Sunday, 21 February 2010

Living and learning

I had a revelation about a month ago, involving alcohol, and it's meant something of a change in attitude to drinking. I realised, weirdly, that when I think "I really want a beer" what I mean is I really want a drink. So I swapped beer for redbush tea, and as a result have been drinking far, far less.

I still have evenings where I go a bit mental, but much less of them now. Usually if I am away – for example, I got shitfaced in Munich a couple of weeks ago, and in London about 10 days before that. But I didn't enjoy either occasion particularly, and I know it came out of a kind of boredom both times.

So, what does this mean weight-wise? If I weigh myself in the morning, I'm around 96kg I think. That's a guess; in the evenings I'm around 98 or 99, which is not a guess. But it's steady, it's not really going up or down, and I feel good. Still dog walking a lot, but running has fallen by the weigh-side as I've just had my busiest time of the year work-wise. Still working on my knees, so to speak, and they're nice and strong; I've been dreaming about running too, and have verbally agreed to do a marathon in autumn, so cross your fingers. Gym work is progressing very well, since the enforced layoff due to work and travel.

But the change in attitude to drinking is the big change for me. Last night, I had seven bottles of beer. That's just over 3.5 pints. I didn't enjoy it especially, I just did it because I had decided I would. Daft as that sounds, I do that because next time I think it's a good idea, I'll remember the last time. And it will be a while before it seems a good idea, anyway, because it wasn't particularly enjoyable.

I bought a bottle of wine last week, just something cheap my boss had recommended, and it lasted three nights (third night I had none – WonderWife finished it!). I felt rather proud of myself. All change in habits here.

Still, as we're absolutely flat broke, drinking less is probably a very good idea...

In other news, our bag web shop is up and running; anybody wanna buy a one-off handbag or shoulder bag?? I can maybe do you a deal...

PS: I recently met one of my all-time heroes – that means of the three that are alive, I ony have to meet one now... I met Dame Kelly Holmes in Munich airport, and actually went up to her beaming and just said "You're my hero, you and Paula are the reason I started running!" She was absolutely lovely. So nice, but I was utterly starstruck – I forgot to even ask for a photo, or an autograph.

Bugger! moments like that make me want to blog again!


Z said...

Oh blimey - our own blog isn't updating in Bloglines now. This is getting silly. I just happened to check in and find this.

Anyway, I've been restraining from nagging you about your online bag shop, as I've looked regularly and it always said 'coming soon'. I'll go and have another look - I really like the bags.

I wish you blogged again, too. I loved your blog.

Love 'weigh-side', too.

badgerdaddy said...

Sadly, I've got a bit scared of blogging - mainly because of WonderWife and SuperStepDaughter. Not just me to consider people might have a go at now. Would rather abstain than either of them get any grief.

canadian sadie said...

bag site, please! :) And you don't even need to ship to Canada, my sister just moved to London! ...also, I'm with Z re: missing your blog. I appreciate 100% your reasons, but I still miss it. :)

badgerdaddy said...

We got a whole new domain for the shop -

Woo hoo!

And we're going to be featured in a national newspaper next month in a profile of my gorgeous wife and the bags!!

elizabeth said...

but nothing in several months.... that IS sad.

elizabeth said...

why didnt anyone tell me you were a bloggin again??

Z said...

I'm sorry, Elizabeth, I have comment moderation switched on for old posts and I haven't checked it recently, which is the reason they haven't been published before.

Badgerdaddy is indeed both Sad and Bad. So am I. I suspect we have no good news on the skinniness front.

BTW, Badge, you didn't tell us what newspaper. And we've missed it. Do I have to google?