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The Wainrights

The Wainrights

Since I’ve veered this page toward walking and hiking I have learned a great deal in a such as short spell of time. I’ve learned some people are superhuman in their endeavours, that it is usually advisable to spend the extra money on good quality […]

Farewell 2018, hello 2019

Farewell 2018, hello 2019

2018 didn’t go to plan fitness wise.  I have a multitude of excuses but it all honesty they aren’t good ones so I won’t try and justify things. One thing that I did gain in 2018 is focus.  I realised that I prefer walking to […]

Lakeland 50 here I come

Lakeland 50 here I come

It has been a while since I posted so thought I would share a little update. Whilst I would love to say it is good news I am reporting, alas, that it not the case. The next post was supposed to detail how I fared […]

Snacking, binging and secret eating

Snacking, binging and secret eating

Cleaning the car out is one of those jobs that doesn’t take very long but really isn’t much fun. I would love to say I was car proud and kept things spic and span but alas this is not the case. I spend a lot […]

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. […]