At last the adventure begins. I’m writing this from a hotel in London. I’ve treated myself to a broadband-on-the-run package and I’m hoping that I’ll have a bit more time to post than I’ve been getting lately.
So, Twelfth Night tonight and The Shrew tomorrow. Then to Stratford. I have my set plays packed up – Taming of the Shrew, the Comedy of Errors and Titus Andronicus, none of them exactly my favourites so it will be very interesting to see whether they improve on acquaintance. I have read them all twice and may, if my good intentions win out, get through them again before we dive in. The teaching begins on Friday night and goes through until 4.30 on Sunday afternooon. I already have a list of essay topics and the first 3,000 words is due on April 2nd. I’ve a feeling that will come around far too quickly.
As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, I am also trying to lose weight. My health assessment last week revealed that I have a BMI of 32, which is obese by anyone’s standards, but more worrying still is that the extra inches are in the worst possible place, ie, the waist. I have been resisting this for a long time, but I’ve taken a deep breath and discovered that low GI snacks are a lot more palatable than I feared. It’s surprising how the body does adapt to a much lower calorie load, as long as you eat the right things.
I’ll be honest, the main reason I’ve never dieted is I can’t be arsed. Bad enough trying to cater for everyone else’s tastes in the family. My downfall is the evenings, when I eat up the kids’ leftovers. So I have made it easier on myself by getting a diet hamper delivered for the first week, and it’s really not been too bad. The Lizi’s granola in the mornings is nice enough to enjoy with skimmed milk if there’s a bit of fruit involved.
I’ve managed to shed about three kilos so far, and I’m feeling much more energetic than usual, and less depressed. I hope I can maintain at least some of the improvement whilst away from home.
I still have a DW fic to finish but I just can’t seem to get in the zone at the moment – sorry. Just one challenge too many.