Fitness. So this section will gradually be filled up by my amazing fitness stories + a weekly weight record from my local Boots. Probably more of the latter to be honest.....
Incidentally, someone asked me the other day why I was weighing myself in Boots, as surely it would make me weigh more. It took me a minute or two before I realised....
Anyhow, I'll keep a diary of my shrinking weight, my consistent steps AND the odd random comment right here so this is probably the best place to start if you're just dipping into the blog now and again.
Thursday 1st October - an update
I've had three months off now from the challenge and it's already time to get back on it again. I'd always decided to have a break from the pressure of doing the steps target etc and after two months of working in Sainsbury's doing early morning shifts, it soon became apparent that I was going to struggle to continue. Not only was the 3am starts tiring, it was the complete disruption of the day before a shift & the day of the shift. Basically spent four or five days a week shattered, hence I couldn't force myself out to walk.
The job was picking orders which sounds easy enough and most of the time it was. I ended up doing around 7k-9k steps per shift but it was all short, twisty movements which put pressure on my knees to the point where I was struggling towards the end of a shift. That also went some way to me feeling like I couldn't go out for a walk and hence the leisure walking stopped completely as a result.
The knee issues have meant that unfortunately, I was unable to complete the "Mikey's Walk" last month. It was a tough ask anyway for a normal, fit person but for someone that has knee problems right now and also possibly extensor tendonitis in my feet, it would have been daft to try to walk 21 miles at the moment. I'd end up in a heap at the side of a busy road and more of a hindrance than a help. So having originally planned to walk it solo anyway because of work commitments, I'm now not going to walk it all, which is disappointing.
The job and the injuries, combined with my lack of willpower and decision not to worry too much about what I ate, means that now on October 1st, I've weighed in at 20 stone again. That's an increase of two stone, six pounds in just thirteen weeks and puts me back quite a few steps in my journey. But that's all it is, a few steps. I'm quite confident that I can shift this new found weight off within three months at most and I'll be back proudly wearing my five stone badge again. I've stopped working at Sainsbury's now and am back on the challenge again. I need a new target so am thinking of trying to get down to 15 stone exactly by the second anniversary of this challenge, July 1st. That means a further loss of 5 stone in seven months, tricky but achievable especially as the first stone could come off quite quickly.
We'll see how it goes but another reason for getting back on the horse, so to speak, is my mental health. While I'm far from a sufferer of any serious MH issues, I do feel a lot worse these days now I've lost the benefit of going out for a walk along the cycle path. To be honest, even in lockdown, the path wasn't a great place to be as it was sometimes too busy to enjoy. That's great in the bigger picture but selfishly from my personal point of view, I just couldn't enjoy the last few weeks of walking on there. I'm hoping that now the kids are back at school and people are returning to work gradually, it will become a slightly more peaceful, less aggressive place to walk. As someone that spends a lot of time in front of a PC, I genuinely enjoyed the break from it all and the ability to walk in a field, along the cycle path, beside a river, climbing a hill etc.
So all in all, it's back to "business as normal", I hope. Will try to update the blog regularly, maybe not as often as previously and am determined to get the 5k steps every day too. Thanks for following, and let's hope the weight starts falling back off again soon.
Wednesday 1st July
First day as a slimmie and I smash the steps record. Worked at Sainsbury's in the morning then out for a round of golf with Mat in the afternoon. Legs have gone tonight mind but 27,553 steps is a huge total, it's almost 12 miles of walking today.
Glad it's over but happy I feel so much better for it.
Tuesday 30th June
Final official day of the challenge was a quiet one! No set walk, just a collection of steps from work and around the home to finish off with. Tomorrow has work + a round of golf so might have been a better day to end it!
Steps - 5,441 Distance - 2.5 miles
Monday 29th June
DX + shopping in the morning, then another North Common walk in the late afternoon. One more day to go, and looking like I'm only going to miss one day's target out of 366.
Steps - 5,998 Distance - 3.0 miles
Sunday 28th June
Back to my first Opta game in three and a half months. Parking was reserved at Ashton Gate so no walk to the ground; ended up going to pay rent & around North Common in the late afternoon.
Steps - 6,525 Distance - 3.3 miles
Saturday 27th June
Last shift of the week saw 10.5k steps then made first trip to Ikea for many months. Long queue outside then more steps inside... good day.
Steps - 16,143 Distance - 6.6 miles
Friday 26th June
Another piping hot day today. Fifth shift running + DX managed to get me over the 12k steps. Last day tomorrow until Wednesday, will enjoy the lie ins. Also went through the 3.5 million steps barrier this morning.
Steps - 12,225 Distance - 5.2 miles
Thursday 25th June
Usual day again really, even hotter than yesterday at 90 degrees. Worked in morning, DX + shopping. Weighed in a pound lighter too.
Steps - 11,911 Distance - 4.8 miles
Wednesday 24th June
Today's steps were from Sainsbury's (third shift in a row) + DX + popping into Kingswood then helping to move Ryan's stuff from his Uni digs. Hottest day of the year too, 88 degs.
