Weight and Stuff Report – 3 April 2018

Weight:  202.2 pounds (14 stone 6.2 pounds, 91.7 kg)
Steps: 2,862

Up again today…

Here’s one from last year’s photo walk, featuring a photographer who gets into positions my knees wouldn’t want me attempting:

Crouching Photographer

Crouching Photographer

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/14
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 7 October, 2017
Location: 54° 58.3852′ 0″ N 1° 36.755′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 2 April 2018

Weight:  201.4 pounds (14 stone 5.4 pounds, 91.4 kg)
Steps: Very, very few

Up just a teeny bit today

And today being a Bank Holiday Monday, it naturally rained all day. Except when there was sleet. So I declined to go anywhere…

Here’s another one of those slightly worrying shop signs:



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 33.2mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 28 October, 2017
Location: 55° 20.0566′ 0″ N 1° 34.952′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 1 April 2018

Weight:  201.3 pounds (14 stone 5.3 pounds, 91.3 kg)
Steps: Very few

Hmmm, would you believe it? Down again to a new low for the year.

It’s been a quiet day in for me, so nothing to report other than this view of the interior of St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/280s
Focal length: 16mm
ISO: 10000
Taken: 7 October, 2017
Location: 54° 58.2011′ 0″ N 1° 36.7021′ 0″ W

March 2018 Round-up

How shocking! March has decided it’s had enough and is sliding away into memory, or something like that. Yes, it’s the end of another month, and we’re a whole quarter of the way through 2018, so it’s time to look back (cue harp sound for flashback)


It seems my Cunning Plan to lose more weight by not drinking wine might be working:

March 1:  210.7 pounds (15 stone 0.7 pounds, 95.6 kg)
March 31:  202.8 pounds (14 stone 6.8 pounds, 92 kg)

That’s another quite significant drop of 7.9 pounds (3.6kg). It had crossed my mind that my weight loss seemed a bit rapid, but looking at the figures over a month shows it’s working out in the generally recommended sustainable range of 1-2 pounds per week on average, so that’s OK…

The end of a quarter seems like a good time to review progress over longer periods, so here we go. Let’s look at the numbers for this year to date:

January 1: 227.3 pounds (16 stone 3.3 pounds, 103.1 kg)
March 31:  202.8 pounds (14 stone 6.8 pounds, 92 kg)

That’s a quite significant drop of  24.5 pounds (1 stone 10.5 pounds, 11.1 kg)

And just for laughs, a comparison with this time last year:

March 31 2017:  240.9 pounds (17 stone 2.9 pounds, 109.3 kg)
March 31 2018: 202.8 pounds (14 stone 6.8 pounds, 92 kg)

That’s an actually quite impressive drop of  38.1 pounds (2 stone 10.1 pounds, 17.3 kg)

And we can be quite sure this isn’t a case of the scale playing silly buggers – the one that took over weighing duties at the beginning of 2017 seems to be behaving itself quite nicely. Confirmation comes from the traditional source of trousers. There was a pair of jeans that I could only do up with a sharp intake of breath and a distinct lack of comfort. They moved to being actually quite comfortable. And yesterday, I realised that wearing them in public might be a bad idea, as they are now far too loose for my belt to be relied upon to support. Which meant I had to retrieve an older pair that I haven’t been able to wear in years. They’re currently comfortable, but if this goes on, I can see I’ll have to buy some smaller clothes…


I’ve carried on with the smaller lunches, and walking at least a little bit most lunchtimes. And with the second consecutive drinkie-free month, it seems to be working.


I still need to do more of that. I’ve got so out off practice that walking uphill is a bit of a struggle, and we can’t have that…


Another quiet month, with just 35 posts.


I seem to have got yet another lens. And those changes I’ve hinted at are getting closer.

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 March 2018

Weight:  202.8 pounds (14 stone 6.8 pounds, 92 kg)
Steps: 5,357

Down again to a new low for the year. Again.

I did my usual early shopping this morning, visited a friend, then had a slightly longer trip into Newcastle, where  I might have bought a pillow.

Here’s a view of those tasteful ruins at Holyrood:

Holyrood ruins

Holyrood ruins

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/80s
Focal length: 17.6mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 2 November, 2017
Location: 55° 57.1603′ 0″ N 3° 10.3301′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 March 2018

Weight:  203.2 pounds (14 stone 7.2 pounds, 92.2 kg)
Steps: 2,595

Down again to a new low for the year. Today being Good Friday, I had that rare thing, a long lie in, and didn’t get out of bed until about 10:30. I did have a brief trip into Newcastle to buy some seasonal chocolate[1], but otherwise it’s been a relaxed day, and quite right too.

Here’s another view of Central Arcade:

Central Arcade

Central Arcade

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/70s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 14 March, 2018
Exposure bias: +2EV

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 March 2018

Weight: 204.2 pounds (14 stone 8.2 pounds, 92.6 kg)
Steps: 3,671

OK, I really do need to set up that shortcut now[1]. Down again to a new low for the year.

Here’s another angle on the Tynemouth World War I gun:

Big Gun

Big Gun

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/170s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 March, 2018
Location: 55° 1.0552′ 0″ N 1° 24.9718′ 0″ W


Weight and Stuff Report – 27 March 2018

Weight: 204.8 pounds (14 stone 8.8 pounds, 92.9 kg)
Steps: 3,540

Hmmm, down again to, yeah, you guessed it, another new low…

This might have been better if I’d had a longer lens with me on Saturday, but I think you should be able to see that the sea was still enough for the ship to be reflected in it:



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/1250s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 March, 2018
Location: 55° 1.0904′ 0″ N 1° 24.9569′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 March 2018

Weight: 205.6 pounds (14 stone 9.6 pounds, 93.3 kg)
Steps: 3,160

No change today, which makes a change, or something.

Here’s a view of the Tyne piers taken from Tynemouth Priory

Tyne Piers

Tyne Piers

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/550s
Focal length: 48.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 March, 2018
Location: 55° 1.0332′ 0″ N 1° 24.9784′ 0″ W