Saturday in the Gym

Saturday in the Gym.

I wasn’t going to go over the weekend, but I got pretty pissed on Friday and as Catheryne was going out to a hen do I got to have a long session.


5 x 95lbs
4 x 115lbs
3 x 135lbs

5 x 5 175lbs

Bench Press

5 x 45lbs
5 x 95lbs
4 x 115lbs

5 x 5 125lbs


5 x 45lbs
5 x 5 65lbs

Leg Extensions

5 x 5 45lbs

I will increase these very soon. I was just trying them out on the recommendation of a tri mag.

Went for a swim after that. Not very encouraging when I have to swim 400m in open water in 11 weeks. Going to have some lessons methinks.


6 months without a cigarette

6 months without cigarettes.

When I put out my last cigarette on the seafront in Portugal I wasn’t sure whether I would actually make it as a non smoker, because of so many failed attempts before, gradually slipping back into full time smoking. All started with the best will in the world, but a drunken cigarette here and there and the next thing you know you’re drinking 7 days a week because it’s “Ok to smoke when you’re drinking” Then because you know you are going to have a beer on Friday night you may as well buy a packet on Friday morning and start smoking then. Such is the twisted logic of the smoker. It all ends when you accept the fact that you are a smoker, you will always be a smoker and there’s no point in trying to make things otherwise. i had read Allen Carr’s book before when I tried to give up, but I made 2 mistakes. I stopped before the end of the book, and then stopped reading the book because I thought I had done it. This time I didn’t stop until I was instructed to, and then went on to finish the book, and it’s now been 6 months since I had a cigarette.

It takes a little while to sink in, but then this warm wave of realisation hits you and you realise that you are a non smoker and you will always be one. The first few days and weeks are a little odd, you forget sometimes that you don’t smoke, like waking up in the morning and thinking that you need a cigarette, only to realise that you don’t need one at all, and some tea and toast might be nice instead. The confusion begins to ebb away until you almost forget you were ever a smoker, the only bit you retain, is the knowledge of how shit being a smoker was.

So what’s happened since then? Well, the initial euphoria fades away a little, it never entirely goes, the fact that I’ve beaten it makes me smile every time I think about it.

Since the 31st May 2010 I have completed a 10k run, a sprint triathlon and a half marathon. I have signed myself up for a half ironman in the summer and my desire to spend all my time in the pub has been replaced with a desire to spend my time running, cycling or swimming. In the last month and a bit I have cycled over 100km and run over 137km. My lung functions are increased by around 10% already and my risk of contracting or succumbing to life threatening diseases is reducing daily.

The day I started smoking after getting dropped of by the school bus, with a kid whose name I can’t even recall is not something I regret, perhaps, alomst certainly, things might have been different had I never inhaled my first B&H, but everything that has happened, good or bad has brought me to where I am today, and I’m very happy with that. Giving up smoking just made me even happier.


Lost my motivation

Don’t know what’s come over me this week, I can’t motivate myself to do anything. Managed 150m of the swim test and stopped. Turbo lasted about 15 minutes before I got angry with it and trying to run on a treadmill last night was pitiful, I had some slight discomfort in my hips and had a bit of a paddy.

I don’t know why I’m feeling like this, normally, no matter whether I want to do it or not I just get on with it and after a few minutes I realise how much I love it and I’m just not getting that this week. It is even more odd since I had such a good swim session on Monday. The other thing that suffers with a lack of motivation is diet, I’ve definitely been eating badly and drinking too much this week. This ends up being a vicious circle as then the weight goes up which just makes me think “what’s the point”

I know it’s a self perpetuating cycle, but I can’t seem to pull myself out of it this week. I am really trying to rationalise it, but I don’t know what the cause is! It could be the weather, it could be that I’ve not lost as much weight as I thought I should. It could be that I’ve been drinking too much and not eating right. I started eating wheat again, to see whether or not it hurt, and it didn’t seem to so it’s crept back into my diet a bit and I think this could be a factor as I find I’m much hungrier after eating them.

Not keeping up my food diary has meant that I am not confronted with my choices, and that has definitely had an effect, I just put the week into the diary and look what came out:
Week diet

That is definitely not a good week.

So that spells it out really. I will make sure I keep my food diary up to date from now on, it’s a very good tool for me. I will also keep it up over the weekend.

I know that I need to be careful with the alcohol, and I am trying to make good steps into doing it, but I also know that it’s Christmas coming up and the whole of December turns into a month long binge. I know that if I really wanted to I could avoid the drink, but I also know that I live with 4 other people who like a drink and I am easily led. I think drinking is so deeply embedded in my psyche that it’s really hard to not drink. I remember always being told that people who didn’t drink were boring and that was from a very early age, everyone around me has always been a drinker, and this transition from alcohol to athletics is more difficult than I thought it would be, that’s not to say it’s not going to happen, I just need to accept that it’s not going to happen overnight. I gave up smoking with Allen Carr’s easyway book and that changed how I saw smoking, it changed my perception of what it was to be a smoker and I think I need to do something similar with drinking.

This was definitely a worthwhile bit of writing as I’ve reminded myself where my problem areas are and that they need to be dealt with.

Have a nice weekend!