Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Sort of gutted - latest research apparently says that to avoid cancer you have to be as thin as possible without being overweight – which is okay I can accept that – they go on to say that means a bmi in the range 18.5 – 25 and preferably as close to low end as you can. Well am stuck at the low 26 point so am in a bit of a jam there. But I can take that am still aiming for 13st 11lbs even if not getting there very quickly.
However, I can’t take another of the recommendations which is “Thou shalt not eat bacon” (funnily enough the article says something like "these are not commandments" but that's how they'll be perceived.). Limit red meat as well – that’s also problematic for me. Am going to end up being very healhy if I’m not careful and I’m damned near killing myself with exercise as it is!!
On the up side it says “From a cancer perspective, all alcohol should be avoided, although researchers accepted drinking small amounts could have protective benefits for other diseases. “ Well I’m pretty much there on that score – have a drink now only if I’m on holiday which has masses of benefits for me.
Anyway, I reckon this could be another opportunity coming out of a problem. Have never liked eating white meat now I need to consider the risk of eating red meat and maybe give manky chicken a go!!!
Have now done two thirty minute 10.5km/h runs with no breaks so am beginning to make that a habit. Have brought gym kit with me again to make going to the gym a habit too. Janette is taking kids to a Hallowe'en disco so can do a full-on gym session tonight to make up for the slightly shortened one yesterday.
I mentioned the other day that had started doing a 20 minute walk at lunchtimes to top up the overall exercise. I didn't mention that was after some pedals for the Incognito bike and some mudguards - had emailed a fella on Ebay and said "you've got both items I'm after listed how much cheaper would it be if you combine postage". The cheeky beggar sent me a money request with a whole 50p knocked off the £7 postage so I thought "sod you" and haven't done anything with it. Anyway to get back to the 20 minute walk, first one I did on Monday what should I find by the side of the road but a pedal (I only needed a pedal on the right hand side and would you believe it but it's a right hand pedal (thread goes the other way on a left hand pedal so they're not interchangeable)). So how's that for serendipity??? Okay, it's not the latest Shimano whizz kid pedal but I don't need that so it's utterly ace in my view!!
A pedal salvaged from the side of the road!
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Monday, 29 October 2007
On the good front it's made me ramp up the exercise or at least look for more opportunities to imcrease it. So went a walk for twenty minutes at lunchtime as well as 12 miles on the bike first thing as well as a really good gym session - did 2000m on rower in under 8min 30sec, did 30 minutes running all the way on a different running machine (partly because I didn't know how to change the program on it!). But it was 5km+ and 500 calories plus. Did about the same on the weights but messed about with the weights at different settings so perhaps not as good.
Anyway, am going to keep hard at it and hopefully get rid of a few pounds before Thursday to soften the blow a bit!!
Also on the good front, last September I was diabetic (borderline) and advised to attend the Diabetic clinic which was a three session educational thing at which you were encourage to set goals to help manage your Diabetes. I found the document this afternoon while looking for something else:-
1). Keep alcohol consumption to 20 units or less. 10 pints in a week and not a drop more.
2). Drink 2 litres of water every day.
3). Have five pieces of fruit every day.
4). Cycle or walk five miles at least three times a week.
5). To be less than 17st at age 40 (31/12/2007).
6). Attend gym once a week.
Through Caryl asking me to join the Slimming World group in Feb of this year I've pretty much smashed the lot of them - bloomin great!!!!!
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Anyway, speaking to Dave I found out he was a bit of a mountain biker and he mentioned Carsinton Reservoir as being his track of choice. So went up to Carsington this morning in the poxy rain and did a trek round. It was bloomin good fun and I wished I'd done it more in the summer but there you go. Took me a good fifty minutes to do the eight miles but it was really enjoyable and am going to do it again soon - might even go round it anti-clockwise next week!!
Be warned if you're thinking about doing it to make sure you go round in good light and be aware that there's some steep little hills around it too - on the positive side you go through a bit of a pine wood with squirrels, pheasants and all sorts and in summer I bet the views of the reservoir would be cracking.
In the afternoon I've had to suffer a really poor performance by Derby. Billy Davies is looking bad with some of the decisions he's making, really bad. He brings on two strikers in the second half - good choice we're two-nil down, but then he pulls Kenny Miller back into defence - what's that all about?? On saying that he probably ought to start with a ten man defence as the one we got is just not good enough. Not impressed.
