I looked at my Strava account yesterday and realised I hadn’t been on my bike for nearly 2 months. TWO MONTHS. Why? I have no idea. Maybe the weather, maybe a bad back, probably a combination of laziness and my camera obsession.
Anyway, that has to change. Recently I went for a yearly medical, which I always skipped in the past. This year I decided to go, mainly because 2016 sucked!! Influenza A and B, a huge back issue, plus other ailments. What I really wanted was the flu jab. Yahoo, with a slight cold after, I have skipped the great flu epidemics that have swept through my school a couple of times. BUT, my blood pressure was really high. I already knew it was. I bought a wrist monitor last summer to keep a track of it. It hasn’t come down. So now, I have to lose weight, have to exercise. No choice. I also have to eat better. 😦
So why wait for the first of January. Start now, and off I pedalled to a couple of shrines nearby. Just a gentle 25km to get back into the flow of things.
The first shrine I visited had a very friendly cat. Actually, it was a fertility shrine so there were massive phallic symbols around. I chose that one because it might remind me to stop being such a dick about my health.
The next shrine was completely new to me, it was getting ready for the new year celebrations. It was lovely. I think I will go back in spring.
So, a lovely ride to get back into the groove, pity it is winter and I might be tempted to quit due to the weather.
Here are my stats.
I have managed to stay on track this week despite a foray into Japanese Pub territory. I even turned down a drink someone had bought me because it was full sugar coke not diet. It takes a bit of umph to say no to a ready bought drink, but I knew my friend wouldn’t mind and there were others happy to drink it. I have also been out on my bike a bit and got up early to run. The results are that I have lost another 2kg and not had any cravings or hunger.
On the way back from the pub I had to use my old bumble bike to traverse the 7.5km home as I had an alcoholic drink earlier in the evening and Japan is zero tolerance. Though I know this applies to bikes as well, my thoughts are thus. I was not inebriated, I live in the middle of nowhere and use rice field roads, it was 1am and probably wouldn’t meet another vehicle, it was cold and didn’t want to sleep in my tiny car, my friend offered to let me use the old bumble bike……NEVER AGAIN.
- Bikes are supposed to glide downhill, this one did not. This bike said,”Oh you stopped pedalling, you must want to stop?”
- Bikes usually pick up speed when you pedal, this one did not, “Pedal like a mad woman, I refuse to go more than 5km.”
- Bikes should be comfortable, “I am going to reform your butt into a mystery shape that spells pain.”
- Bikes should be able to go uphill in a lower gear, “forget it, I ain’t going up no hill, nope, no way.”
I almost gave up and went back to my car. I learnt my lesson, bumble butt received.
Oh I love my Kendama bike (just ’cause I put a sticker on it). It glides downhill with a whoosh of delight. You can pack it to the brim with stuff and it says, “yeah baby load it up, I will still get you up that hill, you can even put eggs on top and I will protect them with my life.”
So, I used my bike to go grocery shopping this week to help with the fitness plan. And what the hell is with the price of healthy eating. I have never spent so much on food in my life. I know in Japan fruit and veggies can be ridiculously priced but still…$2 for 8 sprouts?? Hey, let’s make the fruit and veggies really expensive, but supersize the eggs.
Well, I guess it is all worth it. I have lost 4kg, have more energy and whopping big eggs for breakfast.
Yeah!!!! One week in and my headaches from sugar withdrawal have gone, cravings have mostly gone except when I am reading a book and it describes the deliciousness of Krispie Kreme donuts. Damn you authors, tempting me to break my diet.
Anyway, I have run a bit, cycled a bit this week. This is me in all my fatness. I am putting it out there because this is a…get me back to fitness blog now, until I am fit enough to cycle further.
Breakfasts: this week have consisted of egg white omelettes and salmon. To be honest I am always surprised when the salmon changes colour on cooking, mornings.
Lunch: homemade soups, usually some meat and veggie cooked and whizzed with a hand blender. Whatever I see in the shop.
Dinner: whatever needs finishing in the fridge, but non carb, so no bread or rice, cookies or sweets, or fruit. Actually this week I took myself out for steak and wine.
Snacks: cheese, little dried fish, squid pieces, nuts.
This is one time living in Japan helps, there are lots of weird snacks if you are brave enough.
I just went through my clothes and have a new fat box. A place with all the clothes that don’t fit. It is bigger than my actual wardrobe. Yuck. It is so annoying because I just got rid of the box and any big clothes. Just as in four months ago, just before I returned to the uk.
School starts on Wednesday. I think I will have to go naked for a month. Do you think I will get into trouble?
I really need to get back on the bike. I walked 10km the other day and have had blisters on my baby feet for a few days, I rarely get blisters from cycling. I only have to think about walking or running sometimes and my feet break out in sympathy blisters. I went for a photo walk and ended up far away. I have got a new hobby. Buying junk cameras, testing them, try to fix them, sell them (maybe). I do end up keeping more than I sell. All film. I even made a new blog. cameragocamera.wordpress.com
The new hobby is keeping me away from the bike. Film cameras are heavy and not made for biking. So I have been putting exercise on a back burner.
The problem is I am actually busy tomorrow so can’t get out. Treadmill? Well it is either treadmill or get arrested sometime soon.
Today I had no excuses. I was waiting for a package to be delivered, the amazon tracker said it was not nearby yet and I was bored. The sky was blue, my butt is fat…time to get back on the bike.
Recent events have given me an obsession for photography, especially 35mm film cameras. That and reading has kept my mind off other things. Anyway while I was out I wanted a good photo of the bike and the blue sky, but no kick stand. I remembered reading a great blog about a magic stick. So that helped in this instance. I thought it was a weird thing to blog about at the time, but now I am grateful. Though I had no stick, I did have a water bottle. Voila.
Perfect for instagram and a little needed break. I have found that recent events, new obsessions have lead to a lack of exercise and increase in fish and chips. This has cumulated in a gain of 10kg. Totally worth it. But now I feel the need to lose it again and get back to semi-fitness. Being back in Japan means a lack of readily available fish and chips and an increase in bike roads nearby.
Before all this occurred I could run 5km without thinking too much. I could also cycle 100km with a bit more thought. Now I have had to start a couch to 5K program on week one and don’t even talk to me about butt ache after just 20km on the bike. The good thing is that I have been at this stage before, I know I can do it, I know I can get better. It is just annoying to know that I ran the Tokyo Marathon in 2012, though I was close to last, and now I have to start again.
I really understand now why those 400lb people on “year to save my life” shows say, “well my mum/dad died and I ate everything on the planet to feed my grief”….or words to that effect. But that is not what mum would have wanted, it is not what I want.
So with blue skies and a fat butt I am on a new journey, a new beginning to fitness. Less maps, more thoughts. And maybe by cherry blossom season I can get up that damn hill.