Saturday, 19 January 2013

Come and join me......

I've just signed up for the Meon Valley Riser bike ride.

I was planning to do it with Haribo Joe. but unfortunately Joe won't be able to make it this year.

So I was wondering if anyone else is interested in joining me for a "pleaseant" Sunday morning ride around the beautiful Meon Valey on April 7th.

Come on, don't be shy.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Goals For 2013


"At the end of 2013 I weigh less than 99kg.
This will help me get more out of my cycling.
I have got to this weight by cycling more than last year and by eating healthy amounts of healthy food".

This is my "mission statement" for 2013.
It is important to write down your goals in the present tense as though you've already achieved them.
Also write down why you want to hit these goals and what you're going to do to hit them.
Then share them with someone.
Keep looking at the mission statement, ideally every day.
This process will help you achieve you goals, Google "goal setting" for more information.

99kg is a great target to aim for.
It's about 44lbs weight loss so less than the "1lb a week" that the experts recommend, so it will be achievable.

I've always known that should lose weight but it was never important enough for me to do anything about it.

Enjoying my cycling is important to me and I know the less I weigh the more I will enjoy it, so losing weight is now important to me.


My average miles per month last year was 117. This year I'm going to aim for 130 miles a month.

Complete Meon Riser in bronze time.

Complete New Forest Rattler. Either go for silver time on shorter route or bronze on longer route.

Do the Fort Nelson route in less than 55 minutes. Current best 58:34. This is the first ride I did with Joe in 1 hour 22.

Cycle the Wight. Ride round the Isle of Wight. A nice 70 mile journey back in time.

Do the Sultan Bus Route in under an hour. It is a 15 mile route which I often do, my best time is 1:04.

I was planning to do the BHF Round the Harbours bike ride for the 4th year, and go under 3 hours, last years time was 3:12. However I've got other plans that weekend, but I will still do the route sometime this year.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

There's No Failure Just Feedback

Just had my weigh-in to see how "good" a Christmas I had.
I put on 1kg since November, now weighing 120kg. I was 134kg.

I had a target of 118kg at the end of the year, as I wanted to lose 12% of my body weight in 2012.

But as mentioned in previous posts I wasn't having a great December and relaxed over Christmas.
So I decided not to beat myself up that I hadn't hit this made up target, and look at the positives.

In twelve months I've lost 14kg which is 10% of my body weight and have got a lot fitter.
My cholesterol levels have come down from 5.9 to 5.2.
So I haven't failed.

Losing weight is like any journey, you can't be exactly sure the route your going to take.
For example if the road you were planning to take is flooded you don't go home, you take a diversion, and the journey takes a bit longer than expected.
December is my diversion, but it was a nice scenic route, so it wasn't all bad.

So what feedback can I take?

I can and will continue to lose weight, but the rate I lose it will vary.

I can't rely on exercise to lose weight, I've been eating more than my daily target on MyFitnessPal app knowing that a good bike ride will keep me in the green. The problem is when I don't exercise I still eat the same amount.

I've set the app for a 1lb a week loss, which is 2130 calories a day, which I'll stick to and the calories burnt on the bike are a bonus.

Thanks for your support, have a great year.

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