Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday was a day home sort of working, but basically sick.
Tuesday was a normal work day, but with a rotten cold
Wednesday was trying to entertain a not very sick J for the day whilst trying to work at home also with a cold
Thursday was a VERY bad day at work although as least I still have a job
Friday has been another pretty bad day at work, lots of stress and a bad atmosphere. The cold is still here too.
So I have not had any exercise for more than a week and I am rather stressed, but now it is the weekend and I can take it easy, do some fun stuff and hopefully say goodbye to the cold.
The weather is cold and grey and set to stay that way plus or minus a little snow. On the plus side, DK is making great progress with his feet and now eating lots of slop and getting fat and happy. That is lovely to see.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the nice little bits.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
As for the hospital, apparently DK is doing really well. He has been given a new pair of boots that attach to his brace and will only have to wear the brace full time for another month before cutting back to only wearing it when he is asleep.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I am hopeful that our DVD club discs will be with us by then so that we can watch Ratatouille and generally take it easy whilst I try to get some work in.
Having spoken to G of elevenses fame last night we looked into the prospect of the usual Easter week in England. Having priced up the travel costs both by air and by water/ground, it seems that it is out of our price range at the moment, even before we take into account the fact that I wont get paid for the time off, it will cost almost £1000 just to get there! We were amazed.
Anyway, I am looking forward to another day at home tomorrow and I hope that MK and DK have a successful trip to Manchester for their check-up.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Last night I watched the first half of the Bourne Supremacy which did help to alleviate the boredom, but tonight I have to do 2 hours and I am not sure I can handle the tedium for that long. I'll watch the second half of Bourne and then see what there is to watch from our DVD collection. I am looking forward to some lighter and warmer days and evenings...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Last night I made chicken Kiev without a recipe and got the whole meal on the table in about 40 minutes from walking in the door. I was quite pleased with it but for the sake of my waistline, I must get away from his new habit of dipping everything in egg and breadcrumbs and frying it.
Anyway, what I really wanted to write about today is that I have started my efforts to raise some money for charity with my cycling this year. The first and so far most difficult thing I have had to do is to decide on a charity to support. I have decided on CURE International who build and run hospitals in the developing world with a focus on treating clubfoot and cleft lip/palate. By only reservation is that they are an openly Christian charity who oddly list praying as a useful contribution to their activities. I suppose it isn't hurting anyone and it seems that they are otherwise a well run organisation who are focusing on problems that mean something to me as well.
I'll elaborate over the coming days how I hope to raise some money, but in the meantime, I have created a Just Giving page that allows anyone to donate to my fund raising directly. Have a look here: http://www.justgiving.com/williammillard to see how little progress I have made so far...
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
J was not well last night and basically slept right through from about 6pm to this morning. He is off to T&B this evening so we have a night almost off. It's also the weekend so Whoopee.
Just an hour to do on the trainer tonight and then some road or trail miles over the weekend depending on the weather.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Having spent an hour on the trainer in the basement before bed last night, I came to a couple of conclusions:
Firstly, the trainer is not that bad, I watched half a movie, I was warm and dry, it was light and most importantly I didn't have any punctures. I admit it is a little boring and I don't think you get as good a workout as you do on the road, but it is not that bad.
Secondly, I decided that I could not see any reason to cycle to work again until the weather gets a little better, it is a little lighter in the mornings and I actually feel like doing it. My guess is that these three key ingredients will come together in about March, but who knows. I was certainly glad not to be on my bike this morning as it turned out to be cold, dark, wet and also foggy for a bonus
In other news, J is gradually making progress on the pant wetting front, last week he got through 6 pairs one day, but so far this week we only seem to be getting through 1 or 2 pairs a day.
D is doing well, although he is teething so there is a lot of grizzling and not much being left alone going on. We have also been referred to the main hospital in Copenhagen to find out what to do with the missing testicle. Unfortunately it looks as though there may be another operation on the horizon in order to try and put it where it's supposed to be.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Firstly I will have to try and exercise some more stringent portion control and secondly I am going to try to do some core strength exercises 3 times a week based on these body weight exercises for cyclists. I'll report back on progress with these in a couple of weeks.
