Just wanted to quickly update on the fitness progress. Â The Paleo diet has been going well, I’ve hacked it around a bit to see what effects can be had and for me at least, sticking to the core principles is whats needed. Â The lack of wheat in the diet has made a huge difference to my eczema. Â I deliberately ate some last week, and the normal itching effects were greatly reduced but still there, so I know to continue to avoid it, but that if taken sparingly when diet choices are limited I can get away with it.
Here is a chart of my weight since starting just over 90 days ago. Â 12 stone or 76kgs is my ideal target weight, and this has been fairly easy to achieve or maintain. Â The blip recently seems to be down to taking more meals than desired with wheat and/or potatoes, but there does appear to be a cyclical trend to jump up by a few pounds every week or so, then lose it again, which I would think is water retention. Â What causes it I’ve not tracked down yet.
Next month is the great cycle adventure, and that should help hugely with both fitness and weightloss. Â I’m going to have a challenge eating enough calories and sticking to the Paleo. Â I’m really keen to avoid carb loading – I’ll have to play that on a day-to-day basis to see how I feel. Â The main thing is to remember to eat plenty whilst riding – not waiting for the scheduled meal stop. Â I rode last weekend and did 50 miles on Exmoor and there were several times when the leg muscles were obviously crying out for more fuel. Â I never felt fatigued, so I think there was fuel coming from elsewhere, but when I stopped and munched on some dried fruit, the muscle problems would go away quite quickly. Â Just need to remember little and often.
Here is a graph of my gym activities. Â This is total weight lifted per session, all exercises. Â I do about 20 minutes of hill climb on the bike as well as a warm up. Â My first session last year totalled about 4000 kgs, so quite a big difference. Â The blip in April was due to a muscle strain (incurred gardening), I had to restrict upper body exercises for a week or two. Â I’m amazed at the progress since however, as I’ve been concentrating on upper body and skipping quite a few exercises, but the total weight keeps leaping upwards. Â Time in the gym is often the limiting factor! Â One thing I can now do is pull-ups, which only a couple of months ago I couldn’t manage one, now I can do 3 sets of 10 reps! Â Push-ups (a previous mini-challenge) are still being rather stubborn though. Â I’m working on them every visit, and the volume is building but the stamina for continuous reps is still not a good as I’d hoped. Â They will be my main upper body workout whilst cycling though, so maybe June will see some progress!