Steps - 13,075 Distance - 5.6 miles
Tuesday 23rd June
Average number of steps at work, popped back in for a little shopping & to see Johnny Webb at the unit.
Steps - 12,300 Distance - 5.3 miles
Monday 22nd June
Small number of steps at work this morning, only just over 8k in the end. Added to it with some pocket steps later on in the afternoon.
Steps - 11,282 Distance - 4.8 miles
Sunday 21st June
Just a short walk around North Common tonight to end a week of 4 5k step totals + 3 over 12.5k, a mixed week. This coming week, six successive Sainsbury shifts will leave little time or energy for additional walks.
Steps - 5,781 Distance - 3.2 miles
Saturday 20th June
Sainsbury's working in the morning and Sainsbury's shopping in the evening was all my steps today!
Steps - 11,871 Distance - 4.9 miles
Friday 19th June
Sainsbury's shift in the morning then off to Southampton to move Harry out of his uni room. Shattered, but a decent number again.
Steps - 12,858 Distance - 5.6 miles
Thursday 18th June
A real bits and bobs day with DX, phone in pocket around the house and a quick walk around North Common in the evening.
Weighed in the same again.
Steps - 5,901 Distance - 3.0 miles
Wednesday 17th June
Sainsbury's this morning chipped in the bulk of the steps, then went shopping there in the afternoon for the rest!
Steps - 13,322 Distance - 5.8 miles
Tuesday 16th June
Another day short of steps, finished off by a brief walk around Southway Drive etc.
Steps - 5,240 Distance - 2.6 miles
Monday 15th June
After 66k steps in just five days, crept over the 5k target today when I went to bed! Doesn't hurt to have a quiet day now and again.
Steps - 5,014 Distance - 2.6 miles
Sunday 14th June
Third week running, I did the riverside walk. Bit drizzly at times but had a twinge in my knee so only just broke the 3 hour mark.
Steps - 20,036 Distance - 10.6 miles
Saturday 13th June
Sainsbury's this morning was really busy, left with 10.7k steps in the bank by 7.30am. Popped to do a little shopping in Kingswood too.
Steps - 12,729 Distance - 5.3 miles
Friday 12th June
Sainsbury's this morning, 10.5 steps again. This is great, now being paid to walk!
Steps - 12,717 Distance - 5.4 miles
Thursday 11th June
An early start today as I got in a cheeky 3k walk before DX after waking up early. Brief shopping trip too.
Weighed in level again.
Steps - 6,788 Distance - 3.3 miles
Wednesday 10th June
Worked at Sainsbury's this morning and had completed 10k steps by 7.30am!! Shopping later in the morning too.
Steps - 12,995 Distance - 5.6 miles
Tuesday 9th June
No walk at all today, the steps were accrued by sorting out my football programmes in and around the back garden.
Steps - 5,564 Distance - 2.5 miles
Monday 8th June
An evening walk around North Common was it for today!
Steps - 5,340 Distance - 2.8 miles
Sunday 7th June
Completed the riverside walk again this morning plus a little bit on the end. Glorious day for it, and added some steps around the garden later on. It's the eleventh time in the challenge that I've topped 20k steps.
Steps - 20,996 Distance - 11.3 miles
Saturday 6th June
Day 2 at Sainsbury's was busier and saw over 8k steps. Went back in the afternoon & did some shopping, recording biggest total since last Sunday.
Steps - 10,988 Distance - 4.6 miles
Friday 5th June
5k steps done in record time this morning, by 7am, as we started new job at Sainsbury's. Only other walking was down to post office in the afternoon.
Steps - 7,587 Distance - 3.4 miles
Thursday 4th June
Southway Drive was the destination again for the third day running. Weighed in a pound lighter which was good news after four weeks maintaining.
Steps - 6,202 Distance - 3.1 miles
Wednesday 3rd June
A quiet week continued with just a walk around Southway Drive tonight + a couple of walking phone calls to include. Weather turned cooler today with some drizzle too.
Steps - 5,496 Distance - 2.9 miles
Tuesday 2nd June
A trip to the tip this afternoon with some rubbish provided a few steps this afternoon + the short walk up to Southway Drive in the evening topped it off.
Steps - 5,761 Distance - 2.9 miles
Monday 1st June
Really busy day today so had to settle for a couple of walks during phone calls + shopping in the morning.
Steps - 5,475 Distance - 2.6 miles
Sunday 31st May
Yesterday's walk was so good that I did it again today, but reversing the route. Added a little bit on to collect a paper from McColls but essentially the same walk. Just as nice, still very warm and good to get back-to-back 10-milers in for the first time.
Steps - 19,712 Distance - 10.8 miles
Saturday 30th May
Probably the most enjoyable walk I've done in ages. Down the cycle path to the picnic area, then walking along the river all the way to Chequers, up the hill, aside the ring road then back through Longwell Green.
Very warm, but such a pretty walk.
Steps - 19,418 Distance - 10.4 miles
Friday 29th May
Went on a slightly different walk around Oldland tonight, down to the river at Court Road & back up by the school.
