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Today: Day 2, Changes Already – A Pin a Day

14 Aug

So yesterday was alright.

I didn’t run as an entire cold front dumped itself on Milton Keynes, and, after a couple of weekends a go when I ran 10k in the pouring rain. It didn’t appeal to me.

This made me realise.. I’m not motivated to run.

At this moment in time I dread every training run. My “go out and see how things are” runs are ok, because i literally just go and see how it is. But training runs with distances and pacing… well they are turning me into a bit of a nervous wreck.

So I’m pulling out of my half marathon at the end of September.

I started running to challenge myself and i ended up enjoying it. Now if i’m not enjoying it I don’t want to do it or finish any distance i’m on, or anything that happens on a run completely phases me, and i’m ruined. Then I feel like a failure.

Why continue to train for something you aren’t looking forward too?

When I was training for Paris, I was really looking forward to it. Yes I was scared, Yes I was nervous, Yes I didn’t think I would make it, but I believed I could, and I enjoyed pushing myself. That’s just not there this time.

I’ll get it back I’m sure! But right now It can’t be on the table.

So, I guess that means I can throw myself in my next annual goal of losing 10lbs (Half the issue with the Half was that it wasn’t really on my ‘plan’.. ).

CORRECT!

I really like this idea of “a pin a day” as well, something little to push me through the next few weeks.

My weight on my motivation board got to 186 pounds, which means to reach my goal i need to get to 176.

I just weighed in today and i’m back up to 191 pounds 😦

I can’t lose motivation again…

10lbs to go! That’s what I have to focus on… so I guess I have two goals, the realistic 191 – 181, and the ideal of getting it down to 176.

So lets hope my pin a day helps with it!

Today i’ve pinned the best butt workout. I’m gonna lay my mat out on my landing and have a good time of it 🙂

best butt

Yesterday I managed pretty much everything on my list, except the milkshake… but we ordered cookies so that’s still fun 🙂

Now today I’ve just gotta hope my knee doesnt die when I start this.

Talk Tomorrow!

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Today: A Pin a Day

13 Aug

O dear lord

So I have been neglecting this because reently I have become a little (alot) embaressed at any progress I made.

My Q2 Goal was to run a sub 35min 5km.

I smashed it :p Yeah I got a 33:33 at Buckingham Parkrun. It was Glorious!

Then we had waffles.

Im almost at the end of my Q3 goal, though, technically i guess i have until the end of September? Anyway, lose 10lbs.

It’s hard.

I’m trying to find one thing to focus on to improve, and I am really REALLY struggling.

So, I need a new plan for the remaining 6.5 weeks:

  1. I know I have a half marathon to run on September 27th, which is right at the end, so I can incorporate any training for that into this new plan.
  2.  I run my long runs on Sundays, my short runs on Tuesdays, and any ‘technical’ runs (sprints/tempo/hills) on Thursday. So my week kinda goes Tu – 2-3 miles, Th-         4-6 miles, Sun 6 +
  3. (At least I am now at a point where I’m not scared to just hop out and run 6 miles!)
  4. I love Pinterest. Far too much

So my new plan:

6.5 weeks = 6.5*7 = 45.5 days, So for ease, I’ll say 45 days.

I’ll pick 45 pins and i have to do one a day. It can be a workout, or some crafty thing, or weird breathing exercises… basically it has to be an activity.

Today, I’m running 4-6 miles (depending on how hard it is raining), then i have to do something… hmmmm

I’m searching across the ‘Everything’ Category:Everything

 

I guess I could do a beauty thing or a house cleaning thing?

Ah! Found a simple one, It’s a list of 10 things (last one is pray… i’ve cut it off as that’s not me)

atmosphereSo i could do this!

  • I would declutter the kitchen.
  • Put Music from my phone on
  • Light a scented candle (I still have one I think!)
  • Skip the brownies and make a milkshake
  • I have a beautiful Bouquette of flowers to arrange and find a place for
  • The Hubby’s gonna get a big grin from me!
  • I’ll be motivating myself by running… nothing is more encouraging than: “I’m running home now…”
  • Hugs are a rule whenever someone comes in the house. Snuggling and holding tight!
  • Ahhh Games… That will be played! And the Great Brittish Bakeoff from yesterday. Shouldn’t take more than an hour?
  • I’d shower after this and the run so i can play games and watch TV with a job done.

So that’s my idea. A pin a day and a blog a day… 45 days.

I best set the Commit reminder on my phone to pick a pin to do.

I’ve set a new board up: A Pin a Day, come follow if you like!

Till tomorrow!!

 

Today: Next Mountain To Climb

18 Mar

Don’t get excited, I’m not actually climbing a MOUNTAIN, just I see my next goal as one.

In January I set myself 4 goals as my new years resolution:

  1. Run the Paris Half Marathon (Jan – March)
  2. Run a sub 35min 5 km (Apr – Jun)
  3. Lose 10lbs (Jul – Sept)
  4. Run a sub 33min 5 km (Oct – Dec)

I decided to split it into little goals instead of the usual “I’m going to be healthy” blah blah you usually do, as I was fed up of giving up.

