Sunday, 29 May 2011

Not a very informative update

I forgot to weigh myself this morning - maybe it's Freudian.I do seem to have stuck at the 92 kg level for quite some time. But I really haven't been trying on the food front...liquorice allsorts, Tunnocks wafers, crisps and chocolate chip cookies have crept back into the diet (to say nothing of the Lindt chocolate bunny) (but it was only 2,50€ for a big bunny and five baby bunnies. It would have been a crime to refuse to buy it!) While these things are fine on a controlled basis they have been slipping out of control a little. So I need to try to be a little stricter with myself again.

Cycling has been going well - only 17 more km to do and I'll have reached halfway on the Cycle Challenge. Tuesday is my half-way point, timewise and I'm pretty sure I've got no afternoon lessons so I can go out tomorrow. I was pleased with yesterday's ride on two fronts: (1) I got up a certain hill without stopping (this hill is one I've always had to stop on before now to puff and pant) OK, so it was in the Granniest of Granny Gears, but I did it AND I actually wasn't puffing like a grampus at the end. (2) When we got back home, 35 km later, my legs felt as though they could do a little more. I was tempted to carry on, but my back was beginning to play up, so I thought it prudent to stop. Could I just point out the Un-Fat Dormouseishness of the words "I was tempted to carry on".

However, while the Cycle Challenge is going well, news from Chisomo itself is not good. Richard, the Englishman that we know who supports the school, has been arrested. I don't know all the details, having got the story third hand, but it all seems very "political".Apparently, the Powers That Be wanted him to give up the truck that he uses in Zambia and give them the money he was carrying for the school. When he refused, he was taken in for questioning and accused of money laundering and drug smuggling (because some  Nytol was found on his person). His trial is on 6th June. We are all hoping and praying for a just outcome.

Saturday, 14 May 2011


Mr FD kindly pointed out that my odometer on the bike was wrong and was counting too many kilometres. Helpfully, he set it back 30 km. So I've done less than I thought. I'm on about 320...there's a long way to go! Really, by the end of this month, I should have cycled 500 km, but I can't see how I can do 180-odd in half-a-month. Particularly as during the week is becoming more difficult - I'm getting up at 5.30 because I have to be in Clermont by 8.00, so I'm dog tired when I get home.

STILL. I will complete this challenge. Though I'm still not sure I'll be keen on cycling at the end of it. I do quite enjoy it when I'm out - but I would be just as happy (if not more so!) not to do it.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

1K € for 1K Km Update

I'm a little behind on the target. Because of my cold, which lingered on - and still hasn't fully gone - I haven't really felt like doing much. Last Saturday I managed (but it was a struggle) 18 km or so. I had planned to cycle up to friends of ours, but 2 km up the road I could hardly breathe - my lungs were bursting! So I decided to "abort the mission" and go home. However, I'd been passed by a group of club cyclists going the other way, and when I got home they were all outside (we have a public WC across the road from the house) and I felt so embarrassed at the thought of stopping, when they'd seen me huffing and puffing in the opposite direction but 5 minutes before, that I swung left and went down the hill! So I carried on, debated a little further on whether to turn around or continue, decided to carry on and did the full 18km circuit.

Then, on Wednesday, as I wasn't teaching, I went out with the Club. Me and two older guys did 35 km. The last 10 were horrid as the sunshine had turned to howling gale and rain, and I had no waterproof with me, but the rest was good - and I was pleased with the way I tackled the climbs. Fernand told Mr D that I had "roulé"-ed bien. I didn't go out yesterday, as I went into town with Cathy to meet someone for coffee, and to do a bit of shopping (I got a nice cardigan for 10€) and although I'd planned to go today, my back is a little stiff AND I've just done some gardening and feel in some pain. I also drank two beers at lunchtime so I feel quite disinclined to go (mind you, maybe I should go because I drank two beers. They added up to 400 calories between them!)

Anyway, all this means that I'm 25 km behind this week's target. Which is quite a bit really. It's looking as though I need to try to get out twice this week in the evening, plus a ride next Saturday to catch up. While I enjoy the rides once I'm out, I certainly don't feel that keen about going. Mr D says it's like a drug to him, and he gets quite annoyed if he has to miss a ride due to work/illness etc. Me? I'm not bothered. 

Still - I do have to say a couple of Thank Yous for more donations to the Cause.
Thank you to Angela for her 10€ contribution, and to Mr D for giving up his Easter Egg to put 20€ in the Kitty.
And a huge THANK YOU! to my former colleague and friend Nikki for her incredibly generous cheque. Considering we've not seen each other for a good 10 years, and only exchange Christmas cards and the odd FaceBook comment, her donation was really, really generous. This brings the Totaliser to:

Distance cycled
Distance to go
Money raised
Money to go
*£ to € conversions are rounded to the nearest €

So there you have it. There is definitely at least another 100€ to come from the Cycle Club - more than 20 have signed up but nobody has said how much they'll give me! But even at 5€ each that's 100€ - so I'm having to bake cakes for them for the next 6 weeks (at least!)

My weight loss continues, though at a fairly slow pace (probably due to the consumption of beer as detailed above!) I'm reasonably pleased however, but do have to note that I have noticed that when I cycle (last week) I lose weight, and when I don't (week before) I don't. Fairly obvious, really...!
102 kg
224.9 lbs
75 kg
165.3 lbs
27 kg
59.6 lbs
17.7 kg
39 lbs
9.3 kg
20.5 lbs
1 kg
2.2 lb
92.7 kg
204.4 lb

There you have it!