• 101 in 1001,  nsv,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >101 in 100 – Item 48…

    > Get better control of emotional/bored eating …has been completed! This one is maybe a little bit iffy.  But I had a terrible week last week.  And I still managed to avoid all chocolate and coke and didn’t binge on anything else either.  So I feel I can tick it off although I must admit to being a little concerned that once I start allowing myself occasional chocolate and coke again I might slip back into old habits. Wednesday, I got some malware on my computer and it went really screwy.  I sorted it out but it took until I e-mailed my cousin for me to get it 100% better.…

  • 101 in 1001,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >101 in 1001 – Item 80…

    > Buy fewer new books (use the library, charity shops and borrow them from people instead) …has been completed! I probably could have ticked this one off a few weeks ago.  I’ve been using the library a lot lately and have bought two books since February (although one was an omnibus edition with 3 in it) I’ve been debating just when to tick this one off.  But it was the fact that this week I received a book a won on twitter, two review books and have three more promised to me (meaning review books 7, 8 and 9 are sat on the side with 10, 11, and 12 promised…

  • books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >The Summer Reading Challenge

    >I think today is probably going to be a day of multiple blog updates because I already had a lot to say.  But I can’t resist sharing this. [image description: a blue and white stripped deck chair with a copy of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol in it.  Above that the words The Summer Reading Challenge are written in an arc (split in two lines with challenge on the second).  Plain font, dark blue.  The background is white] I’m taking part in the Transworld Dan Brown Summer Reading Challenge.   And I don’t actually have to read a Dan Brown book to do it.  Which is good I think.  Never…

  • nsv,  sailing,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >Four months update

    >I was just sat here wondering what to title this entry when I realised that today is exactly 4 months since I started losing weight this time.  The fact that I’ve stuck at this for four months and made real progress is amazing.  I think the last time I managed something like this was 2002/2003. I’m up 1 and about a quarter pounds this week.  As I wrote last week however, I’d eaten very little for a few days before that weigh in as I’d been ill (nothing on one day as the 1 thing I ate didn’t stay down).  This week I’ve been eating normally And I have my…

  • 101 in 1001,  good things,  nsv,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >50 days!

    >Today is day 50 since I’ve had any coke or chocolate.  It was one of my 101 in 1001 goals to go without for three weeks.  I think currently I’m aiming for two months without but part of me is wondering if 100 days would be an achievable goal.  That would be a long term one though, I think short term two months and then ten weeks will be the goals. Short term goals on the way to long term ones are most achievable I think, and most satisfying. For perspective I was drinking something like a litre of full fat coke everyday and eating a big bar (100g+) of…

  • photos,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    >Showstoppers!

    >I am so behind on writing about things I’ve been doing that this is going to be a very quick catch up. Shows what I have seen lately Leicester Comedy Festival on Tour.  I particularly liked Pippa Evans although all the comedians were good.  I love going to big name shows but the ones where there are a few people are great too.  Especially as the comedy club at uni was how I got into live comedy originally and it reminds me of that. This video is of Pippa Evans (AKA Loretta Maine) singing I’m Fine.  Totally cracks me up. Dara O’Briain.  Love love love love his live show.  It’s the second…

  • antibiotics,  meds,  sailing,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  UTI,  weight loss,  wheelchair

    >The Return of those Three Little Letters I Love To Hate…. U-T-I

    >Alternate title: they said I had a UTI and how I wish that were true. I’ve been a pretty poorly cripple.  This is copied from an e-mail I sent to a friend yesterday. Basically went to bed Thurs with bad back pain but didn’t think too much of it as I get that. Woke up middle of the night with my sides and tummy and back all really badly sore and feeling sick. Couldn’t lie down coz of pain. Went to docs who said gall bladder attack mostly but also UTI gave me antibiotics and anti-sickness stuff but spent the rest of the day throwing up despite them and my…

  • disability,  formspring,  questions,  Uncategorized

    >Is there anything you wish everyone knew about disability or something you’d like to see in the school curriculum?

    > (via formspring.me) Is there anything you wish everyone knew about disability or something you’d like to see in the school curriculum?  [This probably sounds like a stupid question, but I think a lot of people are just ignorant, rather than disablist] That’s a pretty tough one to answer. It’s pretty much impossible to come up with stuff that everyone should know about disability because there’s such a wide range of disabilities. And also such a variation with the same type of disability between person to person. Even us crips don’t know everything about disability as a whole – we know about our condition and how it affects us personally.…

  • fun stuff,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >Chitty Chitty … Wheelchair?

    >Sailability is run separately for the most part from Oxford Sailing Club as a whole.  And on Tuesday night one of the regular club instructors started chatting to me in the bar. First he was asking me about Challengers and if we do racing, do we take part in the club racing etc. Then he asked what sort of lifejacket I have.  He explained that they have groups of disabled children come up, some of whom can’t come out of their chairs.  And he had found it difficult to put lifejackets on them.  From the sounds of it that was to do with lack of mobility on their part and…

  • goals,  nsv,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >One Stone Goal – Done!

    > Down another 2 and a half pounds today.  Total weight loss is now 1 stone and half a pound!  I’m so pleased.  I’m now 17st 12 & 7/8lb.  I did see 19st 1 at one point at the beginning of the year but my official starting weight was 18st 13&1/2 lb – I didn’t have my scales for several weeks in between the two.  My mum commented today that I am so far from 20 stone now.  Apparently at the beginning of the year she was really worried that if I kept going the way I was I’d be ending this year weighing over 20st. And because I am…