Rogue One is (for me anyway) that film. Today was also doubly exciting because its the first time in quite a few years I’ve been to an IMAX screening of something – and it made my second … More Rogue Two
When I look back on 2016 I’m going to have extremely mixed feelings about it. Most of my blog posts so far have been about personal change and how I’ve been trying to turn my life around – but tonight it’s not. I never saw Star Wars at the cinema. When it came out my family … More Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?
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