Monday, 28 November 2011

My new life Style

I have been off work on leave since moving in my new flat but have been too busy to do much cycling. Life is pretty different for me now.
For one I now have to watch my money a bit more closely as I don't have anyone else s wage to fall back on so I have to budget which I suppose is not a bad thing and I have to live within  my means.
So I have decided with petrol being at around 6 quid a gallon all those short journeys around home will now be done by bike all those trips to the supermarket will be done by bike and anything else of the like will be done by bike, I still need the car to ferry the kids around I'm not ready yet for a car free existence especially working shifts and around 30 miles away from work I need that option, Its sometimes impossible to do without the car but one day hopefully.
With this in mind I needed a lock for my bike as its something I don't posses as I usually only commute by bike I don't need one as I have secure parking for it at work. So in my new lifestyle way I set off to get a lock from my LBS in Widnes and yep I went on my bike.
Transpennine trail with the river Mersey behind the fence
The trip to Widnes by road is along a busy fast road so I opted to travel along the transpennine trail and it was good to have the birds flying past my head and see the wildlife along the canal even though it did stink a bit ha ha.

Once in Widnes I got to within about 300 yards of the LBS when my steering felt funny I got off the bike to find the front tyre had gone flat. I was on my Giant and haven't ridden it for a while I pushed it to the LBS purchased a D Lock and got the owner to pump up my tyre with his airline and I also purchased a spare inner tube just in case as I couldn't see anything obvious as to why it had gone down.
Whilst in Widnes I shopped for a few bits leaving my bike secure with my new lock but when I got back the tyre was flat again, so I fixed the puncture and on doing so noticed a tear in the tyre maybe it was that that caused it I  don't know.
I came back the same way all in all saving 13 miles of driving, maybe its time for new tyre's on the Giant..... better check the budget first.

A quick pit stop before returning home

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Saturday weigh in

Well It's six weeks since I last stepped on the scales and I weighed then 14st 7 5/8 lbs I now weigh 14 st 10 7/8 lbs so in six weeks I have put on just over 3lbs which to be honest aint that bad.
At least I didn't get back to being over 15 stone and I have still lost 24.1 lbs since June this year

Here's to a week of cycling and eating right again at last

Friday, 25 November 2011

I got myself a Dongle !

Well folks its official I'm back, I got myself a Dongle today ( which impresses the hell out of me cos last week I didn't know what one was) and here I am back on the Internet. Although my new place has a phone line I'm not getting a land line as I don't know how long I will be here for.One thing I have learnt over this summer is you never know whats around the next corner.

My new flat is OK, It's pretty comfortable and in a nice area but It's not where I wanted to be but I'm here so will just have to get on with it and make the best of it.

I have been so busy since moving in on Wednesday I thought I had just my TV and duvet to move, I didn't realise I needed so much stuff so have been busy getting everything and spending a fortune in the process.

Last night I got a bit fed up of watching TV so went out in the dark for a nice 10 mile bike ride around the area which is something I suppose I can do more often now , It was good.

The past few weeks have seen my diet and exercise regime go out the window I haven't been able to sort my own food out other than buy from butty shops and chippys and my Mum god bless her has been force feeding me when I have been there, and I have never been in the same place as my bike when I woke up making cycling to work or cycling anywhere a bit of a problem.
I haven't been near the scales since my last weigh in and god knows what I weigh BUT no more excuses tomorrow I will weigh in, I have my old scales from home so they will give a true reading of what the damage is. From then on it will back to it on my weight loss journey.

Watch this space.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

busy busy

Quick post I have moved in my new apartment, not on tinternet yet but will be soon .

Loads to sort out !!!!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Quick update

Did the 29 mile commute yesterday and with a few miles in the evening finished the day on 32 miles not too shabby. I popped out yesterday evening and it was nice to cycle round in the dark at a leisurely pace normally I am going back and to to work so keep a decent speed up, it made a nice change.

No cycling today as I have to get back for the kids football training tonight and none tomorrow as I am off to a gig tomorrow night with my brother to see Jesse Malin at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester.

Wednesday I get my apartment so will be busy.

I shall update more on things next week

Saturday, 19 November 2011

parents bless em !

I finished yesterday on 22 miles cycled and enjoyed all 22 of them. I got back to my Mum and Dads house around 9 pm , when I went in it was warm enough to melt the polar ice cap, why is it the elderly have the house so effin hot ?

My parents were watching children in need I got my kit sorted for the next morning and sat down with them for a bit Susan Boyle was singing and to be honest it was bloody awful so the conversation went like this


MUM:    Do you want anything to eat some cake perhaps
ME:        No thanks, bloody hell she's awful
MUM:    It is yes
Then my Dad comes in
DAD :    Why don't they tell us how much the total is
MUM:    They just have
DAD:      How much is it
MUM:     Cant remember
DAD       Bloody hell she's awful
Then all goes quite as my mum hits the mute button
We then sit there while Susan finishes off, then sit in silence as the next thing comes on
ME:        I think you hit the mute button mum
MUM:    I did yes
ME:        Are you going to put the sound on then ?
DAD:      They should say what the total is
MUM:     They have are you sure you don't want anything to eat
ME:         I'm fine thanks
Then my mum puts the sound back on
DAD:     I cant hear that
MUM:    I know you can't, I can
DAD:     Turn it up then
By this time the coalition are singing

MUM & DAD TOGETHER:  Bloody hell that's awful

I retired to my sofa bed ----------------- I need to move

Up today at 0445 hrs with a lovely 29 mile commute

Roll on the 23rd .

I do love em though

Friday, 18 November 2011

I rode my bike today !!!!

Today after seems what has been an eternity I got on my bike and went for a ride, I went nowhere imparticular but it was great to just go.

So What's been happening ?


Well its pretty safe to say folks I have had a pretty shit past few months and would never want to go through anything like that again, I have no doubt I have a few pretty shit days coming too but hopefully they will get less as times goes by. What has happened is that me and my wife have separated, I am absolutely gutted and never wanted it to happen but it has. I am not going into the ins and outs of it on here as its too bloody long winded, probably too boring for others and above all its personal, but I am so sad things have turned out this way but It's beyond my control.
Yesterday I signed the lease on an apartment nearby and that is where I shall be living for the foreseeable future.
Over the past few weeks I have been living at my parents house and friends houses and have been a bit transient and I'm bleedin fed up of it, I move in my apartment on the 23rd November.
So recently cycling and weight loss have been on the back boiler, that and my mum force feeding me cake at every opportunity has not really been conducive to weight loss.
I think I have put a few pounds on but tomorrow I am commutting to work and cant wait ( not the going to work bit but the commutte).

My focus now has to be looking after my two boys and making sure they are alright and looking after myself. It sound's bad but I have been here before as this is my second marriage ( and definitely my last) but I am determined not to get too down about it I have to stay positive and move on as they say, Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

So as the festive season approaches at an alarming rate of knots as you sit down to your Xmas dinner with all the trimmings you can think of me with a chicken leg watching the Samaritans number flash across the screen, knowing my luck my phone will break as I try to phone it ............. Or I will get an ansaphone ....... "please leave your message after the tone". Ha Ha.... Its not that bad folks I have the boys for Xmas and will make the best of it and my eldest two kids are coming over so It should be OK.

Anyway that's all for now, Once I move and get back on the internet properly hopefully sometime next week I shall continue this journey to the end if nothing else it will give me something to do