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Today is a Good Day to Diet.


I don’t do well with food. I am obese. According to Wii fit, yes I am using a game that came out 12 years ago, I am just on the cusp of obese and occasionally I drop down into the overweight section. As far as I am aware I have never been an ideal weight – well maybe once as a baby.

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When I think of the word ‘obese’ I imagine someone a lot bigger than I am. When I was in the USA many years ago I remember seeing trousers (pants) that were large enough that I could fit into one leg. Being obese though is a much broader spectrum. Also just because I have a few too many kilograms doesn’t mean I am not active.

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We have been fortunate with the weather where I live and I have managed to go for a walk, and hit my step target, for the last 24 days and I want to continue doing that. Nothing like a streak of success to motivate you.

I have spoken on this blog before about dieting and exercise and I have, once again, decided to embark on changing my diet and trying to be better about what I eat while also not completely denying myself nice foods.

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There is no way I am giving up pizza. I can’t have it that often but I can have it sometimes. If I count calories, as I am starting to do again, I can have pizza and stay within my limits. It just means cutting back on food for the rest of the day.

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I am trying intermittent fasting. As well as that I feel it is important to get away from the idea that food should be eaten just because the clock has clicked round to a specific time. This is easier while not in work – I can eat when hungry – at work it is more complicated. If you don’t eat when on break then it could be hours till the next one.

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Normal life, or the new normal, is fast approaching as the UK starts to open up. It is not yet known exactly what that will look like but when it happens everyone will have to make an adjustment one way or another.

I know there will be good days and bad days. If I am to stick to intermittent fasting then today (Friday) dinner needs to happen by 1830. However I am also counting calories and as long as I stay under that threshold I will get smaller. When work starts that will be harder. At home I can be tempted by the chips in the freezer – but eating them means cooking – at work they are always available with zero effort. I am not exactly lazy but the extra effort can be enough to go for something else – or nothing.

So I am going to measure everything right down to the square or two of chocolate. I have failed to stick with a diet before, it does get tedious logging it all, but hopefully this time will be different. And no I don’t know why it would be!

I hope you are all doing well where ever you are in the world. Stay safe and I will see you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The Cage

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I am never going to be super fit. I know this because of two pieces of evidence. Who am I kidding it is more than two. The two I was going to go with are that I am currently eating a chocolate chip muffin and drinking a chai latte – and that I have to practically drag my ass to the gym when I go.

I did go to the gym yesterday – really yesterday this time. I am writing this only a few hours before you will see it.

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I did about 55 minutes on the treadmill. I wasn’t doing an intense work out but I was exercising so I’m glad about that. While I exercised I was watching The Cage. Yep the first, and rejected, pilot episode of Star Trek.

It is difficult to put myself in to the mind of the executives that rejected it but over all I think this episode stands up pretty well.

The character of Number One is a wonderfully strong character. It is such a shame that we didn’t get her later on. I have nothing against Spock, of course, but Number One staying would have been groundbreaking.

One of the strangest parts of the episode was at the very beginning. Captain Pike considers retiring and thinks about a new career. This is strange for two reasons. Firstly since this is a pilot it seems obvious they will not be writing the lead out so why is this here? And secondly one of the jobs he considers is being a slave trader. You think I’m making that up don’t you? Go watch the episode it is all there.

On the subject of Orion slave girls there is something a bit strange about that scene. And I don’t just mean the green woman. One of the men who sits next to Pike is wearing a Starfleet uniform. Which is weird as it was implied that this fantasy was drawn from the idea that it was something Pike could never do. That has just always struck me as strange that’s all. I know Starfleet wasn’t said in the episode but we all know what it was.

Spock smiles. This is because they hadn’t completely figured out the character yet. Those plants must have a weird effect on Vulcans and Pike was nice enough not to say anything.

Spock uses the term Class M. I mention this as the geek in me loves that that was present from the very beginning.

