This will be my 3rd week down at the gym and I am still building up my fitness. Once I do then I shall start putting some effort into it instead of just Grunting and sweating. Even if I wanted to- I doubt that I could put in as much effort as I should on the machines without pulling something. Actual rides are few and far between right now but if the weather is fine I will get out for a "Recovery" 20 miler as Cycling is still the best bit of training. Both For the physical aspect and for enjoyment.
But I am trying to get to the gym every other day right now. 1 hour Cardio or 1 hour spinning. The recovery days in between are spent trying to do the few jobs around the house and garden or in the bike shed so it is not a full out training programme.
Besides the Fitness side- I am also trying to lose a few lbs in the process. I would like to get down to my target weight of 140lbs but that might be difficult. 145 is realistic though but I have to accept that below that would take more work than I would like to do. End of last year and I was knocking on 155lbs too frequently for comfort. Trousers were no longer loose and I could feel that weight wobbling about on the bike. Got down to 150 by the time I started at the gym and that was through Diet. Two weeks of gym and I had lost absolutely Zilch. Felt a lot better though and the paunch wasn't moving as much under exercise but weight was not coming off. Then as of Last Sunday The scales started moving downwards. 147 this morning so either the wife's diet that I have been forced to go on is having an effect- or exercise has finally stated paying dividends. The wife's diet is not having an effect. Not smaller quantities to eat-just healthier food-but 2 hours later after midday or evening meal and I am hungry. There is not enough carbs and protein in it for me and I have found myself raiding the fridge for a couple of yoghurt (Not my favourite food) or a snack of cheese and Cold meats. Not a great fruit eater by the way so don't suggest that stuff and Rabbit food of Grains and greenstuff is out of the question.
So it does look as though The gym work is paying off. The fitness still has a long time before it comes back to a level that I want but it will. Looks Like I will end the winter in better condition than it started and the customary 5lbs weight gain by April may not be there. Better not be as me at 160lbs in tight Lycra would not be a pretty sight.