BELFASTBIKER's SparkPeople Blog BELFASTBIKER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wasted Lives. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Two things struck me this week. <BR> <BR> Firstly, a good friend lost her uncle, largely unexpectedly, in horrible circumstances. Having gone through similar with mum, I can appreciate the unreality of it all, and the range of dark emotions she would have been going through for the last couple months, and will go through for the next few months and years. But it's life - when you get to a certain age, people old... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 04:22:23 EST THE PAST WEEK - GOOD AND BAD. An interesting, insightful week.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> THE WEEK <BR> <BR> 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 t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:16:54 EST THE HUMAN BODY IS WEIRD.... AND SOMETIMES GOOD! 5 days hovering above 285 lbs, then whoosh!!!! <BR> <BR> 282.9 lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> Today I'll walk to work again. And get another early night. And control kcalories... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:30:56 EST Momentum, a little bit at least! NOT TOO BAD! <BR> 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. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WEIGHT <BR> 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, henc... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:23:39 EST Now that's better! Down about 4 lbs since Saturday, by not eating mindlessly the way I have been for too long. <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> 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... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:23:57 EST HOLY HELL, I'M FAILING. Gonna be brutally honest. I'm up to 290.4lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> And I've no excuse. I can afford proper food and supplements now. I now have a gym membe... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:44:00 EST PUT ON 8 LBS OVER THE WEEKEND, ALMOST LOST IT ALL DUE TO SICKNESS IN ONE DAY! Goes to show you how much of short-term weight change is liquid (water and glycogen). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> By last Wednesday, it was clear my boots were being eroded by my increased walking (20 stone walking on rubber will do that). <BR> <BR> So walking was considerably reduced by waiting on new boots, breaking new ones in, and then spending weekend at brothers house. Eating while at bro's house was also uncontrollable, my fa... Wed, 7 May 2014 19:05:57 EST * REFEED DAY! * Feet sore, so only did 16'000 stps today. First two days this week were 30k and 33k steps. Bottom of boots is getting to the ruined stage already. Need new boots now, which means i'll probably replace them in December. Last pair were ridiculously imbalanced due to wear on one side by the time I gave them up. :) <BR> <BR> Took things easy today food wise, with all that walking so far this week, my calorie imbalance was nuts, simply was about 2000 kcals down per day (which showed in a fair... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:28:43 EST WHICH IS MORE IDEAL: A PERFECT DIET, OR A DIET THAT'S GOOD ENOUGH? Now, let's rephrase the question - which is WISER? <BR> <BR> What has gone before <BR> <BR> I've tried my fair share of eating regimes. Paleo, Primal, Low Fat, Low carb, various forms of Intermittent Fasting, Atkins, Zone, Slimming World and so on. <BR> <BR> I'n no doubt that when people follow them, they're great. They've all got merit. Even Slimming World, despite the fact that it treats pasta, rice and potatoes are syn-free foods to eat in unlimited quantities. (really.) <BR> <BR>... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:53:09 EST WHAT IF YOU COULD REWIND PARTS OF YOUR LIFE TO DO OVER? WHAT IF THAT ALREADY HAPPENS? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each morning when you wake up, what possible ways could that day have played out previously, if it had already happened multiple times? <BR> <BR> Did you choose to lie in an extra two hours, wasting the most productive time of day? Did you hit snooze multiple times, and now you've no time for breakfast, no healthy lunch prepared, no time to walk or bike to work, no time to spend with the kids until you'r... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:40:02 EST ** 163'000 STEPS LAST WEEK. :) ** Wanted to break 100'000 steps, ended up going way beyond that. 30k steps for the day is the most I've done in months. Also slept like a log afterwards. I think 150'000 steps a week is a bit more realistic now. