BIKECHIC1's SparkPeople Blog BIKECHIC1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Going Well Just seem so busy these days, haven't had time to blog and I've missed it. Daughter has brought home a new kitten and I'm the one that's ended up looking after it even though she knew we didn't want any more pets just yet. Don't get me wrong it's a gorgeous little thing but I could really do without running about after a kitten. I'm calling it Kitty Cat at the moment because I can't think of a suitable name for him. <BR> <BR> Lots of exercising to make up for last weekend and hope fully ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:12:18 EST Great But Naughty Weekend Had the most amazing weekend with hubby at Whitby. We did loads of walking, 20 miles on the Sunday via the coastal route into Robin Hoods Bay in the rain mostly. Didn't do any tracking of any kind this weekend but the site didn't have wifi, so even though I took the laptop with me I couldn't use it. <BR> <BR> I ate healthily Saturday evening but had a couple of glasses of wine. I was naughty Sunday and had fish, chips and mushy peas but I didn't eat it all, I left most of my chips a bit o... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:19:00 EST 4lb Loss What a day, I weighed myself this morning and I've lost 4lb this week <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'm ecstatic but knackered, walked to the gym this morning, did 40 mins on the treadmill, 3 sets of 20 reps on the chest press machine, 30 mins on the powerbike. Body combat for 1 hour, which was a killer <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Walked back home, had a healthy lunch tidied up a little bit, packed the motorhome ready for the weekend. Walked back to the gym and did 1 hour pilates and walked... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:06:59 EST Things Are Becoming Easier Another good gym session 2.75 hrs this morning after work, a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. <BR> <BR> Stayed in range on my tracker but still didn't meet my protein goal <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Prepared dinner for later, ran a couple of errands in town, bought a pair of sweatbands as a treat for being consistent with my workouts. Treated myself to a small beauty treatment too. <BR> <BR> Had a good zumba session t, they're starting a new class called Bokwa next Fri at the health c... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:24:02 EST Struggling With Protein Goal Went to the gym early today as I wasn't going to be able to get out on the push bike, I managed 40 mins on the treadmill and 30 mins on the powerbike. Had to take son in law for an interview today (he'll know on Friday if he's got the job or not). He was in there for a hour and a half, good job I took a magazine to read. <BR> <BR> Popped to the supermarket and got some root vegetables as I forgot to pick them up when we went shopping last night despite them being on the shopping list, hubb... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 14:41:37 EST A Feeling Of Euphoria Managed a 2 hr 30 min session at the gym this morning: <BR> 40 mins on treadmill and it felt great, <BR> 40 mins on power bike not so great as it was the last workout of the day, <BR> 15 mins on the cross trainer, <BR> 90 forward lunges with a 5kg powerbag on shoulders, <BR> 3 sets of 15 shoulder rotation (woodchops) either side, <BR> 3 sets of 20 reps on traditional Lat pulldown machine, 3 sets of 25 reps on chest press, <BR> 3 sets of 30 reps on forward lat pulldown machine, <BR> 3 sets... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:31:45 EST Lovely Weekend Well today I did a 26 mile bike ride today, it was quite lovely, the scenery was amazing and I'm so proud of myself for completing it <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Had a lovely Sunday lunch and a chill out with hubby. <BR> <BR> Kept on track with everything and nothing else to report. <BR> <BR> Had a lovely weekend. <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:59:16 EST What A Great Day Oh My Gosh!!! It was all happening yesterday....what a great day, first of all I went to the gym and had my programme review, this is where they weigh you and look at you through the corner of their eye thinking 'fat sod, why haven't you lost any weight', or that could just be me thinking that's what they're thinking. Actually in truth they are all really lovely and they are so friendly and approachable, anyway I got weighed and I've lost 11lb in 6 weeks. <em>224</em> Yes folks you d... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 04:04:27 EST Plenty Of Exercise Had yet another weird dream last night about climbing again, do think it's something to do with my new healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Walked 2.5 miles to the sport center this morning and did 1hr body combat then walked 2.5 mile home. <BR> <BR> My friend came round this afternoon, she's going through a bad patch at the moment, her husbands just told her he's leaving her. She's is devastated she didn't see it coming. <BR> <BR> Will be walking to sports center again soon another 2.5 there and ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:43:26 EST Weird Dreams I dream weird and vivid dreams quite a lot and last night was no exception, I had a dream that I was in a monkey enclosure with a climbing frame in a pool with other people (no-one I knew), I had to climb up this frame to get away from the monkeys, only I couldn't climb I couldn't get my leg up or pull myself up and the monkeys kept holding onto me, around my waist and ankles, they weren't nasty just holding me so I couldn't climb. <BR> <BR> The next minuite I was a hostage in a war camp... