So last week I:
- Cycled 99.1 miles,
- Ran 6 miles,
- Ate about 50% of my normal snacks, and
- Gained 2 pounds.
I’m not particularly obsessed by my weight, and never have been – in fact that may be part of the problem. At some point since we’ve moved up here I have managed, quite without noticing it, to put on a whole stone. Or a stone-type unit – we bought our scales extremely cheaply and they’re pretty inaccurate*. And I’m not overweight either, not yet, but I will be if things carry on the way they’ve been. I’m not sure when the damage was done, probably last winter. I was hoping that my increasingly rounded silhouette was down to all the layering, and it’s only now that I’ve fully delayered that the awful truth is revealed. The final proof has been when I dug out my summer trousers and tried them on, because the trousers do not lie. In fact, with one pair of particularly cruel ones, the trousers don’t comfortably sit, either.
There’s no real mystery to this – the problem is having a car. Back when we were living in London, every calorie that entered the house had to be carried back half a mile from the supermarket on foot, along with everything else. When it comes to losing weight, for all the cute mottoes about bikes running on fat etc., cycling doesn’t really replace the amount of tromping about you do all day and every day when you don’t have a car. Back then, all I had to do was cut out the odd snack and any surplus pounds just dropped away. Now, it looks like I’m in for the longer haul.
It gets worse, too. Both pairs of cords – the only trousers which were still roomy enough to allow for easy pedalling – have been cycled to death: they have both worn through on exactly the same place in the rear, a place which renders them indecent even for gardening in. This means one thing and one thing only – I have to go trouser shopping. Cue a bout of self-and-retailer-loathing coming soon to a blog near you.
* I base this assumption on the number of visitors who have wanted to take them home with them. It’s always quite revealing who likes to weigh themselves…