About Me

I was born in Luton, known for hat making, Vauxhall cars, London Luton Airport and a great football team who once beat Arsenal at Wembley in a Cup Final, currently languishing in non-league football for the 4th season. I moved to Edinburgh in 1990 and now live in Leith, Edinburgh's 'waterfront'.

Married for 24 years to Louise (who is on day release from Fife), I have 4 children: Holly (aged 28) who's studying medicine at Dundee University, William (aged 26) at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, Alice (aged 23) and Maddie (aged 16).

We live in a 226 year old Georgian house which we are slowly renovating. We once had a note from an artist posted through the letterbox asking if our semi-derelict house was available to rent as studio space. Things have improved lately; the stonework has been repaired and we have shiny new railings. Just the inside to do now then.

Current CNPS score: 999

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    You are what you eat

    We had a great time over Christmas and New Year spending a week at Center Parcs (sic) and then a few days over New Year in Luton with my Mum & Dad. I was a bit concerned about how Christmas would feel being away in a strange place but it turned out to be a truly relaxing, festive time.

    Needless to say, the diet went on hold for a couple of weeks but I wasn’t too concerned as I had almost reached my target weight. Wednesday last week was judgement day and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had only put on about 4lbs.

    I started to log everything down again but it rapidly became clear that this had become a bit of a chore. It’s a great method to stick to a strict diet but now I’ve lost most of the weight, I’m moving more into ‘weight management’ mode. This means I don’t have to be quite so strict; my basic diet is still following the guidelines I set myself but I’m not worried about the odd extra thing here and there. And accounting for all those odds and ends is not simple on Fitday.

    I’m going to keep recording my weight on Fitday for a few months and see how it settles down. If I start putting back on then it’ll be back to strict dieting and logging.

    Fat Boy Slim

    Weight Loss

    Almost there!

    After nearly 3 months I’ve managed to shed over 2 and a half stones (38 lbs). The strange thing is that hardly anyone has actually noticed, so I don’t know where I was carrying those extra pounds. The key for me was using Fitday.com and logging down every single item I eat. And I mean everything. Not even a nibble or a sip of anything gets past my lips without being catalogued. I log it down straight away so that I can always see how many calories I’ve got left in any given day. That way I can make an instant decision about whether I can eat something without going over the daily allowance.

    I haven’t been doing any more exercise I’m ashamed to say; that will get corrected in the new year. But I do feel a lot fitter. I was reaching the point where it was difficult to put my socks on in the morning or tie my shoelaces without getting a bit breathless. Last Sunday we visited a friend in the Borders and went for a bit of a hike in the woods. I took Maddie in the back pack carrier thingy and it occurred to me half way round that with her on my back I was about the weight of 3 months ago. Quite startling.

    If anyone is reading this, I need new clothes for Christmas. Everything is way too big now. The belt has tightened by 3 holes, or about 3 inches.

    Lighten Up!

    A few weeks ago I noticed a change in the spam arriving in my Inbox. Instead of the usual ‘Vi*gR4’, ‘v1A6rA’, ‘vi4Gra’, every other one seemed to mention my weight. The spammers had started targeting me personally (which they weren’t doing before, obviously). Or maybe I just realised I was becoming a little too large.

    Nothing for it, a diet was the only answer. And, with typical scientific precision (being the nerdy type that I am), it’s working! You can see my progress (along with the contents of my bowels) here on Fitday.