Progress so far...

June 30th 2009 - 22 stone 4Ibs. Current weight - 17 stone 1Ib. Weight loss - 5 stone 3Ibs. Commuting miles - 3389.
Non commuting miles - 359. Mileage this week - 101 miles. Total mileage - 3748 miles.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Slightly irritated...

The pedal home last night was entirely without Jobys and went perfectly. Nothing to report from the pedal.

As predicted I still haven't managed to get a full 5 days pedalling in yet. Today I'm in the car as I have a H&S visit at a site in Peterborough. Luckily I managed to get in an extra 9 miles during the week to break the 100 miles in a week barrier, with 105 miles pedalled. I'm not really sure why I wanted to do that, it seemed like a good idea at the time I guess. Not sure if it served a purpose in the grand scheme of things.

Not pedalling today is no bad thing though, I am feeling the effects and last night was pretty bad. I had a broken nights sleep due to severe back pain, my calves were cramping and my quads were very sore, not to mention my neck, shoulders and knees.

At this point it might be worth explaining just how "broken" I am. I'd hate to sound like a galloping hypochondriac.

If we start from the ground up. My feet have been broken more times than I can remember. (rugby). I have 2 damaged achilies tendons. (rugby). My knees are permantly painful due to damaged ligaments and cartilidges. (army and rugby). I have sciatica, (army and rugby). Right shoulder has a metal pin holding it together. (rugby). My left shoulder partially dislocates occasionally. (rugby). My neck has limited movement due to injury. (rugby). Nerve damage in my left arm causing numbness. (rugby). Add on the illnesses due to being fat, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and asthma and you get some idea of how knackered I am. But, "hey ho" crack on.

But why I'm slightly irritated is despite putting in more mileage and pedalling quicker, my weight has not budged this week. I haven't lost an ounce so I'm still 18 stone 12Ibs. I was pretty disappointed last night to be honest. Now I know all about plateaus and it'll shift soon. Don't forget I went for 4 weeks before Christmas without losing an ounce but for some reason, last night bothered me. And I very rarely let things bother me. Bugger!

Oh, and thanks for all the good wishes in the comments yesterday, it is appreciated.


  1. You are carrying around the burden of being another year older which is probably why you did not lose weight this week :)

    You hit a 100 miles this week so feel proud of yourself.....

  2. Hey sulky pants... You haven't gained any weight have you?

    And Old Windy Pants above you is correct - 100 miles!!! Great achievement.

  3. 100 miles is fantastic! As Joby says, you have not put any weight on! I can't believe how many injuries you picked up via Rugby! And I shudder for you with the H&S inspection, I did the IOSH H&S course before christmas and I think I have only just woken up from it :)
    Keep clocking them miles up matey :)

  4. 100 miles served a purpose all right, it's a target, and what's more, you hit that target, so well done.

    It's all about goals which are achievable - in time 100 miles a week will be regular (other commitments allowing of course)and you'll find yourself setting a higher target, say 100 miles commuting plus a challenging weekend ride.

    Like many of us you are balancing work and family commitments, plus your rugby and whatever else you try to fit into a 7 day week, and with that list of ailments I'm amazed you can do anything - the $6 million dollar man had fewer injuries than you!!

  5. Congratulations of the 100miles.
    I wish I had your motivation. It's been a while since I put that sort of mileage in.

  6. I've been reading your blog for a month or so now, i feel guilty every time I read it. I'm down to 22st from 26st and know I'm not cycling often enough. Family life and work gets in the way! Keep it up chap

  7. Can't a chap have a good sulk in peace these days?

    Cheers fellers! :-)

  8. 100 Miles in a week absolutely outstanding. I'm about to dip under 19 stone for the first time in a long while. Hope to see you down the road as they say.(I work in solihull)

  9. Unfitguy, well done. I used to work at LandRover and pedal in from Rubery. I'm in Solihull today for the rugby.

  10. Crikey, if you were a horse they'd of shot you in the head years ago ;)

    Well done on the 100 miles in a week. That's a good goal ticked off. Have you considered a goals chart like Matt & Joby have?

    Don't worry about the weight being static. Surely this is a combined goal of getting fitter AND thinner. In which case you still succeeded at one of them.

  11. your tale of 100 miles inspired me to push on 102.53 this week (Sun - Sat) no commuting am lay on bed knackered now.

    I'd recommend a Garmin 305 if you havent got one they are awesome for logging miles and showing routes where you've been.

    Easier start to next month gonna be out on MTB tomorrow

  12. You have achieved so much already, the pounds will keep going down, but be patient, your body is making complex changes. You've lost, what 4 stone, but you are also building muscle, in place of fat, so there has to be a trade off, which in time will adjust in your favour, towards the goal you are on the way to achieving. You are in it for the long haul, I hope.