Friday, April 27, 2012

Rain Runner

The running shall continue, wind, rain or shine.
Rivers of rain water riddled the streets. Armed with my running shorts and dry-fit running vest I stepped out in to the open. The rain was so intense that I could feel its weight on me as I began to run. I set my pace and I felt like a soldier, raindrops splashing across my face and dripping from my nose and chin. I mean why wouldn't I when I had the 'Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2' soundtrack playing in my earphones!

I managed 3.5 miles with energy to spare. The run felt better than last time, perhaps because I hydrated properly throughout the day and ate the right foods. So today, even though I was only going to run every other day, I am considering another run.

The cravings for chocolate and biscuits started already, but eating a bowl of cornflakes seems to suppress it well. My colleague planted a custard do-nut on my desk today. It will not be eaten. I told him no but he is making me feel guilty about 'not eating' the do-nut. What a pain. Nice test for the will power though. Now I know I can resist free snacks that smell delicious at least!

Speaking of snacks, a very good friend of mine introduced me to 'Lovetub - Caramel Pudding' about a year ago. Since then, they have disappeared from the places I once found them. They are the best puddings ever when eaten with a decent vanilla ice cream. Perfectly fattening. I had to argue with myself about searching for them in the shops tomorrow. The problem being is... just one tub would be like an 'add 10 stone' pleasure I can't afford. Losing weight is hard work, and anyone that tells you it isn't, is lying and/or doing it wrong.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fat and lazy - Health Kick

Physical training and a good diet was shot to hell almost a year ago with the arrival of a major chest infection. It lasted three whole months. During this time I managed to develop a taste for doing absolutely nothing and eating absolutely everything. Procrastinating at every opportunity, I gradually gained almost 2 stone. From 12 stone to just under 14 stone in the space of a year. 
To break this bad habit it was going to take both mental and physical training.
The first thing I did was fix myself into a good routine for sleeping. Getting a good night sleep and going to bed as early as possible, 10:30pm bed time and 7:00am rise for work nights. Even at the weekend I tried to get to bed before midnight. It only took a week of practice to get into the routine. This mental training works wonders. I already began to feel refreshed and happy about my day.
I introduced better eating habits in the following week but I still got myself a takeaway at the end of the week.

One problem I have with diet is that I don't enjoy fruit at all. So I get 100% fruit smoothies in Asda for £1. Drinking these was much more enjoyable and made it easier to get the healthy natural energy boost.
I don't really enjoy salad very much either. I know tomato is very healthy so I try to use tinned chopped tomato to make pasta dishes. You only need to add a few tasty spices and some chopped onions, peppers and mushrooms for a lovely pasta sauce. My advice is... GET A DEEP BASE GRIDDLE PAN OR NON-STICK FRYING PAN. You will use it for everything! Best of all you need little to no oil when cooking!

Yesterday I got up and got my running kit out of my drawer and placed them on my couch folded in a neat pile.  I knew seeing the running kit after work would be mental inspiration to just get out and do it. So I finished work, and went for a run. I ended up running 3.55 miles in just over 30 minutes. This burns around 500 calories. Then I got home and did 20 minutes of various barbell weight exercises.To put things into perspective, that's a lot of work just to burn off half a Burger King meal...
Did you know..

A 'Whopper' alone is just over 400 calories.
A large fries is 450 calories.
A large soft drink will be around 250 calories..
So... 1100 calories in a meal? Can you really burn that off along with the other meals you eat that day? If you don't/can't you WILL put on weight. 
The average (moderately active) body will burn between 1500 and 2500 calories on its own depending on what you do throughout your day. Walking to the shops, walking around work, cleaning the house etc. 

Not only that but you hardly get any nutrition from a meal like this. You can actually end up feeling tired, down, depressed or the like... all because your body isn't getting the nutrients it needs to function correctly.

