Bike Fit

Ever since I got my bike last year I have tweaked and tinkered with different things to try and get it to suit me better. Previously when out on the bike I’ve suffered with numbness in fingers, toes and the male region. Have I just been riding the bike wrong, or was it something needed to be tweaked?

The first thing to start from is the size of the bike. I look at the guidance from Boardman (I ride a Boardman ADV 8.8) and the size frame I have is ideally suited for someone my height. That’s the first thing checked.

Next I started researching the term Bike Fit after a friend of mine said I should have one to iron out any fit issues which maybe causing my discomforts. A lot of professional bike fit places are around £100+. I wasn’t willing to spend that much on something which wasn’t guaranteed to sort my problem.

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Getting Lost

Yesterday I felt really bad about myself. not because of any major, but because I had neglected something I like to do, cycling. 3 Months… Really?!?! was about how long I’d not been on my bike and how I felt about it. Last night though, I went out on the bike.

I could have easily just stayed indoors on the trainer, but no – I wanted to get out on the bike. I wanted to feel the breeze in my face, dance with cars (not literally) and go somewhere I’ve not been previously. Using the same routes can make it boring so it’s good to mix it up a bit.

As you can guess from the title of this post, it didn’t exactly go to plan. More than once I had to stop and get the phone out to look where I was and where I needed to be heading. I’ve not had to do this before because previously I’ve always plotted a route on Strava, uploaded it to Garmin Connect then synced it to my Garmin Edge 130.

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3 Months… Really?!?!

Three Months… that’s a quarter of a year. It’s Thirteen weeks, it’s Ninety One days, it’s Two Thousand One Hundred and Eighty Four hours. Three Months… it’s quite a long time.

In Three Months time, we will be Three weeks into January. Halloween will have passed, so will have Bonfire Night, Christmas and the New Year. There’s a lot that can be covered in Three Months.

Three Month’s is a long time to go without something. For me, I’ve been without something I really like. Something that let’s me clear my head. Something that makes me feel happier and more joyful. I’m not saying I’m not happy and not joyful. There are plenty of things that make me happy, but there has been one thing I’ve really been missing…

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Who Am I?

I am everything you need to keep you smiling, but I am also the nightmare that stops you in your track. I make you feel so good about yourself, but I can also make you feel so bad about yourself you just want the ground to swallow you whole.

On you’re good days I am willing you along. I sometimes make you feel invincible like you can conquer anything. Going out with friends? Not a problem when I have you in good spirits. Do you think you’re doing it alone? No, you’re not, when we’re on a good day I am right there by your side.

I can make you feel energised and make you want to take on a marathon. I can help you move around more and more and get you more involved in physical activities.

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Recipe: Messy Chips

Who doesn’t like chips? I don’t mean the thinly sliced potato snack that is found in bags, my friends over the pond, I mean real British chips. Chips go with just about anything and they’re a versatile side to accompany any dish.

Slimming World chips are rather easy to make. You cut up potatoes into long sticks about 1cm x 1cm in width. You douse them in fry-light (or another low-calorie cooking spray) and cook them. I often cooked them in the oven, but since we’ve bought an ActiFry, they’re even better!

Now you’re thinking “Chips are chips and we’ve known about Slimming World chips for a while”. Well, guess what… they can be even better, even tastier and even naughtier (without the syns) that you thought. Yes ladies and gentlemen, making chips messy is a whole new level of chip greatness!

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Ups, Downs, Highs and Lows

Weight loss is a journey of massive proportions. It can be a great and rewarding feeling when you have done well. It can also be your worst nightmare when you haven’t done well.

I set my mind back to Monday night last week. I hadn’t done anything special diet-wise, I just stuck to what I knew what free or low in syns on Slimming World. I wasn’t overly optimistic for the weigh-in, but I wasn’t expecting anything to swing the other way either.

I was buzzing after I got weighed that night. The scales showed I had lost 3.5lbs that week. I’ve not had a loss like that for a while now it felt good to be heading in the right direction once again. Not only had I had a decent win on the scales, but I was also awarded the Slimmer of the Week award. Something I haven’t been awarded for a long, long time. That felt even better.

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