Its the end of the……..month as we know it

…..and I feel fine …..great

31 days of no wheat, no alcohol and on the 5:2 fasting diet.  What is the result?

I have lost 5kg (11.02lbs)!

My body is definitely less bloated.

I have way more energy!!

I have cycled 230 miles in 2 continents.

The bonus is I have not had a hangover for 30 mornings (obviously discounting new years day).

But what have I learnt?

That I can go for a whole day on 2 apples plus an evening salad and not even notice.  This is something a month a go that I thought would be impossible.  I also thought that on the 5:2 fasting diet I would pig out the day after each fast.  Looking back, at the beginning I did at least for the first two fasts (first week), but after that, my body felt so good the next morning I did not want to fill it up and feel lethargic.  In fact the fasting diet has made me control portion size and only eat when I am actually hungry.  Incredibly I am doing this with out even thinking about it.  This is a real positive change for me.  I feel I am getting to know my body for the first time and I am sure in a couple of months this will be even more apparent.

However the plan to masticate and not eating in front of the TV has not gone so well.

I am constructing a plan for February and masticating / TV dinners are going to be the focus.

Heres to completing the first month of 2014.

FC

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It’s been a while

I needed to get a post out just to re-motivate myself.

I have been off my bike now for 6 days and tomorrow I am in London. In reality I could of hired a bike from the hotel, but I am only human and the little victory is after each full day of negotiating, I did not drink or eat any wheat.

So although I have missed some riding (which I am planning to make up this week) I still think the last 6 days are still positive.

Keep on riding.

FC

Making Business Trips Work

Cruising to the back straight.
Cruising to the back straight.

I am not sure that this is always possible, however I like to try and find the hotel gym or similar when staying away.

To be honest, I usually find the hotel gym, acknowledge that it is there and feel that I have worked out.

But not this trip.  I am currently in Abu Dhabi.  In my new state of I am going to crack this being fat thing.  I thought I would plan ahead and sort an activity that I would really enjoy and that would work my body.

When the research started little did I know that I could link to of my favourite things together….cycling and F1.

On Tuesday night the F1 track is opened to cyclists for free (if you have your own bike) or 100 AED for 2 hours to rent a bike, you can then race round the F1 circuit (at 10% of the speed of the drivers).

I am feeling on top of the world, incredible day of meetings, then rather than drinking at the bar to celebrate , I pumped out 38 miles on the most glorious smooth asphalt I have ever ridden on.

Smooooth Asphalt
Smooooth Asphalt

I have started planning February more to follow.  It is going to be more painful.

FC

3rd weekend the downfall of New Year Resolutions

Did you know that the 3rd weekend in January is when most people give up their New Years resolutions.

Although I have said that my experiment is not a New Years Resolution, the fact that I started it on January 1st is not helping.

However, I am staying strong. After a dinner party last night and a wedding today, I have still not drunk a drop of alcohol and I have not knowingly let any wheat into my body.

My thoughts to people who are thinking the hell with it or are about to quit what ever they are trying to achieve in 2014 as a ‘new you’ are as follows:

1. It is half way through the month, you have made it this far. What is one drink or whatever you have given up going to achieve in the grand scheme of things. Whatever the reason, I will guarantee that in the back of your mind you will feel you have let yourself down. Keep going for only a bit longer.

2. Think back to why you are doing this anyway. I am sure you had some fairly good reasons. Really try to picture those reasons. Maybe write them down. What ever it takes to re-focus your mind.

3. Life is full of little challenges. If you have set yourself a challenge for January and you complete it, think, how you will be able to tackle the rest of the challenges that crop up over the next 11 months or even your life.

Even writing this has made me even more determined. Good luck.

One last thought. Surround yourself with people who will support you. The longer you go on the easier it will get. But at the beginning of doing anything ‘different’, for some reason some people (even so called friends), will try to talk you out of what ever you are doing. For example not drinking. Why is it such an issue? Some people just cannot help themselves from trying to persuade to have “just one drink” or “this is a special night, how many weddings/birthdays/team building nights are there this year…….”. Why?  because they feel guilty that you are about to do something to better yourself. If what you are doing makes you happy keep going. I have surrounded myself with some of the best people I know for January. Two of which are new to my life, but little do they know they have made a huge impact. No malice and supportive of whatever others are trying to do. I am sure it is to do with their labradoodle…….

Life feels great. We have one life. Lets make the most of it and enjoy every second.

