Thursday, 26 April 2012

A Successful 1st Week..

Monday's weigh in gave a total of 18st 5lbs, a brilliant 12lbs loss for my first week of the detox.  Whilst this is 90% water I am sure, 12lbs is 12lbs, and I'll take it.
This weekend sees the three months to go until redundancy mark and the "individual consultation" process begins in earnest next week. Time to dust off the old CV methinks.

At least we've been given a finite day to work to so it's not like I won't see it coming when it does.  If only I knew what it was I wanted to do... the application process would be noticeably easier I think.

Rubbish weather for three days has meant no cycling for me yet this week, but I'm getting out at the weekend no matter what the weather, and another swimming session is on the cards for Sunday too.

Here's to the next 12lbs and breaking that 18st barrier...

Sunday, 22 April 2012


Well the long awaited weigh in resulted in an eye watering 19st 3lbs as my starting weight for the new campaign, ouchy. At least my weight can only go in one direction from there I suppose.

Enough of the negatives of the week, now for a few positives.

I got another 1km of swimming in this week, half crawl and half breast stroke and felt a damn site easier whilst doing so, so that was one great thing.

My other half has also got us on a 21 day detox diet and I feel good for having started with it. If that has anything to do with it, tomorrow's weigh in is going to be pretty encouraging I think.

Whilst it's the first week of a pretty restrictive three week regime and I've had many a false dawn in the past, all of the fresh organic food has me feeling, and looking better... or was that just the shaving off of my beard that I've been hiding behind for the last few months, only time and the scales will tell.

Today we had a great day out with the twins at a 5 mile sponsored walk around the perimeter of a new joint site for the town's kids football team and the gymnastics club that the girls started earlier in the year. 

We did the full 5 miles on what was pretty boggy an hilly ground, and the girls took great pride in the mile marker stamps that they were proudly getting all up their arms. 

The two of them made us proud, not bad going for a couple of 4 year olds I thought.

All in all a good day out for a cause that gets kids off their backsides and doing some exercise, always a noble cause, anything that did that. We also managed to raise about £100 towards the costs of planning and building so that's another positive.

As I said earlier, tomorrow, and Mondays thereafter will be weigh in day from now on.

The coming week will bring more swimming and the fitting of my new cycle computer before my first forage onto the roads next weekend.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Where To Start...

Well it has been a long time since I last posted, and as you can imagine, lack of posts equals lack of progress and hiding in mainly shame, mixed with a little frustration and self pity/loathing.

For one reason or another, mainly down to the usual influences of the pressures of real life (daughters diabetes, impending redundancy, constant back niggles, yada, yada, yada...), and partially to my sometimes seemingly never ending addiction to all the wrong things in life, my weight is sky high again.

What it is exactly I don't know until I give myself a weigh in tomorrow, I'm expecting high 18's again, if not low 19's. However, whatever I weigh in at, as you can see by the stunning 1000 metres of swimming I added to the progress pane, I am now at least baby stepping my way back into the right frame of mind to again make a concerted effort to break the aforementioned addiction, or at least offset and outweigh it with exercise.

With the warmer weather on it's way, it would be criminal to let my bikes (yes bikes, plural) just idle in the shed for another six months, and hey, I've got to be in reasonable shape before the inspirations that are the three main tours come around, it would be rude not to.

I also think that a 14 or 15 stone me is far more likely to do well in any new job interviews, controversial maybe, but let's be realistic, a 14 stone man telling you he rides 100 miles a week is much more believable than a 17 or 18 stoner with the same story, true or not.

So tomorrow opens the book on another me once more, as always I'll post the weigh in results, and don't be too hard on my morose tones of the next couple of days, the caffeine withdrawal from all that soda, chocolate and tea nearly kill me in the first week.

Oh I can wait... bring it on!