Sunday, 30 September 2007
In the afternoon began work on a new project. Phil brought a mountain bike frame back from the dustcart yesterday - it's got no wheels, the right hand crank arm is jiggered, rear derailleur is bent out of shape, brake blocks need replacing and that's just the start - but by golly it is light and the components that don't need replacing (and there must be some) look pretty good - it's an aluminium framed Raleigh Incognito - will post a picture soon. Have nicked wheels off Janette's bike for now - she knows though so it's cool!!
Saturday, 29 September 2007
Was on my two wheeled self propelled stallion for the first time in ten days and wasn't sure whether I'd remember the technique. Imagine my surprise to find it's just like riding a bike!!! (Have been reading the very rude but very funny Viz.co.uk website this week - love the top tips and letterbocks - truly great but be warned very, very rude in places!!).
Friday, 28 September 2007
Then it's get ready time for what will be a must-win game for Derby. Bolton must be beaten or it's going to be a mega uphill struggle. Am hoping Oakley scores as he's in my Fantasy Football side.
Thursday, 27 September 2007
Can’t work this one out? Have lost a half pound this week, I’m weighing 14st 5.5lbs which is the lightest I’ve been in over a thousand years but … it’s a weight loss I don’t think I deserve and certainly can’t explain – with Janette away on Holiday I’ve sort of been on hols myself – have been eating things I know I shouldn’t be eating – white bread, mum’s millionaire’s shortbread (1,360 syns per 100g), the odd digestive here and there. I even had two croissants this morning rather than chuck them away (I hate wasting anything – that’s why I love Ebay – much sooner sell anything than bin it). So am utterly non-plussed on this week’s weigh-in and at the same time well happy with it. Haven’t weighed this light since my teens a good twenty years ago!
The only thing that might be a factor is that I’ve had an enforced change to my exercise regime but really that ought to have added rather than subtracted weight in terms of increased muscle. For the past ten days in Janette’s absence the cycling has stopped and been replaced by weight training, a sort of extreme step aerobics (that I mean to post more on in due course) and a new ab exercise that I’ve posted about already. Incidentally, the ab exercise I described as being from hell a few days ago doesn’t hurt anymore, weird but my abs have stopped screaming now. Think it’ll need a fews weeks of doing it before I see any benefit but that’s okay, it’s cool to do something different – might start looking at other exercises as well in a few weeks – will keep you posted.
On the down side the stats show that my weekly weight loss average is now below 2lbs per week which was always going to happen some time but still it’s sad (as Ronnie James Dio might say on a Rainbow live on stage album…probably the finest live album ever made….)
Weight data table note slipped to under 2lbs avg weekly weight loss for first time.
Weight loss chart - do you detect a slight downward slope starting again after all the flat-lining?
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Have noticed a new Facebook application today so have added it to my page, called WeightTracker it creates a nice sort of a graph once you've entered your weight record. And that's about it!! you can click on the pic above to see a zoomed in version.
Also may not have mentioned this but the grill in our double oven has broken down (Janette don't know yet but she's five hundred odd miles away so we're safe for now!!). Anyway my mum, bless her has bought me a griddle pan thing. It's this pan with like a corrugated sort of a base that weighs a ton, you get it red hot (not quite literally) chuck in a steak and it cooks it lovely without any oil being needed - brilliant! Will post a picture some time soon.
Also here's the video of the ab exercise from hell!!
Video doesn't seem to run like it did last week but that's probably just my computer!!!
The good news is that I now have my entry-level washing machine operation badge, shirt ironing (intermediate) and trouser ironing (basic) badges! Can also do a modicum of cooking with Phil's help and while time at the computer has been largely reduced, exercise although different hasn't been affected in terms of quantity! Have been doing anything between 200 and 400 bicep curls a day, some extreme step aerobics (post to follow on what rock music has the right tempo for a high step) and have a new bike kick exercise for abs that absolutely kills (if the "no pain, no gain" is a maxim that bears some truth then I should be gaining plenty in the six-pack area!!!).
