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.
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.
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!
As I sit here about to type this post, I’m struggling to know where to begin. There has been little that hasn’t happned since my last proper blog post.
So I thought I would have a brief check-in and catch up with you all. Whats been happening my end I hear you ask? Well:
I managed to run a half marathon. Those of you who have followed me since day one will know that this is a big achievment for me as somebody who does not like running.
I finished my degree and moved back home. Uni degree passed and I have been working as a qualified professional for nearly three years now.
Split up with girlfriend. Unfortunately some things are not meant to last.
Went to Peru and walked the Inca Trail. Absolute holiday of a lifetime. I will make a post about this later.
Met someone else. Yes I do believe in love after love.
Broke ankle. Long story short… Ireland+alcohol+bingo+disco= broken ankle.
No running for over a year. The broken ankle along with mega chest infections have hindered me from my running and to be honest I have been making every excuse since then to carry on not running.
Moved up north and in with gf. Change of scenery and job. Loving the house, my partner and our little kitten.
Become a carbosaurus. My gf eats pretty much everything carby and not much else and I have taken to the habbit as it eases making meals etc.
All this said, I am officially back at square 1. In fact, I am most likely heavier and misfigured than I was when I started the blog. I will post a picture of my current state in a later post (not looking forward to that). Hopefully this will spur me on, along with writing these blog posts again. I know that something has to change, again. Knowing the amount of effort needed last time, I am not looking forward to this.
Anyone else starting out on their weight loss/healthier living…good luck! Leave a comment with your blog and I’ll make sure to follow for inspo.
I want to start by saying that I hope you and your families are all well during these testing times. Remember to stay in and stay safe and follow your governments rules. To all of those still having to work – thank you!
Why hello all. It’s been a while…. a fair few years in fact. Quick lowdown – I am pretty much back to where I was when I very first started this blog, but that’s for another post (oops).
As most of us are in lockdown I thought I would share an old post that I did in order for us to 1) not gain 1000st (like I actually have) and 2) to help us not go completely insane. It’s a very resourceful workout that I used to do at my parents house in the garden. You don’t need fancy equipment, you just need to use your imagination a little. You can also take it inside if the weather is pants.
Whenever I speak to people who want to get fit, 95% of them are under the misapprehension that they need to join some sort of gym or join at least 10 exercise classes or even buy £1000 pounds worth of equipment and or lycra Nike clothes. Wrong I tell them! You can literally exercise anywhere. Sometime you just have to use your imagination abit. For my current workouts, when I am not in London, I use the following…. A hula hoop (You can get for £1 or 2). My Dads’ old tatty but heavy weights (You can get cheap ones 2nd hand). An actual peice of rope for skipping (Not for Cluedo uses). My mums veg box currently filled with dry Lavender(For steps and push ups). My mums dried up hanging basket (For high kicks). A patch of block paving. Which turns into… 5 minutes jogging. 5 minute sprint intervals. 5 minutes hula hooping. Set of weight exercises. 2 minutes running. 150 skips. 30 high kicks each leg. 20 push ups. 5 minute hula hooping. 2 minutes running. 100 step ups. Repeat 2/3 times. If it rains..I do all of these inside. Stick some music on pretend you have a hula hoop, circle your hips equals the same effect as using an actual one. Running wise, is just on the spot. Steps..I just use a little but sturdy stool. So there you go, my workout on the cheap!
2 pancakes with strawberries and a banana. Combo of natural and not so natural sugars helping me keep full until lunch time with my sweet tooth kept well and truly sweet (a way to help me get amd keep my cravings under control).
My new fave 1st meal of the day and one that I am going to try and make time for before work….or I could take it to work…
Breakfast – the most important meal of the day. It’s the one I most struggle with. I’m one of those people who would prefer an extra 15 minutes in bed than get up and make a good breakfast and sit and eat it. So previously I’ve just grabbed something out of the cupboard and eaten it at work.
Now, however, I have found something thats quick to make (either at home or at work) and doesn’t require me to sit down and eat it like a Full English.
Here’s how to make it…
Tablespoon of Hemp seeds.Add half a cup of chocolate soya milk. Top it up with hazelnut milk and give it a stir. Cover with a layer of flax seeds. ‘Decorate’ with strawberries.
Voila! A seedy, chocolatey, nutty and fruity breakfast. It is much more filling than you may believe. Try it and see what you think!