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2011 February

From the monthly archives:

February 2011

James Blunt

February 28, 2011

I went to see James Blunt last night at Hammersmith Apollo.

I love going to gigs. Living in London means I can go to a gig every night of the week if I felt that way inclined, and I tend to go at least once or twice a month.James Blunt

Now, here’s the thing. I love music and I’ve always found it’s enhanced by alchohol. Music just sounds better when you’re drunk. So I’ve always got pretty tanked up when I go to gigs and had a great time.

But as I get older, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the morning after. In fact it’s more like the whole day after for me now. Since I go to gigs so often I decided last night that I would drive, and see what it’s like going to a gig sober. Without having a hangover the next day I would be able to do my daily excercise and stick to healthy eating. When I’ve got a hangover I tend to veg out all day and eat comfort food to make me feel better.

So I figured if I can enjoy myself as much without getting smashed then I’ve got the added advantage of the convenience of be able to drive plus it doesn’t mess up the whole of the next day.

So how was the gig?

Well, I saw James Blunt a couple of years ago and thought it was absolutely brilliant. Of course I was rolling off the walls that time. This time I thought it was very good. Really very good. But I certainly noticed the lack of alchohol induced mood enhancement. I enjoyed the gig, but I didn’t LOVE the gig.

I loved this morning though! No hangover, and 20 minutes on the wifes new cross trainer saw me sweating like a turkey on Christams eve.

I’m going to give this sober gig thing another chance. Maybe it’s just something I have to get used to. I’m off to see KT Tunstall next week so I’ll see how I get on with that.

By the way, James Blunt obviously takes care of himself. I’d be happy with a gut like his.



February 26, 2011

I had a bad week this week. As I had injured my arm last week, I simply wasn’t able to do any exercise. Plus it was half term at school so we had our daughter home which meant taking time off to go do fun things. And that meant the routine went completely out of the window.

So I didn’t eat small regular meals, in fact quite the opposite. I went out for dinner on Saturday and Sunday, on Tuesday I ended up at the cinema eating hot dogs, crisps and popcorn, on Thursday I went out for pizza and beer and last night we went out for Tapas, again with beer and wine.

And I nearly forgot, we got a Chinese take away on Wednesday night.

So I was fully expecting to have put on a bit of weight this week. But no. I lost another 0.3Kg (0.7lbs). That was a nice surprise. I can’t explain it. Maybe I’ve already speeded my metabolism up a bit. Maybe my body is burning slightly more energy repairing my arm. Maybe, it’s because I’ve done more walking about this week due to half term. Whatever the reason, I’m happy to be still losing my gut.

The wife ordered a cross trainer which should be arriving on Monday. I wonder how long that will be used before it ends up as a clothes horse!


Little and Often

February 25, 2011

The way I’m losing my gut is by making small changes to how I live so that, over time, I get big results.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading on the subject and what the general concensus seems to be is that we shouldn’t be eating ‘three square meals a day’ as we’ve been brought up to do: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Or if you come from ‘up North’ you would call that Breakfast, Dinner, and Tea.

I read a fitness book about five years ago and one of the main points in this book was that to lose fat it’s better to eat five or six small meals regularly throughout the day. Since reading that I’ve noticed a lot, if not all, the serious fitness and health guru’s are saying the same thing.

The idea is that you don’t necessarily eat any more calories throughout the day but that you are dividing them into smaller, more regular portions. By doing this you are keeping your blood sugar and energy levels constant throughout the day and this also speeds up your metabolism. With a faster metabolism you apparently burn more calories during the day than with a slower metabolism. So even sitting watching TV you’ll be burning more calories!

I read this about Ryan Reynolds diet and exercise routine:

“The main thing I learned about this whole process is how important food is. Transforming your body quickly is a genetic ability, but can also be traumatic. Eating properly is 80% of the equation. Most people think it’s the other way around,”

Ryan Reynolds’ diet includes eating 6 small meals every 2 to 3 hours instead of eating three large meals daily. With this, he’s able to provide his body with the right amount of food and at the same time, avoids the storage of fat.


I thought I had it bad. Then I heard about Gary Shirly! This poor guy is currently 320lbs (nearly 23 stone, or 145 Kg) and he’s only 24 years old!

Well, he’s been working out with a trainer for the last two weeks and managed to drop 8 pounds but his trainer wants him to drop 100 more to reach his fitness goal.

Gary’s workout consists of intense cardio, including treadmill and elliptical exercises, and weight training — or as it’s known in the fitness community, “exercise.”

Gary has been instructed to adhere to a low-carb diet, stressing a healthy breakfast and eating every 3-4 hours — or as it’s known in the health community, “a diet.”

Gary’s trainer said, “I definitely want to see him lose and I’ll do everything in my power to see that it happens, but it just takes commitment on his part.”

Apparently his diet will consist of low-fat Subway sandwiches… I’ve never heard of those but they sound good to me!

Reading stuff like this makes me realise that I’ve got it easy. I only want to lose about 10 Kgs, or 22 pounds. If I can lose 2 lbs a week then it should only take eleven weeks!

What this has made me realise is that all this time I’ve been thinking losing my gut is a lofty goal. But compared to people like Gary Shirly, it should be a piece of cake. And this is part of the problem. I think because I’ve never been seriously overweight, I’ve never taken losing it seriously. I really should just get on and do it, get it done, and get on with something else!

So now I’m moving my goal forward. I want to lose my gut by this summer!

I’m still out of action from my arm injury but that shouldn’t hold me back. I’ve got some interesting plans for next week, which I’ll tell you about then!