The story itself was a little on the simple side. I feel though that it did its job well in showing what the show would be like. Each week traveling to a new planet and having an adventure.

The characters are not that well defined. Spock would be the only one to continue. Pike does appear again but the less said about that the better. The beeping thing has always struck me as stupid.

As to the other characters, with the exception of Doctor Boyce, they are not even named. Boyce comes across as a proto-McCoy. He has a friends with the captain and seems to believe in the medicinal qualities of alcohol.

The Cage is a good solid pilot. The problem is it is effectively for a show that never happened. Although this was rejected the second pilot was accept and, to end on a cliche, the rest is history.


I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.



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sea-beach-footprint-steps In my efforts to exercise I use a pedometer. Having a target to reach is so helpful to me in feeling that I have actually achieved something.

I have a job where I am on my feat all day. Therefore on work days meeting my target is easy and just happens.

Days off are a little more tricky. There is a nice park near my flat. So on nice days, in Britain the definition of nice can be as simple as ‘not raining’, the park is a good place to go.

One disadvantage of going for walks, as opposed to going to the gym, is route planning. Even if the walk is its own purpose you still have to make the decisions of left or right turn.

I usually try to have a destination in mind. And since I am apparently uninventive that destination often seems to involve food – which doesn’t exactly undo the benefits of the exercise but is a bit silly.

dark-brown-milk-candy I have however stopped buying chocolate. I like chocolate, obviously, and it is so easy to take a square every time you open the cupboard – or just from boredom. So basically I have no self control and can only do it by not having it in the flat.

Finally I have started to drink more water. pexels-photo-113734 I am not sure how much of an effect that is having but it can only be a good thing. Who knows maybe in a few months I will be thin or, at the very least, thinner.

Only time will tell.

See you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.


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Your Name is Gym?

I’ve spoken about going to the gym on this blog before and now with the new year I’ve started going again. I started at the end of pexels-photo-136409 February, 26th to be precise, and have gone six times so far.

All the excuses I may once have made have now evaporated as I’m now only a twenty minute walk from the gym as opposed to a thirty minute train ride as I was before.

I think that the gym is something I don’t like exactly but it is something I feel to be necessary. I’ve never been that happy with how I look and maybe this will help me to feel more confident in myself. I think that is working to some extent. I also need to cut out junk food. I used to have cola quite a bit, drinks are free at work, but I’m trying to drink mostly water. I drink tea too, I’m British after all, and juice as well.

It is always said of the gym that most people, including me in the past, go for a little while then get board and then quit. Well that’s not going to happen this time. I have a cunning plan.  I have paid for the gym a year in advance so I can’t quit. It is already done and paid for so now I have to use it!

At least that is the plan.


I was looking for a picture of an adder – you know Blackadder cunning plan? – Anyway found this – I rather like it.

Perhaps I’ll end up saying ‘fuck it’ and cut my losses. Who can say? Saying I would know. Do not know so cannot say. Does anyone but me know where that comes from? Gold star if you do.

This has nothing to do with anything but I have my robot vacuum cleaner running as I write this. I can set it to auto clean but it gets stuck easily and I have visions of it knocking everything over if I leave it to its own devices.

Anyway where was I?

I do feel that this time it is going to work and I am going to stick with the gym. As touched on earlier I do need to cut down on junk food too. pexels-photo-103886 That is the real challenge. I mean just looking at this picture here makes me salivate like I’m Homer Simpson – complete with drooling noise. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if hummus and carrots was just as appetizing? I guess maybe if you’re vegan they are.

I’m sure someone a lot smarter than me could explain why we like bad food so much more than healthy food.

Although, now that I think about, I do sort of crave healthy food a bit. If I have been eating badly for a few days I do tend to want to stay away from fried food and have something more like this: vegetables-frying-pan-greens So maybe there is hope for me after all.

Though right now I want a burger.

Yes. After first writing this, it’s a few days later now, I did get a burger. It was nice. Cue Homer Simpson drooling.


I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.


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