January Blues!

It’s that time of the year, the start of the year, the time known as the January Blues!

Why? Well in my case, and I’m sure many of you can relate to this, it’s the time of the year when the waistline expands, sending you hunting for the trousers with the elasticated waistband, the time of the year where jeans are a no-go as they offer a true reflection of how much weight you’ve put on! A sign that I’ve had a good Christmas and New Year, maybe enjoyed it too much!

It appears that every year I try to set a new PB for the amount of food and drink I can cram into body during the short window where it’s acceptable to binge eat and drink. A time where having an alcoholic drink before 10am is accepted without the alcoholic tag being stuck to you! Yes that is Christmas and New Year for you!

So what happens after Christmas? Well in my case reality kicks in and I realise that I need to shift this weight which means hard work and determination!

Thankfully I’ve found my cycling mojo again, which means things should be a little easier. I say a little easier but the worst time to try and get back into the bike and lose weight is January because the weather is always against you, this year being no different.

Since the start of the year I’ve only managed to rack up 26.5 miles on the road. This has been down to the storms which have all been given names, like they’re real people with real feelings, that and the snow and ice. It’s not all doom and gloom though as I’ve been making good use of the TDF Bike in a bid to get the expanding waistline under control.

I have to admit I’ve been very good, I’ve made a plan and I’ve stuck to it. I’m back to using myfitnesspal.com to record my daily calorie intake, drinking water instead of fizzy juice, and heading out for a 1.8 mile walk most lunchtimes instead of sitting at my desk reading my paper.

Small changes here and there are making a big difference, I’m feeling fitter and stronger, I’m pushing a higher power output during my evening TDF Bike workouts. My average power output for my 50 min session at an incline of 3.5% and gear ratio of 1-5 has increased from 201w to 255w in just seven sessions!

Still a long way to go but I’m heading in the right direction!