Today I decided to branch out and got out the as yet unused map of northwest London that I bought in the summer. It covers an area not known for beauty, including Watford and Harrow. I tick off part of the London LOOP (London Outer Orbital Path)... Read more
Sparked at the gym
The gym I use closes at 4pm on weekends in the winter. This is irritating, but so long as I remember to leave home by 3pm I can get my workout in.
So today, this is what I do. Arrive, sling coat in locker, get on treadmill etc etc. Keep an ... Read more
Everything under control
Today I went shopping to get some things for Christmas lunch.
Originally I was going to have two days' SparkHoliday, to eat in a gluttonous manner but unfortunately I ate more than I ought in Cornwall. On the plus side I did two days of hi... Read more
Rain stopped play
That's the announcement you get when cricket matches are rained off in summer. I mean 'summer', this is England after all. Today I was going to treat us all to another long walk, but when I looked out at the weather it was drizzle. The met offic... Read more
From the bite to the kick
It's very annoying when you're on a holiday where you'd planned to do a lot of walking and you go and sprain an ankle.
Best thing to do? Pretend you didn't sprain it. Works for me.
So this morning, quarter to ten, I set off along the... Read more
Ah. 9am in St Ives, the sun is shining, the sea is blue and the birds are making yark yark noises which is the best that a gull can do in the singing line.
I'm walking along the coastal path from St Ives to Lelant with a SparkFriend. We me... Read more
Today I take the train to Cornwall. No, scrub that, I actually take the train to Plymouth. I won't write about the first bit of the journey because it's boring. For me. Anyway... Read more
Well I promised myself a good solid exercise streak so I have just been to the gym although I didn't feel like it. And I'm glad I did.
It's a funny thing, my visceral response to the gym. Sometimes I get on the treadmill and the whole thi... Read more
The eternal optimist
Starting tomorrow, I've got 19 days off work.
Wowee! How on earth will I fill the time, I thought to myself.
I want to spring clean my flat, dig the garden (a month-long task in itself, even if it weren't the midd... Read more
Effort in, results out
Today I am eating lunch in the work canteen when a colleague I haven't seen for a couple of months comes in.
She more or less pounces. 'Wow, you look thinner. I wasn't sure it was you!'
She has an ongoing struggle with her own weight,... Read more
This one's for Lizzie 888.
Sometimes a SparkFriend gives you the laugh of the day. I've just seen Lizzie's comment on my feed:
'I think it's about time you won an unpopular blog award... Can you write one about tax returns or something... Read more
I'm not big on bean-counting, but I noticed the other day that in another 3.5 pounds I will be a quarter of my way into my SparkJourney. All being well, at my six-month SparkVersary, I will have lost 31.5 pounds.
Doesn't time fly?
I jo... Read more
I wanted to go for another walk today but the weather was a bit yucky so I took the bus to Camden market, to start a desultory hunt for a birthday present for my niece.
Camden market . . . ah, the memories! 30 years ago, in my yoof, I used... Read more
Mud, mud, glorious mud
Actually, I'm not a fan of mud. Let me explain.
Today I am up early.
I decide to go to a different bit of Epping Forest, the bit between Loughton and Chingford, fo... Read more
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Everything else went pear-shaped, mind. But things started well cos I got a blog award, which always puts me in a good mood.
So anyway, train to work and I hatch a cunning plan to go to Boots and weigh myself. I know, I KNOW! I've sworn nev... Read more