On the 1st of July I loaded a GPS running app onto my iPod and started what I hoped would be a new regime of regular exercise.
At the beginning of the long summer holiday a friend asked if I wanted to try and lose a bit of excess baggage in an act of solidarity with her. I said no. Then got home and changed my mind. Why not?
I went back out and bought a set of scales, the first I've ever really owned.
And now? I have been doing a bit of running and a lot of power walking, always in the morning before work. I'm not saying it's easy, and it's getting harder as it's getting colder and wetter. But once you're at the front door you may as well keep on going.
So far I'm 22lb lighter and hopefully a lot fitter. I have my regular hecklers who see me on my rounds and call out a mixture of encouragement and dodgy comments. The best being from R, the postie, who shouted after me that if I wore a bin bag under my gear I'd work up a better sweat. Take that as you will...