Review of the Year

This year I started yoga (January). I think I’ve become more graceful. I need to do more yoga in my own time (partly as the first lesson after a month off with be really hard).

I’ve cycled to work (5 miles each way) lots of times.

I’m getting into the habit of not eating and looking at screens or reading.  I think this really helps me. A few times I’ve been stressed and wanted to comfort eat, but thought “I’ve not got time to eat”. Before, I would have eaten junk food whilst stressing out.

I keep meaning to pay-as-u-gym.  I need to do some weight-lifting to get ready for Tough Mudder.

I’m thinking of getting some running shoes and gently getting back into running. I need to be careful as when I tried it a few years ago I got pains in my knee. I might be in a better shape for running now thanks to yoga. I’m going to go to Runners’ Retreat in Winchester on Monday.

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs on two slices of buttered toast.

Drinks: Black coffee.

Fruit: Fig. Grapes. Apple.

Snack: Roasted salted almonds. Rum fudge. Truffles. Ferrero  Rocher. Cake. Biscuits with cheese.

Dinner: Roast lamb with roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings, cavolo nero, carrots, parsnip and gravy.

Alcohol: Almost a whole bottle of white wine. Shared a bottle of prosecco with JF.




Breakfast: Porridge with salt and honey.

Lunch: 2 boiled eggs with 2 slices of buttered toast.

Drinks: Black coffee.

Snacks: Cake.

Alcohol: Pretty much an entire bottle of white wine. A glass of tawny port.

Dinner: Cheese, biscuits, bread, figs, grapes, ham.

Tough Mudder

I thought I’d signed up for a short obstacle course for team-building in May, but Tough Mudder is 10 mile run with monkey bars and walls to scale! I’m wondering whether to try and get out of it, but it’s already been paid for.

Arggh – it calls  itself the ‘toughest event on the planet’. Panic!

Breakfast: Porridge with salt and honey.

Lunch: Beef, tomato and mayo sandwich.

Drinks: Black coffee.

Snacks: 2 Guylian chocolates. 3 truffles. 2 Ferrero Rocher. Slice of chocolate cake.

Dinner at the Lebanese restaurant. I had kallaj (stuffed bread), cheese burak and moussaka stew.

Alcohol: Red and white wine. Did what DM suggested and drank as slowly as I could at the start of the evening.

I tried to get out of Tough Mudder, but a colleague who did it last year said that you can walk it and there’s queuing for obstacles, which gives you a chance to relax. He said he’d dropped out after 2 miles  last year, but he’s going to try to do better this year. I’m going to buy some running shoes over the next week or so and gently start to run again. Need to start doing pull-ups again too.


Your choice

At the end of January, I’ll give £30 to a charity of your choice if I achieve January’s mission. (The first reader to respond chooses the charity.)

The mission: only to drink on 4 days per week and never to drink more than two drinks on any one day. At home 2 drinks is half a bottle (375 ml). In a pub, it’s however much I get served as two drinks.

Breakfast: Porridge with salt and honey.

Lunch: Last night’s stew with pasta but no cheese.

Snacks: 3 Cheddars. Tesco lemon mousse. 6 chocolates. 2 florentines. Tesco salted caramel mousse (heavenly – tastes like Angel Delight – adding to my shopping list).

Drinks: Black coffee – 1 cup with sugar as trying to do something difficult.

Fruit: Apple.

Dinner: Beef, roast potatoes, greens and gravy.

£30 to MSF

I stuck to the not drinking till Christmas Day challenge up till Christmas Eve, so I’ve donated £30 MSF. (HMRC gives 25%, so it’s actually £37.50.)

The February La Perla challenge was on hold over Christmas, but I’m back on it now.

Drinks: Black coffee.

Lunch: Lamb stir fry with egg-fried rice. (Reheated from frozen.)

Tonight it’s beef stew from the slow cooker we got for Christmas. Put it in at 12:30 this afternoon, but it won’t be ready till about 7pm.


Dinner: Beef stew with pasta with grated gruyère.

Snacks: 3 or 4 chocolates.

Fruit: Apple.


Breakfast: none as having an early lunch.

Lunch: KFC zinger rice box.

Drinks: Black coffee.

Snacks at work: mint.

Dinner: Lamb stir fry with rice.

Snacks at home: 2 chocolates.

Fruit: An apple.

Knights Tippler

My plan for January is this. On no day will I drink any more than slightly less than two drinks. So just under two 250ml glasses of wine per night.

Breakfast: Porridge with honey and salt.

Snacks at work: Wasabi peanuts. Samosa. 2 mints.

Fruit: A date. Small amount of pineapple.

Lunch: Tuna mayo sandwich.

Drinks: Tea. Black coffee.

Dinner: Roast lamb with new potatoes, red cabbage, broccoli and gravy.

Snacks at home: 2 chocolates.