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Month: June 2018

Helvellyn and the Lake District challenge

Helvellyn and the Lake District challenge

“Try and find something you enjoy doing” is one of the more frustrating pieces of advice I’ve been given when it comes to exercise. Whilst I would love to say that “running becomes addictive” it is simply not the case for me. Running is a […]

Macros, micros & food groups

Macros, micros & food groups

Before going any further I must stress that I am by no means an expert, scientist, nutritionist or any other authority in this field.  My musings are based on my (semi) reasoned understanding and twenty years’ experience of diets, nutrition and fads. The basic principle […]

parkrun (not Park Run, park run or ParkRun)

parkrun (not Park Run, park run or ParkRun)

After a long day at work and a feed heading out for a run is usually the last thing I feel like.  I do manage on occasion as well as heading out for a run on my lunch break, but these are sporadic rather than […]

Can you run and not be a runner?

Can you run and not be a runner?

“Once you get in to it you’ll find it addictive.” “You’ll love it, there is nothing better.” “I can’t get through the day without it.” Whilst this could be me talking about cheeseburgers, it is in fact what other people have told me about running.  […]

Nudges and marginal gains

Nudges and marginal gains

For those familiar with the flashing lights of pub fruit machines the term nudges will probably relate to trying to get the jackpot reels lined up.  In recent times it has taken on a more scientific meaning as part of the wider field of Behavioural […]

What’s the plan?

What’s the plan?

I remember once laughing heartily at a smoking cessation advert on TV that featured the small print ‘willpower required’.  Of course willpower is required, that goes without saying.  Yet throughout 20 years of weight struggle it is the one thing that has consistently alluded me. […]

The difficult first post

The difficult first post

The machine pulls no punches. YOUR BMI IS 32.3.  YOU ARE OBESE. No wonder people fear a future ruled by machines, they aren’t very gentle when it comes to breaking bad news.  The hurt continued; YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT IS 8ST 10LB – 11ST 11LB. Standing […]