31 December 2010 – reflecting on New Year’s Eve


New Year’s Eve always feels like a time to reflect. This time last year I was a few stone heavier. I’d had a Christmas of eating far too much and all my clothes were tight and uncomfortable. I felt horrible and NYD was the day I decided to get back on track and do something about it once and for all. Continue reading

28 December 2010 Christmas


This is my last day before going back to work for two full days. I’m not weighing this week because I don’t want to know! I figure I’ll wait until next week when all the water settles down and get a true picture of the damage. Even so, I’m back on the wagon today. Continue reading

12 December 2010 – Christmas shopping and a different walk


This morning I had a pretty unfruitful shopping trip. Some present were ticked off the list but Commando wanted a handheld Dyson and they are completely sold out everywhere so I’ve had to get him something else instead. The plan had been to get all the Christmas shopping done but I will have to go again on Friday now. 

At least I managed to get the food and drinks in for the girls night though. Lots of cranberry juice and orange juice to go with the vodka plus tons of diet coke, a bottle of rum and several bottles of wine. That should do it. I also got some snacks but with an eye on the good foods, lots of olives and dried fruit and nuts. I also got some mini blinis and various things to put on them (goats cheese, smoked salmon etc). I will be making filo pastry mince pies on Wednesday night and melon balls. 

Commando, Commando Junior and Bard are off to Amsterdam on Tuesday and not coming back until Thursday so it will be quiet around here this week. Then on Thursday night all hell will break loose with the girls and my boys all back at once.

Because I missed my Riverside walk yesterday I decided to do a shortened version today. Because I had a parcel to drop off at the Post Office I began by going up the Big Hill and then took a different route to the riverside. 

From the top of the hill I wlaked up towards the Estate Agents I worked in when I was working part time after I was made redundant. It’s a familiar walk because I did it every day for six months. Then I went down the hill at Moushole Lane (don’t the roads sound quaint round here?) and at the bottom I walked up Vale Drive towards The Castle Pub. This route only added about half a mile onto my normal walk but walking up the Big Hill and then walking up to the Castle, which is the highest point on this side of the river certainly added to the calorie burn. It also warmed me up on a cold afternoon. 

From the Castle there is a wonderful view right over to the airport where you can actually see planes coming in and taking off. It’s a very long hill down to Woodmill joining my normal riversiade walk about half way to the White Swan. 

There was still snow on the ground on this part of the river, although the paths were mostly clear.

A thick layer of ice covered the marshy bit of land down by the Swan and the little bridge was frozen solid. I don’t think I’d have been able to cross it to go off towards Eastleigh even if I’d had time. I did see my swans and one cygnet, whose feathers are almost all white now. 

Walking back I noticed that on the town side of the park there was no snow left on the grass at all. I wonder if it is warmer in the town because of heat radiating from all the houses nearby? 

12 November 2010 – moonwalk training along the shore

The shore

The shore

Eating my breakfast at seven o’clock this morning I wondered briefly what on earth I was doing up so early on my day off? Obviously I am mad! Because of the rain over the least week I thought I’d give the Riverside walk a miss today. It tends to flood down there so I thought it might be a bit tricky. Instead I walked in the opposite direction, up The Big Hill and down the long road to Woolston, where I used to live years ago. 

It is a good three miles down to the shore and not the prettiest walk, which is what has put me off doing this before. Continue reading

7 November 2010 – funny how things change


Oddly I was up last this morning. Usually it’s Mini Commando but he’s at work!!!! It’s his first morning. After breakfast and a shower I set off to town with Commando. Not that we were checking up on him or anything. He only had to work the morning but he was going to a concert afterwards so we thought we’d treat him to lunch. Continue reading

5 November 2010 – another half marathon Friday

Early morning at Riverside Park

Early morning at Riverside Park

Friday morning and I set off bright and early for my riverside walk. The plan was to walk ten miles but with the cold still hanging around it was by no means a certainty. It was thinking about raining when I left just before eight and I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay dry for the whole walk but I had my hooded coat and my beret in my bag, just in case. Continue reading

29 October 2010 – almost defeated by the Big Hill

The Big Hill nearly killed me off

The Big Hill nearly killed me off

This morning I had a proper breakfast for the first time all week and a walk up the Big Hill with my rucksack to do some food shopping. It was hard getting up the hill which is not normal for me and shows that I would have been stupid to attempt a long walk. The shopping took an hour and I came home as worn out as if I’d walked ten miles. My fever has gone and, although I don’t feel better, I feel like I may be getting there. Sadly my face is still a mess. The main task for the day was to stay off the comfort food. Continue reading

22 October 2010 – walking to the airport

The airport

The airport

For the first time I really wasn’t looking forward to the Riverside walk today, especially not getting up early on my day off. Even so I dragged myself out of bed when the alarm went off and was out of the house just after 8, wrapped up warmly with a hat, scarf, gloves, my parka and of course the rucksack. I was glad I was because it was very cold down by the river. 

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