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:35:23 EST Step target? DESTROYED. Had planned for 100'000 steps this week. I think I passed that on Friday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On about 132'000 steps from Monday... so if I do 18k steps tomorrow, 150k step[s supertarget is broken. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:23:37 EST WALKING LIKE A DEMON SO FAR THIS WEEK... 19k steps, 26.7k steps, 26k steps, and now 25k steps. Am looking forward to having 150k steps by end of week. Still going strong. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah, it hurts my ankles after a couple miles, (no more blisters though!) but it's only gonna get easier as I lose weight.... so I just ignore the pain as best I can. <BR> <BR> So far so good this week. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:09:07 EST OK, LET'S DO 100'000 STEPS THIS WEEK.... Got 99k steps last week, doh! So this should be doable. Had painful walking on Sunday though - actually got the bus back from town is was so joyless. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Started yesterday well ,got about 19'000 steps, so that sets me up well. <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:53:41 EST Mid-April update, FINALLY!! :) I'm struggling, but hopeful! <BR> <BR> I certainly take a while to learn the obvious... Stress, tiredness and overexterion make me forget my good habits, I start procrastinating and begin to have poor priorities. Think I need to draw a line in the sand and stop that nonsense. Already feel better about things even writing this.... <BR> <BR> It's not all bad - after a stressful time with no idea where rent was coming from, I started a new job in April, and it's going very well - public... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:47:26 EST Half-Way through the first month... status check! Weight: down the 7 lb so far, which is alright. <BR> <BR> Blood Pressure: Readings of 134/97 & 139/91 are of concern. Not doctor-type concern yet, but checking every few days now. If they're CONSISTENTLY over 140/90, I'll head to docs. although if they'll just no doubt prescribe lifestyle changes, which I'm doing already. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Better than December, by a long mark. Tracking what I eat again, which is helping me THINK about what i'm eating. A wee habit-chain tracker calle... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:43:58 EST 2014, come and get it big boy! Seriously, it’s 2014. Are we like, living in the future yet? <BR> <BR> Not sharing this post to Facebook. I figuring now that that doesn’t help me. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, where am I at? <BR> <BR> Fat, that’s what. After shaving down to 276 at end of Nov, I got sickie bad with my first flu session since 2009, and it arrested my progress, which led into a financially INCREDIBLY stressful December. So frankly, I got lost. Ended up 290lbs, up a full stone. So here I am again, doing a recap wh... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:27:59 EST BEST WEEK in about 3 years - 4.3 lbs DOWN Checking against MyFitnessPal, I was 2500 kcal’s (for the week) under the low calorie limit I put for myself (2200 kcal’s/day, plus a bit more depending on exercise), and during this 7 day period I lost 4.3 lbs. Add that to the previous weeks 3.1 and that’s a total of 7.4 lbs in about a fortnight. <BR> <BR> I don’t really want to let up on the exercise, therefore I can afford to eat a bit more and still lose at least two pound this week. In theory. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:49:28 EST Yo-yo'd. Again. Dammit. <BR> <BR> How many times will I yo-yo back? Back up to 280 lbs dead from 270.2 on the 3rd August. Had too many days where I wasn’t tracking in time, so ended up over on calories with poorer quality foods, way over. Eejit. <BR> <BR> There are detractors who say weight loss isn’t simple thermodynamics, and there is SOME merit in that argument, but it’s at least partially true. Need to stop buying processed foods and gulping them down, because they’re just too damned easy to eat. <... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 02:07:46 EST Down about 4lbs since Monday… Had a couple of days where I wasn’t as focused (friend over, birthday party), so not bad overall. Couple of those are due to a later-in-day weigh-in though, so not hugely excited. Was in bed highlighting notes from Eat-to-Live and Super-Immunity. <BR> <BR> Most of this week I’ve been upping my greens, veg, fruit hugely. I think I’d call myself a flexible nutritarian now. Still working on it, digesting the books. <BR> <BR> Tried blending frozen fruit etc with my hand mixer, and my LaLann... