Saturday, December 08, 2007

The cycling and chocolate regimen

I have lost four pounds (I won't say "this week" because I forgot to weigh myself on Monday, and quite probably it would only be one or two since then). This is good. The current number is 182 (35% bf).

It's something of a surprise since I rather thought this had been an unhealthy week - they have chocolate biscuits at work, and I've been eating them. On the other hand, there's the cycling, and three flights of stairs to climb to get to my office - but would you have thought that was enough to make a difference? I only work three days a week.

I didn't get to bike in on Wednesday, indeed, because it was so windy that J was worried I'd be blown under a lorry. The wind is the main disadvantage on my route - the traffic isn't actually too bad, especially in the morning. Oh, and the Big Hill. That's fairly disadvantageous. It takes me about ten minutes longer to cycle up it than to go down it.

The weather's been fairly kind to me so far, but it doesn't really matter if I get wet. I wear aged tracksuit trousers and a T-shirt under my obnoxious fluorescent jacket, and then execute a quick change in the ladies' once I get to work. It's a slight pain, but probably better than getting one's respectable clothes damp/sweaty.

I never used to worry about that when I was at college. Almost everybody biked everywhere and we never gave a thought to whether we smelled sweaty in tutorials. Maybe everyone does, and they just don't notice because they're used to it...

I am about to head out into the dark to do some Christmas shopping (yeah, it's 3pm and the sun doesn't appear to have risen today). Meanwhile, here is a picture of Pumpkin sitting on my sister. Because it wouldn't do to have a post with no guinea pig content, would it?

5 comments:

Rosemary Grace said...

Are those tufty toes I see? It's not often you get to see the feet of guinea pig!

If you add up the time you spend on your bike each day that you go to work, and consider that it's exercise you weren't doing before, it probably explains the change. Good on you for biking it! Have you got good gloves? My hands used to get completely numb when I cycled in the winter.

Isabelle said...

Well done you. Hope Pumpkin starts to hold her own soon. Tell her about Gabriel the Toad...

Carl V. said...

Congrats!!! As a fellow person on the weight loss/get healthy trail I am thrilled and inspired when others are being successful!

Loth said...

Well done on the loss. I am constantly worried about the whiffy issue as I have a very poor sense of smell and that is my excuse for not running into work.

K said...

RG: Yup, those are tufty toes! These ones seem to give us their feet to hold on a regular basis, but it is unusual as far as I know.

I do wear gloves, but usually fingerless ones so as to have more grip on the brakes and gear-lever. My hands are pretty warm by nature, and by the time I've got to the top of the big hill of doom, so is the rest of me...

Carl: thanks! I've been at it longer than you have, but much, much more slowly...

Loth: I am definitely not fit enough to RUN up that hill. Or awake enough at the early hour I'd have to leave in order to get in on time!