Day 227

Sunday 14th August 2016

My 3 older boys have gone away for a few days leaving me, Matt and my youngest son,  Jake. The house is very quite. 

We find when Jake doesn’t have his brothers around we are the ones he comes to for entertainment. Matt thought that we should take him out for the day. 

When Matt was younger he went to the Peak District to a place called the Tissington Trail a number of times. It’s an old railway line that is now used for walking and cycling. 

He thought we could cycle down it and make a day of it. I thought it was a good idea because an old railway track sounded flat and easy to ride. 

When we arrived I saw a sign that showed how many miles the next villages and towns are away.

I thought I would like to get to Alsop but if I reached Hartington I would be really happy. 

The trail was a lot tougher than I thought. I wrongfully assumed that it would be flat but it had a steady incline all the way which made things harder. It also wasn’t smooth to ride on like the roads which also didn’t help.

I had to stop a few times on the way not because I was tired but because my fingers were going numb and I had saddle sore. Matt thinks that I need to start relaxing into my riding rather than being tense. I was leaning on my handle bars which is why my fingers went numb. 

When cycling if I take one hand off the handle bars I end up wiggling all over the road so I have always kept them firmly holding on. Today was the perfect time to practice taking one hand off. I think I got it by the end.

I am really happy to say we made it all the way to Hartington. 11 1/2 miles of peddling up a gradual hill

Eventhough the tracks are now gone the stations and signal boxes were still there. 

The cycle back was so much better. 11 1/2 miles down a gradual hill – I hardly peddled at all. Going back was so much more enjoyable – it made the first part worth it. We ended up cycling 23 miles by the end of the ride. 

Considering at the beginning of the year I wouldn’t even get on a bike and 8 months later I have done 23 miles makes me immensely proud of my achievements and I actually can’t believe I did it. It shows you what you can do in such a short space of time!

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.8lbs.       ⬅️➡️.    67.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.1kg.          ⬅️➡️.        31.1kg⬇️total


Day 225

Friday 12th August 2016

We have been back from our holiday over a week now. Since being home it has been easy getting back into a normal routine. 

I have managed to go on a walk everyday this week but I haven’t been out on my bike though. 

I really enjoyed my rides on holiday but since being back I can’t seem to get motivated. Matt asked me if I wanted a bike ride – I did want to go but I just couldn’t be bothered. I had that attitude that I couldn’t be bothered to do anything. I get that sometimes when I am bored. 

Matt however got his assertive head on and said “get changed we are going on a ride”.  I am glad he did as I think I would have sat around and done nothing all day otherwise.

I thought I might just go around the block a few times. But while we were out Matt kept asking if I wanted to go further. As we had gone to the trouble of getting changed and out there I agreed to go further and I’m so glad we did. 

It’s lovely cycling in the countryside because you get to appreciate the scenery more than when you drive around the lanes.  England is really lovely when the sun is shining. The views can be really amazing. However this was my view!

I felt by the time I got back that I’d had a  descent ride. I found it quite a lot easier than I normally do and I didn’t seem to get as tired either. I think it must be because it wasn’t as hot as on holiday and I felt like I had more energy.

I ended up really enjoying my day. I could have sat around and done nothing all day like I wanted to. But I feel I have made good use of my day and I have really accomplished something. 

I think the moral of the story is that if you don’t feel like doing something but you end up doing it the rewards are so much greater!

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.2lbs. ⬅️➡️ 67.8lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

104.9kg. ⬅️➡️. 31.4kg⬇️total

Day 206

Sunday 24th July 2016

Matt asked me if I wanted to go for another bike ride. It was the last thing I wanted to do. But as I have said that I would say yes to everything health related this year I said I would go. 

We went to the village again and this time I caught up with the cyclists in front. It’s amazing the feeling when you are going faster than the other cyclists. It really gave me a boost to get back up the 3 mile hill afterwards. 

I went over half way up without stopping. I seemed to get myself into a rhythm and there was no stopping me. I was buzzing and I could have carried on but Matt and Jonny, my son, were behind. So I stopped and waited for them. 

When I got back on I didn’t do quite so well but I did it! I was very happy with my achievement. 

Matt said later that my legs are getting really thin and I am starting to look like a flamingo. 

He said this because flamingos have really thin long legs and a big body and joked that if I keep up cycling it will get worse! 

He didn’t stop me from feeling really happy with my achievement. 

We then went to the Camargue region in France for the day where there were flamingos which I thought was a funny coincidence. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 11.8lbs.     ⬅️➡️.    63.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

107kg.          ⬅️➡️.           29.5kg⬇️total

Day 171

Sunday 19th June 2016

Its been over a week since I last got on my bike so I thought it was about time I did again. 

Matt took me to a place where the roads are quiet and not so many steep hills. As it was my first time out on a proper ride he said he wanted to ease me into it gently. 

It all started well I even got the bike on the highest gear. My bike has 22 gears. Matt said though that when you are learning to ride properly when going up a hill you need to anticipate it more and go to a lower gear, spin your legs faster but keep the momentum going. Spinning my legs faster will also help with my fitness. Pushing a big gear just builds strength. So I’m learning to use the correct gears so I don’t exert more energy than I need to. 

Matt said we were going to do about 10 miles. After 7 I was aching, I wasn’t tired it was just painful in one area

One word could describe it OUCH !!!!!

Leaning on my wrists was painful too. After 10 miles he said that we still had a few more miles to do. 

I thought ‘typical’ but I could do nothing but continue. He would also say that this is the last hill but of course that wasn’t true ether!

I have to say that even though I did a few extra miles, a few extra hills and was very saddle sore, I really enjoyed it.

I was also very pleased with myself that I didn’t get off once and I cycled up every hill. 

The worst was afterwards when my hayfever got really bad and an hour later  I was incredibly hungry and I had to wait a few hours before I could have my dinner!

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 13.4lbs.     0.2lbs⬆️.  . 61.6lbs⬇️total

Start weight 135.6 kg

107.7kg.          0.1lbs⬆️.     29.1kg⬇️total