Monday, January 12, 2009
It worked beautifully making meringues for the birthday cake and was about half place at the outlets, so we were all happy. MK was also very happy with her birthday presents that included a sewing machine, Red wellie boots and an orange suede jacket.
I went for a cold damp bike ride in the afternoon and of course had a flat puncture. So far I have had more punctures that outdoor rides this year, I hope this will not continue...
Friday, January 09, 2009
I managed 4 days before I got bored of doing that. I am too good at remembering to do things like weighing myself each morning and I am sure it was not interesting to anyone anyway.
Since January 1st I have been on The New Year Diet, meaning that I have been eating healthily, in controlled portions and not snacking or eating cake. So far so good, but if I want to reach my "race weight" by the end of June I need to make consistent progress.
There is a good website call caloriesperhour.com that allows you to find out what your ideal weight is and how to get there. It is a great site, you can enter your current weight and your goal weight and then determine how long it will take at a given calorific deficit or in my case, the date you want to be that weight by and it will tell you how many calories to deprive yourself of each day. In my case it is just under 500 which is more or less the same as a Starbucks grande latte and a Mars bar. If only I had one of each of those each day it would be really easy to see how to drop the calories out of my diet, but unfortunately I don't so I'm having to make it up as I go along.
So far I am
- Riding my bike according to my training plan (6 hours this week)
- Not eating between meals
- Not eating cake, sweets or chocolate
- Eating more veges and salad at lunch
- going to be hungry (it sucks)
So far I am actually 2.5kg less that I was on January 1st, but still 1kg heavier than I was last time I posted on williamsbiggut in November.
Lots of work to be done especially if I ever want to reach the 89kg (14 stone or 196lb) that I apparently should weigh! For the record I am aiming for 95kg in June and if I can continue on that path 90kg in September for the Trans Austria race.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
One of the stranger thins that I have become a fan of during my trips to the US is a radio show called A Prairie Home Companion and in particular the "news from Lake Wobegon" that Garrion Keiller writes and reads each week. When I got home after my short skiing visit in November 2007 I found the podcast and have been listening to it each week since then.
This week I was happy to see that the movie was being shown on Danish TV and so sat awkwardly on our re-positioned sofa to watch it. My conclusions were as follows:
- Garrison Keiller has a great face for radio
- There is a good reason that this is a radio show and not a TV series
- Woody Harrelson is a surprisingly good singer
- There was no news from Lake Wobegon in the film
- and finally it was pleasantly brief
I will still listen to and enjoy the podcast and next I can read the Lake Wobegon book that I was bought for Christmas.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
leisure sickness (noun): a purported syndrome, not universally recognized by psychologists, by which some people (typically characterized as workaholics) are more likely to report feeling ill during weekends and vacations than when working
overshare (verb): to divulge excessive personal information, as in a blog or broadcast interview, prompting reactions ranging from alarmed discomfort to approval
cyberchondriac (noun): a hypochondriac who imagines that he or she has a particular disease based on medical information gleaned from the Internet
selective ignorance (noun): the practice of selectively ignoring distracting, irrelevant, or otherwise unnecessary information received, such as e-mails, news reports, etc.
youthanasia (noun): “ … the controversial practice of performing a battery of age-defying medical procedures to end lifeless skin and wrinkles; advocated by some as a last-resort measure to put the chronically youth-obsessed out of their misery … Think of it as mercy lifting.” —Armand Limnander, New York Times
My favourite is youthanasia, but we'll have to wait until 9th January for the final result to be announced.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Anyway there was a good sale on at the Nike store and I got a GoreTex ski jacket for about 25% of the original price, a pair of trousers and a pair of Jeans from Levis. All in all it was a successful trip.
Friday, January 02, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I can't be bothered with new year resolutions this year, they never last anyway. I have to get in shape, lose some weight and so on, but that's nothing that today's declarations will change.
We had a quiet night at home. Dad and M went home at about 8 and then we cleared up and crashed out for a couple of hours before bed. Today has been spent mostly trying to keep warm!