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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/03 18:53:38 (permalink)
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Soooooo....... all change.

I really didn’t fancy running in the rain, fear I’m getting a cold so didn’t want to risk that either.

So I went to the gym. Did my Pull session. Yes, both weights sessions on the same day but it saves me going tomorrow. Then I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. Quite proud of myself for doing that. I was planning to run 4-5 miles tonight so couldn’t settle for 3.

Then a sun bed and steam room and feel good.

I was tempted with still going to the gym tomorrow for a swim but I can’t see the point. I’ll benefit more from the extra sleep, less stress and not having to juggle stuff between my gym bag and suitcase. And I can afford to slack on the swimming a bit, as long as I get back on it over the winter.

So I think that’s me until the weekend unless I get a run in whilst I’m away. Everything crammed into one day! And I ran yesterday which counts as last week but it’s still a run yesterday.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/05 11:49:21 (permalink)
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Very quick note to say, my suitcase didn't follow me on my tight connection between flights!  So I'm in France with no clothes!  Needless to say, I have't run and doubt I will do now.  This morning and tonight was my main chance to run.  Social activities are planned for the other 2 nights so even when I get my case (and running stuff), I won't be able to go.
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Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/09 16:38:20 (permalink)
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Not updated for a while. So I didn’t do any exercise in France. I didn’t have my bag until the second full day then there was too much drinking going on!

I did manage to get out yesterday and run a decent 3 miles which at least keeps the running ticking over.

We also went out and cycled 42 miles today. We planned 50 miles but changed the route and it was incredibly hilly so 42 will do. I won’t ride again now until 2 weeks when I do the 100 mile ride.

So next week. Again, travelling so tricky. Last week I was home alone on the Monday so got some exercise in. This week I’m busy so not sure. I’d like to fit a weights session in and a swim but I can’t see it happening.

I will take my trainers to France but doubt I will use them.

Then I’ll hope for a run over the weekend, and my American trip is on my agenda so I should have time to run and use the hotel gym for a weights session.


Despite not eating a lot in France, I gained weight and feel awful from the drinking and not sleep great. I didn’t help myself by drinking Friday and Saturday night.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/10 19:43:36 (permalink)
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Just a note to say there is no way I could fit the gym or any kind of exercise in tonight, or tomorrow AM. Plus to be honest, I feel pretty run down, which is not great with 2 more weeks of travelling due, so resting is better right now.

Happy I got the ride in yesterday, happy I ran on Saturday and felt ok. A week off the weights is ok. This will mean I don’t swim for something like 4 weeks, but that can’t be helped.

Running trainers are packed for this week, only just as it’s a hand luggage flight and they only just fit (I left them to last to see). I highly doubt I’ll use them but I’d hate to have time to run and not have the trainers. Mornings will be out, but there’s a slim chance I have time on Wednesday PM after work, before drinking, but we’ll see.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/14 20:32:33 (permalink)
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Home from the France trip.

I did manage to get a 3 mile run in on Wednesday night which was good. I also managed to eat and drink loads!

A run this weekend is all I can expect now.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/15 07:53:52 (permalink)
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Weight is up a whopping 6lbs from the 2 trips (I didn’t really weigh myself last weekend). I can feel it too.

No plans, stay as sensible as I can this weekend but I will still enjoy myself. And enjoy America.

The difference with America is, I’m on my own and I really want to have a healthier weekend. Not drink as much, eat well but not daft, sleep and exercise.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/18 12:03:53 (permalink)
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Didn’t manage a weekend run as I was busy and kids come first.

Out in America this week. Decent flight yesterday. Got in late and went straight to bed so didn’t eat much yesterday.

Up early today but it was still dark outside so I decided to do weights. Managed a 25 minute full body workout which is a great start to this short trip.

I do need to run though.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/19 12:44:24 (permalink)
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Managed a steady 3 mile run last night.

Didn’t get up for anything this morning and had about 10 hours sleep. I think after the previous 2 weeks of travel and late nights by body was crying out for some rest, so the time difference is actually giving me more sleep as I’ve been out for 9pm both nights.

Not sure I’ll get anything else in this week. There may be something social happening tonight that could cut my time down and I check out tomorrow AM so not sure I’ll get up early, but we’ll see. Happy I got a weights and run in.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/23 15:59:54 (permalink)
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Soooooo an update....... or not much of an update as the case maybe.

3 weeks of travelling with work. This has left me shattered, full of cold with an awful cough (making me even more tired as I’m awake at night), over weight and lost fitness. Not great!

What I did achieve....... weights before I left for the first trip then a single weights session in the hotel gym 2 weeks later. A couple of runs while I was away. I did have the big bike ride of 41 miles between the 2 french trips. But that’s about it. The main thing for me is, I have run at least once a week during the travel.

The main update from me this weekend is, the 100 mile bike ride we were supposed to be doing this weekend got cancelled due to the weather. The GF is gutted but I’m secretly pleased. I wasn’t ready for it, I’ve come back ill from the travel, if it did go ahead it would have been a wet 100 miles. We rode 87 miles to the seaside as a test and I’m happy I did that.

So now what....... well I’ve been home since Friday AM and in theory missed 3 days of potential exercise. But like I say, I feel like crap so it’s more important for me to rest.

I have the day off work tomorrow as it should have been rest after the ride. But I will still take the day off. I want to get to the gym tomorrow just to move a bit. Do some weighs and sit in the steam room for a bit. Not sure if I’ll go earlier or later.

I haven’t swam for what must be close to a month but I’m ok with that and will wait another week until this cough has gone. If I can just run a couple of times and get a couple of weights sessions in I’ll be happy this week. And of course return to a normal diet and get some weight off.

I have a crazy few weeks ahead of me. No travel, but a bit of a work back log from being away and other projects that need working on. I have also bought a house and should get the keys on Friday. It doesn’t need any work but I will be busy moving stuff in and putting up furniture and stuff.

I have a plan based on a book I’ve read recently to start getting up early and meditating and stuff. This will be even more important with the chaos that is coming up in my life but I’ll wait until next week to start that as I know I will be shattered this week.

So that’s it really. Normally I’d be diving back into exercise after a bad few weeks but as I’m not well I know I need to take it steady. Priority will now move away from the tri stuff and biking (although I want to keep it up), and onto running ready for London Marathon next year.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/24 19:09:09 (permalink)
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So trying to get back to normal.

Day off today but my diet was decent. I managed the gym later for a Push session and then some steam room time to try and shift this cough/cold (not sure if it helps or not but I fancied the steam room anyway).

I really need to run and hope to get out tomorrow night.

The rest of the week is hard work as I have the kids for some extra days. I’m hoping to get to the gym again for a Pull session one morning and then run at the weekend but that’s about as much as I’ll potentially fit in this week.

Hoping next week is a bit more back to normal.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/25 19:49:28 (permalink)
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So off I went for a run tonight. First one in a week. I thought I’d be ok but the cough got worse and worse as I run to the point where I was almost sick. I had to stop at about 0.7 miles and walk back. Gutted as I really need to be running.

I suppose I’ll just have to wait a few days and see if it gets better.

Even more annoying that I could have fit a run or 2 more in this week as I’m now not having the kids the extra days (I was helping my ex out but it’s not needed now), so I have more time but doubt I’ll be able to run.

It does mean I’ll get that second weights session in and maybe try running later in the week but we’ll see.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/28 12:34:02 (permalink)
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Quick update from me.
 
The cough got worse and I ended up at the docs on Wednesday night and got some antibiotics.  I'm feeling a bit better and this weekend will help me catch some sleep up.
 
