Just testing the iPhone WordPress app – thought I would show you the shoes I bought in Leeds yesterday. There is an actual Dr Martens shop there, and whilst in there I happened to remark that I wished they did a shoe in the shiny red patent. And they used to, and they had some stock. They were so helpful, it would have been rude not to buy them. Do I did.



I went to the doctor yesterday to get the results of my blood tests. Not too good – HbA1c is 9.4%, not much down from the 10.5% on 21 April 🙁 Cholesterol levels now:  total 5.9, ratio 4.5 – I’ll have to find out how to relate those results to the earlier ones. The doctor wants to put me on metformin, but I’m going to hang on for six weeks and see if I can knock it down a bit more on my own – I’ve not been as good as I should be recently, I know.

And so, I set the alarm for 6 a.m. this morning, and set off at 6.30 for a bike ride and then a swim. Runkeeper crashed out on me, so I’ve had to estimate how far with Google Maps – I think about 7 miles, but I don’t really know how long. It started to rain about 1 mile out, and got heavier and heavier – I stopped at the Baths, and very nearly said “soddit” and went home, but I had to lock the bike up anyway, and go in and collect the headphones that I’d lost there last visit, so I did go for a swim. Only did 16 lengths – was tired after battling the rain, and I did some weights and resistance last night too. Still, better than nothing.

Put my wet clothes back on and pedalled home – not a long route, but not the most direct either. The parcel man had been while I was out, bringing me red shoes of stompiness from eBay – nearly all my shoes are too big, since I’ve been losing weight, and so I have to buy more; such a hardship.

new shoes!

hawkshead shoes

very nice, very comfortable, very good value at 25 quid, from Hawkshead. Just what I need for tramping round delivering electoral leaflets.

I’d have been happier if they hadn’t taken eight days to arrive, mind you, with no warning at all from the web site that this would be so.

a Polite e-mail was despatched yesterday, and lo and behold they turned up this morning 🙂