Steps - 5,687 Distance - 3.1 miles
Thursday 28th May
Walked round to drop in the rent this afternoon then a shopping trip this evening. Most steps since last weekend, and my legs felt it too - amazing how tired they were tonight!
Steps - 7,386 Distance - 3.7 miles
Wednesday 27th May
Evening walk to North Common and back, another warm day.
Steps - 6,252 Distance - 3.2 miles
Tuesday 26th May
Local walk again today, just around Southway Drive & back along the cycle path. So warm at the moment, and need a haircut desperately.
Steps - 5,322 Distance - 2.6 miles
Monday 25th May
Another Bank Holiday and managed most of the steps by shopping & then a walk along to North Common & back before teatime.
Steps - 5,080 Distance - 2.5 miles
Sunday 24th May
Apart from a trip to the post office this morning, no steps from walks today. Cleared out the shed this afternoon (with phone in pocket) and that got me to the 5k target.
Steps - 5,105 Distance - 2.4 miles
Saturday 23rd May
Out just after 7am in perfect walking conditions so did the Bird In Hand/Jolly Sailor/Swineford walk. Lovely fresh wind, bright sunshine, really enjoyable.
Steps - 13,810 Distance - 7.4 miles
Friday 22nd May
Sorted out the front room & rear porch with my phone in my pocket which helped, then walked to give blood at North Common village hall.
Steps - 6,623 Distance - 3.0 miles
Thursday 21st May
Same route as yesterday, just to get over the 5k. This is going to be the lowest steps for a week for a long time, just not feeling like a longer walk right now.
Weighed in level again for the third week running. With the lack of steps and extra food, that's a good result.
Steps - 5,589 Distance - 2.8 miles
Wednesday 20th May
Shopping in the morning then a short walk late afternoon around Southway Drive and back along the cycle path & Redfield Edge School.
Steps - 6,546 Distance - 3.3 miles
Tuesday 19th May
An afternoon walk again today & it took me via the Griffin, Warmley Tea Rooms and back along the cycle path.
Steps - 7,854 Distance - 3.8 miles
Monday 18th May
Shopping in the morning & the usual stroll around North Common & Cadbury Heath in the afternoon were the only steps today.
Steps - 7,568 Distance - 4.1 miles
Sunday 17th May
Did a similar walk to a fortnight ago via Mangotsfield station, Staple Hill, Fishponds & back through Kingswood, just a couple of tweaks. Started in cool, ended quite warm and minus a jacket.
Steps - 21,305 Distance - 11.8 miles
Saturday 16th May
Down the busy railway path to Bitton then back home via Willsbridge Mill and the old Warmley Golf Course. Haven't done this one for a while...
Steps - 8,378 Distance - 4.4 miles
Friday 15th May
A short evening walk around North Common and Cadbury Heath tonight.
Steps - 6,925 Distance - 3.5 miles
Thursday 14th May
Just a short walk down to Bitton Station and back, via Court Road as the cycle path was so busy! Have also decided to try to finish with a flourish by doing a 5k run every day in June - hopefully to lose a stone to get to a six stone loss, but also to get the steps up. The average Couch 25k day is around 12k steps.
Weighed in at the same again, so still a five stone loss.
Steps - 5,962 Distance - 3.1 miles
Wednesday 13th May
Shopping in the morning + a new walk in the evening; to the top of Jarrett's field & back down then along the cycle path from Victoria Road.
Steps - 5,443 Distance - 3.0 miles
Tuesday 12th May
Finished Couch 25k today with the quickest run yet on the railway path, 32 min 14 sec. Could have been quicker but had to walk a few times. Started the stopwatch on the initial run section so 2 mins quicker on the first mile.
Poor diet at the moment, need to sort that out quickly before I start gaining weight again.
Steps - 12,062 Distance - 6.4 miles
Monday 11th May
After yesterday's trek, decided to just go down to Bitton Station and back this afternoon. Still busy on the cycle track though.
Steps - 6,258 Distance - 3.5 miles
Sunday 10th May
Despite it clouding over, managed to get a long walk done today with no rain. Up through Upton Cheyney to Lansdown Golf Club, Bath Racecourse, down through North Stoke & Swineford then back along the river to the Bird In Hand and home.
Steps - 23,251 Distance - 11.9 miles
Saturday 9th May
Shopping in the morning, then in the evening, walked down to Bitton Station on a walk I used to do so regularly.
Steps - 8,088 Distance - 4.0 miles
Friday 8th May
Bank Holiday for VE Day, no work, so completed Couch 25k Week 9 Run 2 quite early, ran on past Bird In Hand in the end, really enjoyable.
Up and down the ladder into the loft clocked up a couple of thousand steps in the afternoon too.
Steps - 15,841 Distance - 8.8 miles
Thursday 7th May
Evening walk around North Common/Cadbury Heath tonight, only just got over the steps as had a busy day.
Also, weighed in at the same weight as last week, the best I could hope for after a bad week food-wise.
