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Heading east (not the far east, just the east coast. Unfortunately)

Taking the afternoon off work today. We’re heading through to Edinburgh to soak up the arty atmosphere that is the Fringe.
In all the years we’ve been doing this, we’ve yet to actually take in a show, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

The restaurant we’ve been going to for almost 20 years, changed hands last year and it’s not a patch on what it was. Fortunately, last time we were through, we found a really nice Thai place just off Leith Walk, and we’ve booked in there for tonight.

Should be a good afternoon, and we’re running from the rain. It’s currently coming down in Glasgow, but it’s not due to hit the east coast until later today around 6.00pm, so we should manage to have a decent afternoon and not get soaked.

I’ve got the camera with me, so pics will be taken. The madness of the Royal Mile during festival season is something else.

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Biting the bullet

So, on the recommendation of my yoga teacher, I’ve booked onto a workshop that’s being held at Merchant City Yoga in Glasgow.
It’s Yoga asanas and Hindu Mythology with Coral Brown. Susan who takes the class I go to says Coral is a wonderful teacher, and I’d get a lot out of the workshops.
The first is “Jai Hanuman – the Faithful One” and is about Hanuman, and Hanumanasana (split pose). I opted NOT to go to this one, as I got the fear about the idea of the splits! Turns out it would be ok, as you’re not expected to actually do the splits, but will come out able to get lower than you could previously.

The workshop I signed up for is Vira Rasa – the Essence of the Warrior, and the description is “The archetype of the Warrior embodies the energy of devotion, focus and commitment. This energy is grounded in grace, confidence and respect. The yogic texts personify these attributes through the story of Shiva‚Äôs side kick and best friend, Virabhadra.

In this dynamic story telling flow we will highlight the many attributes and expressions of Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose). We will observe, explore and connect with the different qualities and manifestations of our own warrior essence.”

It’s not till September, but I’m already looking forward to it. Susan reckons I’ll get a lot out of it and really enjoy it.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Paddleboarding

It was my birthday on Friday, and my wife had booked a paddleboard/canoe experience for me. So, yesterday, I tried canoeing and paddleboarding for the first time.

Canoeing was fun, but pretty hard work. Any “Into the Wild” type fantasies of packing a bag, jumping into a canoe and getting away from civilisation, well that bubble popped there and then ūüėÄ
The paddleboarding on the other hand…..that was a lot easier effort-wise, but there was the balance issue to contend with, and yes I took a dunking three or four times, but damn it was fun.

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Lurgi

Well last week was a bit of a write off. Monday was a bank holiday, so we headed to Largs for the day, and had the traditional ice cream from Nardini’s, which is always good.

On Tuesday I had the lunchtime beginners kettle bell class again, which while not enjoyable (to me anyway), does leave you feeling that you’ve done a good work-out.

Then it went belly up. Didn’t sleep well Tuesday night, and woke up Wednesday with nasty sinus pain, a streaming nose, and I couldn’t stop sneezing. And that, was basically the state of play until Friday evening when I started to feel human again.
On the plus side, I hadn’t caught up with the last season of Dr Who, so I managed to binge watch that. I also discovered Rick and Morty, which is fun.

Saturday, feeling human again, we headed to the 1st Canal Festival, which was fun except the weather was rotten. We stayed for about an hour, and would have stayed longer if it wasn’t for the rain.
After bailing on the canal festival, we headed to the Newlands Country Club to use the pool and spa, as Karen had got a day pass through her work. The pool was nice and quiet, and after a wee session on the treadmill, I had a swim before hitting the jacuzzi and finishing off in the steam room, which totally cleared out my sinus’s.

We finished off the weekend with a long walk through the Linn Park, and lunch in the Old Smiddy.

So the weekend made up for the lurgi write off earlier in the week.

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Nice weekend

The weather in the tropical paradise that is Glasgow, was, for a change, really nice.

On Saturday we headed to the Linn Park with Karen’s friend, and just relaxed in the sun for a while, before heading to the Old Smiddy (I still think it should be spelled “Olde”) for a lunch of 50 chicken wings, and a bowl of Dirty Chips (chips covered in BBQ sauce and bits of bacon).

Yesterday we headed to Bellahouston Park for some inline skating round the cycle track next to the sports centre. 10 laps on a really hot day was all we could manage. Fun to be skating again though.

