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Today: The Start of Something

25 Jun

Today is a Monday, it is the evening, we have radio one on, Charlie is playing F1 2011 and I’m sat in my PJ’s with Orange squash and a whiteboard on the floor with a laptop on, well, my lap.

Today I am writing this because on the Friday which has just passed, Charlie and I got the keys to our very first flat. It’s top floor, 2 bedrooms – one being a box room, 2 bathrooms – one being a shower room and a large living/kitchen space.

This is THE start of a new beginning. I have a new notebook, a new park to run round and a new energy. I like it.

My aims I have for the coming weeks are not to different from what I have had previously, but I have Charlie with me to keep me on track, something I’m quite (I lie, exceedingly) chuffed about.

The aims for the next few weeks are as follows:

  1. Consume no more than 1800 calories a day
  2. Run 5km in less than 35 mins
  3. lose 10lbs
  4. Continue to not have sugar in my tea/coffee
  5. Touch my toes

Point 1 is going well, today I had less than 1500 and I’m quite stuffed!

Point 2 is erm getting there… I can do about 2.5km at the moment on the treadmill without stopping, but only running outside will help me understand just what my fitness is all about, and where it is at!

Point 3. My current weight is: 168lbs So I want to be 158lbs. Then will move on to smaller numbers to get down to my desired weight of 130lbs!

Point 4 I started last week, when I worked out I could save 200 calories a day if I just cut the sugar out my tea and coffee, I can instantly tell if someone puts sugar in it now!

Point 5 is to increase my flexibility, in the hope that it improves my recovery from any injuries I get from running.

I have new running socks and new running clothes, and I do feel better than when I started at Christmas,  however a loss of half a stone isn’t really fantastic! Not the result I am hoping for anyway

As soon as I lose these 10lbs I will allow myself to have a takeaway curry. That is my treat! It will probably take more than a month to do, but I’m determined to get there!!

I’m tempted to start my graphs up again, and When my running gets better, start up the sponsored diet again, except enter myself for a 5km or 10km race… But those adventures are still a little way off!

Wish me luck, heaven knows I need the motivation

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Today: Out the Window.

13 May

No… not something literally out of the window. My food plan from a previous post did. It would have gone so well, but halfway through the week I got epically bored. And didn’t eat well AT ALL.

I also ended up going to Cardiff this weekend, which resulted in more bad eating 😦 Long story as to why I went to cardiff, the short version is me not being very good at Long distant relationships.

I’ve come up with a new approach to my diet. I’ve meal planned. every day. All except breakfast, which I will see how my milkshake goes on Monday before I decide what else to have for the rest of the week. 1800 calorie aim for each day, where one day a week I’m allowed to eat whatever I want. This is apparently good because when I come off the diet, I’ll be able to maintain the weight, otehrwise my body will hate the shock of more calories and I will get my tum back!

Since all my weight is between the bottom of my boobs and my knees, it looks like I have alot of cardio work to do!

It’s a nice running week this week, M/T/W/Th runs, then Fri off. I can’t run at the weekend because I just get freaked out running outside at the moment. I’m so conscious about road running! It’s ok when I go home to visit my parents because I run round a field. But in Cardiff it’s up and down a main road. With loose paving slabs… as my rolled ankle from the weekend will testify.

I haven’t discovered anywhere in Cheltenham yet, I could go exploring, but since my gym is on my route home, I just go there straight from work! Means I can do weights as well, I think when I get to running for 5 miles I will need to run outside. But that;s still quite a way off, as I get hit with cramp from about 1.5 miles in. I’m excited to make it to 2 miles non stop.

I’m also going to start up the sponsored diet thing again. I’ll start a new graph and I will keep you all updated. I’m determined to not only lose the final 15lbs, but raise the remaining £85 to get to my £100 target.

This is the start of the “I will be a size 10 bride” project. But that will be on my tumblr site more than here… (take a look! http://www.harriparf.tumblr.com)

Right. Off to bed. got a hefty Monday ahead of me! got a morning weigh in for the start of the new sponsored stretch!

Today: Running

25 Apr

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No points for guessing what I’m going to blog about today!

 

Those of you who follow me on twitter will have noticed automatically generated tweets from Nike+ with some pathetic graph with what seems to be a horribly uneven run.

 

Again, no points as to who they belong to.

 

I’ve been doing interval training for a little while and had got to the point where I could run for half the time i allotted myself and walk the rest, so I decided to get on the distance goal. 5km.

 

However since I am working in miles as my units, it’s actually 5 miles.

 

I am now on week 3, a week where I am running 2 miles on the allotted days. It’s a bit annoying that I have missed at least one run per week, but they are mainly at the weekends when I’m not near a gym and I’m too scared to let people see me in my lycra!

 

I kind of like it. It gives me goals and indicates where I have missed runs, which makes me feel bad. And I like the lovely lady who tells me when I’m half way there and only have 400m to go…

 

I’m determined to run a full 2miles before my first every attempt at the 3 mile run on Sunday (Which I will try… on the streets of Cardiff!), you see I have been running half distance at least, before intervalling the last half distance. I have been running it more, but I’ve recently had issues with cramp in my shin which locks my foot into place, meaning I can’t physically walk.

 

So here is an official declaration of my aim for the week regarding my run:

 

I will run 2 miles in under 22 mins.

 

I’m not going to say I won’t interval. Because when it comes to me running 4 miles I will have to run 2 miles first to stick to my “Run half Interval half” rule.

 

I promise by the end of this 12 week program I will run the full 5 miles. I’ll even start working towards the 10km(mile) one. Haven’t really looked at that coaching program yet but I’m sure it’s scary!

 

I used to really hate running. But I’m enjoying it now, I’ve even made playlists depending on what distance I’m going to be doing! Today, since I have to run 2 miles, It’s my workout-2 playlist. Yeah go on then, I’ll tell you what songs they are, but no making fun!

 

  1. Pixie LottAll About Tonight
  2. One DirectionWhat Makes You Beautiful
  3. Taylor Swift – Long Live
  4. Taylor Swift – Enchanted
  5. Phil CollinsTake Me Down
  6. Glee Cast – Me Against the Music

 

Yep, only 6 songs but it lasts 24 mins. So I know that when Phil Collins comes on I’m nearly done! I’ve gone for the beats in the music and how the lyrics make me feel rather than pure taste. I need the inspiration to carry on at the moment, but when running gets easier I’m hoping that I will beable to listen to anything and just keep on running…

 

I’ve also started up on my sponsored diet again. I know It’s been a while and it’s not like I’ve been mis-behaving or anything. I’ve managed to maintain my weight so I’ve kicked the healthy eating into a higher gear to get my metabolism working again. I am determined to lose all 30lbs I said. I also want to get fitter and healthier.

 

Shall I put down some new goals? I don’t think I should put a time constraint on it because that is REALLY demotivational if you start to fall behind. I’m not strong enough mentally to pick myself up again really! Ok here goes…

 

  1. Lose the final 15lbs to reach the 30lb target
  2. Run a mile in 9mins or less
  3. Run for 30 mins without tiring
  4. Boobs stick out more than the tum….without sucking in!
  5. Get to small for my trousers

 

I think they are pretty good don’t you think? I should also add here about blogging more. But you will get at least 1 blog a week from me, every Monday after 7pm (UK time) which is my new weigh in time. Infact you’ll get some more when it comes to F1 weekends. Because I’m sure I’ll have more opinions to express and get frustrated about over the remaining races!

 

Any advice or motivational talk then please do comment. Or follow me on twitter @harriparf. Just be aware I like tweeting about #worklife #buslife foursquare and chatting about #F1. And science. And anything really…