GoogleEarth Image of my trip round Carsington Reservoir this morning. Click to zoom in.
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Have posted link to Sainsbury's site but if you don't go to it one thing I didn't know for sure but half suspected (and this can be harmful to slimming so be warned!) is that a half full fridge or freezer uses more power than a full one. You might have learned something reading my blog for a change!!!
Friday, 26 October 2007
Later the same day .... did another gym session - 4.5km on the runner, tried to do the full half hour but got a bit zonked after 17 minutes so walked a bit, 430 kcal overall. Did 2000m in 8mins 48 on the rower which is quite good I reckon. Did a bit less on the weights but in general quite pleased.
9pm - went out for another ride on t'bike and got 9 and a bit miles added on. Only 9 miles needed for the hundred. Bit of cycling in the morning then golf at 12:20, ttfn
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Gym session tonight wasn't a full bore one as Thursday is shopping night so couldn't be too late. Did 30 mins on runner (4.8km, 460kcal - getting better) with a 1 minute break to talk to Glen, then did some weights (upped the reps on the weights), missed the rower but made up for it with ten miles on the bike tonight. Am worried that I might be addicted to exercise now!! Don't think it'll be a hard habit to break!!!!
As a result of that late start and of Lucy getting up at 6:20 (had to do her some toast) meant that I didn't get out until gone 6:35 which meant only a poxy 4 miles done on the bike this morning (needed to be at home for 7am and in office for 8:15 as had regular Thursday morning meeting at 8:30).
So not a good start, but hey-ho such is life. Am going to go to gym at 4:30 this afternoon and then maybe do some miles tonight. Am currently standing at very mediocre 60 miles for the week on the bike but am not overly worried - with luck I should be able to complete the mileage by Saturday night and have done a ton of other exercise this week so am happy with what I've done so far.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Weights 20 x setting 9 on horizontal rower/bench press machine thing - will see what it's proper name is - made a mental note that it's by a company called Hoist
Did 2000m on rower at top setting in 9mins 9secs which is good cause I was jiggered on top of running 4.5miles (near as damnit in the morning)
Also upped the reps for the bicep curl and tricep pushdown to 5 reps of 6 at 10 setting. Very good it was too. So am going home now - no more exercise for today I think - weigh in day tomorrow.
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Monday 22/10/07 Gym Session
Didn’t get done at work as soon as I’d hoped so didn’t get in the gym until 6:30. I did a full half hour on the running maching set on bay run at about 10.5 km/h for the most part (gave myself 1 minute breaks about every 7 minutes – better than the 1:2 program I normally do). I then did three reps of 6 on the triceps pushdown and the biceps curls but set at the higher weight loading of 10 which equates to 104lbs rather than 91lbs. Not too much of a problem and by Xmas I’m aiming to be on setting 12. Did 4.4km on the runner and burnt off something like 430 calories (not that I’m counting).
Not a full session but best I could do with the time available.
Sunday, 21 October 2007
There's loads of facilities to entertain - shows, comedians, quizzes, music, art - everything you can imagine. There's a number of swimming pools and sun-decks (weather not ideal on this trip!), there's a gym, badminton courts, basketball, there's hair and beauty facilities and massages and all sorts.
There's quoits and shuffleboard which is worth mentioning. Bumped into John on Friday who said he fancied a go at quoits and I'd overheard David mention an interest so we all got together and gave it go. I was paired up with John's partner Chris, David was partnered up with another guest, John was partnered up with the Entertainment officer to make the numbers up. Janette was partnered up with a gentleman called Gordon, and David's wife Sarah was partnered with another guest. Anyway to cut a long story short (well it's going on a bit I must admit) the final in the shuffleboard competition came down to Janette and Gordon taking on John and Dom (Entertainment Officer). And guess what? Janette took the honours and is unofficial Shuffleboard champion of Autumn Getaway cruise 2007!!
Janette - unofficial Shuffleboard champion 2007
Utter concentration as John stares shuffleboard defeat in the face...
Gordon, half of the team that beat John!!!
Back to the day, we toured Bruge by Canal first in a great long boat and then by foot culminating in the trip to the brewery. The boat tour highlighted the many bridges around the town while the tour on foot gave us an opportunity to see the town centre and it's many shops, restaurants and bars. We also saw the Old St Johns Hospital which our guide made numerous mentions of Hospital and Hospitality as apparently only ten per cent of people staying there were patients, most of the others were pilgrims staying there.
