Falling like a stone – or a feather

The weight just keeps coming off. To the point where I’m now looking at the timing of when I end this diet because it can’t continue like this. The latest update is that I am now at a weight of 159.6 pounds after 11 days of dieting, from a starting point of 167 pounds. Oh…

Progress Report – Weight

I’ve made some amazing progress in terms of this current diet, and I wanted to share that with you, my silent hidden readers (I see you, shy people, lurking behind my google stats. You can comment, I don’t bite). But “hey my weight was x and now it’s y” doesn’t make for a great blog…

Diet Week Two

The diet enters week two. When you’re a bit of a foodie, eating the same kind of food all the time tends to make all the days blend into each other. I lose my sense of time as every dish looks a lot like the last one. I also lose a lot of time preparing…

Low fat, low carb, low enjoyment

I’m not enjoying this diet. Low carb, low fat, fairly high protein, low enjoyment, low satisfaction. That’s the list of adjectives that best describes the purgatory diet I’m currently on. The day tends to go something like this: The meals are all there, but there’s just nothing in them, and the energy I usually have…

It’s not me, it’s her

There’s bumps in the road, and there’s falling off the wagon, and there’s occasional missed targets. This isn’t any of those. This is what happens when your second child comes along.

Time-Shifting to Mornings

“I am not a morning person.” I have said that to anyone who cared to ask for the last… ahem… several years. This was blatantly not true, or perhaps true insofar as it was convenient. I have, under the influence of peer-group pressure, risen at the unearthly hour of 5.30am two mornings a week for…

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is the sensation of stiffness and soreness you get in muscle groups you’ve exercised harder or in ways they’re not used to, usually one to two days after the exercise occurred. It’s caused by microscopic damage to the muscle fibres caused by an increase in your exercise intensity, a change…

A Period of Forced Rest

I haven’t exercised very much for about 2 months. There are two main reasons for this. The first one is that my wife was pregnant and I now have a shiny, squirmy new daughter. In the last two months of pregnancy, your wife needs your support more than your body needs to be buff, so…

Neurogenesis

You’ll find the headlines all over the blogosphere. Click on one and outbrain-powered insta-clickbait appears at the bottom of all your subsequent browsing sending you back to similar articles. So it must be true:¬†Exercise makes you smarter.

Does getting up early burn more calories?

Once upon a long long time ago, I mentioned to my doctor in France that once upon a time, even longer ago, I had been quite the athlete. I pointed out that, during a particular period in my life, I’d do 2 hours of sport most mornings, usually under the supervision of a coach, either…

Yes, even on Sundays

My daughter is looking at me from her high chair, accusation radiating from her big eyes and rosy cheeks as a moment usually spent communing over her favorite activity (spreading food over large surfaces) is actually spent typing on my computer. On a normal weekday we would rush through a breakfast of eggs and avocado,…