Challenge 50: Something to Aim For

I hate time. Time is not a friend. There is never enough time to do everything. But time is something I need to make. It’s also time to aim for something different.

For year I have been aiming to get myself down to a reasonable weight. For years I have miserably sucked at achieving said aim. Time and time again I tell myself “this time is different, this time I will do it”. I have a good few months, then BOOM! Back to square one again.

Back in my post “It’s Been A While…” I said that I had joined Weight Watchers after leaving Slimming World. Although I’ve not lost a stone that I would expect within the first few weeks with Slimming World, I am enjoying it.

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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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What Is #REDJanuary

I’m not into this New Year, New Me stuff. Instead, I’m going to use January to get my backside off the sofa more and on the bike. December is never a good month for me and my weight loss journey, so extra exercise will only help me lose anything I put on over Christmas.

Some people have asked me what #REDJanuary is when I’ve mentioned it. RED stands for Ride Every Day. I originally thought of doing this a good number of weeks ago when I saw a post from somewhere else on the Internet where the author was doing Hunt for the Red October. Basically, he used this film title to Ride Every Day in October. So I set about doing something similar for January, hence #REDJanuary.

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Starting 2019 On A Positive

Happy New Year folks, 2019 is finally here, not sure where 2018 went, but it’s January again. You know what that means? New Year, New Me! Pffft… no chance, yes it’s a New Year, but it’s still me, I’m still a fat man trying to lose some weight. So no huge changes around here I’m afraid.

On the plus side, I have been to get weighed this evening as per usual on a Wednesday. It was nice to be back into routine with the Slimming World Group, so the slate can be wiped clean and we start again in a new week. Last week I was away so didn’t get weighed. This means that the 7.5 lbs gain I have taken has been over two weeks. That’s not to bad, I was expecting worse after what I had consumed over Christmas.

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Tour of LDN: Stage 3

Zwift Tour of London

I have just finished Stage 3 of the Tour of London was another flatter route and one I am more familiar with after using this route a few times in previous rides.  Again, joining the B Group for the shorter ride I completed the 4 laps of the Classique Reverse route.  The lead into the lap is actually longer than a lap itself.

LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 7.4 km / 4.6 mi
LAP DISTANCE: 5.4 km / 3.4 mi
ELEVATION GAIN: 19 m / 62 ft
LAPS: 4
TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 29.0 km / 18.2 mi

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Tour of LDN: Stage 1

Zwift Tour of London

I completed the first stage of the Tour of London last night.  Joining the B Group for the ride, the group taking the shorter of the two distances, but it’s still the longest I’ve ridden in a single ride.  The route for the stage was the Great London Flat route.

LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 5.7 km / 3.5 mi
LAP DISTANCE: 11.6 km / 7.2 mi
ELEVATION GAIN: 45 m / 149 ft
LAPS: 2
TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 28.9 km / 17.9 m

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I’ve Signed Up To The Zwift Tour Of London

Zwift today have kicked off their annual Tour of London in the virtual world of indoor training.  Normally I wouldn’t enter something like this, but I figured if I can find the groups around a time I can make then why not?  After all, I get a Tour of London Jersey to wear in Zwift if I complete all 5 stages.

Each stage will be setting off on the hour every hour for 24 hours.  This means there must be somewhere for me to be able to make one of the Groups.  The schedule released by Zwift is as follows;

  • Stage 1: December 13th (Thursday)
  • Stage 2: December 15th (Saturday)
  • Stage 3: December 17th (Monday)
  • Stage 4: December 19th (Wednesday)
  • Stage 5: December 21st (Friday)
  • Catch-Up: December 23rd (Sunday)
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