Well it has been nearly 18 months since I last posted and I would not blame anybody if they had decided to move on. It was not the fact that I had not posted anything for a long time that brought me back to here, no it was the fact that I decided I needed to change. That what this blog started out as, the sub heading of this blog is “ramblings of an overweight old fart trying to get fit!” Well after starting ok all those years ago and making steady head way, I then started struggling and going backwards to the point I am at now today. As a consequence of this I have picked up Type2 Diabetes on the way which has added a large complication to my life, all this is my fault nobodies else’s.
But consider this, if I smoked cigarettes I would be accused of being addicted to smoking, if I drank to much (alcohol) I would be called an alcoholic, if I started taking illegal drugs, I would be a drug addict but because I eat to much food and don’t exercise I am a fattie. Yep hands up here, no argument, I eat to much, I eat the wrong food, I do not exercise at all. I know what I should be doing, I know what the consequence are if I don’t, so why do I continue on down this same path that is slowly killing me? Why is being overweight not considered an addiction?
There is no point continuing that argument as it will not help me do what I need to do which is loose weight. It is my problem and I am the only one who can do anything about it. So this is what I am going to do about it. I waited until the festive season was gone and I had had my birthday (which is early January) now I am setting of on a journey (or maybe restarting as I did start this journey many years ago), but rather than charging at it like a bull seeing a red flag, I am taking it at a slow walking pace, I am getting back to eating the right food and the right amounts, no additional extras (unless it is a party event, birthday etc.), I am going to start weighting myself on a weekly basis this is something I have rarely done myself, when I was at Slimming World it was weekly. I can’t remember the last time I was weighted, I think it was at the doctors sometime last year and it was not good news then and since then I have put more weight on. I need to dig the scales out and make sure they are still working, then starting using them on a weekly basis.
While I don’t want to call them promises (but I can’t think of another word at the moment), the only ‘promises’ I have made for now are as follows:
Eat the correct food and the correct amounts
Weight myself weekly
Eating the correct food and correct amount should help lower my weight and help keep my diabetes in check. Weighing myself will help keep me on track by knowing exactly where I am.
I won’t be getting back on my bike until a little later in the year when I have lost weight, how much……I don’t know, it will be when I feel ready to do so.
If you want to encourage and support me then leave a comment
All the hope of getting out on the bike at the beginning of autumn fell flat on its face. Won’t bore you with the details but it was the normal things from the past few months. I have got my ankle sorted out at long last, guess what it was??? One of the tablets I was taking as part of my treatment for diabetes. Apparently muscle\tendon inflammation is one of the side affect of taking Simvastin (a statin). Why the doctor never told me this on the two occasions I went to the doctors about my ankle I don’t know. Within days of stopping taking the tablets my ankle was feeling a lot better. Get the occasional twinge but nothing like it was.
As part of my diabetes treatment I was offered a flu vaccination, never had one before, I have heard stories of getting a bad case of the flu after having the vaccination so I asked a few people who had had the vaccination in the past there thoughts on it. On the whole they said they would recommend it so I had my injection mid Oct. Glad to report at the time no ill affects……………………..had to wait until Christmas for the cold\flu\bug to kick in. The son and the wife had been suffering with a cold bug for a couple of weeks and though they were on the road for getting rid of it before Christmas but the bug had other ideas. By bedtime Christmas eve all three of us were suffering badly. I think the wife summed it up best on Christmas day, if it was not for the daughter coming round for Christmas dinner we all would of stayed in bed. While it ruined Christmas for all of us the wife and the son were well recovered by new years, I had to wait until mid February before my throat felt OK. With that and the lousy weather, riding went out the window.
Diabetes check up went well in September, diabetes eye test in January did not, had to go for my annual eye check for diabetic retinopathy (its damage to the blood vessels in the eye that can lead to blindness). It seems as though I have background retinopathy, it does not affect my sight but I have to work harder at managing my diabetes and I thought I was. Now have to wait for my next check up which is due in April-ish sort of time.
The fish tank is going well, at least it is better than it was a few weeks ago, not sure how (I have my suspicions) but got a major infection in the fish tank, had several different infection going on at the same time but could only treat one infection at a time. In the world of fish keeping (at least for 95% of fish keepers) fish illness is a case of self diagnosis by the fish keeper (you can hardly take your fish to the vet!!). Unfortunately I lost a few fish but the remainder of now well on the way to full health even to the point a couple of them are pregnant!!