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:46:12 EST Where do I go wrong? Hai! <BR> <BR> Been looking back over three years of weight loss/gain/loss/gain…. <BR> <BR> Trying to work out what what I'm doing when things are going well, and what the catalyst is for going off the rails. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Eating <BR> <BR> I've found that it doesn't matter HOW I eat healthy - Low Carb/Atkins, Low Fat, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo, Primal. As long as I TRACK IT, and do it the majority of the time. If I stop tracking, I gain weight due to overeating and the wr... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 06:28:28 EST 269.5 lbs?? Yeah.... up to 269.5 lbs in a matter of days. BIG False start. Startin' again tomorrow. Tried cycling on bike today, spindles died, fell of bike which was attached to turbotrainer. Tried running on Week 6 of C25K, couldn't finish. Can't even go back and do week 5 as it's TOUGHER than week 6. I'll weight train and walk tomorrow. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:34:29 EST My NeverEnding Morbid Obesity. I’m 5’6” @ 263 lbs. Over 40% Body Fat, and over 40 on the BMI Scale. Morbidly Obese, easily. (Was 330 lbs at my heaviest.) Fairly recently was at 242 lbs, so overall I’m not happy. <BR> <BR> Thankfully I’ve avoided Diabetes and Dangerously High Blood Pressure somehow - I even have Excellent Cholesterol Results. <BR> <BR> <BR> * But I hate being Fat. * <BR> <BR> Appearance-wise, Finding Clothes Sucks. In normal shops it’s Impossible, as my Waist is currently 45”. (Down from 56”.) My lady h... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:26:46 EST 3.8 lbs this week, so that’s 80.9 lbs lost overall. :) …so I’m now in the 240’s. :) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Last week was a bit lacklustre, so doubled down, put the work in, and kept the diet RELATIVELY clean. (except drinking with friends in the house on movie night until 6am on Friday, still gotta live!) <BR> <BR> Being lighter and fitter (still morbidly obese technically) I find cycling and running easier now - can’t wait until I’m in the 230’s, see what that’s like! I can already see on the charts ho... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:40:08 EST 4 week health report. ALL GOOD. :) 11 Aug to today: <BR> <BR> Bodyfat: 40.8% to 34.2% <BR> <BR> Weight: 262 - 252.9 <BR> <BR> Blood Pressure: 3 points down <BR> <BR> Resting Heart rate: 63bpm to 60bpm <BR> <BR> Chest: 1” down <BR> <BR> Thigh: 1.5” down <BR> <BR> Hip: 1.5” down <BR> <BR> Waist: 1.5” down <BR> <BR> Really pleased with the bodyfat and waist measurements most of all over the month, they suggest it’s the right stuff that i’m dropping off, i.e. fat, rather than muscle. This last coupla days I’ve been takin... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 09:12:31 EST Your wish has been granted from the future. Live your life like you've been given a 2nd chance. Your wish has been granted from the future and here you are now today. Live your life as if you have been given a second chance… <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By that I mean imagine your future self regretting what you didn’t do in the past and how it is too late to change things. Imagine your future self wishing to go back in time so that you can finally change and be the person you should have been. Now imagine that your future self’s wish of going back in time actually came true, and when you wok... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:37:26 EST DOWN 2.6 lbs this week. :) Now at the weight I haven't see since very start of March. Will never waste a Spring/Summer like that again. Thank god for autumn. :) <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 04:39:32 EST Life 2.0. :) <img src=""> <BR> The past: the old me. <BR> <BR> Up to now, I've been as guilty as any of just EXISTING, but not LIVING. <BR> <BR> I'd let myself put-on about 12 stone in weight, to get up to 330lbs, or just over 23 and a half stone. Had a chest pain scare or two. Was too damned heavy to even walk effectively. Had unhealthy blood pressure and resting pulse, and a 56" waist. I was morbidly obese, and felt it. <BR> <BR> I've had hear... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:12:49 EST DOWN 2.9 lbs this week, and 1% bodyfat. Decent progress this week for fat loss. Liking this intermittent fasting (IF). Just need to up the quality of my foods every day for the feeding part of the day! <BR> <BR> Have had a decent run over 4 weeks, as shown in the graph - 265.3 down to 256.5 lbs - loss of 8.8 lbs over the 4 weeks. Having joined PureGym in Belfast and now, sa of last night, that I *can* run 5K in one go, this should continue. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 04:00:12 EST Decided to skip rest of week 3, all of week 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Couch to 5K. This morbidly obese 258lbs person just ran a 5K, barefoot. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:21:56 EST 70 lbs lost, 100 lbs to go... So, slightly ahead of my target - down to 259.4 lbs today, rather than 260 lbs. <BR> <BR> So that means 70 lbs have gone, which is 5 stone. <BR> <BR> Only 100 lbs to go. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, it’s carb refeed day! <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 04:50:54 EST Fell of the wagon so often. Back on again... <BR> Ultimate goal is use paleo eating to not follow mum into an early grave, so to go from 330 to 160, a loss of 170 lbs. I'm at 262 now, so 102 to go. <BR> <BR> Want to get stronger, and be running 5K with relative ease by the end of it, so have also started C25K a few days ago. <BR> <BR> Measurements: <BR> BF: about 41% as per Withings scale. <BR> BP: 132/89, RHR is 63bpm. <BR> Waist: 45.5". <BR> Chest: 47.5". <BR> Hips: 49.5". <BR> Thigh: 28.5" <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 06:39:24 EST 3.5lbs DOWN. For reasons I won’t go into, been having a difficult time. <BR> Was honestly expecting to be 264 lbs or so this morning, and am 257.4 instead. Don’t really understand it, diet has been processed nonsense, been biking or bussing instead of walking, only been doing minimal walking, no weights. <BR> Had an Easter Egg yesterday with two creme eggs too! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 08:17:00 EST Motivator of the Day to 6.5lbs UP!?!? Terrible. 6.5lbs UP. <BR> Have went from 254.4 to 260.9lbs in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Never actually got around to my huge monthly food shop, had stopped preparing food properly, started cycling to work instead of walking, but mostly, the quality of my food suffered hugely. Replaced omega-3-enriched eggs, chicken, fruit, veggies, with processed crap - cheap sausage rolls mostly. And bread. Bread is a no-no on a healthy paleo diet, obviously. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my body finally said no more - ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:59:19 EST New measurement are in, and I'm pleased! Found my proper body tape measure...! <BR> <BR> Waist <BR> 1 inch off my waist this month. That's 2.5inch this year, or 12 inches in total. <BR> <BR> Hips <BR> 1 inch off my hips this month. That's 3inch this year, or 11 inches in total. <BR> <BR> Chest <BR> 1.5 inches off my chest this month. That's 3.5 inches this year, or 8 inches in total. <BR> <BR> Thighs <BR> No change to thighs, but 1 inch this year. That's 5.5 inches per leg in total. <BR> <BR> Bodyfat is now 37.6%, down from... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 08:39:57 EST 1.8lbs lost this week, 9lbs down this month. 75.6lbs gone! Also 57 miles mostly walking this week (tiny amount of running). <BR> <BR> Bizarrely though, the chest/hip/thigh/waist measurement don't show a LOT of change, despite throwing two pairs of trousers out and being able to fit in two other pair, and shifting a couple of belt holes too. Perhaps not having my proper measuring tape is a factor, hopefully it'll turn up. ) <BR> <BR> Wonder if I can get 4.4lbs off this week, regain my 80 lbs spark badge? Nah.... too much to ask for.... isn't it? Sat, 3 Mar 2012 10:41:46 EST Motivator of the Day! (Jumps around like a child!) I came home to a mountain of SP emails.... thank YOU for the comments, I'm chuffed to bits, and now YOUR comments inspire and motivate ME! Now i'm off to the treadmill to watch Biggest Loser Oz and add to today's 8.7miles walked. :) Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:59:13 EST DOWN 3.5 lbs this week, 74 lbs loss TOTAL. And had to throw out two pairs of trousers and delve into my collection of “no-longer-fit-me” clothes to find two pairs that now do! <BR> <BR> Also 65miles walking this week (with a tiny bit of #BarefootRunning in there too.) <BR> <BR> Off to shop for cakes and chocolates, it’s carb up time for this low carber! Sat, 25 Feb 2012 04:37:28 EST 5 lbs DOWN this week, 70lbs total now! I *knew* I could redress last weeks silly weight-gain! Even though my lovely work colleagues provided many cakes and buns and chocs and sweets on my birthday. :) <BR> <BR> Being MOSTLY paleo diet-wise is helping greatly - also started barefoot running with Couch to-5K yesterday… hopefully get injured less! My new FitBit is working great, after I finally worked out how to calibrate it, so hopefully it’ll show in all those times I DELIBERATELY walk to someone instead of phoning or emailing t... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 07:25:01 EST 4.8 lbs UP this week! Buggery ballix! :) <BR> <BR> For a variety of reasons/excuses (mostly gone now) I’ve taken the eye off the ball walking and foodwise, and end up hugely UP! To think my diet and lifestyle was like this 24/7 before….any wonder I got up to 330lbs…. <BR> <BR> Anyhow will do a long walk later, and a healthy food shop. Back in control… <BR> <BR> 4.8 lbs…. sheesh!!! <BR> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 07:03:06 EST 2.7lbs DOWN this week, 11lbs DOWN this month, 66lbs DOWN total. Also this month I’ve taken 2” off my chest, 2” off my ass and 2.5” off my waist. AND my resting heart rate is down TWENTY to 62bpm. <BR> <BR> Now, I’m basically at my weight/heart rate/measurement stats that I was at last May 2011. So I’ve just rewound 7 months of neglect in less than a month. Over 150miles of walking has clearly helped, but I put this down to Paleo eating almost completely, it’s fantastic!!! <BR> <BR> I'm not at my best (I'd lost 84lbs before it went to sh1t and I put ba... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 05:38:11 EST GREAT blood cholesterol results for a fat guy! TOTAL Cholesterol - 151 mg/dl (less than 200 is good, 240+ is high risk.) <BR> HDL - 39 mg/dl (getting that up to 40 would be best, or higher, work to do!) <BR> LDL - 101 mg/dl (right on the edge of fantastic - reduced chance of atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke. 160+ is high.) <BR> Cholesterol Ratio - 3.9 (well into low risk, less chance of heart disease. 9.5+ is moderate risk, 23+ is high risk.) <BR> Fasting Blood Glucose - 4.6 mmol/L (great result! 7.0+ would likely be diab... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:16:23 EST "Normal" chest x-ray. Thank god. “Normal.” Had to ask the nurse to repeat it over the phone. <BR> <BR> “Normal.” Not a winner for talker of the world, or greatest rapport, but I could have kissed her down the phone line. <BR> <BR> Waiting for chest x-ray results when you’ve unexplained occasional pains in the left part of chest under rib cage, where you heart is, and recent memory or exactly how your mum’s cancer-ridden death started (with an x-ray), is scary as feck. <BR> <BR> I don’t recommend it, if you can avoid it.... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:28:21 EST No, REALLY, I'm back to it now! Assuming I don't die this or next year. Yeah, this year's gonna be better than last year. Assuming I don't die of cancer or heart disease. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Wee bit behind on my target of 7 miles a day walk/running. Life got in way, and knee was playing up. I'll catch up! <BR> <BR> Can't run right now, occasional heart niggle is a worry, and CONSTANT left jugular/neck pain, which can go into the ear or shoulder, or left upper chest ,or kust the neck, is equally a concern. X-ray done last week, results at end of this week.... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:31:16 EST OK, back to it. Gentle as they go. <BR> <BR> Have already changed my diet, vastly home-cooked stuff now, little boxed/processed food any more, ain't bought biscuits in a coupla weeks now. :) <BR> <BR> Cooking is fun, albeit not always successful. <BR> <BR> Just off the bike there for an hour, bum hurts, but hey. :) Sun, 20 Nov 2011 19:38:26 EST RIP my wee mum. Passed tonight, nearly year long battle with about 4 cancers. Best goddamn mum you could wish for. Love her to bits... <BR> <BR> Excellent family around us, giving fantastic support. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:27:52 EST 263.3lbs, 37.2% BF. 1st day with new Withings scale. First automatic weigh-in on the new Withings scales. If these don’t keep me honest, nothing will. 263.3lbs and 37.2% bodyfat. Dead on the weight, and within variance of my previous “normal” scales, so statistically insignificant. No matter which is closer to true, this is the scale I’ll be using from here on. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Step on, weight and bodyfat automatically shoots to charts, Rwitter, Google H... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 01:58:47 EST Started taking measurements again.... In Aug/Sep last year, when I was low 240’s weight-wise, I’d taken my resting heart rate all the way down from a high of 100bpm to 49bpm. Now that I’m up to 266lbs (it got as high as 272 on my relapse, it’s TRICKLING down…) my RHR is sitting at 67bpm. Still decent, but hell, how 25-30 extra lbs affects me! Sun, 22 May 2011 12:07:06 EST Bit of consistency, biking and walking today. got a sore achilles, so no 8.6miles today, but 36mins biking, and 30mins walking will do as a stopgap. :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 5 May 2011 16:12:58 EST 8.6miles walking today.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On a mini-roll, got momentum! Tue, 3 May 2011 19:53:52 EST