So after my run and weights session, I went to Asda and bought myself some fresh chillies, mange tout, baby corn, spinach, and a bag of fresh stir-fry vegetables. Then got some fresh egg noodles and some chicken breasts. 
The chicken breast was chopped and any visible fat was removed. Then it was pan fried in garlic and black pepper. I just used a normal deep pan to cook all the vegetables at the same time. Once the spinach had shrunk, I threw the fresh noodles in with the chicken to fry for a few minutes. The noodles were then put in the dish and the veg from the deep pan were put in to the frying pan and stirred for a minute (this was to give the vegetables a chance to take on some of the garlic chicken flavour) 
Then I ate all of it and it was delicious!

Today I am aching all over. I just had some tinned mackerel on toast for lunch and a glass of banana and coconut smoothie. Now it's back to work and hopefully later I shall be doing some core exercises and stretches, nothing too strenuous!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Life is a Lego set - Just need the right pieces!

In a materialistic age of consumers, who, in their right mind, wouldn't be able to help themselves to the materialism offered so freely to those who have the coin to trade.

I often dream of a life filled with the things I want. Without wants and needs there would be little purpose for our existence. Living on necessity alone will not fulfil our dreams.

I have started thinking about what I want from my life. Since most of it has been spontaneous and reckless, I think at 27 years old, it's about time I looked at a few possible futures. Making them a reality will be the challenge my brain needs. Life is like a Lego set, you just need the right pieces to build it how you want it. At the moment I am gathering my pieces to see what I have acquired so far. Then I will work out what pieces I think I need to build my life model and turn it into a reality. I really don't ask for much, considering it's a full on dream! I mean don't people dream of mansions and glory? My dreams are achievable and that's the beauty of it. I see it as a challenge I will have to work towards. Necessity is already expensive enough and to buy a house would be impossible in my current situation.

So after the rambling and philosophising I will move on to the dream. The life I wish for and the life I should collect the pieces to build for myself.

I want to live in a land with adventurous possibilities. After some research and talks with people who have seen a lot of this world, I have come to a conclusion that the place that would suit me most would be New Zealand.
With places like this to keep my senses well fed ---->
I imagine there is lots to explore and lots to do in a place like this. It seems like a place of variety.

It is said that variety is the spice of life right?
So snowboarding one month and exploring sea caves the next?

Mountain biking in the mountains. Kayaking. Rock climbing. Hiking.
All the other things I love to do, it's all available here! I know I can do all this in UK but... come on.. this place is much nicer right?

So, I began to think how I'd want to get around in this beautiful place. I would need transport. So I was looking at some amazing camper van type vehicles. Primarily, my favourite of all...

The VW Transporter.
JUST WOW!!! All it needs is some nice green footwell lighting. Maybe even some green door handle lights. I know this next one isn't for everyone but I LOVE it....

GREEN UNDER LIGHTS!! Streetglow LED's or something!

This would also have an awesome sub-woofer and sound system (I.C.E.) to blast out some massive noises.

Now all I need are some adventure companions.
I'd like to welcome my favourite animals ever. 
I would be a proud owner of two Huskys.

Names: Havok & Khaos
They are amazing dogs, so beautiful. They would enjoy the adventure as much as I would.
While we are on the topic of companions, the dream of an awesome lady with massively similar ideals would certainly be coming with me if the opportunity should arise. 

Then I conclude my materialistic outburst with a jig of excitement as changes in my life have already begun. Starting with deleting Facebook and separating myself from a false fronted rabble of social network addicts. I'm off that crap, with no withdrawal symptoms at all. I imagine that this blog is acting like a nicotine patch, feeding my addiction to the Internet in acceptable quantity. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Stinky trail riding @ Thurstaston Common

Well I have most of my bike fixed up and it's almost ready to roll down a proper track. So we took it out for some test riding at Thurstaston Common. Using the GoPro HD Hero 2, we managed to capture a bit of the footage. Just for giggles and a fun day out.

So, the weather hasn't been great since the trip to Thurstaston. As soon as it cheers up a little I will take the bike on another day out iron out some kinks and tweek a few more things.