Small victories!

Cycle in Richmond Park before night shift completed on Sunday. And then good gym session at work. Arms are now sore!

Spin class done before work today as well as menial tasks. Eating better and less too.

Definitely being more organised with my time and I’ve been in touch with someone to help me fit my bathrooms out.

So, yes. Feeling good. May this positive and productive streak continue! Onwards and upwards!

Organising a trip to see family friends in Ireland again too next month. Will be good to get away for a weekend with some fresh sea air and it was so nice when I went there last time.


A self critical thought expression

So that whole ‘back in the weight loss’ zone thing that was going on….yeah…that didn’t last as long as I’d hoped. And I was doing so well! And the cycling event that I’ve got in a couple of weeks? Well I’ve had to reduce it from doing the 100 mile one to the 60 mile one. I’d taken a look at the .tcx file and the amount of climbing was too much for me considering I haven’t been putting in the effort. I know I can do 60 miles and the route is one that I know. I hope to still do it in a good time though.

I’ve done a fair amount of cycling recently and still need to increase my confidence on the new bike, especially with going down hills and just being able to ‘let go’. I know I have issues with putting my trust in something, but when you could come off a bike if it hits a pothole, then maybe I have a reason?  I went on a cycle to Brighton with some others and was definitely the one that got left behind occasionally because of this. It annoyed me quite a bit.

I should be on the bike more but have found it hard sometimes to find the time to dedicate myself for 5-6 hrs. I’ve been working a lot of overtime (my mum would have a go at me for admitting this!) to save up for next year and pay off the credit card. Shift work really makes you tired! And then because I get tired, I eat. And it’s usually the wrong things! So I think that I may have put back on the half stone I took so much effort in losing. Hmm. I should add that I haven’t weighed myself recently as I’ve chickened out but I can definitely feel a difference…..

My year away plans are still coming along. I’ve changed them again(!) so that I’m no longer going to Mexico. Mum and Dad (M&D) have “shared their concerns” – basically saying they don’t want me to go as I could end up with a bullet through my head and lots of drugs stuffed into every orifice. I’m glad that Andy has decided to come to Peru – it will be great to have someone to do the Inca Trail with.

Anyway, I have some soul searching to do in order to find what to change in my life so I can actually make a change in myself again. Geez. Who’d have thought that you could have such profound (albeit cheesy) thoughts on a nightshift! Hoping to write a more positive post soon….

Cycling is the way forward!

I read an interesting article the other day in The Independent which emphasised the benefits of walking and/or cycling to work, paying particular emphasis on the lower body fat of individuals compare to drivers. Since moving closer to work a couple of years ago, I have relished the energy and the new lease of life that I now seem to have, and it is in part due to this. Even though my cycle is only ten minutes, it wakes me up in the morning and allows me to focus on something else after a hard day at the office. Here is the article.

In Central London, it has been known to be a controversial topic due to the amount of injuries or arguments with drivers. But the amount of cycle routes and highways allow for more safety and less disruption. I have only cycled in the centre a few times, but I felt the pressure to move off quickly and flit around the traffic. Where I live, there is not so much chaos so I don’t feel so vulnerable. Besides, the river provides amazing scenery when it is seen at dawn.

I’ve recently invested in some road bike shoes (even managed to sort the cleats myself!) in preparation for road bike fun. I’ll have a go with them tomorrow on a spinning bike in the gym.

 

Cycling is something that’s changed my life for the better. I’m healthier and fitter than I was this time 2 years ago, and I hope to improve my general wellbeing even more. So back on the healthy eating and the miles in the saddle it is! 

Cycling again!

Yes. I’ll be doing a lot more of this soon. I say soon. I mean from June. But that’s fairly soon I think comparatively speaking – I’m not quite sure where last year went..!

I’m doing the long route (103 miles) of the London Cycle Sportive in June. It’ll be close to a year since I did my first ever event which was the 25 mile version of the same ride. I remember being incredibly nervous and not sure what I was letting myself in for as I had only really started cycling (or doing any form of exercise at all) 6 months prior. It was an amazing feeling to end in the Herne Hill Velodrome and it gave me confidence that I could do some sort of physical competition, having never been good at any exercise before.

I’ve also entered into the ballot for the London-Surrey 100 at the end of June which I really want to do! I think I hear fairly soon as to whether I have a place. If not, I might try and get a charity one but I’m not sure how much I would be able to fundraise, as I did a fair amount last year.

I did my first long ride in 3 months yesterday – can’t believe I left it that long. You can only make so many excuses so often e.g. the weather was bad/the holiday period etc. I still did 60 miles and did Box Hill again and I really enjoyed the challenge and the long climbs. I definitely need to have more goals to keep me on the straight and narrow! It really helps having something to work towards, and I do need to lose a bit more weight – I’ve been stuffing my face full of rubbish and I know it 😦 bad times.

60 miles

A new road bike (yikes, more money!) is definitely required. I’m still on my chunky hybrid, and even though I’m getting good speeds and distances, I know I could do a lot better. Hello credit card?

So where do I start..?

To know what you want from life, you have to be honest with yourself. Otherwise you won’t get anywhere. In October last year, I was told by my partner’s grandmother, that “You have a pretty face, but you’re a bit fat, aren’t you?”. Although perhaps insulting, this blunt statement fueled a determination to eventually do something about my weight that I had been carrying far too long.

So I did it.

In 6 months, I shed 3 stone.

And I feel all the better for it. I guess the weight had started to creep on from University days – a  combination of cheap unhealthy food, too much alcohol, no exercise, and a lazy existence with the boyfriend at the time, who was also lazy. Looking back, I wish things had been different – I should have worked harder. I should have got off my a*rse. Hindsight is an amazing thing.

But if the comment hadn’t been made, I don’t know whether the determination to get healthy would have happened. So I should be thankful, I guess. It has changed my life for the better. I have taken up cycling and recently competed in a 55 mile event. I actually did about 70 miles in the end as I accidentally got lost. But on the plus side, I never dreamed that I would be able to have that sort of stamina. I wasn’t the fastest, and I don’t think I ever will be (I’m blaming the short legs and the heavy hybrid bike I have for this….obviously…) but this was such an improvement from a year ago when I was out of breath running for a bus.

I’ve signed up to do a couple of 100 mile events next year. Hopefully I can train for them! I need to bite the bullet and actually buy a road bike instead of telling myself I will at some point. I have to confess, I don’t like spending money on big things – I recently had to replace my boiler and that has knocked me financially a little bit! But it needed to happen.

I’ve got a bit of internal struggle going on at the moment with wanting to lose more weight, but have reached a plateau where it’s not quite happening. I know I’m an emotional eater, so because I’m annoyed and disappointed that I’m not losing any more, I’ll eat something and everything will turn into a downward spiral. Not sure how to get out of this one! I’m sure it’ll be ok in the end and the extra few pounds will go eventually. I guess I need another blunt statement.

Anyone?

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