I've sort of counted the brewery trip as exercise as it involved climbing over 230 stairs!! However, it was darned informative too, we saw the basic ingredients, the brewing process and were really entertained by the Brewing Museums guide who was a bit of a card. We ended up at one point out on the roof so I took a few pics from up there. A couple of beers were taken before heading back to the Oriana. The previous day getting back from Amsterdam took ages, such is the amount of traffic hitting the port but it was a smooth trip back fromm Bruge.
Links:- Half Moon Brewery. http://www.halvemaan.be/e/geschiedenis.htm
View from top of the Half Moon brewery.
Another view from top of Half Moon Brewery
Tour of Bruge by boat. Note - stepped gable ends - big in Bruge!
A wooden construction building which were at one time very typical in Bruge.
The Cathedral - built over 200 years by five generations of masons from bricks - puts the rapid construction times of the modern day into perspective.
Look at all the folks on bikes again - it's the only way to travel in cities I tell you!
Two of the many bridges of Bruge
Look at the dreamy spires in the distance
Those spires close up!
What's cool about Amsterdam and Bruges for that matter is that everyone rides a bike - there's a multistorey bike park in Amsterdam for heaven's sake! This must have an impact on the health of the dutch and belgian people (am going to look at the stats that the media are always quoting I reckon). Another thing I found intersting from a biking perspective is that while I must have seen thousands on bikes there, I saw exactly one person wearing a helmet. They don't even seem to wear them on moped scooters??? Wierd eh? but then, these are the folks that legalised the sale of cannabis in the bars, mind!!!
It was a right old pain getting back to Rotterdam because of sheer level of traffic into the port. But when got back I made use of the Gym facilities on the Oriana. They got a gym that's kind of as good as the one we have at work - in some ways better, in some ways worse - the running machines they got have sky tv on them which is great and a real computerised display rather than LCD but they don't have the space for as many weights machines as we have. I also found out that the settings and measurements I'm recording in the gym are actually kilometers rather than miles as Frank Kinlan has pointed out in a comment on a previous post (link to Frank's site)
Anyway spent damn near an hour in the gym which was great (listended to the entire Black Parade album by My Chemical Romance apart from the hidden track).
They do this apparently when cruise ships come into port - we weren't even on fire.
This pic is of a multi-level cycle park! They mighty keen on cycling in Amsterdam.
My impersonation of our Financial Director, "uncanny" folks who know him would say. Think it's the hat that makes it. Our performance got a round of applause from nearby Dutch builders, that's how good it was!
Windmill in Rotterdam
Coming into the port
One of the many herons you see in Amsterdam - very tame they seem to be.
Paul and Janette onboard the Oriana, Oct 2007 (note to self - get jeans with right leg measurement in future, you muppet)
Paul and Janette in Mallorca, Oct 2006 (note to self - get chinos with right leg measurement in future, you muppet)
Parsley Hay on Tissington Trail (High Peak Trail to left)
Derbyshire in Autumn - can't beat it...
This shot has Minninglow in the distance on the horizon (see previous posts)
High Peak and Tissington trails come together at Parsley Hay
An Autumnal Derbyshire from the Tissington Trail
Good weather for a Balloon ride.
Another shot of Derbyshire (over Fenny Bentley area I think).
Sign says 13.5 miles to Ashbourne (add a bit more for Clifton to get approx 30 miles)!!
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Not been too bad so far - weighed in at 14st 5lbs last night at the Redditch group (Note: had shoes on so really 14st 7lbs!). The Consultant Paula had diving weights that you could pick up to see what a stone was - let me tell you it's bl**dy heavy is what a stone is!! So that was good. This morning not so bloomin good got on road for 6:00 and was getting off it with a puncture at 6:30 only 7 miles to the good! 63.7 miles on the clock for the week leaving a balance of 37 miles to finish off. It's about doable.
Off to Europe shortly so no post for a day or two... (no kids either!! ha ha ha, manic laughter again.....).
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Link: to practice run this morning http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/4235320
Monday, 15 October 2007
Anyhoo, found out a couple of good things today - 1) Motionbased.com's mileage is more accurate than Training Center - Garmin doesn't count mileage when the GPS loses it's signal which always happens going through the disused railway tunnel in Ashbourne (so am doing even more miles than I think).
