Category: Diet

Anybody out there?

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

and the next one please.

Ever notice that when you are down, life tries to make it hard to get back up again? That is exactly how I feel. We were just getting back on an even keel, the wife is working and enjoying her job and even better her job likes her. I had got the lounge finally decorated, the new carpet had been laid, a new fish tank had been purchased (not yet setup), a new book shelf is on order. Sure there is still lots to do but at least we could see a path and we could plan our route along that path, but then the father in-law was admitted to hospital. Don’t get me wrong it is not his fault, he is 85 and has always been active. He has been ill for a few weeks but when the hospital phone you at 9-30 on a Friday night and tell you they are concerned about a blood test you did the day before and they are sending a doctor out to you now, you know it is not going to be good. The doctor arrived and agreed to admit him to hospital, 1:30am the ambulance arrived to take him to hospital, I eventually got to bed at 4am having taken the family to the hospital and then back to their relevant homes. Nine day later we are still visiting him in hospital, he has good days and he has bad days but he is getting the attention and treatment he needs.

On the weight\slimming front, well I don’t know as I have not been for the last couple of weeks (due to hospital visit commitments). Last time I went to weigh-in I was totally dishearten, another gain, to make matters worse I have had to go back on the medication for my knee (I finished the course the same weekend as the Tazz ride, previous post), so I have to do something, ignoring and doing nothing is not an option but what I am not sure what.

I am still suffering from a lack of enthuiasism at the moment when it comes to going for a ride. It seems as though if I have a planned ride, like the Tazz ride or the ride I did at Swinley Forest with a mate I am up for this and ready to go. I want to ride, a Saturday or Sunday morning ride and I am struggling to get up and go. But if I do make it on a Saturday or Sunday ride, I enjoy the ride, it is not that I don’t enjoy the ride be it local or somewhere new I do, I just cant find my “get up and go”. I managed it this morning but I could of so easily turned over and gone back to sleep. I am intending to go out again tomorrow morning but I have to clear that hurdle of getting out of bed first.

I did mange an evening ride a week or so ago, went out with the intention of practising my hill climbing, there is a long drag over the local heath which I was intending to try to clear. Well not content with clearing it once, I was so shocked I went round the heath a and up the long drag and cleared it a second time, went home feeling very happy with myself even if two lycra clad whippets shot up the hill past me faster than I ride on the flat!!

This morning ride was a beach loop, it is only a short ride but has a mix of uphill climbs and downhill bit as well and a bit of road riding (to join all the bits up). I got up and left in sunshine, by the time I got to the beach it was dull and overcast with dark clouds looming, by the time I got home it was sunny again. When I got to the beach there seemed to be some form of triathlon going on, lots of people walking a round in wet suits with number on, I left them to it.


The picture was taken from near Bournemouth Pier (sorry about the quality, when I got home I found the lense on the phone was filthy). The hills in the distance are the Purbeck Hills, the small white blob is the Barfleur cross channel ferry heading for France. My knee held up for the ride, unfortunately by the time I was a couple of roads from home I was starting to get the tell tell feeling in my right calf of impending cramp, this is despite drinking water and an electrolyte drink during the ride.

Next weekend I am off on my travels, 12 month ago I did the same trip and got the phone call Saturday morning telling me water was coming through our bedroom ceiling, so had to return all the way home from Preston. Hopefully we wont have any problems this year.

Finally I will end with something a little less main stream

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Trying to think of something different

OK lets play catchup, diet, losing weight but slowly but at least it is in the right direction. My knee, still not right but a lot better than it was, have to go for an x-ray on my knee (when I remember to book the appointment). Still not been out on the bike, either because of my knee or the lousy weather, hopefully next (Easter) weekend. Decorating, not finished yet but the end is in sight (by Good Friday) then we can get the new carpet laid. So that is what I have been up to for the last few weeks.

As far as decorating goes, the wife is already talking about the next room to be decorated (the bedroom). As you can imagine I am over the moon at this idea although it would be nice to get the damaged ceiling repaired after the water tank leak last year and to be perfectly honest. To be honest I did start decorating the bedroom some years ago (had to install some fitted wardrobes) and it never got finished. Not sure I am going to enjoys this.

Going back to cycling for a minute, since the new year I have amassed a small supply of new cycling bits. I have a new chain, new cassette (that is the nine gears on the rear wheel for you non-cycling readers), new chain rings (that is the three gears where you pedal) and new jockey wheels which will all be fitted once I have wrung the last once of life out of the current items. Two pairs of tyres, one pair I am using now and a pair for the summer. I have also purchased a new cycling helmet, a Mucky Nutz mudguard (click on the link if you don’t believe me), a pair of cycling shoes (something I have never had, always used old trainers) and finally a new pair of sun glasses and guess what? I am not even cycling at the moment, I think the last timed I rode my bike was on the 20th January, really need to sort this out.