FC

5 reasons to love your bike!

Had to share this. Exactly why I love my bike

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At BikeBus we are completely in love with riding our bikes, and we are going to show you why!

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1. Legs of Steel

We all dream of that perfect body and each day I ride my bike I get closer to it! It’s an amazing feeling to know that something so relaxing can tone you up so dramatically.

2. Kind to the planet (and your body!)

We are all way too familiar with the words ‘global warming’, ‘CO2’ and ‘carbon footprint’ but switch to riding your bike and you can rest assured knowing you are doing your bit, after all this is the only planet we have.

3.Penny pinching

Petrol, Insurance, tax: All are words we dread! Just think, all that money we spend on keeping a car running can be spent in so many other ways so ride your bike and you can finally treat yourself to that dress…

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16 days and being excited

I had to share that unbelievably this fasting 5:2 diet, is actually working.

It is probably a combination of the 175 miles on the bike, 5:2, no alcohol and no wheat, but 16 days in and 4KG down. So, frankly right now, I don’t care which one it is, I am just excited.

I am not missing the wheat or alcohol and the headaches have now stopped.

Had the most brilliant ride yesterday. Well done to my cycle buddy who put down an impressive 14 miles in the sideways rain today.

I am waiting to hear back from the Fred Whitton Challenge, fingers crossed.

FC

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

On the 11th day things are looking up

On top of the world with a cracking sunset.
On top of the world with a cracking sunset.  Click on the pic for a better view.

What a great day.  So much energy.

Today, I went for a ride with my eldest son, Jago.  He easily managed 5.2 miles on rural roads.  See instagram feed on the right hand column.

I then felled 3 trees, cross cut the wood and split it for my in laws.  They think something is very wrong with me.

After a lunch of Chicken and avocado I proceeded out on what was to be a leisurely hour ride.  But what happened was unexpected.  I climbed over 2,400 ft, rode for 30 miles and got 4 personal bests on Strava.

After the first climb (which was created by the devil himself for fat guys to cry at the top of), I cycled over to my other least favourite climb 10m miles away and climbed that too!!

Planes, bikes and beautiful views what more could FC want.
Planes, bikes and beautiful views what more could FC want.

What is up is with me?

I think there might be something in this but I do not want to jinx it just yet.

The question is, do I jump on the scales to find out if it is working?  I feel slimmer and Mrs. FatCycles is saying that I look slimmer, but she is very kind and slightly biased.

Well I am going to treat myself with some Green and Blacks Chocolate and revisit the ride by staring at my stats on Strava.

Oh and one last thing.  If you are crazy enough to give up alcohol for a month like me.  I have discovered a great trick for dinner parties.  I have been putting a bottle of Shloer – fizzy grape fruit juice – in the fridge.  When topping up guests with wine, I re-fill my wine glass with Shloer.  No one questions it and thinks that I am drinking wine.  This is great because for some reason when you are not drinking everyone feels the need to encourage to drink with them. This negates that.  Added bonus of no hangover and loads of energy for the nippers.

FC

Of ‘Diet’ Drinks

Fat Coke

For a long time I have quite happily drank a can of Diet Coke rather than a ‘full fat’ variety, with the thinking that I was helping my weight loss.

However, and as anyone reading this probably already knows, ‘Diet’ drinks should be called ‘Please can I put more weight on’ drinks.  Why?

Well several reasons:

1.  Unhealthy eating habits – Dr. Mike Russell believes that the usual ‘Diet’ drinkers have far worse eating habits.  This could be due to the fact that consumers believe they are saving on calories so a couple of chips will not matter.

2.  Higher risk of Diabetes– Dr. Mark Hyman, writes about a study of 66,118 women showed that the risk of diabetes was increased by drinking Diet Drinks rather than regular drinks.

3.  Tricking your metabolism – Dr. Hyman, goes on to say that, due to artificial sweeteners being so much sweeter than natural sugar, it tricks your body into thinking a bucket load of sugar is on the way (especially if you are starving your body on a calorie controlled diet).   The result is that your body produces insulin (a fat storage hormone).  When no sugar arrives in your stomach, any fat your body subsequently receives is hoarded by your body.

4.  Craving starchy food – the net result of the above is that ‘Diet’ drinks make you crave starchy, sugary and fatty foods.

So, from now on, if I really want a fizzy drink, it will be regular.

FC

Another Fat Guy Who Loves All Things Cycle, Trying To Keep The Extra Tyre Down