Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Good stuff and bad stuff

Good stuff - I went for a great bike ride with Vicky on Sunday morning. It was freezing cold but crisp and sunny with the most beautiful blue sky. We set off early and were well wrapped up and we needed to be! Brrrrr A couple of miles of flat and then - POW! - straight up a massive hill. It went on and on and on. My thighs were screaming and I was really struggling to be honest.

Whereas, when Vicky and I started out with this biking malarkey in the summer, we were evenly matched with her a little bit better on the uphills, now she was very definitely stronger on the uphill. Not puffing or panting as much as me and faster too. I was dying!! I can only attribute it to the fact that I've gained some weight. Even 10lbs or so is a lot when you're climbing.

But, this is the good news part of the email. And the good news is that I stuck it out and puffed my way up the endless hills right to the top. Well, we had to walk one section but that was the rutted mud track rather than giving up. And when we got there it was spectacular and so worthwhile.

The other good news is that I'm better on the downhills!! Phew - pride restored. I have greater upper body strength so can control the bike better going down steep rocky tracks which Vix struggles more with.

It was a great ride - knackering but really uplifting. And I went for a great walk in the afternoon with D and the dogs in the afternoon too so plenty of exercise for both mind and body.

Having written all that down, I don't really want to talk about the bad stuff. It's basically that I'm having difficulty limiting my food intake. I've got it down so that I'm not gaining but can't seem to get it further so that I actually lose! And my chimp has won the day over the last couple of days on exercise too.

I thought it out a lot while forcing myself to cycle up those hills on Sunday morning. I want to be slimmer to feel fitter and faster. I've been a bit unmotivated recently as I've been pretty happy but, when I think about it, being happy shouldn't de-motivate me from trying to be slimmer and therefore fitter. especially as I get so much pleasure from my walking, cycling and outdoorsy stuff. So - time to knuckle down here.

I'm not making excuses here but I'm not going to do anything radical for the next week or so, just try to re-impose my good routines and then, when D goes back to the rig I'm going to really push push push. I haven't got anything arranged for those 3 weeks so there's no reason I can't go on a self-imposed bootcamp. The time has come.

So - as I say often - wish me luck peeps!


Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Good luck, Lesley!!!!

I know you can do it!

Very impressive biking...you and Peridot are very good with it! Well done.

I love hearing that although your chimp is "hungry", you feel happy!

Once again, good luck!

Claire said...

I think we all go through phases when we can lose and others where maintaining is the best plan. I suppose the question is which phase you are in..or which you want to be in?

It's not criminal to maintain. It's just annoying if you want to be losing! xxx