It works like this (extracted from http://firefightersworkout.com/fitbyte100.html)
Exercise #2 BIKE KICK
Lie on your back on a mat or padded carpet with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Press the low back into the floor, engaging the abdominal muscles, as you put both hands behind your head (don't pull on the head). Bring the right elbow over to the left knee, and then bring the left elbow over to the right knee in a twisting, bicycle-pedal motion. Continue to breathe naturally. Alternate opposite elbow to opposite knee with hands interlaced behind the head in a slow and controlled manner to muscle fatigue, with full extension of the legs on every repetition.
Be sure to breathe naturally and not hold your breath at any time during this exercise. Full extension of the legs will increase intensity (as shown), as will performing the motion very slowly. Keep the knees bent throughout the movement, while you tap the toes to the floor (instead of extending the leg straight out), to decrease intensity.
Goal: 2 sets of 20 to 30 repetitions
Honest it's a killer - looks innocuous but is actually hard work. I found a video online of how to do it which if I can find again I'll post up here.
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Will let you know how I get on in the next day or two.
Yes, I also acknowledge Derby were hammered by Arsenal 5-0 but at least I have Adebayor in my fantasy football team on SkySports so there's even such an ill wind blows some good....
Saturday, 22 September 2007
Friday, 21 September 2007
When got back set about sorting clothes out to make some space in wardrobe and what have you. Chucked out loads of pairs of 40" trousers and XXL shirts, came across a couple of pics in the bottom of one cupboard which am going to put on myspace later and some ace old T-shirts including this Sabbath Headless Cross Tour 89 Shirt (think it's my kid brother's really, can't remember seeing em on that tour??).
Probably mid-80s look at that mega drum kit!
Paul playing with Big Lix - mid to late 90's I reckon.
Paul, 2007 in a vintage 89 Sabbath Headless Cross Tour Shirt!!!, wahey it fits again!
I've reduced my apple shape from 40/42" waist down to a 32/34" waist in the space of 7 months with Slimming World so am not as concerned as I used to be about it. In fact when I use the Waist Calculator tool over at Slimming World's website it says : "Your waist circumference indicates that you are not storing excess weight over your abdomen and are at a low risk of developing weight-related health problems." Top stuff eh!!
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Am a bit more confident now of getting there too, four days with no cycling and I haven't gone to pieces so am pleased. Might do a post tomorrow about my 'extreme' step aerobics exercise!!
Graphs and tables and stuff:-
Good stuff - weekly average weight loss still just over 2lbs a week after damn near 7 months - a testament to Food Optimising even if I'm not doing it quite as well as when I set out in February!
Looks like it's flat lining but am technically at my lightest for many, many years, am not unhappy with that (you just can't not appreciate a double negative can you not??).
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
"I want players to understand that while it’s important to have dreams and goals in life, the pleasure comes from chasing those dreams more than it does from catching them. I can’t guarantee any player that his dreams will come true. I can’t predict when they’ll come true. What I can guarantee is a life spent chasing dreams is a life well spent. Anyone who does this will get to the end of their days and look back with a smile. He will have had a ball. Once a player understand this it gives him remarkable peace of mind. He can weather the inevitable downs in a game of ups and downs. He doesn’t get critical or judgemental about himself. He knows that in the end, things will turn out well. He’s an optimist."
What I'm taking from that is that the important thing is the journey not the destination. Will post some other stuff from it in due course but they'll be more related to my golf and temper!!!!
Book is called "The Golfer's Mind" by Dr Bob Rotella who's a top sports psycologist in the States and it's a darned interesting read so far.
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
When I got home I'd got this mega Ebay bargain waiting for me. It's only a new 2005 Deep Purple tie-dye tour shirt (got it for £3!!!). It's extra-large so a bit on the big side but it's grand to be able to say anythings a bit on the big side after being XXL forever!!!
