Bicycle Network and why I joined

The Bicycle Network has been around for many years and for years they have been great to their riders and supporters. They offer email newsletters every month.

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They are based in Melbourne and their office is in the city.

They offer many events for riders and supporters alike. One of the ones they have is the Great Vic ride where you can go out and explore the Great Ocean Road. Another one they help organize is Around the bay.

It is an insurance business who insures riders who have an accident and it is $10.99 per month. They direct debit it from your account. But they also speak up on issues affecting riders and the wider community.

For newer riders, they have tips and resources on getting the most of your ride. Here the tips and rules are explained well.

Do sign up if you need some insurance or help with your bike.


Patients like me

Patients like me is a site for all people. I found out about this site from reading some report on it and I decided to try it.

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This site is really good for mental health and connecting with feelings. Here they do monthly check-ups and you can ask for recommendations. They have hundreds of conditions on there and you can search for your one. If its not there you can suggest one.

I tried it for the month of January and all worked well. Here people do help you out if you are stuck. And yes I’m borderline autistic meaning that all the help I got was great.

Here I learned to feel empathy for people. Feeling empathy for people is a good thing. I did a couple of good deeds for the homeless as times are tough. It also made me reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a long time and not those that are always at my gym.

Patients like me made me appreciate those that are autistic and can’t afford the gym. If only the government here in Australia were that simple. If they were giving a lot more money out to the poor for the gym then obesity would be stamped. In here everything is expensive.

Sleeping that month was on the ok side. Stressing about things was not so great and can be improved.

Do sign up for that site if you need some help. Its free and they will send out notifications to your email.


Healthy weight week

Healthy week weight falls in the third week of January.

“Just what is a healthy weight?”

For me a healthy weight is 51kgs. That would mean that I have a BMI around 19. For most people this is healthy. Now weight can fluctuate sometimes particularly for females. So I would suggest weighing yourself once a week and don’t beat yourself up if you have a crappy day. Its ok to have a crappy day

Its also about Smart eating and this we have learned to embrace. Its hard to do at first but then after a while, you get used to this. Here we learned to give up ice cream and drink water instead.

Giving up on Friday drinks is hard and is unsustainable for most people as we love the wind-down. Friday was one warm day so I didn’t beat myself up about doing a lot of exercises not even a run.

And then on Sunday, I had a sausage in a bun for Australia day. I wasn’t going to give up Australia day celebrations. But I went for a 26 run beforehand.


Vitex

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I have been taking Vitex for a while now. The vitex was $5 at my local health food store and it has been working for about three weeks now. As an autistic person, I found that this helps settle me a lot. It is said to help increase the levels of progesterone so that I can get a period.

So far no PMS issues are here. I have normal hormone function but I wanted to buy this for PMS problems such as a lot of period pain and bloating.

As a result, I run faster as I’m much more relaxed. I can sleep a lot better now. And am not so anxious.

Do buy to cure PMS problems and you need to take one daily or as prescribed by your health practitioner


The Australian Open

Thanks to Blackmores I went to the Open for free

This year I walked to the Australian Open rather than tram it. In other years I trammed it there. It was not too hot which I enjoyed. When it is hot its hard to enjoy it.

Normally it is $54 (ticket plus handling fees by Ticketek). And no they don’t do concession ever since they offered the free one at Federation Square

This year I went to an outside court rather than an inside one. It was a lot of fun watching Verdasco play.

This year there seemed to be a lot more alcohol rather than food. And food was overpriced. For example the icecream I had at Hagen Daaz was $6 for just one scoop. And the wines were $10 a pop. Aperol spritz which was their sponsor had their glass for $15 when it should have been free for all.

Tickets this year were $56 (and that is including their handling fees which were $2.70).

As for the vegemite sandwiches they should have been free. At $6 it was a bit steep for just a bit of bread, cheese and vegemite. At Southern Cross we would have got it free.

Do go to the Australian open for fun but bring your own food.


Why having a good gut is important for runners

A healthy gut= a healthy immune system.

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Runners are more susceptible to diseases as they can hurt their gut. Hence it is why runners should take care of their gut. You spend a lot of time outdoors and at the gym.