Secondly, got on the scales after the Gym session - 14st 3.5lbs !!!! That'd mean a total of 4st 7.5lbs loss - four and a half bloomin stone!!!! Awesome.
Only problem is - group is on Thursday and I'll be out of the country, chances are fairly high that I'll put a bit of weight on over the weekend, still 14st 3.5lbs even it's only tonight is bloomin magic and a new world record weight for me!!!!!!!
Awesome!!! Got to go do some packing now - working in Redditch tomorrow night then down to Southampton on Wednesday morning. It's all bloomin go round here folks!!
Sunday, 14 October 2007
But when I got on it it just takes you in a big loop and puts you on the road that if you turned left just before crossing the road you'd be on anyway, the other downside of it is that it's too steep - you can ride it but it's damned hard to keep the front wheel down it's that steep. Thirdly, there's too many rotten gates on it. Other than that it's spot on.
Never mind, when I got to Brassington I had a change of plan and instead of turning right for Carsington I went left and got on the High Peak Trail at Longcliffe. I went along the trail because the previous week when I was moaning about the signage at Ballidon I noticed this circle on the satellite view on googlemaps (see pic below of click on this link to see what I mean).
An aerial view of Minninglow - notice how round it is! You can see it on Satellite imagery even at a tiny scale.
Anyway last week didn't know what it was, asked Alan and Dave who I work with who also didn't know what it was but my Dad said 'It's Minninglow, you can see it for miles - it's a sort of ancient burial mound thing like Arbor Low and what have you.' - He's right and all, it looks flat on the aerial photo but in reality is something like the shot below (what I took earlier!).
And you can see it for miles and miles - this is a picture from somewhere near Tissington
Note the two big copses of trees on the horizon - between them many miles away is Mininglow
Can you make it out?
Anyway have got bike cleaned down and ready for business again tomorrow. Back on the bloomin road again I reckon though - much cleaner!
Check out the ever so slightly ruined trainers and cycling trousers!
* Shat, A popular word round our way much used by a certain Mr Chapman "meaning soiled in a big way".
Links: Some stuff on Mininglow http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/1912
The full route on Motionbased http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/4220133
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Shot a steady 86 on the golf course this afternoon but putted woefully again. Funny old game had four pars in the first five wholes and then didn't get another until the 9th.
Big biking stats to be added to this post in the morning. Am darned tired today with gym, hgolf and a bit of biking!!! Might even lie in till 6:30am tomorrow!!!
Started off with a full half hour on the runnng machines doing 1:2 walk:run program set at 5/10mph which meant a total of 4.1 in distance (think it must be miles??) which according to the readout burnt up 398.5 calories (wonder if you do enough of this sort of excercise you get a feel for what a calory's worth of energy output actually is??).
Then did 3 reps of 10 on the following:-
Seated Mid Row set at 10 (93lbs)
Vertical Bench Press set at 10 (83lbs)
Triceps Pushdown set at 9 (91lbs)
Biceps Curl set at 9 (91lbs)
Finished off with 2000 metres on the Concept2 proper rower set at 10 and there was quite an improvement on the other day's time 8 minutes 24 seconds which I reckon is fastest yet. Total of a full hour with next to nothing in the way of breaks so am well pleased with that!!
Anyway am going to tag all the Gym posts so I can keep an eye on my performance. Expect great things says I!!!
Friday, 12 October 2007
Did 15 miles on it this morning and six miles last night to try it out without the Edge so reckon I'm good for 110+ miles already. I also had a ride out in the week when the bike computer batteries were flat due to using a duff mini-usb so I could add another ten miles there but not bovvered that much, I know am getting the exercise in so it's all cool.
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Anyway, it is what it is, and am going to make the best of it. Have fitted lights to it and am going to get some miles done on it tonight. At the weekend am going to try the cycle route 54a between Tissington and Carsington which you need mtb tyres for so this should be ideal! Am also considering going up the Tissington Trail then picking up the High Peak Trail to Wirksworth then coming back down the Carsington Road to Ashbourne? Not made me mind up yet but will have by Saturday!!!
An example of Phil's handiwork - he's good, honest he is!!, just a bit over the top in the chocolate application department!!!