Health and Fitness

New Year, New Resolutions


Well, it’s New Year resolution time again… so here’s mine for 2009…

Lose Weight – yes, that old chestnut again – I made some progress on this in 2008 – being some 20lbs lighter now than I was this time last year, but that’s nowhere near good enough. I need to lose a lot more this year, which is going to take a lot of willpower, a lot of support from my friends, and generally a push to “be good” and make healthy eating choices, and get more exercise.

Swimming on workday lunchtimes has fallen by the wayside, but I’m still walking to and from work (about 3.5 miles total per day) and when the weather improves and it’s not icy, I’ll be back on the bike. I need to do more though.

The biggest decision is whether I try a “structured” diet again – something like WeightWatchers, or do I just carry on doing my “trying to eat less and exercise more” approach, which was somewhat sucessful (but not sucessful enough)

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Do not adjust your set. It’s supposed to look like that

As you may have noticed (If I remembered to log on this morning and change it anyway) the site has taken on a very pink hue.

This is because, as I did last year, I’m joining in with the annual “pink for October” breast-cancer awareness campaign.  For those of you who read on the RSS feed, feel free to don a pair of sunglasses and click through to the main site!

One of the advantages of using a simple and non-graphical wordpress theme is that changing the CSS and header images is only a few minutes work really – but it doesn’t half make a point!

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I remember why I hate cycling…

To the motorists of Cardiff (and elsewhere).  Please remember these points…

  • Cyclists cannot stop instantly.
  • WE ARE NOT TELEPATHIC – use your indicators!

When you’ve done something stupid (like a 180 at a mini-roundabout, outside a school, without signalling), and a cyclist has had to take evasive action to avoid a crash, don’t look at the cyclist with an expression that seems to say “what are you doing?”

Remember, you’re nice and safe in a steel shell.  Cyclists aren’t.  If we collide, the chances are that you’ll barely feel it, and I’ll be dead.

As the UK authorities like to say to drivers “THINK!”

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Petrol, Cycling and Rollercoasters.

The BBC are reporting that the approx. 20% increase in the price of petrol in the last year or so is driving people off the roads.  This doesn’t surprise me at all – however in many cases I suspect this means that people are also travelling less, rather than switching to (in many cases, non existant) alternatives like buses and trains.

Despite the ever rising costs of motoring (partly thanks to the Labour government’s obvious policy of “fleecing drivers for every penny they’ve got”) the alternatives are still more expensive – the fuel cost increases also of course affecting buses, taxis etc.  Until public transport returns to state ownership and can be subsidised by the taxation raised from motorists, it will not be able to compete with the car – for no matter how much fuel increases in price, those increases will also apply to the public transport operators, who in turn will raise fares in order to remain profitable.

I’m unfortunately stuck with using the car for work as the showers in the building where I work are not working at the moment, leaving me with 2 options.  Drive in, or cycle in and not be able to freshen up when I arrive.  Urgh. (and walking in leaves me feeling equally unpleasant)

I certainly think twice about getting in the car these days, I’ve not visited any UK themeparks this year – the cost of driving to Alton Towers or Thorpe Park is a substantial part of the cost of the day out (plus travelling somewhere like that on my own just makes it prohibitively expensive – even if I’m meeting someone when I get there).  It’s also clear from the availability of offer tickets for the parks that I’m not the only one – the parks aren’t usually giving tickets away in supermarkets this early in the season, it’s obvious that guest numbers must be down substantially.

To anyone reading this in America – $4 a gallon is not expensive.  We’re paying £1.15/litre here in the UK, which converts to around $8.50 per US gallon for regular unleaded gas, and with the premium on Diesel, that’s closer to $8.75.