I haven't exercised since the run attempt on Tuesday but will nip to the gym tonight for the Pull session.  I then hope to feel well enough to run over the weekend and start afresh next week.  I feel like I could run now but the way it made me cough on Tuesday it's not worth it.
 
I'm also feeling slightly healthier for getting back to a normal life after travelling and not drinking!  I was always going to try and have this weekend off alcohol anyway but now I'm on antibiotics it's made my mind up.  A 2 week break will do me good.  
 
The only problem (which is a nice problem to have), is that my house purchase has gone through today.  I'm not in a rush to move in and there's not much to do as it's fairly new, but I will need to spend a few evenings taking bits through and building beds and flat pack stuff with an aim to be in myself next weekend and the kids sleeping there in 2 weeks.  I will try to get some runs and stuff in but the house is a priority.  In many ways it plays into the fact I've not been well and had a rest so I can build back into it slowly.  2 runs and 2 gym sessions (hopefully with a swim) would be nice.  I'd then aim to get back out on the bike next weekend for a short ride to at least keep in the habit.  
 
After a book I read and another book I am now reading, I had decided after my travels to start getting up early everyday and do some meditation and leave the door open for exercise where needed.  I was going start next week after I'd recovered from travelling.  Because I've been so ill and tired and I'll be a bit in flux with the house I will delay that by at least 1 week and hopefully start the week after.  I need some new routines on a morning to make the most of my day.
 
And going forward when I'm healthy and the house is sorted, running must go up.  3 - 4 runs a week and quickly get up to half marathon distance.  Weights as is.  A swim a couple of times a week (ideally with weights) and biking whenever I get it in as it shouldn't be a priority.
 
Also, I really need to shed a bit of weight and don't want to restrict food too much, so I'm hoping the increased running helps but I'll also be sticking a bit of cardio in after gym sessions were possible.  Even 20 minutes here and there.  Wattbike to keep the legs turning or even treadmill runs after sort of enjoying one a few weeks ago.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/28 19:04:56 (permalink)
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Didn’t get to the gym as I had a call saying the kids were getting dropped off early. Frustrating but maybe the rest will help. Start again next week.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/29 07:30:32 (permalink)
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I only dropped 2lbs of the travelling weight this week. Diet has been ok but barely any exercise won’t have helped.

I’m still 4lb up on where I was before the trip and feeling fat!
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/09/30 16:21:52 (permalink)
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Update and notes to self......

This cough, despite almost being through my course of antibiotics, is still here. I know for a fact, after kicking the ball about with the kids today, that I cannot run with it. I don’t feel ill but it’s annoying and keeping me awake at night so I’m shattered.

So running is definitely going to have a wait a bit.

Next issue...... my house needs more decorating than I thought. I’m paying for some to be done but I’m tackling the easy rooms (square bedrooms) myself. So basically, every night next week will be spent painting after work and once that is done I’ll be building furniture and this will go into the weekend. Another reason why I will not find time to exercise.

To make all of this worse, I am crazy busy at work. So here’s where the talk to myself comes in. I need to get really good now........ I need to be super productive at work (and despite doing well in my career I’m not the best at focusing), so that I leave work with all my tasks either done or planned. I will have no time for evening working. I need to leave work and crack on with the house.

The good thing is, it’s just paint and some flat pack so this isn’t going to take over months of my life. Just a week or so of inconvenience. I’m tired so it’s going to be tough to both focus at work and do something physical at night, but it has to be done.

The final nail in the coffin to really finish me off is, I’m over weight from the travelling and need to eat better. This would be much easier if I was in a normal routine and well so could exercise. I need to just be careful what I eat and maybe even use the busyness to not eat as much.

So to summarise...... a busy couple of weeks ahead where I cannot get much exercise in. I need to nail this when I’m well and sorted in the house. Diet must be controlled in the mean time. I need to stay focused at work despite being tired and nail my job leaving me free to decorate at night and not be fretting about work.

