Monday, July 28, 2014
An interesting, insightful week....
A tough week in work, lots of change, which affects a person mentally. Workload each day has reduced, but had a lot of hours to work back my flexi time, so left at 8:30pm on Friday, and started work on Saturday at 8am... not ideal. From now on, I'm aiming to do 11am to 7pm days. It'll be nice to get away "early" every day, although I have to work until 8:30pm one night a week. So weekly that'll mean I claw back 4 hours, which is a little over half a day. This means I can keep my roughly 12 days accrued holidays for the end of the year (Iceland trip) and use my flexi time for full and half days here and there (another 12 days worth).
After a strong first half of the week, had a couple of poor days, and am only righting that now - walked about 5 miles and an W1D3 of C25K in the gym. Don't like not knowing exactly how far I walked, sorry I sold the Fitbit now. So have ordered a second hand Withings Pulse. Looks like a nice piece of kit for step/distance tracking to encourage me to walk more again.
Bike's off the road until can afford to get gears/brakes sorted. Next Friday fortnight... walking and occasionally bussing until then.
Apart from the Withings Pulse, got my eye on two other devices - first is the Adidas Speed_Cell bluetooth stride sensor for tracking runs in the gym. Ordering this Friday...
The other is the Magellan Echo Fitness watch.
The watch displays HRM data, bike data, running data - links to my iSmoothrun app and al the connecting devices. Fascinating. :)
Still my eternal bugbear. Dishes were not done, and didn't revise anything for work, or do any work for brother. Got gym and walking in at least, so partial achievement, not a zero day at least.
OVERALL, A 6/10. NOT TERRIBLE, BUT ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. WILL LOOK AT VIDEO BLOGGING AGAIN THIS WEEK...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
5 days hovering above 285 lbs, then whoosh!!!!
God knows why - kcalories were good, but not drastically cut. I walked 3.5miles to work instead of bike. I had an early night. None of these can explain almost 3 lbs loss in a day. Perhaps it's a temporary blip, who knows.
Today I'll walk to work again. And get another early night. And control kcalories...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
NOT TOO BAD!
Early hours of Sunday morning, weekend's over.... Well, this weekend I've not done EVERYTHING I set out to do, but it's certainly not a weekend of Zero Days. :)
Weight continues downwards overall - was 287.5lbs at date of last blog (16th), and am 285.8lbs now. Not a big change, but a good change still. Went off the Warrior Diet a fair bit, but haven't been going MAD, hence still down. Warrior Diet is tough at weekends, easy during work. Although a bit less easy when stress elsewhere in life kicks in. Stress. Mental state. It fecking defines everything... not measuring other body stats at minute, because there's not going to be huge change anywhere, so no point being anal about it.
Ended up not getting the new bike due to huge unreported stock issues after I placed order. No way to run a business. Just as well - rent became more important, forgot about that... the new speed/cadence sensor is working well. Unlike the bike - gears are getting worse, as are brakes, but I've got a good quote for repair next week.
Haven't got the amount of overtime I'd planned for reasons both within my control and beyond it. But valid reasons. i'm coping. Even got access to my credit file now, so will watch that improve over the next few months.
It's amazing how much I put off decluttering. And also amazing how much better I feel when it's done. Dishes all done, hoovering, tidying, sorting, and also bit of work for my brother. Feel happier overall now.
Started running in Puregym a few days ago, C5K, and at this weight it HURTS. But I'll repeat each week as often as it takes. Meant to do it again Saturday, biked to gym, and realised I'd no lock, so couldn't follow through. Tomorrow.
Trying a couple of iOS apps for tracking habits. Strides is one, and Lift is another. I'll settle on whichever one feels better t use.
OVERALL & NEXT WEEK
I'm still so far from any interim goals, but i'm moving slowly in the right direction. Will continue to revise stuff in work, to help me be a happier (in my own mind) employee, declutter a little each morning, get two runs in this week coming, do the rest of work for my brother, track daily, and drink lots of water daily. :)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Down about 4 lbs since Saturday, by not eating mindlessly the way I have been for too long.
Listened to my body today, decided to stay in bed longer instead of going in for overtime today. Feeling under it, and feet/legs/throat sore. Bit better now.
Went to Apple store to pick up a cadence/speed sensor, called the Wahoo Blue SC. Stupid names, well reviewed. :) Shall attach this to rear of bike to send cadence and speed data to Cyclemeter & Strava iOS apps, even if the bike is on the turbo trainer - finally a way of recording distance on there!
In the latter part of the day, after seeing them in the flesh at Decathlon, I came back home, had a thought about overtime this week, and decided to upgrade my half-dead hybrid bike to an entry level road bike, the Triban 3.
Apparently for £299, it's FANTASTIC. Anyhow, more tools to help keep me right. :)
Lastly ,I sold my fitbit in preparation for Apple iWatch, but then decided i want a step tracker still. Eejit. Still have a Fitbit account, so just got a £5 step tracker, and will enter steps manually each night. Cheap as chips!
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Gonna be brutally honest. I'm up to 290.4lbs.
This is not how it should be. I started at 330lbs, and my next target was 276lbs. Instead i've been going backward, while some other dieting friends are going from strength to strength. Frankly, I've lost self-esteem, and don't respect myself any more.
And I've no excuse. I can afford proper food and supplements now. I now have a gym membership again. I have a (just) functioning bike on the road again. I just find that I can't follow through with consistent exercise, and can't stop eating the wrong foods in the wrong quantities.
I've got the tools - MyFitnessPal, Strava, Slow Cooker etc, but i'm just so wasteful of my time each day. ESPECIALLY if I have an entire day off. I know WHAT to eat and how much. I know which exercises will benefit me the most in terms of fat loss and health improvement.
I've a few minor pains in places I don't want minor pains, a little bit concerning, but I know they'll go away once I'm healthily eating and exercising and losing fat for a while. So what's stopping me? Why am I still on the failing rollercoaster, but instead of gradually going down in weight, i'm gaining weight?
Enough moaning. Need to turn this around, and not in any gradual way. Perhaps I need to simplify things.
One side of me thinks I just need to do things in moderation, but I've shown that that doesn't work for me. When I've lost weight over several months or years in the past, it's been radical things I've done. With that in mind, gonna give this Warrior Diet a go. Yes, it has the word "diet" in the name, but what the hell. It's a 20/4 Intermittent Fasting way of eating. Eat very minimally during the day, and have one or two big meals when I get home from work at 9pm. It's more detailed than that, which I'm learning from the audiobook, but that's the crux.
EDIT: I just found the image at the top of this blog post. highlights the difference between failing and failure. I like it. This is temporary.
Today is day one of many.
i'm sitting here with a flavoured tea, no sugar, taken some supps, an apple. got some eggs boiling for the next few days. Will do dishes after this blog post, I feel bad when there are too many, and better when they're done. :) Was going to go to gym today, but it's the 12th of July, and there may be trouble, so will use my free weights in the house today instead. Will learn to use my new GPS to create routes for the bike. Will plan tomorrows Dublin daytrip today. I've just printed two credit card sized inserts for my card wallet to remind me that I'm dying slowly like this, and why I should put in the effort. Front of the wallet, every time I open it to spend money on food.
Here we go.
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