Goal 1 has been achieved and recorded in Today: I Did That, a truly emotional experience and I’m still thriving from the buzz from it!

Goal two is well underway and it isn’t even April yet, I knew I would PB at the next parkrun after the half marathon as I would still have all my strength and motivation from the 5 days before. And I did, Running Mumma coached me to a PB 5km of 36 mins exactly (even after getting up early for the grand prix). Meaning for my next goal, I have to shave a minute off that!

If you haven’t been to Milton Keynes parkrun before, you’re in for an experience. There is an infamous section known as the zig-zags, which is about 2- 3mins of uphill zig-zagging steep hill at about 2km. It hurts! But I know that’s where I’m going to make my best time gain, I slow right down when I get to the top, I think I could shave about 20 seconds off that hill!

In addition to this goal, I’m also trying to consciously make healthier lifestyle choices. I’m going good with my lunches and I have three bits of fruit on postits with times on when I should be eating them. Slow going, I’m trying not to go hungry, whilst also maintaining some kind of control.

Gym going has also picked up! Two club runs, 2 strength sessions and two alternative cardio’s a week (then parkrun on a Saturday), means I’m a busy bee, but I’m also feeling better for it, a lot calmer and just better rounded. It’s amazing what a bit of endorphin’s can do for you!

I haven’t felt this motivated in a very long time, and I really hope it stays with me.

Today: Begin Again

14 Oct

Well I finally admitted that I needed help with my running.

So I got it!

About 8 weeks ago I completed a beginners running course (like a couch to 5k) with a 5k graduating time of 36:05 (according to the Nike running app!).

I’ve been hooked since!

I’ve now become a regular at the Redway Runners in Milton Keynes, whacking out a 5k every Monday and up to 8 every Thursday. I now also regularly take part in park runs as well. It’s a great feeling.

I really do enjoy it a lot, so much so that I’ve even signed up to do a 10k in November, and a longer event in March next year! Very exciting times for me, as it means I have something that I can work towards again.

I completed my first solo training run for it this Sunday just gone, and it was a killer. I’d only planned to do about 7k, but I needed up getting lost and then a bridge was closed and it was all a bit of a mess. So I ended up running 8.77k… No I wasn’t running my 5k split times but I was maintaining it, I averaged under 8min a km and If I didn’t have to stop to keep trying to figure out where to go, it would have been done quicker as well.

I know Nike does it pause run when you stop, but it adds about 15 seconds onto your time… And I got very lost….

Brilliant way to explore the new area though, and it’s a good excuse to get me out the house. Fighting all the mental knock backs and all that. It really is a brilliant medicine, exercise, personal development and the outdoors!

I have to get over running in the rain… I’ve sweated hair dye down my face so I must be able to cope with a bit of drizzle. It is England, after all.

So this week? We’ll long run Thursday again, I’m getting up early to push I out a morning exercise routine. Gently waking up a bit earlier everyday to get to the gym and do it… Imaging a morning swim and an evening run! Glorious!!!!

Night time now though, glass of water to sleep on and an early alarm….. *yawn*

Today: The return of ‘the graph’

6 Aug

As I said yesterday, today was weigh in day. I weigh a glorious over achieving 11st 11lbs. I over achieve when it comes to retaining weight you see.

I have decided to put up the weights of F1 drivers and compare myself to them, I’ve only put a couple up at the moment, but each one is a separate goal. I don’t think I will get down to 127lbs, that of Kamui Kobayashi! But a shot at Heikki Kovalinen (141) is a better option.

As you can see I match that of the manly chiseled jaw of Mark Webber, who shares his weight with Vitaly Petrov. (Paul Di Resta takes the heaviest weight of 172lbs!), my next goal is Nico Hulkenberg, at 163lbs, it’s only a 2lb drop from my current weight, but I’m sure it will still be a challenge!

Here is the graph:

 

 

Running went well today, 2 mins run, 2 mins walk, produced a Nike+ graph that looks like this:

 

 

Very smooth don’t you think? I was the pace setter for this, which was good! Charlie got a good ‘view’ and I could just run without feeling like I had to catch up. The last interval seems quicker just because I was taking smaller steps quicker, and Nike+ works by measuring the impacts of your feet.

Still pretty consistent. According to runkeeper Charlie and I ran the second 2min the quickest at 9min/miles. I think I will take pace information from Runkeeper, but average pace from Nike, or something like that!

Anyway, today has been good, and going for the 30min 5k is getting slowly closer!

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: End of Week 6

5 Feb
British Heart Foundation

Image via Wikipedia

And i’ve done it.

I’ve reached the second big milestone that I wanted to reach:  The loss of one stone.

This means my weight is now down to 160lbs!!! (72.6kgs for all you metrics)

My first big milestone was beating Mark Webber‘s weight of 75kgs (a point which I have now marked on my graph below)

So i’m pretty chuffed right now!