This isn’t going to be an easy few weeks but for my house and my career I need to be on track
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/02 10:56:31 (permalink)
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Quick update - feeling much better and I reckon last night for the first night in almost 2 weeks where I wasn't awake multiple times in the night coughing.  It seems to have gone away in almost a day!
 
This is great news but still leaves me unable to exercise at all due to time needed in the new house.  I went there straight from work and was decorating until 10pm.  I will be doing the same tonight, tomorrow and potentially Thursday.  I will then have flat pack to build but with a spare weekend the pressure will be off.  I'd like to think I could get a bit of exercise in on Friday and over the weekend.  Running will be priority.  I will still have plenty to do next week too but hopefully I can fit bits of exercise in but with me wanting the kids to sleep there a week on Friday, I will still have to sacrifice everyday exercise over time spent sorting the house out.
 
After that......... I should get back to some normality.
 
I didn't eat a lot yesterday due to the decorating and the GF kindly leaving me a sandwich in the fridge.  I will no doubt end up the same tonight although I have ordered a bigger lunch to help me.  I lost a bit of weight due to this and I am now only 2lb over the pre-travel weight.  Be nice to use this busy period to drop a bit more before the exercise ramps up and hopefully takes care of it.
 
The morning routine, early start and meditation might have to wait yet another week until I am fully settled.  But this house has to be a priority.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/03 11:59:04 (permalink)
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I'm not sure why I feel the need to keep updating this when I'm doing zero training!  Just habit and gets stuff off my mind I suppose.
 
Feeling much better and apart from a bit of a cough 20 minutes before my alarm went off (annoying), I've slept well the last 2 nights.  My painting fell behind schedule because I had to take a wardrobe to bits last night.  That means I will definitely be painting tonight and tomorrow night and maybe even Friday.  
 
I won't even attempt exercise before the weekend, I just can't justify the time.  What would be nice is if I could get a run and a weights session in over the weekend.  Then try and get a little bit back to normal next week with a couple of runs and couple of weights.
 
I didn't eat at all last night.  Not good I know but when I'm at the house working I'm just not bothered and before I know it, it's 10pm and I want my bed!  I did have a decent sized lunch yesterday and today at work so I'm sort of making up for it.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/05 07:28:38 (permalink)
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Health better, house progressing, some decent weight loss but after eating a bit much yesterday seeing increases.
 
Hoping to run and potentially gym over the weekend and slot some training in next week.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/06 16:55:05 (permalink)
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Managed my first run in well over 2 weeks. Just 2.5 miles. Annoyingly it made me cough again but it was ok
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2018/10/08 09:54:50 (permalink)
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Ok so new week new start.  I didn't get as much exercise in at the weekend as I thought I would.  I'm glad I got the run in.  I ended up drinking with the GF and her friends on Saturday night and despite not drinking that much I felt shocking yesterday.  So my ideas of gym or even a bike ride while the GF was busy with her friends went out of the window.

Anyway, onto this week.  I am determined to exercise tonight despite the fact I have a few house bits to do still.  I really want to get to the gym but I think the sensible option is to run because I need that the most.  I will be at the house most nights building bits of furniture before the kids come at the weekend but it shouldn't stop me getting a few bits of exercise done.
 
So if I run tonight, I should be sleeping in my new house for the first time on Tuesday night so could gym Weds AM.  Then maybe a second session Friday AM.  If I can run tonight and maybe Wednesday or Thurs I'd be happy. 
 
From now on, I won't be able to get any exercise in every other weekend when I have the kids.  I have previously managed a run on the Friday and sometimes another over the weekend, but as my parents won't be around I won't be able to do this.  Which is fine, but just noting it's out of my plan now.
 
Just to note from a triathlon point of view, I haven't swam for well over a month now.  And I haven't been on the bike for a month as well.  Swimming should be ok to get in with the gym sessions once I'm fully in the house.  Biking is more tricky but I hope to get out in 2 weeks but if not it's not the end of the world.
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