A good gut helps us runs faster.

It helps get rid of bad bacteria. And you might not have a cold (yay you can run every day if you wanted to!)

It helps get rid of some of the side effects such as nausea, PMS and other pains.

Here are some ways to help your gut.

  • Eat more vegetables- eat some salad and have some vegetarian meals each week.
  • Include more spirulina
  • Include more yogurt
  • Include some barley grass- they can be either in pill form or a powder
  • Eat more fruits. Two serves a day is ideal
  • Stay hydrated- this can be in the form of teas and naked shakes.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol. Too much alcohol can weaken the gut. Once a week is fine, just for pure enjoyment

Five reasons that we don’t exercise

For most people their new years resolution is to lose weight. One of the ways to do that is by exercising. Here are five reasons why we don’t exercise

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No time

For office workers and the like it can be hard to find time. But do try and make time each day for exercise. Exercise is about 30-60 mins each day and you build from there

It’s  inconvenient

Yes its inconvenient but there are 24/7 gyms or you can exercise at home with a few DVD’s. Or you could walk in the park or the beach if you live near one.

It’s not fun

Exercise can be fun depending on what you want it to be. You could do it with friends or you can make friends at the gym

I lack motivation

If you lack motivation, think of a big goal such as run marathons. This is time-consuming. Just picture yourself being able to fit into those skinny jeans after you lose the weight and then that might be motivation for you.

I don’t eat much junk but I find that if you work out a lot, then you could reward yourself with a small piece of junk food.

I lack the confidence in going to the gym

Start easy and small. Get a PT if you have to. Go to the group classes. Most newbies are usually overweight and they need to lose some weight, so don’t worry about being the only one who is fat.

So lets make exercise a goal for 2019.


Are energy drinks good or bad for you

Many people drink an energy drink or two a day and whilst it picks them up, they may not realise how harmful having one each day is. I got both my drinks free from the 7/11 on their promo days.

I had a V drink and that drink was really strong. It caused all sorts of sleeping problems, even though I ran that day. A V drink is about 163 calories and has loads of sugar. Luckily the free one was small. Normally a Mother drink does not do that, hence I did not anticipate that the V drink would do so.

On the V drink, I was super hyped up. Something which I’m not really.

I tried the Mother drink and it had 52g of sugar in there. It gave me a huge bolt of energy for my run. After drinking it I had a headache at night but it went away. This is great for a marathoner and an ultra runner but not so great for the average person that does not need much.

Really you don’t need an energy drink to pick you up. The energy drinks are only there for the marathoners. If you need a pick me up go and do a workout.

 


Our December happenings

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Not much happened in December. It was the time for Christmas and New Years. On the Instagramsphere we got about 50 new followers as people wanted to celebrate Christmas and not focus so much on weight but on health.

As for Twitter, we didn’t get any followers. The number stayed the same and it was 397.

And then for Facebook, we got quite a few more likes which we enjoyed. We enjoyed the likes on our posts itself.

As for Google Analytics, there wasn’t much going on there.

We hope that in the new year there will be many more views and more people will want to lose weight after the silly season.


How to make great New Year’s weight loss resolutions

And how to keep them off.

Ever needed to lose weight just after the Christmas period? If so you are not alone. And here are some ways to do it.

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Set SMART goals

These are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reliable and Time-oriented goals

Ie I will lose xx amount of kgs in this amount of time. Be specific with this goal as much as possible.

Make an action plan that is easy to follow

Write down the tasks that you will accomplish to get there. And also write when you’ll achieve them by

Know the obstacles and how you’ll go around them

Do you find it hard to get someone to follow your goal? If so find some new friends whether that would be at the gym or doing Weight Watchers online.

Do you have some celebrations that you need to go to later on in the year? Plan your life and your meals around it.

Is cost a factor? If so there might be some low-cost fit clubs to go to or some online Facebook exercise groups. Some gyms might also run a promotion.

Tell everyone that you know about your goal.

The more support you have the better it is for you. Even better is if they do the weight loss thing with you. Go to the gym if you have to.