It’s been a quiet few days and I’ve (so far) had no further incidents of vertigo since last Monday – which is a blessed relief.
The slightly worrying thing though is that there’s a noticeable ‘offness’ still present in my ears – so I don’t think whatever caused it in the first place is completely gone.
I’m hoping it’s receded far enough for a long train journey though because tomorrow I have to travel quite a distance.
I’m hoping that the day out isn’t going to be derailed (no pun intended) in the same way that pretty much everything else I’ve wanted to do since last week has been.
Health wise in every other respect I’m cooking on gas though.
It never ceases to amaze me what the human body is capable of when you push it or try to do new things.
When I first tried to swim on Friday (the last time prior to this was 20 years ago) it took me 51 minutes to do 20 lengths.
My arms were tiring quickly and I had to wait a while at either end while they recovered because I was scared that they’d run out of steam half way.
I really don’t want to be rescued!
I’m still not able to do length after length without stopping – but the down time in between them is rapidly decreasing.
Annoyingly today Apple Watch decided to ignore my first length in its count – but trust me when I say that this morning I did 20 lengths in almost half the time that it took me when I first started.
Furthermore when I’d finished, (since I had more time than expected before meeting my friend for a planned twalk nearby) I decided to carry on.
Again I was cheated out of the first length in my stats (I have no idea why this is happening and it’s annoying!) but this means that I can now do 30 lengths in around 38 minutes.
An extra 50% distance in 4/5ths of the time!!
How cool is that?!
It just goes to show how moderately sustained period of exercise (this is only my fifth consecutive day) can yield tangible improvements. You just have to stick to it and be a bit determined.
So why am I suddenly doing this and why am I so focused on the results?
Well honestly I have decided that I want to lose more weight – but as MOTY I cant deviate too much from the point where I won the title while I hold it.
However there is absolutely nothing to stop me replacing the fat I lose (there’s a fair bit left around my waist – a common problem area for guys) with muscle.
I want to see whether I can change my body shape – which outside of fat loss is not something I’ve earnestly tried to do before.
Currently in my mind’s eye I look like this.
But I’d really really like to look like this.
I’m pretty sure that my walking has afforded me quite muscular legs – but since they were always covered in fat as I developed their shape I’ve no idea whether they look better now than they otherwise would have done if I’d always been thinner.
My arms and shoulders however are another story entirely.
They’re pretty skinny now (there’s no fat at all in this area) and I’ve done next to no work on them over the last three years that I’ve managed to sustain.
Pull-ups suck (and are also currently impossible.)
Swimming on the other hand does not suck so the likelihood that I’m going to carry on with it is (hopefully) high.
I should be able to see tangible physical changes too as I develop the muscles needed to swim continuously.
I’ve also got another incentive to change my shape further – because on Sunday I went charity shopping with a friend.
I like going hunting for new things with her because I feel that we tend to push one another outside of our comfort zones – and we get eachother to try new styles and colours that otherwise we may have completely ignored.
This picture is a new high point in my clothes buying career – because it represents something MASSIVE.
It depends on how you look at it.
For me it’s a MASSIVE milestone because the size label in this jacket reads SMALL.
Honestly I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about wearing clothing that’s so fitted (because frankly it makes me want to reduce my waist even more) but the honest truth is that I trust her opinion and she said that I don’t look stupid.
I’m not naive enough to think that everything ‘small’ will suddenly fit me (and I suspect that this Animal jacket is probably more of a ‘smaller medium’ than a true small) but I don’t care one little bit.
It is without a shadow of doubt the smallest item of clothing that I ever remember wearing as an adult (even my fitted waistcoats have more give) and it makes me happy – because even now I can see scope for improvements in my body and I want to work to achieve them.
It’s going to be a difficult balancing act mind you – because I’ve noticed that arriving hand in hand with significantly increased daily exercise is a growing appetite.
I’ve been rather hungry over the last few days and having stepped on the scales this morning I can confirm that a I’ve moved a couple of pounds in the wrong direction.
This is all good though – and I’m not worried.
Facing up to the consequences of what I do and what I eat is a continuous project – and figuring out how much my body needs (or doesn’t need) when I become more active is a learning curve like any other.
All I have to do is track what I burn, track what I consume and it will all eventually come out in the wash.
That’s the sum of the last few days.
Tomorrow promises to be infinitely more blog worthy because I’m attending a reception at the Houses of Parliament!
Tune in next time when hopefully there will be some pics of the event and interesting musings.
It could equally be a harrowing description of a vertigo attack whilst stuck in London miles from home.
Hopefully it’s the former internet….