A very close look at the binge demon
I wanted to put this monster under the microscope. When I first noticed him in the emoticons, I thought 'how cute, a little imp'. Later I realised he's not cute at all. He's ... Read more
Walk first, then run
I've got the mind of a hare and the body of a tortoise.
Today, two of my colleagues told me that I look thinner and wanted to know how much weight I've lost. Yesterday another colleague said I'm noticeably a different shape. This is interes... Read more
I get home from work and I'm starving. So ok, I'll tell you something you don't already know. Don't put me off my stroke.
Hit the kitchen, fast. Ravenous.
However, there's a problem. I want to get sparking, I want to put my day's cal... Read more
Sometimes it's hard to believe the food tracker
I've just added my final calories for the day and I'm still 51 below my lower limit.
Yes, reach for your reading glasses by all means (I've got varifocals myself, no way will I ever be able to keep track of two pairs, one is bad enough), I ... Read more
When I started sparking, my absolute limit for walking was about five miles, and yesterday I did eight. What's more, if I hadn't run out of food and water - and walk! I could have gone on and done ten I think. The walks are part of my new lifest... Read more
Be bloody, bold and resolute
That's from Macbeth. I'm feeling a bit gothic today.
Well, I decided to walk from Loughton to Epping today and let's be honest, it's about time I succeeded in doing it. There was the time I couldn't find the path at all. There was the time... Read more
Songs from the wood and scaredy cat soup
Well, no point in slacking is there? I may not be on the Cote d'azur any more but there's no excuse for not going for long walks. Less in fact: the weather's cooler here (and how!). So I set off this afternoon with a flask of fruit tea and Bach ... Read more
I said I had overdone things earlier, I got loads of sympathy that wasn't particularly deserved because one of the things I overdid was lunch.
Here's how it happened, and how I came to overdo other things too today. The gory details.
I... Read more
Today I met up with my friend Birdie and we went to Porquerolles, an island due south of Hyeres. On the way to the port to get the boat we passed the saltings full of flamingoes and Birdie, who is keen on birdwatching, gazed longingly out of the... Read more
St Tropez: landscape with boats
Today I take the bus to St Tropez.
(These are boats, not the bus. We'll get to the boats in a minute, but I put in a pic of the boats because the bus was not pretty. Wel... Read more
Red dragons and large pink birds
Today I take the bus down the Giens peninsula, which lies to the due south of Hyeres. Here's a photo I didn't take myself, this one's from NASA earth observatory and it shows ... Read more
Get up bright and early to go to the market in search of soap. Provencal markets usually have stalls with 97 flavours of soap, and every year I stock up. Unf. Hyeres' market hasn't, possibly because the tourist season is over. Instead I sat outs... Read more
Eurospark to France
Have renamed Eurostar for the day. Don't tell them I'm inflicting indignities on their corporate brand, willya?
Get to St Pancras for Eurostar at crack of dawn. Scanners, French passport control (very nicely packaged monsieur at the contro... Read more
Do the sundance for me
I'm going on holiday to the south of France in a couple of days' time. Looking forward to all that hot, sunny weather. Or I was.
Think again, girl, because the weather forecast is atrocious. 12C (55F), cloudy, raining, thunderstorms. I didn... Read more
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Ten triffic things that happened to me today
I always think it's the small pleasures in life that are important. Here's my top ten for today, and only one of them involves eating empty calories. Time was when it would have been all ten:
1. I had half of last night's smoked fish pie le... Read more