Category Archives: Health

Co-ordinating and logging informal runs and rides

In my post about Little Stoke Parkrun, I suggested that a computerized system for co-ordinating and recording informal runs, so that people could do something like Parkrun, but without anyone being able to demand anything from them on the excuse of them being an “organization”, would be useful. I’m a programmer, and have some ideas […]

Starting running, and supporting Little Stoke Parkrun

I’ve made some very tentative attempts at starting running in the past year or so, but when I saw the news about the local council trying either to extract money from Little Stoke Parkrun (a free event in a public park) or to close it down, I felt I should start running to support the […]

A longer fast

I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for some time now, a day at a time, and have found it very effective for losing weight, and probably for many other health improvements, not all which I’ve measured. I started off with 600 calories on the fasting days, and once I got used to it, found I could […]

My annual day of extraversion

For most of the time, I’m fairly introverted, and tend to guard my personal space quite strongly, and am slow to contact strangers, and get uncomfortable in crowds of strangers, particularly when I have little in common with them. However, I can be more outgoing, even with a lot of people around, at least if […]

Getting my Krav Maga P2

A few months ago, I passed my Krav Maga P2 grading. Like my P1, this was on the second attempt. This time, I scraped through with a borderline pass. So now, I’m (just) trained up enough to deal with most civilian street attacks. At the time, I thought that P3 would be out of my […]

My first year of intermittent fasting

I’ve now been doing Intermittent Fasting for a year. I saw the article by Michael Mosley on the BBC website, and thought I’d give it a try for a month, and started on 7th August, 2012. My original plan was to fast two days a week, but I immediately found it so much easier than […]

Intermittent fasting: beginning, and initial progress

Last month, I noticed the BBC article The power of intermittent fasting, and decided to try it, initially two days per week (one of the standard patterns). I’ve long been overweight, and have never been good about avoiding overeating (mostly comfort eating when stuck or bored). This system looked more promising than most, partly because […]

Experimenting with (prescription) drugs

A bit over a year ago, a consultant in Ireland started me on a statin (Rosuvastatin) to lower my cholesterol levels, which worked OK, and I didn’t notice any side effects.. When I moved to England, my GP switched me to a cheaper statin, Simvastatin, which turned out to have side-effects on my muscles (a […]

New exercise programme (2011)

A while ago I bought a copy of You are your own gym, and having read the general matter before the actual exercises, I’ve at last got round to starting it, this morning. I’ll make occasional notes here as I go along. It was encouraging to find the vlog of someone who’s pleased with the […]

Getting a little faster

I’m now cycling to work quite regularly; having started with an average speed of 9mph, I’m pleased to have reached 10.1 yesterday and then, unexpectedly, 10.6 today! I’m now comfortable with the prospect of using the trike as my regular transport to and from work, for ordinary straightforward workdays. I’m not yet comfortable with taking […]