Category Archives: Lifestyle

Damn you HbA1c

Do you know what HbA1c levels are? I imagine some people who read my ramblings do. For those who don’t, here’s a quick explanation for you;

HbA1c is what’s known as glycated haemoglobin. This is something that’s made when the glucose (sugar) in your body sticks to your red blood cells. Your body can’t use the sugar properly, so more of it sticks to your blood cells and builds up in your blood. Red blood cells are active for around 2-3 months, which is why the reading is taken quarterly. 

What is HbA1c – diabetes.org.uk

Now, if you’re still not following, it’s a measurement taken from your blood to diagnose if you are Type 2 Diabetic – I think that’s right.

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It’s Been A While…

Hi. Hello. It’s me, I’m still here. I know it’s been a while since I last posted – 25th March if I remember correctly, which is almost three weeks ago! Time certainly does fly past without you realising sometimes.

I’ve missed posting here. A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks too. Good stuff and not so good stuff.

First off, we’ll get the not so good stuff out the way; I became another year older. It was my birthday last week, which wasn’t brilliant for the weight-loss. I gained 8lbs last week through the birthday week, some meals out and just generally not sticking to plan led to this.

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13.1 Miles Is A Massively Long Way

So yesterday, my dear wife left me in London to join the other 13 thousand or so people looking to complete the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Running something that wifey finds enjoyable, she entered along side my cousin – only my cousin didn’t get a place.

At around 09.40, I gave her kiss and wished her luck as she joined the huge queue to start her run. Initially we planned to see her at Miles 2, 5, 6, 7.5, 8, 9, 12 and the finish. They layout of the route meant that we got to see them 3 or 4 times at points without us having to move more than a few feet.

London Landmarks Half Marathon Route 2019
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It’s 13-Miles Of Hell Eve

So tomorrow the London Landmarks Malfunction Marathon is being hosted for mad people to run around 13 miles. Why people would do this, I do not understand.

Running for me is not enjoyable. It might be if I was a lot lighter, so there wasn’t as much pressure on my knees, but there is a big reason I choose to cycle to lose weight, my bum and weight are supported.

But tomorrow I will be in London. Not to run the half marathon but to shout and cheer on my wife and mother-in-law. They’re the ones mad enough to complete this amazingly difficult challenge.

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My Weight Loss Notes

For the most part of 2019, I’ve written a weekly “Time to Reflect” post which looks back on my week. This has been my way of posting about my loss for said week. I’m changing things up a bit now though…

I’m starting a new post feature called “My Weight Loss Notes”. I will still writing the Time to Reflect posts too, but they will be more about how I’m feeling and dealing with the journey of losing weight, where as the Weight Loss Notes will be me talking about my actual weight loss so far. It will be where I can put down what I did during the week, how I’m changing physically (if at all) etc.

It’s basically another post for me to blog about. Writing to this blog has kept me on track when previously I would have thrown in the towel. It’s given me a place to put down my struggles and my achievements. Anything new I can bring will keep me motivated to do more.

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Changing of the Guard

Hectic, that’s how I would describe things at the moment. Between family and work I am finding little time for myself. Little time for myself means fair irregular blog posts. But, I’m trying to set to time aside to fix this.

Things being busy also means other things have taken a little slide of late. Especially in the direction of food. Slimming World is great because when you’re on it, you can often get some amazing weekly results. But there is one catch with Slimming World… you need time. Time to plan, time to prepare and time to execute.

The Slimming World plan is all about cooking healthy food from scratch. Yes there are their own frozen meal range etc, but I refuse to pay those prices – £3.50 for half a meal… I might as well go out for the evening.

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