Yes indeed, the first snow of the year seemed like the perfect time to dig out my bike for a spot of cardio.
Basically, I wanted to go to Lidl and decided to ride rather than walk. Naturally I ignored the well worn rear tyre, this only produced mild traction issues putting the power down. The bigger issue was the usual one, it’s a 14in jump frame with the world’s most ridiculously long seat post, it’s not really made for destination cycling! It doesn’t look that daft in the pic below, but that’s it at only half height!
Anyways, mission accomplished. Only 4km but 340 calories burned due to intensity, it’s a big climb straight away out of my estate and then a long gradual climb on the way home. Both directions giving you a nice downhill coast to get your lungs back down inside your ribcage.
Feeling a bit more motivated after managing to cross the 1-stone-down mark. Once again, I’ll save the horror of the topless pics for my private consumption…
Something I strongly believe in is the saying, “you can’t out train a bad diet.”
Now to be clear, when I say diet, I don’t mean the latest weight loss strategy that’s all over social media (I’m being nice since its Friday and not calling it a fad). By diet I mean, the food and drink we consume everyday, our normal eating habits. This is one of the areas I’m working on to change, balancing it out better and making healthier choices. This brings up an interesting point though, what is actually in my food?
Food labelling is actually a very interesting field, possibly less so if you aren’t somewhat of a geek like me. Anyway, there is a massive list of guidance and requirements published by the Food Standard Agency to govern this, one of the most noticeable changes in recent years has been the introduction of the traffic light system on food labels to give you a simple label with red / amber / green to tell you about the fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt in the food you are thinking about eating.
Sadly, there’s a couple of catches;
Its not mandatory, its optional, which is a real shame as it can be such a useful tool in enabling people to make better choices
The information often relates to “per portion,” and not everyone’s notion of a portion matches the manufacturer’s
So if you are trying to make better choices, these will help, but always pay attention to the portion size and if they don’t have traffic lights, you can still work it out for yourself. Here’s the red/amber/green thresholds for food and drinks:
That’s month 1 of the fitness mission complete.
Despite not doing that many body area specific workouts, the weights I’m using feel easier. Clearly the fat burn workout using only body weights is helping with this as it targets pretty much all muscle groups.
Now running my warm up and cool down (not really a good down, more of a cardio bookend) at speed 12 on the tread mill rather than 9-9.5 as I was at the start of the month.
Not quite a stone since the start of the month but only 0.1kg away from it.
Cheating slightly with that title, but only slightly…
Post Christmas and Boxing day excesses, I was a not inconsiderable 94.3kg, as of this morning I am 87.6kg which is a tickle over 1 stone loss in the rolling month.
However, it’s not all good, I’ll post an update on goals and progress monitoring later this weekend.