Steps - 5,616 Distance - 2.9 miles
Wednesday 6th May
Made the mistake of leaving the Couch 25k run until 4pm. Tired, very warm outside & no fuel in the lega led to a 36 minute + time, surprised it wasn't worse. On the plus side, managed to run to Keynsham Station overflow car park, so a good range.
Steps - 12,389 Distance - 6.9 miles
Tuesday 5th May
Another evening walk to save target, this time around North Common and Cadbury Heath again.
Steps - 7,812 Distance - 4.2 miles
Monday 4th May
Not the best day for eating, especially in the evening with a Domino's but hey ho! Did the final run of Week 8 and clocked the usual 33 min time, not improving or getting worse, just staying steady.
Steps - 11,582 Distance - 6.6 miles
Sunday 3rd May
Set out on this morning's walk and bumped into Anthony Goodwin, great to meet him for a quick chat. He was on his way to Bath, told me to "keep going" so I ended up continuing for 10.5 miles,
Went via Mangotsfield station, Fishponds, Kingswood & Cadbury Heath. Lovely walk too.
Steps - 18,864 Distance - 10.5 miles
Saturday 2nd May
A really lovely walk this morning. Down to Bitton then around the church, back along Golden Valley to Wick & back home. Great scenery and gorgeous weather too.
Steps - 16,112 Distance - 8.7 miles
Friday 1st May - my birthday!
Late walk this afternoon to get the steps up. Did the Griffin / Warmley Tea Rooms & back one which is 5k exactly. In bed by 9.15pm though as felt a little ill.
Steps - 7,768 Distance - 4.2 miles
Thursday 30th April
Got Week 8 Run 2 out of the way this morning in a good time in the pouring rain. Weighed in a pound lighter which means I've achieved the five stone mark now, later than hoped but still done. Happy with that, might try to lose one more stone before the year is up.
Steps - 12,735 Distance - 7.2 miles
Wednesday 29th April
Walked a route around North Common & Cadbury Heath this morning in the drizzle, felt a bit short of energy too for the second Wednesday running which was strange.
Steps - 6,163 Distance - 3.3 miles
Tuesday 28th April
Started Couch 25k week 8 today with a 28-minute run. Took it steady and clocked the usual time, not bad as it was drizzling all the way round.
Steps - 11,236 Distance - 6.4 miles
Monday 27th April
Took until the evening to get over the target. Shopping in the morning, then did a circular route via Southway Drive and Cadbury Heath then West Street & home.
Steps - 7,631 Distance - 4.1 miles
Sunday 26th April
Up and out of the door by 8.30am for an 8-mile walk; Asda - Hicks Gate - Keynsham and home. Nice morning for it too.
Walked down the PO when I got back for a paper.
Steps - 14,911 Distance - 8.5 miles
Saturday 25th April
Finished Week 7 of Couch 25k with a new personal best. Decided to run on the road through Bitton & then along Golden Valley Lane as it was quieter than the railway path, and it wa an inspired move, clocking 31.28 for the 5k.
Steps - 12,026 Distance - 7.0 miles
Friday 24th April
Another quiet day with just a walk around to Westcourt Drive via Oldland PO + shopping.
Steps - 5,662 Distance - 3.0 miles
Thursday 23rd April
Much better day. Did Run of Week 7 and came within 2 seconds of a PB then weighed in and found I was three pounds lighter. Just a pound off 5 stone now and 10 months is up next Friday.
Steps - 11,230 Distance - 6.4 miles
Wednesday 22nd April
Not a great day today. Went out for a quick walk around the fields behind the house and really struggled energy wise. After 1.5 miles, gave up & came home, went straight to bed and slept for an hour. No energy at all.
Steps - 5,911 Distance - 2.8 miles
Tuesday 21st April
Started Week 7 of Couch 25k today with a 25 minute run. Struggled as no fuel in the tank, but just about finished before the 35 minute mark. Did a shop too at Sainsbury's so a good number today in the end.
Steps - 12,209 Distance - 6.38 miles
Monday 20th April
After two hard days in a row, opted for a shorter walk today, just to Coles Printers. Went via the main road rather than railway path as has been so busy lately.
Steps - 8,402 Distance - 4.5 miles
Sunday 19th April
Lovely weather back again so went for a gruelling 9 mile walk this afternoon. Redfield Hill, Upton Cheyney, up to Lansdown Golf Club, Bath Racecourse then back home via North Stoke, Swineford and Bitton.
Very hard work but some fantastic views.
Steps - 18,852 Distance - 10.2 miles
Saturday 18th April
Did a shorter, more intense walk this afternoon. Headed down to Bitton station then along to Swineford, up the footpath to Upton Cheyney, along towards Wick then up Beach Hill and home. Very hilly, climbed 29 floors!
Steps - 13,058 Distance - 7.0 miles
Friday 17th April
Weather turned today and it was drizzling by the time I gotout in the late afternoon. Completed Week 6 with a 25-minute run and managed to get the 5k done inside the session quite easily (33 min 45 sec).
Really quiet on the path too, very pleased with the run.
Steps - 11,998 Distance - 6.7 miles
Thursday 16th April
Weighed in this morning another pound lighter which I'll take. That's 4 stone 10 pounds off now in total.