Obviously with Janette away the cyclings gone out of the window but am hoping my mum's going to have the kids for an extra hour tomorrow night and I'll get at least 14 miles extra on the clock (there might yet be a way to get 100 miles done this week!). Have an indoor exercise routine going on to cover for the lack of cycling - will post on it at the end of the week.
Monday, 17 September 2007
As Janette's in Gran Canaria I had to give Season Ticket to nephew, what happens? Derby beats Newcasle Utd, a side unbeaten until they visited Fortress Pride Park. New signing Miller has what sounded like an awesome debut on the radio and I'm stuck at home. Jamesy has texted and said if I want Derby to stay up I need to sell my season ticket - if I could guarantee it I bloomin would!! Come on u Rams.
Am also unable to do the normal exercise regime as am stuck at home until morning so am developing a new home-based one that's going to work great - will update you at the end of the week. Involves weights, golf and all sorts of stuff - quite pleased on a monday night!!!
Sunday, 16 September 2007
Janette is away for ten days now (taking her handicapped brother to Gran Canaria for a his 50th birthday) so am going to need to be creative on the exercise front as cycling is out as have got the two ankle-biters to look after! This is an opportunity to get on with some weights at home and the gym at work and to put in twenty minutes a day on the golf swing (if don't get too bored!!) - we'll see!!
In the afternoon I assisted brother-in-law Brian to fit this fine piece of kit into Janette's Toyota, which was great, have to just about take the dashboard out to put it in but that's life - must make it nice and hard for thieves which is good!! This car stereo plays CD/RWs, has an Aux socket for MP3 player, can read and play SD Cards and the obligatory tuner and it cost the princely sum of £40 from Aldi - top stuff eh!! Janette's well pleased
Did a quick 13 miler this morning for an hour. Took on some big hills so expect the average to be down a bit. Posted a few pics of views along the way - if you click on them they zoom to full resolution which is a nice facility in Blogger. This morning the Ipod was supplying Rush - "Chronicles" Disc 2 and a bit of the new album "Snakes and Arrows" which is a return to form for Rush (wasn't overly impressed with "Test for Echo" but have a listen once in a while).
Me and me best mechanical mate, the giant, at the top of the nastiest hill that has just been conquered!
View looking back towards Offcote (or was it onecote - will put a map up later then I'll know.)
View from Windmill Lane at top of Ashbourne
View from Belper Road somewhere near Bradley turnoff.
Another view towards Offcote/Onecote.
Saturday, 15 September 2007
Stats breakdown - some good drives surrounded by utter tat!!
As regards letting the stuff get into my head I've bought a book on the mind which I'm going to try and see if I can get to grips with - think my temper threshold had really come down since stopping smoking - in fact am convinced of it.
Friday, 14 September 2007
Now nothing unusual in that conversation you'd think, except that the "Slimming World" is the first thing I said, normally I'd have said "loads of exercise, eating healthily" etc.etc. or something like that, it's always felt a little bit embarassing to admit you're going to a slimming club or following an eating plan (maybe not if you're a gal but if you're bloke, trust me it's an admission of some depth). The thing is am happy now to say look it works for me, it'll work for you, am not embarassed to say Slimming World has made the biggest difference to me in 40 years. This is progress in the head department...
Evening Post - We're right in there again! Ha ha, done damn near 24 miles tonight which put together with this morning run makes about 40 miles which I think makes the 150 miles for the week well doable now. Been up through Bradbourne, Brassington, Carsington, Bradley in a whopping big loop (for me anyway!).
Mean, moody and magnificent (or maybe moderately mediocre!!)
Looking out toward Kirk Ireton I think - need a better camera methinks!
