Category: health and fitness

A very much planned headache

Today my head is thumping, it was planned, and it has nothing to do with yesterday being Christmas (I only had a chocolate slip-up after opening presents, then had a reasonably moderate Christmas dinner, then stopped eating for the day.

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Diet like it’s 1999

So the doctor said that the weight I have put on was likely to be caused from my lazy thyroid. Not at all then from my recent habit of celebrating the end of every work day with the modern equivalent

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Do not eat at your desk

Over the last few weeks I have been bringing my lunch into work and eating the same meal every day. It’s easy, cheap and practical, and I don’t mind if it’s monotonous – I guess I am lucky that way.

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The importance of a second opinion

What would you do if your doctor told you that your blood test shows you have a low thyroid so here take these pills for the rest of your life and by the way your cholesterol is high so avoid

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Walking my way into my sunset years

I recently had a bit of bad news concerning my health. Very tiny, nothing to worry about if you are forty-two like me. Taking into account that my doctor is not the greatest at social skills (he stares at his

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How to achieve your goals faster: Parkinson’s law

Parkinson’s law states that ‘work expands to fill the time available’. With that in mind, when you set yourself a goal it is useful to pick a date that is realistically achievable, but not too comfortable. This is why when

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Difficult = difficile

I spoke too soon. Yesterday I was surprised at how easy I was finding it to stick to 2,000 calories a day – I should instead have shut up and braced myself. For today it was well hard, but I

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My cheap, convenient, fat loss diet explained

Disclaimer: do not try this at home. Or if you do, remember that it is entirely your responsibility. I have been eating tinned food for the last thirty-six hours. There’s a reason – and a plan – for it. Over

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Food = cibo

Interesting programme on TV last night: My Big Fat Diet, about Claire Sweeney stopping to control her food intake and exercise, and putting on two stone in just a few weeks. The programme was not particularly full of incredible revelations

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Disappointment = delusione

Yesterday I was meant to run a ten mile race I had signed up for, but I did not. I had trained hard for it because it is a longer distance than my usual runs. I followed a sensible plan,

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So that’s where all that bread is going

I snore. A lot. And I eat. A lot. All the time. Day and night. Surprisingly, although far from ever being skinny, I have so far never been obese. I thought I simply had a a very active metabolism, but

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No more ‘heavy legs’ for the French

As you may remember, I was born and raised in Italy, went to school and graduated in the UK, worked in France for seven years, then Italy for another three and since 2002 I have been back in the UK.

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Even Oprah can’t keep her weight down

So Oprah has stacked on the pounds again. I have now following her yo-yo dieting for twenty-five years now, looked into every one of her new amazing weight loss regimes, and every single time I saw right through her achievements

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The 30-day bedtime routine challenge

Given that it takes thirty days to install a new habit I suffer from a lack of a bedtime routine, and you increase your chances of success when you are publicly accountable, from today I am going to do the

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Please help me cross my legs

With my three to four gym sessions a week (weight training, abs and a little cardio work) I thought I was fit – until I went for a run with colleagues early last year and was out of breath after

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How to save 140 pounds in 7 weeks

If you are a heavy coffee drinker as I was, just give up coffee like I did seven weeks ago (I used to spend about two pounds a day on it) and you’ve got one hundred unspent pounds there looking

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Less time to waste

One of the most obvious effects of having given up caffeine completely is that, after four days of 24-hour headaches, I started to sleep. Oh yes I sleep, and how I sleep! Naps in the afternoon at the weekend, snoozes

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Day four without caffeine

If you follow my short updates on Twitter or Facebook, you will now that I have given up caffeine on Saturday, and that I’ve been crippled by headaches ever since. I knew my caffeine intake was way above sanity (about

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Do not drink Diet Coke

I was reading how big companies have started to realise that ‘your home page is Google’, and the given example was how if you search for Diet Coke the third result is ‘Don’t Drink the Diet Coke‘, which links aspartame

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Taking care of my health

Being born in Italy, and having lived in France for six years, I used to have an overly medicalised view of health. People in Italy go to the doctor as soon as the smallest thing appears to be ever so

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Rounders tournament in Hyde Park

I spent yesterday afternoon playing rounders in Hyde Park. A friend had organised a tournament, the turnout was staggering and our team ended up second of four. It was a gay tournament, and unsurprisingly I was able to share with

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Capture live data with Google Docs

Google Docs lets you link a spreadsheet to a web form. Entries via the web form (by yourself or anyone else that you have sent the link to) update the spreadsheet automatically. I use it as a food diary: I

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Oggi vado al lavoro a piedi

Oggi vado al lavoro a piedi Today I am walking to work Literally: ‘Today (I) go to work at feet’. Today is Walk To Work Day. Yesterday I pledged to walk at least thirty minutes to work, but then I

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Ho dormito sul divano

Ho dormito sul divano I have slept on the sofa Literally: ‘(I) have slept on-the sofa’. On average two nights a week I sleep on a sofa that is two feet shorter than I am, lulled by the sound of

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Ho messo su quattro libbre in una settimana

Ho messo su quattro libbre in una settimana I have put on four pounds in one week Literally: ‘(I) have put on four pounds in one week’. Three and a half weeks ago I decided to stop counting calories and

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Oggi mangiamo uova e pancetta per colazione

Oggi mangiamo uova e pancetta per colazione Today we are having eggs and bacon for breakfast Literally: ‘Today (we) eat eggs and bacon for breakfast’ Listen to the audio file Do you want to get rid of that little bit

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Finalmente è venerdì

Today’s phrase is Finalmente è venerdì At last it’s Friday Literally: At last is Friday Listen to the audio file It’s been a short week (I worked on Monday, went out on Monday and Tuesday night, had a day off

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‘Preserved’ as innapropriate behaviour?

A friend sent me this notice he found posted at his gym, which I don’t think it’s even one of the gayest in town. You go to a gym? Then you are expected to be supple enough to soap your

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Mother’s ground beef pasta sauce

It was not without apprehension that last Saturday I set off to go visit my mother in Italy. She had been ill for a while, was taken to hospital for six weeks of tests last spring, but they could not

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A nutrition experiment that failed miserably

I have already written about how two days into my holiday my mobile phone reset itself and all data was wiped out. I saw this as a sign to let go and try not to make a note of absolutely

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