Day 1

Weight : 13st 10lbs
BMI : 27.5
Status : Overweight (source – NHS Healthy Weight Calculator)


My normal weekday starts with my phone alarm gently bleeping away. It has a lovely quiet alarm (which is the only decent setting that I have on my Google Nexus 4). It’s 7am….

First things first. I check all my regular websites for news and updates using Feedly. Feedly is an RSS reader so I can aggregate all the websites I visit in one handy place. The mobile app is pretty swish and is way better than Google’s old RSS reader which was retired last year. Feedly is by far a better replacement. Emails checked and replied to if necessary. Now I can get up.

Breakfast is a small bowl of porridge. I usually skip breakfast but over the 100 days I’m heeding all the advice of my personal diabetic specialist nurse (Mrs Walker) and all other sane health advice. Eat in moderation, exercise well.

I’m using 2 fitness apps. MyFitnessPal to track my foods, and Garmin Connect to track my exercise. The two apps can be linked so I see all my exercise and calorie ins and outs within Garmin Connect. Over these 100 days I’m going to try and have my phone with me at all times to keep this data updated. I’ll also be honest with myself about what I eat. Too often I simply position myself beside the biscuit tin or fridge and binge.

8am I make my way to my home office and release the hound, then startup the laptops that I have running for the days IT work ahead.


My main work is with a programming language called OpenEdge. I work on UK payroll software. Not what you might imagine super exciting work but I love getting down to the nitty gritty of IT development and making it work together.


Because I work at home it’s an opportunity to keep listening to a lot of music and sounds.  I use Soundcloud to keep up with favourites and new releases.  An unusual recording cam up today from Dave Donoghue whose recorded what seems like a street party in Madrid. I love it!


Five a side football at 6pm and I run more than I should’ve.  No footie next week so I have two full weeks for my ankle to recover.

Swimming at 8pm and 60 lengths done means a good few calories burned.  I’m updating MyFitnessPal and Garmin connect so I should be able to share out the data soon.

11.30pm bedtime and listening to Mixcloud on my phone – while posting this via the WordPress app.

p.s. The Mixcloud Android App is appalling.  Why would you release an app that plays music which stops the music every 3 minutes!!!  I checked out the ratings on the Google Play store and there’s a lot of hatred for it.  Mixcloud is a great website. Let’s hope the app is sorted soon.

Dave Walker
Dave Walker is a middle aged programmer living in North Yorkshire, who loves music and used to enjoy constantly restarting fitness regimes with a bit of football, cycling, swimming & jogging. Now I just eat biscuits.

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