Archive | July, 2012

Today: Maintaining Positivity

31 Jul

I’ve hit another plateau of sorts, had a weigh in on Monday to find I had gained 4lbs. Which is hard to comprehend when I have been good with diet and the running this past week, So I’m on a bit of a downer from that, but as I’m not measuring my progress on weight really this time, It’s just a little set back.

Charlie and I have managed our runs, week 1 has been completed, and according to our training on http://www.therunningbug.co.uk, tomorrow, (Wednesday) is run 1 min walk 1min, repeat 10 times, last week was the same last wednesday except you only repeated it 8 times! That was a killer.

i’m happy we are sticking to it, however I am starting to feel it in my calf muscles. Charlie is 6ft 4ins so his legs are about 8meters long and I can match the impact pace of his feet, just not the stride length. That will be my next challenge to work on when I can manage the 5k.

Week 6 will be the point where I will be hitting running the mile without stopping (10 mins continuous run), it will be interesting to see where I am when it comes to then! My quickest mile I ever ran was 8mins 49 secs, which was a one-off!

Here is the training Charlie and I are completing (courtesy of therunningbug.co.uk) :

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
Week 1 Run 1 min, walk 2 mins – repeat 5 times Walk 5 mins Run 1 min, walk 1 min – repeat 8 times Rest day Rest Day Run 2 mins, walk 1 min
– repeat 5 times
Rest day
Week 2 Run 2 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 4 times Rest Day Run 1 min, walk 1 min – repeat 10 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 3 mins, walk 4 mins
– repeat 3 times
Rest Day
Week 3 Run 2 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 5 times Walk 5 mins Run 3 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 3 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 3 mins, walk 2 mins
– repeat 3 times
Rest Day
Week 4 Run 4 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 3 times Walk 5 mins Run 1 min, walk 1 min – repeat 12 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 5 mins, walk 3 mins
– repeat 3 times
Rest Day
Week 5 Run 7 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 3 times Walk 5 mins Run 3 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 3 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 8 mins, walk 3 mins
– repeat 3 times
Rest Day
Week 6 Run 8 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 3 times Walk 5 mins Run 10 mins, walk 4 mins – repeat 2 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 1 min, walk 1 min
– repeat 12 times
Rest Day
Week 7 Run 12 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 2 times Walk 5 mins Run 3 mins, walk 1 min – repeat 8 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 15 mins, walk 5 mins
– repeat 2 times
Rest Day
Week 8 Run 15 mins, walk 5 mins – repeat 2  times Walk 5 mins Run 2milesand record your time. Rest Day Rest Day Run 1 min, walk 1 min
– repeat 12 times
Rest Day
Week 9 Run 7 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 4  times Walk 5 mins Run 3 mins, walk 1 min – repeat 8 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 16 mins, walk 3 min
– repeat 2 times
Rest Day
Week 10 Run 15 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 2  times Walk 5 mins Run 10 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 3 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 16 mins, walk 2 mins
– repeat 2 times
Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s all moving forward!

We are going to have to find somewhere else to run soon as the park we go round is getting a bit small! Thinking about Pittville Park in Cheltenham, but that is a little bit of a walk from us.

It’s been a good week for wedding planning as well! We’ve decided on a layout and possible background for our invitations. It’s progress at least 🙂

The flat is going well, I have taken up baking, Which is good because I can minimize/neglect any oil and all the rubbish that the shops add in! I’m pretty good at making muffins to.

It’s also now the F1 break. I’m going to be at a loss for 4 weeks! Except for my holiday, where I will be lazy 🙂

Keep going everyone, I’ve managed it, ups and downs I just have to keep looking forward, it’s small changes that makes the biggest difference! (I’ve stopped having crisps, butter in my sandwiches, and sugar in my tea!) and fruit as snacks, very filling!!!

Does anyone have any tips to what they have read? Please comment!

 

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Today: It’s a scorcher

24 Jul

So since the shift in the Gulf stream North it has suddenly become like a hot sweaty bundle of pure joy here in Cheltenham. Which is fantastic for the mood and the tan, but not so good on the body image.

Why?

Well when things get hot they expand? I am sure that this is what has happened to my body. Everything is in proportion EXCEPT my stomach. it just seems to have expanded to the size of a balloon and it really doesn’t seem like it’s going down, I lose weight (3lbs so far) but it doesn’t go from there. I really don’t know how to cut it down.

I’m a firm believer in “targeted toning” but “non-targeted weight loss” ie, you can build muscle in specific places, but you cannot lose weight specifically.

Charlie and I are back on week one of the running challenge (check #sofato5k on twitter for progress) and we’ve done 2 days so far. I guess I have to just “wait and see” some results. Worst advice EVER. I hate just waiting around, I’m really to impatient, I guess that’s why I’m so up for having something to do everyday. I want to come home and do my DVD‘s, or try going for a run,  or blog more. I think of all these things when I’m at work, I just guess that when I get home I just need to stop.

And however much Charlie comes running with me, sometimes I need him to go in the other room. He will go, after I’ve pushed him away and then I feel bad for telling him to effectively “sod-off”. I need to see progress quickly or I lose motivation. A bad thing I know, but as i’ve said before, I’m impatient.

My star chart is still going OK. It’s just my motivation to carry on, and that’s bringing me down. Again.

So it’s a fat day. A fat week, an epic bloated and fatty day. yuck.

Today: The First Time

21 Jul

No this isn’t going to be some crude and rude post about opening any poetic legs and losing the blossom of ones cherry (she says) but it is about the first time I had any significant time alone in my flat!

Charlie is currently at home alot, which is great for getting things done, but not so great when I want to watch rubbish TV programs and sit playing computer games on the laptop, or do embarrassing new random positions from my Pilates DVD. Or even the hip hop DVD! which Is lots of fun, however it is SO SO patronising!!

I do hurt after the DVDs though, in a good way, which means I hope they are helping, the star chart is certainly helping me get along!! I’m determined to earn at least one star a day, which means I should be on 14 now.. *runs off to count

FIFTEEN that’s right, more than one a day! WOOP! AND I get an extra one for blogging this 🙂 – So 16.

The only one with no stars on at the moment is the “Run for 10 mins straight”, I’ve been out the running game for too long to start this one, but according to the running plan Charlie and I are on, we should be doing that by Week 6. Week 1 starting again this Monday… (We’ve both been ill or not here to start it).

But the point of this blog post? Today! I was alone in the flat, Charlie went off to see The Dark Knight Rises and I had 4 hours all to myself!! So I spent some of it getting my hair cut, playing the Sims 3 and watching 16 and Pregnant.

I loved my day to myself, I managed to tidy up as well, which felt good because Charlie does all the tidying during the week!

He’s really good doing everything I ask, and really good at either going into our room or cooking and not making fun of me when I do the DVD things, “10 minute solutions” Which may seem like a cheat, but for someone who gets bored easily they are awesome! And when I want to try something new and do it for longer, I can just do another routine 🙂

I’m feeling alot more motivated than I was, and I hope to keep going as well as I have done – to feel good about myself, but mainly to have a curry at the end of it!

Today: The Olympic Shame

16 Jul

I hope you read the following letter, and pass it on.

To Whom it may concern,

I was dead excited to receive an Olympic ticket allocation. I was also excited to see that there would be a travel card included to, having just moved out to Cheltenham, this was going to be expensive.

Except that is where my excitement stalls.

The travel card is only valid for London Zones, meaning that I have to pay to get to London either by train or coach. £100 for the train to arrive in time to miss the first hour of event and then walk and queue to get in, or the coach, well I tried to find this out, but apparently the Royal Artillery Barracks isn’t an Olympic Venue that coaches travel to, or at least that is what the useless journey planner with it’s “book now” option won’t let me pick. I can select this venue but the redirect won’t let me do it. Useless.

So I have to sell my tickets. Why? I can’t afford over £100 for travel to the Olympic games. That’s 2 times the cost of the tickets. A cost I doubt I will get back because of the poor organisation with the Olympic ticket allocation. I have to post them back at my own expense, then hope they sell them on and allocate them back out to ensure I get the ticket price refunded. Which doesn’t include the £6 delivery charge.

So I would like to voice my utter disgust at LOCOG, Yes well done you have ripped down peoples homes to create a fantastic Olympic park. A park where everyone is proud. But be damned if anyone can get there who lives outside the Olympic travel zones. 

I hope my frustration has come across, if it hasn’t then rest assured that I will not be the only hacked off one, There are already plenty out there who didn’t get close enough to tickets, even though you said “no tickets have gone to corporate sponsors”, I guess I’ll have to enter a Llyods TSB competition to go instead. O LOOK.

The games will be a success, but your organisational skills will be used as an example on how to royally piss off a nation.

Yours

Harriet

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Thank you LOCOG for being useless. Tickets are now VOID.

Today: Promising Progress

15 Jul

Today I checked up on my star chart expecting there to be like no progress since my initial 3 stars i had last week.

I was pleasantly surprised, even though I am the one putting the stars down, It was still nice to properly look at it and realise “yeah, I’ve done that in a week!”

My biggest achievement has been getting over my exercise starting phobia thingy. Ok it’s not really a phobia, but It is pretty hard to just get started when you haven’t done any for a while. I have managed to do the pilates DVD. Not the biggest achievement in the World, but since I have been ill (as well as Charlie too!) We haven’t really been able to do much.

Although I’ve been keeping the calories down from 2000, I haven’t hit the 1500 mark more than twice. 😦

Next week (ie, from tomorrow) Charlie and I will be starting this 5K training  which I am determined to do rain or shine. It is just a case of not getting settled when I get home from work, which is hard because that’s what you want to do when you get home from work isn’t it? Just chill out and relax. So I am going to have to get my running stuff ready on the sofa before I go to work, so I can just get changed, get Charlie and go! It’s a run for 1 min and walk for 2 mins. Then repeat 5 times. This is different to what I was doing before because it’s outside!!

ooooOOOOOooooo

Shocking isn’t it. I’ve been looking for 10k races in my local area (Gloucestershire/Cheltenham) but there aren’t any at the moment, I think that would give me real motivation to run and train. but I really have to be able to run for 30 mins before I can arguably say I can run. How do people keep their motivation up whilst they are running?! I mean I’ve heard of people saying they have a goal to run to, or they just don’t get bored, but I’m just so aware of everything around me and how fast I’m going, and how long I’ve been running for that I just can’t be arsed to go on. It’s a crappy reason but It’s just like I hit a wall, 9 mins in, that means I can’t go any further whether I want to or not.

Who knows. I’ll see what happens next week. I need Charlie in on this one, so I hope that he’s feeling better!

Today: Early Departure

9 Jul

Don’t worry this isn’t anything morbid. Infact only one point in this post is going to be remotely sad. A point which I will get out the way early.

Man flu. A condition once only suffered by the male providers of the world is now a condition that can cross to more evolved species. Whether its a genetic mutation of the illness or a slow down in the development of the female immune system we will never know. All that can be known is that you will feel like crap with a nose that looks fine till a massive liquid drop of funny snot falls out just as your team meeting starts.

So I went home early today. I thought I could soldier on, but I only made it to midday. Balls. So I’ve slept and drunk water today and eaten when I can, because any chewing or swallowing is rough.

I’m in bed already and its 9pm. At least I should get a long good nights sleep. If I can breathe!

Good points to this week though, I’ve just weighed in at 2lbs lighter to be 166lbs, which is about 69.72kg. I’m surprised as I haven’t done any real exercise and just had the diet to depend on!

I have also earned stars! 3 now for blogging (I’ve written another post on my science blog that isn’t published yet) and one for under 1500 calories in a day. Super proud!!

I would have more but I’m to ill to work out today.

Charlie and I will be starting a 5km beginners training program from tomorrow. Tuesday is a walking day and he has promised to do the whole lot with me, a fact I assure you all I will keep him to!

Today: The Star Chart

7 Jul

That’s right. I went to WH Smiths and I went mad with some stationary.

An A3 pad of paper, felt tip pens, and star stickers resulted in the BEST star chart I think I have ever participated in. That is even better that the one which allowed me to have sweets at school.

New manageable motivation

I was told by a friend that I shouldn’t have as many goals at once. I can understand that, but I’m incredibly impatient and by having this star chart it means I can still have rewards, no matter how many times I manage to reach my 10 stars for each goal.

I still have to complete all goals 10 times to earn the elusive curry, but I will be one star closer after posting this blog post!

I managed to buy a couple of DVD‘s from HMV the other day, 10 minute workout ones, for pilates and hip hop. Which are the first 2 goals on there, every time I complete one of the 10 min work outs I get a star!

Saving 500 calories a day is the next one, that’s to keep up my diet encouragement. I’ve written the shopping list for next week so I can plan my dinners out a bit better, lots of veg and salad on the cards! as well as spaghetti bolognaise (home made) and some more fajitas.

Blogging covers the next 2 goals, one for my personal blog here, one for my Physics blog. Which is going to be a Physics applied blog for F1. Exciting!

Running is the next one. For every 10 mins I complete RUNNING, none of this interval walking stuff, I get a star. This will be the goal that holds me back from the curry for the longest, but it means I can actually track my progress more!

The final one is for every 200 sit ups I complete with my frame sit up machine thing. gotta have a toned tum!

I’m feeling more motivated now, I’ve put things in perspective, and I have to make sure I make some time for me. Not the house, not Charlie but me.

Really this means that I get to have more cuddles when I want.

I’m sure you’ll be hearing updates from me soon!

Today: The let down

6 Jul

I say let down, not because I have let people around me down, but I have let myself down. Or at least that’s what it feels like.

I have been sticking well to the eating part of my diet, cutting down and having things on moderation has meant that I’m used to not eating much now, and its only a week and a half in.

Exercise is another matter unfortunately. As soon as I get home from work its like I just need to stop. Which means I dont do anything but housework or maybe popping to the shops for dinner. Which makes me feel quite disappointed with myself, because I was doing so well with my running, and I’ve only been out once since we moved in and it was so demoralising that I just don’t want to go again.

I also miss science, I really miss being in an environment where I learn new things everyday, or when I put my knowledge into practice.

Charlie and I have been planning starting a new website, aimed at gcse revision that uses current news stories to relate to topics. I get really excited and motivated to do it when I’m at work, but then I get home and I just want to crash out!!!

The blog site is set up, its just not live and has no content as of yet. I need to motivate myself to do about an hour a day when I get home, of the website that is, then half an hour of exercise in the home. Maybe I should get a workout dvd, or a kinect for the xbox.

Thing is, It’s all well and good me saying this when I am at work, its carrying it on when I’m home. That’s also a reason I haven’t blogged on here much!! Maybe I should get a star chart or something…

Has anybody else suffered through this type of lacking motivation? It just seems the more goals I miss the less motivated I become.