10 days later……only a couple more miles done

I have had an interesting February so far.  

Oxford University is incredible and one of the most inspiring learning experiences I have ever entered into.  It has definitely added a bit to the already packed timetable for the next 12 months.  

Due to this and more trips to the UAE I have only racked up a dismal 54 miles for February.  

My weight has maintained the same and I have discovered that wheat really does not agree with me.  While being rather low on self discipline during last weeks lectures and trying to balance the office while absent, I broke rather spectacularly.  I was low on energy and the only food available was pasties.  So I had 2 Danish pasties.  My stomach then told me how stupid I had been, I ended up with stomach cramps and less ability to focus.  The positive is that, it is a great lesson learnt.

So next week, I have decided to do my ‘week of pain’.  As discussed in January, I wanted to try different diets and lifestyles.  I have always been interested in trying to juice for a week.  The ‘benefits’ seem numerous, however it is essentially a starvation diet.  While doing this I am also going to see if I can cycle for 25 miles a day and complete 175 miles in 7 days.

I will update during the process.  I have a trip to London which will be interesting as I am not sure how I will get the miles in on that day but we will see.  The whole point of trying these things out is seeing how hard or easy it is to fit in with regular life.

Will I end up with no energy???  Or will I find an amazing inner strength and calm while my body cleanses itself??

February – a lack of pedal pushing

Sitting on a flight back home from the UAE for the second time in less than a month. And February was supposed to be my ‘month of pain’ which at the moment is fast becoming the month of ‘lack of cycling’.

The F1 track was closed to cyclists as they had Le Mans 24 hour testing. That in self was pretty cool but did not add to my goals.

I also have missed a fasting day and have eaten like a stuffed pig.

So all in all not the start that I had hoped for.

However I do have to look at the positives. I recently read two articles in the Harvard Business Review that I think are particularly relevant here are two small extracts:

1. Take on your challenges one at a time.
How long was your New Year’s resolution list? How many items have you ignored. If you want to shake a particular habit (or build a good one), you should focus on one major change at a time. Start, for instance, with your resolution to check Facebook or Twitter only twice a day; then, once you’re free of that habit, move on to your new diet and exercise plan. In short term, the amount of will power you have is fixed, and overloading yourself with new tasks that require it may diminish your ability to accomplish any goal.

2. Tame your frenzy.
Frenzy is an emotional state, a feeling of being a little (or a lot) out of control. it is often underpinned by anxiety, sadness, anger, and related emotions. Emotions are processed by the amygdala, a small-almond shaped brain structure. It responds powerfully to negative emotions, which are regarded as signals of threat. Brain studies has shown that activation of amygdala by negative emotions interferes with the brain’s ability to solve or other cognitive work. Positive emotions and thoughts do the opposite – they improve the brain’s executive function.

In other words small steps to big goals and one at time. Focusing on positive thoughts will allow your brain to help you reach your goals.

As for me my positives are………

1. I have been excepted into Oxford University for an Exec Diploma, which I never thought in a million years I would get onto. It starts next week.

2. I have not gained weight.

3. My new bike is ready on Monday…….

I am planning to get some serious miles in and learn allot.

Focus on the positive the rest will follow.

FC