Quicker and shorter walk today as long Couch 25k tomorrow. Just went to North Common and back through Cadbury Heath.
Steps - 6,555 Distance - 3.5 miles
Wednesday 15th April
Couch 25k again today with 2 x 10 min runs either side of the brisk walks. Planned to see how much of a Parkrun I could fit in to the 33 minute session, answer was, most of it. Going to give it a go on Friday when I have a 35 minute session.
Steps - 10,117 Distance - 5.8 miles
Tuesday 14th April
Wanted a quieter day after a while of Couch 25k's and long walks, so just strolled to Warmley Tea Rooms and back. Shopping in the morning helped bump the total up a little.
Steps - 8,191 Distance - 4.4 miles
Easter Monday 13th April
Week 6 of Couch 25k started today and the first run was a consolidation one, 2 x 5 min plus an 8 min run. Leggy today after two long walks in past three days but coped okay.
Steps - 12,176 Distance - 6.8 miles
Sunday 12th April
Off out early again and another big walk in the tank. Went north for a change, going along the cycle path to Warmley, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill & Fishponds then back through Kingswood, Hanham & Longwell Green.
Lovely weather too.
Steps - 20,670 Distance - 11.6 miles
Saturday 11th April
Finished Week 5 of Couch 25k this morning, a day late after I got the days mixed up! Completed a 20-minute run, just about managed it. Pleased with how it's gone overall though.
Steps - 12,226 Distance - 6.8 miles
Good Friday 10th April
Did the Toolstation Western League "plodcast" this morning, taking about 3 hours to complete Oldland - Bitton - Keynsham - Brislington - Longwell Green - Cadbury Heath route of around 11 miles.
Good stuff from Ian Nockolds on Twitter backing it, might give another one a go in the week with Cribbs, Hallen etc.
Steps - 18,461 Distance - 11.6 miles
Thursday 9th April
Managed to get a good number of steps today without going out (almost!). Johnny Webb rang for a chat so went round Oldland rec so not to disturb the boys and walked 3 miles!!
Steps - 8,069 Distance - 4.0 miles
Wednesday 8th April
Weather is still really good which isn't helping folk stick to the lockdown restrictions!
Today, completed Week 5, Day 2 of Couch 25k which was two eight minute runs either side of a 5 minute walk. As always, hard work but managed it.
Steps - 12,330 Distance - 6.8 miles
Tuesday 7th April
Almost the first day in a while with no "boots on" steps but had to post some letters late afternoon and walked down to PO again.
Steps - 6,028 Distance - 2.7 miles
Monday 6th April
Started Week 5 of Couch 25k this morning; three 5 minute runs included which were again hard but manageable. Also walked down to PO later on.
Steps - 11,429 Distance - 6.4 miles
Sunday 5th April
A much more restrained day today although got out early again. Walked along to the Griffin, down to the Tea Rooms and back home via the long way & Oldland PO.
Steps - 7,319 Distance - 4.0 miles
Saturday 4th April
Smashed the steps/distance record this morning. Got up, felt good, made sure I "social distanced" all the way around and clocked up 13.5 miles, nearly 25k steps.
Basic route was home - Bitton station - Keynsham - Brislington - St Annes - along the river to Chequers Inn - back through Longwell Green & Willsbridge to the station and home. All in lovely sunshine too!
Steps - 27,880 Distance - 15.1 miles
Friday 3rd April
Finished week 4 of Couch25k, a good week. Now running more than walking (16 minutes total) and feelng fairly good for it too.
Parkrun is unlikely to be reinstated in time for 9th May so will just re-run Week 9 each week till it returns.
Steps - 11,039 Distance - 6.0 miles
Thursday 2nd April
Walked to Warmley Tea Rooms & back at lunchtime, lovely weather again. In the evening, did a shorter walk to McColls to pick up some squash.
Weighed in and stayed the same this week. Not disappointed really as dailylife is up in the air right now, but at least it wasn't a gain.
Steps - 10,200 Distance - 5.3 miles
Wednesday 1st April
Day two of Couch25k's fourth week. Hard work again but nailed it and getting used to running the longer distances.
Steps - 10,842 Distance - 5.9 miles
Tuesday 31st March
Quiet day really and as a result, steps were down. Did the Warmley Golf/Willsbridge Mill walk but at times, a bit awkward to keep the 2 metre distance from others.
Steps - 8,466 Distance - 4.5 miles
Monday 30th March
Week 4 of Couch25k starts today, and it now involves 16 minutes of running. Was hard at times, and probably undid a lot of the hard work by having a pizza for tea. Struggling with the eating again this week, unlikely to be a loss.
Steps - 11,301 Distance - 6.1 miles
Sunday 29th March
Bird In Hand walk completed this morning, but finished off by going via McColls for some shopping. Quieter on the cycle path today, people staying away as the 2 metre rule is difficult to observe.
Steps - 15,321 Distance - 8.6 miles
Saturday 28th March
Just about the earliest walk I've done so far, out of the house by 7.10am and 5.6 miles in the bag by 9am. Went along towards Siston section of path and back via Warmley Bakehouse (yum yum!).
Steps - 11,890 Distance - 6.4 miles
Friday 27th March
Final day of Week 3 of Couch25k, much easier today although a lot of railway path traffic. Last day of normal DX deliveries too, so will have to exercise earlier or much later.
Steps - 11,491 Distance - 6.1 miles
Thursday 26th March
Created a new walk today; turned right, up Redfield Hill, around to Bitton, through the village & Willsbridge to Longwell Green, California Road, Warmley golf and home.
Weighed in at home as going to Boots would be irresponsible. Two pounds lost this week which I'm happy with.
Another sunny day, very quiet again though due to the lockdown.
Steps - 13,563 Distance - 7.3 miles
Wednesday 25th March
Day two of Week 3 of Couch 25k which was hard, I cannot lie. Struggled with the long runs but still managed it. Nice day weather wise, third or fourth sunny day in a row.
Steps - 12,841 Distance - 6.6 miles
Tuesday 24th March
Goverment have limited everyone to one form of exercise a day so obviously I'll continue walking. Did the walk to Warmley Tea Rooms but didn't feel great so returned back home.
Quiet day otherwise, lower number of steps as a result.
Steps - 9,003 Distance - 4.7 miles
Monday 23rd March
Excitement in the house today as week 3 of Couch25k starts. Stepping up to 2 x 3 minute runs within the session which was hard but a necessary evil.
Took a phone call while on the walk so stayed out for an extra half an hour which boosted the steps number nicely.
Steps - 15,763 Distance - 8.2 miles
Sunday 22nd March
Got out early and did the Willsbridge Mill walk finishing by 9.30am. Later in the day, picked up another 2k steps tidying the front garden.
Steps - 10,059 Distance - 5.3 miles
Saturday 21st March
No football today as the coronavirus kicks in to the football programme. Took the opportunity to go to Clevedon for a round of golf with Harry & Ryan; lovely sunny day but very windy indeed.
Steps - 11,726 Distance - 5.3 miles
Friday 20th March
Third day of Couch25k's second week completed without too much trouble although legs felt heavy after yesterday's binge.
Steps - 12,260 Distance - 5.9 miles
Thursday 19th March
Got a flyer at DX this morning so managed to get out on the walk to Bath by 8.50am, real result as it meant I could catch the 11.07am train back. Weighed in a pound heavier which I'm gutted about. It's the food that is costing me at the moment as my step numbers have never been better.
The rest of the day was poor eating-wise and just one to write off & to get back on to the straight & narrow tomorrow.
Steps - 20,082 Distance - 10.7 miles
Wednesday 18th March
Day 2/ Week 2 of Couch 2 5k this morning, which was completed without incident. Few shop visits today as panic buying continues so another good number.
Steps - 18,246 Distance - 9.2 miles
Tuesday 17th March
Both Harry & Ryan came back from Uni this afternoon so got the walk in early, heading over to Coles Printers to pick up the programmes. Didn't do DX in the evening but still a decent number.
Steps - 11,103 Distance - 5.7 miles
Monday 16th March
Kicked off the day that broke the record for the step total by beginning Week 2 of Couch 2 5k. This week, it's 6 x 90 sec running/2 mins walking but felt okay again after the session.
In the evening, walked 7.6 miles with Jim Brown and Lisa around Bedminster/ the centre/ harbourside area, topping the previous best from 7th July.
Steps - 25,350 Distance - 14.2 miles
Sunday 15th March
First walk of the day was down to the post office to pick up a paper. Then later in the morning, and in the rain, did the Bitton Station/Willsbridge Mill/Warmley golf route back to front.
Dried up in the afternoon though. Inched over the 10k in the end.
Steps - 10,002 Distance - 5.3 miles
Saturday 14th March
Struggled for steps today, first time in a while. Went to Hungerford v Bath but parked close to the ground, ended up having to walk down to Premier to get steps over the target.
Steps - 5,130 Distance - 2.4 miles
Friday 13th March
A real unlucky day as Corona virus takes hold now with all PL, EFL and WL games postponed due to the spread of the contagian.
Being out in the fresh air though is still good, so completed the first week of Couch25k with the third run/walk of the week.
Steps - 13,323 Distance - 7.1 miles
Thursday 12th March
Second training walk to Bath this morning along to Saltford then down to Bird In Hand and along railway path to the station. A couple of minutes slower than last week. Weighed in 2 pounds lighter which was a little disappointing but still a loss.
In the evening, went to "The Red Lion", a play starring Joe Sims, David Lloyd & Thomas McGee at the Old Vic. Parked in St Philips and walked, so ended up with a serious number of steps today.
Steps - 23,095 Distance - 12.9 miles
Wednesday 11th March
Second day of Couch25k this morning, again luckily in good weather. Found it a little harder but nothing I couldn't cope with. Nice to get moving a bit quicker too.
Steps - 12,777 Distance - 6.9 miles
Tuesday 10th March
Rest day today so back to usual way of accruing steps; DX morning and evening + shopping around Willowbrook Centre.