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 11:17:28 EST Managed A Run I spent most of the day today at the hospital with my daughter and waited while she had her knee operation, it was successful, the good news is that her cartledge is intact and didn't need to be removed, the surgeon just removed the cyst. <BR> <BR> When I finally got home, I got changed and managed to go for a run along the canal, it was lovely and peaceful even though it was raining. <BR> <BR> I've managed to stay within calorie range on my tracker despite having a baked potato for lunch a... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:03:49 EST What A Pain Wasn't really in the mood today to go to the gym this morning, mainly because I kept having a pain in my right side close to my hip, at first I thought it might be appendicitis but realised that it was probably something to do with my bowel. <BR> <BR> I did drag myself to the gym, I did manage my 2hr workout as usual and I felt so much better afterwards, I actually felt like I'd achieved something and the pain stayed away until half way through my powerbike workout, (I think it was because I... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:33:16 EST Scheduled Rest Day Today I had scheduled a rest day as hubby had the car and was in Nottingham all morning on business. <BR> I didn't get up until 9.30am, had a healthy breakfast, run a nice bubble bath for a soak and a read, it was lovely. <BR> <BR> When hubby got back we went shopping it was absolutely chaotic in the store but managed to fight our way through the throngs of avid shoppers without losing it, took it home unpacked it and then decided to go out for Sunday lunch to the Toby Carvery, it was really... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:17:13 EST Out Of My Tree OMG!! My legs and buttock sides are killing me much to the point of I'm finding it difficult to walk. <BR> So why, oh why did I do a 2 hr mountain biking session this afternoon? All I can say is I must be out of my tree, that or I'm addicted. Not satisfied with killing myself on the bike, when I got back I did 150 crunches and 40 push ups. <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to go for a sauna tomorrow the only problem is I'll have to walk 2.5 mile to get there and 2.5 mile back (if I can walk) a... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:24:03 EST More Exercising Did 2 hr 20 mins at the gym this morning, tired but elated for doing a bit more of my workout. <BR> <BR> Had a lovely healthy lunch before going back to work. <BR> <BR> Walked to the gym later for my yoga class and then walked back home almost, hubby met me half way home and gave me a lift back. <BR> <BR> Stayed within range on nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> The tops of my legs and side of my buttocks really hurt through all this exercise, so going to have a nice hot bath and early to bed ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:56:43 EST Exercising To The Max What a day!! I cycled to the gym this morning and then did an hour body combat then cycled back it took me a bit longer on the way back as my leg muscles were burning from the body combat. <BR> <BR> Had a shower and then walked to my daughters school to pick up a copy of her exam results and then to the gym did a hour pilates and then walked home, I suppose you could say I exercised to the max. I am however really feeling it now but am on top of the world knowing that I can do it. <BR> ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:08:33 EST Ever Ready Bunny Had a really good session at the gym today (2hrs 10mins), I'm looking forward to zumba later (1hr). <BR> <BR> Food tracking is going well and I'm staying within range. I've bought myself two new workout tops as a reward for reaching a couple of my small goals (weight loss and motivation). <BR> <BR> Went out for an hour on my push bike yesterday even though it was raining. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling really good about myself and can now see results from all of my hard work which also motivates m... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:15:46 EST A Huge THANKYOU! I can't say that I've always had weight problems, because in truth I haven't, it all started in my teen years, I stopped being active. Don't get me wrong, I didn't sit about all day doing nothing, I walked every where because we didn't have a car, or I would catch a bus, I also walked for pleasure but I stopped doing other things that I did as a kid like cycling and gymnastics. <BR> <BR> I moped about a lot and listened to music, I suffered with teenage depression mainly because I started... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:27:56 EST Bags Of Energy Woke up to a real miserable day weather wise, it's been raining non stop from yesterday tea time. After a healthy breakfast I headed to work as usual, a quiet uneventful morning. Afterwards I hit the gym for my 2hr session, 30 mins treadmill for a bit of interval training, weighted row machine 3 sets of 30 reps, chest press weight machine 3 sets of 30 reps, lat T pulldown weight machine 3 sets of 30reps, cross trainer for 15 mins, abductor weight machine 3 sets of 45 reps, adductor weight m... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:54:48 EST Loving Exercising Didn't get chance to blog yesterday, didn't do much in the way of exercise just a 40 min ride down to Halfords on my new push bike. <BR> <BR> Went to Derwent Waters today with the new push bike, it has 27 gears and made the uphills a lot easier, I absolutely love it spent about 2 and a half hours out there going around two of the reservoirs and they aint small, we did about 16 miles and most of it uphill. <em>309</em> <BR> We went and bought some books of cycle routes around the peak dis... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:55:06 EST Rosie Garden Not much to report today, good session at the gym even though I had to cut it short due to having to get back to work. Food managed ok, had a couple of glasses of wine though. Yoga was also good, went with hubby tonight to local bicycle shop and bought a new push bike, can't wait to test it out, picking up tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Everything in the garden is looking rosie <em>334</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:14:39 EST Seeing Results Woke quite early again this morning (before the alarm), I seem to be doing that more and more these days, can't quite work out if it's because I'm full of energy or not. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scales again this morning not really expecting any change but was absolutely delighted with another 2lb loss, all this portion control, healthy eating and exercise is really starting to work. I don't feel as moody these days nor quite as tired in the afternoon after lunch, I'm really loving it. <BR... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:12:37 EST I'm So Grateful To SP Well I did 2hrs at the gym again this morning after work. 30 mins interval training on the treadmill, 3 sets of 30 reps weight machines on my upper body, 15 mins on the cross trainer, 3 sets of 30 reps weight machines on my lower body, 3 sets of 30 reps with dumbbell kickback's, <BR> 3 sets of 30 reps dumbbell triceps extensions, 3 sets of 30 reps squats with a 5kg powerbag, 35 mins on the powerbike vigorous . Really felt it when I had finished but felt better after a 5 min cooldown on the... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:59:17 EST Another Fit And Healthy Day I was going to use today as a rest day but started to feel a little bit agitated and after umming and ahing either to go to the gym or get on the push bike, it had been raining on and off all through the early morning and I didn't fancy getting wet but neither did I really fancy going to the gym as I'd been yesterday and am going tomorrow, so I eventually decided to get the push bike out. <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> I had a lovely cycle ride from my house in Brimington, Chesterfield to Rothe... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:53:22 EST Loving The New Me Another good 2hr gym session today after work, 30 mins on treadmill with incline intervals, weight machine 3 sets of 30 reps each, 15 mins on ski machine, dumbbell workouts, 3 sets of 30 reps each, 30 mins on powerbike no:5 incline & setting 6, absolutely done in but really enjoyed it. <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> On track with eating and drinking plenty of water. <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Buying healthy foods is now actually becoming easier, I'm not even tempted to eat biscuits or cakes anym... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:18:01 EST Happy To Be A Loser I didn't have time to do my blog yesterday as I was just too busy, I did do my food tracking and fitness though. <BR> <BR> Went to work yesterday morning and when I got home I thought I would clean the car inside and out, didn't get chance to clean the motorbikes though as it took me a good couple of hours to do the car and hubby and I had planned on going for a cycle ride in the afternoon and time was ticking on. We got on the bikes and cycled to Rother Valley Country Park and back in 2 hr... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 13:48:35 EST Getting Healthier Did another 2hr gym session in between shifts today and even managed to cook myself a healthy lunch. Definitely need to weigh my food as I can so easily get carried away when serving it up. <BR> <BR> I've weighed myself today too and was surprised by a 2lb loss.....yay me!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Got my yoga class too this evening at 6pm, really looking forward to it, it was a great workout last week and hoping for much of the same today. <BR> <BR> Nothing really eventful happened toda... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:12:30 EST Feeling Good Did a 2hr gym session this morning, felt really good. Managed my calorie intake still struggling with portion control though, it's driving me mad!! <BR> <BR> Had a really good pilates session also this evening, it really does work the deep muscle tissue that free weights or weight machines can't!! <BR> <BR> Feeling more energetic although I'm going to get the doc to check my thyroid levels as sometimes I do feel wiped out and just want to sleep, I have been blaming depression fo... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:38:51 EST Back Again!! Ok, so I've been away from Spark for a few months but the good news is I actually haven't slipped, if anything I've improved my eating habits and increased my workouts by including gym work, zumba, pilates and yoga and I'm still doing my climbing plus cycling now and I'm loving it. <BR> <BR> I have weaned myself off of sugary foods and now only eat foods with natural sugars such as fruits, I'm also doing really well on the alcohol front having just 1 or 2 small glasses of wine or cider on th... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:11:29 EST How My Food Addiction Began I thought I would tell my story of how my bad habits started as it might just help me along my journey, I suppose that some of you might even relate to it, I am slowly finding out that some of the blogs I read from other fellow sparkers have a similar tone to what I have been and still am going through. <BR> <BR> As a child and young girl I was very active, gymnastics, dance, climbing anything and everything that was sturdy enough to climb and even sometimes what wasn't. My dad was a very s... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:09:49 EST Trying To Get Back On Track Not much happened today <BR> <BR> Did my run this morning and got a PB by 5mins <em>334</em> was really chuffed and spurred me on. <BR> <BR> Then went for the dog walk without the dog <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Went to work but only had a short day so went for a 30 min swim after work, would have done longer but with it being the summer holidays the kids came in at 9am <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Did some chores at home, ran some errands, did a bit of core strength training as extra. <BR> <B... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:23:50 EST Time With Friends I went out today with a very good friend who I haven't seen for ages, we spent a lovely afternoon at Chatsworth and had a walk by the river, it was good to catch up with what's been happening in each others lives. <BR> <BR> She also started a weight loss program in January and has lost a stone and a half so far, she's looking really good, she is doing a different programme to me but it's working for her, she too has been having personal issues with her other half but not about her weight, ab... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:15:40 EST Starting Over Well I've been away from SP for a little over a week due to some personal problems and issues. <BR> <BR> I have a hubby that says he supports me and spurs me on to do well at whatever I choose to do but then as soon as I really start getting into things and enjoying it he decides he doesn't like me doing it quite so much and tells me it's taking over my life....eeerrr, NO IT ISN'T!!! and even if it is would it be such a bad thing? What is it with other halves saying one thing and then tota... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:27:28 EST Over On Calorie Intake Gone well over on my calorie intake today but I'm not too upset a bit disappointed but never mind, I will be definitely going to be more in control of things tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Went for my run this morning and the dogless walk <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Will step up the fitness tomorrow too. I've been really busy sorting stuff out for friends plus hubby and I, just took my eye off the ball. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:45:56 EST Keeping Fit Did my run this morning and the walk I would normally take the dog on. <BR> <BR> Went back to bed and was woken by a telephone call by my daughter at 9.30am, good job really or I might just have stayed in bed til lunchtime <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Went for a hike in the peak district incorporating some hills for 2hrs, for a bit of keeping fit. went to my favourite cafe at Grindleford for lunch but we had difficulty getting parked as the weather was nice and everyone was out enjoying it. <BR... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:18:29 EST Not A Good Day Woke up this morning with a sore shoulder and stiff neck, so forwent the running and any other exercise as I didn't want to aggravate it. <BR> <BR> Haven't done much of anything today but did about 20 mins light jogging this afternoon then started to feel a bit ugh!! Not a good day. <BR> <BR> Have stayed within range of calories, veg...on target, water...on target, some of goals met but not all but it's not the end of the world, there is always tomorrow...god willing <em>41</em> <BR> <BR... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:53:12 EST Eventful Day Woke at 4.30am for my run, went for the walk I used to take the dog on as I did the same thing when I got home of going for the lead and remembering he's no longer with us. <BR> <BR> Went off to work and managed to get in a 50 min swim during my morning break before my lunch calls plus a 20 min sauna <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Did a bit of cleaning when I got home, hubby was home cos he's been rained off, been looking for a motorhome for some time and we've actually found one we liked and put... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:29:06 EST Working Hard Got up and went for a run again this morning at 4.30am, hubby came with me, when I got home I went straight for the dogs lead to take him on his morning walk then remembered he was no longer with us and brought it all back to me, so a few more tears, went for the walk anyway. <BR> <BR> Went for a swim again too for 65mins, went on the motorbike it was lovely to get out on it in the sunshine, picked up my new specs too, so I can actually see better now (when I need to). <BR> <BR> Went and g... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:40:46 EST Emotionally Drained Although today started off well with my run this morning and a swim after work, I had a vets appointment for the dog at 12pm and it was bad news...he had to be put to sleep as the cancer had spread rapidly, not only in his mouth and throat but to his vital organs causing fluid in his stomach, he had started having difficulty with his breathing but with him being a Staffordshire Bull Terrier his pain tolerance is way up there, so was just showing signs of being lethargic which is most uncharac... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:43:49 EST That Guilty Feeling Had a lie in this morning,didn't get up until 7.30 after hubby had gone to work, I was going to have a break from exercising today, so skipped running, then started to get that guilty feeling, why? It's not like I do it on a regular basis in fact I've hardly missed a day, so why do I feel like I'm not doing enough? <BR> <BR> Although I didn't go running but I did 70 mins swimming. Did my shopping, mostly healthy fruit and veg just a few snacky bits for hubby which I'm managing to steer clea... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:28:34 EST It's A Slow Process Didn't get time to blog yesterday as was just so busy...went for my run yesterday and this morning, took the dog as usual for his morning walk. <BR> <BR> The weather was lovely yesterday if somewhat cloudy so we went for a ride out to Squires Bar and Cafe, Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds, we stopped off at J&S in Doncaster. I felt a bit off colour when I got back so I went to bed for a couple of hours. Went out in the evening for a couple of friends and had one alcoholic drink, but managed to stay... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:31:32 EST Little Achievement Went for a run this morning, not run for a few days and did quite well I thought, took the dog for his morning walk, then went swimming for a hour then had a 20 min sauna. <BR> <BR> We was going to go for a bike ride this afternoon or have a game of badminton about 4pm but they didn't have any courts free at the sports centre as they had a marshal arts tournament on, then a friend came over on his motorcycle to tighten his rear spindle as it wasn't tight enough and then he stayed, kind of ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 13:23:30 EST Tired From Prom Aftermath I've had a bit of a lazy day today, stayed in bed til 7.30, but had a healthy breakfast then took the dog for his morning walk, ran some errands that have been needing my attention for some time. <BR> <BR> Been so tired today, so I had an afternoon kip, after the aftermath of my daughters prom, running around like a headless chicken all week, being woke up by a phone call at 10pm last night to say she wanted me to pick her up from outside of school at 12.45am, then bringing her back to mine... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 15:13:22 EST A Busy Day Again Oh blimey!! Another busy day, all I seem to be doing is rushing around these days and getting no where fast. <BR> <BR> Gym for a hour this morning, cross trainer, treadmill, weight machines and rowing machine, then swimming for a hour and sauna for 20 mins. Walked the dog before \i went to gym and when I got home too. <BR> <BR> It's my daughters prom night tonight so picked her up just before lunch to have her hair done, then into town to have make up done and back home for pizza and to ge... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:45:42 EST Keeping Muscles Warm I am a person that doesn't like to wear a jacket or a jumper when I'm exercising or afterwards when I'm all hot and bothered but my hubby said it's not good to go uncovered after doing any kind of exercise as this can cause injury or strain to muscles as they start to cool down to quickly, how true is this? <BR> <BR> I don't know a lot about exercising the pros' and cons' of warming up and cooling down, I stretch before and afterwards as this stops my muscles from hurting too much later or... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 16:54:13 EST A Better Day Well today was much better, I went to the gym did the treadmill, cross trainer and rowing machine, swam for a mile (64 laps), then went and had a 20 minuite sauna, it was lovely and relaxing. Took the dog for his morning walk as usual, did some tidying up. <BR> <BR> I had a pear for my snack on the way back out, I didn't get time to eat lunch as my son called up and needed me to print him off his insurance documents but then I had to rush out to pick up my daughter to have her nails done bu... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 16:54:10 EST Struggling I always start the day with good intentions and usually start off really well but these past few days I've been really struggling especially when it comes to sugary food and their portion control <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> problem <BR> healthy Food...doing well <BR> Willpower....what willpower? <BR> <BR> Did my 30 minuite run this morning and not finding as difficult anymore and I really do enjoy it, took the dog for his morning walk, I enjoy that too. Tracking food at home, it... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 18:48:47 EST A Good & Bad Day Well it's been a good day in the way of keeping within calorie intake and another ride out on the motorbikes to see an old neighbour that moved to Sutton On Sea with her son and daughter in law, it was lovely to see them all again and do some catching up also a ride out from there to Skegness but there is where it started to go wrong, I gave in to my inner demon and had a small battered fish, chips and mushy peas, I ate the batter instead of taking it off, not satisfied with that I had an ice... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 15:21:45 EST A Good Day Had a good day today, went out for my morning run and not finding it quite as strenuous as I did when I first started which made me feel good, took the dog for his morning walk, showered got ready for work and had my healthy breakfast, did my morning at work which went really really smoothly a big contrast from yesterday. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a cross trainer so now I can do a bit at home if I don't get time to go for a run in the mornings before work, a friend bought it a while ago and at ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:03:26 EST Reliable Scales Talk about disappointed, I've been using a pair of old scales and when I say old I mean 20 years old or there abouts to be honest I was amazed that they still worked at all so me being me, I started to weigh myself on them and I thought brilliant I they still work and I'm not as heavy as I thought I was but on a shopping trip I saw some digital weighing scales and bought them got them out and promptly weighed myself, low and behold I'm about 9lb heavier than the old scales had said, so now I'... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:49:32 EST