Last night has made me realise two things:
1 – Reading magazines can be dangerous
2 – I give in to peer pressure too easily!
On a serious note, I have gone and done something that I never thought would be possible. I have signed myself up to a 100km night bike ride in London in aid of women’s cancer. Considering that in February 2012 I was 43st 5.5lbs and couldn’t stand up for more than a few seconds at a time…well, this is a pretty big deal for me.
Before I get started on the detail, I guess I had best ask for some of your money! If anything I have written, either in my blog, or on my Facebook page, or on Twitter, has made you smile or inspired you then please see if you can stick your hand in your pocket. You can make a donation here or you can text WLBS81 £5 to 70070 to sponsor me…in fact, I think you can text that code – WLBS81 – followed by either £1, £2, £5, or £10!
So I went to bed early last night with Psychologies magazine. There was some interesting stuff in there…and then an advert happened to catch my eye. It was an advert for the Women v Cancer Night Ride. The challenge was to cycle 100km around London at night. The route takes you past many famous landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace – here is the route from last year…
Who I am I kidding?! What do I know about what makes a fab ride? I haven’t been on a bike properly since I was 12…and riding up and down the pavement in front of your house on a blue and yellow BMX can hardly be described as ‘properly’ can it?!
So I got brave and decided to have a think about taking part. Did you notice that I said ‘think’ about taking part? I happened to put a little message on Facebook saying, ‘Contemplating a 100km bike ride for charity in May 2015…haven’t even bought the bike yet, and haven’t ridden properly since I was 12…why am I considering it?! :-)’ And 62 people responded with encouragement.
I gave in to peer pressure and registered…and before I knew it, I had a JustGiving page all set up! So if those 62 kind souls can now stick their money where their mouth is…haha!
I guess I had best go and buy a bike now! I was always so concerned that it would look like my bum was trying to eat any bike I ride…but I don’t give a damn what I look…I will be out there doing something good for others and for myself.
Seriously though, as I wrote on the JustGiving page, you probably know by now that there is one ‘C-word’ that I love…but there is one ‘C-word’ that I am not fond of…cancer.
I think we will all have been touched by cancer in some way – whether personally, or whether our friends, relatives, colleagues, or other loved ones have been dealt a shitty hand.
Personally, I have been affected – and so have loved ones. I have fought many battles…having reached that 43st 5.5lbs mark and shifting 21st of that so far. I would like to think, that despite not having ridden a bike since I was 12 (and I am now 33!), this ride will be one battle that I will definitely conquer!
So please – if my journey has touched you in any way – stick your hand in your pocket and see what you can spare. Part of my journey has been about restoring my faith in human nature…contribute to that if you can!
That’s my plea almost over.
I reckon it’s going to be a big challenge for me. When I tried my sisters bike out the other week, I ended up in the hedge. I then managed a rather shaky 50m – metres…not miles! – and then the lady at the bike shop the other day helped steer me away from parked cars. So I have some work to do…a lot of work. But I don’t mind hard work.
It’s for charity…I am bloody well going to make sure that I do this…even if I have to crawl over the finish line. Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action deserve my support…
I am likely to keep asking for a bit of money. Think of this as your opportunity to avoid a takeaway. Instead of buying a greasy takeaway, containing meat of dubious origin, how about avoiding the crap, donating to my ride, and getting the double feel-good factor of charitable giving and avoiding the shite?!
I have a list of people to thank so far – and that list keeps growing, so apologies if your name isn’t here – message me on Twitter or Facebook and I will thank you personally!
Thank you to Dawn, Clare, Caroline, Jellynose, Tracey, Sue, Anne-Marie, Jane, Katie, Karen, Debbie, Nicole, Sarah, Jacquie, Marie, Debra, Irene, Tamara, and Lyndsay. And thank you to the text donators too…I am not sure yet who you are – but thank you!
I have been seriously overwhelmed so far by the response…thank you again on behalf of the charities. It gives me a warm fuzzy glow to know that you are behind me…although don’t literally get behind me as the view might not be so good just yet. Ooooh…that’s a thought – I wonder how much more weight I will be able to shift between now and then?
And if you fancy signing up for the event yourself – then take a look here!
Right then. Today has been good. A bit quieter than usual which is nice. We headed out early to see the horses and grab some food, as I have been at the hospital this afternoon. I did some housework this morning – and made sure that Mr WLB was okay after his bike ride of 50 miles yesterday…I have been feeding him up! I also caught up with my sister…who wants to do this ride with me, but is umm’ing and ahh’ing at the moment about it. This evening I have some coaching clients to catch up with, which I bloody love – hearing about their progress is inspiring. Tomorrow is weigh-in day…I have no idea what that might bring…we shall see!
Today’s food looked like this…
Breakfast: Rye toast (2 x HEB), cheese (2 x HEA), watercress, and eggs.
Lunch: 0% Total Greek yogurt, blueberries, grapes, kiwi fruit, and pineapple.
Dinner: Steak and kidney stew – with mushrooms, red onion, green pepper, carrots, and tenderstem broccoli (2 syns for gravy stock).
Snacks: Nakd bars (13 syns).
Exercise: Nothing today…a rest day!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx