Mark has made it! 69.1 kilos this morning, which means he’s hit his target of 70 kg. He really looks different – slim instead of a bit paunchy; and in honour of the occasion he’s going to cook a thali from scratch. That means a whole smorgasbord on a tray; 2 different curries, a sauce, puris or chappattis, rice, salad, yoghurt and a sweet which will be gulab jamun.
Challenging! But perhaps not as challenging as losing 10 kilos…
Alas! I am not losing any weight; so I am going to look at a bike this morning, in the hope that I’ll be able to get it fixed and start cycling again. I’m clearly not getting enough aerobic exercise: I do my yoga in the morning and I go for a walk later but neither of those things is aerobic, and the rest of the day I’m seated. Unless I do a bit of gardening, that is.
So, what have I been reading this week? The Colm Toibin novella, ‘The Testament of Mary’ was highly evocative and compelling; alas, I have problems with atheist versions of religious stories, not because I’m anti-atheist but because they always seem to have an axe to grind. This even extends to the other book I’m reading – however, the imaginative power of ‘The Amber Spyglass’ more than compensates for these issues as the story-telling is quite incredible. When you first read these books you are utterly mesmerised; it’s a feeling similar to reading the Narnia books for the first time, except that there’s a lot more to figure out. He doesn’t give the reader much; no explanation or back-story; you just have to work it out for yourself. So if you haven’t yet caught up with ‘His Dark Materials,’ do so. It’s a brilliant read, and the film is great too – it’s just sad that they didn’t finish the trilogy. I’d swap that for the bloody Hobbit any day: