Monthly Archives: October 2014

Week 1 (6 Week Challenge)

So this week I need to burn 1.66kgs (3.6 pounds) to be on track for my 6 week challenge. I have decided to review things on a Friday so that I can have a fresh start before the weekend ahead and do my best to make better decisions when it comes to the kinds of foods on offer on weekends.

So how will I achieve this weight loss?

Diet & Exercise.

What will I do/change about these things to actually reach my goal? Clearly what I have been doing hasn’t worked.

Diet:

I will stick with my protein and salads to give my body the fuel it needs without loads of calories it doesn’t need. Protein shakes for breakfast at 7.30am each day, healthy snacks, salad and protein for lunch, and salad or veggies for dinner. Given that the weather is getting warmer here I crave salads, I just need to watch the tasty additions like dressing and sauces. Same with my protein portion sizes. I can do this.

As of this minute I’m only going to drink water or herbal tea for the next 6 weeks. This will be hard to remember as I always go for a tasty fizzy drink when I’m out. I’ve just made myself a note on my hand – hopefully that will help remind me!

Water water water! When your results depend on you having enough water I know I am doing well by just drinking it! 2 litres a day minimum!!

Exercise:

With the color run coming up I’m going to be doing as much walking as possible over the next 2 weeks to make sure my body is prepared. I think it will be the weeks after that I need to make sure I keep up the good work. Its always easy to feel I’m finished once I reach a goal like that but I want to keep the momentum going.

I’m adding swimming and other fun sports to help keep myself motivated.

Also I know muscle burns fat, so I’ve got some weights that I will be lifting daily to help build up my strength and burn off the weight.

How will I track my progress? 

I have created a journal with each day of the challenge listed ready to record exactly what I have eaten, how much water I have had, and what exercise I have done. At the end of each week I’ll review my progress and write about it here.

My weekly posts will also have information about my plan for the following week and what I will be doing to make better progress.

Choose a Shoe

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I have been pretty lucky with my feet. They have carried me around all my life and I have never had any real problems. My single complaint is that they aren’t a great shape for fancy shoes. My feet are broad across the toe which means most strapy shoes don’t fit, I call them duck feet.

BUT Runners are something that do fit and I find it easy to find good ones. I’ve been wanting to get into running so I know I am going to need some good shoes for that. I wouldn’t mind trying hiking as well. I found this great guide for choosing the right shoe for the activity you want to do!

http://greatist.com/fitness/how-to-choose-shoes-for-exercise-infographic

The happiest 5k in the world

That’s right. This unfit bunny is going to be walking her way through the colour run this November! Given this challenge is only 6 weeks away I’m kinda nervous…

I know I can do it, it’s really not all that far. The part that is worrying me is that I’ll need to still go to work the next day! I want to make sure I train enough that I’m not going to want to pass out the next day.

So here are some things I have found out about doing my first 5k thanks to http://running.about.com/od/5kracetrainingschedules/tp/5-Things-To-Know-Before-Running-Your-First-5k.htm.

1) You should practice running outside. It’s fine to do some of your training on the treadmill, but make sure that you also do some runs outside. You use different muscles when you run outdoors so, if you run exclusively on a treadmill running, you may have a hard time adjusting to a different surface during the race. While there are some benefits of treadmill running, doing some of your miles outside will help get you more physically and mentally prepared for the race.

2) You don’t need to carbo-load for a 5K. Some people hear about runners eating lots of carbs before a big race and they think it applies before running any race. You really only need extra carbs if you’re running a longer distance race such as a half or full marathon. If you’re running a 5K, you don’t need to load up on carbs the day before the race. Just eat what you would normally eat the day before the race, but try to avoid foods fatty or greasy foods that might lead to gastrointestinal issues.

3) You won’t get disqualified for walking. Some beginners worry about having to take a walk break during a race because they think they’ll look or feel like a failure. They equate waking with throwing in the towel. There’s no shame in taking a walking break! In fact, using a run/walk approach can be a very smart race strategy because it may help you avoid the muscle fatigue that often happens towards the end of races. Some race participants find that taking short walk breaks actually helps them achieve an overall faster race pace than if they tried to run the entire distance.

Reassuring!

Too much to do!

Everything feels like it has its own level of chaos at the moment. Nothing is tidy or organised and I lack the energy and motivation to do anything about it. But these are just emotions and excuses. If we had to wait for the perfect conditions (everything tidy and organised, everything planned out perfectly, great weather and your best time of day) we would never get anything done.

I managed to get up earlier today and get ready without too many problems. It’s daylight savings now and that hour has really thrown me. I get into the swing of it pretty quickly its just the initial shock my body seems to feel.

I keep feeling hopeless and sad. Its just easier to blame a situation then myself. Ok enough complaining. Time for a walk and some water.

 

 

All the feelings

I’ve never known what it’s like to be slim. I’ve always been at least 20% heavier then my peers at any given age. I’m sure there was a time when I wasn’t overweight, I do have some pictures of my 6 year old self and I looked like other kids my age. But I’ve always had fat hands, my fingers like little sausages.

I wonder if that is some of the reason I find it so difficult to lose weight? I’m so use to being overweight that I sabotage myself at every turn, telling myself that I’m being mean if I deny myself the huge servings and take away that my mind tells me I’m craving.

I have thought about seeing a psychologist to help me figure out why I keep doing this to myself. Maybe they can explain it to me and I can fit it.

I read about other people that manage to lose their weight and how they did it. They say to eat better, exercise, surround yourself with fit people so that they inspire you to do the same. But in my experience these people are usually jerks to people in my situation. I want to surround myself with comrades, people in the same situation as me, fighting the same battles, feeling the same doubts.

I find books and movies inspiring. Reading about other people who were in the same position as me rising up and beating the odds to get super fit and healthy. Movies that have people training in new skills and kicking butt. They inspire me.

 

What will tomorrow bring…

I love that its almost the weekend. I’m so tired I could easily go to bed as soon as I get home. But I have a few changes to see to and so bed will have to wait.

I’ve already started on my ‘getting up earlier’ goal. There is no reason I can’t start it at the end of a week. I think it will make next week easier too. My alarm is set and ready to go, lets hope the rest of me is as ready.

It really feels like I’m allergic to exercise. But is that just because as a society we are use to having every pain and symptom treated? If there hadn’t been so much research done on how exercise is good for you, I would think we would be avoiding it. It makes you sweat, itch, ache, and its hard.

The truth is we are just too comfortable. We avoid being uncomfortable at all costs, no matter what it does to our bodies or our minds.

The challenge I have set myself for the weekend is to do a cleanse with tea and aloe. This isn’t some fad or a juice cleanse, its just adding more drinks into my day to help clean up my gut.

Fun times!

Finding the right fit and making changes

Good nutrition, more movement, better wellness. These things are all good things. But there isn’t currently much going on in those areas of my life at the moment.

I want to be able to get up each day and know I can immediately cross some of these things off my list. So that I can start the day right with the right mindset, fuel, and energy.

So I’m playing with the idea of a morning routine that is going to set me up for a great day, and help me be the person I know I am deep down. I know I need to be realistic, I’m not going to be able to fit everything into my mornings and suddenly be this different person. But slowly getting up earlier and small steps like that are going to be the way to shift my current habits.

What do I want to eventually fit into my mornings?

5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea

10mins A shower

20mins Getting dressed and ready for work

45mins A decent walk, jog, run

20mins Breakfast

30mins of reading

30mins Writing a blog post

Total time – 2 hours and 45 minutes

 Idea

Wake up at 5 to get these things in each day. Going from getting up at 7am to 5am is no easy feat. Luckily I have chosen a great time of year to do this (Spring with Summer on the day – warm mornings make it easy to get out of bed!). I’ll take it one week at a time, getting up just 15 minutes earlier each week.

Schedule

Week 1 – wake up and get up at 6.45am (I will have 1 hour before I need to leave for work)
Week 2 – wake up and get up at 6.30am (1 hour and 15 mins)
Week 3 – wake up and get up at 6.15am (1 hour and 30 mins)
Week 4 – wake up and get up at 6.00am (1 hour and 45 mins)
Week 5 – wake up and get up at 5.45am (2 hours)
Week 6 – wake up and get up at 5.30am (2 hours and 15 mins)
Week 7 – wake up and get up at 5.15am (2 hour and 30 mins)
Week 8 – wake up and get up at 5.00am (I will have 2 hours and 45 minutes)

The First thing I’ll do is use the bathroom then have a cup of herbal tea to start digestion. If I’m at home I have to leave for work by 7.45am to get there on time. So in those first few weeks I’ll add my new routine in slowly, seeing that I already get up at 7 and manage to fit in getting ready, a shower, and breakfast, I need to focus on adding in the other things. It could be good to build some up, like the exercise and reading. I can start it as 10mins of one and then as I get up earlier I can add in the other and build more time into each as the weeks go by. This is starting to feel like a good plan to me!

So here is the basic plan.

Week 1 – wake up and get up at 6.45am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 10 mins shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast. (total: 1 hour)

Week 2 – wake up and get up at 6.30am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 15 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast. (total: 1 hour 15 mins)

Week 3 – wake up and get up at 6.15am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 15 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast 15 mins reading. (total: 1 hour 30 mins)

Week 4 – wake up and get up at 6.00am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 30 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 15 mins reading. (total: 1 hour 45 mins)

Week 5 – wake up and get up at 5.45am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 30 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 30 mins reading. (total: 2 hours)

Week 6 – wake up and get up at 5.30am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 45 min walk, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 30 mins reading. (total: 2 hours and 15 minutes)

Week 7 – wake up and get up at 5.15am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 45 min walk, 15 min Blogging, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 30 mins reading. (total: 2 hours and 30 minutes)

Week 8 – wake up and get up at 5.00am: 5 to 10 minutes Bathroom and herbal tea, 45 min walk, 30 min Blogging, 10 min shower, 20 mins Getting dressed and ready for work, 20 mins Breakfast, 30 mins reading. (total: 2 hours and 45 minutes)

Ok so its a more detailed plan then I said, but nutting out the finer details can help keep me on track so that’s what I’ll do!