Lunchtime update - have just been looking at Google Analytics for my blog and it reveals a lot of direct traffic coming from Frank Kinlan's blog at http://frank.kinlan.co.uk/ I had a quick look at Frank's site because it's a great site if you're interested in cycling and weight loss (it ticks both boxes big style) and lo and behold there's a link to my blog on it. So have returned the favour in my weblinks. Seriously, Frank describes himself as "A 47 year old bloke who has lost 7.9 stone, 50.2 KG (110.4 lbs) to date through a combination of cycling and the Lifestyle and Weight Management Service" - there's a lot to read but it's absolutely inspirational to me and however good I think I've done it pales somewhat against someone who's lost damned near 8 stone!!!
Got a really solid 16 miler done this morning (15.9mph average!!, just over an hour on the bike) so am well-pleased. The 150 mile target is still just about do-able. I've got 107+ miles on the clock so far and there 5 miles un-recorded when I got the giant back on the road sans computer. Which I reckon means I've got to do three thirteen milers that's Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday Evening - it's just do-able. Of course if I can do more mileage tonight and tomorrow morning I can make the evening run easier (have got 6 miles of walking on a golf course tomorrow afternoon, remember!!).
All looking good to meet at least one target!!
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Well, this ISN'T one of those weeks!!!
I knew two days ago I was not going to be looking at a set of friendly scales come Thursday. Why? Lost it a bit at the weekend, then bike broke down the other night so had a bit of me mums millionaire shortbread to make up for the disappointment (shortbread with a layer of caramel topped off with a layer of dark chocolate - about a 100,000 syns but worth every one of em...). And if I'm honest that's kind of how I've been for the last few weeks picking at stuff I shouldn't and kind of carbon offsetting it by doing loads of miles on the bike. I think in a roundabout way I'm probably happy where I am at the mo - that might be it???
Either that or a good kick up the ass is required!! Am gonna have a think on it.
Just done 13 miles on the bike tonight (25 for the day), I reckon at a good pace (15mph+) although will know for sure in the morning. Think there's about 92miles on the clock at the moment and should have it up to at least 115 by this time tomorrow night (am camping out with the kids tomorrow night so that might affect the possibilities of getting the last 35 miles done on Saturday although am committed to getting at least one of my four things done this week and getting 150 would feel like an achievement of some sort after all this mediocrity I've been doing!
Note: weekly avg weight loss going to be under 2lbs next week if not careful!
The flatlining continues! As long as it don't start going up above 14st 7lbs I'm okay for now.
Out on the bike at 6:10 this morning as it was too dark before then, haven’t fitted a front light yet as have a rechargeable one on order (if it doesn’t arrive today I’ll swap light from Stealth over to the Giant so I can get out tonight after Janette has been shopping). The ride this morning was a little slower than last nights formula one speed run but was still a respectable 14.7mph over 12 miles. Am going to swap the back wheel off the Stealth to the Giant and swap the tyres round for the front wheels so will get even faster. Thoroughly expect to be arriving back home before I’ve set off in the near future and near light speed travel is definitely on the cards the way things are going (listen out for a sonic boom if you're in the Ashbourne area, early doors).
Weigh-in day today and am expecting a pound on. Haven’t stuck to the task well enough this week but 14st 7lbs will be okay, am not getting hung up on small gains and am almost happy at 14½ stone. Am thinking about going to see my GP to see what he thinks, I can remember ages ago him saying 14stone when it seemed pie in the sky that I could ever get anywhere near it so it might be that he said 14st something and I’ve redefined it in my head – we’ll see. Anyway it’s about time I started feeling a bit more positive about what I’ve achieved thus far – who’d have thought I’d be moaning about being 14.5 stone when seven months ago I was near-as-damnit 19 stone!
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
16.2mph average on MTB tyres, is it having a laugh (only at the Stealth's expense!).
Have got to get the Giant kitted out now and to that effect I made a quick visit to the Tesco's superstore in sunny Alfreton this lunchtime and purchased an accessory kit that had been reduced from £14.97 to £11.22. It had a pump, a bike lock, a multi-tool, a drink bottle and holder and a bike computer. The bike computer was surplus to requirement (have Garmin taking care of business in that area) so as Dave was looking for one for his bike, I sold it to him and saved even more. (Dave works with me on special projects, by the way, and has taken up a bit of cycling while he gets over his dodgy knee, top man).