The only issue this week is that I had food poisoning, so i didn’t eat ANYTHING for 2 days, which has had a bigger impact on my fitness more than my weight, as I just feel exhausted all the time! I have made up my fluid levels again so I don’t have my epic headache on anymore, and I’m looking forward to going back to the gym, back onto the weight and running training stuff 🙂

I have a couple of new goals to work towards again:

  1. Run the mile
  2. Run 2 miles
  3. Go to the gym 3 times in one week
  4. Save 4500 calories in one week (650 calories per day)

i know running the mile and then 2 seems to just lead into each other, but i’m doing a training program for the 2 miles and I just want to beable to run the mile again, to say that I can!

REMEMBER! I’m doing this in aid of the British Heart Foundation, and if yuo would like to sponsor me, even just £1, you can text “DIET59  £1” to 70070. It’s really that simple, OR visit http://www.justgiving.com/harriparf

Thanks for reading and following!

 

Today: Halfway through week 4.

27 Jan

I’ve hit the plateau, no gain and no loss this week, so I’m pretty hummed. Managed to complete a 500 calorie cardio workout last week, and did over 400 on thursday and Friday.

Everything seemed to go to the wind this Tuesday gone, car broke down and all I wanted to do was eat everything. Thankfully I just ate some quavers to quench my hysterical crying at the write off that was my car…

Good thing this week? Bought a corsa, saw my mum, didn’t have to pay for my mot and had a curry.

Graphs to follow soon. 🙂

Today: End of Week Three

15 Jan

and here it is:

Previous end of Week Two weight: 168lbs (after realising that 12st dead is 168 and NOT 170)

End of Week Three weight: 165lbs (OR 75kgs for all you metrics out there)

I felt pretty disheartened this morning when I weighed myself, because it said I was in the same place I was before. – if not more. However when i then weighed myself on a hard surface (type of surface I usually weigh myself on) because my scales are crap and need stability, I found I had lost 3lbs!

Relief in my eyes, i didn’t want to report to my regular followers –  Miss Jennifer Walker – writer of “The Year of the Detox” being one of them, who is trying the old age saying of 8 glasses of water a day, a difficult thing to do by what I have read! Personally, myself and coffee have far to great a dependence relationship to be parted… though I am trying to cut down at work!

Had a pretty active week, burnt over 400 calories at the gym both times I went this week, and as there are no snack vans around where my new job is, I am just stuck with my lunch that I make the night before, usually wraps with lots of salad and either ham or cheese. The sainsbury’s “Be Good to Yourself” wraps are only 130 calories each and are pretty filling if you add mushrooms and peppers. I’ve also had a diet coke too just to add a bit of varience to my day, and then variations of fibre bars, and peanuts.

Thinking about adding fruit into it, possibly bananas, not apples. Apples are a bit sweet for me at the moment! as it seems I have cut out anything and everything sweet.

Everything has been pretty similar this week, I’m loving the routine of the new job, 9-5 <3. only issue is what feels like the mission to and from work. hour there and an hour back along a road which is just notorious for arseholes. So i’m always super stressed when I get home in the evening, the only way I found that will calm me down and not make me want to punch anything that moves is the gym. The glorious and loud and punishing gym. the 2 times I went last week I felt like a god, totally exhausted but so much better after I had taken out all the punishment on myself and not say stressful tweets of facebook messages… nope… So i’m looking forward to going to the gym 3 times next week!

in total I saved just over 4000 calories this week, I aim to do the same next week and the week after just to try and track my progress. I’m so proud that I have stuck to this and I hope you recognise it too! If so, please share this, or sponsor me – as all of this is for my personal well-being and for the British Heart Foundation! – by clicking here.

 

Today: 7 Days and Counting

18 Dec

It is now 7 days to go before my sponsored diet starts.

I have taken it upon myself these past couple of weeks to  make sure I enjoy every single item of food that I’m gonna have to cut out.

I’ve decided to have monthly treats. Just to make sure I’m doing well, and to try and cut down on all the rubbish I tend to eat. The list will include: Curry, Domino’s, TGI Fridays, Nandos, pasty’s, biscuits, chocolate…bread….

basically it’s going to be an interesting few months. Cutting bread out is going to be the worst thing! I love toast and rolls and pasta stuff! ARGH! But it will be good for me, and hopefully I will hit my target for funds, and I will get healthy, and back to the size I want to be.

I’m also getting married in 18 months so I want to look my best for that, nobody will say anything bad about how I look on the day, but I want to feel amazing as well, and at the moment I feel like a mess, guilty everytime I seem to eat something! (Something bad that is), So I will be joining a gym, going there after work, getting my scales, and reporting on my progress, and hopefully earning some money for the British Heart Foundation in the process.

People have asked me WHY I am doing this, I got the inspiration from a magazine article that I read a while back, and i figured this would give me the motivation to get back into shape. I don’t want to be stick thin, I want to be healthy and happy in myself, and by the end of the report I should be.

I also have to admit my starting weight, which I am heavily embaressed about. I hate it. And reporting on my progress week on week will be motivating and helpful to others. I’ll be blogging every step of the way. With pictures, graphs, all teh good bits and ALL the bad bits.

Just follow the “Sponsored Diet” link on my page here to follow my progress from Dec 26th!