Finally communication companies why are they so difficult to communicate with? I have fallen out with two of them in the last 24 hours. The first were 3 the mobile company, they have been chasing my daughter after a hic-up at the bank. She has phoned them and resolved the problem, but do you think they understand that? Not content with phoning the home phone everyday this past week they phoned the home phone 4 times yesterday (Saturday). On the third phone call the wife explained again that the daughter was not in and was at work and to please stop calling us. Well a little while later the 4th call arrived on our home phone. Again it came from a far east call centre where understanding what you were being asked or told is difficult enough. But I just exploded at the women on the phone, I told her that our daughter was not at home and she was working. I told her that I know my daughter had had a problem and she had contacted 3 and resolved the issue and that under no circumstance were they to call us again otherwise I would really blow my top. I think she might of userstood as we have not had another call………………..touch wood (an old style office desk).

Secondly I was trying to watch iPlayer last night and it started to buffer, the internet had been a bit slow for the past few days. So I went along to SpeedTest.Net and ran a test, below is the result


For those technophobes out there, I have a 10mbps connection the above results is very poor. Having recently found Virgin Media have a Facebook page I posted the above picture and asked what was going on. I went back to the Virgin media Facebook page about 20 minutes after posting and my post had been removed. Hope they are that quick to resolve problems when I phone them tomorrow.

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same old, same old

Anybody who reads this blog often enough will know that if I have not written anything for a while then things have not gone to plan.

Lets start with Slimming World, my first weight-in, I was livid, I gained weight. I had eaten sensibly, I had eaten all the right stuff, I felt gutted. In fact I never bothered staying I just picked my coat up, put my trainers back on and headed for the van to drive home. I really hate those times when you make the effort to loose weight you eat properly and you gain instead of loose. I know it is pay back you those time when you eat badly and still loose, but still. This weeks weight-in was a loss but I was not impressed because it did not surpass what I gained the previous week.

I mentioned in my last post that my knee problems had flared up again, well after the tablet started to take affect and the pain subsiding, suddenly Saturday morning it flared all up again, so I put my old knee support on. It has been about 6 or more years since I last worn it. It is a very good support but wearing it 18 hours a day it is uncomfortable but it did its job, and the pain subsided (with the helps of some pills). I have not worn the brace today (first time in 7 days) and my knee seems to be holding up, still have another 2 weeks of inflammations pills to go yet. With my knee playing up I have not been on the bike, hoping to throw my leg over the crossbar next weekend knee\weather\life permitting.

The decorating is slowly moving forward, just about at a point where paint can go on the walls and ceiling now. I used to enjoy decorating, the excitement of planning the new decor buying the paints etc. and then transforming the room, used to love it. Now it just seems to be one sodding problem after another. Anyway need to be ready for painting by bedtime tomorrow so that I can put a coat of paint on the walls or ceiling each night next week so that we can be somewhere near finishing.

Finally a bit of music, a Bit of Pendulum

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another false start

New year is normally a time for forgetting the past and making a fresh start, unfortunately in my case I think somebody forgot to tell life that we were starting over for the new year. For the last two weeks I have been laid up with one of those cold\virus things doing the rounds. I blame my son has he brought it home from school and spent a week off school. Then it was my turn and spent 4 days laid low with the bug, apart from the sore throat, headache, felling hot and cold, this bug came with the added bonus of dizzy spells when you stood up or moved around. Having spent 5 days at home I was getting cabin fever so as the wife wanted to do some shopping I felt a trip to Sainsbury’s would be a good idea to get some fresh air. So we drove to Sainsbury’s, by the time I had walked from the car park to the entrance I was holding onto the wall to keep me up, the world was spinning, it was like being drunk without the drinking, not nice. Fortunately I am over the worst of it, still a slight sore throat but at least the spinning has stopped

Having the cold\virus meant I have not done any riding for two week and we have not started the decorating of the lounge yet which is now two weeks behind schedule. Apparently the new carpet is now at the shop ready to be delivered and laid, think it might be there for a couple of week more yet.

I have joined up to Slimming World again, I had to delay it a week due to having the cold and virus but attended a meeting this past Tuesday. I will openly admit I was nervous about getting on the scales, it was not as bad as I had expected but it was still not a healthy weight which ever way you look at it.  My increased weight has caused inflammation in my left knee, I am now on a course of anti inflammatory pills to calm it down while I get on with losing weight again.

In all this bad news we have had a couple of bits of good news, The other week the wife says we have won a tenner on the lottery, so she goes to collect our winning and got the shock of her life when the girl behind the desk handed her £64, we actually had four numbers on one line. The other good news is that the insurance company has paid out for the fish tank and the cabinet which caused the flood, just need to get the lounge redecorated, carpet laid and then I can think about getting a replacement tank.

I was checking my cycling helmet out the other day and noticed the state of the foam pads in the helmet, they were gross (think 18 months of sweaty dirty head). So I contacted the UK importer and asked if replacements were available. They replied with a part number and stated that I would need to order the replacement from an approved shop.  So I contact  a local shop and was informed that the parts were currently on back order………………………………………..June 2013!!   Funny how I found a new helmet on special offer on the Internet that same day!!

Well a bit of music to end with Lacuna Coil, only found out about these guys a couple of days ago and have not stopped listening to them since.

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