Category Archives: Motivation

Tools I am using to get myself motivated.

The Question Of Guilt

The last month has seen a bit of a reduction in my motivation towards my yearly goals. I feel that this has been the theme of the majority of my last couple of posts. This has lead partly to the guilt I am feeling.

Though after contemplation I think the bulk of my guilt at the moment is spread between several areas. At the moment I am going through an exciting period in our business where we are taking on growth capital. This in itself is a full on experience, of extremely long hours, changing a company culture, lack of time to dedicate to the family, client dinners and a feeling uncertainty until the ink is on the paper. The combination of this tends to lead to stress and general lack energy.

I tend to be very good at persuading my brain that lack of energy tends to be just in the mind and one can overcome this. So I try not to whinge and put on a positive face even when feeling like crap. Positive outlook is one of my life learning missions. If there is one thing I can truly share is that this does work. Using positive language to say you are feeling great and not wining has a hug effect on ones outlook. You really can trick your brain to think actually the world is not that shitty today. My caveat on this is that I am only pupil and not a master. It takes a lifetime of strong will to wake up each morning and see the world as beautiful when the sky is grey and you have been run through the proverbial mill.

So what is this all about, this blog, today I mean. Well, as I said I am pupil, and the last three weeks have seen a downfall in my outlook.

I have got a poor amount of miles in on my bike. Cycling tends to give me more energy even when I feel ruined. However, it is a vicious circle once in the couch potato spiral sets in. One lacks energy so you skip a ride or do a much shorter one. The next day is the same. Before you know it is 2 weeks, you feel lethargic and the motivation to go out and smash 10 miles is a distant memory.
I have eaten absolute rubbish for the last two weeks. Knock on effect, weight has gone up, energy spikes just after eating the chocolate then you feel worse…..so, one tends to eat more. Another crappy spiral.
Sleep time has been down.
I have been drinking way to much. Mainly to get my mind off the deal in the evening.
This was all compounded last night with an almighty binge and playstation session. Which has not helped the man boobs get smaller!!

As I was about to ram in a choco bar this morning and feeling waves of guilt from the night before, I though, NO, you have to get hold of this. You are better than this and the previous 2 months proved that. What the reasons I wanted to change in the first place? Get back on your blog and read what you wrote in January.

Writing this out today, is a hope that, I can break the cycle by being honest and analytical with myself.

This evening I leave on a flight (again) for 4 days away of long client meetings, no bike, no family and the temptation of shit food and drink.

Can I focus my mind to pull myself out of this self pitying negative spiral. Time will tell and I hope, that will be by the next time I post.

If you are reading this and you have the opportunity get out on your bike, tell your family you love them and take a second to think how amazing it is that we have a choice.

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A small slice of ego deflation please……

Today I had a meeting with some potential business partners.  I use the term partner loosely, as really they are competitors that we are looking on doing a combined tender with.

However, I am digressing.  Todays meeting started with a pretty swift verbal punch.  I was greeted cordially with a “great to see you, well, you’ve put on weight”.

This got me thinking.  The truth is in the last 18 months I have put on weight.  Not a crazy amount, probably 5 to 7KG.  Enough to notice?  Yes probably.  But, my thoughts ran more to, why do humans feel the need to start a conversation with what is essentially a negative comment?

Does it put them in the power seat for the meeting?  Maybe it makes them feel better about themselves.

I am not sure.  But for the first in my life I did not care.  I have yo yo’d with weight and struggled with weight loss my whole life.

This kind of comment, would have floored me a year ago.  I don’t know why I can suddenly deal with it.

What I do know is that in just 15 days of this journey I am feeling great.

30 miles today.  It’s all looking up.

More to follow………

FC

A morning ride with a buddy

An unexpected surprise
An unexpected surprise – Part of having to get up to meet  your cycling buddy means you might get to see things you might have missed if you were still wrapped up in bed.