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On Wednesday, it’s International Yoga Day, and there’s a mass yoga session taking place in George Square.
Depending on the weather, I might take part. Would be pretty cool.

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Today’s the day

That I find out if I can get my kilt altered enough to fit me again.

I’m heading to the kiltmakers to see if they can alter the buckles so that it fits again!
With losing 2 stone (that frankly needed losing), my kilt is now too big. I know they can alter it up to a point, so hopefully it’s going to be do-able, otherwise, I’ll have to invest in another.

This is the downside to being healthier (JOKE!!)

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(UPDATE:- looks like it’s good to go. Will still be about 1/4″ too big round the waist, but the belt will take care of that, and at least it won’t end up round my ankles!)

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Wee afternoon off work

Got ¬£20 of Amazon vouchers for doing surveys, so I (finally) picked up Prometheus on blu ray, which arrived the same day, and I’m just waiting for Preacher Vol4 to drop through the door (replacing my comics with graphic novels, purely as a space saver).

Last night we went to see a performance of Paras Over the Barras, as part of the Southside Fringe. It was being held in the function suite of the bar we go to for the weekly quiz night.
Good laugh, some “dead air”, and a couple of fluffed lines, but it’s put on by amateurs, and they did put on a good show. Nice wee night out.

Today we’re off to Stirling this afternoon for lunch, before heading to the Blair Drummond Safari Park. Unfortunately this means I’m going to miss my yoga class tonight, so I’ll have to do some in the house when we get back.

The weather in Glasgow is a really nice 25 today. Hope it holds out for a few days before reverting to the default setting of dreich.

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Fun weekend

Had a great weekend. ¬†Saturday we took the cats to the vets for their annual checkup. ¬†Both passed. ¬†It’s great to know that Rosie is healthy as she’s getting on now (17).
Back home to drop them off, and then we headed to Troon for a few hours as the weather was stunning. ¬†You’d have thought it was a bank holiday weekend. ¬†The place was mobbed. There was an indoor car boot sale in the concert hall, so we nipped in. ¬†One stall was selling 10 dvds for ¬£1.00! ¬†Guy gave me 11, so that’s a double result. ¬†Most are one’s I’ll watch then put in a charity bag, but I did snag Marathon Man, Hello Dolly, Spaceballs, Kingdom of Heaven and Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera among others.

Sunday we headed to the Om Yoga show at the SECC. ¬†Pretty good exhibition. ¬†We didn’t join in any of the classes that were running, but visited all the dealers stands and chatted to a few dealers. ¬†Came away with a supply of raw chocolate, some herbal teas, coconut oil, and a tie-dyed Om t-shirt, so decent wee haul for not much money.

After the show we headed to Linn Park to have a wander in the sun, before grabbing a snack at the Old Smiddy pub, before heading home.

Yesterday, I managed to pick up a new jute yoga mat, so all in all a decent weekend.

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Snuffmill Bridge at the Linn Park

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Plans for the day

Today is going to be a busy one. ¬†Before work I did a short yoga session, before swapping my usual two cups of coffee for a green tea. ¬†The difference compared to how I usually am at this time of the day is that I feel alive, awake and alert. ¬†Not sure if it’s the yoga, tea instead of coffee, or both that are working their magic, but it feels good.

At lunchtime, I’ve got a core strengthening session with a colleague in the gym in work (we’re lucky that working in a university, we have access to a gym on site).

Work-wise I’ve got a fair bit on today, so overall the day should pass pretty quickly.

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Slacker

Been slacking lately gym-wise. ¬†I’ve not been in the last week. ¬†No excuse other than my torturer/gym buddy hasn’t been able to go due to meetings.
I’ve still been going to karate, skating and yoga though, so it’s not like I’ve reverted to total slothdom.

That’s now two months since I started cutting out the carbs, and restricting myself to about 30g a day – there’s been the odd blip eg when we went to Gartmore House for the night – and in that time, I’ve lost 62 off my belly, so that’s a result.
I really don’t miss sweet things, which has really surprised me. ¬†Nan bread with my curry though, and the pita bread a kebab comes in…..those I do miss. ¬†Ah well, it’ll all be worth it in the long run.

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