Today, whilst at work I weighed myself. I haven’t weighed myself in months. Possibly even since before Christmas.
What I know is that the last time I weighed myself, I was heavier than I had been in a while. Just under 16st. Looking down at the scales today I was given a huge shock – a crash landing back to Earth. 115kg … 18stone!! What the actual fuck?! I don’t think I’ve been that heavy in my life. I knew I’d put some on but didn’t think it was that much.
This was quite possibly the kick in the teeth that I need. As you know, I’ve started going walking where I can again and eating better. But I could do more. This is where that happens.
A few years ago I posted my start pics. Today I shall post them again, I’m pretty much back to that point or even beyond it to be honest. I hope to then post an updated pic of my progress every month from then on. It may spur me on when things start getting tough and I feel like caving in and eating my weight in crap. The prospect of the hard work to come is daunting and, honestly, upsetting. It took months and months and months of blood sweat and tears last time. Torture to start with until I finally started to enjoy it. However, it’s my own fault and I just have to suck it up and focus on my health. After all, if we didn’t know already, these strange times have certainly reminded us that health is everything.
So, without further or do, here are my current pics. 18stone! My goodness. No wonder my back and knees hurt. Let’s see how things go from here.
A month in and I’ve already forgotten to post. Oops! Apologies all.
I did weigh myself last Sunday but completely forgot to post along with take a photo. I can confirm however that my weight was 17:12.4 St. Down from the week before but for how long? Won’t have to wait long to find out (tomorrow!)
Actually, as much as I wasn’t wanting this to be the case, it was to be expected. This week I have t gone out of my way to do extra exercise. I blame the heatwave which as valid as it may be – could be an excuse.
I’ve also not eaten well in the last couple of days – being my partners birthday and also going elsewhere in the country yesterday driving for the majority of the day so only eating take out food and snacks.
Efforts are needing to be doubled this week to get those ibs back down. No excuses.
As promised here are the figures for my first week. A step in the right direction after not exercising as much as I would have wanted to this week but certainly cutting down on carbs and portions! And this is post dinner.
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For the past two weeks I’ve been making my own lunches for at least 3 out of the 5 working days. For the other 2 days, I’ve been buying Subway salad boxes. Silly me buying them when they’re so easy to make.
Yesterday I bought the ingredients for the selection of Subway salad that I usually get. The only things I couldn’t get were the jalapeños (I wrote that word and my phone autocorrected it to ‘hale penis’) and crispy onion. I decided to try out my own for lunch today in the sun. Now I have 5 days worth of lunches for the price of approximately £10 rather than £4approx a go.
Now I know it’s just a salad but it’s amazing how much more fresh this was. Not only that – but I’ve saved one the plastic too. Hopefully this will help save me a few pennies as we go along!
The slight ease of the lockdown here in England has seen us go on a variety of walks to new local places along with one or two of our favourite ones over the past week. From flat 3 milers to rather un-flat milers.
It has felt so good to be back in nature and doing the thing I love most – walking. I must admit, I have been pretty mardy some of the days at myself for not being able to do some of the climbs as easy as before. I have to remember that this rehab for my lungs and entire body is going to take a long time. Never the less, our walks ranging from 3-9miles were certainly a great starting point.
Here are some snaps from the past week:
Canals: The nicest area near us is a long stretch of canal that goes past our town through Warrington and towards Liverpool. The wildlife is so lovely down there. Lots of baby ducks, swans, coots along with so many other birds. I’ve been going on a few 3mile walks on my lunches down there and also been lucky to meet so many lovely dogs. Flat but very pretty and can rake up the miles if needed down there.
Dovestones: Our favourite place. A walk down past the 2nd and 3rd reservoirs and up the hill towards the waterfall. A scramble up the boulders of the waterfall then a ‘hands and knees’ climb up the steep slope on the other side to make it to the top of the moorland. Then came the views which we enjoyed as we walked along the top of the moors for a few miles. I couldn’t manage our usual 16mile route so we cut back down to the second reservoir and then did a final circle of the 1st main reservoir then back up the hill to the car.
Mam Tor: We decided to climb the steeper rout to the top of Mam Tor to avoid the crowds of people. This meant ascending as soon as you parked to even get to the mountain. I struggled a lot here with my breathing. I took a few puffs of my inhaler which helped a lot but then it was my general unfitness that got me. It was slow but we still made it to the top. We then went along the ridge of Shivering Mountain but cut the route short because of the amount of people. We didn’t mind though, the downward path let us meet some friendly cows, lambs and chickens on the way down to Castleton. Then a long trudge back up the hill to the car.
Rivington Pike: Somewhere new where we have never been. I would say we went the wrong way but there seemed to be so many different paths that you could take to get there that I don’t think we did. Either way, we climbed up through the woodland, up through the farmers hilly fields (full of sheep and lambs) then up the paths and round to the stairway up to the monument. As you can tell it was very UP! I wasn’t expecting the climb to be as hard as it was but it was definitely worth it. Stunning views across the north west Merseyside. The wind was crazy so we didn’t stay too long at the top as it was hard to stand upright so we headed down past a cute tower house places and down through some more woodland. We didn’t have a route planned we just knew what direction the car was in. Along the way we say some cute little buildings but unfortunately not the famous bridges. Maybe next time.
Friday saw my first stroll post Covid and my goodness it was so good to be out and about back with nature again. Managed just under 5 miles in the evening down the canal path and loved seeing the local wildlife including my first ever Kingfisher! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to capture it on my camera. My legs did ache on the way back and I was glad to be home but enjoyed every minute of it.
We enjoyed yesterday’s walk so much that we even got up at 6am this morning to go to the countryside for one of our favourite routes. However, unfortunately this was shut due to the restrictions. When we got back we decided to check out a local country park which wasn’t quite as scenic so didn’t take any pics. Today’s walk was a bit tougher as my legs and back aches from the day before and so only managed 3 miles. I’m not quite sure why but my back feels like it’s going to snap at the moment. I can’t decide if it’s to do with my weight gain, lack of exercise or me sleeping funny – maybe all three. Nevertheless, will try and do another 3 miles tomorrow!
Stay safe all!
Roll on being able and fit enough for big hikes again!