I would suggest that if you are getting into cycling or have just got into it, get yourself a buddy.  I was cycled solo for years.  I didn’t want to slow anyone down or get pushed past my comfort zone.

But I have to admit cycling with a buddy has really opened up my cycling.  My cycling buddy is a lot fitter and in better shape than me, therefore at his standard pace I really am having to push.  It  has got me beating personal bests on Strava and it is great to have someone to gossip about cycling with – not what Mrs. FatCycles considers a great topic for conversation.

'Ice and Slowly, capturing my cycle buddy.  Although my iPhone bag seems to have misted up somewhat.
‘Ice and Slowly, capturing my cycle buddy. Although my iPhone bag seems to have misted up somewhat.

If you are looking for people to go cycling with look up your local club.  There are loads of resources to find clubs, in the UK try British Cycling

I promise you will get more from cycling, get fitter, meet like minded people and have a laugh.

FC

Of Strava Challenges and Noro Viruses

3rd of Jan – Location Home Office – Why? Noro Virus

The UK NHS give this description:

“Norovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages.

The virus, which is highly contagious, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. As there is no specific cure, you have to let it run its course, but it should not last more than a couple of days.”

As you might imagine I have not hit the trails or roads.  But I have managed to stick to the eating plan – mainly as I cannot stomach anything so the temptation of the evening beer has not been felt.

On another note, to keep myself inspired Strava have launched their January – Prove it Challenge.  With the added bonus that if you cycle 600KM (375 Miles) in a month you can apply to get an exclusive Strava Prove It T-Shirt.  Now being a complete muppet for this type of challenge and exclusive merchandise, I am already working out how to make the miles up for missing the yesterday and todays cycling.

Strava_Prove_It

I guess what ever motivates you does the trick.  And this is working for me.  Apart from my stats don’t look great at the moment.

FC

Of broken hips and more reasons to get in shape

When I was 17 I had what is called a slipped epiphysis. This basically is where the ball of the upper femur slips backwards out of the hip. The result is a deformed or fractured femur with limited movement that needs to be pinned back in place.

Now this is not a sob story, as so far my life has been exceptional as far as adventure and experiences go. But if the extra tyre around my gut, the double chin and last night one of my buddies girlfriends turning round to me and telling me, my tits were better than hers – and she has got a good pair – was not enough of wake up call, my doctor told me that if I do not start losing weight, I will have to get a hip replacement as I am putting too much pressure on my pinned hip.

So as I sit here with my last hangover for a month, I am slightly nervous and apprehensive. I know I can complete the first month. There are going to be some difficulties. For example, I completely forgot I am snowboarding with a whole group of friends in the last week of January – typically a beer fuelled week of fun. I am going to be needing some advice of how to tell friends I am not boring and how to convince myself that beer is not an essential ingredient for a great snowboarding trip.

For now I am breaking it all into bite size pieces. The first of which was a New Year’s Day breakfast without any bread or wheaty stodge.

So one meal done, 92 to go. Time to get the bike out and give it a welcome to 2014 in the horizontal rain and gale force winds.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Of frosty mornings and cold toes

When you wake up and Mrs. Fat Cycles has only given you an allocated 2 hour window from 8 to 10 and then you look out the window – and it is raining/frickin cold/snowing (delete where necessary) the temptation to play playstation or Scalextric is so big.

In this instance I take a little motivation from someone who has bundles of energy and motivation and the following quote always seems to get me going.

“oh, and I have a good trick for doing stuff, like exercising, when I really am not in the mood…I tell myself that I can quit, but only after thee minutes.  I have to at least begin.

Invariably after three minutes of running, I find I am in the groove and want to keep going.  The hard bit is always getting going, so I commit at least to start, with my ‘three-minute get-out clause’…which, of course, then doesn’t get used!”

Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide For Life

So on this morning at 0855, while the frost is thick, I am going to stop procrastinating by writing this blog and get myself on my bike.