Tesco Bike Accessory Kit, great value at £14.97, bargain at £11.22!!!
So have gone from being hacked off with the world last night to "happy days are here again" in under 24 hours!! Well pleased!!
A pic of megoodself and the Giant - older, quieter and betterer than the stealth at the moment! Note: the apples to the left of my head (they're not growing out of my head but are on a top little tree in the background!)!
New Shimano Cassette in place.
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Had two choices push back home and repair it which would take thirty-five minutes (20 odd minutess walk, 15 minutes repair) or repair on spot and carry on. As I've never done a fix on the road and it's one thing that worries when I'm riding to work on a Thursday morning knowing I've got an 8:30 meeting and 22 miles to cover I thought I'll have a crack at fixing it on the spot.
It highlighted the need to carry a 15mm spanner as the adjustable spanner in my mini toolkit is not really right for the job but the upshot is I can use my spare inner tube and have the bike back on the road in 15 minutes - so I ended up getting ten miles on the clock anyway which is a fair result, all things considered!!
Stats for week so far... 45 on t'clock and on the way.
Revised plan - mileage required per session now 12.2 up from 12.0 yesterday due to puncture inhibiting tuesday am's ride
Monday, 10 September 2007
It was blooming raining this morning! Not impressed with that, still got a solid 10 miles in, was a bit jiggered last night so fell a bit short of the mark but I did a little three miler to test the new pedals out at 15.3mph average earlier in the day so that was okay. At present the average mph over just over 20 miles is standing at 14 mph. If I could maintain that somehow this week that would be an achievement!
Plan for the week
1). Going to ride home from work on Wednesday and back to work on Thursday morning – it will be the last time for this year –and it’s based on having decent weather (which has been forecast – it was wet and colder this morning). This means I get 40+ miles done in two trips.
2). Am aiming to get 150 miles on the clock this week, not managed it before and have made this a bit tricky because yesterday was rubbish with just 13 miles done – legs were sort of tired and it was windy (not much of an excuse but there you go). Have worked out a plan of sorts in Excel (See below)
3). Am going to do an exact food dairy this week – am going to look at everything and see if there’s a syn value as am sure there’s something am missing.4). Finally, I'm doing an experiment as well which I’m going to keep secret until next weigh-in – if it fails you may never hear about it, but let me tell you, if it works it’ll be great!! See if spill the beans on Thursday ...
Above: miles for morning and evening runs for this week - hoping for 150 miles in the week which will be a new record and I'll be jolly pleased with!!!
Top Eye Candy:
This is what I'm aiming for for Xmas - is a bit of a dear 'un at £300 but I'm going to combine it with me 40th Birthday and have it and nowt else.
T'is a Giant SC3 road bike complete with Aluminium frame and top components - should add some serious speed. Have noticed on the Stealth MTB I currently ride that I'm only using the biggest cog on the chain-set so reckon I'm ready for something with a bit of umph!!
Sunday, 9 September 2007
Weekly mileage totals.
The week in more detail than anyone can possibly be interested in...
The classic cars were of particular interest to my dad who has two MGBs he's doing up and there were some stunners there, absolutely mint some were. There were also some very nice Triumph Stags that I know my mum always fancied having.
On to the Vintage motorcycles, who should we bump into but Eddy Briddon, former singer of Amethyst 25 years ago!! Now he's changed a bit and I've changed a bit in the meantime (he didn't recognise me at all until Janette said 'Alright Eddy?") Ed does up old bikes and was showing off his 1957 Norton which has won prizes here and there and he says is still road legal at 50 years old!!!
Have posted a pic of him singing with the band at the bottom for reference as to how much we've changed!!
Note the Motorhead t-shirt - still got his roots if not the hair!