This is from this morning ride, the first of 2016, it was only a short ride, it was a very muddy ride, by the time I had finished I ached in places I had forgotten, I was blummin cold, not freezing but the dreaded windchill factor cold, by the time I got home I was freezing. My knee is giving me a few twinges at the moment but I am determine to go out again next weekend. Certainly a different route than today’s to avoid the mud. Well I am out of here for now.
Thought it was time for an update seeing as it is 2015 after all.
I glad to say that the wife has not undertaken any further dangerous sports since her last attempt, there is still some residual affects for her last attempt mainly headaches. I on the other hand thought it would be a good idea to give tendinitis a try, decided to be different and have it in my left ankle. I can walk all off a hundred yards before I am in agony. Currently waiting to see Physio in April.
Riding my Bike is still a distant memory and the idea of a new bike has been shelved again at least for the immediate time. Should my body sort its self out and stop falling apart I may revisit that idea later in the year.
I am now the owner of a large fish tank (try 5ft long 2ft wide), that is the good news, the bad news is that apart from a new filter for it, that is all I currently have. I don’t have a stand for it yet which is proving to be an issue. Trying to find a proper tank stand is nigh on impossible, trying to find a piece of furniture I can put it on is impossible, it is either to small, to flimsy or downright ugly (think old style gothic furniture). Considered building one but apart from cost, not having the proper tools to cut the timber is a big issue and while decide on what to do about a stand the fish tank sits in our hall way basically blocking the hall off.
While we are on about fish, I have had a baby explosion and loss. A couple of months ago I bought some baby fish (think half inch long wrigglers), I had been growing these up in a small tank. I split them up the other day I put the larger ones into the big tank leaving the smaller ones in the small tank to carry on growing up as they were finding it difficult fighting with the larger fish for food. Unfortunately I lost 7 of them, not sure exactly why, another died a few days later so now only have one left. On the same day I had to strip one of my other fish of baby fish in the big tank. Being mouth brooders, they lay egg, the male fertilises them and then the female sucks them into her mouth and then keeps the eggs in her mouth until the little fish become to much for her to carry (or she get to hungry, they don’t eat while carrying the babies). I knew she had a mouthful of fish so I put her into a small floating fry tank in the main tank so that if she spat them out they would not become lunch in the the main tank (hey it is what fish do). But last Saturday she went nuts crashing the splashing around in the small fry tank, I noticed that she had spat one fry out of her mouth, so I encouraged her to release the others (we won’t go into details but is it not cruel). I ended up with 19 small fry in the fry tank, they seem to be doing well. Mum was released back into the main tank. Carry on at this rate and I wont need to buy any extra fish for the big tank when I set it up.
I have at least had some goods news regarding diabetes, I had my 3 months check and all my readings have fallen in the right direction, the main measurement is just a tad above normal and the doctors think that carrying on with the diet and the medication I should be well within normal parameter by the time of my next blood test in July. Along with all my bodily levels heading in the right direction my weight is heading in the right direction as well, I lost 26lb in 3 months. It would be nice to have similar weight loss figures in July!
OK I am out of here, be back when I can think of something else to tell you, I will leave you with a picture of some of my fish
The wife decided that after all the other health issue of the year that for an encore that she would try diving head first on to a cold hard pavement from the step of the passenger cab door on the van (think Peugeot Boxer). The end result was not good, a quantity of red claret all over the pavement, wife turns in to an incoherent blubbering wreck and she gets a free ride in another van with blue lights to the local hospital. Leaving said hospital at 4am in the morning was not my idea of how I had intended to spend my Sunday night, but hey sitting at home in the warm watching TV and thinking about going to work on Monday is so boring……………… Spending a further 7 hours at the hospital on Monday is so much better than going to work, honest it is!!
I am glad that I can add a touch of humour to it all, I think if I did not I would of been admitted to the funny farm along time ago. Thankfully apart from a small cut to the back of her head (which they glued) and a quite large headache the wife was OK.
I am still finding my feet with my diabetes, trying to find the foods and quantity I can eat, learning slowly it is a dam steep learning curve that is for sure. Not on the bike yet but I have set myself a target to be back on it by the end of January especially as I have my eyes on a new bike. Although this is not helped by the recent pain in the back of my ankle which I have developed, this body is doing its best to keep me off my bike.
Well I am going to bugger off now, wish you all a merry xmass and a happy new year and hopefully see you all on the other side