Steps - 5,569 Distance - 2.7 miles
Monday 9th March
Started the Couch To 5k this morning. Brisk walk down to Bitton station then switched the app on and followed Michael Johnson's instructions! Found it quite comfortable, won't always be like that.
Steps - 14,013 Distance - 7.4 miles
Sunday 8th March
Off out and completed the Bird In Hand walk before the boys woke up. Not great weather but another one in the bank.
Steps - 12,680 Distance - 7.9 miles
Saturday 7th March
A second quiet day today. Was working at Bristol City v Fulham today so parked by the Luckwell pub & walked; then off to Hengrove v Wells City for some more football & steps.
Also went to Bath Spa to pick up Ryan for a surprise visit, but still didn't make 7k steps!
Steps - 6,533 Distance - 3.5 miles
Friday 6th March
Steps well down today as only a short walk, still a creditable number but looks worse as a lot of five figure totals lately!!
Set up the "Couch25k" app this morning and also registered for Parkrun and set out a schedule. My friend Zoe is coming along on 9th May for my Parkrun debut so looking forward to that, just need to do the next 9 weeks now.
Today's walk was Bitton station & back, a quicker walk (33 mins)
Steps - 6,880 Distance - 3.6 miles
Thursday 5th March
Weigh-in day and after 35 weeks, the first week where I've stayed the same. Smashed the record for the number of steps, so it's clear that the issue is with the eating.
Going to plan a few things out later today but for now, walked to Coles Printers to pick up some programmes (in the rain!)
Steps - 11,035 Distance - 6.1 miles
Wednesday 4th March
A steadier today although still a good number of steps. Walked across to Cadbury Heath for their pitch inspection at lunchtime; also added in shopping and picking Harry up from Bath Spa station.
Steps - 11,282 Distance - 5.7 miles
Tuesday 3rd March
One of the most satisfying days of the challenge so far.
Decided the day before to walk to Bath and the weather was kind, quite warm at times. Took just under 2.5 hours to walk from the Lock Keeper to the Rec, Bath RFC's home, a distance of 8.4 miles. Train times didn't align so then did another mile or so walking around the city.
Steps - 22,143 Distance - 10.4 miles
Monday 2nd March
Did the Siston Common walk + loop today and it stayed dry for the whole walk, a bonus. Have booked a one way train ticket for tomorrow so looks like the walk to Bath will happen, just hoping the weather holds!
Steps - 12,823 Distance - 7.4 miles
Sunday 1st March
Went on a training walk with Jimmy Brown + Wayne, Julie and Amanda. Left KFC in Winterstoke Rd & headed along river, up Bridge Valley, across Suspension Bridge and back through Ashton Court.
Weather was awful at 10.55am, fine by 11am! Lovely walk.
Steps - 12,677 Distance - 5.7 miles
Saturday 29th February
Very little football on today because of Storm Jorge so went to Lebeq v Bristol Telephones. Parked in flats in Woodlands Lane and walked up to the ground, adding a decent number of steps.
Steps - 6,766 Distance - 3.5 miles
Friday 28th February
Walked around to Westcourt Drive this morning and that was it for mileage today. Not going to be much more tomorrow, looking at the weather forecast but hoping to do a ten miler on Sunday with Jimmy Brown & pals.
Steps - 6,479 Distance - 3.4 miles
Thursday 27th February
Early finish at DX allowed me to head out for the Bird In Hand walk and back home by 11am. Weighed in two pounds lighter, so back where I was two weeks ago.
Pleased with that really. 30 losses in 34 weeks are good figures, hopefully it can continue.
Steps - 16,402 Distance - 9.4 miles
Wednesday 26th February
No boots on miles today but still managed a decent amount of steps, mainly in & out of shops.
Steps - 8,213 Distance - 3.9 miles
Tuesday 25th February
Another walk in the rain today, over to Siston again but with a loop back over the ring road. Also went to Weston v Taunton at Keynsham in the evening which generated a few more steps. Eating slightly better.
Steps - 12,868 Distance - 7.3 miles
Monday 24th February
Really heavy rain all morning but managed to squeeze in a 4 mile walk out to Siston & back in between the showers.
Steps - 11,798 Distance - 6.4 miles
Sunday 23rd February
Out on the cycle path shortly after 8.30am in blowy conditions. Walked to the Bird then on the way back, diverted via Willsbridge Mill & Warmley Golf course making a decent walk for 2+ hours.
Steps - 15,545 Distance - 8.7 miles
Saturday 22nd February
Bristol City were home today, so parked away from the ground in Gores Marsh Rd, as train times didn't really fit.
Steps - 6,464 Distance - 3.3 miles
Friday 21st February
A quieter day today with no boots on mileage. Walked down to the post office, and around Tesco's at tea time but that was really it.
Steps - 8,271 Distance - 3.9 miles
Thursday 20th February
Has been a bad week eating-wise so off out really early to try to lose a cheeky pound or two before the weigh-in. Was back from the Saltford stroll by 11am, then weighed in, unfortunately two pounds higher.
