This is splendid for so many reasons…

  • The ATV Ident
  • Rock legends getting flanned…
  • … one of them being Robert Plant.
  • Phil Collins dressed as a flower and stood in a bucket
  • Lenny Henry gwappling his gwape nuts

It could only be TISWAS!

Slimming World 24th September 2007

After another fun week of what felt like a far more self-indulgent version of the Food Optimising plan, I wasn’t expecting a grand result on Monday night. But that’s exactly what I got – another 3.5lbs off! This takes my overall total weight loss to:

5 stones, 4.5lb or 74.5lb or 33.79kg

This is after a week which included chocolate, jam, clotted cream and wine. This, friends, is where the Syns come in. As I mentioned when I began this journey back in April:

>All the foods that would be considered off-limits in conventional ‘diet’ thinking are rated by ‘Syns’, and you get so many a day.

I had been avoiding using most of my allocation of Syns, thinking that the less I had, the more weight I’d lose. That worked for a while, but soon enough natural cravings for the usual treats kicked in, and I had to find a way of managing them without buggering up my progress. So, after speaking to my consultant, Saint Frankie the Magnificent, I found out how many Syns I could have per day and started planning them into my daily menus. It’s so wonderful during a rough day at work to think that there are a couple of shots of Jack on the evening’s menu! It’s an excellent way of making sure there are no feelings of deprivation, there’s no such thing as ‘bad’ food, and it makes the whole thing easier to live with. That’s very important for those of us who are going to be doing this for a while.

The trick, really, is to have the Syns, have the Healthy Extras and all of that, but to make sure the mainstay of the food is fruit and vegetables. Forget 5-a-day. Try 10. The more the merrier. And, of course, to make sure there’s at least 30 minutes of activity a day. Which reminds me, I’ve still got a stack of housework to get through before Hubster returns from another day at t’mill… so I’ll leave it there for this week.

Hoping for another good result from Mr Scale on Monday. Until then… the journey continues!

More Monochrome Meddling

We had our usual walk by the canal today, and I did a bit more playing with monochrome when we returned. I took this photo of grass for the pattern and contrast, so it was a prime candidate for black and white:

Grass Swirl Mono

The last part of our journey is by street, and this chimney pot caught my eye – an H in the sky:


I used The GIMP’s Chanel Mixer to change the image to monochrome, then added colour to turn it to something resembling sepia:

H Sepia

The H-shaped pot itself looks better in the sepia version, but I think the brickwork looks a bit unreal. Maybe it would have been better with only parts converted?

Ten Guilty Pleasures (Brogan List #40)

Okay then Mr Brogan, here’s one from your list…

Ten Guilty Pleasures

  • Biopics – I love watching films about famous people. Especially when they’re really compellingly bad. Remember the movie of that godawful book Wired? That’s about the worst I’ve seen, but there’s also been really cheesy ones about John Lennon, Karen Carpenter and The Monkees.

  • The Monkees – pure pop. Nothing more to say. Michael Nesmith was the first hat-wearing guitar player to catch my eye.

  • The Associated TeleVision Ident – I can’t really explain this one. Maybe it reminds me of a time when TV was good and life was simpler, or maybe that the colours were cool, or maybe I still get excited because hearing that tune means The Muppets will be on in a minute.

  • Marmite – Yep, definitely in the ‘love’ camp here. I adore the goopy stuff.

  • Dipping Kit Kat Fingers in Tea – A habit I’ve unfortunately had to give up for now, but since 2-finger Kit Kats are fairly low on syns, I might have a dip again soon. 😉

  • Lush – One of the few stores you smell before you see. I love their bath and shower stuff, especially Happy Hippy and Karma.

  • Life on Mars – One of the best TV shows ever. Loved it.

  • Snorgling – Have you seen my husband’s hair lately? Probably not because his avatar is about three years old, but take it from me, there’s so much floof, I must snorgle it!

  • Slash – Michael Nesmith might have been the first hat-wearing guitar player to catch my eye, but he was by no means the last. The man I occasionally refer to as The Lovely Mr Hudson rocks as hard as he ever did and he’s fantastic live (even though I only saw them for 20 minutes because I was too damn unfit to make it through the rest of the show).

  • Doing List Posts inspired by The Brogan – Nuff said. Just be glad I decided not to tackle all 100.

43Folders Gets Drupal

43Folders has just relaunched using Drupal. It’s looking really good so far – Merlin drafted in a few people who actually know what they’re doing with Drupal, where PigPog just had me and a poking-stick to try to make things work. If you’re into productivity pr0n and GTD stuff in any way, I’m sure you’re already a big fan of Merlin’s site, but it’s certainly worth going and having a fresh look.