(Part one here) July The seventh month of the year is a big one and starts with me in unfamiliar territory. My teens. I haven’t managed to time travel to the 80’s – instead I’ve just about managed to creep into the 19st bracket, and I’m fighting to stay there. My efforts to power through small … More 2017 retrospective (part two)
Well – for an entire month I’ve been (almost) completely on plan. It’s been a really useful activity – because it’s forced me to confront firstly how much I eat, where my pain points are with regard to when and why I want to eat, just how many calories can be in a salad (it’s all … More #onplanoctober – the results
Well – the results are in. My self sabotage last Saturday had an impact – but I managed to pull things around overall. My week ended on a positive note and for the 6th consecutive day I kept myself well under the RDA of calories for an adult male (2500kcal). In many ways this and … More 28 inches gone!
‘I see the world in bright colours – but I also feel it in bright colours…’ a friend recently said to me. It seemed to me that as the the sentence left her mouth it hung in the air for a moment, becoming in an instant a fully formed image in my head. I had to … More Bright colours
Today I’ve been revisiting the scene of a previous blog – and have been back in Malvern. This time instead of going solo I’ve been twalking with a friend – and showing her around a nice part of the world as she has done with me in many other locations. Typically when we twalk my companion … More Malvern knees 7 months later
I feel flipping awesome today! It might be because I’m heavily caffeinated (I’ve been drinking aaaaaaawwwwlllllll the coffee everywhere ☕️) but it’s more likely to be because of people, dogs and weather – all of which seem to be most excellent today. I’ve spent the morning walking with a friend and ex-colleague from work – … More Poo bags
It will come as a surprise to precisely no-one that I’m a total geek. This mostly manifests itself in my tendency to get attached to (and also irritable with) technology, but also is readily apparent when people are confronted with my occasionally feverish interest in sci-fi or my complete inability to grow up and stop … More Large!!!
I feel cranky at the moment. The last few days (for very different reasons) have seen me lose a lot of sleep and end up napping or feeling wide awake at odd times. Overall it’s not great for my underlying mood or willingness to indulge in comfort eating – which so far I am keeping … More Bad tech day
Although it’s a difficult thing to do I committed (back when I first started writing my blog) to detailing the bad days along with the good ones. Yesterday wasn’t an awful day by any stretch of the imagination – but by the time the evening rolled around I wasn’t eating because I was hungry. I … More It’s all about the recovery – not about the screw up!
Well the results are in. I’m officially in a new weight bracket. For the first time in MANY MANY YEARS this morning I just about slipped into the ‘sixteens’! Yep – that’s right. You’re currently reading the words of a man who is no longer seventeen stone anything – but instead a svelte and increasingly trim sixteen stone something … More Sixteen something or other
It doesn’t look like the weather is going to brighten up any time soon – but honestly that doesn’t really matter. Although blue skies are always preferable to grey there’s definitely a pleasure to be had in going outside on a cold and windy day with a pressing need to warm yourself up. Having to … More Own it
It’s been a grim and drizzly day today – with barely a single break in the cloud or rain. I’ve made the most of the awful weather though and kept up with my usual walking (and twalking) under an umbrella – but otherwise all is rather quiet on the western front today… However – it’s … More Christmas wish
As part of a little project I have in mind I’ve once again been exploring another section of the Grand Union Canal today – and it’s not only a really wonderful place for quiet, uninterrupted twalking but it’s a fantastic little corridor of wildlife! The section between Hatton Locks (where my friend and I started today) … More Hatton to Kingswood Junction
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