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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The hills are alive, with the sound of groaning

Well I survived the first road bike ride of 2013. But not without significant back pain and wishing the Sheffield - Bamford round trip wasn't so hilly. Ads and Sarah Lee were really lovely, making sure I was okay and encouraging me. Made it fun despite the pain.

Here we are at what I thought was the top of a hill but turned out to be a false summit. There wasn't even an ice cream van at the real summit!

Last night I tried Ultimate Frisbee for the first time with a club at work. Oh my god it's hard. Basically sprinting about for an hour but with the added complication of having to think quickly to follow the play. I failed miserably at this multi-tasking. There aren't many things you voluntarily do at 38yrs old that involve looking stupid. I found it quite uncomfortable.

Can't say I'm looking forward to going again next week but I've signed up for a tournament at the end of July (it involves 300 men and a hogroast hence i said "yes") so have 3 months to get the hang of it.

I was really apprehensive about weighing in this morning. Eating had been good mon-thurs but as usual things slipped on Friday and Saturday. But it worked and I lost 3lbs taking me down to 13st 2. So I'm really kicking ass this week to get as close to possible to the 12s.

Long bank holiday weekends are not ideal for weight loss. I'm off to Wales camping for an activity weekend with a social group I just joined. No idea what the people will be like, but there are 40 of them so must be somebody nice?!
I'll have to do heaps if exercise from the choice of activities during the day so I can relax and enjoy the parties in the evening. And hopefully I won't die of hyperthermia overnight!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Woman vs Food

Some more ski trip pictures demonstrating just how much commitment I put into eating and drinking. Both of which are extreme sports in Canada:

....lovely, lovely pizza

....apr├Ęs ski drinks by the fire

....that carried on all night

The appropriately named local supermarket where I bought a lot of potato chips....

There was even a cheese deli selling my favourite English Stilton!

This morning I'm getting ready to do my first proper bike ride of the year. I'm apprehensive as have no idea how hard it will be or how bad my fitness is. But I'm also excited as every time I go for a ride with my mate Adele she motivates me to do more and I fall in love with cycling all over again.

Fingers crossed I come back feeling great and not half-dead!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Back to the grindstone

The ski trip was AMAZEBALLS! I could go on about it forever but that's not what this blog is about. A few pics sum up the fun.

When I got back from my ski trip I was 13st 2lbs. Despite eating whatever I wanted and drinking almost every day for 7 weeks I lost a few pounds but I expected to lose a lot more. Think I had unrealistic expectations that I would magically become a happy, confident, slim person just by going away. Not so.

I am more confident having met all those new people, shared a house, pushed myself to do scary things and achieved most of my skiing goals. But everything is not (yet) fixed.

The hardest bit after I got home was that I was absolutely ravenous all the time. Doing all that exercise and putting on muscle must have increased my appetite. I also found it worryingly hard to stop drinking alcohol every night. Habits are so easy to form and so hard to break! It's taken me until now to get my head back in the game and remember how to do this.

At weigh-in this morning I was 13st 5lbs. I want to get those 5lbs off as quick as possible and then keep on moving in the right direction - until I can finally enjoy a summer of sleeveless tops!

Two weeks after I got back we had an announcement at work saying our site was closing. The options are redundancy or possible relocation, but we won't know our personal situation until later this year.
It was such a shock, I really didn't think they would take such drastic action. I've been with the company for 15 years and am a bit scared at the thought of having to go through interviews and sell myself.

But of course, like everything in life, it would be a lot easier to be confident if I could turn up at an interview knowing I don't look overweight. As if I needed any more motivation?!

Exercise-wise I've been doing the 8 mile walk to and from work each day. This week I've added a couple of 3 mile runs with Humphrey the dog. I now need to add in strength training, and longer bike rides at the weekend.

Food-wise I'm aiming for around 1200 cals a day using MyFitnesspal to track with one day off a week. That's worked before so hopefully it will again.