The rest of the day was good steps-wise but dreadful, eating-wise so I'm already a couple of pounds up this week, I guess.
Steps - 16,599 Distance - 9.7 miles
Wednesday 19th February
Cadbury Heath had a pitch inspection at lunchtime so walked across to the ground & back to see if the game was on. Otherwise, not much else.
Steps - 8,956 Distance - 4.8 miles
Tuesday 18th February
Two weeks without going to Saltford so decided to rectify that. Fields were incredibly flooded around the river (obviously!) and quite blowy again.
Steps - 14,950 Distance - 8.8 miles
Monday 17th February
A good day today as for quite a bit of it, the sun was out! Walked to the Siston part of the cycle path which is a two mile stroll each way and a decent little walk. Has to be the aim to beat one hour for the distance, maybe.
Steps - 11,482 Distance - 6.4 miles
Sunday 16th February
Storm Dennis is still here and the only steps I managed was to walk back and to Cadbury Heath when dropping the boys off. Very blowy, very wet.
Steps - 6,047 Distance - 3.4 miles
Saturday 15th February
Another quiet day. Covered Reading v Man City under-18's at Bearwood but in the end, had to walk around the block in Oldland to creep over the 5k target, only just!
Steps - 5,010 Distance - 2.5 miles
Friday 14th February
Much quieter day with no boots on mileage & a big reduction in step totals as a result.
Steps - 5,065 Distance - 2.5 miles
Thursday 13th February
Went for a stroll on the Willsbridge Mill route today. Very wet and muddy through the woods obviously, but that's still an enjoyable walk. Weighed in two pounds lighter again which is pleasing.
Picked Ryan up from the station later, so had a five figure total again.
Steps - 12,432 Distance - 6.5 miles
Wednesday 12th February
Bristol City v Derby tonight so went by train again to save myself money, hassle & stress. Very brisk walk back to the station afterwards!
Went thorough the 2 million step total today as well.
Steps - 9,621 Distance - 4.6 miles
Tuesday 11th February
A quieter day today with shopping in the morning and Hengrove v Cheddar in the evening for my steps total.
Steps - 8,640 Distance - 4.0 miles
Monday 10th February
Wow, the weather on today's walk was as bad as it's ever been. Walked 2 miles along the cycle path towards Emersons Green & on the way back, sheet rain and hail forced me to swerve into the Warmley Waiting Room for a bowl of soup!!
Steps - 11,632 Distance - 6.5 miles
Sunday 9th February
Bristol City Women's game was postponed early due to Storm Ciara so got my walk out of the way before the storm got worse. Just went around North Common, enough to get to 5k steps.
Housework this afternoon with phone in pocket, topped the total up nicely.
Steps - 8,050 Distance - 4.0 miles
Saturday 8th February
Started the day by walking to Cadbury Heath FC & back with their programmes. Then off to Bishop Sutton v Hengrove afterwards, so another strong number of steps today.
Steps - 9,188 Distance - 4.7 miles
Friday 7th February
Was at Bristol City v Birmingham last night & decided to go by train, so had a decent amount of steps, albeit not the 10k+ of the last five days.
Worth the experiment, a good 2k steps either way from the station.
Steps - 9,224 Distance - 4.7 miles
Thursday 6th February
The fifth day in a row that I've gone over 10k steps and hadn't intended to. Initially, went to do the dinnertime dash but ended up continuing to Willsbridge Mill and completing that walk. A lovely day for the walk too, really enjoyed it.
Steps - 10,723 Distance - 5.7 miles
Wednesday 5th February
Back from DX early so straight out on a new walk, 7.25 miles long. Started on the cycle path & walked pretty much to Pomphrey Hill then back along the dramway alongside the ring road & home.
Weighed in at lunch time... two pounds lighter. Decent result, loads of steps but the eating has been quite up & down.
Steps - 17,881 Distance - 9.7 miles
Tuesday 4th February
Ached a bit after yesterday's evening walk but managed the Saltford stroll again, the third time in a week. Lovely day for it, and the third successive day of great numbers.
Steps - 15,048 Distance - 8.6 miles
Monday 3rd February
Worked at Swansea u23 v Newcastle u23 this afternoon then went out with Jim Brown and Hayley for my first walk with them training for Mikey's Walk in August. Great to have a different route & walking with someone for a change!
Steps - 16,474 Distance - 9.1 miles
Sunday 2nd February
Had four hours spare this afternoon so squeezed in a Saltford stroll to the Bird In Hand. Really good weather; not too cold/hot/windy, just right.
Steps - 15,239 Distance - 8.1 miles
Saturday 1st February
A quiet and unspectacular start to the month. Did Reading under-18's which didn't generate many steps so had to walk around Banjo Island before picking the boys up, just to get over the line.
Steps - 5,046 Distance - 2.6 miles
Friday 31st January
Same as yesterday really, not much to report. A few more steps as went on food shop this morning...
Steps - 7,599 Distance - 3.8 miles
Thursday 30th January
Just DX and shopping steps today after a busy ten days or so.
Steps - 5,564 Distance - 2.8 miles