I soon reached a more sheltered part and the ear stopped hurting once out of the wind. Turning off the tarmac road onto the bridleway to descend into Dolgellau, I stopped for a moment, struck by the cold beauty of the sky, pale blue marbled with grey and pink cloud. I got back home before it was dark, but it wasn't long before night had fallen and sitting here typing this it already feels like it's almost bedtime, though accordig to the clock, it's only 7:40pm. I hate it when the hour moves; it takes me ages to adjust. I'm sure I'd cope very badly with jetlag.
I'm quite pleased that I'm still keeping up with the exercise and, since losing over a stone and a half (23 pounds to be exact) in the autumn of 2002, I have maintained the new weight for almost 12 months. When I had my scare with high blood pressure last year, losing weight and getting fitter were my top priorities. Searching for information on the Internet, I discovered that there is masses of information on dieting, but next to nothing on how to maintain the new weight once you've reached it. I also discovered the depressing statistic that most people who lose weight put it back on again before too long. However, so far I seem to be doing things right and am managing to keep the weight stable. Which means that though my cholesterol results came back as still moderately high, my doctor is not concerned and has left the medication as it is for another 6 monthss. She reckons that, taking all the factors into consideration (not smoking, taking regular exercise, high blood pressure under control), my overall risk of heart disease is acceptable.